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My Mac Monday (MMM9) Robert Chambers

My Mac Monday (MMM9) Robert Chambers

I’m a web designer & developer based in London and a Partner at the Marketing Design Partnership. I’ve only been using a Mac for less than a year, but I’m already a converted Apple fanboy.

I use a 15” 2.8 GHz MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM. My company is very much a virtual team (we all work from home) and largely communicate via email (using Apple Mail) and Skype (using the built-in mic and iSight camera). However, there are times when face to face collaboration is more effective. My laptop therefore gives me the perfect balance between mobility and performance.

At my office, I connect my laptop to an Apple 24″; LED Cinema Display, Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse. This turns it into a true desktop replacement, which is far more comfortable for long sessions. I also place my laptop on the Rain Design mStand, which raises it to eye level and enables it to be used as a secondary monitor. The extra screen space is really useful when coding or doing graphics work.

Most of my working day is spent using Coda. A great piece of (Mac only) web development software and a big reason for my move from PCs. Having used bloated Dreamweaver for years, I love how lightweight yet feature full it is, with built-in CSS editor, preview and FTP client. Fireworks is probably my second most used app. I’ve been a long-term fan and think it’s a far better web graphics tool than Photoshop, which I save for just editing photos.

To actually store my files, I use Dropbox, as it automatically backs up my work offsite and keeps a version history (goodbye annoying external hard drives). I can also easily share files with colleagues or clients.

My most recent addition has been an iPad (yes, I was one of those sad people that queued up on the day of its release). I bought it primarily for consuming media, but have since realised it is a fantastic tool for web development. Previously, I used pen and paper for wireframing and flow charts (sitemaps, processes etc.) but now, using the iMockups and Instaviz apps, I do these on my iPad.

Having said this, I primarily use it for keeping on top of my RSS feeds (using Reeder) and reading/posting tweets (using Osfoora HD) from the comfort of my sofa. The only problem is, I now keep tapping my fingers on my laptop screen thinking it has a touch screen – now that would be cool.

You can follow me on Twitter @robert_chambers and check out my portfolio and blog at robert-chambers.com.

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