50 Open Source Tools For Web Designers

A collection of 50 Open Source Tools dedicated to web designers. This set consisits of Editors, Graphic Manipulation Programs, FTP Applications, Coding Tools and much more that ever Web Designer longs for. Try out these Open source Versions and make a difference.

EDITORS

Aptana

Aptana is the leader in web application development, deployment and management solutions. RadRails is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with tight integration with Aptana Cloud services.

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, its use is governed by GPL License.

Notepad2

Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. This program can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your system s registry.

Cream

Cream is a free text editor. A modern configuration of the powerful and famous Vim, Cream is now available for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and FreeBSD.

Firebug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

KompoZer

Ecommerce Web Design KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

Bluefish

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment. The vision with Quanta has always been to start with the best architectural foundations, design for efficient and natural use and enable maximal user extensibility.

CSSED

Cssed is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing. It is an Open Source project, it means that you can download the program but also its source.

OPEN BEXI HTML Builder

OPENBEXI is a WYSIWYG HTML WEB editor which allows you to create Web pages, generate HTML code without any HTML knowledges. Powerful FCK,fisheyes,DOJO,tables, forms, medias, timelines, charts editors let you create, update,re-size,remove HTML components.

jEdit

jEdit is a mature programmer s text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.

SeaMonkey

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite (see below). Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept.

NVU

NVU – Finally! A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.

WYMeditor: web-based XHTML editor

WYMeditor is a web-based WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) XHTML editor (not WYSIWYG).

Selida

Selida is an HTML editor, a program that you make web pages with. There are thousands of HTML editors on the web, some are free and some are shareware. Selida packs high end features in a very intuitive interface, and has the best price of them all: It s free!

Amaya

Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment.

FTP APPLICATIONS

FileZilla

FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Core FTP

Core FTP LE – free Windows software that includes the client FTP features you need. Features like SFTP (SSH), SSL, TLS, IDN, browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, drag and drop support and much more.

FireFTP

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface with quickly accessible bookmarks. The outline view of the browser allows to browse large folder structures efficiently and you can quickly preview files with Quick Look.

WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is the secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager functionality.

GRAPHIC EDITING APPLICATIONS

Gimp

GIMP an impressively powerful and freely-distributable Adobe Photoshop-alternative open-source application for digital image composition, authoring, retouching and processing.

Inkscape

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features.

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.

Project Dogwaffle

Project Dogwaffle 1.2 is a freeware version of the paint & animation program Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro Digital Painter, developed by Dan Ritchie – version 1.2 is based on a subset of version 2.0.

Picasa

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great. Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

mtPaint

mtPaint is a painting program which Mark Tyler developed from scratch so he could easily create pixel art and manipulate digital photos.

FontForge

FontForge is an outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones.

ImageMagick

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ImageMagick is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF.

GraphicsMagick

GraphicsMagick is the swiss army knife of image processing. Comprised of 259K physical lines (according to David A. Wheeler s SLOCCount) of source code in the base package (or 900K including 3rd party libraries).

Open Office Draw

Draw screenshot DRAW – from a quick sketch to a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, DRAW is powerful tool for technical or general posters, etc.

Skencil

Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing appliction. Known to run on GNU/Linux and other UNIX-compatible systems, it is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.

Dia

Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program Visio , though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams.

Kivio

Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organisation charts, flowcharts and more.

Karbon

Karbon is a vector drawing application with an user interface that is easy to use, highly customizable and extensible. That makes Karbon a great application for users starting to explore the world of vector graphics as well as for artists wanting to create breathtaking vector art.

Krita

Krita is a creative application for raster images. Whether you want to create from scratch or work with existing images, Krita is for you. You can work with photos, scanned images or start for a blank slate. Krita supports most graphics tablets out of the box.

COLOR PICKERS

ColorMatch Remix

This colorpicker is based heavily upon the code from ColorMatch 5k. I have made it more compatible – it now works in Mozilla, and should also work in Opera, since I am using a much better slider control.

ColorPic

Ever tried using a color picker on a high resolution monitor? It is impossible. That is why this color picker has a magnifier attached. Grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.

DHTML Color Picker

Our DHTML Color Picker is full featured, and easy to use. However, it still uses the least amount of code in comparison with its competitors: 3.5k of Javascript. The entire package is 24k including the required images. Oh, btw, its free!

Free Advanced DHTML Color Picker

When we were developing COPASO, we found that we needed to have a more advanced color picker to work inside the application and since COPASO is built with DHTML it was easy enough to pull out the picker to use on the other creation pages of our site.

CODING TOOLS

AllChars
AllChars provides a quick, easy-to-remember way of creating accents and special characters in most Windows programs.

CSS Layout Generator

The layout generated has changed significantly from previous versions. The main reason for change was to simplify the layout and in doing so make it easier to use. It no longer provides fixed width columns with fluid center or full length columns by default.

Firdamatic

Firdamatic is an online tableless layout generator that allows you to create and customise layouts easily only by completing forms, making creating skins for your Firdamatic-based layout a breeze

HTML TIDY

HTML TIDY is a free, open source utility for fixing and optimizing HTML syntax.

MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS

CamStudio

There may come a time when your client/project leader will ask you to design a computer simulation (such as an activity in an e-course or a tour of a website?s services). If you ever need a screen-capturing app, look no further than CamStudio, a fully-featured open source, screen-capturing tool.

GreenShot

Greenshot is a revolutionary screenshot tool optimized for productivity.

Zscreen

ZScreen is an open-source screen capture program for Microsoft Windows. It can upload screenshots, pictures, text & files and put the URL in your clipboard in a single keystroke.

Xournal

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal, Gournal, and NoteLab.

Gallery

A slick, intuitive web based photo gallery. Gallery is easy to install, configure and use. Gallery photo management includes automatic thumbnails, resizing, rotation, and more. Authenticated users and privileged albums make this great for communities.

Web Developer Firefox Addon

The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

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