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30 Useful Windows Apps for Web Designers and Developers

Web Designers adds a feature that makes Windows easier to use or can help make you more productive. The reason for this is because many Windows apps are made with shortcuts for everyday tasks. we have a list of 30 best windows apps and software for web designers and developers.


Notepad++

 

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment.

 

XAMPP

 


XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.

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WampServer

WampServer will install Apache, PHP5 and MySQL on your Windows system. WampServer comes with a service manager as a tray icon. It will allow you to easily manage your server. You can install all releases of Apache, MySQL and PHP as add-ons.

 

Firebug

Firebug is a web development tool that facilitates the debugging, editing, and monitoring of any website’s CSS, HTML, DOM, XHR, and JavaScript; it also provides other web development tools.

 

Simple CSS

CSS allows you to easily create Cascading Style Sheets from scratch, and/or modify existing ones, using a familiar point-and-click interface. With Simple CSS, you can manage multiple CSS projects and import your existing style sheets. Simple CSS supports CSS2.

 

PuTTY + Pageant

PuTTY is an open source SSH program that just works. It’s dead simple to use and allows you to save profiles to easily connect to your frequently used servers. Pageant comes with the default PuTTY installation and allows you to load/use SSH public or private keys (required for using Git).

 

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite  is a collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications made by Adobe Systems. The collection consists of Adobe’s applications (Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign), that are based on various technologies (e.g.,PostScript, PDF, Flash).

 

FoxitReader

The Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. The Foxit Reader is packed full of convenient and easy to use viewing, commenting and printing features that make document collaboration simple.

 

FontCreator

This font editor allows you to create and edit TrueType and OpenType fonts. It has the powerful drawing tools that typographers and graphic designers require, and an intuitive interface that allows beginners to become productive immediately. When you create or open a font, FontCreator displays an overview of all available characters.

 

doPDF

doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the “Print” command from virtually any application. Print to PDF via the virtual printer driver doPDF. You would do this exactly as you print to a regular printer, just the result will be a PDF file, not a printed piece of paper.

 

DrawPlus

DrawPlus  is the powerful and versatile graphics studio that’s perfect for digital art, illustration, and painting. With easy-to-use tools, it provides everything you need to express your creativity. Draw vector art, sketch ideas, design logos & graphics, paint naturally, turn photos into artwork, create Flash animations, plus much more.

 

FileZilla

FileZilla is a free, fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

 

KompoZer

KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

 

Pencil

Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

 

Aptana

Aptana is, in my humble opinion, one of the best Integrated Development Enviroments (IDE) for Windows. It has great HTML, CSS, and JavaScript intellisense, JavaScript debugging tools, built-in support for JavaScript libraries, a DOM outline viewer, file transfer & synchronization, live previewing (Safari and Firefox), and much more.

 

Bluefish Editor

This editor supports multiple programming and markup languages. It has a great user interface and can work on all operating systems. It allows full-screen editing, remote editing, unlimited undo/redo etc.

 

Picasa

Picasa is a must have if you want to organize and share your photos on the internet. It’s light-weight, free, and just works!

 

Dropbox

Dropbox is a multi-platform sync system, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can use it as a backup folder to transfer files to your friends and family. It’s amazingly intuitive and fast.

 

GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing to tools.

 

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeCup is a famous HTML editor which boasts toolbars, right-click menus and keyboard shortcuts using which adding elements to your pages is possible and that too, in a second. You can also check each web page in almost all browser engines.

 

DebugBar

The DebugBar is an Internet Explorer toolbar which brings new services to surfers and professionals: Surfers: zoom, direct Web search, e-mail page screenshots, color picker. Developers: view HTML code, cookies, Javascript, HTTP/HTTPS headers, misc infos and css inspector.

 

Inkscape

InkScape is the most well known open source vector graphics editor and has very similar capabilities to professional pieces of software such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw and Xara X.

 

CSSed

cssed is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSSediting.  it’s not limited to this language. cssed haved some support for HTML (with embbeded Javascript), XML, Javascript, Java, PHP, JSP, C, C++, Apache configuration files, .htaccess, Python, Perl, SQL, SH and other languages.

 

Paint.NET

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is, for obvious reasons, the greatest tool available for graphics / web design available in the industry. Photoshop is open on all of my computers… at all times.

 

1Password PC

1Password can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser.

 

NetBeans

NetBeans refers to both a platform framework for Java desktop applications, and an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing with Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python (no longer supported after NetBeans 7), Groovy, C, C++, Scala, Clojure, and others.

 

KeePass

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.

 

Blender

This tool is a great open source 3D content creation suite. It is a great tool and you can even create full length animated movies by it. It allows shading, physics, particles to modelling and rendering etc.

 

WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source SFTP, FTP and SCP client for Windows. It’s free, secure and easy to use – what more could you ask from an FTP client?