The Best Free Web Development Toolsby Kevin Lee
Edit Your HTML Pages Productively
Create Your Own Graphics
You don't have to spend money on commercial image editing programs to create rich, compelling graphics for your website. Install a program such as Paint.Net or GIMP, and you can begin creating buttons, menu items, banners, logos and other graphics that enhance your Web pages. Paint.Net and GIMP have customizable brushes and other tools that help you draw new images and enhance existing ones. Filters also enable you to add special effects to all types of graphics. Both programs support layers and add-ons that give you access to additional useful editing features.
Spice Up Your Pages with Animation
Newer Web technologies can write code that adds interactive animations to Web pages. You don't have to be an expert HTML5 or CSS3 developer because the Google's Web Designer program writes animation code for you. After you learn how to use Web Designer, it can create 2-D and 3-D motion graphics using HTML5 and CSS3. You can work in Advanced mode to create complex animations or in Quick mode, in which the program does most of the work for you. Web Designer is an excellent tool for creating animated Web ads and banners.
Debugging, Testing and Optimization Tools
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