Makzan / I share what I learnt

My Mac’s setup

Recently I updated my 2016 Macbook Pro 13″ to the new Macbook Pro 16″. Here are the system setup for my Macbooks. System preferences  For appearance, I use blue color with yellow highlights. For web search default, I use DuckDuckGo. For display, I turn on the “Increase Contrast” in accessibility setting. I also enable zoom […]

Read Post / 2020-01-12

My 2010s Review

A conclusion of my last 10 years. This is the last month of the decade. Let me take some time to round up my last 10 years. Here are the highlights. Began my book writing e-Learning and MakClass Building my own productivity and knowledge system. Coming back to WorldSkills skill 17 Got married and built […]

Read Post / 2019-12-31

I write in Basecamp

Recently, I write in Basecamp. It helps me to focus on the single piece of document. Basecamp is project management tool that encourages context based communication for teams. I have been using Basecamp solo and enjoying the tools it provides. Recently, I’m using Basecamp to write. There are 2 states when writing a document in […]

Read Post / 2019-10-25

An experiment on writing in iA Writer and sync to Working Copy

This is an experiment on using the Markdown Block in Working Copy with iA Writer. Working Copy supports Markdown Block as well While I can preview a single markdown file in Work Copy previously, the latest Working Copy updates include the support of Markdown content block. Although it is not like iA writer that supports […]

Read Post / 2019-05-28

Using DocRaptor to generate PDF

This is the first post on my journal of using DocRaptor to generate PDF. I will keep posting how I use the PDF generator for my course materials. I write online courses on MakClass.com and would like to generate PDF book from my teaching materials. Previously, I had been using LeanPub to generate the PDFs. I also try generating […]

Read Post / 2019-05-18

iOS Shortcut: Convert PDF to Image

This is a simple shortcut that convert PDF into images. I often need to save PDF into image into other image-only application such as Day One journal. These PDFs may be a document scan, a screenshot of website via “Create PDF” from Safari. This is my go-to shortcut for these purposes. https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/b22e373ebd344c5e910512f5d7968c34

Read Post / 2019-04-29

Trying PreText

From the latest MacStories newsletter, I learnt a new app called PreText. It is as if the TextEdit app all from macOS migrated into iOS. It does only one thing, text editing with files provider, and that is all we need sometimes. Although this app is not a replacement to my current writing workflow, it […]

Read Post / 2019-04-20