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35 Best HTML5 Development Tools To Save Your Time

Are you running out of time? Want to save your time without compromising on the quality of your work? Here is the solution for you. Have a look at this collection of 35 best and most useful HTML5 development tools that not only save your time but also improve your productivity as well. The introduction of HTML5 has greatly modernized the designing and development industry and completely altered the way development was done before.

Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing HTML5 development tools useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

HTML KickStart

HTML KickStart is a ultra–lean set of HTML5, CSS, and jQuery (javascript) files, layouts, and elements designed to give you a headstart and save you a lot of hours on your next web project.

Patternizer

Patternizer is an easy to use stripe pattern generator. It’s lots of fun and free!

Font Dragr

A revolutionary way to test custom fonts in the browser. No coding, no uploading, just drag and drop.

CreateJS

A suite of Javascript libraries & tools for building rich, interactive experiences with HTML5.

Sprite Box

Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help web designers quickly and easily create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page. It was made using a combination of JQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, and is totally free to use.

Adobe Typekit

Adobe TypeKit is a cloud-based service that offers a vast library of web safe fonts to add flair to your webpage designs. Learn more.

Online 3D Sketch Tool

A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.

Liveweave

Liveweave is a HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript playground for web designers and developers.

The HTML5 Test

The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5?

Moqups

The most stunning HTML5 App for creating high fidelity, resolution independent SVG mockups and wireframes.

Stitches

Stitches – An HTML5 sprite sheet generator.

SproutCore

SproutCore is an open-source framework for building blazingly fast, innovative user experiences on the web.

Zebra

HTML5 Canvas Rich UI JavaScript Library.

Less Framework

Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Webdirections

Rendera

Type in your HTML code and see it rendered in realtime. Then style it with CSS. You can use any of the HTML5 or CSS3 tags your browser supports.

CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

On/Off Flipswitch HTML5/CSS3 Generator

Generate pure CSS3 On/Off flipswitches with animated transitions.

Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Edge Animate is the premier HTML software with integrated tools for creating compliant cross-browser animation and other content.

Initializr

Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with a new project based on HTML5 Boilerplate. It generates for you a clean customizable template with just what you need to start!

LimeJS

LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers.

CreateM

Create.js is a comprehensive web editing interface for Content Management Systems. It is designed to provide a modern, fully browser-based HTML5 environment for managing content. Create can be adapted to work on almost any content management backend.

Twitter Bootstrap

Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development.

Foundation

The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world.

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

Montage HTML5 Framework

An HTML5 framework for building modern Web Apps.

Edge Code

Adobe Edge Code (Preview) is a lightweight HTML and CSS editing tool that includes preview, quick editing, and integrated visual design features to help you speed up the development of your projects.

Edge Inspect

dobe Edge Inspect is a workflow and preview tool for testing and simulating across multiple mobile web browsers.

Edge Webfonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts provides access to a suite of free web fonts to use immediately in your websites.

PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build is a cloud-based service for creating apps without downloading iPhone, Android, or Blackberry SDKs.

Html5 Video Voting

This tool allows you to gather feedback on your videos. Voting is exquisitely simple. All you do is click on the video and use the spacebar to submit your vote, it will automatically populate the bar graph above.

HTML5 Reset

This tool allows the developer a way of resetting the clock. It enables web designers to take their old website designs and re-write them as if the first code they every dealt with was HTML5.

Video.js

Video.js is a JavaScript and CSS library that makes it easier to work with and build on HTML5 video. This is also known as an HTML5 Video Player.

Mercury Editor

Mercury is a full featured HTML5 editor. It was built from the ground up to help your team get the most out of content editing in modern browsers.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

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Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler

Is it important that web designers need to know how to code?What are the advantages of the web designer who codes?  The term “web designer” is a subjective matter. Many believe this person is responsible for doing web layouts in Photoshop while others think of him or her as the one who does the HTML markup.

In the field of web development, there are arguments and opinions whether a web designer should know how to code or this person should just focus on his/her craft by creating quality web design layouts.

Everyone has his or her opinion about it and there are probably a million different scenarios and experiences that might make each theory or opinion true.

When I first started in web design, I really don’t know how to code. I was clueless about HTML or CSS. All I knew was to create web page layouts and align elements in Photoshop. Then one day, it hit me: I realized my curiosity had grown stronger as I had seen a lot of articles and blog posts written about how to really get into the code. I began wondering how these geek guys do these beautiful websites.

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So I jumped in front of my computer and searched for good tutorials to get started on how to code. To my disappointment, most of the articles I found only offered the basic knowledge such as how to use H1, H2, anchor tags and so on. Then one year later, I found one guy who trained me and turned me into at least a newbie web designer and the rest is history.

This is my own experience; yours might be similar or entirely different. But, admit it, what you don’t know is bound to hold you back from learning.

Yes! You heard it right. I know my statement might cause more than a few good and bad reactions. Some of you might look at me now frustrated and angry. Before you pass your judgement, I encourage you to read this and understand as I talk about why I think that web designers should learn how to code.

What’s holding web designers back in learning how to code?

Before we dig into the reasons why web designers should learn how to code, let’s check first what are the reasons why some web designers just want to focus on designing. Below are the main reasons that hinder a web designer from learning to code.

1. They enjoy graphics more than codes. Some web designers tend to focus on their artwork and illustrations and have more passion on the creative aspect of the website. They love to create stunning web layouts by choosing the right fonts, color, images and icons, but don’t want to deal with the coding aspect to make their graphics alive and real.

2. No time to spend for learning. Several web designers find it difficult to learn coding while others can’t keep up with a fast pace of development. They think that if they spend time to learn coding, they might be left behind when trending design concepts are being talked about. They believe will not be able to improve their creative skills.

3. They think it’s hard. Some web designers think that they would suck at it that’s why they became afraid to try. Learning to code is a process just like a flower takes time to bloom.

Why web designers should learn how to code

Now that we know what hinders a web designer from learning to code, let’s now jump on why a web designer should learn coding.

1. Flexible roles for each project. If a designer knows how to code, he can easily change roles with a web developer. Developers can be web designers too and if a web designer knows how to code, he can also work on the coding aspect too. Since the two can switch roles, both are making the process more flexible and efficient.

2. Fast and efficient delivery of projects. It would make a lot faster to finish a project if a web designer knows how to code it. For instance, when a web designer creates a mock-up in Photoshop, he can easily cut the images and code the markup. The web developer then can focus more on the complex issues.

3. Efficient technical communication. If a designer knows how to code, he can easily interact with the web developer and talk about codes. In that case, the designer will be able to help the developer with minor bugs and updates on the codes of the site.This will make the team more efficient, saving more time, thus, delivering the projects on time.

4. It’s not a rocket science- it can be learned. When I started learning how to code, I was thinking that I was not born for it but later, I found it exciting and enjoying. Learning to code is really not easy but it’s also not that hard. Everyone can learn it.

5. The key to the next level. When you’re learning how to code, you begin to think logically. This would lead you to learn more coding languages and techniques since you already have an experience on how to code. Eventually, you may learn the skills the web developer has.

Curiosity: Key to Learning

Based on my experience, it all started when I got curious on how to code. Being curious made me search and look for tutorials that led me to learning. I love what Walt Disney once said: “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” Exactly true!

The power of curiosity makes everything more enjoyable to learn. Start being curious before it’s too late.

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26 Web Design Tutorials for Learning New CSS3 Properties

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Over the past few years a number of prominent CSS3 tutorials have been published online. These are perfect for beginners who don’t have a lot of experience coding webpages. But developers who do have that experience may also find the more detailed articles quite insightful.

Take a look over this collection of posts related to newer CSS3 properties. There may be some you’re already familiar with, and others that you’ve never even heard about before. CSS3 provides developers with many different solutions used to solve individual problems. Also if you know any other great posts I’ve forgotten you can share with us in the post discussion area.

CSS3 Box Shadow Effects

various css3 box shadow effects tutorial

CSS Text Stroke

css css3 text stroke effect

Cubic-Bezier In CSS3 Transition

css3 transition cubic bezier tutorial

CSS3 :not Selector

css3 negation not selector guide

CSS3 Multiple Columns Layout

css3 multiple columns layout tutorial howto

CSS3 :First-Of-Type Structural Selector

css3 first type structural selector tutorial

CSS3 Linear Gradients

css3 linear gradients tutorial howto article

Transparencies and Gradients With CSS

css3 transparency gradient howto tutorial design

Using any font with CSS3

howto tutorial web fonts css3 article

CSS3 multiple background images

tutoral learn css3 multiple backgrounds howto

CSS background-size property

css background size property tutorial

The Skinny on CSS Attribute Selectors

basic guide tutorial using css attribute selector css3

CSS3 Reflection

tutorial howto code css3 reflection effect

Box Model Control with box-sizing

box sizing css3 tutorial howto model

Annotation Overlay Effect with CSS3

css annotation overlay effect css3 design

Understanding the CSS Clip Property

css clip property tutorial howto

Intro to CSS Pseudo-Classes

howto tutorial css3 pseudo classes article

List of CSS3 Pseudo-classes

list of css3 pseudo classes design website

2D and 3D Transform Techniques

css3 tutorial 2d 3d transition animation

CSS3 Transitions from Scratch

html css3 transitions and form effects

Smooth Fonts with CSS3

css3 alias font design typography howto

Background-clip with CSS3

css3 background clip tutorial howto article

Change Default Text Selection Color

howto update text select color design tutorial

Awesome Flat Buttons with CSS

css3 flat gradient button design howto coding

CSS3 Animations Using Keyframes

css3 keyframe animation design howto tutorial

Experimenting With CSS3 Keyframe Animations

experiment new css3 keyframes howto animate elements


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