Mouse or trackpad?

Marius Masalar asks the question of which input device is easier to use. His own answer? Both. My usage is by no means exclusively as described above, but in general if I’m moving a cursor and clicking, it’s with the mouse, and if I’m navigating a canvas or scrolling, it’s with the trackpad.Personally, with a trackpad on one machine (my main laptop) and Magic Mouse on another (our family laptop), there’s no comparison. I’ll take a trackpad 100% of the time. All the pain I used to experience in daily computer use went…

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macOS Mojave: back to the Mac

There used to be a time when Apple keynotes got me almost as excited as Christmas morning. I’d immediately dig into all the updates coming to OS X (nee macOS) and write about it in the weeks following. Now, I barely know the new features that come out with each new release of Apple’s macOS or iOS. That’s partly due to my stage of life (aka I’m old). But it’s also because after Lion (maybe Mountain Lion) I realized I rarely used the new stuff that became available each year. And maybe that trend will…

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The maturation of Safari

Since it's introduction in 2003, Apple’s Safari has changed a good bit over the years. It's a web browser, obviously, but it's grown to be more than that. It's actually an application for which browsing the web is the primary feature. But it's the secondary features that keep me using Safari as my main browser, and enjoy using it. Of course, all the major web browsers are now applications that allow you to browse the web as well as many other things. But what makes Safari most attractive to me is the overall design of these secondary features. For…

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xScope: A designer's Swiss Army Knife

In every field, workers will have their preference for what is the best tool to do any job. Often times the tool is actually the same, but the preference comes down to brand. Designers are no different. When it comes to working on a site design, newsletter template, or a book cover, the tools can all be different for me. Text editors, graphics tools (Sketch is great), or iBooks Author are all used for varying projects. But I do have one tool that seems to be used regardless of the project. That is xScope by the Iconfactory. This is one…

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The basics of Safari's Web Inspector

When I first became interested in web design, Firefox was the browser pushing web standards forward. And as a Windows user, I was very happy to take advantage of something new and fresh. And one of the best parts of using Firefox was Firebug. This article covers basic functionality and is targeted to the novice designer/developer. This was an add-on that enhanced the browser, allowing the user to monitor and tweak the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that was used for a given web page. It was a fantastic tool to testing your designs, or learning from the designs of…

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The iterations of OS X

What a week. The WWDC keynote generated a lot of discussion, ranting, and much hullabaloo. Whether you liked what you saw or not, there's no doubt this series of announcements was a bigger deal than the last few years have given us. iOS 7 has garnered most of the attention, for good reason. But it's Apple starting from a clean slate and because of this I'd withhold my judgement for now. I like the overall direction and look forward to diving in next fall. The Mac Pro was an announcement that excited me. Despite the fact that it's a machine…

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