Jeremy Bise

Our Favorite Desktop Apps in 2012

It's been awhile since we did a "favorites" post, so here's a rundown of the software we're using these days to get things done, stay [relatively] sane and to make wonderful web things.

1. SublimeText 2

This little text editing jewel has become our go-to editor for coding. It's extremely fast and lightweight, but packs a powerful punch in the extensibility department with a multi-faceted command palette and plugins like LiveReload and Git.

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2. Adobe Creative Cloud
The Adobe CS tools are industry standards and we couldn't do what we do without Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Adobe recently made it a lot easier for smaller shops like ours to stay up to date with the introduction of Creative Cloud, which lets us get the entire suite for an affordable monthly subscription.

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3. Moom
Multitasking is part of the job. At any given time, we have crazy numbers of windows open. Moom takes the time and frustration out of window resizing and positioning on the Mac. It's a simple concept but such a huge timesaver.

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4. Dropbox
Dropbox stores everything for us - documents, designs, code, sites, assets, fonts - everything. It's all safe and sound up in the cloud in case of computer meltdown and the automatic syncing means we can switch between computers and devices (even phones and tablets) and know that we have the most recent versions of all our stuff at our disposal.

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5. Evernote
We never really started using Evernote until the past year. It has now become our brain. We stash all our client meeting notes, code snippets, design inspiration and ideas, article clippings, and all kinds of things in Evernote. We have access to the notes on all our devices and we particulary love that Evernote can search the text INSIDE images. How cool is that?

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6. Skype
As we continue to forge relationships with folks we've never met, communication is a very critical thing. We're banging away on Skype all day long using its instant messaging and screen sharing. It also makes a pretty damn good (and inexpensive) desk phone with a subscription and a headset. Skype has become our primary realtime communications tool.

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7. Spotify
Yeah, without some tunes, the work day wouldn't be good at all.

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