On this page, you will find a list of tools that have been found useful in the creation of web pages and graphics, along with a rating on a 1 (worst) to 5 (best) scale. Some of them are open source, shareware, and even commercial. If you are a webminister of the East Kingdom and would like to submit a web tool of your own, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TextPad® will open and save dos and unix formatted text files without even burping, can edit files of any size (provided you have enough memory), sticky indents, color syntax highlighting for HTML and other programming languages, clip libraries of "clips" of HTML and other languages, spell check, can have multiple files open and best of all, you can use regular expressions (wild cards and pattern matching) in search and replace! Highly Recommended, and well worth the nominal registration fee.
HomeSite 5.5 provides a lean, code-only editor for web development. Advanced coding features enable you to instantly create and modify HTML, CFML, JSP, and XHTML tags, while enhanced productivity tools allow you to validate, reuse, navigate, and format code more easily. Configure Macromedia HomeSite to fit your needs by extending its functionality and customizing the interface.
Adobe PhotoShop and ImageReady
If you can afford it, PhotoShop is the best image editing program out there, hands down. All of the bit map graphics I create are done with PhotoShop, and then run through ImageReady to optimize them for the web.
Again, if you can afford it, Illustrator is one of the best tools for the creation of vector graphics. I used Illustrator to create the orginal vector graphics of the officer badges you can find on my web graphics page. The nice thing about vector graphics is that the lines are drawn based on a mathematical formula, not as a collection of square pixels. This means you can resize a vector drawing without it getting jaggy on you!
Corel Paint Shop Pro
If you can't afford Adobe PhotoShop then Paint Shop Pro is your best bet. Almost as powerful as PhotoShop, and able to use PhotoShop plugins, PSP is a good entry level bitmap graphics program if you don't have a bottomless wallet.