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DeSnousa
Jun 4, 2006, 04:40 AM
I thought it would be cool to post how you have your screen real-estate organised when working/study. Do you switch style around a lot or do you have the same layout all the time? Is your style clean or is it messy?

I'll start, I'm a boring guy who has the same clean (well I think) layout all the time. Never change, if I do its only minor. iTunes keeps me sane while studying ;)

Yes I know this is a random thread idea, but I was studying and realised I always have this boring but productive layout :o (Productive apart from iTunes ;))

XIII
Jun 4, 2006, 04:48 AM
Mine is pretty messy really.

I have Word open on the top, when I'm working, then Safari underneath. iTunes under that, keeping me sane as you put it (;)), and iChat (and sometimes MSN) open, so I am always only an IM away (although my status is usually away).

Nice thread, I like it.

http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/2711/picture30fo.th.jpg (http://img157.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture30fo.jpg)

DeSnousa
Jun 4, 2006, 04:52 AM
Yeah I revert from MSN ;)

I usually use Safari a lot in the process of studying, but it's closed when not in use or either it's hidden.

I really want a bigger screen, my only computer is my iBook 12" which is great but sometimes to small to work on.

XIII
Jun 4, 2006, 04:54 AM
Yeah. You can see from my screenshot I have the page at 112% big in Word, and I could easily fit another at that size (width wise) next to it. I moved from 1024*768 to 1680*1050, and its been great. :)

iAlan
Jun 4, 2006, 05:07 AM
My Mac is for fun, no work goin' on here....

:p

and another....

:p

Shotglass
Jun 4, 2006, 11:45 AM
Actually, I took a screen very recently. I titled the file "Dual DVI wanted.jpg". Here we go:
http://img305.imageshack.us/img305/9230/dualdviwanted8mz.th.png (http://img305.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dualdviwanted8mz.png)
EDIT: Well, it's not really working, but it's what I do on monday mornings.
Description:
Browser - Spiegel online, German news magazine.
iTunes window - Tagesschau podcast, another news magazine, this time TV.
Skype - conversation with a friend of mine plus contact list
Adium - just my little contact list
Dock - nah, I've said enough ;)

realityisterror
Jun 4, 2006, 12:02 PM
How I "work" or "study"?
I'm not sure what you mean :p

Here's my summertime screenshot:
http://static.flickr.com/56/160088375_55fd63e72c.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/56/160088375_55fd63e72c_b.jpg)

Check the tab titles :)

iSaint
Jun 4, 2006, 12:10 PM
From the thread title, I was think more along the lines of the fact that I sit on my buttocks on the couch with my iBook in my lap. That's how I work on my Mac.

Screenwise, the 14" screen with 1024 resolution limits what is viewable on the screen. I use alt-tab and alt-~ a lot to go between working screens. I'll have Entourage, Firefox, Adium, Word open at any given time.

BlizzardBomb
Jun 4, 2006, 12:34 PM
I use Desktop Manager (http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/) so I have 3 desktops; one for web-browsing, one for iTunes and one for Work (e.g. never used ;) ).

mark!
Jun 4, 2006, 02:35 PM
http://static.flickr.com/72/160200116_51ba2d2d15.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/72/160200116_51ba2d2d15_b.jpg)

Mostly ImageReady & Photoshop.

Click for bigger.
The cartoon thingy that .. is over the starbucks isn't something I made, I was just making a *.gif of it.

Felldownthewell
Jun 4, 2006, 03:24 PM
I used to keep everything very orderly on my XP machine. Then came OSX and expose. And so we have this:

steelphantom
Jun 4, 2006, 04:49 PM
I used to keep everything very orderly on my XP machine. Then came OSX and expose. And so we have this:

"Riot Porn"? :eek:

Felldownthewell
Jun 4, 2006, 05:08 PM
"Riot Porn"? :eek:


ahahahahahaha


Its a blog with pictures from riots- among activists pictures of riots are known as riot porn- heres the link (work safe. Unless your boss does not like riots)
Here yah go (http://riotporn.blogspot.com/)

It may be a bit weired but it passes the time.

calebjohnston
Jun 4, 2006, 05:33 PM
My boss likes when I openly discuss riots and mutiny within a workplace.

Felldownthewell
Jun 4, 2006, 05:53 PM
My boss likes when I openly discuss riots and mutiny within a workplace.
Mine too.

Oh wait.

I dont have a job. :D

And since I go to an art school anything political is seen as good :rolleyes:

So maybe its not work safe...i don't know.

Josias
Jun 7, 2006, 08:47 AM
Here t'is. I have MSN, iTunes, GarageBand and Safari. Pretty simple. We have exams now, so not much work to do:D
http://img462.imageshack.us/img462/9024/billede10wu.png

iGary
Jun 7, 2006, 08:54 AM
Writing and research mode today...

http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=49754&d=1149688414

mad jew
Jun 7, 2006, 08:57 AM
Wow. Word (or Pages) documents look pathetic on a 30" screen. :eek:

buffalo
Jun 7, 2006, 09:00 AM
Check the tab titles :)

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how do I get/use tabs?

iGary
Jun 7, 2006, 09:02 AM
Wow. Word (or Pages) documents look pathetic on a 30" screen. :eek:

Pages.

Yeah, prolly the best computer-related purchase I have ever made. :o

D34th
Jun 7, 2006, 09:03 AM
If you're using Safari, just hit File>New Tab...Pretty much the same in any web browser that supports tabs...

mad jew
Jun 7, 2006, 09:04 AM
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how do I get/use tabs?


Enable them in the Tabs pane of Safari's Preferences. :)

iGary
Jun 7, 2006, 09:05 AM
If you're using Safari, just hit File>New Tab...Pretty much the same in any web browser that supports tabs...

You have to enable tabbed browsing first.

Safari->Perferences->Tabbed Browsing->Enable Tabbed Browsing.

D34th
Jun 7, 2006, 09:08 AM
You have to enable tabbed browsing first.

Safari->Perferences->Tabbed Browsing->Enable Tabbed Browsing.

Blah blah blah, give me my fifteen minutes of fame, and then you can continue yours iGary. Lol, just kidding. Yeah I forgot about that, mine came enabled though...

buffalo
Jun 7, 2006, 09:26 AM
Geez, I'm gone for 15 minutes and I come back to read five responces on how to do it. Thanks!


Anyways since school's out, I don't have much "work" anymore, but I was pulling up a re-enactment of my screen on June 1st.

http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/6375/picture29nz.png

primalman
Jun 7, 2006, 10:41 AM
I use Desktop Manager (http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/) so I have 3 desktops; one for web-browsing, one for iTunes and one for Work (e.g. never used ;) ).

This is awesome! Super fast as well. I'm gonna see if I can get it to work into my flow. Thanks!!!

:)

M-theory
Jun 7, 2006, 01:02 PM
My boss likes when I openly discuss riots and mutiny within a workplace.

LMAO...you defintely have some great one liners :)

floyde
Jun 7, 2006, 01:27 PM
I had never used my Mac for work until last week, but here it is, my adventures with Mac programming:

buffalo
Aug 22, 2006, 07:48 PM
The first "work" I've done in a while. All my AP US History summer work... 24 page long (about) essays (over first five chapters in the text book), one book review, and 5 chapters of vocabulary. Been working all weekend and I just finished about an hour ago. Just in time for the start of school tomorrow.

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/6775/picture1ym2.png

taybone
Aug 22, 2006, 10:41 PM
The first "work" I've done in a while. All my AP US History summer work... 24 page long (about) essays (over first five chapters in the text book), one book review, and 5 chapters of vocabulary. Been working all weekend and I just finished about an hour ago. Just in time for the start of school tomorrow.

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/6775/picture1ym2.png

Wow that brings back bad memories haha. I took that class last year, and yeah its quite an adventure...I definately wouldn't do it again, as I don't really enjoy history. This year I have AP Physics and AP Calculus, so at least I'll be doing something I enjoy.

Good luck on the class and the AP Test.

Lixivial
Aug 23, 2006, 12:45 AM
Depends on what I'm doing. Programming it's pretty much a session of XCode, IB, and SimpleText; relaxing, it's a session of CoverFlow, full screened on one display, and iTunes full screened on the other; writing, it's WriteRoom on one screen and Ulysses on the other. Usually it's just an amalgamation of a bunch of apps.

I've attached a really messy frantic work example (my desktop is usually cluttered with apps until I get fed up and hide them) and then an example of CoverFlow + iTunes, because it's my favorite way of relaxing/studying with my MacBook.

I love this idea for a thread. :)

thr33face
Aug 23, 2006, 04:52 AM
usually i work like this:

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4689/workdeskthr33facenm9.th.jpg (http://img225.imageshack.us/my.php?image=workdeskthr33facenm9.jpg)

this is just a demonstration shot as i donīt have to work now.

Left: Toolspace
Right: Workspace

Plymouthbreezer
Aug 23, 2006, 12:11 PM
A typical, non school day:

http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/4233/messydsktopcv1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Shotglass
Aug 23, 2006, 05:04 PM
It always disturbs me how some people have a single playlist for each and every one of their favourite albums. There is a browse button, you know.

Meh, never mind me, many playlists drive me nuts - I'm a neat freak (software-wise).

irbdavid
Aug 25, 2006, 04:15 AM
Hard at work on a Friday morning :eek:

Shirking off to the pub about midday though, as is tradition :D

For those interested: bit of LaTeX goodness, and Mathematica over a forwarded X11 connection.

http://irbdavid.com/images/Aug252006-1.jpg

http://irbdavid.com/images/Aug252006-2.jpg

daneoni
Sep 8, 2006, 11:44 AM
on a somewhat busy school day

http://img314.imageshack.us/img314/7986/153641591b0c6814eebbbd7.jpg

On a casual day

http://img333.imageshack.us/img333/4060/224028998ebfa4b4eb4bdh1.jpg

Reaver
Sep 8, 2006, 05:56 PM
Wow that brings back bad memories haha. I took that class last year, and yeah its quite an adventure...I definately wouldn't do it again, as I don't really enjoy history. This year I have AP Physics and AP Calculus, so at least I'll be doing something I enjoy.

Good luck on the class and the AP Test.

oh yeah me too I use to wake up saying stuff like " NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL" or doing your term papers in your sleep and waking up to the fact you havent even started them yet cause you were to plastured from the previous nights festivities. those nights were always fun :D

SeVeN
Sep 8, 2006, 05:59 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b347/TurboXT/Working.jpg

backsidetailsli
Sep 8, 2006, 06:41 PM
Depends on what I'm doing. Programming it's pretty much a session of XCode, IB, and SimpleText; relaxing, it's a session of CoverFlow, full screened on one display, and iTunes full screened on the other; writing, it's WriteRoom on one screen and Ulysses on the other. Usually it's just an amalgamation of a bunch of apps.

I've attached a really messy frantic work example (my desktop is usually cluttered with apps until I get fed up and hide them) and then an example of CoverFlow + iTunes, because it's my favorite way of relaxing/studying with my MacBook.

I love this idea for a thread. :)
how do you do that with the cd covers? like the front row thing?

edit. should have read your post first. lol sorry

7on
Sep 9, 2006, 12:00 AM
Pity that's it's a friday evening and I can't get to my work machine right now :p or you guys would be seeing some awfully exciting 4-color Indesign posters I was turning into a 2-color DCS ESP.

elisha cuthbert
Sep 16, 2006, 07:00 AM
pretty much a school day other than the fact its a saturday
but it still feels like school, even though i am on holiday
but ive still got trial exams next weekish and a whole heap of crap due
and more work
but music keeps me cool, it still doesnt help the insomnia but it helps keep me calm
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6048/picture1bz6.th.png (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6048/picture1bz6.png)

Shotglass
Sep 16, 2006, 01:37 PM
on a somewhat busy school day

http://img314.imageshack.us/img314/7986/153641591b0c6814eebbbd7.jpg

On a casual day

http://img333.imageshack.us/img333/4060/224028998ebfa4b4eb4bdh1.jpg
How do you make the Terminal translucent?

Lixivial
Sep 16, 2006, 01:46 PM
How do you make the Terminal translucent?

It depends on which version of OS X you're running. In Panther onward, it's set in the Terminal menu -> Window Settings... -> Color

Prior to this you had to type out the command:

defaults write com.apple.Terminal TerminalOpaqueness 0.0

0.0 can be replaced with the decimal level of opaqueness you want, up to 1 (with 1 being 100% opaque).

daneoni
Sep 18, 2006, 05:25 PM
It depends on which version of OS X you're running. In Panther onward, it's set in the Terminal menu -> Window Settings... -> Color

Prior to this you had to type out the command:

defaults write com.apple.Terminal TerminalOpaqueness 0.0

0.0 can be replaced with the decimal level of opaqueness you want, up to 1 (with 1 being 100% opaque).

...yeah, what he said

Gwardys
Sep 18, 2006, 06:51 PM
OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, Macjournal, iFlash, Pages, Dictionary, Schoolhouse[I love it!], iCal and Safari.

Currently working on: AP World History Homework, and other assignments.
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3180/scaledpicture1fs9bc7.png

pianoman
Sep 18, 2006, 07:06 PM
Mine is pretty messy really.

I have Word open on the top, when I'm working, then Safari underneath. iTunes under that, keeping me sane as you put it (;)), and iChat (and sometimes MSN) open, so I am always only an IM away (although my status is usually away).

Nice thread, I like it.

http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/2711/picture30fo.th.jpg (http://img157.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture30fo.jpg)

that's pretty much how i do it, too. except i don't necessarily have iTunes open. if i'm really trying to concentrate, i'll quit iTunes - even having it open and in the backgorund but not playing anything can be a little distracting. i probably shouldn't have iChat or Adium open, either, but i pride myself on being accessible to my friends - either via cell phone or instant messaging.

my safari is usually loaded with tabs for google, wikipedia, and my school's library page.