Web Accessibility is close to his heart, and he specialises in creating and reworking websites to ensure they are not only accessible, but also to provide a positive ‘Accessible User Experience’. He writes regular updates about accessibility on his blog: Web Accessibility Rambles.
I asked Charlie if he would give us the lowdown on the applications he relies upon as a designer and UX specialist on a daily basis.
Although I like a minimalist design and uncluttered workspace, I also like to have my favourite programs just one click away. I like my dock to be quite small to allow me to make best use of my whole screen.
- Finder – Helps me find my things.
- Dashboard – I use Dashboard regularly for the calculator and currency converter app.
- Mail – I use Mail on occasion, but generally rely on webmail these days.
- Safari – Mainly used for testing websites I am building, Firefox is my browser of choice.
- Address Book – No explanation needed!
- iCal – I love iCal for a quick view of my appointments & social calendar!
- Preview – Mainly used as a PDF viewer.
- Xee – Image viewer of choice.
- iTunes – I love iTunes. I am rarely without music.
- iPhoto – Used for very quick and simple photo edits.
- Firefox – Firefox fulfils all of my web surfing needs. I have a large array of add-ons and couldn’t survive without Firebug anymore!
- Word – OK, I like Microsoft Word… don’t hold it against me.
- Open Office – Open Office is fine, slow to use though.
- TextEdit – I use TextEdit for quick drafts, notes or coding.
- Transmission – Super quick Bit Torrent client.
- Taco – A nice simple HTML editor. Used regularly.
- Burn – Great simple CD/DVD burning application.
- Last FM – Used to scrobble my music.
- Audacity – For easy recording of verbal interviews & user tests.
- iMovie – Used occasionally to edit demo’s / user tests.
- GarageBand – For a bit of music fun once in a while.
- GuitarRig2 – Makes my guitar playing sound good.
- VLC – Great all round media player…plays anything.
- Handbrake – Superb and simple video transcoder
- Front Row – I like to use Front Row when using my Macbook as a media center.
- Cyberduck – FTP client of choice. Nice and easy to use.
- Adobe Reader – For viewing those long PDF reports.
- Spaces – Nice for separating my work and play.
- Adium – My ‘always on’ IM application
- Skype – Skype is vital for those long distance calls, without the huge cost!
- GIMP – Open Source photo manipulation package. I prefer GIMP to Photoshop at the moment.
- Time Machine – It’s like my digital life insurance!
- DivX Player – Used occasionally if VLC is not playing ball.
- System Preferences – I like to have a quick link to my prefs in my dock.
- Excel – Unfortunately, I still use Excel to capture research results, although I hate every minute of it.
- Powerpoint – Powerpoint is still my presentation package of choice.
- Microsoft Messenger – My MSN IM application is used if Adium is struggling.
- Quicksilver – I use Quicksilver almost constantly to quickly launch apps and documents using the keyboard.
- Parallels – Allows me to test designs in Window’s XP if necessary.
- Smultron – I really like Smultron, it fulfils all my programming needs.
A huge thanks to Charlie for taking time out to take part in the Dock Series.
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