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Friday, December 19, 2014

Desk app for Mac: Initial post and reaction

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Initial purchase

I just purchased Desk and am now testing the app on my MacBook Air, mid-2012.  I particularly like the option of uploading directly to a blog (most popular blog sites are supported); but in my case, had a slight issue getting started.  I have a blogger account with the address, http://benjaminleestewart.blogspot.com, but since I reside in Mexico, this same URL automatically changes to http://benjaminleestewart.blogspot.mx/.  I tried entering the .mx URL when setting up my blogger account in Desk, but to no avail.  It wasn’t until I entered the .com URL that everything worked just fine.  So, food for thought to those in a similar situation.

Initial reaction

Things that I like about this app for far...
  1. Streamlined interface.
  2. Automatic numbering/bullets just by entering a number or bullet point…no need to push a formatting button.
  3. Automatic resizing of text when adjusting window size.
  4. Streamlined process for uploading to personal blog.
  5. Simple word formatting like underline, bold, and italics just be using hot keys or intuitive popup mini toolbar that appears once text is selected.  Although using hot keys to format text is standard these days, this app does not include fixed icons that takes up space.  One of the attractive features of this app is the minimalistic approach it takes by not including tool bars that take up screen real estate and distract from the overall writing experience.  Again, when you select text, a mini toolbar appears for most common formatting features one would need.
Two things that I miss already (have had the app only for about 30 minutes): 1) automatic spellcheck and 2) a way to insert an image using a URL.  I just tweeted @DeskPM about this and will post there response.


What do you think?  What’s your experience with this app?  Is it something that you find useful?