On 8/26/14 5:29 PM, Chris Mohler wrote:
On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM, Ken Springer
> Is it Adobe, Win7, or both that you loathe?
It's a double-whammy. I log in, fire up some programs, head over to
desktop #2 and... oh wait. No desktop #2. Grr. I *could* fire up an
app that bolts on multiple desktops, but it's a little wonky. No
right-click and open a terminal? Bummer. Hmm, my tablet isn't
working - time for a little hide-and-seek in the Control Panel.
desktops... I love 'em! And wouldn't have a system without
them now. So, my Windows 7/8 computer will have them eventually.
As for Terminal???? Would rather sit in the electric chair! LOL
Then I fire up the behemoth that is InDesign, go make coffee, then
come back and try and find the handful of functions I need that are
expertly hidden all over the UI ;)
Which is why I don't understand people's
fascination with Photoshop. "I
gotta have it!" They just won't listen when you tell them there are
other programs that are cheaper and easier to use for their handful of
> I really would like to try Linux. On the computer I built, I
> space on the boot drive to install Linux some day. But time is a
> factor, I have none. LOL So, those extra steps you don't mind doing
> keeps me just further away from the opportunity to try Linux.
Truly, in 2014 installing Linux Mint is a cake walk. No futzing
around with drivers or codecs or anything - if anything it was
*easier* than installing Win7 on this machine. Certainly, more of the
hardware was working "out of the box" in linux than Win7. Tablet
drivers, printer drivers - ugh, no fun.
I've read good things about Mint. Also
about Netrunner. I'd even give
Ubuntu a try, and probably others using a Live CD. And, since this Mac
is getting long in the tooth, maybe I'd learn how to do a multiple boot
here, since Linux supposedly runs very well on older hardware.
> The fact that you have those scripts and tweaks puts you in a
> user apart from the average user today. That's not a bad thing, but
> it's also something I lost interest in long, long ago. There are other
> things in my life I'd rather do. :-)
And that's why I have the script ;) See here: http://xkcd.com/1205/
I can't stand boring, repetitive tasks. I had to overlay some text
and graphics on 30 or 40 photos the other day, so I figured out a
one-liner to do it. I probably could have done them by hand almost as
quickly, or maybe even faster - but the next batch is going to take
all of 30 seconds. I try and give best possible value to my clients,
so making my operations as efficient as possible directly benefits
them, and keeps me valuable to them - a win-win.
Quality workmanship is so rare
these days, yet delivers so many
intangible benefits. Hats off to you.
Being adverse to any kind of coding these days, if I had to do what it
sounds like you're doing I'd probably use a macro recorder. OS X comes
with a powerful recorder, Automator, but that's something else I've
never had time to try.
> I can't imagine ever needing all the features of InDesign.
> don't even know what they are. LOL Even worse, I can't imagine even
> wanting to pay for it. <G>
I only truly need it b/c there's absolutely nothing else that can open
and operate on a recent INDD file. But the licensing is almost
reasonable these days. I have the single app for $30 per month, if
Based on an earlier message, you might need Inkscape to do similar
some SVG files.