As a web developer and blogger, I’m pretty much chained to my computer all day. Here’s a look into the software I use on a daily basis. For everything from editing photos to testing webpages, these are the programs I use and recommend.
Photo Editing: iPhoto and Pixelmator
iPhoto is one of the main reasons I like my MacBook. It is so easy to use and has a beautiful, sleek interface. Its scroll-over view of photos inside folders makes it so easy to track down the photo I’m looking for. It comes with a basic editing suite that lets you do the basics: crop, retouch spots, fix the angle, and change the colour levels of the photo with boost effects and sliders. I use this to lighten up photos that have dark shadows, or to crop images so they feature a specific area more.
iPhoto doesn’t have painting, text overlay, or image splicing capability, and for those I use Pixelmator. At just $15 on the app store, Pixelmator has most of the functionality of Photoshop, at a fraction of the cost. This software allows me to make compilations, collages and banners (and those are just the ones I do on a daily basis).
Word Processing and Presentations: Microsoft Office for Mac
Coding: Sublime Text
Browsing: Safari, Chrome, Firefox
So techies, what’s your essential everyday software?