applications

What Vector Drawing Packages Are Available? [Ask AstroBetter]

by saurav March 28, 2011

Matthew K. sent in a question for our Ask AstroBetter series: What vector graphics drawing package do you use for your figures? I’ve been using xfig for all my “hand drawn” plots, but I wonder if anyone has successfully moved on to more recent drawing packages … [a package] to draw simple figures like optical […]

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What’s the best tool to annotate PDFs?

by Jane March 23, 2011

We all know the workflow:  a collaborator sends a draft proposal or paper; we carefully read it; bleed all over it; and send it back.  I admit that until last year, I used a Big Red Pen on hardcopy, which I then returned to the lead author by scanning with the xerox machine. Recently I […]

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What Changes with XCode 4 Not Being Free Anymore?

by saurav March 10, 2011

Marcos talked about the Mac App Store and the advantages it brings to Mac users.  While I was (and am) excited about the App Store and the numerous applications I now have easy access to, my one big fear is coming true: previously-free applications now need to be paid for. With the App Store handling […]

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OS 10.7 (Lion) Will Bring Version Control, Application Resume, and More

by saurav February 25, 2011

Apple just seeded the developer’s preview for Mac OS 10.7 Lion and released more details about what Lion is going to bring. As OS 10.6 Snow Leopard was more of a cosmetic improvement, it has been a while since we got a “new” OS. Here are five reasons why I am really excited about OS […]

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The Mac App Store and You

by Planck January 20, 2011

The new Mac App Store debuted a few weeks ago as Apple’s new centralized location for finding, purchasing, and installing Macintosh applications. (Don’t forget, we have a centralized list of useful Mac apps on the AstroBetter wiki.) It is modeled on the very successful iOS App Store, and works as its own, new, application that is […]

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TUAW List of Best Mac Apps

by Kelle December 30, 2010

The best Mac applications I used in 2010 | TUAW. We’ve told you about DropBox and Mailplane ($25). I’ve been trying out BusyCal (aka iCal pro, $50) and will most likely be purchasing that. I also just started using Divvy, which is similar to Cinch ($7) and SizeUp ($13), for automatically arranging my windows. I […]

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Links: New Mac Mini, Writing Tips, Proprietary Planets, and More.

by Kelle June 18, 2010

Mac mini Blows Away the Competition | Apple Hot News Scientific Writing Tips from a Science Journalist | nebulium on neith Kepler Withholds Data While NASA Struggles To Be Relevant | NASA Watch Ten tiny and amazing Mac apps you’ve never heard of | The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) 11 Creative Ways to Avoid Becoming […]

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