Tooling Up For The Online World - Traveling Geeks' Top Apps
Some of the Traveling Geeks - photo JD Lasica
I spent much of July in the UK with the "Traveling Geeks" a group of journalists and bloggers meeting with leading European startups.
JD Lasica, the tireless organizer of the trip, recently put together a list of our favorite tools and apps: Coolest power tools of some top geeks.
With so many choices out there, I'm always fascinated by what others are using. Personally, I try to use as many cloud based apps as I can so that I can work from any computer, mine or maybe yours. Here's some favorite Traveling Geek apps, please see the original post for full list:
- I just started using HootSuite 2.0, a Web-based, Ajax-smart Twitter application that I find superior (so far) to the downloadable Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop apps. (I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.)
- Zoho Writer and Zoho Sheets, which are superior to Google Docs (though I use the latter when forced)
- Snapz Pro X, to capture images and movies from any Mac computer screen
- Paparazzi, a wonderful tool for Mac users to capture entire Web pages -- even the portions that appear below the fold
- iPhone apps: Google maps (for location), Stanza and eReader (for reading), experimenting with Twitterfon, Tweetdeck, Twittelator and Simply Tweet for Twitter, Evernote (for keeping notes online), Loopt and Google Latitude for geo-awareness, Yelp for restaurants, Rocket Taxi, iTalk and QuickVoice (for interviews and recording random thoughts)
- Friendfeed ("Friendfeed is my chat application.")
- PeopleBrowsr, for social media search
- Mindjet, for mindmapping presentations
- CopyPaste Pro: "If I had to recommend only one tool for Mac users, this would be it. It remembers the last 200 objects of any media type that I cut or copied to the clipboard."
- Diigo, a research and knowledge-sharing tool
- iPhone GS for video and Mobypicture and Pixelpipe apps
- FeedWordPress: Sky configured this plug-in to suck our individual blog feeds into the TravelingGeeks.com WordPress blog.
- YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plug-in), a Firefox plug-in for Firefox that finds related posts within my blog and I have configured it with a special CSS so it also displays little thumbnails next to the suggested posts.
- PGP to encrypt email and confidential data on his computer.
- Zemanta, the Firefox plug-in. "I can't believe how much better my posts are, how much more relevant and complete they are."
- BBEdit for plain text processing ("I use this more than any other app except browsers")
- OmniGraffle: Like Visio, it lets you create diagrams to group concepts together graphically.
VMWare Fusion is the VM he uses to run Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04; he "tests" incoming viruses by running WMWare "sandbox," which he then throws away after infected.
- Shopstyle, a shopping application that provides a visual search for online goods.
- Tumblr, a blog platform and app that lets you publish videos and pictures from your cellphone, especially useful for lifecasting or moblogging.
- iPhone apps: Mint, Yelp, Stanza (free app that lets you download and read from a selection of more than 100,000 books and periodicals), Pano ($2.99 app that lets you take seamless panoramic photos on your iPhone), and TalkBubbles ($4.99 app that lets you add dialogue in comic strip-like bubbles to your photos)
- Skitch lets you annotate websites with comments, drawings, arrows, etc., then upload the sketch to their website and share it or blog it. "It's just plain fun," she says.
- MobyPicture for syndicating my photos and videos from my iPhone and Mac across all my social nets simultaneously.
- TweetLater Professional for scheduling tweets in advance.
- Trackur for online reputation management and social listening.
- Pine, an old-timey email application
- iPhone apps, including Rimshot and Trombone (sound effects)
- EasyTweets: manage multiple Twitter accounts, SMS and email keyword alerts, schedule, import feeds, and more
- GroupMail, a way to send personalized email marketing campaigns from your Windows desktop
- Acronis for data backup
- Sharpcast for syncing your data across the Web
- Voyij.com for travel searches.
- Ecto to post when offline but he is switching to MyBlogEdit and MovableType for their additional functionalities.
- He uses the su.pr url shortener from Stumbleupon for tweeting posts -- now or later.
- iMovie 8, "a great tool for quick video editing and upload"
Some of the tools Ayelet used most during the Geeks' trip: