I’m sure a large number of you have blogs. Even if you don’t, you’ll find these applications helpful. Regular readers of the site will recognize some of these applications as I have written about them before, but all 5 of them are extremely useful apps that any blogger will find helpful in increasing productivity and just generally saving time.
iGTD – If you’re running multiple blogs, or just have a hard time focusing on what to do next (or first), then you need iGTD. iGTD is a “Getting Things Done” application that can quickly help you organize your life into a stress-free, easily manageable workflow. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Getting Things Done, Google it. You’ll quickly find a large community of people that swear by it as an organizational tool. iGTD is one of the best applications around that utilizes the GTD system, and you can’t beat the price: FREE.
Cyberduck – Everyone needs an FTP program, and Cyberduck is still my favorite. It’s simple, easy to use, and free.
SnapNDrag – Yes, OS X can take screenshots with a few keystrokes, but those screenshots always end up on the desktop. I hate that. So I use SnapNDrag instead. SnapNDrag lets you take screen shots with a variety of options, including Window, Screen, Section, and Timed, and will then hold it for you in a preview window. You can drag that image where ever you like, rename it, or take another screenshot, and that temporary file will go away. It’s a great way to quickly grab what you need and drag it to any other application you want.
Seashore – Advanced Image editing on the Mac is actually pretty easy thanks to all the great software out there. My favorite is still Picturesque, but if you’re looking for a free alternative to something like Photoshop, Seashore has my highest recommendation. It features many of the advanced editing features of Photoshop and GIMP, but beats both when it comes to price (compared to Photoshop) and usability (when compared to GIMP).
Cashbox – So, you’ve got a blog. You’re trying to make money from it right? Of course you are. Well, you need a way to manage your finances, and Cashbox is a great freeware solution. Sure, once you’re raking in the mega millions you’ll probably want to use a bloated app like Quickbooks so all your cigar smoking, well mustached friends think you’re on the up and up…but until you get to that point, how about using a far simpler (and in my opinion superior in most respects) program that also happens to be free?