Useful applications to make life easier in web design and development

Just put up this list to share with others in the team so thought I might as well post it here since it could be useful to folks starting out in web development. Do feel free to add on to the list if there’s something useful for us to use.

Mind Mapping
XMind (Thanks to @David_Shen for introducing this .. much nicer than Freemind! I use this for meeting notes, to-do lists and jotting down ideas)

Color Palette
Color Palette Generator

On Screen Rulers
JR Screen Ruler

Screen Capture

Hard Core Editing (i.e. know your markup)

Firefox Addons
Web Developer Toolbar
User Agent Switcher


IE Tools
IE 6 and 7 Internet Explorer Toolbar
IE 8 has built-in developer toolbar

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 (it really does its job well, have tried hard to replace it without much success)

Adobe Fireworks CS4 (started using Fireworks since Macromedia days and its my favorite program when a mock or design is needed)
Balsamiq (Just started using this recently to improve my pen n paper process and its working out nicely)

Great reading for design/dev ideas
Web Resources Depot
Smashing Magazine

Hope this helps you in your daily work. Happy coding!

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