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Useful Tools For Working With Zen Cart®

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

PHP, HTML and Text Editors

Freeware

Commercial

  • Sublime Text (Windows, Mac, Linux) **RECOMMENDED** deemed by many to be the best!!!!!! (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • PhpStorm (Windows, Mac, Linux) Full-featured IDE (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team) (Has free EAP version available; or contact DrByte if you want to try a license)
  • BBEdit (Mac)
  • UltraEdit (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)


Hash Validation Tools


CSS Editors

Freeware

  • Use the build-in Inspector or Developer Tools in your browser.

Commercial


Text-Search Tools

Freeware

  • The Developers Toolkit in your Zen Cart® Admin
  • Sublime Text (Windows, Mac, Linux) (can use free) **RECOMMENDED** deemed by many to be the best!!!!!! (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • PSPad
  • TextWrangler (Mac)

Commercial


Graphics Editors

Freeware


Screenshot Tools

Freeware


Color Pickers

Freeware

Commercial


File Comparison Utility

Freeware

  • WinMerge (Windows) (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Kdiff3 (Unix, Windows, Mac)
  • P4Merge (Windows, Mac, Linux) (allegedly can do a 4-way compare with git branch conflicts)

Commercial

  • Beyond Compare (Windows and Mac and Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! ** (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Araxis Merge (Windows, Mac) ** Offers 3-way comparisons ** (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • [1] ExamDiff Pro (Windows) ("Master" version offers 3-way compares)
  • Guiffy (Windows, Mac, Linux) ** Offers 3-way comparisons! **
  • Kaleidoscope (Mac)


FTP Tools

Freeware

  • WinSCP A great Windows-based secure-FTP program. *RECOMMENDED* (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • Note: FileZilla removed from this list because of its frequent security problems.
  • FlashFXP (Used by the Zen Cart® Dev Team)
  • CyberDuck FTP (Mac)

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 Transmit are found to have no such difficulties whatsoever.


File Archiver/Zip/Unzip Utility

Freeware

Commercial


Validators

Freeware


Database Manipulation Tools

Freeware

Commercial

Local Web Server for Development Environment

Freeware


Other things

Freeware