What's in my Toolkit? The Tools I Personally Use


I'm often asked what kinds of tools I use in my daily work, web development, and writing tasks. Here's a sample of the types of tools and websites I use on a regular basis.

Macbook running Mac OS 10.5.6
Digital Rebel Canon photography
Cell phone

Web browser
Safari and Firefox

The Beginning of the Day
I created my own landing page to help guide me, it includes the following pages:

A) Homepage - with a few pictures of my husband and children and extended family, and a "gratitude journal" form

B) Goals - these are always posted close to hand

C) Visualization - a Quicktime movie with my goals and more images and music

D) Productivity - with links to the following:

1) a current list of websites I'm working on
2) Google Calendar http://www.google.com/calendar - for appointments and due dates
3) Google Voice http://www.google.com/voice - for telephone calls
4) Ringcentral http://www.ringcentral.com - for our toll-free phone and fax service
5) Writing - a current list of writing projects
6) Links to my main endeavors:
10K Webdesign (my main company) http://www.10kwebdesign.com
A Successful Woman (member community) http://www.asuccessfulwoman.com
Green Business Women (green directory) http://www.greenbusinesswomen.com
Women on Business (group blog) http://www.womenonbusiness.com
The Green Girls (group blog) http://www.thegreengirls.com

E) Connecting
Facebook http://www.facebook.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com

- I use Ping.fm to post to these and to my blogs

Standard Mail program
---> I get "Google alerts" mailed to me based on specific keywords.

Google Docs http://www.google.com/docs
Pages - to create documents
Numbers - to create spreadsheets

Web Development
I use Notepad to develop code.

For websites, we use the Acquia Drupal distribution. http://www.acquia.com
We also recommend Wordpress.org (self-hosted Wordpress) and Joomla.org for some cases

Photoshop is also a must for design http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family/?promoid=BPDEK
Browser checks using IP Info NetRenderer http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/

Web domains: http://www.GoDaddy.com

Web hosting: We use http://www.nexcess.net for Drupal-based sites, and http://www.10KHosting.com (our reseller account)

Software development bug tracking: Unfuddle http://www.unfuddle.com

FTP: Fetch http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/internet_utilities/fetch.html
Filezilla http://filezilla-project.org/ is a good second choice.

iStockPhoto http://www.istockphoto.com
BigStockPhoto http://www.bigstockphoto.com
stock.xchng http://www.sxc.hu

Twitterfeed.com feeds my blog RSS feeds to my Twitter account
Cotweet: for posting to multiple Twitter accounts

Mail and Communications
Skype: http://www.Skype.com for phone meetings
WebEx http://www.webex.com and GoToMeeting http://www.gotomeeting.com for online meetings

I manage paper mail through Earth Class Mail http://www.earthclassmail.com, which scans mail pieces and sends me a digital version -- from the scan, I can then decide what I want to do: shred it, recycle it, or send the paper version so I can receive it.

Digital Tools
I use the service at E-Junkie http://www.e-junkie.com to sell digital downloads like PDFs

We used to use Quickbooks for Mac http://quickbooks.intuit.com/ but have recently switched to Account Edge. http://www.accountedge.com/mac/

PayPal http://www.paypal.com is my tool for accepting and making online payments with a credit card/check card.

Demos and Screencasting
iShowU to take videos of my screen, to answer questions or make demonstrations http://store.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html
YouTube http://www.youtube.com and Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com to post video
Keynote -- an equivalent of PowerPoint, to create presentations
Slideshare http://www.slieshare.net to post PDFs

Delicious http://www.delicious.com to save links
Gmail http://www.gmail.com is my deep storage of e-mail

I use the standard Mac applications for additions
Grab -- to capture screenshots of my screen
iTunes - for music
Preview - to open PDFs
Calculator - for quick weekly or monthly expenses