• Resources – 12 Indispensable Web Design Apps for Ubuntu

    The reason that millions of users worldwide choose to use Ubuntu over other operating system is its ease of use. The clue is in the name, with ‘Ubuntu’ meaning ‘humanity towards others’ and also the name of a South African ideology. It was designed to be user-friendly, and there are a whole range of apps available, often to download for free, which make it even more so. You can tailor Ubuntu to suit your web development and design needs, but there are hundreds and hundreds of apps to choose from, many of which prove services difficult to differentiate between. So, like a web development app filter, we’ve saved you some time and selected the best 12 Ubuntu apps out there.

     

    1. Komodo Edit

    It may seem strange to begin a list about Ubuntu apps with an app that works just as well on Mac and Windows, but Komodo Edit is simply a great app and an invaluable tool for any web developer. As a multi-language editing tool, Komodo Edit handles everything from PHP, Ruby and Perl, to CSS JavaScript and HTML. It makes working on a number of platforms or in various languages simultaneously easier than ever before, and is also completely free.

     

    2. FileZilla

    FileZilla is a fast, efficient, and easy to use FTP and SFTP client. Available free to download, FileZilla comes with a website packed full of support and advice from other users. A FileZilla server is also available for free download, and is recommended for those who need to make files available to other users as opposed to just file transfer, which is handled seamlessly by the client.

     

    3. Xara Xtreme

    Xara Xtreme is a fast and powerful graphics program, originally designed for Windows but developed and adapted to run on Linux too. It is one of the most powerful graphics tools available, and its user-friendly interface means that it is one of the easiest to use too. For drawing vector graphics, Xara Xtreme is probably the number one choice for web designer thanks to its near incomparable power and sleek operation.

     

    4. PovRay

    As far as creating 3D Graphics is concerned, The Persistence of Vision Raytracer (PovRay) is almost unrivalled in the quality of images it allows the user to produce. Whether used to create high-quality, detailed posters, or to create a graphic version of a proposed structure, PovRay is an absolute must for any remotely serious graphic designer.

     

    5. Meld

    With the array of applications available, designers and developers often overlook the most simple one in favour for flashier, overcomplicated apps. Yet the simplest apps are often the most effective, such as Meld. As a visual diff tool, Meld will quickly compare two files or folders and highlight the differences between the two. It’s merge feature also allows it to merge the two together. Whether syncing directories or identifying bugs, Meld is an superb development tool.

     

    6. Subversion

    Originally designed as a successor to CVS, Subversion is a widely used open source version control system, ideal for a team of designers working from numerous stations on the same project. Despite CVS’s popularity, the designers of Subversion felt that their system could offer more features and more bug protection. The result is a version control system that offers full revision history for files and handy features such as file locking for unmergeable files – a must-have app.

     

    7. Pidgin

    As a developer or designer working with clients sometimes on an international basis, communication is absolutely vital, which is why an app like Pidgin is so useful. Pidgin allows you to use all of your Instant Messaging accounts simultaneously, allowing you to talk to multiple contacts who may all be using different IM services such as Google Talk, Yahoo! and MSN. A fast and innovative way of keeping in touch with your colleagues, Pidgin provides unrivalled service.

     

    8. Endeavour Mark II

    Endeavour Mark II is one of the most comprehensive file management suites available. Crammed with features such as a File Browser, Archiver, Recycled Objects System and an Image Browser, Endeavour’s user friendly interface makes managing your files and folders faster and easier than ever before. Fully customisable tool bars and list headings also mean you can tailor Endeavour Mark II to exactly suit your development needs.

     

    9. OpenSSH

    OpenSSH was developed to combat eavesdropping, connection hijacking and other attacks by encrypting all traffic including passwords. The theory behind OpenSSH is that many users of services such as telnet, rlogin and FTP do not realise that personal details, such as passwords, are transmitted unencrypted and unprotected over the internet. OpenSSH replaces services such as rlogin and FTP with its own versions. They work exactly the same, but the OpenSSH version encrypts data, meaning you can carry on in the confidence that your details are safe!

     

    10. KompoZer

    As glamorous as richly detailed graphics and artistically designed images may look, sometimes the simple solution is the best route to take when designing web pages, which is why KompoZer is such a popular app. Completely free and painfully easy to use, KompoZer provides complete web authoring, file management and page editing and is specifically aimed at those whose technical knowledge of the subject may be sketchy. As a quick and easy designing solution, KompoZer is practically unbeatable.

     

    11. Beagle

    When you need access to a file or document, and you need it quickly, Beagle is a great desktop app to have. The way it works is simple: Beagle indexes all of your files in real time, re-indexes them when they are modified, and so on. It also indexes IM conversations and e-mails, meaning you are able to search the entire content of your computer for a name, piece of information or even just a key word, very quickly and very easily. Worthy of a place in the list for its time saving ability alone.

     

    12. VNC

    As a designer, inspiration comes at strange times and in even stranger places, and the last thing you want is to be in the office and have no access to last night’s midnight design developments. By using a VNC protocol, you can access your home PC or your laptop and control all mouse and keyboard action, allowing you, in theory, to bring the contents of your home computer to the workplace. This screen sharing technology is also very useful for those whose web development requires them to support clients too, as you are able to directly target any problems by seeing them on your own screen, no matter where your client is.

     

     

    About the Author

    Tom Walker is passionate about design and typography. As a writer, he blogs about design, arts and typography on the CreativeCloud for a well known supplier of HP Laserjet toners based in the UK. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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    2. November 19th

      really cool resources for ubuntu users.

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    4. November 21st

      Thanks!!
      Interesting and innovative post about linux,Very interesting!
      Going to try your recomendations.

    5. November 24th

      These are really interesting apps. As a web designer myself I am always looking for cool addons to help make my job easier and more fun.

    6. November 28th

      I would like to point out Agave and Inkscape.
      And Django!!!!

    7. November 28th

      Ho trovato molto interessante questo post ed anche tante altre risorse ed informazioni sul vostro sito!

    8. December 2nd

      Your list is really impressive. I was happy to see Pidgin make it. I would try Meld for some project of mine. Thanks for the list

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    11. December 2nd

      gpick is an amazing color picker (used Agave before). Surprised gedit didn’t make the list.

    12. December 2nd

      Interesting choices. Why do you have PovRay instead of Blender? PovRay is *just* a rendering engine, you need an additional app to model a scene (unless you’re VERY VERY good with editing complicated text documents!)

    13. [...] Resources – 12 Indispensable Web Design Apps for Ubuntu The reason that millions of users worldwide choose to use Ubuntu over other operating system is its ease of use. The clue is in the name, with ‘Ubuntu’ meaning ‘humanity towards others’ and also the name of a South African ideology. It was designed to be user-friendly, and there are a whole range of apps available, often to download for free, which make it even more so. You can tailor Ubuntu to suit your web development and design needs, but there are hundreds and hundreds of apps to choose from, many of which prove services difficult to differentiate between. So, like a web development app filter, we’ve saved you some time and selected the best 12 Ubuntu apps out there. [...]

    14. December 4th

      Great, thorough article. My only disagreement is Kompozer. It’s lack of css functionality really takes it off the list for me. Great article though.

    15. December 5th

      Thanks for this post.
      However, I would prefer Amaya instead of Kompozer.
      Much better maintained, better fonctionnality – and produces clean code.
      Cheers!

    16. December 10th

      Thanks for sharing these. I’ve just wiped an old computer and installed Ubuntu on it … my first time. It boots in a fraction of the time, literally. A great way to breath new life into a very old machine.

      So I’m just finding my way around it. This is a really useful list of resources, therefore … many thanks for sharing it.

    17. January 25th

      Nice post…
      Thanks for sharing …..keep doing good work

    18. [...] Resources – 12 Indispensable Web Design Apps for Ubuntu | Think Design The reason that millions of users worldwide choose to use Ubuntu over other operating system is its ease of use. The clue is in the name, with ‘Ubuntu’ meaning ‘humanity towards others’ and also the name of a South African ideology. It was designed to be user-friendly, and there are a whole range of apps available, often to download for free, which make it even more so. You can tailor Ubuntu to suit your web development and design needs, but there are hundreds and hundreds of apps to choose from, many of which prove services difficult to differentiate between. So, like a web development app filter, we’ve saved you some time and selected the best 12 Ubuntu apps out there. (tags: apps blog design linux resources software ubuntu web webdesign) [...]

    19. October 12th

      Thanks for sharing. was looking for editor to edit html files.. I guess komodo shoud solve my purpose on ubuntu.

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