On walkabout in life and technology

Developer and Power Tools

Justin Williams has a pretty good list of tools he uses both for daily use and for development in My Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Mac OS X (2011 Edition).

I have quite a few of the same, but several key differences:

  • Acorn I have, but use Photoshop, Illustrator and Pixelmator a lot more
  • BBedit is open all the time, but I use TextMate for programming (already switched to TextMate 2 Alpha)
  • Appviz instead of Appfigures
  • The great Kaleidoscope for file compares instead of Changes
  • Tossing up between Coda (my old favorite) and Espresso 2 (because I think the old CSSEdit was the best)
  • Skitch for snapping instead of LittleSnapper (use only for storing well designed web pages, though thinking of going back now that Evernote owns Skitch)
  • Fantastical instead of Today

New to me:

  • Coderunner, HTTP Client and Patterns (used to just have additional terminal windows open - purchased them)


After the holidays, I think I’ll write a more comprehensive post on the tools I use and why.