My work tools, 2013 edition
From year to year my work tools change. So, periodically I like to capture the state of my work environment on my computer. I’m a software developer (both web and iOS) who dabbles in design. Here’s the latest snapshot:
- Computer: 11” MacBook Air (Mid 2011) ($$$). My employer has provided me with this laptop, and it’s the best I’ve had. Can easily power the 27” Apple Cinema display I use with it every day and runs everything I need, from Photoshop to Xcode, even with the bevy of OS X menubar items I keep running. 4 GB goes a long way on this Mac. It travels in a Tom Bihn Ristretto ($$$) which holds my laptop and a 10” iPad easily.
- Developer Tools: TextMate 2 ($0), Xcode ($0), CodeRunner ($), Echo ($), Kaleidoscope ($$$), Dash ($), Charles ($$$), iTerm 2 ($0), Patterns ($), CodeBox ($), VirtualHostX ($$$), LiveReload ($)
- Design tools: Photoshop ($$$) (but also own and recommend Pixelmator ($$$) and Acorn ($$$)), Coda 2 ($$$), Espresso ($$$), WebCode ($$$), xScope ($$$), PaintCode ($$$), Hype ($$$), Sketch ($$$), OmniGraffle ($$$)
- Extensions and Menubar items: MenuAndDockless ($0; requires SIMBL, but worth it), Moom ($), Bartender ($$), PandaBar ($; unavailable at the moment), CloudClip ($0), Sidekick ($$$), PopClip ($), Live Wallpaper ($), Fantastical ($$), iStat Menus ($$), Air Display ($$), Trickster ($), HyperDock ($)
- Utilities: Alfred 2 ($0; $$$ for the PowerPack), 1Password ($$$), Dropbox ($0), Textual ($), Transmit ($$$), CrashPlan ($0 for peer-to-peer sync), Hazel ($$$), Clarify ($$$), Soulver ($$)
- Office Apps: Google Docs ($0), Pages ($$), Numbers ($$), Keynote ($$)
- Writing Tools: Evernote ($0), iA Writer ($), FoldingText ($$$)
Bold items are essential apps. The others make life easier, but I could get by without them. Price legend (based on today’s prices; subject to change): $0 = free; $ = less than $10; $$ = more than $9.99, less than $20; $$$ = more than $19.99. I have more apps actually, but I can’t recommend them as strongly. I have given 5-star ratings to all of the above apps on the Mac App Store.