What is your setup?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by MrAnthonySutton, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. MrAnthonySutton macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2012
    I am just wondering what you guys use has your setup for web design / development.

    If you wouldn't mind, please include hardware and the software you use. I would highly appreciate it.

    Thanks guys :)
  2. Tholian macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Wordpress (using Thesis theme), Espresso for writing html and a little bit of PHP, GraphicConverter and Pixelmator for graphics. All these are running on a Mac Mini and the site is hosted by Dreamhost.

    Hope this helps.
  3. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Dreamweaver & Coda 2 for coding, on iMac 3.4 i7 16GB 27". Photoshop & Illustrator for graphics. Hosting service is pair Networks.
  4. sugardrum macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Macbook Air 11" 8Gb Ram connected to a widescreen 23" LG monitor, although until recently I got by with a 2008 15" Macbook Pro.

    Sublime Text for CSS/HTML/PHP
    Photoshop for Graphics stuff
    Macports for running local Apache dev environment

    oh, and hosting by http://ecowebhosting.co.uk
  5. grizfan macrumors member


    Feb 10, 2012
    Boise, ID
    for hardware, I do most of my work on my 15" early 2011 Macbook Pro that I've upgraded to 16GB of memory (now looking at a 256GB SSD for my next upgrade). I have a bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse and a Dell U2412M (24" IPS monitor). Finally, I have a 1TB USB hard drive for Time Machine.

    On the software front, Pixelmator for image work, BBEdit for coding. I enabled Apache, and installed MySQL for the local dev environment, and I use FileZilla for FTP.

    Creating wireframes is a big part of my workflow. I use Omnigraffle for that, but I've been tempted by online tools such as HotGloo for that work. Finally, for source control, I'm partial to SVN, and use Beanstalk.com to host SVN repositories. So far, its been command line for SVN, but I'd like to simplify things and get an SVN client, such as Versions. Or maybe I'll just get more comfortable with the command line, who knows...

    If you are still trying to decide what software to use, take advantage of the 30 day trial periods. Especially for your HTML editor. I tried several, but BBEdit was the one for me. Others swear by Coda or Sublime. Fortunately, you can try before you buy.
  6. Jamesbot, Sep 9, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012

    Jamesbot macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2009
    OS X, textmate, homebrew, ruby on rails, rspec, git for development

    Ubuntu, vim, nginx, passenger, thin, postgresql, for production

    I use a VPS from linode.com for production sites, which ive been very happy with.

    in my experience, a good amount of desktop real estate has been useful to me. I like to have open at the very least a browser, a text editor, and a terminal for tailing logs / rails console / running tasks / code generation without having to switch between foreground, background windows all the time.

    So I use a large format monitor like the 27" Cinema Display as my primary monitor, in addition to a secondary monitor that i swivel between portrait and landscape orientation.

    The quality of the keyboard is huge for me. I use a Happy Hacking Professional 2, which ran me ~$300. And while i realize it may seem crazy to spend that much on a keyboard, honestly every second i spend typing on this keyboard is like a tiny gift. And i spend A LOT of time typing, so imo this was one of the best decisions ive ever made.
  7. John444 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Non coding - Weebly.com
    blog - Wordpress.org
    coding - Adobe Dreamweaver
    graphics - Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
    flash animations - Adobe Flash Professional
    Professional videos - Adobe Premiere
    basic videos - iMovie & QuickTime Player
    ftp - Adobe Dreamweaver
    local server - MAMP
    web host - hostmonster.com

    I have been very impressed with all of the above.
  8. 960design, Sep 9, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012

    960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    iMac 2012 (21.5 in) (x2)
    MacBook Pro 15" 2012 (not retina)
    Mac Mini Server
    iPad2 (x2)
    Ubuntu i7 4.0Ghz/16GB Ram/ATI GPU 1G/10T HDs/27.5" 1920x1200 LCD
    Windows i7 4.0Ghz/16GB Ram/ATI 5870 1G/2T HDs/30" UltraSharp 2560x1600
    NAS WesternDigital Server 6TB

    SourceTree GIT (version control)
    Cyberduck FTP
    Terminal ;-)
    PHP,MySQL,Apache,Node,Javascript,HTML5,CSS3,WebGL ( although I've given up hope for it ).

    just looking around the office
  9. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    I have a mid-2009 13" MBP, 8GB RAM, 640GB HDD. When at my desk its connected to an Apple 27" ACD, bluetooth keyboard, magic mouse and magic trackpad. For meetings I will sometimes use my iPad 3. I'll even occasionally check things on my sites from my iPhone.

    I just upgraded to Mountain Lion last week since I finally got confirmation that all the software I use runs fine on it. All coding is done in Coda 2. Photoshop and Illustrator CS4 for graphics. Web browsing in Safari for being logged into the site i'm working on, firefox with firebug for most of the debugging. Microsoft Word for opening content clients send me, opening them in pages tends to cause issues when copying the content onto the site. Parallels with a Windows XP VM for IE testing. Omnigraffle for wireframes and flowcharts. Dropbox for sharing files with my business partner. Billings for Invoices.

    On the iPad, when used in meetings I have Omnigraffle and I'll use a sketchbook app for doing quick sketched to demonstrate and idea to a client. On the iPad and iPhone I use apps for checking google analytics and the Cpanel on the go. I recently configured one of my sites to push notifications to my iPhone using prowl, I may do that for more sites.

    All the sites I have been working on lately are in drupal, recently started using version 7 as most of the modules we use have finally been ported over. Hosting for my personal and new side business projects is at Site5, hosting at the studio I work with is at Hostgator.
  10. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    Macbook Pro 13 - OS X 10.6., 8GB, 2.53GHz Core i5 (employer provided)
    Samsung monitor connected via DVI
    Wireless mouse, bluetooth keyboard

    Komodo 7.1.2 (IDE)
    MAMP Pro 2.0.5
    Microsoft Office for Mac circa 2011 (Word, Excel, etc.)
    Adobe Photoshop CS6
    FileZilla (FTP) 3.53
    VMWare Fusion -> Windows 7 -> Native MSIE testing

    Latest browsers:
    Chrome with many extensions for web dev (notably: web dev, seo, rulers, PHP ninja - Chrome is my primary browser)
    FFox with webdev and firebug

    Textedit -- absolutely essential ;-)
  11. 2bFrank macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Macbook Pro 13" Early 2011 4GB
    -Saving up for a thunderbolt display, as it is very difficult working on a 13" display.
    - Also saving up for a iPad, just to be gangster

    Coda - Programming
    Photoshop - Image Development
    MAMP - Wordpress theme testing

    Thats really all I need, going to upgrade the mac to 16Gb when Crucial have them in stock.
  12. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Some sites I just use Wordpress. For other sites I use Dreamweaver CS6. My main computer is a mid-2010 27" iMac with 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD and a 2.93GHz i7.
  13. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Currently on a 20" 2.1Ghz Core2Duo iMac (late 2006) with an SSD upgrade and waiting for the new models to come out so I can upgrade, also have a 13" Aluminum MacBook (just before it was rebadged as the MBP).

    Software wise I'm primarily in Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 for design and Coda 2 for development. Bit of Maya and Modo for other projects as well.
  14. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    Retina MacBook Pro
    Markup: Coda 2 (very thankful for this wonderful app)
    Graphics: Sketch
    Magic Mouse

    Two reasons why I don't use Photoshop/Illustrator/Dreamweaver: Cost & No Retina Support.
  15. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    Just bought a base 2012 13" MBP i5 an dropped in 16GB ram and a 512gb SSD, running fast, i use office for mac, xcode, adobe, parallels for win XP to use MS Visual Studio 2010, all runs with very little or no lag considering all in the MBP cost me £1150.

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