Jake Mauer

Jake Mauer

Design Director at Allovue Joined almost 4 years ago

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  • Posted to What's the best external monitor for MacBook Pro?, in reply to leo Sdn , Dec 04, 2019

    The LG 4K/5K are close. They support the P3 colorspace as do the Macbook Pro's retina displays. Do you use a color calibrator at all? If not I would suggest it.

    2 points
  • Posted to What's the best external monitor for MacBook Pro?, Dec 04, 2019
    1. Apple Retina XDR Display (Likely)
    2. LG Ultrafine 5k
    3. LG Ultrafine 4k or another 4k/ultrawide/etc that fits your requirements.

    I use an LG 5k at work and it's fantastic. It's bright, clear, has great color, and is 2x retina resolution. It has a glossy screen but is bright enough to compensate for it in most circumstances.

    There are two models out there, ones from the first batch and a recent re-release. The recent ones supply 94w of power through the Thunderbolt 3 cable whereas the old ones (which I have) only do 87w I believe. This is only relevant if you have a 2019 16" MacBook Pro as those ship with a 96w power brick and thus can draw more than the 15" models.

    I have never used an Ultrawide so I don't know if that would be good for my workflow or not. It would be fun to try, but to be worth it I would need to be able to run it at 2x resolution.

    1 point
  • Posted to The Mac Pro icon in the Apple store is a mess, in reply to Jordan Little , Jun 05, 2019

    Thanks for the reply. Looking at it blown up in size it's remarkable how many mistakes there are.

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  • Posted to The Mac Pro icon in the Apple store is a mess, in reply to Jordan Little , Jun 05, 2019

    Can you elaborate on how it's improperly built and how it could be better?

    1 point
  • Posted to HTML Emails 101 For Web Developers, Mar 24, 2019

    We just started using MJML (https://mjml.io/) at my work and I can't say enough good things about it. You write your emails in their pseudo-HTML markup language and it outputs valid HTML markup that works in basically every email client, including all the variants of Outlook. They offer a nodeJS CLI tool as well as a very nice WYSIWYG tool for MacOS.

    Thanks to this I hope to never have to hand-write or outsource another HTML email again.

    1 point
  • Posted to Does anyone have experience, good or bad, buying Refurbished Apple products?, Mar 23, 2019

    I've ordered 2 MacBook Airs and a 13" MacBook Pro for my mom all from the Apple refurb section of the store. All of them looked and worked perfectly fine. I treat products from Apple's refurb site as basically good as new.

    1 point
  • Posted to Git for designers is here – Meet Abstract (Video & explainer GIFs inside), in reply to Dima B , Jul 19, 2017

    I think, at least in the case of Sketch, it probably had something to do with them changing their file format to proper JSON which is easier to diff. I just signed up for Abstract and just found out about Kactus so I need to see how these tools work in practice.

    6 points
  • Posted to Ask DN : what's the best way to speed up a (really) slow Mac, in reply to Andy Leverenz , Nov 12, 2016

    Thought this was worth sharing on the off chance your Mac Pro makes the cut: http://dosdude1.com/sierrapatch.html

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  • Posted to Ask DN : what's the best way to speed up a (really) slow Mac, Nov 12, 2016

    I agree with the other suggestions here, adding more ram is easy but if you're already at 16 or sometimes even 8gb you won't notice much difference.

    The biggest improvement you can make is putting in a solid state drive (SSD). If your hard drive is currently an old-school spinning disk putting in an SSD will make it feel like a new computer. I would recommend the following:

    1. Familiarize yourself with the repair guides for your specific model at iFixIt.
    2. Buy the SSD itself; Either a Samsung Evo 850 or a Crucial MX300 if the Samsung is too expensive.
    3. Depending on your mac, you might need an internal mount for the SSD that takes up the same space as a traditional 3.5" drive. Like this Newertech AdaptaDrive
    4. Because iMac drives have internal temperature sensors, if you just plop a random drive in there it won't report temperature and the Mac will respond by turning up the fans to 100%. You can solve this with software like SSD fan control or my preference is to use a replacement cable that includes a sticky-able temp sensor. You can buy the cable itself or the cable and a handy installation kit that will make getting in to your mac easier.

    I'm happy to help with more details or assistance if you go down the path of an SSD upgrade. Good Luck!

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