1 Web Designers Toolbox! [Updated] on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:33 pm
Selector Gadget - http://www.selectorgadget.com/
SelectorGadget is an open source bookmarklet that makes CSS selector generation and discovery on complicated sites a breeze. Just drag the bookmarklet to your bookmark bar, then go to any page and press it. A box will open in the bottom right of the website. Click on a page element that you would like your selector to match (it will turn green). SelectorGadget will then generate a minimal CSS selector for that element, and will highlight (yellow) everything that is matched by the selector. Now click on a highlighted element to remove it from the selector (red), or click on an unhighlighted element to add it to the selector. Through this process of selection and rejection, SelectorGadget helps you come up with the perfect CSS selector for your needs.
FireBug - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843/
Web Developer Toolbar - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60/
The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools. This plugin is my personal favorite, very easy to use and very very useful.
Coda Editor -http://www.panic.com/coda/
Nothing much to say about this, it great. Lol. See below windows users
E-Text Editor -http://www.e-texteditor.com/
E is a new text editor for Windows, with powerful editing features and quite a few unique abilities. It makes manipulating text fast and easy, and lets you focus on your writing by automating all the manual work. You can extend it in any language, and by supporting TextMate bundles, it allows you to tap into a huge and active community
Apanta Studio 2 - http://aptana.com/
FireFTP - http://fireftp.mozdev.org/
FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.
Firefox 3/4 Beta - http://www.mozilla.com/
Meet the World’s Best Browser. With security, stability, speed and much more, Firefox is made for the way you use the Web. Free and easy to install!
Hosting - PM me for a good host
Hosting is proberly the most essential tool you can have. It is all very well using a free host such as forumotion, but they have very limited features. Where as a descent host had a bunch of features such as the ability for PHP, SQL etc... My hosting what I use for my website(s) is great. Its fully unlimited and very cheap considering, very rarely goes offline and the cusomer service is unbeatable.
Adobe Photoshop/Fireworks - http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/compare/
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems Incorporated. If you want to build effective and pretty websites use it. Nothing really compares to it, just get it if you plan on saying in web design for the long run. It will pay off (PS. I am on version CS5 Master Collection and it cost me around £600 for the Mac version with the student discount) (PSS. I do not agree at all with people that use "torrents", keep away from them)
CSS Mastery: Adavanced Web Standars 2nd Edition - http://www.cssmastery.com/
Andy Budd not only clearly understands and is able to teach the underlying technologies and contemporary methods used in CSS design, but his knowledge of cross-browser support issues is unparalleled.
It's a great book, if every you are stuck you can just flick through the pages and find your solousion. Both for beginners and seasoned web designers.
Web Designer Magazine - http://www.webdesignermag.co.uk/
I personaly love this magazine, I have my subscription paid at the beggining of every year Got some fantastic tutorials and some brilliant showcase. And you get a disc in the back that at times are worth upto £1,000. Nothing more to say BTW: It's alot more expensive if you don't have a subscription (£5.99)
Got API/HTML - http://www.gotapi.com/html (Courtesy of Green CoW)
I can't really comment on this as I have not had chance to check it out yet, when I do I'll be sure to give my full say on it.
Script SRC - http://scriptsrc.net/
Its a great little website that lets you copy all the script src's you could want. Not so good for people running on servers but great for Forumotion users I suppose...
XAMPP - http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
The philosophy behind XAMPP is to build an easy to install distribution for developers to get into the world of Apache. To make it convenient for developers XAMPP is configured with all features turned on.
The default configuration is not good from a securtiy point of view and it's not secure enough for a production environment - please don't use XAMPP in such environment.
CSS Reset - http://www.cssreset.com/
This site is a life saver. As you may know it is a good idea to include a CSS reset, this is usually done by adding it to your current CSS or in my cas I always link it to a new file called "reset.css". All the most common CSS Reset scripts in one place, with complete documentation, guides and tutorials.
Intype - http://intype.info/
This is my personal choice of editor for Windows. It's a great little studio and I have developed a ton of snippets for it including HTML5 and CSS3. If you wanna get your hands on them just give me a PM and I'll send them over to you.
I hope you find some of these tools useful
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