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In response to another blog’s post I have decided to create a list of free, open source alternatives to the products listed there. Here are some open source web developer tools that anyone can afford at the price of $0.00 each! I’m not sure if everything on this list is open source and I’ve all tested of the programs, but they are all free. Hope you enjoy!


A Photoshop like image software that brings together everything from photo manipulation to developing elements for your web-page. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


2. Aptana

Similar to Dreamweaver Aptana is an HTML / JavaScript editor unlike Dreamweaver though, it does not sport a WYSIWYG feature. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


3. Firefox

One of the best web browsers out there its fast, secure, and is extremely expandable. You will need this browser for some of the items on this list. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


4. Color Cop

A windows only (Ughh) tool that can be used to capture screen colors quickly, and easily. For those on the Mac there is a utility called DigitalColor Meter available under Applications >> Utilities that will do the exact same thing. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


5. Firebug

Web debugging made easy, this little beauty integrates right into Firefox. Firebug puts a gamut of development tools at your fingertips. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


6. HTML Validator

Availible as a Firefox extension HTML Validator does what it’s supposed to do, validate HTML. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


7. JsUnit

JsUnit is a Unit Testing framework for client-side JavaScript. Basically you load the program into your browser and then load a file into the program to.. Ughh its easier to let you find out yourself. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


8. Link Evaluator

Link Evaluator is a Firefox extension designed to help users evaluate the availability of online resources linked to from a given Web page. When started, it automatically follows all links on the current page, and assesses the responses of each. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


9. Feng GUI

Find out how people view your website and which areas of your site are getting most of the attention. All done with artificial intelligence. This is a awesome tool! Available online.


10. makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. All you have to do is submit you web page and wait. You can choose what browsers and operating systems you want to see your web page in. Available online.



I found this great little useful feature hidden away in VLC preferences the other day. It allows you to control VLC from a web interface from another computer on the network. Here is a quick two step tutorial on how to get it working.
Step One

To access it go to VLC preferences window then open interface, then finally under main interfaces you will find a checkbox showing “HTTP remote control interface” check it.

VLC prefrences HTTP

Push save then restart VLC.

Step Two

Connect to the VLC interface from the other computer hooked up to the same network by typing 192.168.X.XXX:8080 (replace the X’s with the local static IP of the computer running VLC). You should now see a interface something like this. Enjoy!

VLC HTTP Interface

VLC is available for most operating systems. Download it here. Special thanks to the VLC team keep up the awesome work!