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Invaluable tools - design E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 18:16

These are a few tools I find invaluable for web design:


  • Inkscape - free open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator.  Though maybe not as powerful, it serves the basic needs I have for vector design.
  • Paint.NET - open-source alternative to Photoshop.  This one is especially not as powerful as Photoshop, but I find it great for resizing images, converting into and out of PNG, JPG, and GIF formats, and making stylistic modifications to images I receive from others.


  • Firebug - this is a great extension for Firefox, especially for CSS debugging.  The "Inspect" mode lets you see just which properties apply to any element.  I only wish it extended to JavaScript effects such as hover, because those are the elements I find most tricky to style.


Here is a list of tools I find invaluable for the development side of things.