Me & My Mac

A reader’s set-up

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The func­tion­al­ity of the iOS and OS X ecosys­tem is far su­pe­rior to cur­rent Win­dows sys­tems

Sean uses Ap­ple prod­ucts to man­age projects for the oil and gas in­dus­try from his home in Aberdeen. It all started with the orig­i­nal iPad, and he says he was “hooked on Ap­ple prod­ucts from then on”. We can tell! In four years, he has amassed quite a col­lec­tion of Macs and iOS de­vices, which are im­por­tant to his job, whether he’s work­ing at home in the Gran­ite City or away.

“The work­horse of my setup is the 27-inch iMac, where I do most of my de­tailed project-plan­ning work, util­is­ing var­i­ous project soft­ware tools. But I use the Mac­Book Air and iPad mini as a mo­bile of­fice when I visit clients. The Mac­Book Air is a joy to use and fast enough to run most of my key soft­ware (al­beit on a smaller screen) and I find the bat­tery life lasts long enough to get through the day even with in­tense use.” Sean’s Mac­Book runs most of the same apps as his iMac, and it’s more than just a por­ta­ble stand-in. “I use the Mac­Book Air in meet­ings to make live markups on project doc­u­ments us­ing Ever­note. It’s par­tic­u­larly good at con­nect­ing to and util­is­ing dif­fer­ent Wi-Fi net­works, which is key to my role hav­ing to ac­cess on­line data­bases wher­ever I may be, al­low­ing me to work with project soft­ware or com­plex of­fice doc­u­ments.”

If Sean’s desk looks im­pec­ca­ble, that’s got a lot to do with Ever­note: “I use it to scan in hard copy files or sticky notes so I can work vir­tu­ally pa­per-free by hav­ing ac­cess to the doc­u­ments at any time while I’m mo­bile and us­ing my iOS de­vices or Mac­Book Air.”

Ap­ple’s op­er­at­ing sys­tems and cloud ser­vices have hit a few bumps over the years, but Sean is a big fan of their cur­rent in­car­na­tions.

“With Yosemite, iCloud has been im­proved and it’s easy to use Hand­off (one of my favourite fea­tures of Yosemite) be­tween the iOS de­vices and the Macs.”

Sean hasn’t quite man­aged to shake off Win­dows, though. “I still have a Win­dows lap­top… for a par­tic­u­lar Win­dows-only soft­ware pack­age – but then I can’t wait to get back to work­ing on the Mac. It just re­minds me how good they are, and how the func­tion­al­ity of the iOS and OS X ecosys­tem is far su­pe­rior to cur­rent Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tems.”

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