Essential Tools Featuring Kim WoodbridgeBy
Kim entered the world of freelancing about a year ago and primarily does WordPress customizations, maintenance, site transfers and training. She also designs custom Facebook fan pages. Her primary blog is (Anti) Social Development and also has a very old site about Mary Shelley and Frankenstein that she recently converted to WordPress.
- WordPress – Most of the work I do is with WordPress and I use it on my own sites. I always have at least one instance of a WordPress site open. Which leads me to…
- Firefox – I know people have been complaining that it’s slow but it’s still my favorite browser and the various plugins I use, such as the Web Developer toolbar, really help with my workflow. I usually have 2-3 Firefox windows open with multiple tabs in each.
- Facebook – Yes, it’s a site not a tool but I am doing more fan page customizations so I am either working on a page, monitoring my news stream or answering questions on my own fan page. And I do try to spend some time deciphering the discussion forums and help files to monitor the frequently asked questions and areas of Facebook that are confusing.
- Notepad++ – I love this text editor. It has syntax highlighting, tons of cool plugins, multiple tabs, and it’s free! I rarely use a Word Processor because Notepad++ does what I need it to. I originally learned html writing it out in a text editor and I still do it the same way. (note from Char – this is the only text editor I use, too!)
- Gmail - I use gmail for all my email accounts – they all forward into one. I worry sometimes about Google having all of my email so I back it up weekly with Thunderbird.
- Irfanview – I’m not a graphic designer so Irfanview has most of the functionality I need for image editing. One of my favorite features is the pdf plugin – I can save a pdf as an image and vice versa.
- Zamzar – this is a free online file converter. I don’t use any Microsoft products (other than Windows) and it allows me to convert documents from one format to another. It’s especially useful when I receive Publisher files. And, bonus – I don’t have to ask the client to resend
- Tweetdeck – I don’t know if it’s still the best Twitter client but it’s my favorite.
Thanks Kim for sharing a few tools I was not familiar with but will go check out (Zamzar and Irfanview)!
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