Winterfest! (for Mac users)

Every December, some of the best developers in the Mac community collect at Winterfest and offer their apps for 25% off. It’s a great time to pick up a program or two that you might have been thinking about but put off due to the cost. 

There are 18 apps on offer this year, including four that are in near-constant usage in our house. 

Winterfest 2018


Scrivener is the single program I would take with me if I were trapped on a desert island with only my laptop and a solar-powered battery. It is absolutely, 100% indispensable to my writing process. I’ve been using it since the original beta back in 2006. It’s not just for novels, either — my wife writes her academic articles on it, lawyers love it for writing up briefs and collecting research for a case, screenwriters adore it…the list goes on. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

HoudahSpot does one thing and does it magically. It’s a file search program. Need to find a file but can only remember part of the name? No problem. Can’t remember the name at all but know a string of words inside the document? Watch the magic. If you had an essay on Hamlet and typed in “Alas, poor Yorick,” HoudahSpot would nail that file in a hot second.

My wife swears by Bookends, which manages her zillion sources for bibliographies. It’s powerful and integrates perfectly with her Mac workflow (and she’s picky about things like that).

Nisus Writer Pro is the top Mac word processor and has rescued me from MS Word bondage. It has best-in-class Track Changes that is not only compatible with Word, but is also far easier to use (and prettier). It benefits by not trying to pack in everything including the kitchen sink, so it has a much simpler interface than the Microsoft behemoth, but that doesn’t mean it’s not ridiculously powerful (and incredibly customizable).

The other 14 apps on sale include such powerhouses as BBEdit, DEVONthink Pro Office and DEVONagent Pro, Scapple, TextExpander, PDFpen…oh, just go over and look. If you’re a Mac user or know one, this might take care of a few Christmas gifts.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Winterfest! (for Mac users)

  1. Annie Robinson says:

    Hi Fletcher
    Thank you for this nice bit of tech chat… always interesting to hear how the world manages without MS Word…
    And speaking of words, I decided to buy a hard copy of the new Caphenon for another sci-fi friend for her upcoming birthday. As my own Alsean collection is all on kindle, perhaps I can be forgiven for my surprise at how lovely this new paperback edition looks and feels. Hmmmm ❤️☺️ The font, the larger format and paper quality and of course that cover!
    So I’ve had to order a second hard copy of course. I wanted to order volume 2 in matching format – it’s not available on Amazon yet. Any ideas on timeline for that?
    Anyway The new Caphenon is a lovely Christmas present to myself too.
    Happy Christmas
    PS Awaiting Uprising with baited breath!

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