Workflow Tools

Workflow Tools

There are several text editors, office suites, graphics suites and operating systems on the market. However the choices of software often involve price, security, user friendliness, reputation and reliability. The best software that one can use is usually free and open source software. What are the workflow tools that are useful for web design and web development? The following links will definitely be useful to you and your organization.

Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape. It ‘s available on multiple operating systems. We’ve tested it on 64 bit Windows 7, and it works like a charm. 😀

There is also the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Third party plugins and customizations are available for GIMP, making it the graphic suite of choice for open source users. If you need a free Office suite that is similar to Microsoft’s then Apache OpenOffice is for you. For an open source PHP, HTML, Javascript, CSS editor you may go with Atom Editor, but you’d better have 64 bit Linux, because it’s not available for 32 bit Linux. Don’t forget your free browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Getting into time-saving applications then you may wish to install a CSS Preprocessor. The choices come down to SASS, and LESS. There is also the SCSS format. Keep in mind that you may also need to have Ruby installed on your operating system for the above to work. Having features such as variables, mixins, functions will benefit your workflow because the CSS generated by the preprocessor is especially useful for projects.
Paid Software

Of course, there are always paid software solutions, so for those just do a quick search on your favorite torrent site, I mean search engine, for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Microsoft and/or Apple. Some paid software come with subscription style licenses, just like Adobe Creative Cloud suite, also called “software as a service”, or SaaS. Other software licenses are offered as “free upgrades”, just like the Windows 10 “operating system”. If you feel confused about a particular software license then you may search for it on Wikipedia and you can read a description about how it works. Hopefully, you don’t need a lawyer’s assistance.
A note about browser plugins (and WordPress plugins):

No matter which workflow tools you choose to go with, it is our experience that it’s best practice to keep Adobe Flash off all of your systems. This is because it’s full of vulnerabilities and is constantly hassling you to click on updates. It also injects itself into your OS’s startup routines. Keeping Adobe Flash uninstalled will save your organization a lot of time in the long run. This includes any Flash browser plugin, which is fast falling out of favor. It is also our experience that browser plugins can negatively affect the performance of a browser. So it’s best to carefully choose which plugins are installed/enabled. This is really no different from WordPress plugins. HTML5 video is quickly overtaking Flash. That is a post for another day. Your choice of workflow tools will greatly impact your productivity.

Do what’s best for your systems and your organization.

Divest from software that hinders your workflow.

Acquisition of ReverendDavis.org

Acquisition of ReverendDavis.org

We are very excited and pleased to announce our acquisition of ReverendDavis.org. If you have never heard of Rev. Gary Davis, then chances are you’ve heard music that was directly inspired by his influence.  For instance, The Grateful Dead.  The original master of the genuine Cocaine Blues, Rev. Davis had an extraordinary guitar experience as a child growing up in the early 1900’s.  He had witnessed ragtime piano and ragtime guitar playing as well as having been a part of a string band himself at one point.

We are looking forward to working with the direct students of the Master finger picker himself, (Blind) Reverend Gary Davis.

ReverendDavis.org is a non-profit website in which a community of enthusiasts may contribute their memories, videos, audio as well as photography and commentary.

Currently, there are a couple of videos hosted on the site, which are available in HTML 5 Video Mpeg 4 format.  We are always looking for more photography and plan to host even more videos of the Reverend. The whole world will be able to see his guitar mastery.

We are particularly proud of the writing done on this site. We are also particularly proud to be a part of this organization.  We are excited to see it growing everyday. It doesn’t matter what your guitar skill is. If you are interested in old blues and finger picking then this web site is packed with information for you.  It is definitely worth reading the article about Rev. Davis’s favorite guitar, the Gibson J-200.  Our research for this article is impeccable.  You are sure to enjoy it.  The appreciation of guitars and music is always a nice feeling. It is something for everybody to enjoy. Best wishes in your music journey, no matter what kind of music you enjoy.  We welcome you to contact us for registration and/or inquiries.