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Sat 05 May 2007

Discover the joys of Coda

Category : mac and the internet

How I blog

When I showed Kevin how I blog, he offered the observation that my style was unique to me and my system. Well he's right, it looks complicated!

  • TextWrangler (for text editing and posting to server).
  • Textpander and DragThing (for html and application and desktop launching shortcuts).
  • Some browsers open, for speed or to compare, all opened by DragThingshortcuts: lately this has been Safari, Camino, Firefox, Opera and OmniWeb.
  • SnapNDrag (for screen grabs - which I drag and drop to the Graphic Converter icon on the dock).
  • Graphic Converter (for simple image editing) and
  • Transmit or Interarchy (drag and drop to droplets which post images to the server).

This didn't happen all at once. I just discovered apps and shortcuts and retrained myself as I went along so that it became very fast.

Time to learn new tricks

Seeing this, Kevin still thinks I can trim my workflow. He suggested trying Coda. Coincidentally that night, the CNET newsletterin my inbox featured a MacMinute review of Coda!

And as soon as an early version of this post was up, Lucian very quickly chimed in to say, "Coda RAWKS!!!!!"

The Coda site byline says,

"So, we code web sites by hand. And one day, it hit us: our web workflow was wonky. We'd have our text editor open, with Transmit open to save files to the server. We'd be previewing in Safari, running queries in Terminal, using a CSS editor, and reading references on the web. "This could be easier," we realized. "And much cooler.""

So it looks like the writing is on the wall and its time to learn new tricks! I'll have to see if its easy enough for my non-geekiness to comprehend.

Two other things

Kevin also introduced (besides RapidWeaver) sinpshot and picnik; both are useful image editing tools when you are away from your computer and don't want to download your usual tools.

You can stay in the web throughout the screen grab and image editing and uploading process; fascinating! Useful tools to add to the web2.0 arsenal. This makes blogging even more platform independent and a low-end mac or pc needs just an OS (I amkeen to try Edubuntu) and Firefox to be able to do most of what I need.

This expands the life of an old machine and provides opportunity for those who would otherwise not even have a computer.

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