Tools I Like

March 21st, 2009 § 2 comments

I’ve decided to write a quick post with a list of the tools I like to use when working on a typical project. Should be a quick post, and hopefully it’ll be helpful. Though after making my lists, I admit that that there’s probably not much here that’ll standout to many Mac users.

Hardware

  • 15.4″ MacBook Pro with 250Gb Hard drive
  • External 20inch LCD Monitor
  • External Backup drive 250Gb
  • iPhone 3G
  • Sketchbook, notepads, and pens
  • Assorted whiteboards and dry erase markers strategically placed throughout the office

Software Daily Usage

Software Occassional Usage

Web-based Applications

  • Gmail (http://gmail.com)
  • Basecamp (http://basecamphq.com) Project communication suite. Writeboards, messages and files are priceless.
  • Lighthouse (http://lighthouseapp.com) Because bug reporting/tracking needs to be separate from feature discussions. Lighthouse is so easy even a client can use it. Especially effective when used with Jing and automated commit messages.
  • GitHub (http://github.com) Source management with some fantastic community tools.
  • Campfire (http://www.campfirenow.com/) Web-based group IM w/ archives, file upload and hooks for deployment and commit messages.
  • Google Calendar (http://google.com/calendar) I hate to admit it, but I still think Outlook is the best calendar app, but Google’s Calendar is a close second.
  • Google Analytics (http://google.com/analytics) Powerful free web analytics? Nuff said.
  • TinyURL or Bit.ly (http://tinyurl.com or http://bit.ly) Very useful when trying to tweet long URL’s to collegues, though it’s a bit of a mystery why most content sites just do their own URL shortening. It’s not too difficult.

iPhone Apps

That’s pretty much it. If you’ve got your own apps you use or alternatives to the ones I listed above please comment. I’m always looking for new stuff to help me do my job better.

  • http://iaapps.com Daniel Ponech

    Hi, Josh:

    The mini-reviews are great!

    You might want to check out iaapps.com for our listing of IA & UE software. We'd love for you to leave reviews/recommendations of software you like

  • http://iaapps.com Daniel Ponech

    Hi, Josh:

    The mini-reviews are great!

    You might want to check out iaapps.com for our listing of IA & UE software. We'd love for you to leave reviews/recommendations of software you like