A big thank you to everyone who provided me with some handy hints on becoming a new MacBook Pro user. Frank’s tip about fixing the Home and End keys using KeyFixer (and KeyFixer for Firefox) has really helped. I’ve also disabled the Dashboard, saving me some RAM and CPU since I never really used the widgets in the dashboard anyway. Instead, I’ve mapped my freed-up F12 key to Visor, which is a drop-down console-like terminal (remember how you’d bring up a console in Quake using the ` key?). It looks like this.
By turning on Full Keyboard Access (Ctrl + F7) so that I can tab between everything and not just text fields, and in conjunction with QuickSilver, I’m able to do pretty much everything without taking my hands off the keyboard now.
I’m also enjoying Nocturne for late-night reading. Even better, using the light sensor that controls the screen brightness and keyboard backlight, it can be set up to turn on and off automatically based on light levels.
You might also have noticed that my Dock is way over on the right there, auto hiding. I opted to move it when I realised that it was getting in the way at the bottom of the screen and I wanted to be able to get to it without sacrificing window-height. It’s a wide-screen after all, so I thought I’d use the additional width.
Also recently installed are Twitterific (quite nice, especially when running Growl for subtle notifications). Ecto (sadly not nearly as good at Windows Live Writer), OmniGraffle (not dissimilar to Visio), iStat Menus (much nicer than the widget version), Calico (the Mac user’s answer to Autostitch and much easier than DoubleTake), Adium (for multi-platform chat) and Skitch (to supplement Snapz Pro X for annotated screenshots). TextExpander is the next thing on my list to install and buy, and Light Room (or Aperture. I need to try both really) which I don’t think I really need until I pick up the Canon 450D.