Use following set of commands to add node.js ppa in your Ubuntu system and install it.

$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get install nodejs

Make sure you have successfully installed node.js and npm on your system

$ node --version
$ npm --version

Now use following command to install grunt and grunt cli using npm command line utility.

$ sudo npm install -g grunt

After successful installation make sure grunt has been installed successful and check version.

$ grunt --version

Have you ever tried to create a bootable disk to launch an operating system? How many steps did it take to actually get the drive to boot? Lost count midway through the process? Yeah, me to, until I found Etcher. Etcher can create a bootable drive with 3 clicks. Choose your OS then the drive you want to use to boot with, then click “Flash!”

Download Etcher here: https://etcher.io/

Miro is an awesome lightweight video converter for Mac that I use when I need a quick and dirty video conversion for the web, without diving into Adobe Media Encoder. It will take just about any file format and output it to .MP4 or WEBM.

Check out Miro: http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/

When it comes to WordPress, sometimes I just want to experiment with an idea without creating a database and deploying an installation on my server. On days like that, MAMP comes in pretty handy. I will typically download WordPress and unzip it into a local folder on my hard drive, fire up MAMP, and point it to the local folder. That’s it. WordPress will then let you run through the installation process and MAMP stores the database. If later on down the road I would actually want to deploy the project to my server, I’ll use the Duplicator Pro plugin to duplicate the project to a zip folder and use that to deploy the project over the internets!

Download MAMP: https://www.mamp.info/en/

Duplicator Pro: https://snapcreek.com/duplicator/pricing/

Visual Studio Code is my number one choice for Editing Code. It is everything I could ask for in classic lightweight text editor but with more powerful IDE-type features with very minimal configuration. Simple, easy to use, and it has GIT integration built right in.

Check it out here: https://code.visualstudio.com/

Open Pics is an Open source application built for Linux and Windows, that allows its users to search free stock images from multiple Image sources including images under Creative Commons Zero license.

Download it here: https://openpics.xyz/download/

Here is an example of my typical After Effects workspace. I like to have my Project Files on the far left with the Effects Control Panel to the right of it. This allows me to select any layer from the Comp’s Timeline and immediately see the effects applied to the selected layer without having to manually open the Effects Panel. I also keep my Motion Tracking panel next to the Timeline and below the Effects and Presets so I can quickly enter into Motion Tracking mode.