The Design & Marketing team at Creately love using on-line tools and it helps us to build a better product. In this article I want to share some tools that we find particularly useful for web designers. So here goes our Top 10 Online Tools for Web Designers.
IconFinder is a great online resource for web designers, it helps them search over thousands of web icons by keywords or browse them by icon sets and tags. Finding icons with IconFinder is really easy as it gives you an option to filter results by icon size, background color and download any icon with one click in PNG or ICO format. No sign up required to download icons. Shoutouts to Martin for a great job.
Dafont is an excellent website which allows web designers and just about anyone to browse fonts easily by alphabetical listing, by themes, by author or by popularity. Dafont allows you to upload your font and allows it to be downloaded. Most of the fonts are free to download.
No list on Web designer resources would be complete without our very own Creately application. Creately is a web-based collaborative diagramming application that launched publicly in Oct 09. Creately comes with the best capabilities to make collaboration between team members easier and better. Today, besides supporting many diagram types it’s very focused on the Web Wireframes, Sitemaps and page flows that are used by web designers and developers everyday. Creately comes with free and paid plans, go give it a try!
Pixlr is a popular advanced photo editing software, this is a close alternative to Adobe Photoshop. However, it can handle most editing work that designers do on a day-to-day basis. You can use layers and an array of filters and effects. This is available for free.
Color Scheme Designer is an online tool which looks modern. It offers a wide range of tools to help designers arrive at the alluring colour palette they really want; and with sophisticated web based interface this is just too good! The best part of this is it enables exporting your colour palette to several formats. Try it- it’s free!
Brusheezy is a very cool site which offers a whole lot of free Photoshop brushes and patterns for download. The best part of Brusheezy is that is Web Designers are also invited to contribute their own brush sets. This is a great one for all Adobe Photoshop users.
ColoRotate is a web-based service that allows designers to view and edit colors in 3D. This application shows the multidimensional nature of colors and the relationships between colours. ColoRotate also gives designers the ability to edit foreground and background colors as well as creating and adding to color swatches. This is a free service to play around with!
Net2ftp is a web-based FTP client with all the functions of a standard FTP. This has the ability to manage websites using a browser. Users can edit code, upload and download files, copy,move or delete directories recursively, rename files and directories without installing any software.
Wufoo is an application that allows you to generate a wide variety of forms. Some of the forms available include contact forms, surveys, invitations, quizzes, and planners. There are even templates available that will give you a starting point for your forms that you can then customize as you desire.
BrowserShots is a tool which makes screenshots of designs in different browsers. Designers have to simply submit the URL of the website and select the browsers h/she would like to get a screenshot from, and press submit- simple as that. This is a free service – Try it today!
If you enjoyed this post – give these 10 web applications a try today! These are the top 10 web applications for designers that we use, but if you think we’ve missed out on any other application which deserves to be here, please leave a comment below.
Author : Indu Kandasamy
Indu Kandasamy is the Marketing Maven at Creately.com, a collaborative diagramming software for teams. When she’s not working on marketing strategies for web start-ups, she paints and loves to create designs for printed textiles. You can read more of her writing on the Creately Blog or follow her on Twitter: @creately @induja
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