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There are many tools available on the web that can save time and be really really helpful for developers.

Here is a list of our favourites and most heavily used tools.

1 Development Tools

Tool Use Link
Adobe Dreamweaver http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/dreamweaver.html
Notepad ++ Notepad++
Microsoft Visual Studio http://www.visualstudio.com/
NVIDIA CUDA Tools https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-zone
About.com The 10 Best Free Web Editors for Windows http://webdesign.about.com/od/windowshtmleditors/tp/free-windows-editors.htm
Is very useful when trying to work out the technology a site is built with http://builtwith.com

2 Database Tools

Tool Use Link
MySQL Server http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
MySQL Workbench http://www.mysql.com/products/workbench/
Percona Slow Log Analyzer http://www.percona.com/doc/percona-toolkit/2.2/pt-query-digest.html

3 Browsers

Tool Use Link
Microsoft Internet Explorer http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IE/internet-explorer/download-ie
Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Google Chrome http://www.google.com/intl/en_ie/chrome/browser/
Apple Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1531
Opera Opera http://www.opera.com/computer/windows

4 Browser plugins for developers

Tool Use Link
Firebug https://getfirebug.com/
BrowserStack http://www.browserstack.com/

5 HTML Formatting Tools

Tool Use Link
Encode URLs http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/dencoder/
HTML and XHTML Validation http://validator.w3.org/
CSS Validation http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
HTML Emails Email construction notes Writing_HTML_Emails
ColorMatch 5K http://www.colormatch5k.com/

6 eLearning Tools

Tool Use Link
1001Free Fonts Not all fonts are free when used commercially but a lot of free stuff http://www.1001freefonts.com/
Adobe Captivate eLearning content authoring. http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/captivate.html
DVDVideoSoft Video format conversion. Exceptionally useful for converting MP4, MKV, AVI, DIVX and others to SWF format for cross browser compatibility. http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/
GIMP Free GNU Image Manipulation Tool http://www.gimp.org
iStock Stock photography and illustrations http://www.istockphoto.com/
Sparkol Easily make videos appear as animated hand drawn output http://www.sparkol.com/
To learn more about converting to Flash format Converting_MP4_to_SWF

7 Video Codes and Players

Tool Use Link
CCCP http://www.cccp-project.net/
DivX http://www.divx.com/
Quicktime http://www.apple.com/ie/quicktime/download/

8 Maintenance and System Speed

Tool Use Link
7Zip http://www.7-zip.org/
WinRar http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm
AVG Free http://free.avg.com/ie-en/homepage
Spybot 1.6.2 http://www.safer-networking.org/mirrors16/
CCleaner https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Clonezilla http://clonezilla.org/
UBUNTU http://www.ubuntu.com/

9 Security Testing

Tool Use Link
Kali (Linux Debian Operating system) http://www.kali.org/
Vega (Windows based penetration Testing) https://subgraph.com/vega/download/

10 File Viewers and Document Reading

Tool Use Link
Adobe Acrobat Viewer http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Adobe Flash Viewer http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Adobe Shockwave Viewer http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
Microsoft Word Document Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/download/details.aspx?id=4
Microsoft Excel Document Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/download/details.aspx?id=10
Microsoft PowerPoint Document Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/en-IE/download/details.aspx?id=6
Microsoft Visio Document Viewer http://www.microsoft.com/en-IE/download/details.aspx?id=21701

11 Support Tools

Tool Use Link
TeamViewer http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx
Skype http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/
Filezilla https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client
GIMP http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
Flux https://justgetflux.com/