18 Tools I use as a Designer & Blogger

I’m always sharing what tools are useful to me via Twitter, but just incase you don’t use it – I wanted to share here! I always get asked what productivity tools and apps I use on a regular basis and I pretty much open all of these everyday. There are a few apps that are similar in type because some may be all in one tools or I’m just starting to use one more than the other. Check these out, they are ones I would recommend to a designer/blogger/creative type. If there is something missing from the list that you think should be on here, please share in the comments!

Communication Tools

yammer

Yammer

Connect and share with the people in your company or organization. It’s like twitter but for companies. Anyone in a company can start their Yammer network and begin inviting colleagues. The privacy of each network is ensured by limiting access to those with a valid company email address.

skype

Skype

Free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet.

tweetdeck

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is an Adobe Air desktop application for twitter.

netnewswire

Netnewswire

RSS Reader for the mac. Nice UI.

Organization Tools

things

Things

Task management for the mac.

dropbox

DropBox

Dropbox syncs your files online and across computers. Up to 2GB for free.

wufoo

Wufoo

Great way to keep track of forms in a database.

delicious

Delicious

Organize all your bookmarks in one place and never lose your local bookmarks.

curdbee

Curdbee

Web based billing via PayPal or Google Checkout. Free and simple!

zendesk

Zendesk

Keep track of emails, feedback, requests & helpdesk system. This is one amazing tool and I will be writing a review on it within the coming months.

Design/Dev Tools

cssedit

CSSEdit

CSS Editor with live preview built in.

textmate

Textmate

Code/text editor, simple!

coda

Coda

Just getting into using Coda: CSS, text editor, file transfer and integrates nicely with Transmit.

transmit

Transmit

Best FTP client ever. (In my opinion of course!)

paparazzi

Paparazzi

Take screengrabs quickly and easily with just one window. I like that it’s a stand alone app & it runs quickly.

firebug

Firebug

Web development within Firefox.

colorzilla

ColorZilla

Eyedropper Firefox extension.

scrnshots

Scrnshots

Screenshots right from your desktop. Easily share, tag and upload!

 

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