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5 Tools Web Designers Would Kill For

As web designers, our daily work involves a healthy dose of playing with graphics over different image editing tools and softwares. Without tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Draw, we would be almost like without limbs. Hence, in my efforts towards minimizing the routine stress at work and ensuring all deadlines are met on time, I have compiled a list of plugins and software packages that could make life of any web designer nothing but easier. These tools are personal favorites and I hope they are able to help my fellow designers in extracting more fun and efforts out of their work.

Startup Framework

Designmodo has launched its design framework, called Startup, which is developed for firms looking for a professional yet economical website solution. This versatile framework is heavily centered on design features and lets one modify the source code as per liking. The best part about Designmodo’s Startup framework is its ease-to-use nature while working with High Definition (HD) images and stunning animations, which can be further used even if you haven’t prepared your own set of images. This framework has all the major tools that could entice any web designer.

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Emmet LiveStyle

The Emmet LiveStyle may be available in a Beta version at the moment, but it is going to be all web designers’ favorite tool, once it is commercially launched. Consider this picture- Don’t we complain about the need to refresh browser after modifying a website’s CSS code or adding/replacing a WordPress plugin? Well, the Emmet LiveStyle tool let’s you see changes happening real-time in the browser right as you modify a website’s code. Exciting right?

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Mail’ette is design mockup sharing email client that allows you to showcase progress details during different stages of a website development project. Web designers are frequently asked for information regarding website mock builds, snapshots, etc by their clients. This is where Mail’ette comes to our rescue, since it neatly compiles mock builds in a link or PDF that could be easily shared with the client at his/her behest. Not only this, Mail’ette also has integrated approval and feedback modules, such that no communication gap ever effects a website project’s development.

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Blueimp Gallery

Designers love image galleries. Blueimp Gallery is available as a jQuery plugin for installing image and video galleries on your website. This touch-enabled (swipe) and highly responsive image gallery can be used with carousel and lightbox effects. Blueimp is developed upon Swipe.js and lets one easily browse through the image gallery, regardless of restrictions using the website on a desktop, a smartphone or a tablet. Other features include – mouse/keyboard navigation, slideshow with transition effects, on-demand content loading and fullscreen support.

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Aesop Story Engine

Aesop Story Engine is an open-sourced suite of tools that allows web developers to design feature-rich, interactive, long-form WordPress story telling themes. Most web designers and developers would love this amazing plugin over its simple use and highly imperative story telling features. This WordPress plugin lets you create some stunning story telling web experiences and comes replete with not two or four but 12 components to enhance your story script, such as Audio, Video, Parallax, Map, Timeline, Document Viewer, Character, Quote, Collections and Chapter headings.

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Utkarsh Sahu works as an internet marketing expert and professional writer for IT Chimes during the day, and it is night when he loves to pen his thoughts about science, technology, cars or just about anything that gets his attention. He’s a music lover, languorous wordsmith with a wicked sense of humor and a serious case of kebab freak. He is an avid automobile fan and aspires to ride a Lamborghini Miura once down the French country side. He wants to stay an exuberant kid for the rest of his life, and believes in the Eat-Play-and-Love philosophy. He can be found tweeting on Twitter @UtkSahu

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