Essential Tools Featuring Web Designer Rob CubbonBy
- Mac Mail (I need to get round to hosting my mail with Google apps but at the moment it’s hosted with my host – Dreamhost). I do like Mac Mail. I use the Mac’s “To Do” here as well which sycns with iCal.
- Chrome – I switched from Firefox a few months back – just love the speed. Chrome Developer Tools are just as good as Firebug for Firefox. I also occasionally use Safari for checking and we have a cheep laptop to check Internet Explorer (yuck!)
- TextEdit – this is the Mac’s version of TextPad. I use it all the time for quick code changes. Writing down my billable time for each client (automated, eh!). You can open documents in seconds and switch between rich text and plain text with a keystroke. TextWrangler is a great text app – more powerful than TextEdit, you can to find/replace on multiple documents with this baby.
- Cyberduck: Free FTP tool for Mac. Slow but good.
- Dreamweaver: Great for writing HTML, CSS, PHP and JS. It color codes it all so you know where you are and I use it’s FTP function. Great for when I don’t use WordPress.
- WordPress: my number 1 CMS of choice.
- MAMP: for running WordPress (PHP and MySQL) locally
- My Google Analytics
- Web mail (I use a Yahoo! address for non-work related stuff)
- Twitter (To be honest I was late to Tweet and now I kind of put up with it. I’ve definitely learned tons of stuff from it but I’m not a massive Twitter enthusiast)
- LinkedIn (My favorite social networking site. Fantastic information from LinkedIn Groups and great traffic from them. Traffic from there sticks around whereas Twitter/Stumble/Digg traffic comes and goes – my experience only)
- My site and the WP backend
- 5-10 tabs of blog posts I don’t have time to read but will do one day
- IShowU: Mac screen recorder.
- GarageBand: For creating musical snippets for the intro and outro.
- iMovie: for putting it all together. May move onto Adobe Premier when I have time.
- TimeMachine with external drive to constantly back up my work. Have unlimited space on my Dreamhost account so put it up there as well. I still use Carbon Copy Cloner for a complete system back up.
- iPhoto for, er, photos and iTunes for, er, music!
- Occasionally use Flash but prefer using jQuery on websites.
- Microsoft Office, of course.
- And … how could I have forgotten Skype!!!
Good to finally connect, Rob – and thanks for sharing all those great tools for the Mac!
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