Post by mystifier » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:35 pm

Two excellent free tools I wouldn't like to be without now, for possible inclusion on the Tools page, are:

RPL for Windows - Text Replace
(http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/rpl.htm)

CSDIFF - File(s) Differences
(http://www.componentsoftware.com/Produc ... /index.htm)

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Post by Qphoria » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:22 pm

mystifier wrote:Two excellent free tools I wouldn't like to be without now, for possible inclusion on the Tools page, are:

RPL for Windows - Text Replace
(http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/rpl.htm)

CSDIFF - File(s) Differences
(http://www.componentsoftware.com/Produc ... /index.htm)
Wow very old school. I recommend grepwin and winmerge to enhance your life a bit :)

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Post by mystifier » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:16 pm

Qphoria wrote:Wow very old school.
really? I am pretty new to this stuff and work in isolation so everything is an Aladdin's Cave at the moment.

I will checkout your suggestions.

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Post by Qphoria » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:33 pm

grepWin is based off of linux's grep (aka search) and I believe the replace function uses a Gnu tool.. perhaps even the rpl base
Winmerge is nice because it shows the diffs in color sidebyside and lets you copy the changes out to an external folder which makes things like the 1.4.9to1.4.9.1 patch very easy

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Post by mystifier » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:49 pm

I see what you mean. Better by miles !!!

They are both terrific... but now I have to learn about regular expressions. ::)

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Post by ShopperWM » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:56 pm

graphics: paint.net
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Post by cantykiwi » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:08 am

I like using the Liberkey suite, it has most of the tools people have mentioned already included and can do most things you need, but you can add in others if required and also has regular updates of programs. I have mine running off an external hard drive so doesn't matter where I am, I can still have all my source code and usual development tools available including UniServer as my localhost test server including mail testing, just need any pc to plug into and all go!!! ;D

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Post by cmebd » Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:49 pm

I searched this forum and couldn't find anything on this tool but..... for those who don't have the equivalent or the higher end coder tools the following is a tool "must have" and really great for noobies.


DiffMerge from Sourcegear The right price too $0.00

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Post by Xsecrets » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:56 pm

cmebd wrote:I searched this forum and couldn't find anything on this tool but..... for those who don't have the equivalent or the higher end coder tools the following is a tool "must have" and really great for noobies.


DiffMerge from Sourcegear The right price too $0.00
well I've never used that one, but from looking at the screenshots winmerge is nicer for windows and my favorite is meld for linux.

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Post by SapporoGuy » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:59 pm

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I recommend installing Xcode. Dashcode is pretty sweet
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Post by JNeuhoff » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:35 pm

Xsecrets wrote: well I've never used that one, but from looking at the screenshots winmerge is nicer for windows and my favorite is meld for linux.
KDiff3 does the job just fine on Linux :)

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Post by Xsecrets » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:24 pm

JNeuhoff wrote:
Xsecrets wrote: well I've never used that one, but from looking at the screenshots winmerge is nicer for windows and my favorite is meld for linux.
KDiff3 does the job just fine on Linux :)
yes it does, but meld just looks better and makes the whole thing much more readable. It displays similar to what beyond compare does which is a nice program for windows, but it's paid.

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Post by cmebd » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:09 am

Xsecrets wrote: well I've never used that one, but from looking at the screenshots winmerge is nicer for windows and my favorite is meld for linux.
Yes well for some reason WinMerge didn't update too well when I upgraded, so rather than do a lot of seeking and fixing I went looking for something that I could use on widows and came up with that DIFFMerge.

KDIFF (windows), for me, doesn't seem to work the way that I think it should (and that has nothing to do with KDIFF), though I am sure once I figure it out I should be on a winner.

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Post by NitroLiq » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:02 am

I'm a web/graphic designer and front-end developer not a hardcore programmer (not by a long shot) so my life pretty much revolves around Adobe's Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, and Flash. I've worked within several different platforms over the years (Coldfusion, ASP.NET/SQLServer, and now PHP/MySQL) and Dreamweaver has been fine for pretty much everything, with the exception of ASP.NET, where, I could use it, but it just couldn't compete with Visual Studio for building that type of site. I'm sure if I got seriously into the programming side of PHP, I might look into something more specific like the NuSphere products for all the debugging features adn whatnot. In any case, here's my list:

Coding
Adobe Dreamweaver 99.9% of the time; Microsoft Visual Studio on the rare occasion I have to code an ASP.NET site; during the dotcom boom around 1999–2000, it was BBEdit.

Dev Server
WAMP (php development)
IIS (asp.net development)*
Coldfusion (Coldfusion development)*

*These last two are rarely used anymore as pretty much most of my current work is php/MySQL-based.

Graphics
Illustrator and Photoshop are the mainstays. On Occasion, Flash and Autodesk Maya/3ds Max.

Video/Audio editing
Adobe Premiere and After Effects for video work and Steinberg Nuendo for Audio.
Camtasia for instructional screencasts.

FTP
Dreamweaver, as local/testing/remote servers are all tied in when you create a site; If I need a stand-alone FTP for huge batch uploading, I use FlashFXP at home and WinSCP at work.

Firefox add-ons
Web Developer
Firebug
Drupal For Firebug
Fire Font Family
Measure It
Wappalyzer
ColorZilla

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PHPMySql
BigDump
WinMerge

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Post by Alistair » Tue May 31, 2011 4:42 pm

I use Edit Plus 3, Notepad ++ and Adobe Dreamweaver as my editors. MS Visual Studio is somehow complicated I guess. If the sql server has problems, you need to reformat and not just reinstall.

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Post by maperdel » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:47 am

SeoQuake plugin for firefox is wonderful for SEO purposes.

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Post by sevensoft » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:08 am

PHP Editors - NetBeans
HTML Editors - Dreamweaver CS4
CSS Editors - NetBeans
Text-Search Tools - NetBeans + TotalCommander
Graphics Editors - PhotoShop CS4
Screenshot Tools - Screengrab! for Firefox + Photoshop CS4 + Paint.NET
Color Pickers - Just Color Picker
Diff Tools - WinMerge
FTP Tools - FileZilla
Browser Addon's/Utilities - FF + firebug + developer toolbar
Validators - w3c :)

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Post by uksitebuilder » Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:31 pm

PHP Editors
Notepad++ with a few plugins for PHP and HTML - also use black background to remind me of my BBC Model B days
Occasionally 'E' which is similar to textmate but for Windows
Dreamweaver's Code Editor

HTML Editors
As above

CSS Editors
As above

Text-Search Tools
Dreamweaver & Notepad++
Both are goog for searching through Projects

Graphics Editors
Photoshop CS5
Illustraor CS5
Fireworks CS5 (a little)

3D/4D and Sculpting
Cinema 4D
ZBrush (awesome)

Screenshot Tools
Awesome Screenshot+ (firefox plugin)
Snag-It - good for grabbing user-defined areas
Windows Built-In Snipping Tool

Color Pickers
Rainbow (firefox plugin) - Good for grabbing a palette of colours used from onscreen content intelligently

Diff Tools
Beyond Compare

FTP Tools
Magellan Explorer (had it for eons finding it a little hard to let go of)
Fire FTP (firefoxp lugin)
Putty for server to server file copying

Browser Addon's/Utilities
Wed Developer for Firefox
Firebug + most plugins for that
MeasureIt
QuickJava - Good for disabling JS, CSS, Flash, Images, Java
Dummy Lipsum
HTML Validator
IE View
Page Speed
YSlow
View Source With
Pixel Perfect

Validators
All the standard online validators for HTML/CSS/Lint etc

External Resources/Tutorials
PHP.net
Stack Overflow
BrowserShots.org for older browser rendering
Plus loads of other - Tuts+ have a good Network of sites

Database Manipulation Tools (keep in mind, easy to use, esp for newbies)
PHPMyAdmin pretty much takes care of most things

Other things?
Putty for SSH/Telnet
XCode for Mac when I feel like playing with App Development - I only use Mac through Windows/VMWare Workstation
VNC Viewer and Wake iPhone Apps for when I need to turn on PC remotely to check something whilst out and about
Jing for short screencasts
Camtasia Studio for full on Screencasts/Video Tuts

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Post by madimar » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:54 pm

Mainly using notepad++ as editor on wamp as local server. When need complex debugging I'm using free version of codelobster(really easy to setup and perfectly working for my needs).
Then, winmerge, filezilla.
Pickpick for screen shots.
Arvixe as great host.
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