Mac Setups: The VP of Projects Office
This weeks featured Mac workstation is the awesome setup of Jody R., a VP of Projects. There’s a lot of great hardware in this office, with four Macs, a couple of iOS devices, and a ton of displays… let’s dive right in and learn a bit more!
Quick note: the screen saver shown on the various displays is this iOS 7 lock screen inspired screen saver for Mac OS X, it works great and obviously looks fantastic too
What do you use your Apple gear for?
I’m a Vice President of Projects. I use Macs and iOS devices for everything. With projects spread around Canada, I use the large displays to keep an eye on production around the country.
Tell us about the hardware in your current Mac setup
My office setup is split into three areas:
Main Work Area
- MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display – 16GB of RAM, 768GB SSD
- 2 – 27″ Thunderbolt Displays on a Bretford MobilePro Desk Mount Combo with 2 Lightning Cables routed through the desk
- iPhone 5S – 64GB model with a ZAGG external plugin battery and Klipsch X11i earbuds
- iPad Air – 128 GB model with a Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio
My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone travel with me and are the main tools within my work day. I use One Note to sync my objectives, todos, and ideas across my notebook, iPad, and iPhone.
I like the screen real estate that the setup provides me, as I typically have many simultaneous tasks. The upper monitors allow me to place me current work on either monitor with reference documents and Mail open on either of the other screens. Unfortunately I cannot ignore my email and have to make it a front and centre application at all times.
I typically run a lot of programs at once, so my MacBook Pro has 16GB ram and 750GB SSD.
Project Status Setup
The 60″ TVs are used to view project data and run Filemaker. This area is to the right of my primary workstation, and it shows the current Engineering, Logistics, & Construction Status on multiple Projects.
The Mac Mini’s mainly run Filemaker Pro so are just off the shelf versions.
Project Location Viewing Area
The 46″ TV is used to view project locations, it’s usually running FileMaker and Google Earth.
This screen is located to the left side of my primary workstation.
What are some of your regularly used apps for Mac or iOS?
Mac OS X
- One Note
- Adobe Pro
iOS on iPad
- Filemaker go for various programs we run
- One Note
- Word (Finally word! It was worth the wait)
- iAnnotate – Viewing & Marking up contracts, documents, etc
iOS on iPhone
- Ford Remote Access (to start, lock my vehicle)
- KaKao Messenger
- Air Canada App
- Trip Deck
- Cineplex App
- DateCalc Pro
- My Measures
- WB Pro
- Around Me
- Key Ring
- Scanner Pro (Trying Scan bot now)
- Starbucks App
What apps could you absolutely not do without?
On the Mac, Omnigraffle is never shutdown. Whether diagrams or flowcharts, there are always 5 to 6 windows open. Other than that, Word, Mail, and Preview are my most used. Preview’s signature function is a lifesaver for a traveller.
As for iOS, I couldn’t go without my iPhone’s apps. iMessage, Mail, and Maps are my most used, but I have 315 more that are essential in the right situation.
Do you have any tips or helpful information you want to share?
JiTouch for Mac is a workflow saviour, it greatly expands the available multi-touch gestures.
As for a life tip? Don’t let work make you use a PC :-]
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