I get this question all the time:
“What are the computer programs you use every day? What are the most useful for your work as a permaculture designer?”
So, here we go…
• Omnioutliner Pro – incredible note-taking and organize-everything software. The program I use most.
• Omnifocus – the omnigroup’s implementation of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) system. beautifully simple and powerful.
• Microsoft Excel – iWork Numbers would work as well, I just haven’t switched over yet.
• Mozilla Firefox 3.0 – advanced web browsing
• Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) – powerful cross-platform mind-mapping; a little quirky at times but really excellent.
• WordPress – powers my website & blogs
• Doodle – best web app for organizing meetings
• Gmail – rocks. best email ever.
• Google Docs – realtime collaborative editing.
DESIGN & MAP TOOLS
• Vectorworks – $1800 professional Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software. Awesome, and a steep learning curve.
• Google Earth – free and versatile. combines beautifully with…
• Google SketchUp – free 3D modeling – quick and easy to use
• Adobe CS – especially acrobat, photoshop & indesign
• Preview (Mac OSX) – quick and functional image & pdf editing
• Quickbooks – bookkeeping & invoicing
• Keynote (Mac OSX) – way, way better than powerpoint. seriously.
• Quicktime Pro – most of my video editing here, final touch-ups with iMovie.
AWESOME. Enjoy geekin’ it out.