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It’s Official… I’m converting… to Mac

Looks like it’s official, I’m converting over to Mac.  After working in the field of web development for over 5 years now, I think it’s time to make the switch and see how things work out.  I’m looking for software recommendations for the following:

  • SSH
  • SSH private key handling
  • SFTP
  • S3 access program
  • Zip file manager
  • HTTP watch program (like fiddler)
  • Auto Hot Key
  • Best integration program for running windows only programs
  • IDE programs

Looking forward to recommendations on these and anything else you want to toss my way.

  • Jay Janssen

    This is a good place to look for software: http://www.apple.com/downloads/

    SSH – built in on the command line.
    SSH private key handling (same?)
    SFTP – command line (scp), or for a GUI try CyberDuck
    S3 access – S3 Browser
    Zip files – OSX finder does this automatically, I think.
    Windows programs – VMware or Parallels.

  • http://www.philipzaengle.com Philip Zaengle

    FTP, SFTP, S3, WebDAV: Transmit (http://panic.com/transmit/)
    Windows: Parallels 6

    Other web dev must haves:
    Coda: http://www.panic.com/coda/
    Textmate: http://macromates.com/
    CSS Edit: http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/
    Visor: http://docs.blacktree.com/visor/visor

    Congrats on making the switch, what did you get?

  • David Schafer

    Transmit – nice GUI for FTP

    CleanArchiver – will zip files without the hidden mac files. I used to get complaints about those a lot.

    VirtualBox (free!) – I have been using to run Vista for a while now with no complaints.

    I'll also recommend TextMate for programming

  • http://inlikealion.com Matt Bainton

    SSH, SSH pak, SFTP = all built in via terminal.app

    SFTP + S3 = Transmit (easily most rock-solid/capable ftp client)

    Zipping/Dezipping = built in to the OS gui (right click + compress/decompress)

    HTTP monitoring = LittleSnitch

    Hot Key – can you give examples? For launching stuff I love Alfred.app. For snippets of code, there are several such as Snippets.app

    IDE's – there are several, but I just use some of the awesome text editors. Espresso is my favorite, but I also have Coda which has nice integration of terminal + sftp + documentation. Also check out CSSEdit.

    Windows = personally I use VWWare (get 30% off right now) but Parallels just released a new version which is much improved since I passed over it a couple years ago. Virtualbox is a free alternative, but not the most polished experience.

    OTHERS:
    • Get Sequel Pro for db stuff.
    • MAMP for local dev server.
    • VirtualHostX for local test domains (instead of using local IP+port numbers) – I use '.dev' for all my local sites.
    • Visor.app for always-on hot key Terminal access.
    • GitX if you want Git UI (who really needs that?).

    • Echofon for Twitter
    • Adium for all-in-one chat client
    • Colloquy for IRC

    You'll definitely love having a Unix system for development. Tons more native to what we do.

  • http://web.simplifiedbuilding.com cwpollock

    great responses everyone.. keep it coming!

  • http://bit-zen.net Derek Wright

    All the SSH stuff – use Terminal just like everyone else suggested. I actually have a script laying around on my Mac for ssh-copy-id to put your private key on remote hosts.

    For windows programs, if you are adventurous you can try Wine or pay some $$ and use Crossover Mac (check their compat. list first though).

    I also just started using Netbeans for PHP development (instead of Dreamweaver – yay for free)

    Learn Spaces because multiple desktops are win.

    Let me know if you want MS Office ;P

    You wont regret it, my entire household is now Mac 😛

  • http://web.simplifiedbuilding.com cwpollock

    I am getting a 15″ Mac book pro. Haven't ordered it yet. I'll. Be doing that when I come back from vacation. Thanks for the recommendations.

  • http://www.smallfuel.com Natalie Hipp

    I use CSSEdit and Espresso by MacRabbit and love them both, but I would caution the over usage of CSSEdit as its preview doesn't always work the same way as other browsers.

    As for SSH, I use ExpanDrive for the majority of file editing, and then Terminal for basic ownership and permission stuff.

    I still have not found a good enough FTP program… and it constantly annoys me.

  • Robert

    I really love JumpCut which gives you multiple clipboards. Only supports multiple TEXT clipboards but that is what I always want anyway, great for coding.

    BBEdit is the long standing coding standard. TextMate, Coda and others are very nice though. I use CSSEdit because I enjoy the autocomplete which IMO is better implemented.

    Found your site via your diy desk post, nice desk!

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Day 2: the back yard is swarming with fluffy tailed rodents. The boys are delighted. There is ample GoPro footage of inquisitive squirrel faces. Caleb was even hand feeding. #lifewithboysOwl pellet dissection is an interesting experience!! It was almost like archaeology, but different in the “this was puked up by a bird” kind of way :stuck_out_tongue:. #lifewithboys #owlbranddiscoverykits #biologyDoes baiting squirrels with Cheerios and observing their behavior count as biology? We are studying mammals after all. :smile:#citysquirrels #lifewithboys #backyardwildlifePhotoSushi for 9 courtesy of @amylpollockSomewhere, deep down inside, I’m thankful that they can cook their own breakfast:raised_hands:. But parenting is filled with such conflicting emotions. :yum: #lifewithboys #cleanupyourmess #wafflesShearing my sheep today :sheep:! #lifewithboys #This is for my friends who don’t live in upstate ny #snowCaleb’s birthday lunch. Now I have two teenagersBeautiful upstate NY #home#Repost @andrewpetersonmusic ・・・ The Burning Edge of Dawn is on sale for $5.99 through this Thursday, anywhere you buy music online!Classic PhotoDinner with the Jobs :grinning:Worn down by the world.