Mac Setup: The Adjustable Desk of a CEO
This featured Mac setup is the workstation of Peter L., the Chief Executive of a web design and software development firm. Read on to learn a bit more about the awesome adjustable desk, and the hardware and software that is put to use!
What hardware comprises your Mac setup?
- MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display – 3.1 GHZ Intel i7 with 16GB RAM & 500GB Flash SSD
- iMac 27″ with Retina 5K Display – 4.0GHZ Quad Core Intel i7 with 32GB RAM & 3TB Fusion Drive
- Apple Cinema Display 27”
- iPad Air 2 – 128GB
- iPhone 6s Plus – 128GB (used to take the photo)
- Apple Magic Mouse 2
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Satechi USB Port – Easy plug and play, cool design
- Everdock Duo docking station – charging iPhone & iPad
- 2 Lacie External Drives – Backup and office networking
- Apple TV 4th Gen – Airplay music, etc.
- Plantronics Voyager Headset
- Venque Briefpack XL
- Autonomous SmartDesk w/ AI – Just got it in last week, and love it.
Tell us a bit about what you do?
I’m the CEO of a web design and software development firm, so I’m involved with every aspect of the company. We provide digital solutions for our business clients and develop a few web apps as well.
What do you use your Apple gear for? Why did you go with this particular setup?
My gear is used for web development and testing, tons of emails & project management, some PHP programming – of course, server management, CRM management and more. I love my dual display setup – each app has its own desktop, and I have hotkeys set up, making it super easy to multi-task.
The simple clean desk layout makes it easy to concentrate, and I love being able to either sit or stand at the desk whenever I want – makes for a more comfortable work day. The battery life on both my MacBook Pro & iPhone 6S Plus are amazing – never have to worry about charging the entire day.
What are some of your essential Mac and iOS apps?
Transmit (both Mac and iOS) is the best FTP client we’ve seen and the whole staff uses it daily along with TextMate for easy coding & file management. The usual core apps like Mail, iTunes, iCal & Safari are always open. With Handoff, it’s nice and easy to seamlessly switch between devices, and I use that a ton.
Skype is used by the whole team for easy communicating – as well as with clients. We use Direct Mail for Mac for our client email list management, and couldn’t do without it! Adobe Photoshop CS6 is our go-to app for graphic work, as well. QuickBooks Online and it’s corresponding Mac app makes it easy to manage our books.
Some cool apps I use on my Macs are Bartender & Hazel – love them. iStat Menus, Boom 2, Snippets, ColorSnapper & 1Password are always open, and Dropbox keeps our whole company sharing files easily with each other and clients. Mac ID is a cool app for Mac & iPhone that keeps security tight – locking my Macs when I walk away, and unlocking when I come back.
AirConnect and Air Login (Mac & iOS) from Avatron Software is what I use to make it super easy to log into any one of my Macs remotely from another Mac or iPhone. We also use Teamviewer for client support.
My favorite app on the iPad is StatusBoard – we use it to track server stats, in-depth website stats w/ GoSquared, and much more.
Do you have any tips or productivity tricks you’d like to share?
If you haven’t already, get to know Mail & Safari – especially in El Capitan. If you have multiple (newer) devices, you can really take advantage of Apple’s infrastructure in ways you couldn’t before and can’t with third party apps. Bartender is a no-brainer app to organize my cluttered menu bars.
The latest hack I just implemented is to use Dropbox to sync my multiple Mac desktops – I love it. Not only can I access those desktop items on my Dropbox app in iOS, it real-time syncs files when I add or remove them to any of my desktops – it’s crazy easy and so time-saving.
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