The latest Bay Area Web Freelancers Meetup lived up to its name – “Productivity & Pinot” – with a healthy dose of both. Individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions descended on MIGHTYminnow HQ to share their favorite tools of the trade. Here are some of our favorites:
This Chrome browser extension allows you to navigate the web mouse-free. Simple keyboard shortcuts are used for a wide array of browsing functionality (string search, quick link navigation, search tabs, etc). Takes some getting used to, but I’ve been at it for less than a week and I think I’m in love.
Emmet Package for Sublime Text
If you use Sublime Text to code, then this package is a must. Emmet gives you a massive set of abbreviations that auto-magically turn into their fully-formed code/markup/CSS counterparts. HUGE time saver.
Default Folder X
Great Mac app that turbo-charges your finder’s open/save functionality. No more navigating down through directory upon directory each time you save – Default Finder X lets you specify default save/open locations, remembers your most recent locations, and generally saves some serious time and clicking.
Google Hangout (Remote Desktop)
We typically use Join Me for screen sharing because of its easy-to-use interface, but if you’re looking for a free alternative, Google Hangout now offers Remote Desktop functionality as well.
Looking for a better alternative to your standard screen capture tool? Skitch is a great app (and it’s free) that let’s you take screen grabs, make edits, add notes, and much more.
PopClip takes selecting, copying, and pasting text to a whole new level. Right click selected text and you’ll get a contextual menu with over 90 actions.
Another handy tool for keeping your notes and lists organized. Plus it’s Google, so you know it works!