I’m listing the software I use as part of my regular workflow. Some of the tools are specific to my craft, while others fall into the category of “can’t-live-without” productivity apps.
- Adobe Photoshop CS4: my de-facto go-to tool. Photoshop touches practically every angle of my workflow, whether it be graphics for the web, illustration, or comics.
- Corel Painter X: Admittedly I use Painter primarily for inking. Its coveted Scratchboard tool gives me the line variation I need.
- Autodesk Sketchbook Pro: New to my arsenal – but has quickly found its way to my must-have list. Sketching with this program rivals drawing on paper for me.
- Launchbar: super fast application launcher (and much, much more)
- MarsEdit: A must-have for composing and editing blogposts. Highly customizable and easy to use. This powerful blogging tool is essential, especially if you manage multiple WordPress sites.
- Divvy: lets you quickly and accurately position application and Finder windows exactly where you want to on your screen.
- Blast: this program lives in my menubar and makes it a snap to quickly grab recent files I’ve been working on, regardless of their location on my hard drive. No more tunneling down into Finder windows to get what I’m after.
- Typinator: keyboard macros make writing boilerplate text a breeze.
- Default Folder: Imagine setting a specific application to always point to a specific folder. The time saved by this application alone is enormous.
- Pages: Fast and elegant word processing without all the bloat of MS Word.
- Flickr Uploadr: This one has some quirks, but until I can find a better tool that lets me upload my photos to Flickr, I’m stuck with it.
- Google Chrome: Fast browser that lets me synch bookmarks across all my machines.
- Dropbox: 2GB of free space you can use to share files between machines. A browser interface lets you grab your files anywhere you have an Internet connection.
- Transmit: FTP wasn’t sexy until this application came along. I’ve used this program since 1996.
- SpamSieve: A terrific program that sorts junk mail from good mail. It learns quickly, and reduced my junk mail by several orders of magnitude.
- Backblaze: For my off-site back-ups.
- iStat: A calendar, clock, processor monitor, network checker, etc. all rolled into a neat menubar applet.
- iDefrag: Mac hard drives get fragmented. I run this app once every 3 months.
- Disk Warrior: The Lou Ferrigno of disk utilities for the Mac. I run this once a month, or when my system gets wonky.
- SuperDuper: makes reliable bootable back-ups. Each of my regularly used machines runs this app.
- Applejack: repairs permissions and clears caches. My first go to utility for routine Mac maintenance.
- Chronosync: synchronized back-ups – useful for archving specific folders from one hard drive to another.
I am always on the lookout for new tools – if you have any suggestions or recommendations, please share them in the comments below.