Paid software is fine but there is always an alternative for free – Today we round up the best free and shareware software for web designers …
Juststyle – FREE – Windows / Mac / Linux
CSS Editor is full-featured, yet easy-to-use, software for webmasters. It is a specialized style sheets development environment, featuring everything needed to develop and deploy cascade style sheets.
Simple CSS – FREE Windows / Mac / Linux
Simple CSS allows you to easily create Cascading Style Sheets from scratch, and/or modify existing ones, using a familiar point-and-click interface.
Stylemaster – 30 Day FREE Trial – Windows / Mac
We could go on about the features of Style Master. From beginner to expert, Style Master will make working with CSS more efficient, more productive, and more enjoyable.
Topstyle for Windows – FREE Lite version or Trial of Pro Version – Windows Only
Looking for a powerful tool for creating standards-compliant sites? Consider TopStyle, written by the creator of HomeSite, the world famous HTML-editor. You can edit your HTML, XHTML and CSS in a single program.
Font Management Tools
Font Explorer X – FREE – Windows / Mac
FontExplorerâ„¢ X sets a new standard for font management software. Linotype is pleased to announce the missing link to your font collection. With the new FontExplorerâ„¢ X, font management, font sorting, font shopping and font discovery are simple and fun!
Adobe Type Manager Light – FREE – Windows / Mac
AdobeÂ® Type ManagerÂ® (ATM) Light is a system software component that automatically generates high-quality screen font bitmaps from the PostScriptÂ® outlines in Type 1 or OpenTypeÂ® format.
Cross Font – FREE Trial – Windows
CrossFont for Windows NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista can convert TrueType and PostScript Type1 fonts between Macintosh and PC platforms.
The Gimp – FREE – Windows / Mac / Linux
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
Inkscape – FREE – Windows / Mac / Linux
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Scribus – FREE – Windows / Mac / Linux
Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout.