Web Designing tools are very handy and useful, if one can use the proper tool at a proper place where it is required. Sometimes, it is difficult for a designer to opt for the best tool to use which really suits his/her needs.
Although there are more tools than the listed below, web designers can depend on the following 40 selected tools to imrpove their work and make it much easier and more professional. In addition to the following collection, you can find here more resources for design in general including web design.
If you like the below collection, you may like to check the following links as well:
- 50 Places to Get High Quality Design Resources
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Adobe Fireworks CS5 software enables you to create an expressive as well as, a highly optimized graphics for the web applications. It can also help you to produce websites, user interfaces and rich prototypes that can easily be edited in both vector and bitmap modes.
Adobe Dreamweaver allows you to create standard websites which features intelligent coding assistance and support for leading technologies and frameworks.
Coda is a one window web development. There are many features that were recently added to it like plugins (you can create it using Coda Developer Zone), shortcuts to have a quick access, smart spelling check and much more.
Adobe Photoshop is an image editing software that is very useful and it is one of the most popular tools among the web developer and designers. There are many new features included in it like Content-Aware Fill, Painting Effects, Complex Selections, 64-bit, Mini Bridge, Camera Raw, Lens Correction, HDR Imaging and Puppet Warp.
Adobe Flash software is the industry standard for interactive authoring and delivery of immersive experiences that presents consistently across personal computers, mobile devices and screens of virtually any size and resolution. This software helps web designers to create web designs with interactive content, exceptional typography, high-quality video, and smooth animation for truly engaging web experiences.
CSSEdit is really a good application for designing an innovative, beautiful and fast loading websites. It provides you with all levels of editing and designing as per the designer. You can really customize your web page in an extremely best way as you want.
HTML Entity Character Lookup is the right way to ensure the validation of all the characters on your web page. It is also available as a Dashboard widget which works in the same way the web version does and does not require an Internet connection to function.
Blueprint is a CSS framework which actually aims to cut down on your development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, useful plugins and even a style sheet for printing.
Web Developer Toolbar is a Firefox add on which adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
ColorZilla allows you to get a color reading from any point in your browser and quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can also zoom the page that you are viewing and measure the distances between any two points on the page you are viewing.
BrowserShots allows you to make screenshots of your web design in different operating systems as per your requirement or need. It is a free open-source online web application providing developers a convenient way to test their website’s browser compatibility in one place.
Vecteezy is a place which makes it easy to explore thousands of graphics created by vector artists from all over the globe. All the graphics are free to download and depending on the license, free to use in your projects.
Favicon allows you to create your own favicon (website icon) which will appear on your current tab of that webpage. This can also help you to popularize your webpage as a brand icon. You can customize your icon here by selecting different colors. Below are some simple steps which can help you in making your favicon:
- Choose a color
- Click on the squares and paint your logo
- Download when you are finish
- Put the favicon.ico file into your web server directory
- Optionally publish it under the CC (Creative Commons) license
Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment.
Bluefish is one of the most powerful tools for web designers and developers to edit their designs and it also allows web designers to write websites, scripts and programming code. It also supports many programming and markup languages and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.
Editra is a multi-platform text editor that has really focused on meeting the user’s need particularly in a text editor. It gives an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. It is freely available for personal use under the terms of the wxWindows License.
Visual Studio software is where one can develop a professional website very efficiently. You can design your own website and publish it on internet. But you should have a professional knowledge about the software to work on it.
Unicode Codepoint Chart enables you to get a Unicode of number of codes like Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Georgian, and many more.
Iconfinder acts as a search engine that finds icons of different popular websites that are available in the internet like twitter and Facebook. It enables you to find many types of icons related to that website/brand.
FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform File Transfer Protocol client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to file transfer protocol servers.
Google Analytics is one of the powerful and most popular tools among web designers and web developers available on internet by Google. As the name itself suggests, it provides analysis on your website and let you know about the traffic coming in your website/blog and the source of that traffic. It also keeps an eye on your website’s performance and the earning through your website.
JIRA is used for issue tracking and project management software to improve code quality. JIRA is the perfect fit at the center of your development team.
The abbreviation “MAMP” stands for: Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP. With Mamp you can setup your own personal web server.
SpamSieve is the best email spam filter for the Mac. SpamSieve is very accurate in performing its work efficiently.
MeasureIt is one of the useful Firefox add on by Kevin Freitas. MeasureIt can help web designers to draw a ruler across any webpage to check the width, height, or alignment of page elements in pixels. This will probably help web designers to adjust the width, height, or page alignment as per their needs.
Gizmo5 is recently acquired by Google. You can make cheap calls to anywhere in the world. It provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers.
ButtonBrowser allows you to search the small buttons representing different sites. You can also make your own button with the feature called button maker. These small buttons are also called antipixels.
Roundcorner allows you to generate a basic box with rounded corners. Basically, it will create four image files and the necessary HTML and CSS code so that, you will be able to put rounded corner around your content.
Colorschemer provides various applications for web designers and developers. These applications help the web designers to match the color schemes.
phpLanguageEditor is a graphical user interface (GUI) for translation of languages files of your PHP scripts. Language files are the file which contains all the translated strings of the scripts.
Pixel Perfect is a Firefox/Firebug extension that allows web designers and developers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML. Pixel Perfect also has an opacity option which allows you to view the HTML content below the composition. By being able to see both the composition and the HTML you can now simultaneously use Firebug while Pixel Perfect is still in action.
Tick is a simple web application which helps you in tracking time which ultimately helps you in hitting your targets. It helps in setting up your target and simultaneously gets the progress towards those targets.
Font browser allows web designers to choose different font styles available in internet. Currently, by this date there are 279 active fonts on this system.
FontTester is a free online font comparator where you can compare your font, edit them and can get the CSS code. It is very useful for web designers and developers to choose the exact font/style/color they want to choose for their webpage.
iDrive is an online hard disk that allows you to get 2GB of full featured online backup which is absolutely free. It is secure, fast and reliable. You can store your photos, documents and other important data online for free.
I hope you like this collection and do not forget to check the following web design resources:
- Must-Have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers
- 5 Steps to a Global Website
- 45 High Quality Photoshop Brushes for Designers