Cool Tools

I am using several very cool tools in my design work.   Things that save me time and increase my productivity.  We should all be looking for those types of tools – after all – time is money!

Today I thought I’d give you a little overview of the tools I use that have made my life so much easier!

Bookmarklets


What are bookmarklets?  From Wikipedia:

“A bookmarklet is an applet, a small computer application, stored as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser or as a hyperlink on a web page. The term is a portmanteau of the terms bookmark and applet. Whether bookmarklet utilities are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks, they are designed to add one-click functionality to a browser or web page. When clicked, a bookmarklet performs some function, one of a wide variety such as a search query or data extraction. Usually the applet is a JavaScript program.”

Here are the bookmarklets I use:

CSS Stress Test by Andy Edinborough

This tool scrolls and tests your page removing CSS one at a time and giving you benchmarks to show where your page is slowing down.  Don’t watch the page as the tool works, though.  It will drive your eyes bonkers!

WhatFont

Ever wonder what font someone is using on their webpage?  There are tools like Firebug that will answer that question for you, but there is also a one click method – WhatFont!

Design

This is a very cool tool which allows you to create a grid based on dimensions you specify to overlay on a web page.

Shorten with bitly

Great tool for bloggers!  With one click you are swept to bitly and the url is automatically entered in the input area ready to be shortened for your use!

Firefox Add-Ons


These are the add-ons I use the most:

Web of Trust WOT

Allows web users to rate safety and reliability of web pages.  This has saved my Windows machine from malware and adware. Read and decide for yourself.

AdBlock Plus

Gets rid of Ads on your pages – even Facebook.

MeasureIt

Creates a ruler you can use on any screen.

Firebug

Great tool to edit, monitor and debug HTML, CSS and Javascript!

Conduct Your Own Searches


Do a few searches. There is a wealth of information out there designed to make your life as a designer much easier. Lots of free tools to use. Who knows, maybe you will write one of your own!

Do a few searches. There is a wealth of information out there designed to make your life as a designer much easier. Lots of free tools to use. Who knows, maybe you will write one of your own!

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