As I have highlighted elsewhere on this forum, I’m not too keen on subscription model pricing. Also, I’m finding the mac world seems to be pricing itself rather steeply. This is especially evident when you use the itunes app store compared to the google play store. The recent upgrade cost to OF 3 doesn’t fill me with joy, not does the thought of OF3 mac upgrade when it comes.
A couple of years ago I played around with emacs which was extremely difficult to get used to. I then came across spacemacs and this was a far simpler ramp in. I tend to use software when it’s new for about 6 months and then let it lie fallow for a year. Once I return the decision of whether I need it or not becomes really clear and my brain seems to have processed how to use it properly and things that were a problem before now seem simpler.
Two months ago I set up spacemacs on my system. I wanted a central place to do the majority of my work. I set up the same system on my imac and macair. I only make configuration changes on my imac and if I do, I immediately copy my configuration files to dropbox so they can be placed on the macair. All my documents reside on dropbox. The setup and learning curve is still quite high, but last years stint with spacemacs has eased it.
So why spacemacs? Initially because of Orgmode; the most amazing and wonderful and stupendous productivity system anywhere on the planet; but also because plain text works for me. Here is a list of reasons:
- All my email come into spacemacs (via mbsync and mu4e) and can be processed in seconds. A keyboard shortcut places an action in my todo file with a direct link to the email.
- Actions can have whatever states I set, ie next, delegated, etc and all actions can be searched and grouped in those states.
- Actions can be tagged and sorted via tags.
- Orgmode has a full blown calendar where all my stuff with dates appear.
- Actions can be scheduled or deadlined. For scheduled the action appears on the day, for deadlined it appears however many days I set before the deadline and appears from that date every day in my schedule.
- Actions can be written in any org file anywhere in the org file and orgmode will find it and list it in my agenda view.
- The agenda view lists all my actions in a diary format or allows me to see a complete list of all my action from all my files.
- I can set the agenda view so that when I select an action it automatically opens the file it is in in a split window. Clicking on an action takes you to the file and line where the action is.
- The Agenda view can be configured to show whatever information I want it to show.
- The Silversearcher. Ulysses has this amazing search that not only lists the sheet, but the line which matches the search criteria. The silversearcher does this on nested directories. I can search a directory heirarchy and as I type the search phrase the silversearcher bigins to list, not only the file, but the line number and show me a few words either side of my search criteria.
- A plain text environment needs to export and for this I use pandoc inside spacemacs and can export my plain text file to anything, docx, odt, pptx, latex, etc. Currently 30+ formats.
And the list goes on.
The only negative, is that you must give it time. This system has too many features to learn in a week or month. what I would say it that spacemacs has replaced the following apps for me:
- MS Word
As I use a macair and imac, I have no need for iOS and have subsequently retired those systems. This has also saved my quite an amount of money in subscriptions.