Published on April 17th, 2017 by peter
Build a data journalist's toolbox on macOS Sierra
These pages document my computer's setup suitable for generic data driven journalism (a.k.a ddj) projects running on recent Apple hardware. I primarily wrote these up for my own reference and publish it to have it at hand wherever I may be. It's the essence of several iterations, hours of searching, experimenting and web-surfing. It also supersedes this old post on the same topic, because it was easier to write it anew. This page serves as an index, while more complex topics are explored in detail in dedicated pages as listed aside.
I start with the Command Line utilities, then grab essential desktop apps, like a text editor and connect some key cloud services. Then I proceed to configure my *AMP stack before installing Desktop Apps, most of which require no explanation with the exception of QGIS.
I've created a dedicated walk through for CLI tools. It covers my Terminal setup, bash config, and some of the package managers, like homebrew, npm and pip beside a short list of my all time favourite tools.
Task Specific Applications
- MS Office / Open Office / Google Apps
- OpenRefine via homebrew **
- QGIS + see my walk-through
- Sequel Pro
- Photoshop / GIMP
- Illustrator / Inkscape
* My aim is to list a free / open-source option for every purpose / application. PathFinder is the only exception for which I haven't found an equally capable free alternative.
** Can be installed from .dmg, which requires JRE. Homebrew, being a package manager takes care of dependencies.