Home Screens – Joseph Nilo

This week I’m pleased to feature Joseph Nilo (twitter), one of the pioneers of Mac podcasting and a very talented video and audio production guy who co-founded HiLo Media. After having a multiple year e-lationship, I finally got to meet Joseph in person this year at Macworld and I was so pleased that he agreed to share his home screen. So Joseph, show us your home screen.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

My preferred home screen apps are pretty standard-issue. My least recognizable are certainly DP Control, which is a controller for my audio production software Digital Performer, and Authenticator, which allows me to securely log into my World of Warcraft account.

Additionally I really like Flickpad Pro, which is an ingenious way to view my friend’s Facebook and Flickr photos.
I do have to mention that, for the sake of this post, I had to pull my most-accessed apps out of their respective folders to make it more interesting. I like a clutter-free home page with folders. The dock holds my six most-accessed apps and I use the Spotlight search or just muscle memory to find the rest.

What is your favorite app?

I certainly spend the most time in River of News and [Instapaper]. My last hour before bed at night is spent going through RSS feeds and saving interesting stuff to Instapaper for later reading.
Which app is your guilty pleasure?

Authenticator represents my real-life guilty pleasure: World of Warcraft (I can stop whenever I want to, I swear!). My favorite time-killer is Monopoly HD.
How many times a day do you use your iPad?

I use my iPad quite often. It sits in my edit suite with me (along with a Mac Pro with three displays and a MacBook pro, it certainly is excessive).

The iPad gets used (for work) mostly as a script reader— I keep the script for whatever video I’m editing live on my iPad for quick access. Additionally it comes with me into the voiceover booth as I’ve long-abandoned printing out scripts for the sake of being green. And hating printers.

The tools I use for managing all my work stuff: Dropbox, Evernote, Simplenote, Things, and a Safari link to Google Docs. Plus I prefer the Gmail interface in Safari to the iPad’s Mail app.
And then my iPad becomes a part of my nightly ritual of reading in bed.

What is your favorite feature of the iPad?

Usability. I am constantly amazed that Apple has designed a product that my four-year-old has an almost disturbing mastery of. If she needs to be occupied for a time at a restaurant or on a plane or in the car, I feel better about her interacting and problem-solving in her favorite apps then having just parked her in front of a movie for a couple hours.

Thanks Joseph.

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