My setup and tools
This page lists the current software and hardware I use.
- Visual Studio Code
- iTerm 2
- Sequel Pro
- Sketch 3
- Affinity Designer
- Affinity Photo
- Google Chrome
Visual Studio Code
VS Code has been my editor of choice for over a year now. It’s solid, reliable, fast, regularly updated. Similar to Sublime Text or Atom. Has built in terminal, task runner, and Git support.
Terminal app of choice.
A fast and easy-to-use interface for working with MySQL databases.
The best FTP client I’ve tried. Works great for FTP and SFTP and also useful for Amazon S3 if you use that for storage.
My design app of choice. Although slightly buggy, the clean and simple interface coupled with some really nice features make Sketch a winner.
Affinity Designer & Affinity Photo
Finally stopped paying for Adobe CC.
The vast majority of the writing that I do is in Ulysses. I really like the way documents are stored as stacks of sheets and of course it supports markdown.
A minimal mind mapping tool, great for getting ideas out quickly.
For proposals and longer form document.
Does everything I want from a task manager.
One of my most used apps. Every password for every service I use is unique thanks to 1Password. I use Dropbox to sync between Macs and my iOS devices.
Team chat tool.
Browser of choice
Alfred is always the first app I install. Mac OS X doesn’t feel complete until Alfred is installed. Replaced TextExpander.
If you’re regularly up working late, you’ll probably like f.lux. It adjusts the colour of your screen based on the time of day, making it easier on your eyes.
Allows you to easily move and zoom windows.
Hide dock icons
- Icon Slate
The best way I’ve found to export (retina) icons in different formats and sizes.
Compresses PNG, JPEG and GIF files. Takes seconds and can hugely improve the load time of a website.
A colour picker that can be called via a keyboard shortcut. Outputs the colour in your desired format.
Pretty much the only way I listen to music these days is via streaming services.
More like a spreadsheet than a traditional calculator, Soulver is a great way to work with numbers. The iOS app is great too.
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
Ikea Standing Desk
On my desk I have:
- 2x Dell UltraSharp U2414H 24”
- Das Keyboard Professional 4
- Magic Trackpad Trackpad
- Ikea Chair
For on the go, I use:
- Rooster Stand
- Magic Mouse
- Bluetooth keyboard
Updated: Oct 2018