Everyone has their own way of working. Processes are part of that (e.g. onboarding clients or invoicing for projects), but just as important are the tools that we use.
So, my dear Pro compadres - what's in your toolbox?
Here's my setup:
Your turn! What's your setup?
Fun game @Andy
Let me see...
One other thing that I feel essential in my day-to-day is my height adjustable desk (sit/stand desk) and fitness monitor. I feel like it is sometimes so easy to just code and snack all day. My latest fitness tracker is a Shine 2 and it's not the best or most accurate one I have ever had but with a six (6) month battery life it is the most convenient in my day to day life.
Who is next?
roy darling *my posts seem a lot shorter in my head
My personal toolset used to include a Dell Studio XPS 13, but I spilled coffee on the keyboard and my 7 year old laptop bit the big one and died. So now I have a Latitude 7000 which I am pretty happy with. I particularly like the docking capability which my Studio did not have.
In terms of cloud tools we have a preferred set listed on our website.
I love the idea of that page for your customers @Alex-NewPath. If I wasn't so lazy with doing my own website I'd borrow that. Great job!
roy darling *my posts seem a lot shorter in my head
It's more than just listing our tools though @rd - it's a vendor relationship we have made with the products and recommend those as best practice for our customers. We become experts in them for our own business and resell services with those products to our customers. Every once in a while we pick new products to use internally first, and then add them to our "services" list.
Thanks for the kudos!
We just published a post this week in the Garage about productivity tips for designers and developers. Some interesting recommendations in there, too. Mautic caught my attention. Justin (the author) described it as "an open-source alternative to HubSpot" (marketing automation software).
That is a long list, and I am not sure I could even recall everything I use.
Here are my Top 10 over the past few days:
Visual Studio Pro
SQL Management Studio
Visual Studio Code
Microsoft Network Monitor
DameWare remote support
Here's what I have pinned in my browser
Gmail/Google Drive/Calendar (been using for almost 10 years)
TypePad (a very old but easy to use blogging system)
Formstack (amazingly powerful forms builder)
Slack (chat with my team)
Appointlet (really awesome scheduler)
Mad Mimi (email marketing tool now owned by GD)
Signeasy (sign PDFs from your phone)
Google Analytics (if you don't know what this is, go look NOW)
40Nuggets (creating campaigns that target visitors on a website with popup banners)
Zapier (API integration made simple)
Hootsuite (social media monitoring and posting)
AppSheet (a new find to generate data driven mobile apps)
@Alex-NewPath: Thoughts on IFTTT vs. Zapier? IFTTT seems more forgiving on the API calls.
@mathew: I see a few different editors/IDEs on your list. Why the variety?
On my end: Abandoned the ASUS laptop in favour of a custom-built desktop PC. I do most of my work from home so the mobility wasn't a huge deal. I have a company laptop if I need to be out and about, anyway. 🙂 Still haven't spun up my dev stack on here, though.
@Andy - I have had more success with Zapier and their coverage of various cloud apps. I have used IFTTT and always thought of it as a more light weight solution with less capability, but maybe I am wrong about that?
Zapier does depend on a pretty tight integration so when they do one (like the Google Apps one) there is a lot of functionality you get. To be honest I just have had more experience with Zapier and it's possible IFTTT is better in many use cases.
But when I want to access Freshbooks for example, IFTTT does not have that support "out of the box" https://ifttt.com/recipes/search?q=freshbooks, whereas Zapier does.
For development I use Visual Studio. For HTML editing I use Microsoft Expression Web 4. For email I use Postbox but since I have many email rules (that automatically moves messages to folders) I don't download messages automatically, I use Esumsoft :: POP Peeper to first see what is coming in. I use http://keepass.info for passwords. I also use IrfanView and VLC and I assume everyone else does.
I use IIS in my local Windows and I have various web pages that I use to get to web sites I use frequently. I don't know of a way to manage bookmarks as conveniently as IE and IE was not the most convenient so since switching from IE to Edge I have been adding bookmarks to a HTML page of links. I intend to write a bookmark management system.
Those are the software I use every day.
Very good lists! I just want to touch on a few tools I didn't see mentioned...
Graphics- Adobe Illustrator is very flexible for designing some graphics and icons. However, I find myself constantly reverting to Canva.com. They have a large library of free templates with awesome pictures and cool font types all built right in. I can upload a image, select some font types they have prepackaged together, and in five minutes I have an attractive unique design.
Cloud- I use Box.com for all cloud solutions. It's simple and easy to use. I create folders and share them with clients so they can upload images or content, keeping assets in a central location.
I saw someone mentioned freshbooks for accounting. I've used them in the past and they offered the best invoicing service hands down.