Every web designer and developer requires genuinely useful tools, apps and online portals that promise to make their job easier by proving to be a helping hand. Getting the right tool at the right time is sometimes the hardest challenge in the field of web design and development.
Luckily enough for the entire design/developing community each day innumerable tools are made available to assist in completing the job quicker and efficiently thereby promising to enhance the productivity. While handling some kind of project and expecting the desired results sometimes becomes difficult without the help. It is at this point when designers and developers start surfing the net to look for smart tools which can prove to be quiet a challenging task if one is literally on the verge of meeting the deadlines.
What if you get an immense range of these useful tools, apps and online portals all at one place? Well, as you all know each week we come up with the list of these tools which surely are proving to be useful for you all.
To make the task of checking out these useful tools and apps for designers and developers easier we have outlined the list of tools, apps and online portals for the month of August. Check them out!
Useful Tools and Website for Designers and Developers
Errplane is a tool that lets you create web service/web app without errors, delays or downtime. Besides, it lets you view all the vital metrics of your app from single dashboard. You can easily set up monitoring conditions that will alert you each time an event happens or something changes.
NoteLedge is an app that helps designers and developers jot down everyday events and thoughts. At the initial stages, the app was available for just OS now its available on Android too and is compatible with devices using version 3.0 and above.
Many a times while concentrating on the current project you come across various websites that are useful but you genuinely don’t have time to read. Such websites can be bookmarked for future reference. OX for Chrome lets you do that with ease.
CompileOnline is an App that helps developers compile and execute any of the programming language by simply selecting the programming language, writing it in the text editor provided and clicking the button to see your output. ComplieOnline is neat, tidy and available for free App.
MyndBook is a free web tool that lets designers/developers create mind maps while brainstorming. Creating amazing designs ask for lots of brainstorming and listing them down is essential too. MyndBook does the needful. Besides, you can share your mind maps with others to get their opinion.
6. Charts Ninja
Charts Ninja is a useful web app that’s designed specifically for web designers, developers and site owners to help them create HTML5 graphs and charts on the fly.
LikeBtn widget is the like counter that lets users add the Like Button to their website with just a few lines of HTML-code and organize anonymous voting on their website. The users can put the code provided and embed a small like/dislike button to let the visitor promote the post on social media too besides hitting the like button.
Embed Responsively is a website that helps build responsive embed codes for embedding rich third-party media into responsive web pages. Based on research and work by Theirry Koblentz, Anders Andersen and Niklaus Gerber Embed Responsively asks you to know the original embed code from the service you want to use. To embed a YouTube or Vimeo video, you need to direct link to the video. Same procedure can be followed with images on Instagram.
Slides allows the users to create and share beautiful presentations for free. Built by Hakim El Hattab and Owen Bossola, the world-class presentation framework is the backbone of Slides.
MockUPhone helps you wrap your App screenshots in multi-color/angle device mockups. It provides better visual context for your app screenshots on your website. Powered by FileSquare, a Collaboration and Prototyping tool for creative teams enables users to display screenshots in a varied manner.
CompressPNG as the name clearly says helps you compress PNG images into PNG-8 format with transparency support and full browser compatibility. Simply select up to 20 PNG files from your computer and then upload queue. Thumbnails can be used to select images. Besides PNG, this cool tool helps compress BMP, ICO, GIF and JPG files too.
13. Emmet LiveStyle
Emmet LiveStyle is a plugin for live bi-directional (editor↔browser) CSS editing for designers and developers of new generation. As of now this app works in Google Chrome, Safari and Sublime Text, but more browsers and editors are anticipated to be available anytime soon.
If you hate spending hours manually designing your pages for the responsive web then here’s a smart solution. Layout your pages in minutes for beautifully responsive pages on desktops, tablets and smartphone. Add, remove, rename and nest divs with a click of a button till you get the desired layout.
15. HTML5 Maker
With HTML5 Maker users can easily create free banners, attractive animations, websites sliders and slick presentations. Easy to use free banner maker with amazing transition effects. You can download it for free and it works on Mac/PC and iPhone/iPad or Android.
4Vector is a search engine that comprises of more than 180,000 free vector images. Files can come in either ai., .svg, or .eps format and can be downloaded without fuss, no login or signup is required.
Flatsies is a tool for designers to share their concepts with clients in a simple and elegant way. Flatsies makes it easier to visualize your designs in the context of a web browser. Also, it automatically scales retina images to look great for retina and non-retina screens.
Pagespeed Insights is a Google product that lets users get the score on how fast a particular website loaded on different devices. Just copy the URL of your website in the box and you will receive detailed instructions on how to increase that loading score along with the suggestions like enabling compression, optimizing images, and leveraging browser caching.
Its a web tool that compresses images with ease, helps reduce the weight of images enabling webpages to load faster thereby saving the bandwidth. Users simply need to choose their percentage of compression to get a result. Compressnow lets you upload images up to 9 MB that is 9000 KB and compress them without altering the height and width of the images. gif, jpg, jpeg, png are the files that Compressnow supports.
20. Easy HTML5 Video
Easy HTML5 Video as the name hints lets you convert any video to HTML5. Its a free wizard program that helps you create HTML5 video for your website in just a few clicks. As you all know HTML5 is the fastest growing web development trend and HTML5 video part is the new way of showing video online. iPad, iPhone, Android, all new browsers support the HTML5 video.
Kraken lets you optimize your images with speedily. Its a robust, super fast image optimizer with numerous optimization algorithms. Besides, it help you save bandwidth and improve your website’s load times. If you are wondering which file formats Kraken supports let me tell you that it supports JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG files.
Webflow is a cool tool that helps you spend more time on perfecting your design leaving you tension-free about CSS quirks and browser bugs thereby making your website look visually appealing across various devices.
ModularGrid is an app for web designers that helps them create a modular grid in Adobe Photoshop that in a fuss-free manner. Simply download and install the extension. With the recent stable version of either Google Chrome, Safari, Opera or Mozilla Firefox, the ModularGrid app works superb.
DesignDrop lets you conduct design reviews and collect feedback. Design is about communicating ideas the best possible way and the feedback from the clients and co workers play a crucial role. DesignDrop helps designers capture and organize feedback making the review process significantly effective and less painful.
UpdraftPlus is WordPress backup and restoration tool that simplifies backups and restoration. From Dropbox, Google Drive to Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, email backup and restoration can be done can with a single click.
extractCSS is an open source project created by Adnan TOPAL. It is an online tool that helps users extract ids, classes and inline styles from HTML document and output them as CSS stylesheet. Users simply need to type or paste their HTML document and let extractCSS to do the rest!
Recently Design Junction shared a huge list of resources and free toolkits for designers and developers. You can check them out by clicking either the image or the link. On clicking the link you will be directed to the website where you can check these tools by using the filters to check out the sub categories and find out which one would become your pick.
Typewonder is a tool that helps you test various web fonts available and make your pick by checking which one suits your website. Open the website, enter your website url in the box provided and within no time you will be able to see the fonts that you can choose from.
Tiff is a type diff tool that visually contrasts the differences between two fonts. As of now it supports fonts from the Google Web Fonts library and any system fonts.