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27 Free Web Applications for Webmasters and Developers

by czar 4 December 2012 5 Comments


After a long research, I decided to make a list of most used free applications for web developers and designers. All of them are tested on Windows XP and Vista. I’ve also added editor’s rating (level 1 to 5.One is poor, five is excellent) and level of “easy of use” (level 1 to 5.One is easy, five is hard) I will continue researching and adding more free tools to the list.

Aviari
Aviari is a collection of easy to use online tools for image editing, color editing, effects editor, vector editor, image markup, screen capture and audio editing.

Requires: Flash
Link: http://aviary.com
Editor’s Rating: 5
Easy of use: 3

Adobe Kuler
Web based application for generating color themes. With Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.

Requires: Flash
Link: http://kuler.adobe.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 5

BGPatterns
Web based tiled backgrounds designer, create any pattern your site needs just for few minutes. Adjustable size, pictures, colors, texture and transparency

Requires: Flash, JavaScript
Link: http://bgpatterns.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 4

CSS Sandbox
CSS Sandboxis an interactive page to play with CSS properties on-the-fly. Just click and see the effect instantly

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://aurelio.net/css-sandbox
Editor’s Rating: 2
Easy of use: 3

Splashup
Create new images, edit existing images and manipulate layers with filters, layer effects and myriad other drawing and image editing tools

Requires: Flash
Link: http://www.splashup.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 3

Color Scheme Designer
Color Scheme Designer is a web based application for generating color themes. You can experiment quickly with color variations. It is simpler and easier to use than Kuper

Requires: JavaScript, Browser newer than IE6
Link: http://colorschemedesigner.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 5
WhatTheFont
Find, try, and download fonts from the world’s largest collection of fonts online

Requires: Created Image to search the font
Link: http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 4

PHPanywhere
Develop and maintain your php applications in almost any browser, with all the comfort that you are used to in any desktop ide, with one major advantage: you can do your work anywhere (hotel, internet caffe, etc.)
PHPanywhere features include Syntax highlight, FTP explorer, Unlimited undo/redo familiar desktop enviroment

Requires: Opera 9+, Firefox
Link: www.phpanywhere.net
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 4

Templatr
With Templatr you can build your own templates and download the finished page. Yu have the ability to select the layout, use your own graphics, and customize all elements by using different settings

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://templatr.cc
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 4

iPlotz
iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.

Requires: Flash
Link: http://iplotz.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 5

Stripe Generator
Generate seamless striped background images. You can play with sliders and color pickers, until you obtain a super-cool stripe tile

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://www.stripegenerator.com

Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 4


psd2css
You can create dynamic web pages from your photoshop designs in seconds. Just upload your PSD files to the system. It can be used for creating WordPress Themes, Drupal Themes, Dynamic Menu Systems, or Entire Website from one PSD File.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://psd2cssonline.com

Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 3

Identifont
The largest independent directory of typefaces on the Internet, with information about fonts from 579 publishers and 156 vendors.

Requires: N/A
Link: www.identifont.com

Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 1

DimDim
Dimdim is a browser-based web 2.0 service that allows anybody to talk, listen, chat and broadcast via webcam, show slides, share desktop and much more.

Requires: Flash
Link: http://www.dimdim.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 3

Pingdom Tools
Pingdom offers several tools for testing your website ping tracerouteThe and loading time. Full Page Test loads a complete HTML page including all objects (images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes). It mimics the way a page is loaded in a web browser.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://tools.pingdom.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 2

Mozilla Labs Bespin
Bespin is a Mozilla Labs experiment on how to build an extensible Web code editor using HTML 5 technology. Just add a script tag and a CSS file to your page and you can have the power of Bespin’s editor right in your own apps

Requires: Firefox 3.x, Webkit Nightly Builds, Google Chrom
Link: www.bespin.mozilla.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 4

ViewLike
ViewLike allows you to check out how your website looks in the most popular resolution formats. It’s all powered by Ajax & PHP so no need to download anything

Requires: JavaScript
Link: http://viewlike.us
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 1

Adobe Browserlab
How many times you were wondering how your website will look under different browsers? Adobe Browserlab makes that possible without opening and testing each browser. You can test your website on demand. It’s easy and fast to see how your design appears to your visitors in real time

Requires: Flash
Link: https://browserlab.adobe.com
Editor’s Rating: 5
Easy of use: 1

IzzyMenu
IzzyMenu is an easy to use Menu Builder, which allows you to build your CSS & DHTML menu in minutes.Choose from dozens ready styles or create your own menu style.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.IzzyMenu.com
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 3

net2ftp
net2ftp is easy to use web based FTP client. It’s compatible with FireFox and Internet Explorer

Requires: N/A
Link: http://net2ftp.com
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 2

serFISH – SSH Client
serFISH provides web-based access to any SSH server. It can be used to bypass firewalls and proxies on a secure HTTP connection. Moreover, the consoleFISH makes it possible to anonymously open SSH connections as the IP address of the connecting web client is not sent to the remote system.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.serfish.com/console
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 3

Google Code Playground
As everything else done by Google this is an excellent tool for webmasters. You can test, learn and build just about anything with Google Code Playground. You can also access API examples, customize, debug, run, save and export your work

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.code.google.com/apis/ajax/playground
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 3

Yahoo Pipes
Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web. Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs With pipes you can power widgets/badges on your web site, grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats, geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map, combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.pipes.yahoo.com/pipes
Editor’s Rating: 3
Easy of use: 4

Ajaxload
Ajaxload is an easy to use and basicAjax loading gif generator

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.ajaxload.info
Editor’s Rating: 2
Easy of use: 1


Genfavicon
Free Online Favicon Generator. All you have to do is browse to the file’s location on your computer to select the image and press “Upload Image” button to generate a favicon for your site. You can also use an image URL.

Requires: JavaScript
Link: www.genfavicon.com
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 5

Pixlr
Another great web-based image editing tool. Edit, adjust and filter your images. No registration is required.

Requires: Flash
Link: www.pixlr.com
Editor’s Rating: 5
Easy of use: 2

Typetester
The Typetester is an online application for comparison of the fonts for the screen. Its primary role is to make web designer’s life easier. As the new fonts are bundled into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated.Price: Free
Requires: JavaScript, Firefox, Safari 2.0+, Opera 8+ or IE 5.5+
Link: www.typetester.org
Editor’s Rating: 4
Easy of use: 2
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5 Comments »

  • Richard said:

    Nice collection of tools you’ve got here. Really useful. I’ve used some of them but the majority are new to me. I was going to reply on the forum but I thought I just do it here. Good post

  • czar (author) said:

    Thank you. I will continue researching and collecting more free tools. Stay tuned for part 2 of the list.

  • Jim Ord said:

    Dear Czar,
    I came across the following list of free WYSIWYG Html Editors, whilst looking for code. Is it possible to do a review. I am encountering drawbacks with Kompozer and would like to try something better if it exists.
    Regards,
    Jim

  • Free Applications for Webmasters and Developers (part 2) | Freeware Mission said:

    […] Please take a look at part 1 of our collection of free web applications for webmasters and developers HERE […]

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