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.