Web designers and developers always needs tools and software to keep their websites well maintain and running smoothly. Having the right tools and software decreases your time spent developing, which in turn increases your profits.   However, when you are starting out and have very little cash flow, you still need software.  So we’ve collected some excellent, free, open-source tools for you to speed up your development and improve your performance.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a fantastic piece of open source software which supports a number of programming languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment and is very popular among web developers. Notepad++ Some of the features included are: auto-completion, word completion, function completion and function parameters hint. You can build full software applications in Java or C++.


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Eclipse

Eclipse is a multi-language software development environment . It’s widely used to develop applications in Java, C++, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scala and many more.

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NetBeans

NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers. It can be used to easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more.

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FileZilla

FileZilla is a choice of both web designers and developers because both need to use FTP access at some point. Its a free to use forever and has many of the basic features you would expect. You can store custom FTP website settings for quick connections. Also you can setup long queues of files to download and let them go over an extended period of time.

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Bluefish

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers
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Smultron

An elegant and powerful text editor built for Mac OS X and mobile iOS devices. It has syntax highlighting features, which include over 90 different languages. You can also create new documents, stored in your iCloud account, to retrieve from any computer. This is one rich IDE to grab right off the Mac App Store and it’s great for developers.

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Photoscape

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software, that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

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WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client
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snap{css}

snap{css} is an extremely light-weight, notepad-like application that allows CSS designers to easily edit their code in a familiar environment, while having quick access to helpful features, such as our beautify and collapse functions.

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Inkscape

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

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