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27 great tools for web design and development
My web design toolkit
I have been working on websites and graphics since 2000 and my toolkit has ben changing and upgrading with every better, cooler stuff I found or read about. Starting with Corel Draw and Corel Photopaint I turned to Photoshop, when I started to do design for more than a hobby - helping in a small photo studio, building my first website in Dreamweaver and then turning to Notepad++ and PSPad, learning HTML and CSS from W3Schools.com... It's been a long story, but everyone has started somewhere... Here is my current setup on Windows 7, I use Open Source and free software, when I only can, but sometimes simply there isn't a free alternative...
Adobe Photoshop - bitmap editor with great image compression for web - a must for a web designer (I know - GIMP but...) Adobe Illustrator - vector editor, I use it mostly for print designs Adobe Flash - to create animations, interactive elements Desktop Color Finder - neat Adobe AIR app from Colour Lovers, that gives you colors, color schemes, patterns based on specified color
Komodo Edit - I was trying to use Ecplise for great SVN integration, but I didn't like the auto completion, was too slow, then I switched to Komodo Edit, set up a dark color scheme to save my eyes and dove in to coding
Wampserver 2 - PHP + Apache installation for Win, I also used Vertrigo and Xampp TortoiseSVN - probably best and most intuitive Windows SVN client with great Explorer integration PuTTY and Pageant - for security keys handling and server side operations FlieZilla - great FTP client SQLyog - superb fast database editing but only local- but thinking about MySql Workbench Firefox 3 + Firebug + HTML Validator - absolutely a must for any serious web development and theming MS VirtualPC + IE6/IE7 - an evil must for QA Opera 9.6 - again for QA Safari 4 beta - again only for QA
Websnapshots - great Adobe AIR app for automated website screenshots creation Shrink-O-matic - for batch image resizing, again an Adobe AIR utility Spellchecker.net - spell checking online, since english is not my primary language
TimeLoc - another AIR app for time tracking, with great project/task management - considering to use Klok instead
Drupal - voted as best Open Source PHP CMS - I use Drupal for all websites I build, for its great theming and customization possibilities, security, permissioning and categorizing options and for its amazing community Wordpress - best blogging platform, I use it for this blog
What's in your toolbox?
Share your experiences with tools, programs that you use. Let me know pls when you have anything that I should switch to... thanks.