Status board is a fun little app if you’re into monitoring feeds throughout your day. My current setup shows a combination of custom feeds from our project tracking software, Twitter feeds I’m only partially interested in, this sites feed stats, and two calendars.
TeamworkPM - We use TeamworkPM to track projects, tasks and a myriad of other in-shop need-to-knows. One of the reasons we chose it is because it includes an API for when its built-in functionality isn’t enough.
Tweetbot - I switched to Tweetbot this year on all my devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad). Having the built-in sync for reading position, mutes and lists helps keep me sane.
ImageAlpha - Any PNG that I put on the web goes through ImageAlpha first. It does a fantastic job of knocking KB off even if it’s not a png with an alpha channel.
ImageOptim - Sibling to ImageAlpha, I use ImageOptim on jpg’s. While it usually doesn’t knock a ton of size off an image, every little bit helps.
VMWare Fusion - While BrowserStack works well in most cases, sometime having a slightly faster VM to test on makes sense. I use it with Microsoft’s free VM’s for testing IE’s.
I use Chrome as my primary browser these days, so all the tools listed below are Chrome extensions.
Awesome Screenshot - Screenshots are easy on the Mac, but when you want to caputure an entire webpage (top-to-bottom) Awesome Screenshot is, well, awesome.
ColorZilla - Color picker and gradient generator. Easy peasy.
Google Analytics Debugger - If you ever try to do custom events and tracking with GA, this is an easy way to make sure it’s working rather than waiting on GA to tell you a day later.
Web Developer - The Web Developer plugin has been around for years on Firefox. The Chrome version has quite a different interface, but still has all the great tools for debugging sites.
YSlow - Because sometimes you want to know why a page is slow.
Box - We all have 50 GB Box accounts through work. Not as nice of a syncing setup as Dropbox, but hey, 50 GB. Just make sure that if you use their syncing app, you cancel sycing when on battery or you’ll regret it.
Dropboxis a fantastic utility for all your file syncing needs. I use it for storing all my personal notes and docs that I want to access across devices. Byword has access to my Dropbox account, so I can manage all of my notes on any device. Think Evernote without the nasty editor.
Feedly - Back in the day I read all of the blogs I needed to by opening them one-by-one every morning to see if there was new content. As the number of web related sites grew, tools like Google Reader became necessary. When Google announced the demise of Reader, Feedly was one of those services that offered an easy way to port your Reader account to their service. They offer a nice web interface which I use on laptop, and they have native apps for iOS.
FeedPress - I used to use Feedburner for tracking blog subscriptions. But once Google announced they were killing Reader, I decided to find a Feedburner alternative BEFORE they announce they’re killing it (hasn’t happened yet, but give it a few minutes). FeedPress offers a json feed of the stats that is easily consumed by Status Board.
Gaug.es - Gaug.es debuted as a live stats tracking app back before Google Analytics offered a similar service. Even with live tracking in GA, I still prefer how Gaug.es breaks down data and makes it easy to find basic info.
Bartender - I run more utilities than I should. And as a result, my titlebar started to become a little too overpopulated. Thanks to Bartender, it’s now much shorter, and the rest of the icons are called on an as-needed.
BetterTouchTool - Apple allows for a certain level of customization when it comes to trackpad gestures, but BTT takes that customization to a whole new level.
Choosy - As a developer, it’s not unusual for me to be running three browsers at any given time. Choosy is a utility that makes it easy to open any link in the browser of your choice. When a link is activated, Choosy shows a quick interface with all running browsers. Select the browser you want to use and boom, webpage. If you happen to be running only one browser, you can tell Choosy to not even ask.
Droplr - Great for when you need to quickly share a screen-shot.