5 Essential Open Source tools for Web Designers

You want to be the coolest web designer in town, but you scratch your head when asked about the tools of Web Designing.  Well that’s so not cool, but worry not, because it’s time to know about  some cool open source tools.

The phrase “open source” refers to something people can modify and share and re-share, essentially because it’s designed to be publicly accessible. Open source software would therefore point to software with a source code which anyone can adjust, scrutinize and enhance.

The web mostly runs on open source software. There are a number of open source tools that can help you enormously as a web designer. Open source tools are great, not only because they are totally free (well, most of them are), but also due to the ardent community that forms around them. As the world turns costlier by the day, it’ great to find places where you can save; and open source tools will be your place to start as a web designer.

So if you are web designer, looking for tools and applications that speed up your daily endeavors without really costing you much you have come to the right place.

Without wasting time, let’s check out 5 open source tools that are absolute essentials in your web designing kit:

  1. KompoZer

KompoZer is a thorough “web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing”.

KompoZer is structured to be very easy to use, making it ideal for “non-technical computer users” who want to build a striking, professional-looking web page without knowledge of “HTML or web coding.”

It’s one of the most amazing free and open softwares around.

  1. Krita

Krita is s a great ‘graphics editor’ concentrating on “illustration and digital painting.” The Web is predominated by illustrations.  Web designers are opting to use illustrations and digital paintings, now more than ever, to make their web designs all the more enthralling.

 As a digital painting and illustrative software application, Krita does a great job.

  1. BlueFish Editor

Bluefish Editor is a powerful, superfast editor for programmers and web designers, with an array of options to write websites, scripts and programming codes. It supports essential “wizards for HTML documents”, features various project management options, and has an amazing “search-and-replace option” for quick “batch-replacing source code”.

As an open source software project, Bluefish does quite a job.

  1. Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a pretty cool text editor, launched by Microsoft and it has managed to gain quite some popularity since its launch.

As a free text editor, this brainchild of Microsoft is super-fast, extensible and it does a pretty great job. Now it may not be as famous a text editor as Sublime, Notepad or Atom, but Visual Studio Code has its own uniqueness – it is integrated with other Microsoft Development tools- how cool is that?!

Hence as an open source tool, VSC or the Visual Studio Code is a great place to edit your texts.

  1. Inkscape

Only one thing can come in mind, when talking about a professional and premium “Vector- Graphics editor “for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux – Inkscape.

A free and open source software, it is also a very powerful designing tool.  Flexible drawing tools, broad file format compatibility, a pretty powerful text tool along with Bezier and Spiro curves makes Inkscape -irrespective of whether you are web designer, or web illustrator or just someone looking for creating designs- a perfect place to create vector imagery.

So make sure you have this really open source cool app, which is also free, in your designing kit.

It’s true that there are innumerable designing tools that are free and a part of the open source tools- these however are some of the most essential open source tools, most of which are free, and would help you a great deal  in your web designing conquests and make you a pretty cool web designer.

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