Cantina folks shared their favorite tools from post-it notes to Emacs. Tried and true to bleeding edge, here are some of our favorite things.
Emacs is ever popular if your fingers can bend in strange and interesting ways.
Sublime Text 2, while beta, maintains a strong following as a general purpose editor. Support for Sublime Text 2 plugins allows some nice extensions such as git support and even includes a nifty package manager for discovering and installing extensions.
A good general purpose editor should have great syntax highlighting for many formats, intelligent auto-indent, regex find and replace, and macro / script support. Whitespace should be spaces over tabs and the jury is out on 2 verses 4 spaces.
Evernote is killer for cloud-based notes on all your devices. Some dropped it due to a bad user experience sharing notes.
Org-Mode offers great note and task management for Emacs.
Graphics and Images
Pixelmator is the smaller, leaner, cheaper Photoshop.
xScope is great for measuring, aligning, and inspecting on-screen graphics.
Omnigraffle is still tops. Protoshare is under review but the jury is still out. Axure is expensive and doesn’t seem to compete. Balsamiq is nifty but has a specific feel to the results and is good for quick wireframes but doesn’t go very far.
Email / Calendaring
iCal consistently has problems with Google calendar making the web-based version a favorite.
Browsers, Plug-ins, and Networking
Window Resizer for Chrome resizes the browser window to emulate various screen resolutions.
w3m is a favorite text browser, if you need one.
Wireshark allows inspecting network traffic or just being evil.
Fake allows automating your browser.
bcat / btee pipes files to a browser.
Version Control and Diffing
Kaleidoscope is great for visual (and text) diffs. ImageMagick compare is a command-line alternative. mogotest shows visual cross-browser comparison and testing. diffxml and Araxis Merge are worth looking at.
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
Stickies are great. Whiteboards are ubiquitous. Writing in screen dust is the laptop equivalent of the back window of a dirty minivan. Mechanical pencils have a surprisingly strong and passionate following.
Task / Time Management
Reminders is slick as is Things. Remember the Milk is a GTD favorite. Evernote is as well. You can’t go wrong with paper and pencil. Astrid is popular for social tasks and has an Android client. Supposedly Google calendar supports tasks.
Health and Fitness
prey will help protect against a stolen or lost device.
pry is a better Ruby shell.
What are your favorite tools?