With the hope that you all liked the monthly roundup of tools, apps and websites, here we enter another month, another week! We have come up with not too many but superb useful tools and apps for designers and developers. Its not the number that we keep in mind while jotting down these useful tools instead how each one would be helpful in one way or the other. As our prime focus is on designers and developers, we come up with the collection of the tools, apps and websites that are useful for them and are definitely worth checking out.
This weeks’ listing includes tools, extensions and apps like Mind the Time, Random user generator, Dot Dot Dot, Keeble, Google Web Fonts and many more. So, all you designers and developers sit back and scroll down. I assure it will not be a wastage of time instead you would feel glad about sparing few moments to check these out.
Also, if you missed out take a look at our round up of useful tools, apps and websites for the month of August (Useful Tools and Websites For Designers and Developers – August 2013).
Useful Apps and Tools for Designers and Developers
Sometimes while working web designers and developers fall short of time. Despite spending good amount of time they keep wondering as to what took so much time that didn’t allow them to complete a particular task in time. Mind the Time by Paul Morris is an extension that lets designers/developers keep track of how much time they spend on the web and where they spend it. Ticker widget shows how much time is spent at the current site and total time spent on the web in a day. The summary page sums up data for the past 70 days, 10 weeks and 6 months enabling you to get aware of what took too much of your time which otherwise could have been used productively. In short Mind the Time is your time management tool that helps you keep track of your time to make you conscious about proper time utilization.
fileee is an intelligent, personal assistant that lets you automatically organize all your for the automatic paper- and digital documents in one system. It’s like a complete filing cabinet of the future that includes personal assistance that recognizes the structures and information itself. fileee helps you to carry out different document related tasks like safe storage of all your important documents, sharing of documents and overview of the documents that are important for any business and if you are into designing/development business then fileee is a must have tool as it will help you cut down lot of time and effort in managing/organizing all the important documents.
ArtistX by by Marco Ghirlanda is an Ubuntu-based distribution that helps users mainly artists designers get free software tools to enhance their productivity by making their tasks easier. Well, if you are mistaken that ArtistX despite being based on Ubuntu uses Unity then I must tell you that it focuses on the Classic Desktop mode of Gnome 3. It doesn’t need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system.
Bootstrap themes generator featuring Bootstrap 3 and AngularJS. It lets you easily create your own Twitter Bootstrap theme bedsides enabling you to update your variables, change it with a smooth colorpicker and get instant result. With features like awesome typeahead, contextual and live preview, new and imported variables acceptability and cool colorpicker, it has become the choice of millions.
5. Dot Dot Dot
Dot Dot Dot is a tool that lets you optimize your entire process of digital reading. It lets you manage ebooks and webtexts in one place. Besides, it lets you read ePubs and webtext all in one reader. Users can easily collaborate, discover, share their highlights and comments. See what your friends are reading. Also, one can organize and archive the texts. This tool is best for all you designers and developers who love reading in spare time. The topics can very from anything in general or specifically related to designing and development.
Its an API that provides you with a randomly generated user. These users can be used as placeholders in web mockups and promise to save your time as it eliminates the need of creating your own placeholder information. It’s like Lorum Ipsum but for people. You can use AJAX or another method to ask Random User for a randomly generated user. If you are using JQuery, you can paste the code directly and get started. Its as simple as that!
Keeeb is what I call an ideal tool for designers. It lets you clip, collect and organize anything that inspires you. From web pages to images, videos and text, almost anything can be collected in a speedy, intuitive and clean way. Be it some of your projects, creative ideas or professional work, you can simply keeeb it. Sharing your designs with others is the best way to let others know your creative skills.
LICEcap is an app that has the ability to capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF to let you view in web browsers or .LCF. Its an intuitive and flexible application designed initially for Windows and now OSX. Besides, it is extremely lightweight and is capable of working with high performance.
Wideo is an online video tool that allows you to make animation videos for your product demo, presentations, teaching lessons that too in a hassle-free manner and fun way. With Wideo designers and developers can prepare the video of their products and designs to present the same to the client with ease and in quite an interesting manner. Also, users can personalize their wideos to make them public or private.
10. Google Web Fonts
Google Web Fonts is a centralized collection of varied number of fonts that you can embed into your websites and design projects. Gone are the days when there were just a few number of fonts available but today there is an immense range of fonts available. With Google Web Fonts, designers have got a lot to explore and give shape to their creative ideas. One amazing feature that doesn’t deserve to be missed out is that one can use Google Web Fonts to view the websites’ font in the desired font. All thanks to Changer Chrome extension. For now, let me come to how Google Web Fonts is ideal for web designers for various projects handling.
PSD Fonts is a tool that promises to help designers see exactly what fonts are being used in their PSD files, that too without having to wade through a bunch of badly labeled layers. Designers can easily upload a PSD directly or pick a file from Dropbox. I am certain this tool will prove quite helpful for designers as it will make the task less time consuming and hassle-free.
Its an online, open-source font generator that is anticipated to be released soon. enabling designers tweak the font’s glyphs within more than twenty parameters. Also, classic or experimental shapes can be designed with ease as one can shift from the prototyping phase where almost anything can be adjusted at once for fine-tuning each glyph within the typeface.
So, I hope you like our yet another listing of useful tools and apps for designers and developers. Keep yourself updated with more such useful stuff and as I always say don’t forget to drop in comments below and have your say!