Opensource Software

When buying equipment and software, web designers expect to pay top dollar for quality products. It would be awesome to find quality open-source alternatives, but who has time to search for it? When you’re attending to a client list or keeping up with classes, time is a precious commodity you have to use wisely.

To help your wallet, I’ve compiled a list of opensource software popular with budget-wrapped designers. The software is listed by popularity and quality.

WYSIWYG Editors for web designers

  • Notepad++
    Notepad++: a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
  • Aptana
    Develop and test your entire web application using a single environment. With support for the latest browser technology specs such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python. We’ve got you covered!
  • 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. This follows the original vision of the Web
  • Bluefish Editor : Home
    Home of the Bluefish Editor, a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners. It supports working with local and remote files, syntax highlighting and a WYSIWYN interface.
  • KompoZer – Easy web authoring
    KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
  • Screem
    SCREEM is an open source HTML/XML editor for unix based systems, and the GNOME desktop environment

[quote]If you’re a simple web designer, than Notepad++ will fulfill your every need. It does lack a preview feature, but compensates with regular updates, no bugs and compatibility with multiple OS.[/quote]

Graphics

  • GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program
    GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • Inkscape. Draw Freely.
    Inkscape is a Vector Graphics Editor, similar to Adobe Illustrator, that strives to be SVG Compliant, open source, responsive and extensible.
  • Paint.NET
    Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows.

[quote]Gimp is an excellent alternative to Adobe Photoshop that’s used by artists of every flavor. The free software is surrounded by a community that builds add-ons and authors tutorials for it’s many features.[/quote]
On a personal note, the software team developing Gimp tend to re-arrange the button dashboard. For every few upgrades, you may find yourself re-learning where certain buttons are. It’s compatible with Photoshop files, though, so you don’t sacrifice resources and add-ons. The graphics history is a life-saver—especially with curious toddlers and button-happy animals.

FTP

  • FileZilla – The free FTP solution
    FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
  • Cyberduck
    Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Rackspace Cloud Files, Google Drive, Windows Azure & Amazon S3 browser for Mac and Windows. It features an easy to use interface with quickly accessible bookmarks. The browser allows to download, upl

[quote]FileZilla is a very popular, free FTP client. It’s available as a stand-alone software, or you can choose their server-side edition.[/quote]

Helpful Utilities

  • Spoon
    Run any free application on demand!
  • Greenshot
    Greenshot allows quick creation of screenshots, easy annotation, highlighting and obfuscating using the built-in image editor and sending the screenshot to a file, the clipboard, a printer or as e-mail attachment.
  • CamStudio – Free Screen Recording Software
  • Clean up your Web pages with HTML TIDY
  • 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

[quote]

Spoon is software that allows you to run any free application on demand. It’s excellent for real-time cross-browser testing.

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