Today I worked on finishing up my third quarter tax return. While going through my expenses I evaluated the apps and services I have spent money on. While this did lead me to cancel a few services, it also made me think about the apps and services that I use that help streamline my workflow and business.
Here are a few of the apps that I use on a daily basis to either design and develop, or to streamline the others parts of business so I can do more of the creative stuff.
Sublime Text 2
I switched from Coda to Sublime Text after I saw Jerod Santo using it during a meeting. Though I love Coda, ST2 can really sing while developing locally.
The old standby. Transmit is the most solid and beautifully designed FTP clients out there.
Git has been the largest change to my workflow. The piece-of-mind that it provides takes a lot of stress out of my life and it makes collaborating a breeze. The Github for Mac application makes working with Github a cinch.
I recently switched from writing my to-dos on a plethora of notepads, blank sheets of paper, and post-it notes to using Things.
My preferred Markdown editor (and I have tried a handful). Mou touts itself as "The missing Markdown editor for web developers" but I use it mostly for writing essays or blog posts (like this one). I would recommend it for anyone who prefers writing with Markdown.
You know the drill.
If it doesn't take creative thinking, automate it. IFTTT is probably my favorite web service. Have it text message you the weather in the morning, or post your blog posts to LinkedIN, or notify you if the CDC reports a Zombie outbreak.
Harvest is how I make sure I am getting paid for the work I do. The time tracker is great and the main use for me (I love how it knows if a timer was left running), but I also use Harvest to send estimates, invoices, and reminders to clients.
Basecamp is still one of the best ways to collaborate with clients and keep everyone accountable.
My business number is powered by Google Voice. It's a super powerful tool and one of the many reasons that I love Google. If you call my business number and leave a message, there is a big chance that I am reading the horrible (but valuable) transcription before returning your call.
Webscript just launched today but I already love it. Today I set it up to replace my Pingdom account which will save me $5 a month. It's like IFTTT for developers. I can't wait to make it automate even more of my tasks.
I mentioned Dropmark in my last blog post but wanted to mention it again. The best tool for moodboard collaboration. It has other interesting uses as well.
Note: The title of the post is referencing this book that I once saw at a thrift store.