My desktop computer in the lab is a Mac Pro. I also installed Windows XP on this computer through VMWare.
- Windows XP (and 7, now windows 10 64bit)
major working environment, including manuscript writing, data analysis, preparing presentation etc
- MS Word
Writing papers, tracking change
(I used Google Doc before and I don’t feel ‘productive’ there.)
Not for figure manipulation (done in MS PowerPoint)
- MS Excel
Storing well structured data (such as behavior data or NIRS data)
Simple calculation (sum, average)
Simple chart (usually for initial inspection. Will copy/past to PowerPoint for further editing)
- MS PowerPoint
Editing figures to meet the journal standard, will insert the figures to MS Word later (In Word, paste special, select “Picture (Enhanced Metafile)”)
Storing figures/result for notes (for personal review later when I almost forget)
Note sometimes Mac and Windows are not compatible.
Paste formatted text here to get rid of the format. Then copy to other programs.
- Adobe Photoshop
Producing journal standard TIFF figures (PowerPoint is not good at this)
I don’t use Photoshop to edit figures
- Adobe PDF reader
- MS Paint
Screen capture and paste into MS paint for cropping. For example, I usually screen capture brain images displayed by xjview and crop in MS paint.
- PaperBox (http://www.paper-box.co) and Cite
Reference managing / sharing / reading
- [new] Stork notify me important publications, grants etc every day
Writing stimuli paradigms (with Psychophysics toolbox 3)
Producing figures (will copy to MS PowerPoint for further editing: color, line width, size etc)
fMRI / NIRS visualization
Web browsing. I rarely use IE or Safari. Sometimes use Chrome when writing web applications (e.g. xjview feed)
- Flex Builder
IDE for AIR application development
HTML/PHP editor (I used to use FlashDevelop)
Capture screen, window, or selected region. Use it a lot. On windows 10 I use snipping tool.
- screencast-o-matic, screen recording, http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
Installing Windows/Linux in Mac
- google calendar
Sync files over different computers, collaboration