These days there is no shortage of what you call cool tools, applications and websites that promise to make our tasks easier. Just surf around and you will get lot many of them available but then which one should be picked for the particular task is the question. Here we try helping you out. We come up with the listicles of the same each week to narrow down the choices and read about them to make the right pick.
Check out our this week’s list of cool tools, apps and websites for designers and developers which we felt definitely deserve to get well acquainted with.
Useful Tools and Websites for Designers and Developers
1. CSS Colours
You all are well aware of color names used in CSS and CSS Colours as the name hints is a visual guide to all of the color names that are used in CSS. There are god number of interesting color names many designers are probably unaware of. CSS Colour helps you identify and use the same in your different projects.
If you are a student designer, this one is for you!. ‘The Secret Handshake’ is an online resource for student designers and young creatives who are on lookout for insider insight, honest answers and solid solutions that will help you obtain professional outlook.
Use Your Interface is a growing library of transitional interface and interaction design patterns that helps you inspire and communicate your UI ideas with people.
4. Modern IE
Launched by Microsoft, Modern.IE is a tool that helps simplify the task of getting websites to work in older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser. The site scanner looks at the code and detect potential problems for older versions of IE. Besides, there is a cross-browser testing tool and a set of useful guidelines that helps in building sites with web standards.
Sculpt is a lightweight, mobile first, responsive HTML, CSS and SASS framework that comes in three grid sizes (732px, 960px and 1140px) built in and active depending on your device’s screen size making sure your content is well presented.
Videolan is an online service that lets you grow your business creating videos without fuss. Users can easily select from the wide variety of templates like startups, crowd-funding, restaurants and many more. After making your pick, you can easily change texts, images and music in a fast, intuitive and inspiring way.
Mondrian is a free vector graphics web app written in Coffeescript. Similar to Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, it offers tools to create, modify, and export simple SVG files. It supports undo/redo through a file history API that stores operations. The entire app is written in Coffeescript.
Hugo is one fast and flexible static site generator that is written in GoLang. Features like speed, easy use and configurability make Hugo a great pick. Making the use of markdown files with front matter for meta data, Hugo takes just one millisecond for each piece of content.
Slidebean is an easiest way to create beautiful presentations. One just needs to lay focus on the content and leave the rest on Slidebean to handle the rest.
10. Light Table
Light Table is an interactive IDE that enables users to modify running programs and embed websites, games and much more. It provides the real time feedback and give you the understanding of how the programs really work.
Available in CSS and SASS, Hover.css is a collection of CSS3 powered hover effects for applying to call to actions, buttons, logos, featured images. Users can easily apply it to their own elements, modify or use it for inspiration.
CodePlayer lets users share the solution to a coding problem or want an insight into someone’s thought process as they were solving a coding problem. Its a cool tool that helps you capture keystrokes as a developer works to play back exactly the same way easily.
For all those of you who are passionate about pursuing a career in designing and development, W3Fools is for you as it helps you become successful in your field.
14. Red Pen
Red Pen is smart way out to get feedback from your colleagues and clients, test ideas, seek perspective, and get approval. All you need to do is simply drag and drop an image into the Red Pen homepage and point at areas of the design and give contextual feedback.
16. Rails Assets
Rails Assets is the frictionless proxy between Bundler and Bower. This is a tool that automatically converts the packaged components into gems.
If asked which one of the above tools and apps for designers and developers would be your pick of the day or may be the number of picks can be more depending upon the need of the hour. Do share with us any cool tool, app or website you know about.