Essential Tools from Inspiration BitBy
Today’s Essential Tools come from Vivien at Inspiration Bit, where she writes about Web design and development, art and photography, and tutorials.Â Vivien is a former college professor who now does freelance work from home. She has also collected some of the best lists of resources for web professions including:
- 16 Best Loved Font Bits in Web Design
- 8 Remarkable Word Press Themes
- Web Design Dissected into 8 Bits
- And most recently,Â 8 Finest Bits of Stock Photo Sites
Vivien’s essential tools for success are:
- Firebug – Firefox add-on: Vivien can’t imagine designing web sites and working with CSS without this tool. It’s a very helpful tool for sneaking behind the scenes on the blog and site designs that she finds fascinating.
- Any good HTML/CSS/PHP editor: Viven likes to work with Dreamweaver, Eclipse and Komodo IDE.
- Thunderbird: She can’t live without her emails and catching up with the RSS feeds when offline. She also uses it for saving drafts of her blog posts. (Great idea, Vivien – I had never thought of that!)
- Of course, Photoshop and Illustrator :Â These are two of the best and most powerful tools for optimizing photos and creating graphics for web and print.
- Her Mac’s Dashboard:Â Viviene has got several handy widgets there such as various colour palettes, thesaurus, calculator, Google Dashalytics and sticky notes.
- And finally WordPress: which almost goes without saying!