I’m Roben Kleene, I’m developing a new creative coding application called Repla. I write about computers as a platform for creative work on my blog. I’m interested in advancing the state of the art of using computers for creative pursuits. You can contact me via email. I can also be found on GitHub, Instagram, Pinboard, and Twitter.
Which Software Should I Use?
The overarching question I’m trying to answer on this blog is which software should I use? Before I started writing about software, I was paralyzed by choice. There always seemed to be some new app or platform on the horizon that was about to disrupt everything. I was always asking myself, am I learning the right tool? You might think this is a waste of time to worry about, but I disagree. The amount of energy it takes to learn a complex software product is immense. Not to mention that, outside of some rare counter-examples, like source code being stored as plaintext, your data is effectively stored in app’s format forever.
I’d argue that the only people who shouldn’t be thinking carefully about which software to use (for everything except plaintext), are those that don’t care about preserving their creations.
Luckily for those of us that do care, there appear to be some clear right answers. If you stop listening to the technology pundits, who are always focused on potential revolutions on the horizon (not that I’m faulting them, it’s their job is to identify potential trends). And instead focus on which software is actually being used by creators, then patterns emerge that lead to concrete answers about what the best investment of your time is. Identifying and tracking these patterns is my central goal on this blog.
The Nature of Proficiency
I appreciate not just the software itself, but also the act of using software for creative purposes. What makes one app for making things better than another? What makes an app more effective in the hands of a skilled user than another? What separates a skilled user from everyone else? Just how efficiently can a skilled user work?
I use Apple platforms. For me, I believe they have the best combination of benefits for what I’m trying to accomplish. As such, I spend a lot of time talking about Apple platforms, because essentially all of the software I use runs on those platforms.