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Useful Tools

There are many tools and resources online to help web designers and developers - but here's the UKWDA's pick of the crop - and if you find others you think deserve to be listed then let us know.

Design & HTML/CSS

CSS Desk
Online CSS sandbox
http://cssdesk.com
Colour Scheme Designer
The easy way to choose a great colour scheme
http://colorschemedesigner.com
Colour Palette Generator
Generates a colour scheme from a photograph
http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette
ColorPicker
Quick and easy colour picking tool
http://www.colorpicker.com
Favicon Generator
Create and edit favicons for free
http://www.degraeve.com/favicon
Icon Finder
Free icons for your website
http://www.iconfinder.com
W3C HTML Validator
Check your HTML code for errors
http://validator.w3.org
W3C CSS Validator
Check your CSS code for errors
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator
Dafont
Free font library
http://www.dafont.com
Vector Magic
Vector tracing tool
http://vectormagic.com

Tutorials & Guides

W3 Schools
Free online HTML and CSS tutorials
http://www.w3schools.com
HTML Goodies
HTML resources
http://www.htmlgoodies.com
HTML.Net
HTML, CSS and PHP tutorials
http://www.html.net
First Site Guide
Help and advice for starting a blog
http://firstsiteguide.com
CSS Tutorial
Learn CSS step-by-step
http://www.csstutorial.net
Zend Dev Zone
PHP for the absolute beginner
http://devzone.zend.com
psdtuts+
Adobe Photoshop tutorials
http://psd.tutsplus.com
Abduzeedo
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials
http://abduzeedo.com
Webmonkey.com
FTP for beginners
http://www.webmonkey.com
Web Reference
Web development tutorials
http://www.webreference.com

Software

Notepad++
Free source code editor
http://notepad-plus-plus.org
Firebug
Edit and debug HTML and CSS code
http://getfirebug.com
IE Tester
Check your website in old versions of IE
http://www.my-debugbar.com
Malwarebytes
Free anti-malware and spyware removal software
http://www.malwarebytes.org
Firefox
Free open source web browser
http://www.mozilla.org
7-Zip
Free open source file archiving software
http://www.7-zip.org
Filezilla
The free open source FTP program
http://filezilla-project.org
AVG Anti-Virus
Free anti-virus software for Windows
http://free.avg.com

Business Tools

Astuteo
Web development project estimator
http://estimator.astuteo.com
Bplans
Free sample business plans
http://www.bplans.co.uk
Google Apps
Free email and collaboration tools
http://www.google.co.uk/apps
Hoot Suite
Manage and measure your social networks
http://hootsuite.com

Miscellaneous

Join.me
Free screen sharing
http://join.me
Net2FTP
Free web-based FTP client
http://net2ftp.com
Mail2Web
Web-based access to POP3 accounts
http://mail2web.com
YouTube MP3
Free YouTube to MP3 converter
http://www.youtube-mp3.org
KnowTheNet
Information about the Internet from Nominet
http://www.knowthenet.org.uk
Beermats.com
Low cost leaflet, postcard and beermat printing
http://www.beermats.com
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