Uses

Everything (almost) I use associated with this website and my day to day work.

Design

Illustrator
All design work & tutorials I write are using Illustrator. I generally use Illustrator for everything, wireframes, designs, the lot.
Photoshop
For all the things Illustrator can’t do, mostly photo editing.
xScope
So many handy little tools that help designing. Rulers, colour blindness testing, etc. As well as the companion app xScope mirror.
Gifox (gif recording)
A fab menu bar app for recording gifs. I use this to demonstrate things quickly in my posts.
Paparazzi!
If I need a screenshot of a website I’ll usually turn to this app. It’s generally the most flawless way to get a screenshot of a website (and in bulk). Although I still use webkit2png and you can use Chrome too.

Code

Coda
I write all code in Coda, nothing beats a Panic app for quality.
Coda plugins
EditorConfig, PhpPlugin and Dash Coda
Panic Palette syntax theme
A syntax theme by Panic, for Terminal and other editors.
Panic Sans
The default typeface bundled with Coda, so you won’t be able to get it elsewhere. I’ve experimented with others, but I always return to the default.
Dash
An easy and convenient way to search documentation for pretty much every language.
Apple Terminal
I use the Panic Palette and zsh (using ohmyzsh). I don’t use a git client either, all done through Terminal.

Apps

Things
Like Coda, I’ve been a long time user of Things. It’s the get things done (gtd) way of working, although I’m not that organised.
iA Writer
A really simple markdown editor. All posts start here then are copied and pasted into the CMS.
Dropbox
Keeping all my valuable files backed up and accessible anywhere.
Backblaze
A relatively small price to pay for a forget about it backup system. It’s added layer of security on top of Dropbox. Get a month free with my referral link.
Alfred
A spotlight replacement for Mac, with loads of handy features and workflows.

Site

Averta from TDF
I use Averta for headings.
cloud.Typography
I use Sentinel for body copy.
ExpressionEngine
CMS used to run this website.
DigitalOcean
The host of this website. Get $10 free credit with my referral link.
ServerPilot
Fuss free server setup and keeps everything up to date security wise. Get $10 in free credit with my referral link.
DeployBot
Really simple deployments.

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