Web Design

  • Archive any website

    Archive.is is a free web service which allows you to capture, store and archive permanently any web page you submit. Archive.is permanently stores a double copy of your selected web site: one that is an image snapshot of the page, and another which contains the full text of it. Archive.is also provides a download link that contains a zipped copy of all the files making up your selected page, and which can be opened offline in any web browser. Archive.is can save most any type of web page including Facebook pages and it allows you to easily search and see all of the pages already saved for a certain domain. There is no registration or login required and you don't need to install anything. A free dedicated bookmarklet makes it easy to capture and archive any web page you happen to be on."
  • list of Open Source Design and Development Tools

    Inkscape (http://inkscape.org) is a vector based illustration program that I use every day. It is a free equivalent to Adobe Illustrator, and provides the rich tools that you would expect of any true design tool, such as node editing, shape manipulation, effects, layering, masking, clipping, and fine kerning, amongst many other tools. 

    GIMP (http://gimp.org) is an image manipulation tool on par with Adobe Photoshop. It has everything you would expect for editing photos: Layers, layer filters, masking, transparency, brushes, effects, histogram, and a lot more. 

    Chrome (https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/) is an open source web browser that is extensible with addons and plugins, much like Firefox. I like the ability to right click on a web page, and see detailed information about the particular element I've clicked on. I also really love the web developer extension for seeing CSS and other details about a page. 

    Blender (http://blender.org) is an open source 3d modeling tool that you can use to build three dimensional models of anything you can imagine, then use the model in websites, designs, or even in 3d printing. 

    Synfig Studio (http://www.synfig.org/cms/) is the closest thing you will find to a flash style animation editor in open source. You can use it to build motion graphics, animations, and splash pages. 

    VLC (http://videolan.org) or Video Lan Client is a fantastic free media player and tool. You can use it to transcode video, grab screenshots from DVDs, save clips, and of course, watch movies and listen to music. It is a powerful tool. 

    Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) is an open source multitrack audio editor. With it, you can build professional audio clips, complete with all of the effects and edits that you would expect, like fade in, fade out, distortion and delay effects, and other manipulations. It's perfect for podcast editing.  

    FileZilla (http://filezilla.org) is useful in the event that you are working with a site over SFTP or FTP. If you need to transfer files to a server that supports either of these protocols, FileZilla is a great way to do it. 

    WordPress (http://wordpress.org) is an open source content management system that you can use to build social networks, landing pages, business card sites, or full-blown intranet/extranet solutions. It is a very well supported, well-known, and extensible solution. 

    Drupal (http://drupal.org) is for anyone who feels that they have outgrown WordPress, and needs a more flexible platform to build upon. What you will lose in ease of use in Drupal, you will surely gain in flexibility.