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Adwords: Keywords Wrapper

Once you have compiled a list of your keyword terms and phrases, it can be extremely tedious creating broad, phrase and exact versions. Happily, this free adwords wrapper tool from Mike's Marketing Tools makes easy work of it however wrapping...

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Mailto: Link Generator

Creating mailto: links on a webpage can be tedious especially if you want to use the Subject or message Body options and send to multiple CC or BCC recipients. However, this page offers a mailto: link generator which takes some...

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Customer Focus Calculator

As proud as you may be of your company and your product or service, most customers only care about how well you can help them meet their wants and needs. If you want more of them to buy, your focus...

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Colour Blender

The Colour Blender is a nifty tool that takes the effort out of finding a palette of colours for your web designs. Rather like the word game of doublets in which you change black to white*, Colour Blender does the...

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Make a background image

Want to create a custom background graphic for your website? Then have a look at bgmaker. A simple sizeable grid allows you to see your background build as you fill in the pixel blocks. Save your file in png format...

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Colour Palette Generator

The Color Palette Generator is a useful tool for creating a colour palette that matches an image. However the image needs to be online so you would need to upload it to your site first. Simply enter the URL of...

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Put Google Maps on your website

The Google Maps API lets you embed Google Maps in your own web pages with JavaScript. You can add overlays to the map (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows" just like Google Maps. The Maps API is...

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Lorem ipsum generator

Looking for some dummy text to put on your website while building it to help with your layout? Then use the lorem ipsum generator to create paragraphs with ease. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with...

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Preview fonts on your pc

The font browser from STC Associates allows you to preview the active fonts in your Windows Fonts directory in your browser. An absolute boon to web developers. Five stars!! If you want a Windows font navigator then FontHit Font Tools...

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Create a Google Map for your website

MapBuilder.net is an Web 2.0 service or rapid mashup development tool to build custom Google and Yahoo maps without any knowledge of the Google/Yahoo Maps API and JavaScript. MapBuilder provides an easy-to-use visual interface for the map building process with...

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Dreamweaver Tools for Google

Easily add Google Checkout, Maps and Search to any web page. Dreamweaver Tools for Google allows you to to quickly add powerful Google Search capabilities targeted to your site, drop a Google Map on any page to highlight multiple locations...

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Dreamweaver Extensions

Japan Interface also has a couple of useful extensions: Lorem and More - indispensible when creating new sites while awaiting copy from the client. Lorem and more offers you the choice of traditional Lorem ipsum, a bit of genuine Cicero,...

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CSS Tab Designer

Create killer menus effortlessly! The CSS Tab Designer is a unique and easy to use software to help you design css-based lists and tabs visually and without any programming knowledge required! With the CSS Tab Designer, you can : Quickly...

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Set My Browser Size

BrowserSize.com shows you current statistics on different screen resolutions that web surfers have nowadays. Useful as a starting point for deciding on the dimensions for a non-fluid website layout. Setmy.browsersize.com allows you to set your browser size to any desktop...

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Online Generators

Smashing Magazine has a comprehensive list of the most useful online-generators for web-development. Includes: ascii generators | color generators | css generators | domain name generators | email generators | favicon generators | flash generators | form generators | graphics...

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Run Multiple Versions of IE on your pc

As a web developer you will need to test your work in various browsers which means all the myriad versions of Internet Explorer (IE). In the past it was possible to download the various IE versions individually via Evolt, but...

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Create a Form Select list easily

Insta-Select is a web developer's time-saver - it lets you paste in a list of words/phrases (separated by carriage returns) and converts then into an XHTML-compliant select list. (Requires JavaScript)...

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Create Navigation Bars using List tags

List-o-matic is a neat tool for web developers which makes light work of creating vertical or horizontal navigation. With it you can easily create CSS-styled navigation blocks based on unordered list <li> items. Simply choose the number of links, enter...

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CSSTYPE

Billed as web safe typography on screen for pixel perfectionists, csstype.com allows you to enter some text and see it laid out in various forms. For example you can alter the font type, size, padding, width, letter and word spacing...

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Plugin to create favicon files in Photoshop

Favicons are the small images you see on the left of the url in the address bar when browsing a website. This Photoshop favicon plugin provides an easy way to create your web site's favourites/shortcut/bookmark icon in Photoshop (all versions...

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Google - not just searches

Just for fun... Did you know that you can use the google search box to perform currency conversions? Try entering 2000000 yen in GBP or 130 lbs in kg. It can also be used as a calculator. For example 39%...

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HTML Playground

HTML Playground lets you try out tags and attributes in an easy to use manner, meaning you can learn XHTML + CSS by example. 1. Select a tag with the mouse 2. Check description of selected tag 3. Pick a...

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Colorjack

ColorJack is a useful online application providing users with the ability to match colours that work well together. Perfect for those moments when inspiration fails you in your quest to get a good colour scheme together....

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Creating striped backgrounds

Stripemania is an extremely useful and versatile tool if you want to create a striped background for your website. It allows you to set the stripe spacing and width, orientation - vertical, horizontal or diagonal, background and stripe colours (you're...

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HTML/XHTML Character Entities

Keep forgetting your character entity codes or need one you've not used before? You can find a full list of all the HTML/XHTML Character Entities here....

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Customise scrollbar generator

Note: Much as it grieves me to say this, this does not work in Mozilla Firefox - nor does the output...IE users read on... Using a scrolling text box and want to customise your scrollbars to match your site? Then...

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Resources for web designers

With currently 549 useful links for web developers, forwebdesigners.com has compiled categorised lists of useful tools and resources which are ranked by popularity. So if you are looking for help with css, flash, graphics, icons or just inspiration then it's...

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Print this Page Script

Using this method is the most reliable way to get a page to print x-browser. The script includes a specific test and instructions for Macs. Put this code in the head of the document: function print_page(where){ var is_mac=(navigator.platform.indexOf("ac") != -1);...

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Free Image Resizing Tool

Need a quick way to resize images without waiting ages for your current software package to open? Don't want to spend heaps on expensive tools? Then how about a slick freeware solution? JustResizeIt! introduces a brand new way of resizing...

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Google Analytics Desktop Widget

Polaris is a cross-platform desktop widget for Google Analytics. With 8 standard reports it's the easiest way keep your data always instantly available. Learn which pages perform best with the top content report, see the top 25 referring sites, or...

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