Mac Setup: A Clean & Simple iMac Workstation
This weeks featured Mac setup is the really nice and clean minimalist desk setup of Joseph C.. Let’s jump to it and learn a bit more about this workstation and the apps that keep it going… don’t miss the great bonus fields wallpaper too!
Tell us a bit about what you do and how you came to use Macs?
I have been using Macs since 2004 when i got a iBook. I slowly moved over from Window, and used them throughout college and university.
I had been working in publishing, then moved on to video work, and I am currently making another transition into media marketing.
What hardware makes up your Apple setup?
- iMac 27″ (mid 2011) – 2.7 GHz Intel core 5, 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM (recently upgraded from the basic 4 GB), 1 TB hard drive
- MacBook Pro 13″ (mid 2012) – 2.5 GHz Intel core 5, 4 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 RAM, 500 GB hard drive
- iPad mini (1st Gen 16 GB White)
- iPhone 5s (32 GB Gold)
- iPod Classic 16 GB
- iPod Shuffle 2GB
- Mackie CR3 3″ monitor speakers black (just upgraded from XtremeMac Tango bar. Very good product just wanted speakers that where better quality with a little more bass to them)
- WD 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive
- Intenso 1 Tb External hard drive (used for Time Machine backup
What do you use the Apple gear for? Why this setup?
I use my the setup for all my day to day stuff, everything from web browsing, music, films, and whatever else may come up. I also use it to do my own editing work as I like to film little videos and take pictures. As I am changing fields, when that is complete the laptop will go back to being almost solely for work use and if i am not at home.
I use the iPad for writing letters, emails, stories, and layouts for my personal projects, as well as general stuff. Though recently it has been used as a remote for both iMac and MacBook with the help of the Alfred app. It is fantastic and helps workflow a lot, just with a few small controls that you can change to fit you.
Even if I wasn’t going to use my setup for work and my own projects, I would still buy Apple products, just because I prefer the software and feel over Windows computers (this is just a preference, nothing against Windows of course).
What app do you use most often?
- Final Cut Pro
- Final Draft
- Air Mail
- iTunes (People complain about this but i think it great. couldn’t live without it)
- Dropbox & copy
- Better Snap Tool (Great on the iMac)
- Macbooster 2
- Monity (best addition to the notification centre i can think of)
- Alfred remote
- copy & Dropbox
- iTunes remote
- various default ones
Do you have any productivity tips or workspace advice you want to share?
I’ve found that I am very lucky with my set up, but all that matters is not how fancy it is, but rather if you are happy with it. I also find that if you set up whatever you have in a way you like, that it just works so much better.
- Keeping the area clean and tidy helps me (sometimes this is hard to keep up with but overall tidiness is the way forward) .
- One of my main problems is deciding what wallpaper to use. I go through so many in the space of a week but when I find one, it always helps me. I have attached my current wallpaper in use on the iMac and MacBook Pro, I created it myself (click the thumbnail below to open the full sized wallpaper, the file resolution is 4752 × 3168) .
- Keeping the folders and storage managed well, I found that is a very good way to be able to find what you want and need without losing anything
- In terms of work, if it is more writing and editing based rather than video and sound related, I find to have music on gets me through whatever I am doing. Always helps to have a wide range of music, anything from death metal to folk music. Always something to fit your mood.
- I like to keep note pads and books etc floating around, sometimes you can not beat a good old pen and pad for ideas and notes.
- Added some of your own flare to the desk is always nice so it feels like your space (thats why I have my movie themed coaster and LEGO tumbler on mine)
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