Best free tools for webmasters and programmers

Documents Graphics Internet Programming Utilities Webmaster XML Games

Ajax & HTML 5

Chat

W-L-M - Open source
Ajax source code for a chat service.

Ajax frameworks

W-L-M - Open source
Client-side and server-side libraries.
See also: JavaScript libraries. Specialized librairies to extend the language and add widgets.

Best programming tools

Visual Studio Code

Win/Lin/Mac - Open source
Full and fast code editor. Includes lint functionality for immediate correction of syntax errors for many languages and of course syntax highlighting.

NetBeans

All system - Open source
IDE destined to Java, PHP and C++. The design is nearest that of Visual Studio than that rather intricate of Eclipse. Two servers are integrated, Apache and Glassfish, to execute locally web scripts.
Written in Java.

Inno Setup

Windows - Open source
Full installer generator, makes compact archives. Pascal sources provided.

Doxygen

Free
Generates docs from comments in sources.

UPX

Open source
Reduces size of binary executable up to 30% of the original size.

Wotsit

Formats of files.

Tools for webmasters

Ara RSS Editor

Open source
Online, easy to use, RSS editor for generating the feed of your website with selected articles.
See also Bioloide on the same site.

Check Page

Check the HTML code of a web page.

Xenu's link

Link checker, detect broken links in pages of a website.

See also the command line link checker. The last version offers a HTML 5 graphical interface.

List of HTML editors

Open source
Best WYSIWYG tools to make Web pages with CSS. Some can edit XML and other formats too.

Internet

Thunderbird

Open source
E-mails manager.

Spybot

Windows - Free
Remove spy programs from you computer, these things install themselves in background and slow down connections..

Hoax Killer

Database about false info around the web.

Graphics and video

XnView

Free
Pictures and movies viewer, for a lot of formats. But memory is quickly full.

Paint.net

Windows - Freeware
Drawing tools that resembles gradually to Gimp while retaining the simplicity of Photoshop. Supports layers, many filters, and the main image formats.
The function to draw arrows on a graph is a model of ergonomics.

Inkscape

Open source
Vector-based graphic editor using the SVG (Scalable vector graphic) format.
You can load SVG file in Gimp too.

Virtual Dub

Open source
Video maker for AVI, Mpeg, Divx...

MSU Cartoonizer

Windows - Free
Plugin for Virtual Dub that transforms photos into paintings and movies into cartoons. Download the examples.

Kodi

Open source
Open source media center for all systems. Allows you to watch videos, listen to music and manage a repository over several storage units. More usable than the Windows Media Center.
See also Firefogg.

Sweet Home 3D

Windows - Open source
Home editor. Designed to build house from outline, and add pieces of furnitures, a library being provided for that along with the software.
A 3D view is obtained with just one command as well as the virtual visit.
10 minutes are sufficient to master the software and build its own house.
Since version 3.4 multiple floors are allowed.

Terragen

Windows - Freeware
Landscape generator. Using fractals, makes trees, seas, mounts, etc...

Slate

Windows - Freeware
Free video editor by Xtranormal.com. Videos are built by picking characters and moving them on the scene.
Add text then, to build a true movie with comic style design.

Advanced Graphics

OpenFX

Windows - Open source
3D graphical editor, allow to draw images and design animations.

POV

Win/Lin - Open source
3D scripting tool to build images by ray-tracing.

 Utilities

IZarc

Windows
Archive manager, can create ZIP, BZ2, TAR, GZ archive. Can unpack CAB, RAR, ARJ, RPM.
Info-Zip est supported by all systems.

SSD-Z

Windows - Free

Now it has become common to install the operating system on a SSD next to a hard drive for data stoker. This software gives you information on the performance and characteristics of the material.

CD Burner

Windows - Free

CD-Rom and DVD burner. See at the list of supported hardware on the site. Try a rewritable disc first.

DVD Shrink

Windows - Free
Save 7 gigas DVD in 2 or 3 gigas files.

DriveImage XML Private Edition

Windows - Free
Creates an image of your hard disk which allows to restore it in the event of data loss. To be used before a risky operation.

HWInfo32 - System Information for Windows

Windows - Free

Offered as freeware, provides essential information on the hardware and system software on your computer and makes benchmarks.

See also Speccy.

Win2-7 Pack

Linux - Free
For the Gnome desktop, this theme makes Linux looks just like Windows 7 and ease to switch from Windows to Linux without trouble.

PC Inspector

Windows - Free
Undelete files or directories, into another disk.

Unix Tools

Open source
Windows versions of command line tools from Unix.
GOW is another similar tool.

See also:

Documents

LibreOffice

Open source
LibreOffice (OpenOffice.org) is a free office suite that includes an HTML Wysiwyg editor. It is a word processor, a database manager, spreadsheet, and drawing tool.
Can save documents as PDF or in lightweight HTML files. Compatible with Word and MS office.
The last 3.5.4 version improved the speed dramatically.

Zim Wiki

A personnal document manager, to organize your notes with hyperlinks.

Games

OpenGameArt

All - Freeware
Deposition of art, provides developers with all the free graphics to make games. The site with Mozilla organizes the Liberated Pixel Cup, a competition to achieve the best free game with these graphics objects.

My Play City

Freeware - W
Free games with pretty graphics.

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