Apps, software and services that I use

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Software and services that I use

The basics that everyone uses...

Ok, not everyone - but everyone has at least heard of these applications and services:

  • Mac OS - I use Windows only for testing websites in IE (on a tablet running Windows 10 hooked up to a monitor, or via virtual machines
  • Photoshop, and less frequently Illustrator. There is no better image editing app. The entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite is great. But I normally only have Photoshop installed as I don't have much use for the others. I go through a short phase after any long holiday where I get Premiere Pro (and maybe After Effects) but I don't tend to use it for more than one month.
  • Chrome, Firefox, and sometimes Safari

Development stuff

  • PHP Storm - I haven't found a better IDE for PHP work. I use it with the VIM emulator
  • Vim (or MacVim if I'm not in a terminal) - nothing can beat it's speed when navigating and editing text files
  • Sequel Pro for managing MySQL (MariaDB)
  • Visual Studio Code - only in the last 6 months so. It is very good when developing in JS.
  • Docker
  • XAMPP - I still often fall back to XAMPP when I want something simple
  • Sometimes SOAPUI for dealing with SOAP APIs. Often Postman for API testing/development
  • Git on the CLI, and Tower for when I want to use a GUI for git.
  • And of course some tools such as brew for installing apps (or yum on centos servers), screen, top, and other commonly used cli tools and commands.

Other work stuff (non development/programming related)

  • I use the Office 365 package (mostly Word) for some work related activities
  • But for spreadsheets I prefer Apple Numbers. But I don't tend to use spreadsheets often
  • For note taking I love OneNote. It just works really well for me.

General Utilities

Other important apps

  • Spotify - I can't be without my music
  • I'm not really sure I use many other applications. Sometimes I go through phases of playing a lot of SimCity or Roller Coaster Tycoon, but they don't really count.

iOS Apps That I often use

I have tons of apps installed but I rarely use more than a dozen or so. I don't think any of them are web development related, apart from one SSH app that I have installed for emergencies (I've yet to have to use it in an emergency!).

The only iOS apps (apart from the defaults) that are important to me:

  • 1 Second Every Day - takes the video part of iOS's 'Live Photos', and combines them into a long video with 1 second from each day. In reality it uses more than one second, and I have many days (probably 10-50% of the month, depending on what I'm up to) where I have no photos. But I have year's worth of these, I think if I combined them all together it would be over 10-15 minutes of video. They have recently changed the app into a subscription app though, so within a few years they might completely change their business model. For now it works well.
  • MAPS.ME for maps. You can download offline maps, easily store locations, it has some basic routing features. Google Maps or Apple Maps are better if you need to a satnav (gps) to tell you where to go. Maps.me is better if you are on foot and want to mark some landmarks and locations to check out. I have pins from many cities around the world that I've visited since installing this app.
  • and Strava for tracking my runs/rides, Uber and sometimes UberEats...

Website services and subscriptions

  • Harvest app for tracking hours when billing hourly
  • Wave for recording receipts (you can scan them on your phone, upload the photo and it automatically extracts the info from the receipts. It is so accurate I am sure they must have a human review it).
  • Briefly mentioned above, but Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Dropbox (I have the 1TB plan, despite my Office 365 plan having 1TB of data). I've used and trust Dropbox for many years. Really recommend them. It just works.
  • Backblaze for backing up laptops/desktops.
  • Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage for backing up servers.
  • Oh, and Google Photos for backing up personal photos. (And backed up on other hard drives. It is also nice to have all photos available to me at all times on my phone (on Google Photos), when wanting to show a photo or find out what day something happened. I have many thousands of photos on Google Photos.
  • For stock photos elements.envato.com. If I can't find something on there, then sometimes I'll use Shutterstock or one of the other stock sites.
  • For HTML layouts Theme forest or Wrapbootstrap. I'm not a designer, spending the $20-50 on a theme that looks nice is a no-brainer.

    Software and services that I use

    The basics that everyone uses...

    Ok, not everyone - but everyone has at least heard of these applications and services:

    • Mac OS - I use Windows only for testing websites in IE (on a tablet running Windows 10 hooked up to a monitor, or via virtual machines
    • Photoshop, and less frequently Illustrator. There is no better image editing app. The entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite is great. But I normally only have Photoshop installed as I don't have much use for the others. I go through a short phase after any long holiday where I get Premiere Pro (and maybe After Effects) but I don't tend to use it for more than one month.
    • Chrome, Firefox, and sometimes Safari

    Development stuff

    • PHP Storm - I haven't found a better IDE for PHP work. I use it with the VIM emulator
    • Vim (or MacVim if I'm not in a terminal) - nothing can beat it's speed when navigating and editing text files
    • Sequel Pro for managing MySQL (MariaDB)
    • Visual Studio Code - only in the last 6 months so. It is very good when developing in JS.
    • Docker
    • XAMPP - I still often fall back to XAMPP when I want something simple
    • Sometimes SOAPUI for dealing with SOAP APIs. Often Postman for API testing/development
    • Git on the CLI, and Tower for when I want to use a GUI for git.
    • And of course some tools such as brew for installing apps (or yum on centos servers), screen, top, and other commonly used cli tools and commands.

    Other work stuff (non development/programming related)

    • I use the Office 365 package (mostly Word) for some work related activities
    • But for spreadsheets I prefer Apple Numbers. But I don't tend to use spreadsheets often
    • For note taking I love OneNote. It just works really well for me.

    General Utilities

    Other important apps

    • Spotify - I can't be without my music
    • I'm not really sure I use many other applications. Sometimes I go through phases of playing a lot of SimCity or Roller Coaster Tycoon, but they don't really count.

    iOS Apps That I often use

    I have tons of apps installed but I rarely use more than a dozen or so. I don't think any of them are web development related, apart from one SSH app that I have installed for emergencies (I've yet to have to use it in an emergency!).

    The only iOS apps (apart from the defaults) that are important to me:

    • 1 Second Every Day - takes the video part of iOS's 'Live Photos', and combines them into a long video with 1 second from each day. In reality it uses more than one second, and I have many days (probably 10-50% of the month, depending on what I'm up to) where I have no photos. But I have year's worth of these, I think if I combined them all together it would be over 10-15 minutes of video. They have recently changed the app into a subscription app though, so within a few years they might completely change their business model. For now it works well.
    • MAPS.ME for maps. You can download offline maps, easily store locations, it has some basic routing features. Google Maps or Apple Maps are better if you need to a satnav (gps) to tell you where to go. Maps.me is better if you are on foot and want to mark some landmarks and locations to check out. I have pins from many cities around the world that I've visited since installing this app.
    • and Strava for tracking my runs/rides, Uber and sometimes UberEats...

    Website services and subscriptions

    • Harvest app for tracking hours when billing hourly
    • Wave for recording receipts (you can scan them on your phone, upload the photo and it automatically extracts the info from the receipts. It is so accurate I am sure they must have a human review it).
    • Briefly mentioned above, but Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Dropbox (I have the 1TB plan, despite my Office 365 plan having 1TB of data). I've used and trust Dropbox for many years. Really recommend them. It just works.
    • Backblaze for backing up laptops/desktops.
    • Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage for backing up servers.
    • Oh, and Google Photos for backing up personal photos. (And backed up on other hard drives. It is also nice to have all photos available to me at all times on my phone (on Google Photos), when wanting to show a photo or find out what day something happened. I have many thousands of photos on Google Photos.
    • For stock photos elements.envato.com. If I can't find something on there, then sometimes I'll use Shutterstock or one of the other stock sites.
    • For HTML layouts Theme forest or Wrapbootstrap. I'm not a designer, spending the $20-50 on a theme that looks nice is a no-brainer.

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