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    • Tools We Can All Use
  • Who I Am...
    • Part of the team at Lucidus, an Internet Strategy & Services Firm
    • interface designer; HTML/CSS developer
    • QA tester
    • Analytics and usability consultant
    • Regional account manager
    • The “South Florida office”
  • First, let’s put technology into perspective.
  • It won’t make you smart. you smart.
  • It won’t make you organized. you organized.
  • It won’t simplify your life. your life.
  • It might help you with all of these things. with all of these things.
  • At its best, technology should empower you . .
  • How ?
  • Applying the right technologies for you .
  • Focus, Simplify and Connect and Connect
    • Production
    • Project Management
    • Communications
  • What’s Ideal?
    • Good - Ability to get your own stuff in order
    • Better - Ability to Share
    • Best - Ability to Collaborate (then share team effort)
  • Google Apps
    • Focus - Why troubleshoot email problems?
    • Simplify - Gmail has revolutionized how we view email
    • Connect - Share your calendar, documents and spreadsheets too. Allow for viewing or collaboration
  • Google Apps
    • Focus - Create a draft
    • Simplify - Collaborate with team
    • Connect - Send to clients to view, as attachment or embedded in email
  • Google Analytics
    • Focus - Get metrics that have meaning and depth
    • Simplify - Review reports in detail or get the big picture, set goals
    • Connect - Share reports with clients
  • Basecamp Project Management and Collaboration Project Management and Collaboration 30 day free trial $24-$99 / month
    • Focus - Notifies you about changes in status, dashboard is grouped by client name and project
    • Simplify - Can view all projects at once
    • Connect - Share messages, lists, writeboards, files and more with people you select
  • Backpack Small-scale Customizable Intranet Small-scale Customizable Intranet
    • Focus - One spot for all project to-dos, notes and assets.
    • Simplify - FeatureLESS on purpose
    • Connect - Share pages, calendars, news, writeboards and files
    Free trial - $24-$99 / month
  • igoogle
    • Focus - One location, lots of information
    • Simplify - Customizable with gadgets
    • Connect - Share gadgets, some data
    Favorite Gadgets: Todoist , Google Notebook , RescueTime , Wikipedia, Google Calendar, BeTwittered, Sticky Note, Intellicast Hurricane Watch
  • Subversion (tortoiseSVN or svnX) (tortoiseSVN or svnX)
    • Focus - browse and manage working copies and revisions in repositories
    • Simplify - Open-source GUI for Subversion
    • Connect - safeguards changes in development work, throughout team
  • ScribeFire
    • Focus - Quickly return to other tasks
    • Simplify - Open in Firefox browser, linked to URL
    • Connect - enables quick, easy updates of your blog
  • Firebug
    • Focus - Inspect code as rendered in the browser
    • Simplify - Open in Firefox, highlight areas of page as needed
    • Connect - get it done and delivered without guessing
  • Freemind
    • Focus - See sitemap and relationships, diagram flowcharts
    • Simplify - Reduces confusion
    • Connect - versatile, exports in several formats
  • OmniGraffle
    • Focus - Make wireframes and sitemaps easily
    • Simplify - Clean, simple graphics
    • Connect - versatile, exports in several formats
    $99.95 - $199.95
  • Get the Benefits
    • Focus your work
    • Simplify your efforts
    • You can sleep at night
    • Happy clients
    • Deliver greater value
  • Thank You! Resources and Q&A Resources and Q&A
    • Hoekman’s Design Description Documents http://rhjr.net/ddd/
    • Website Checklist http://www.chromaticsites.com/web-design-blog/2008-05-26/the-official-successful-website-checklist-challenge/
    • Google Apps http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/var_1c.html
    • Google Analytics http://www.google.com/analytics/indexu.html
    • Backpack http://backpackit.com
    • Basecamp http://www.basecamphq.com
    • Subversion http://subversion.tigris.org and svnX http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/development_tools/svnx.html
    • OmniGraffle http://store.omnigroup.com