我主要的工作电脑是一台（几乎）顶配的 iMac 27” Retina，再接一个 27” Cinema Display。我也有一台旧的 15” Retina MacBook Pro 和一台小巧的 12” MacBook。除此之外，我也各有一台 iPhone 6s、iPad Air 2、iPad Pro，另外还有一些 iPad Pro 用的外接设备。所有这些设备满足了我的工作和个人使用需求，根据所处地点、目的的不同，选择也不同。我还有一只 Apple Watch 和一台 Apple TV，不过这些就只是用来放松娱乐的了。
为了工作，我「必须」拥有各种设备的最新版——我超爱这一点。嗯……其实也不是必须的，不过 Mac/ iOS 开发者这一身份是个绝佳的借口，你有理由在各种产品面市的当天就搞到一台;-)
许多想法可以说是来源自我们的用户。他们发来邮件、推特或者是信息，建议加入一些元素。然后，我们把一些想法和别的东西整合起来，以此拟定计划。而我在其他 app 中的所见也会激发、催生这样的计划。这些见闻既有通过调研得来的，也有我在日常使用中产生的。
必然是 Ulysses。这是为写作者而生的 app，也有中文版，你应该试试看。不管你是在记日记、写博客，是在撰写一部鸿篇巨著，还是在写学校留的作业，Ulysses 都能胜任，并且帮助你专注于写作。我们的网站上有免费试用，你没理由不试一把看看;-)
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Max Seelemann, co-founder and lead developer at The Soulmen. I live in Leipzig, Germany, where our company also has its headquarters. We develop a writing app – or better: writing platform – called Ulysses, which is available for Mac, iPad and iPhone.
What hardware do you use?
My main workhorse computer is a (almost) maxed-out iMac 27” Retina with an external 27” Cinema Display. I also have an older 15” Retina MacBook Pro and a small 12” MacBook. In addition to that, I have an iPhone 6s、an iPad Air 2、an iPad Pro, as well as some peripherals for the latter. I use all these devices for work and for private stuff, depending on where I am and what I’m up to. I also have an Apple Watch and an Apple TV, but those I use just for pleasure.
I love the fact that I “have” to own the newest version of every device for work. Well… I don’t actually have to, but being an Mac / iOS software developer is a good excuse to get everything the day it comes out. 😉
And what software?
Since I do a lot of development, I spend a huge time of my day in Xcode. Occasionally, I also design some icons, for which I use Sketch. When I have to manipulate some pictures, like mocking some UI changes in a screenshot, I mostly use Pixelmator. For development, I also use Tower for accessing our source repositories and Reveal to find errors in the user interface.
What is your ideal work environment?
I really love my current work environment. I have a comfortable chair, a wooden desk, two huge flat screen monitors, a window in my back to look outside, nice colleagues and a coffee machine close to me. I don’t think I would want to change much about this. Well, maybe resettle to an Caribbean island one day. 😉
Where does your work inspiration come from?
Many ideas somehow originate with our users. They send us an email, a tweet or a message and suggest some feature to implement. We then combine some ideas with others and make a plan from that. This plan is also inspired by what I see in other apps, either through research or during my daily use of apps.
Recommend a useful tool for daily life.
That would obviously be Ulysses. It’s an app for anyone who writes, it is localized in Chinese, and you should just give it a try. No matter if you’re writing a diary or a blog, the next grand novel or a school homework, Ulysses is up to the task and helps you focus on your writing. We have a free demo on our website, no excuses accepted to not try it out 😉