Calling all Mac people

I’m looking for some utilities to help me make it so that I don’t miss my PC so much – I’m up for suggestions:

  • FTP Client with SFTP ability
  • HTML editor (i love HTML Kit)
  • Note keeper (there is no Evernote for Mac yet)

I’m also up for any other suggestions you may have to make my life easier :)

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  1. FTP: Transmit is the king. http://www.panic.com/transmit/

    HTML editor: Not specifically html but TextMate is a wonderfully versatile text editor with plenty of macros and key shortcuts for all types of programming languages. http://macromates.com

    Note Keeper: Yojimbo is great, but ever better (though a bit steeper on the learning curve is Tinderbox (Which, by the way, comes with Yojimbo). http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/ and http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/index.html

    (You can use Tinderbox for everything from note keeping and todo lists to making blogs or webpages, rss feeds, etc.)


  2. I third TextMate, but it’s going to be quite a transition from HTML Kit. The interface is very minimal, and almost all the power is in the keyboard shortcuts.

    I’ve heard great things about Transmit, but I’m cheap when it comes to SFTP programs, having used the free WinSCP for so long. Free alternatives for the Mac: Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) and Fugu (http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/).

    For more Mac stuff, work your way back through Lifehacker’s OSX posts: http://lifehacker.com/tag/mac-os-x/


  3. FTP: Transmit is the king. http://www.panic.com/transmit/

    HTML editor: Not specifically html but TextMate is a wonderfully versatile text editor with plenty of macros and key shortcuts for all types of programming languages. http://macromates.com

    Note Keeper: Yojimbo is great, but ever better (though a bit steeper on the learning curve is Tinderbox (Which, by the way, comes with Yojimbo). http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/ and http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/index.html

    (You can use Tinderbox for everything from note keeping and todo lists to making blogs or webpages, rss feeds, etc.)


  4. I third TextMate, but it’s going to be quite a transition from HTML Kit. The interface is very minimal, and almost all the power is in the keyboard shortcuts.

    I’ve heard great things about Transmit, but I’m cheap when it comes to SFTP programs, having used the free WinSCP for so long. Free alternatives for the Mac: Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) and Fugu (http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/).

    For more Mac stuff, work your way back through Lifehacker’s OSX posts: http://lifehacker.com/tag/mac-os-x/


  5. Hey Nicole — I use Cyberduck for FTP/SFTP and Text Wrangler for notes & html. Love them both :)


  6. Hey Nicole — I use Cyberduck for FTP/SFTP and Text Wrangler for notes & html. Love them both :)


  7. Hmm. I would have expected an open source evangelist to be using an open source operating system and open source tools…


  8. Hmm. I would have expected an open source evangelist to be using an open source operating system and open source tools…


  9. Hehe – Dan, I used what I’m given… and this time it happens to be a mac.


  10. I am, of course, very jealous – Macs are nice :) And you can always point annoying people like me to Apple’s http://developer.apple.com/opensource/index.html

    BTW, Boot Camp will let you dual boot so that you can install Linux or BSD on a separate partition of your hard drive, in case you feel like exploring the wild side.


  11. Hehe – Dan, I used what I’m given… and this time it happens to be a mac.


  12. I am, of course, very jealous – Macs are nice :) And you can always point annoying people like me to Apple’s http://developer.apple.com/opensource/index.html

    BTW, Boot Camp will let you dual boot so that you can install Linux or BSD on a separate partition of your hard drive, in case you feel like exploring the wild side.


  13. Cool :) Thanks – I think I’ll learn one new operating system at a time.


  14. Cool :) Thanks – I think I’ll learn one new operating system at a time.

  15. Dulcey

    I just played with KompoZer this weekend – as a free download, it’s worth a shot for html! I was able to get it to work for the simple things I needed. Firefox has a ftp download, I don’t know if does SFTP. Don’t remember what it’s called – SeaMonkey, maybe? (I’m a 1.5 month new Mac person myself)

  16. Dulcey

    I just played with KompoZer this weekend – as a free download, it’s worth a shot for html! I was able to get it to work for the simple things I needed. Firefox has a ftp download, I don’t know if does SFTP. Don’t remember what it’s called – SeaMonkey, maybe? (I’m a 1.5 month new Mac person myself)

  17. Dulcey

    fireFTP is the name of the program. I knew I was wrong! It has a seahorse as a logo, that’s what I’ll blame the brain hiccup on….

  18. Dulcey

    fireFTP is the name of the program. I knew I was wrong! It has a seahorse as a logo, that’s what I’ll blame the brain hiccup on….


  19. Nicole: If you are interested in an integrated website editor, you might want to take a look at Coda, which includes the aforementioned Transmit (it is made by the same company) as well as a code editor, a terminal application, and four reference manuals (html, CSS, JavaScript, PHP) in e-book format.

    I hope you enjoy your time here in Portland next week!


  20. Nicole: If you are interested in an integrated website editor, you might want to take a look at Coda, which includes the aforementioned Transmit (it is made by the same company) as well as a code editor, a terminal application, and four reference manuals (html, CSS, JavaScript, PHP) in e-book format.

    I hope you enjoy your time here in Portland next week!


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