I’ve had a couple of people (ok, one person) ask me what tools I use to deliver up PSD to Thesis sites and seen as I can’t be bothered to write a tutorial today, I’ll tell you.
- Hardware. I use a MacBook Pro 15″ laptop for everything except IE testing. For that I use my wife’s PC (I have no idea what spec it is. It’s a PC, therefore I don’t care).
- Graphics. Primarily I use Photoshop CS3 and Illustrator CS3. I’m yet to find an argument for upgrading to CS4. Besides, have you seen what it costs?!
- Code editor. Up until early last year I was a big Dreamweaver fan. But it’s too damn bloated nowadays. So I switched to Coda. Seriously, buy a Mac just to get Coda. It’s that good.
- FTP. Coda’s built-in FTP client, Transmit, works very nicely but I also run Filezilla, simply because it allows me to transfer stuff while I’m working on other stuff.
- Browsers. You can’t beat Firefox for web development. Along with the Web developer toolbar and Firebug this is my most important tool of all. However, there are a few people in the world who don’t use Firefox (freaks!), so I test in Safari, Chrome and Opera (and IE6, 7 & 8 on the aforementioned PC).
- Test server. I have a MAMP installation for testing sites, but I find more and more that I’m developing live on either my own test domains or client domains. It means one less transfer once the project is done, and allows for instant feedback on any work I do. My hosting provider is a UK based company called Xilo and they are absolutely brilliant.
- Timekeeping & Invoicing. Until recently I didn’t worry about timekeeping, but I found I was losing money on some jobs, so I installed a nice little Mac desktop app called On The Job. It allows me to keep time on projects, break down tasks and raise invoices. Other than Coda, this is the coolest piece of software I own and a true lifesaver.
- Backups. Most Apple users make use of Time Machine for backups, but I never seem to remember to plug my external drive in. So I opted for a Dropbox account instead. Much simpler.