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== PHP, HTML and Text Editors ==
 
== PHP, HTML and Text Editors ==
 
=== Freeware ===
 
=== Freeware ===
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* [http://www.sublimetext.com Sublime Text] (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) '''**RECOMMENDED**''' deemed by many to be the best!!!!!!
 
* [http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Notepad++] '''**RECOMMENDED**''' ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/code-efficiently-with-notepad/ See review here])
 
* [http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ Notepad++] '''**RECOMMENDED**''' ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/code-efficiently-with-notepad/ See review here])
* [http://www.sublimetext.com Sublime Text] (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) '''**RECOMMENDED**''' deemed by many to be the best!!!!!!
 
* [http://aptana.com/products/ Aptana Studio] (an Integrated Development Environment for Win, Mac and Linux)
 
 
* [http://textwrangler.com/products/textwrangler/ TextWrangler] (Mac)
 
* [http://textwrangler.com/products/textwrangler/ TextWrangler] (Mac)
  
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* [http://aptana.com/products/ Aptana Studio] (an Integrated Development Environment for Win, Mac and Linux)
 
* [http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/ Arachnophilia] (allows GUI design of HTML)
 
* [http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/ Arachnophilia] (allows GUI design of HTML)
 
* [http://www.crimsoneditor.com/ Crimson Editor]
 
* [http://www.crimsoneditor.com/ Crimson Editor]
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* [http://macromates.com/ TextMate] (Mac)
 
* [http://macromates.com/ TextMate] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.textpad.com/products/textpad/index.html TextPad]
 
* [http://www.textpad.com/products/textpad/index.html TextPad]
* [http://www.namo.com/ Namo WebEditor]
 
* [http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/ Dreamweaver] (allows GUI design of HTML)
 
 
* [http://www.zend.com/studio Zend Studio] Designed for PHP editing by the authors of PHP
 
* [http://www.zend.com/studio Zend Studio] Designed for PHP editing by the authors of PHP
  
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=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
* [http://www.corel.com/ Corel PaintShop Photo Pro]
 
 
* [http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/ Acorn Image Editor] (Mac)
 
* [http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/ Acorn Image Editor] (Mac)
 
* Photoshop
 
* Photoshop
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== Screenshot Tools ==
 
== Screenshot Tools ==
 
=== Freeware ===
 
=== Freeware ===
* [http://shotty.devs-on.net Shotty] (Windows)  ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/shotty-a-tiny-impressive-screenshot-utility See review here])
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* [http://www.diigo.com/tools Awesome Screenshot] (Add-On for FireFox/Chrome/Safari)
 
* [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~ogihara/software/OSX/icom-eng.html IcoMaker] (Mac)
 
* [http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~ogihara/software/OSX/icom-eng.html IcoMaker] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.irfanview.com/ IrfanView]
 
* [http://www.irfanview.com/ IrfanView]
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* [http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/?prnscr PrintScreen]
 
* [http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/?prnscr PrintScreen]
 
* [http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1146/ Screen grab!] (Add-On for FireFox)
 
* [http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1146/ Screen grab!] (Add-On for FireFox)
* [http://www.diigo.com/tools Awesome Screenshot] (Add-On for FireFox/Chrome/Safari)
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* On Mac, just press CMD+SHIFT+3 to take a full screenshot, or CMD+SHIFT+4 to select the part of the screen to snapshot
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* [http://shotty.devs-on.net Shotty] (Windows)  ([http://windows.appstorm.net/reviews/shotty-a-tiny-impressive-screenshot-utility See review here])
  
 
=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
 
* [http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/ Little Snapper] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.realmacsoftware.com/littlesnapper/ Little Snapper] (Mac)
* [http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks/ Fireworks]
 
* [http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/ Flash]
 
 
* [http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/ Snapz Pro X]
 
* [http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/ Snapz Pro X]
  
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== Color Pickers ==
 
== Color Pickers ==
 
=== Freeware ===
 
=== Freeware ===
* [http://www.iosart.com/firefox/colorzilla/ ColorZilla] (Add-On for FireFox)
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* [http://www.iosart.com/firefox/colorzilla/ ColorZilla] (Add-On for FireFox) -- there's one for Chrome too
 
* [http://www.colorschemer.com/ Color Pix] (Windows, Mac)
 
* [http://www.colorschemer.com/ Color Pix] (Windows, Mac)
  
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* [http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com Kaleidoscope] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com Kaleidoscope] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.araxis.com/merge-overview.html Araxis Merge] (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons **
 
* [http://www.araxis.com/merge-overview.html Araxis Merge] (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons **
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* [http://www.deltopia.com/ DeltaWalker] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
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* [http://www.guiffy.com/ Guiffy] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
 
* [http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
* [http://www.deltopia.com/ DeltaWalker] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
 
 
* [http://www.dotfork.com/difffork/ DiffFork] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.dotfork.com/difffork/ DiffFork] (Mac)
* [http://www.guiffy.com/ Guiffy] (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
 
  
 
== FTP Tools ==
 
== FTP Tools ==
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* [http://www.flashfxp.com FlashFXP]
 
* [http://www.flashfxp.com FlashFXP]
 
* [http://www.cyberduck.ch CyberDuck FTP] (Mac)
 
* [http://www.cyberduck.ch CyberDuck FTP] (Mac)
* [http://aptana.com/products/ Aptana] (part of IDE)
 
  
 
=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
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* [http://www.ipswitchft.com/ WS_FTP Pro] (Windows)
 
* [http://www.ipswitchft.com/ WS_FTP Pro] (Windows)
 
* [http://bbedit.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
 
* [http://bbedit.com/products/bbedit/ BBEdit] (Mac)
* [http://www.zend.com/products/studio/ Zend Studio] (Windows/Mac/Linux)
 
  
  
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* [http://php.net/ php.net]  
 
* [http://php.net/ php.net]  
 
* [http://www.sitepoint.com/ SitePoint.com]  
 
* [http://www.sitepoint.com/ SitePoint.com]  
* [http://www.tizag.com/cssT/ Tizag.com]
 
 
* [http://www.w3schools.com/ W3 Schools]
 
* [http://www.w3schools.com/ W3 Schools]
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* [http://www.tizag.com/cssT/ Tizag.com] (Basic CSS tutorial)
 
* [http://www.cleancss.com/ Clean CSS] Online tool to optimize your stylesheet
 
* [http://www.cleancss.com/ Clean CSS] Online tool to optimize your stylesheet
* [http://cdburnerxp.se/cssparse/css_optimiser.php  CSS Formatter and Optimiser] Online tool to optimize your stylesheet
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* See: [[CSS_Resources|CSS Resources]]
 
* See: [[CSS_Resources|CSS Resources]]

Revision as of 22:59, 25 March 2014

Useful Tools For Working With Zen Cart®

Descriptions of these tools can be found at the individual web sites


Hash Validation Tools

  • HashTab - Windows/Mac tool for validating MD5/SHA1 hashes of downloaded files


PHP, HTML and Text Editors

Freeware

Commercial


CSS Debuggers

  • Firebug **RECOMMENDED** - Is the most popular useful tool for working out CSS and Ajax/Javascript problems on your site.
  • Firefox with the Web Developer Extension
  • Chrome Developer Tools (built-in to Google Chrome browser)
  • The latest versions of the more popular browsers also have built-in "Inspect Element" functionality, which can significantly aid in troubleshooting.


CSS Editors

Freeware

  • See Firebug and the Web Developer Extension in the CSS Debuggers section above for the best tools available!
  • or Chrome Developer Tools (built in to Google Chrome browser)
  • CSS Tab Designer (only for building CSS tabs)

Commercial


Text-Search Tools

Freeware

Commercial


Graphics Editors

Freeware

Commercial


Screenshot Tools

Freeware

Commercial


Color Pickers

Freeware

Commercial


File Comparison Utility

Freeware

Commercial

FTP Tools

Freeware

Commercial


We often find folks reporting in the support forum that they have had problems with corrupted uploads or incomplete uploads due to timeouts which have occurred while using SmartFTP and CuteFTP. Thus, we recommend against using those products.

BETTER CHOICES: Usually WinSCP and FileZilla are found to have no such difficulties whatsoever.


File Archiver/Zip/Unzip Utility

Freeware

Commercial


Browser Addons/Utilities

Freeware


Validators

Freeware


Database Manipulation Tools

Freeware

Commercial


Local Web Server for Development Environment

Freeware


Other things

Freeware


External Resources/Tutorials