Digital Tools

Gear and apps for artists, solo-entrepreneurs and hackers.

The gear and apps I use.

These are the tools I use most days.

Notion

I run my world using this note app. With Notion, as you use it more, your organisation of notes and structure reflects your minds natural order of things. It's extremely flexible. It has templates galore built in (not that I use these) and comes with highly legible typography. I can't recommend Notion enough for managing projects and writing.
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Photoshop CC

Photoshop is the one app you oughta know for digital work. You could almost do anything with it. I design and produce photographs and graphics daily with this app and it's incredibly good at what to does.
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After Effects CC

I use After Effects for video and motion graphics work. After Effects works with compositions, that can be nested making it versatile and flexible for video production.
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OWC RAID Drives

Other World Computing is an American computer hardware company and online store for Mac upgrades and accessories. They produce outstanding RAID drives. I run several OWC 20TB ThunderBay 4 RAIDs and they've never let me down.
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Tools for Writing

Desktop and cloud-based tools for writing and text editing.

Scrivener

A dedicated writing tool, Scrivener simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing. It's focused on that job and does it very well. For larger writing projects (like books) it's well worth a trial.
Visit their site

Hemingway App

The Hemingway is 'like a spellchecker, but for style.' It grades your writing for readability to indicate how understandable a piece of writing is.
Visit their site

Notion

Notion is my main app for managing my projects and writing. It lets you organise everything simply and elegantly.
Notion is free.

Thoughtback

Write your self messages in the future. Thoughtback stores the messages you enter and then randomly sends them back to you randomly.
Write to your future self

Urban Dictionary

A crowdsourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases, operating under the motto 'Define Your World'
Visit the site

Wolfram’s Expert-level Answers

Wolfram’s site lists useful information about and historical context for words, major events, trends and people in the news
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Time Tools

Time tracking and management tools.

Be Focused Timer

This handy timer does just what you need and no more. An effective way to retain motivation and focus.
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Time Timer Visual Timer

I use a Time Timer 60 Minute visual timer. It's a fantastic visual tool that sits on my desk and keeps me aware of the session I am in. Timers for me are about dropping constant busyness and distraction.
Visit their site

Egg Timer

A simple countdown timer.
http://e.ggtimer.com/

Design Tools

Tools for designing graphics, apps and websites.

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator CC is the vector (geometry-based lines and shapes) equivalent to Photoshop. It's a vector graphics app for designing logos, icons, drawings, typography, and illustrations.
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Canva

Canva's an online drag-and-drop designer, with plenty of designs and layouts to base your designs on. If you don't want to learn or use Photoshop you can use Canva to crank out business cards, logos, presentations, and graphic designs.
Visit the Canva site

Composer Pro

A no-code app building platform. Produce apps for all form factors, including mobile, desktop, browser, TV and others. It's free.
Visit the site

Typekit

Typekit is a service for fonts which you can sync to your computer or use on a website. Instead of licensing individual fonts, you can sign up for the plan that best suits your needs and get a library of fonts from which to choose. Or you get it as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
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Google Fonts

Google's collection of open source designer web fonts.
visit the site

Fount

Fount will tell you which web font in your font-stack you are actually seeing – not just what is supposed to be seen. It’ll also tell you the font size, weight, and style.
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Imaging Tools

Tools and apps or photography and imaging.

Photoshop CC

Photoshop is the world's primary image editing program. It's the primary app for creating, developing and editing images. Photoshop lets you edit photographs or groups of photographs, create digital graphics and composites from scratch, and design and produce app user interfaces. Photoshop is your swiss army knife for digital. You can create anything you need for television, print, desktops and mobile screens. It's always been at the heart of any digital studio.
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Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC

Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC is the desktop version of Lightroom, not to be confused for the cloud-based Lightroom CC version.
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Video Tools

Video, motion graphics and video compression tools.

After Effects CC

After Effects is a motion graphics tool. It's part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of tools. In terms of video, there is not much you can't accomplish with this app. It's a staple in every video creator toolkit.
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC

For actual linear video editing, I use Premiere. It's easy, powerful and comes bundled with Creative Cloud so I always have it. Your other options are Final Cut Pro, Avid or some other video app. But Premiere gets the job done, and integrated with the other Adobe Creative Cloud apps.
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HandBrake: Open Source Video Transcoder

Handbrake is the tool to use for compressing video for the web, or converting video from one format to another. Such a handy tool.
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Animation Composer

This is a free plug-in for Adobe After Effects® that makes simple fast animation very easy. It's great for commercial video ads which is what I have been using this for. I teach this in my Facebook Video Ad Course. It's good.
Animation composer is free

Web Downloading Tools

Tools for downloading images and videos from the existing websites. This comes in handy when redesigning sites and harvesting existing media from existing websites.

Image Cyborg

Download images from any website, webpage via url or link
https://imagecyborg.com/

Video Cyborg

Download video from youtube, dailymotion, any website just paste any link/url with a video
https://videocyborg.com/

Apps Cyborg

More handy web tools from this Apps Cyborg.
https://appscyborg.com/

Creative Idea Generation Tools

Tools for teasing out ideas and connections

Freemind

A mind mapping app can tease out the network of ideas in you've got in your head. Free Mind is the best one I've found. Sadly it's not being developed further, but it's great as it is.
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Milanote

Milanote lets you organise your ideas and projects into visual boards. It's like mind mapping, in that your network of ideas quickly becomes clear. Milanote is beautifully designed and functions wonderfully. I really like this app Although Notion has taken over all text, idea and project management duties for me.
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Google Webmaster Tools

All-day everyday Google tools. Once you wire these into your site you'll want to use them all of the time to monitor your growth.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics tracks and reports website traffic and site vistor interactions with your online content. You got to have this one.
Google Anaytlics site

PageSpeed Insights

Make your site fast, or be penalised by Google. The PageSpeed Insights tool reports on site performance for mobile and desktop.
Page Speed site

Google Search Console

Google Search Console is a no-charge web service by Google for monitoring your site’s performance in search. While kinda confusing to setup, it's worth the effort.
Google Search Console

Google Chrome

Chrome is a fast, simple and secure web browser. And with Chrome you can create multiple user 'profiles' that synchronise. This means you can flexibly access and manage multiple clients or projects very flexibly. Chrome also has great develop tools built in. Chrome is hard to beat for creative web people.
Download Chrome

Google Trends

Google Trends is a free tool that provides access to actual search requests across Google Search.
See what the world is searching.

Domains, Hosting and Website Tools

Launch your own thing and run it like a pro.

NameCheckr

A useful tool to check domain & social username availability across multiple networks.
https://www.namecheckr.com/

Namecheap

Namecheap is my go to ICANN-accredited domain name registrar. A great source for low cost domain names. I've used this service for years.
Find your domain name

Dreamhost Web Hosting

With a domain name leased, you need to host it somewhere to 'serve' it up the world. Dreamhost offers web hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated hosting, shared hosting and cloud storage. I've been using Dreamhost for the past 15 years. It's great if you manage a lot of different domains.
Sign up for hosting

Webflow

Webflow gives you fine control to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually, while writing clean, semantic code for you.
Start with a free Webflow account

WordPress

You can install Wordpress on a hosted custom domain name or have WordPress.com host it for you. It's a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. You install Wordpress then you theme it and away you go.
Visit Wordpress

IFTTT

With Iffttt you create 'applets; connecting web services to make things your apps can't do on their own.
https://ifttt.com

Facebook Tools

Using Facebook's Business tools for creating and managing Facebook business pages and campaigns. The Business manager allows management of Facebook ad accounts, Instagram accounts, Facebook pages, Apps, pixels, product catalogs and much more.

Facebook Business Manager

The Facebook business manager is a free mega tool for managing Facebook page ad accounts. Build detailed audiences, track visitors with analytics, create campaigns and ads and much more.
https://business.facebook.com/

Facebook Pixel

Created inside the Facebook Business manager, the Facebook Pixel is a piece of code we install on our website to track and measure website visitors. With data we can then optimise and build audiences for your advertising campaigns based on site visitors behaviour.
Read more about the pixel

Facebook Analytics

Facebook's Analytics lets us use actual data to analyse trends and in general better understand the behavior of people who visit our sites. Using the pixel we can also set up additional events to measure specific actions we are interested in.
Learn more about their Analytics/a>

Chatbot Marketing Platforms

Web Chat, SMS & Facebook Messenger Chatbot Platforms

Mobile Monkey

Mobile Monkey is a leading web Chat, SMS & Facebook Messenger Chatbot Platform. Enables automation (bots).
https://www.mobilemonkey.com

ManyChat

ManyChat is the another Facebook Messenger, SMS Chatbot Platform that enables chat bots.
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Landbot

Landbot differs from Mobile Moneky and ManyChat in that it's chat interface can be delivered as a fullscreen experience. It feels less like a live chat and more like an interactive page.
You can create a free account

Intercom

The Intercom customer messaging platform is the best out there. But also the most expensive. The heart of Intercom is the Intercom’s Business Messenger, an InBox for all your chats. Intercom is beautifully written software.
Visit their site

Email Marketing Platforms (CRMs)

CRM stands for Customer Relation Management. A great CRM does it all, or you bolt together multiple apps to suit your needs. The choice comes down to needs and budget.

Zapier

Zapier connects apps together and automates workflows. You commonly see Zapier in the 'integrations' tab of apps to connect your website app to other apps, like email marketing platform.
https://www.zapier.com

Mailchimp

Probably the worlds most well-known email CRM. I used. to hate MailChimp but I've softened. Support s all the usual email duties and now landing pages, and even postcard mailing.
You can get started free

Drip

Drip seems to have repositioned itself as an e-commerce marketing platform. Ther state they 'sStore all your customer data collected from storefront to marketing channels.
You can get started free

Active Campaign

Active campaigns the big fish in Email CRMS. It aint'c heap. Its an email marketing, marketing automation, and small business CRM.
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HubSpot

HubSpot offers marketing, sales, and service software. They have a good free CRM option, and marketing, sales and service upgrade options. Their system is well laid out and easy to use.
You can get started free

SendPulse

SendPulse is a multi-channel marketing platform, enabling web push, email, chatbots, and SMS.
SendPulse is free to start

Collaboration Tools

Tools for collaborating online

Slack

Slack is a runaway success in the world of online collaboration apps. Slack's focus is working and collaborating together online around 'channels' where you share and message one another through their app.
Slack is free to use

Miro

A collaborative whiteboarding platform.
Miro is free to use

Website Onboarding Tools

Collect emails and grow your audience

Hello Bar

Hello Bar. is a website bar that greets people as they enter your site.
Install an email bar on your site

Survey Monkey

With Survey Monkey you can measure and understand feedback from site visitors, with surveys.
Create surverys

Subscribers

Subscribers is a free tool for push notifications. You can create custom, scheduleable, dynamic, and even automatable push notifications for Desktop And Mobile
Get Subscribers for free

Slaask

Slaask is a $29 p/m Slack integration app. It's a bridging chat app between your website and Slack, enabling live chat with your website visitors via Slack. There are several conversational and collaborative hubs like this one that allow you and your teammates to answer your customers’ queries as easily and efficiently as possible from Slack.
Visit Slaask

Cloud Storage Apps

Syncable cloud file storage platforms

Drop Box

DropBox is a cloud hard drive, letting you store, share, and securely access all your files. It's handy. You have a local folder which syncs with the cloud for access from your other devices.
free to use

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is for serious endeavors. It's an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. No fancy high-level interfaces here, just hardcore, robust scalable cloud systems.
https://aws.amazon.com/s3/

Google Drive

Google drive comes free with a Gmail account. You get you 15GB of storage and a suite or Office Apps as well.
free with gmail accounts

Evernote

A cloud-based app for storing and syncing your notes online. It's good. But Notion is better!
evernote is free

Artist Tools

https://www.artsy.net/

Artsy

Artsy has the worlds leading artists work easily browsable and in many instances available to purchase. You can slo browse the leading galleries shows and stable of artists.
Browse the worlds galleries

Sedition Art

Sedition is a platform for selling and collecting art in digital format. Collect, trade and enjoy artworks on your screens.
Digital art for your screens

Framed*

I've been following this project, forever. Framed is a dedicated digital screen for artwork.
https://frm.fm/gallery

Freelance Tools

Tools for freelancing

Fiverr

Fiverr enables you to browse the selection of freelancers offering services, and to place orders in just one click. A service offered on Fiverr is called a Gig.
https://fiverr.com/

Odds and Ends

A growing collection of odd and interesting tools

Thoughtback

Write yourself messages for the future. Thoughtback stores the messages you enter it and then randomly sends them back.
Write to your future self

Screenshots

Capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
https://screenshot.guru/

Big Ass Message

Type your big ass message here.
Write your own big ass message

One Second Every Day

Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life.
Read about the project or get the app

Privacy Policy Tools

Privacy policy generators

Privacy Policies

Generate privacy policy documents outlining how you will protect the personal data and digital privacy of your site visitors.
generate a free privacy policy

Cookie Consent

Generate a Use our Cookie Consent form to comply with GDPR and ePrivacy Directive.
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