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Essential off-the-shelf software (9 posts)

  1. billdennis5
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Query: What off-the-shelf software do WPMu administrators/site builders consider essential? For example, I use Photoshop Essentials to make header images. I'm interested in recommendations.

  2. dsader
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Smultron and Cyberduck for a fiddling with all those php/css files on the server.

  3. lunabyte
    Posted 16 years ago #

    I wouldn't say that there is anything close to a definitive list. Needs depend greatly on the user, what they do, and what they're capabilities are.

    I mean, if it were me, I'd say something like: a Mac, Leopard, an external hard drive (for Time Machine), local SVN, Photoshop, Illustrator, Taco (code editor), Color Schemer Studio, etc....

    Of which, how many would be on your list? Which is why there isn't really a list as, like I said, each user and their needs are quite extensive.

    One may even find "therapist" on their list. :D

    Others may just have Incsub or Andrea on it. ;)

    Yet, others may have "kill that SOB lunabyte" on theirs. lol :D

    Best bet is to figure what you can do, what you need to do it, and find the right tool for the job.

  4. andrea_r
    Posted 16 years ago #

    lol @ luna :D

    Yeah, my list includes gphpedit, gimp, FF3 and extensions like web developer and firebug. This site for checking what it looks like in IE -

    Also, Tomb Raider for stress relief. Sometimes a gal just has to go shoot something.

  5. bigdadgib
    Posted 16 years ago #

    lol @ andrea_r...
    Yea, Tomb Raider... rofl

  6. demonicume
    Posted 16 years ago #

    oh, i long for the days when notepad was all ya needed.

  7. andrea_r
    Posted 16 years ago #

    @bigdadgib - at least it's TR Anniversary on the Wii. Better graphics FTW.

  8. cafespain
    Posted 16 years ago #

    I agree 100% with lunabyte - I think you definitely need a Mac in order to get anything done.

    I use:
    Mac, Leopard, with TimeMachine for local backups
    Mozy for remote backups
    Expandrive for when I need to make an urgent fix to a server file (and for when I can't be bothered opening an FTP client) to transfer files to the server.
    Transmit - for SFTP and Amazon S3 access (to check on server backups)
    Textmate for coding and blogging
    CSSedit - for CSS stuff - Can't live without this - it saves soooo much time and makes CSS styling incredibly easy.
    Photoshop for graphics
    Skitch for grabbing screenshots for blog posts
    MAMP for my local development Apache, Mysql and PHP stack
    Zigversion - For SVN stuff
    Firefox - with Firebug and Developer plugins

    And I'm sure some others that I use every now and then, but not often enough to remember.

    Thanks for the link Andrea_r - that'll save me having to boot into Windows just to check things.

  9. andrea_r
    Posted 16 years ago #

    No prob cafespain - the last time I booted IE, it instantly started to download and install a virus, despite our firewall. :-/

    The windows box is now the kid's computer, and they use FF. We have the IE tab extension for that too.

    @demonicume - it's okay, big guy. My 17yo daughter uses notepad when she does livejournal layouts. :D

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  • Started 16 years ago by billdennis5
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