I love these posts that show what designers and developers use to do their job - so I thought I’d post my own. It’s been a long while since I last wrote anything, so thought this would be an easy one to get me back into writing.
Update: These are the tools I like to use, it’s ones I use when I can, but as a contractor I am used to adapting and using what ever tools the client needs me to use. So don’t feel that just because I like a MacBook doesn’t mean I can’t use Windows. 😊
My editor of choice is Sublime Text 3 using the Seti theme & colour scheme with whole bunch of add-ons and custom settings. I’m happy with ST3 and I know there are other editors, like the new VS Code, but ST3 is not broken for me, so I don’t need to change it.
For design I use GIMP - Adobe Photoshop is far too expensive, does not work on Linux (which is what I’ve used for the past 10 years) and I never used more than 10% of its features.
I still have to use FTP for some clients, FileZilla has been my FTP client of choice for a long time.
My development browser is Chrome - it has great developer tools and it’s faster than Firefox. I have Firefox and Opera for testing. Firefox is my main browser.
For notes and writing, I use Simplenote. It’s cross-platform, which means all my notes are available on my phone, on the internet and my laptop.
Slack and Skype for communication. Currently trying out Franz - an app that houses other apps, like Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype and more, all under one app.
My development machine is a 15” MacBook Pro 2018 with 32gb of ram and its plugged into a 21” Samsung monitor. I’ve only had the MBP for about a month. My previous machine was a 15” Toshiba Satellite Pro with 16gb ram - It was about 4 years old.
My phone is a OnePlus 5T For testing responsive websites I build, I use the following mobiles and tablets:
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5s
- LG Nexus 4
- LG G3
- Google Pixel 3
- OnePlus 5T
- Kindle Fire 10
- iPad Mini
Not forgetting notepads, pens and pencils!
Have you written a similar post? I’d love to read about your setup.