I have just taken delivery of a shiny new iMac having making the decision to switch from a lifetime of PC use. Was wondering what are the best software tools for front end web development on the Mac? Fireworks for design stuff is a given for me and I’m used to using Dreamweaver for coding but I’m open to any suggestions to replace DW.
I want a code editor which does a good job at code colouring SASS and SCSS files as DW is naff at it! Other features I like in DW are the code completion, file explorer, built in FTP and element block navigation/selection tool.
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Since you’re new to the Mac environment, I’ll give you a quick list of some of my most commonly used tools:
* Sublime Text 2 for editing
* CodeKit for compiling/minifying
* git for version control ( & Sourcetree for those rare moments when I need a GUI for git)
* Homebrew for dnsmasq, RVM, node.js, ack, etc, and a hand-rolled Apache server stack because I don’t like the weight of MAMP Pro.
* Sequel Pro for managing MySQL databases
* VirtualBox and ievms for IE testing
* Frank de Loupe for a colorpicker
* ClipMenu clipboard replacement/history. I use this hundreds of times a day, and it’s saved my rear a few times.
* RescueTime is a great app for keeping track of productivity, though it takes some configuration to get set up right.
* Billings for invoicing and time-tracking!
* iTerm 2 terminal replacement running zsh and Oh My Zsh
* Alfred 2 for a launcher (get the Powerpack, it’s worth the money for the workflows), can also be used to manage snippets.
* Path Finder because I need tabs in my Finder (there are other options, but Path Finder is the end-all, be-all)
* LibreOffice for writing documentation in .doc format if I need to
* Adium for a chat client
* Fantastical for a Calendar replacement (menubar app)
* Spotify for tunes
* Evernote to sync notes with my tablet for client meetings
* BetterTouchTool if you use a Magic Trackpad. Just a timesaver for gesture control
I know that’s a lot more than what you asked for, but these are all applications that I find useful in my day-to-day work.