12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

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Designers have a lot of pressure on them to produce the best looking projects in as short an amount of time as possible. As part of your daily routine, you need to have the best tools at your disposal to make development fast and efficient. Rather than downloading and trialling lots of different programs, pick from this selection of apps that every Windows designer should have in their taskbar.
1. ColorPic
1 colorpic vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
If all you have to get started on your project is a logo, icon, or other image, ColorPic will help you get started. This utility let’s you select the main colors from the image and save them to a palette for repeated use. This is the most functional eyedropper tool ever that will become an essential part of your design toolbox.
2. KompoZer
2 kompozer vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
A robust Web creation system that makes it easy to create Web pages with either a code-based or WYSIWYG interface. No longer do you have to shell out a lot of money to get professional design tools for Windows: KompoZer is open source, making it suitable for those on a tight budget.
3. Visio
3 visio vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
An application Windows designers need to create workflow, prototype, and other diagrams that support projects and project documentation. This is a popular and pricy software application that first began as an addon for Microsoft Word.
4. Filezilla
4 filezilla vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
Probably the best ftp application out there: best of all its free. This powerful client runs on several platforms as well as a portable application that can be transported on media and run on any computer. Filezilla is incredibly easy to use and is known for its speed, reliability and cool features, including its QuickConnect feature that reconnects to your favorite FTP sites automatically.
5. FormatCSS

5 format css vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A developers tool that helps format unstructured code into convenient views for clients. Just paste your valid CSS into the window, select formatting options, and Voila! You have visually appealing code you can be proud of.

6. MockupScreens

6 mockup screens vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A Windows application that gives developers the ability to build prototypes from wireframes with common elements. Screens can be exported to file or viewed as an HTML rendering.

7. Bluefish Editor

7 bluefish vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A lightweight text editor that is perfect for coders. Featuring native project management functions and a robust search / replace engine, this handy app supports development in a variety of environments.

8. MWSnap

8 free apps vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

Are you one of those developers who are fed up with using the Prnt Scrn button to get your screen shots? If so, you’ll find MWSnap a handy app that will make your life a whole lot easier. Featuring hotkeys, five modes of selection, and a selection of dummy cursors, MWSnap is a designers dream.

9. OPEN BEXI HTML Builder

9 open bexi vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A browser-based, open source tool designed to help developers generate perfect HML code. A professional-grade selection of FCK, timelines, fisheyes, DOJO, and more make it easy to create and resize components in this interface.

10. Adobe Fireworks

10 fireworks vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

An essential tool that every developer should have. This application is perfect for generating prototypes of every grade and features symbol nesting, intelligent guide options, and automatic coding.

11. Inkscape

11 incscape vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

An open source tool for creating vector graphics, supporting features similar to Adobe Illustrator, and creates SVG formatted files.

12. WinSCP

12 winscp vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A Windows-based SFTP/FTP client that comes with an easy to use file manager to make all your FTP transfers easy. This is an open source application that features secure FTP and SSH options.

This guest post was written by James Adams, a UK based blogger and designer (using Windows) who works for a supplier of next day ink. Check out his other writing about advertising and design on their blog.

Designers have a lot of pressure on them to produce the best looking projects in as short an amount of time as possible. As part of your daily routine, you need to have the best tools at your disposal to make development fast and efficient. Rather than downloading and trialling lots of different programs, pick from this selection of apps that every Windows designer should have in their taskbar.
1. ColorPic
1 colorpic vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
If all you have to get started on your project is a logo, icon, or other image, ColorPic will help you get started. This utility let’s you select the main colors from the image and save them to a palette for repeated use. This is the most functional eyedropper tool ever that will become an essential part of your design toolbox.
2. KompoZer
2 kompozer vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
A robust Web creation system that makes it easy to create Web pages with either a code-based or WYSIWYG interface. No longer do you have to shell out a lot of money to get professional design tools for Windows: KompoZer is open source, making it suitable for those on a tight budget.
3. Visio
3 visio vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
An application Windows designers need to create workflow, prototype, and other diagrams that support projects and project documentation. This is a popular and pricy software application that first began as an addon for Microsoft Word.
4. Filezilla
4 filezilla vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar
Probably the best ftp application out there: best of all its free. This powerful client runs on several platforms as well as a portable application that can be transported on media and run on any computer. Filezilla is incredibly easy to use and is known for its speed, reliability and cool features, including its QuickConnect feature that reconnects to your favorite FTP sites automatically.
5. FormatCSS

5 format css vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A developers tool that helps format unstructured code into convenient views for clients. Just paste your valid CSS into the window, select formatting options, and Voila! You have visually appealing code you can be proud of.

6. MockupScreens

6 mockup screens vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A Windows application that gives developers the ability to build prototypes from wireframes with common elements. Screens can be exported to file or viewed as an HTML rendering.

7. Bluefish Editor

7 bluefish vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A lightweight text editor that is perfect for coders. Featuring native project management functions and a robust search / replace engine, this handy app supports development in a variety of environments.

8. MWSnap

8 free apps vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

Are you one of those developers who are fed up with using the Prnt Scrn button to get your screen shots? If so, you’ll find MWSnap a handy app that will make your life a whole lot easier. Featuring hotkeys, five modes of selection, and a selection of dummy cursors, MWSnap is a designers dream.

9. OPEN BEXI HTML Builder

9 open bexi vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A browser-based, open source tool designed to help developers generate perfect HML code. A professional-grade selection of FCK, timelines, fisheyes, DOJO, and more make it easy to create and resize components in this interface.

10. Adobe Fireworks

10 fireworks vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

An essential tool that every developer should have. This application is perfect for generating prototypes of every grade and features symbol nesting, intelligent guide options, and automatic coding.

11. Inkscape

11 incscape vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

An open source tool for creating vector graphics, supporting features similar to Adobe Illustrator, and creates SVG formatted files.

12. WinSCP

12 winscp vector 12 Apps Every Windows Designer Should Have In Their Taskbar

A Windows-based SFTP/FTP client that comes with an easy to use file manager to make all your FTP transfers easy. This is an open source application that features secure FTP and SSH options.

This guest post was written by James Adams, a UK based blogger and designer (using Windows) who works for a supplier of next day ink. Check out his other writing about advertising and design on their blog.

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    It is very nice knowledge about web designer who try to give good templates in clients project.

  • http://www.nhindy.com/localweb/ M Matthews

    Great tips. Do you know of any other sites that have some good info about web design? I am a novice and am still learning!

  • http://votrem.com/ justin

    Thats a pretty good list there. Here is my website: http://votrem.com/

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