Tools We Can All Use

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Tools We Can All Use

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

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