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

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

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 - for appointments and due dates
3) Google Voice - for telephone calls
4) Ringcentral - 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)
A Successful Woman (member community)
Green Business Women (green directory)
Women on Business (group blog)
The Green Girls (group blog)

E) Connecting

- I use to post to these and to my blogs

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

Google 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.
We also recommend (self-hosted Wordpress) and for some cases

Photoshop is also a must for design
Browser checks using IP Info NetRenderer

Web domains:

Web hosting: We use for Drupal-based sites, and (our reseller account)

Software development bug tracking: Unfuddle

FTP: Fetch
Filezilla is a good second choice.


Feeds feeds my blog RSS feeds to my Twitter account
Cotweet: for posting to multiple Twitter accounts

Mail and Communications
Skype: for phone meetings
WebEx and GoToMeeting for online meetings

I manage paper mail through Earth Class Mail, 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 to sell digital downloads like PDFs

We used to use Quickbooks for Mac but have recently switched to Account Edge.

PayPal 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
YouTube and Vimeo to post video
Keynote -- an equivalent of PowerPoint, to create presentations
Slideshare to post PDFs

Delicious to save links
Gmail 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

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