Austin Carpenter

IT Professional & Musician

Inspired by uses.tech.

Full Stack

  • Laravel is my PHP framwork of choice for building feature-rich web applications.
  • Vue.js is a front-end Javacript framework focusing on reactive user interfaces which I am currently learning.
  • Jigsaw is an awesome static site generator using Laravel's Blade templating system and Laravel's Mix which I've just recently discovered. This website is built using it.
  • Homebrew is a software package manager for macOS and installs a lot of useful command line utilities not bundled with the operating system.
  • npm is a package manager and CLI for Node.js packages, which is a Javascript runtime. I use npm in almost every project to pull in the latest builds of some fantastic open-source frameworks and libraries.
  • Composer is basically the PHP equivalent of npm.
  • Bootstrap is my CSS framework of choice. Currently loving the latest v5 alpha version. Special mention to Bulma for being another great framework, and Tailwind for catching my eye recently.
  • GitHub is an online software repository website built using Git, a version control system. I push all major projects I am working on here to share and keep track of. Most of my repositories are private for now, however I am looking to upload a bunch of fun things I've been working on, mostly iOS apps.
  • Netlify is an online platform which offers cloud hosting and serverless backend services for static websites. It takes a GitHub repository and can execute build commands in realtime to build a website. One of my favourite features is how easy it is to empower a vanilla form to accept submissions without any server-side code or JavaScript.
  • SwiftUI is Apple's new declarative UI framework for creating user interfaces across all their platforms using Swift. So much easier than the old UIKit ways and more powerful since this year's WWDC.
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Software

  • Adobe Illustrator is what I use for graphic design, branding and mocking-up user interfaces. I also use XD for simple mockups and prototyping, Photoshop for image editing & InDesign for print work. Creative Cloud ties all these programs in nicely.
  • Terminal is the default command line system included in macOS. I think it's great.
  • Atom is a fantastic open-source text editor built using web technologies created by the folks over at GitHub. It has heaps of community created themes and packages. Special mention to sublime-style-column-selection which allows you to select text in a rectangle or marquee-like way.
  • Safari is my go-to web browser. I love its integration with macOS and Apple's other platforms plus I probably don't have enough RAM to run Chrome. For testing though, I do keep an updated copy of Chrome and Firefox around.
  • FileZilla is an open source FTP client for macOS, Windows and Linux.
  • Fork is an excellent free-ish Git client for macOS and Windows.
  • Xcode is Apple's all-in-one IDE for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging.
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Audio/Video

  • Final Cut Pro X is Apple's professional level video editing software. Like iMovie on steroids and much more optimised than Premiere Pro.
  • After Effects is the undisputed industry standard VFX program that I first started dabbling with motion graphics on. Recently started experimenting with Apple's answer – Motion.
  • Logic Pro X is Apple's professional level DAW (digital audio workstation). Like Garageband on steroids.
  • Blue Yeti USB Microphone is a classic USB microphone which I use to record voiceovers and do voice/video calls with.
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Workspace

  • 2016 15" MacBook Pro (2.6GHz, 16GB RAM). Unfortunately no 16" MBPs announced during Apple's Nov. 10 event! Can't wait to be using Apple Silicon.
  • 10.5" iPad Pro + Apple Pencil form a great duo for reading and watching media on the go, as well as viewing sheet music with ForScore.
  • 2x Dell U2720Q 4K monitors which provide me with colour accurate P3 viewing and charge my laptop at full speed (up to 90W for the 16"), also acting as a neat USB-A and USB-C dock.
  • Logitech MX Master. This is an awesome ergonomic mouse with macOS support and horizontal scrolling.
  • Apple Magic Keyboard & Magic Trackpad 2 form another great duo for using my machine in clamshell mode. Trackpad on the left, mouse on the right, of course.
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Extras

  • SkyFonts is a great utlity allowing the quick importing of Google Fonts to use in desktop applications. I use this all the time when designing in Illustrator.
  • OneDrive is my go-to cloud storage provider. Their 1TB plan keeps all my univeristy material in the cloud so I can access my files from anywhere.
  • Eul is a neat system information/status monitoring app written in SwiftUI that caught my eye on GitHub the other day. Love its simplicity.
  • VLC is an open-source media viewing application which can open virtually anything (when QuickTime falls short).
  • TablePlus is a GUI tool for databases. Much better than using the terminal for complex tasks.
  • Proxyman is a great macOS application I use to test out APIs and HTML requests/responses.
  • Rectangle is a window management app for macOS which I couldn't live without. Another great open-source GitHub find. I install this on every Mac I use.
  • SF Symbols 2 is an app for viewing and exporting SF Symbols: a collection of over 2400 symbols which integrate with the default font on Apple's platforms.
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