My current tools

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I always found looking at the tools that others used a little voyeuristic, but often insightful. Check out the what Michael Arrington used in 2010. Here is my list, but I’m curious at what the indispensable tools and applications that John Lilly, Adam Nash, Mark MacLeod, Jevon MacDonald, April DunfordAli Asaria, Dan Martell, Dave McClure, and others. What are you using?

My List

  • Sparrow - Best GMail client for the iPhone hands down.
  • Calvetica - Great minimalist calendar replacement for the default Calendar app on iPhone.
  • Tweetbot
  • Evernote - It syncs across the iPhone, MacBook Air and Mac Mini I use regularly for notes and to do lists. Though I’m having to add more personal structure to my to do lists to make this work.
  • Dropbox - Feels like a shared file system between the different devices.
  • Rapportive - I have switched back to the GMail web interface solely because of the Rapportive integration.
  • WriteThat.Name - This is best behind the scenes application. It automatically updates your Google Contacts with changes in people’s signature lines.
  • Boomerang - Bring it back to your inbox. Need I say anymore.
  • Alfred - I switched from Quicksilver in the past year – see the LifeHacker review. I hate when I don’t have ⌘-SPACE mapped to Alfred.
  • RescueTime
  • Prismatic - This has replaced Summify for me. It is simply the best discovery application I have used.
  • SublimeText2 and TextMate though I’m very interested in Coda 2.
  • TweetDeck - I am underwhelmed with TweetDeck experience and performance. I am looking at Engag.io and Bottlenose as replacements, but neither offer exactly what I’m looking for.
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • WordPress - I have blogs hosted on EC2, VMFarms and DreamHost.
  • Hipstamatic – It posts to Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr and other sites. The lenses, films are just enough to make it look like I can be a fake photographer.
  • 1Password – I have been using the free version. I probably just need to suck it up and spend the $14.99 on the Pro version.
  • CardMunch - I try to upload every business card I receive before the end of the meeting.
  • Kindle – I seem to read 90% of my content in the Kindle app or on the Kindle.

There are a number of other tools that I’m enamored, but not currently using with including:

  • http://www.quantifire.net/blog Will

    Solid list, David.

    I find Cloud app, Skitch, Focus Booster and Caffeine to be quite helpful as well.

  • http://blog.bmannconsulting.com/ Boris Mann

    I love Evernote for notes, can’t get the hang of it for to dos.

    In the midst of transition from Batchbook to Nimble. Nimble is slick — you can do all of your messaging through there, has simple to do as well.

    Thanks for the CardMunch tip – I’ve been looking for that.

    • http://davidcrow.ca/ davidcrow

      I have Nimble and Nutshell running. I think there is lots of room for innnovation in this space.

      • http://blog.bmannconsulting.com/ Boris Mann

        Nutshell looks solid. Promoting their APIs is good – now I want IFTTT for business data to actually do something interesting. I’ve been thinking about that for so long, may need to do something about it …

  • http://www.eben.ca ceben

    How do you get by without a true task management tool? I’ve wasted so much time and money on these and have landed, for the moment, with Wunderlist. Thinking of switching to any.do only for the nicer UI.

    And just wait until the next version of Rocketr is out!

    • http://davidcrow.ca/ davidcrow

      I have been using the to do list functionality in Evernote. It’s not perfect but stuff just keeps getting added to a single Evernote with a checkbox. I try to format: Due Date – Person – Action

    • http://davidcrow.ca/ davidcrow

      I guess alternatively I could create a new Notebook called To Dos and then create Notes using the Due Date – Person – Action format.

  • http://www.eben.ca ceben

    One more thing… Check out streak for CRM in your Google inbox. It’s in beta but I like where it’s headed.

    • http://davidcrow.ca/ davidcrow

      I think Stream and @contextio are doing a great job enabling CRM in the inbox.

  • http://abdallahalhakim.tumblr.com/ Abdallah Al-Hakim

    very good list – I discovered a few new apps – One question: why are your trying to replace tweetdeck with engagio. I don’t think engagio is replacement for tweetdeck. I would rather think that Hootsuite is a better replacement for it. Engagio is awesome for discovering social conversations which is where it real values really lie

  • http://startupcfo.ca/ Mark MacLeod

    Great list David. I would add producteev for task management.

  • http://www.rocketwatcher.com April Dunford

    LOL – this list makes me laugh because I’ve been actively trying to streamline the number of things I use but I still use a lot of these. I guess my work isn’t as simplified as I thought it was.
    Email is my main unsolved problem. I’m managing inboxes for email addresses I have associated with 4 different projects right now and I’ve yet to see a decent way to manage that beyond managing them separately (which sucks) or dumping them all together (which sucks even more).

  • http://www.markevans.ca/ Mark Evans

    My list includes: Sparrow, ConnectedHQ, DropBox, Google Docs, Skype, Freshbooks, TweetDeck, Evernote, Delicious and BufferApp.

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  • Nancy

    Oh, I use Yaware for self-tracking