There are a number of new tools in the market to help in web design and web development. These tools have been created to help make a web designer’s job easy regardless of whether they are interested in the front end of crafting websites or in the backend programming side.
Some of the new web design and development tools include:
This tool is for the front end framework and allows a developer to have a powerful template and great starting point for creating responsive web designs. It is the most advanced responsive front end framework in the world so far. Some of its features include the grid which works on almost any device, buttons, forms, navigation and UI elements. The powerful CSS processor allows rapid prototyping which will get the designer up and running much quicker.
This tool hooks up directly to a browser, thereby helping the coding process to become seamless and time saving. It helps in the coding stage of development by providing the best usability and functionality in terms of code editing.
The best tool to be used by typographers. It assists in sifting through thousands and thousands of fonts by letting the developer compare between multiple styles and even allows for the stylisation of certain fonts. This tool features over 23,000 fonts from font deck, Google, fonts.com, and typekit. A designer or developer can organise fonts per project and have direct access to all of the Google fonts without having to download them individually.
Typecast keeps track of every web design decision that is made and assembles the typographic style guide behind the scenes hence offering teammates and clients a detailed visual record of the developer’s fonts, styles and colors. It includes simple visual controls which let a designer design by eye and control a host of properties which include the text size, measure, line-height and margins.
X-editable is the new life of bootstrap editable plug-in which has been strongly improved and refactored. Bootstrap has awesome form mark up and pop over plug-ins which allow pretty in-place editing, the jQuery UI has a tooltip plug-in which in combination with button widget is suitable enough for an editable form and pop up, while the jQuery is the simplest build of X-editable in that you will only need jquery for inline mode, Poshytip plug-in for the pop up mode and combodate type based on momentjs for the datetime fields.
Malihu jQuery Custom Scroller 2.3
This web design and development tool will give a site some consistently swish looking cross browser tradition corkscrew bars and includes inertial scrolling and erasing, entirely customisable styles, mouse wheel support which is done via the Brandon Aaron mouse wheel plug in, nested scrollbars and scrolling buttons plus user defined callbacks, and it usually works just about everywhere although it does rest on jQueryUI.
This tool is a collection of single-div icons drawn regulating CSS3 which have the advantage of being animatable and can be uniformly scaled like SVG where supported. This tool’s aim is to highlight the potential of CSS3 through a library of single element logos. The problem however comes when a designer demeanors into a cross platform support situation, and this is sad because there is usually a subset of a full collection which can be relied on in each browser.
CSS3 text shadow generator
This tool is helpful in inserting beautiful shadow effects to text. It is free and can be utilised any time. It saves a lot of the designer’s time and change between different fonts is possible, in addition different shadow effects for example fire, acid, 3D can be explored. This tool will help a designer to learn and design shadows for their headings, hyperlinks or for any text that is available on a given web page. This is because the generator lets a designer easily configure different parameters of the text shadow. Blur level of the shadow, color of the text, color of the shadow, opacity of the shadow, offset of the shadow as well as size of the text can all be changed and while the change is taking place, a preview will automatically update to the new configuration, then if the results are satisfactory, the CSS3 code of the shadow can be directly copied to the code section of the generator. Four values are required for the CSS code for shadows and these are vertical length, shadow color, horizontal length and blur radius.
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