Tools of the trade

Here’s a pretty solid listing of the various apps/websites that I use on a daily basis to make business happen. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something here that you didn’t know about before.


Adium - Use this for business? You bet I do. I value instant messaging and email over phone calls any day. Sure phone calls are still necessary, but there’s nothing like having a transcript of everything you and client talked about.

Adobe Illustrator - For all vector work…all of it.

Adobe Photoshop - I do all my website comps here. It’s industry standard for a reason…don’t let anybody tell you anything different.

CocoaMySQL - A must for any MySQL database development.

Color Schemer - Great for inspiration on color combinations as well as just figuring out what colors will work together.

Mail - Does this really need an explanation?

NetNewsWire - Gotta keep up on what’s happening in the industry.

OmniGraffle - I use this to build out wireframes and flow charts for almost any web or UI project I take on.

QuickBooks Pro - For keeping track of the cash money…ya herd?

Safari - For the obvious.

Studiometry - An absolute must. This application tracks time, handles invoicing, and is used for all client management. So good.

TextMate - Every single bit of code I write calls this home.

Transmit - The best FTP app I’ve ever used.

Wallet - This great little app keeps track of the hundreds of usernames and passwords I’ve got for all the websites and servers I manage.

Websites/Web Applications

Basecamp - A project management must. Basecamp keeps projects on task and moving smoothly.

GotVMail - Handles call routing and voicemail. Has a great online admin area and is reasonably priced.

Mint - The most beautiful web stats software…ever.

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Aug 20 2006

One Response to “Tools of the trade”

Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for posting that link to Basecamp here. I’ve been looking for something exactly like that, but didn’t really know how to search for one. Lucky for me that I came across your blog on Technorati tonigh! I’m going to go sign up for Basecamp right now… thanks again!

RisingSunofNihon on August 20th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

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