Infrequently Asked Question: What software and hardware do I use?

Software

  • Sketch still can’t be beaten for designing, managing and outputting the huge batches of assets needed for buttons and all their states, text boxes, and everything else.
  • Photoshop, unfortunately.
  • Visual Studio 2019, with a few plugins:
    • VsVim lets you type using Vim shortcuts inside Visual Studio
    • Visual Assist X is well worth the $130USD.
  • Perforce for version control. Perforce is slow and clunky, but Unreal has so many binary files that you really need file locking and Git still doens’t really support that.
  • Python for workflow tools and scripts.
  • Vim for Python, text files, markdown.

Hardware

  • Ergonomic keyboards saved my hands. I was using an Apple keyboard at work and got terrible RSI, that went away after I swapped to an ergonomic keyborad. I’ve tried a few over the years and the Microsoft ones are usually pretty good.
  • An ergonomic mouse is also vital. I use a cheap vertical mouse that you can get anywhere online. Takes a week to get used to but totally worth it.
  • A computer with an SSD and the fastest CPU that you can afford. Graphics card is secondary, get a good CPU for shorter compile times.