Martin Lucas is a freelance website designer based in Colchester, specialising in building websites for small local businesses and individuals – usually building their first website and launching them on to the great big world wide web. He is passionate about the social web and WordPress.
Currently on my second Mac, a 13in MBP which I brought 3 months ago; this was after owning a 12in G4 Powerbook – which was becoming a struggle to work on.
- Dashboard – I do actually have a couple of apps I use in here, apart from the Calculater and Conversion tool – I use a Loren Ipsom generator by Tobias Ahlin which is rather nice.
- Photoshop – I’ve been using PhotoShop for over 10 years now, I do all my designing in it – when possibly Illustrator and Fireworks could be better suited – but I’m so comfortable with PS it takes half the time.
- Dreamweaver – Using this less and less now-a-days as I’m working with WordPress more and more, I even looked into switching to Coda – but I couldn’t as there are too many features I’d miss; especially the server behaviours which I rely on for my PHP / MySQL work.
- Adobe Illustrator – As I said, I don’t use this as much as I should – so last year I started designing T-Shirts to sell online and forced myself to do all the designing in Illustrator and it’s definitely helped me learn the application and work out how I can use it more in the future.
- CyberDuck – My FTP client of choice.
- MAMP – I’ll either develope a site on the live hosting / domain or I’ll work offline on my laptop with this Apache / MySQL and PHP setup.
- Text Editor – Editing and viewing simple documents, I also use Google Docs.
- Stickies – I used to organise all my work and life on these things, now I use them for simple lists of current projects so I can quickly see what I have on and what I can coming up in the future.
- CurdBee – This is my invoicing app of choice, I’ve used the Fluid App to create an application from this superb web based invoicing application.
- Dictionary – My spelling can by quite bad at times, so this gets me out of trouble on a regular basis.
- Contacts – Keeps all my addresses.
- iCal – I try to organise as much of my work / personal life in iCal as I can.
- Tweetie – Just switched from TweetDeck to this and enjoying the cleaner interface and the less is more approach when compared to all those columns I had going on previously.
- Skype – Only just signed up, hoping it will come in hand with future clients that like to use it.
- GMail – Another Fluid App, this time my Google Mail account as a separate application.
- FireFox – Browser of choice, and had been since my recent MBP upgrade.
- Safari – Now only used for testing.
- Opera – Surprised me how quick this browser is – but still only use it for testing.
- Chrome – Another speedy alternative browser, and again only really used for testing.
- Camino – The least used of my browsers, and one for just us Mac users. I occasionally use it when I feed the need for a stripped down simple browser.
- Paparazzi – Screen grabs of individual web pages, handy for taking screen shots for portfolio pieces.
- iTunes – Music all day long with this.
- LastFM – I also use LastFM’s radio stations based on artists and keywords (my username is djmartinlucas if you’d like to find me).
- Spotify – I’ve only just started using Spotify but I’m already building a nice collection of albums and playlists and really like saving a few pennies as I actually don’t mind the adverts.
- Preview – I use it as my PDF reader, I find it quicker to use than Adobe Acrobat.
- iPhoto Buddy – This is cool, it allows me to have 2 separate iPhoto albums (or more if you wanted), I have one for all my stock photos and a second for my personal photography.
- iPhoto – See above.
- Linotype Font Explorer – I use this to browse and organise my fonts.
- App Cleaner – If I didn’t have this then I would end up with a whole load of applications (and all their files) installed on my Mac that I had tried and then forgot about. This makes it really easy to uninstall any unneeded application that you want to get rid of.
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