There are a good number of tools and apps for web designers and creatives online. Let’s face it, Google Chrome has become almost the go to browser for many designers and developers. Chrome offers both speed and fluidity that is second to none. For most people who work online, we are always searching for shortcuts and tools that will save us time and of course, money!
We have put together a list of 7 Chrome extensions/apps that we feel every web designer who is building a website, should definitely consider using. All these extensions are free, so add them to your browser and start improving your workflow today.
A full featured in browser photo editor that packs a punch! While this tool may not completely replace your default image editor, it can be useful for quick edits eliminating the need to start up a resource heavy desktop application. With features like:
- Spot heal
And other popular tools and filters that your desktop image editor has, you will feel comfortable using this browser-based image editor.
Create, link together, preview and share mockups of your website design in a few clicks. One of the very first steps before fully diving into a web design project is the creation of a mock-up. Mockingbird is by far one of the best mock-up tools available for designers.
- Preset UI elements
- Grids and columns
- Export to PDF and PNG
- Smart Resizing
There are just few of the features that as a designer you can take advantage of inside Mockingbird. Once you complete your mock-up you can share a link with your clients and collaboration team that they can edit in real-time.
A relative newcomer into the website builder field, Breezi is making waves among the design community because of its flexibility and intuitiveness for creating a website. Most online website builders limit and constrain you to preset templates that you can “edit”. With Breezi you have the creative freedom to build your own layout and fine tune elements down to the granular pixel level.
- Bulk Style Editing
- Layout Building
- Full Page Backgrounds
- Powerful In Line Editing
Are just a few of the powerful features Breezi has to offer. This is not your mom’s website builder; this is a lot more than that and the design possibilities are endless.
When designing a website you often find yourself collaborating with other people who are involved in the process of getting the site completed. Whether it is marketing, sales, public relations or any other department, you are more likely to share documents, files and other types of digital media across emails and cloud storage apps. Teambox can help the collaborating team be more productive by organizing emails, creating tasks, and sharing files all in the cloud.
- Social media like discussions
- Task management
- Whiteboards and more!
These set of features are sure to keep the web design process fluid and help you meet deadlines on time.
When it comes to web design it is important that you keep track of the amount of time you spend on specific tasks and milestones. Stay within budget with Task Time: create a list of tasks with specific time goals in hours and keep exact track of the amount of time that you spend in each task. Start, pause and reset task timers that display a progress bar within each task.
Billing and invoicing is essential in a web designer’s life and keeping track of important documents like invoices in a spreadsheet or doc can be cumbersome. Invoicera is an online invoicing and billing software that comes with a wide array of features that help you when it comes to invoice management. Features include:
- Multiple payment gateways
- Multiple languages
- Multiple currencies
- Recurring and auto billing
With Invoicera you also have the option to customize the look and feel of your invoice all within the app itself. Be smart about your invoicing with Invoicera.
Agreeing on and getting a project started requires that all parties involved are on the same page when it comes to specific terms and deliverables . With Docu Sign you can safely request electronic signatures on a document. Docu Sign documents are legally binding and best of all they are encrypted which in a sense makes them more secure than paper.
Access to signed documents are available for viewing from anywhere by the sender and the signer.
Maximize Production Time
Most web designers are all about maximizing production time and these tools will help you do just that from start to finish. Starting with the initial mocking up of a website, image editing, web designing, project management, time management, invoicing to document signing. Save time and money with these useful tools.