What tools do you use?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Curren~Sea, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Curren~Sea macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    I manage a few small websites. So far the tools I’ve used are a text editor (Smultron) and a CMS system (Joomla!). I’m getting busier, however, and it’s quite possible that this hobby will turn out to be more than a side gig for me.

    I used Dreamweaver several years ago and didn’t really like it because it just didn’t seem very intuitive. How is CS3 these days? I can get the Adobe Academic package for a pretty good deal (my wife is a professor) so I’m considering stepping up to the plate.
  2. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

    Sep 11, 2005
    St. Cloud, FL.
    Well I do some sites on the side, and I do pretty much everything with RapidWeaver. :)
  3. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    photoshop, textmate and sometimes rapidweaver
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I use BBEdit for code and Gimp/Photoshop for graphics. My web server is local so don't need to FTP or anything.

    I believe the stickies in this forum have some good info you'll want to read through for a lot more details.
  5. motherduce macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Rapidweaver (for the quickies for family/friends)
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    MAMP (great for local testing!)
    Fetch (any FTP will do though)
  7. macsig macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    Marina del Rey, CA
    DreamWeaver CS3 (Layout) +
    Pixelmetor (Images) +
    TextMate (code) but I'm gonna try NetBeans 6.0 and I guess I'm gonna switch

    DW CS3 has been improved: it is faster (on MacIntel) and provides all the features you need. Now Flex framework as well.

    But if you look for something less "professional" Rapidweaver can be fine: I see a RW license. If you are interested on, just send me a PM
  8. Curren~Sea thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Thanks for the links. I downloaded demos of all the above. Coda looks the coolest to me so far. I may break down and go for the CS3 though, since I know I'll have to do some Flash modifications to sites that I have recently taken over. Alternatively, I could get rid of the Flash stuff and use something else, I guess.
  9. derandrew09 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2007
    Desktop Software: Coda, Photoshop:cool:
    Website host: A Small Orange:D
    Website software: Wordpress:p
    And I do it all with: A Mac:apple:
  10. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    On any given day at work:

    TextMate for Ruby/Rails, PHP, HTML, minor CSS, etc

    CSSEdit for major CSS editing (awesome to use with huge stylesheets--makes finding what style sets are being applied to a certain element a cinch)

    Illustrator/Photoshop/FireWorks for graphics work, depending on what is needed

    Transmit to get it all up there
    And indirectly...

    Adium to communicate with my team and my boss, and to make fun of the people in Marketing

    PandoraBoy to listen to new music and keep me sane (better than listening to Pandora in a browser because this allows keyboard shortcuts for play/pause/next/thumbs up/down and Growl notifications)

    Vienna to keep me in touch with what's happening on the Intertubes

    Parallels for testing the necessary evil of IE 6 and 7
  11. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I use Photoshop, but since my move to the Mac the company is buying me Creative Suite 3 - I can't wait till all them goodies are installed!

    I use Photoshop CS3 for layout and Dreamweaver CS3 (code, or source, mode) for cut up and CSS.

    Them two tools can handle just about everything I do, and Dreamweaver's FTP site thingie means Don't have to use a stand-alone FTP client to upload files to the test server, which saves time.
  12. MacSociology macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    Battleground Europe?!
    BBEdit for coding.
    Scrivener and mellel for writing.
    Joomla and Drupal as CMS.
    Fireworks for webgraphics.
    Site5.com for shared hosting until the site is big enough to be on a dedicated server.
    SnapzProX for screenshots and screenrecording.
    Yummy as ftp-client.

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