Hicks

Just to update you

I have a habit of asking questions and pronouncing apps on my blog (and some people have been asking for follow-ups), so I just wanted to take a moment and tie up some loose ends…

Deskspace

Remember I was looking to get out of the house? Original Post

I am finally back in the land of the real people, and renting deskspace at a local print design company. I have my own little corner, but still have other creatives to talk to. I think it was Dave Shea who recently advised freelancers to never work from home, and I can see why. My productivity has really improved since moving out (and Daniel can finally have his own room).

Accounting App

Trying to find a cocoa app to do the job of MYOB – Original Post

In the end, I discovered that there is no one app that will cover all of MYOB’s functions, so there’s a gap in the market there for an indie developer to get their teeth into! Instead, I decided to hire an accountant to do my bookkeeping, and have gone over to iBiz for my project management/invoicing needs. Don’t let the name put you off, this is a great app. While its not perfect, and Billings definitely has the better interface, it offers vital features such as invoice customisation and being able to start invoice numbers from a number other than 1. It integrates with iCal and Address Book, and makes emailing invoice pdf’s a snap. Its the one I wish I had when I first started freelancing.

To pep up its interface, removing the metal with Unifier instantly makes it a whole lot nicer to look at. I like metal, but I think this is one instance where I think its irrelevant.

Safari RSS

The best thing about Tiger? Original Post

OK, so run Safari as your RSS reader for a while, and it does start to slow down, even if you set articles to be removed after a day or week. Once more, Safari becomes unresponsive – click a tab, wait for it show. I’ve whittled my feeds down to about 200, but even then, “View all RSS Articles” increasingly becomes a drag. That whole clicking twice thing is starting to grate too.