I’m always interested in finding out what tools/apps other people use to get stuff done. In the spirit of sharing, here’s a list of current apps I use to work on Offscreen (by no means complete and in no particular order):
The invoicing software I use it to invoice stockists, sponsors, and occasional consulting clients.
Google Docs has been indispensable for me since starting Offscreen. I create around 30 separate documents (one for each contributor) with every issue. Its collaboration and editing features make working with others on content simultaneously a breeze. My goal is to move away from goal, but weening myself off G Drive has been difficult.
I made the switch to using Gmail in my browser (Chrome) many years ago and still find it the most productive way to use email! (I have a paid account with Google, so no ads, more storage, custom domain name, etc.) As mentioned above, the ultimate goal is to also move my email account away from Google.
My book-keeping app. I can either forward email receipts or upload photos of paper receipts (through my iPhone) and it does all the categorising, finding total amounts, tax, etc automatically. All I need to do is to export a spreadsheet at the end of the quarter and send it to my accountant.
I use this little tool every day. It lives in my menu bar and I can drag’n drop anything onto its icon to either create a short-URL, upload a file or take a screenshot, and then make it available online. It’s been a super handy companion.
I have no idea how I’d survive the login mayhem without my trusty 1Password app. It stores all my secret words, and therefore it’s probably the most important piece of software on this machine.
Oh yes, online content overwhelms me too. There is just too much I want to read, watch, listen to… I don’t get to read all the things I add to my Pocket app, but especially on long flights, I really enjoy catching up on interesting reads I’ve stored here.
Campaign Monitor was my go-to tool for email marketing, until I changed over to MailChimp. I like both of them equally and both have been big supporters of Offscreen. I decided to go with MailChimp because their creative branding/marketing suits Offscreen a bit better. For my weekly newsletter Dense Discovery I use the much more affordable Mailblast.
With Typekit, Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and even occasionally Bridge, I do use a lot of Adobe products for the design of the magazine. It’s easy to criticise them for making software that crashes often, but when I’m in the depth of a project, I realise again and again that these tools are immensely powerful and have matured a lot over the last decade or so.
Puts my files online.
Podio is an extremely versatile project management software. You can essentially build your own app setup and connect lots of different interfaces. It seemed overwhelming at first, but turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in order to build a searchable/filterable database of potential contributors for future issues.
I work from a lot of cafes, so a good VPN is important. I love TunnelBear because it’s so simple to use.
I back up my data to a hard drive with Time Machine and then use Arq to push an additional backup to my Dropbox account.
Simple copy-and-paste tool that allows me to have a plain-text clipboard history.
My go-to text replacement tool. I use this to create shortcuts for everything like shipping addresses, emojis, often-used URLs, standard replies, etc.
A little calendar menu app for quick access of my calendar. I use it for lack of decent alternatives. There are a few design issues that still confuse me after years of using it.
Recently bought this font manager to manage my growing font library. It's a little slow sometimes, but very reliable. Would buy again!
Another mini app that lives in my menu bar and allows me to check and calculate global times/timezones. Handy when working with contributors from all sorts of places.
I don’t record a lot of screencasts, but when I do, Drew Wilson’s little app never lets me down!