7 Reasons Why Mac OSX Is the Best OS for Writers

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. big_malk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2005
    Pressing esc to autocomplete a word is a little gem i didn't know about. The pop-up dictionary I must have used almost every day since it was added :)
  3. daddywags214 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    I use the dictionary overlay all the time, and I show it to as many people as I can. I didn't know about the autocompletion, though, either! Very cool stuff. Love .
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Getting Alex to read out documents is a great idea that I haven't used.
  5. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Not quite true. It doesn't work in the field I'm entering this reply in, the Google search field in Safari, events in iCal (it does work while typing to-dos the first go, but not calendar events or editing to-dos), etc.

    So while I think this is a very useful feature now that I know about it, the author was engaging in a little hyperbole (which fortunately I already knew how to spell :D) when saying it can be used anywhere. Even in Apple's apps, there are some places you can and can't use it.
  6. aftk2 macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2003
    Pacific NW
    Allow me to write my own list..

    1. Scrivener
    2. Scrivener
    3. Scrivener
    4. Scrivener
    5. Scrivener
    6. Scrivener
    7. Scrivener

    That is all.

  7. xrayvision macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
    Don't Forget LaTeX!

    I agree with all of the above- but I gotta plug my favorite writing tools which are freely available on a Mac: LaTeX + BibDesk.

    One of my major Pains is managing references when I write. EndNote is OK, but I had a major meltdown in my writing when incompatibilities cropped up between EndNote revisions. Nothing is more frustrating than shelling out 100$ for software that's not backwards compatible with itself and still feels like a Beta release. Enter LaTeX and BibDesk (pronounced "Luh-Tech" and not like the similarly spelled synthetic material).

    If anyone else does any scientific or technical writing, I'd highly recommend using a combination of LaTeX (via TeTex in my case, but anything will work) and BibDesk. Using these tools on my mac is a DREAM!

    References are browsable in an "iTunes-like" window, everything can be drag/dropped into your document. References are linked directly to the original articles or even remotely stored libraries of pdf files. Libraries consist of simple text, so they are very durable. LaTeX does all your document formatting for you by compiling your document- kinda like a markup language but very easy to learn- and TeTex facilitates the whole process.

    These tools are available on other platforms too (Linux, MS) but the additional built-in amenities of a mac (like non-conf networking, direct pdf support, remote access, etc) allow me to take full advantage of them. Best of all, if you DO work with another platform, the output is always consistent (unlike Word).

    Fantastic Stuff! :D
  8. rogerw macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2004
    west sussex UK
  9. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    The only problem with LateX is the amount of time you need to spend whenever you need to learn something new about it because it WON'T work the first you read about it.

    Other than that, the possibilities for LateX is endless. I use Aquamacs myself and will from now on never go on writing anything collaborative without using this.
  10. Siriosys macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2007
    New Zealand
    Open up System Preferences from the Dock and select Speech. From there, select Text to Speech and in the drop down list for the voice, choose Alex.

  11. rogerw macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2004
    west sussex UK
    cheers for that!
  12. Maeish macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2008
    That's interesting. Especially about Alex. Mistakes will be easier to pick up if the computer is reading it back to you!

    A librarian doing an intro. class today on Endnotes commented that Social Sciences students always seem to use PC while Humanities (me!) always favour macs. Hehe!

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