Published on June 13, 2013
It took me a while to get used to using PopClip, a Mac OS X utility that gives you an iOS-like contextual menu, from Pilotmoon Software. At first I felt like it got in the way but then I started using it more and more and now it’s a key part of how I wrangle content.
At its simplest PopClip is an easy way to copy, cut, and paste text on your Mac, look up words, and trigger web searches on selected words. That’s not all it does, however. PopClip boasts more than 90 extensions that let you do things like add content to Evernote, transform Markdown to HTML (a favorite of mine), automatically create new email messages with the selected address, send URLs to your favorite reader service, and send tasks to an application like OmniFocus.
Here’s a quick four minute video covering the basics of PopClip.
Published on June 11, 2013
This week I’m back with another Quick Look and it’s time to cover a new (still in private beta) writing tool I’ve been using called Editorially.
Editorially aims to make it easier for you to collaborate and discuss your writing. It was started by a knock-out team of developers and designers like Mandy Brown, Ethan Marcotte and Jason Santa Maria. They are in the process of continuing to build and improve the service.
Editorially uses Markdown. I write Markdown for everything (even this blog post) so I’m sold.
Take a look:
Because it’s still in private beta, you do need an invitation to use it. But they are adding new people whenever they can, so you can sign up for a chance to get access.
Published on June 11, 2013
There were a few hiccups getting the streaming version of our Learning Craft video posted but it is now available for your viewing pleasure.
If you purchased the Learning Craft video series (3 videos, 2 ½ hours of learning) you now have access to both the streaming and downloadable versions of the course. From your Account page, click the Watch link to stream the course.
Published on June 10, 2013
Recently I was on the Show Me Your Mic podcast hosted by Chris Enns of the SSKTN podcast network.
During the one hour interview we talk about how I create stuff here at Mijingo, the amazing studio setup that Happy Cog has put together in our Austin office, some of the tools I use, and, of course, my favorite podcasts.
Give it a listen, if you have a few minutes.
Published on June 04, 2013
Learning Craft is a 2 ½ hour course that spans three downloadable (and, later today, streaming here at Mijingo.com) videos.
During the course I cover the basics of Craft, including how to install the software, a primer on the Twig tempting engine, how to manage assets in Craft and pretty much everything you need to know to start off on the right foot building websites with Craft.
Ready to learn Craft? Get started now.
Here’s a free preview of the first video:
I’ve been using Craft regularly for the last 5+ months, including building a site in production, and you can get that experience in just 2 ½ hours of instructional video.
Ready to do it? Learn Craft now.
Published on June 03, 2013
The answer to that question is right here on the Upcoming page I posted last week.
The new Upcoming list is pulled right from the tool I use to organize the status of the courses I’m planning and have in progress. I’ll update it regularly, so please check back.
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Published on May 08, 2013
This is one app I’ve been meaning to play with for a while now but never had the opportunity. It’s called ReadQuick and it is an iPad only app that helps you become a speed reader.
ReadQuick lets you read your news or other articles (pulled in from your Instapaper or Pocket queue) one word at a time. The default pace for ReadQuick is 250 words per minute but as you get better at speed reading you can increase that pace. I’m still new to ReadQuick so I’m sticking 250 wpm for now.
ReadQuick is a free download from the App Store and I recommend you check it out.
Here’s my short overview of the app:
Published on May 03, 2013
It’s time for another quick look at an app I’ve recently tried out. This time it’s the iOS app for the web-based outlining and list making tool Workflowy.
Both the web app and the iOS app are free to use. The free version is limited; you can only create 500 lists and items per month.
Published on May 02, 2013
Here’s a quick look at the app and how simple it is to use for localhosting static web sites.
Published on April 10, 2013
Today I’m happy to announce the availability of the newest training video from Mijingo: Basics of Git.
Basics of Git is aimed at people who work building the web. In 54 minutes, I give you the foundation you need to start using Git. If you already use it but aren’t sure exactly what you’re doing then this video will help you, too.
Being well-versed in modern version control systems like Git is quickly becoming expected, right alongside knowing HTML and CSS. It’s not a “nice to have” skill any longer; it’s a must-have. Sit down for an hour with me and add Git to your toolbox. You’ll be glad you did.
As always, this video is available as both a downloadable video file and a version you can stream right here on the site.