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ThemeShaper Forums Topic: Useful tools http://forums.themeshaper.com/ Help In Shaping WordPress Themes en Thu, 28 May 2015 03:57:59 +0000 cannobbio on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-26298 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:18:49 +0000 cannobbio 26298@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Sublime Text 2: <a href="http://www.sublimetext.com/2" rel="nofollow">http://www.sublimetext.com/2</a><br /> With wbond packages: <a href="http://wbond.net/sublime_packages/" rel="nofollow">http://wbond.net/sublime_packages/</a> </p> joperron on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-26165 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:17:48 +0000 joperron 26165@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Been using PHPStorm at work, it's awesome.</p> <p><a href="http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/" rel="nofollow">http://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/</a> </p> kassemEzz on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-26078 Sun, 25 Mar 2012 19:17:55 +0000 kassemEzz 26078@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>I'm currently using Netbeans from Oracle (formarly from Sun).. You can download the PHP version of netbeans which is enough for me. You can add the css preview plugin for it and its a free fully featured php editor. Been using it for years </p> NewFever on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-25068 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:21:13 +0000 NewFever 25068@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Another very usefull tool I recently discoverd for testing on mutiple-browsers...</p> <p><a href="https://browserlab.adobe.com/en-us/index.html" rel="nofollow">https://browserlab.adobe.com/en-us/index.html</a></p> <p>(Requires an Adobe ID) </p> Nicholas on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-23610 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:51:26 +0000 Nicholas 23610@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>this is great! </p> Tallowman on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-23268 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:52:14 +0000 Tallowman 23268@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Hi All, first post!</p> <p>Great tool for making sure your site visitors don't die of colour blindness is Kuler:</p> <p>kuler.adobe.com/</p> <p>Fantastic site that helps you pick colours that work together in an attractive way. Include colour schemes added by other users, the ability to create your own custom colour schemes using photographs, a base colour, and many other goodies.</p> <p>One of the first places I visit before starting work on a new site. </p> linfidel on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools/page/2#post-21503 Sat, 28 May 2011 00:38:19 +0000 linfidel 21503@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Unfortunately, I fell in love with Vim/gVim for editing, so I can't use a lot of the cool new tools. Fortunately, Vim is widely available on all platforms, and can be used with Filezilla making the combination a pretty good mini-IDE. Filezilla is a great ftp program, free and available on all systems. It has bookmarks, either global or local for a site, and can synch browsing so it changes directories automatically on either remote or local system.</p> <p>What I am looking for is a good PHP debugger, preferably for linux. Eclipse has always seemed confusing for PHP, maybe because there are (were?) more than one way to add PHP. But it seemed that PHP was not well supported, so versions always seemed to be outdated, and it was too confusing trying to match the correct versions of the correct plugins, assuming I knew which plugins to use.</p> <p>Netbeans seems easier to use, and it used to work well for local debugging, but now I keep having problems, and have to restart it every time I run once or it loses its connection to xdebug. After a lot of work, I got remote debugging to work, sort of, but it seems to cause problems with the web server.</p> <p>Anyone have any suggestions for a PHP debugger? I mainly just need breakpoints, single stepping, and examining data, although being able to modify data would be nice. Also, it's can't be too expensive (free is nice). </p> boden on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-21117 Sat, 07 May 2011 13:27:37 +0000 boden 21117@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>for image dev:</p> <p>* GIMP - General image creation (forget photoshop): <a href="http://www.gimp.org/" rel="nofollow">http://www.gimp.org/</a><br /> * Inkscape - vector img creation: <a href="http://inkscape.org/" rel="nofollow">http://inkscape.org/</a><br /> * cool stripes: <a href="http://www.stripegenerator.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.stripegenerator.com/</a><br /> * Ajax loading: <a href="http://www.ajaxload.info/" rel="nofollow">http://www.ajaxload.info/</a> </p> boden on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-21116 Sat, 07 May 2011 13:11:17 +0000 boden 21116@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>i find eclipse php the way to go for dev of php (well for any code really). sure its a bit bulkier then just a lil editor, but imo its worth the weight.</p> <p>download it here: <a href="http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-php-developers/heliossr2" rel="nofollow">http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-php-developers/heliossr2</a></p> <p>ex on how to dev a plugin w/it: <a href="http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-eclipse-wordpress/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-eclipse-wordpress/index.html</a></p> <p>in my workspace i always add a project with the thematic src and also the wordpress source -- this allows eclipse to lookup functions from those respective sources.</p> <p>why i think its worth the bulk:<br /> * auto search/complete functions as you type including params and function docs<br /> * warns you of invalid html tag/structure<br /> * nice searching<br /> * you can do an F3 on a function call and it finds its definition in the source and brings you there<br /> * can setup a hot-key and automatically run php quickly<br /> * all the goodies you'd expect with a fully functional php based editor<br /> * allows me to dev my other code (perl, js, shell scripts, etc.) in the same place and test</p> <p>if you're serious about development, take a read at its features -- you may find it to be a time saver </p> wowodirect on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-20471 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 03:13:29 +0000 wowodirect 20471@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>While looking for <a href="http://www.wowodirect.com">cool and high quality electronic wholesale products online</a> at lower price,such as <a href="http://www.wowodirect.com/lcd-screen-video-glasses-c-97_187.html"><strong>Video glass</strong></a>,<a href="http://www.wowodirect.com/radio-control-robots-c-164_200.html"><strong>Radio control robots </strong></a>,<a href="http://www.wowodirect.com/mini-spy-c-93_141.html"><strong>Hidden camera </strong></a>and other amazing <a href="http://www.wowodirect.com/cool-gadgets-c-97.html"><strong>gadgets</strong></a><br /> directly from reliable wholesaler on<a href="http://www.wowodirect.com"> Wowodirect</a>, and enjoy worldwide free shipping services, no matter where exactly you are or whatever you buy, as long as you are our customers around the world. </p> lastraw on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-20442 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 03:22:57 +0000 lastraw 20442@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Chrome dev tools are useful. Cosmo I had trouble with MAMP at first too, but finally it's painless. If I can get to that point anyone can :) </p> Cosmo on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-20425 Sat, 09 Apr 2011 22:01:44 +0000 Cosmo 20425@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Hi...</p> <p>And thank you helgatheviking for the link to <a href="http://visualizing.thematic4you.com/." rel="nofollow">http://visualizing.thematic4you.com/.</a></p> <p>Really helps in err... visualizing.</p> <p>I'm new to trying to do anything in Wordpress other than use standard free and premium themes [Thesis].</p> <p>I can recommend Transmit for ftp, BBedit for coding. Still haven't been able to master Mamp. </p> <p>Cheers ... Kent </p> kwight on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-18656 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:53:16 +0000 kwight 18656@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>It's a great time-saver to be able to search a single term within multiple files/folders (useful for finding which Thematic file has a certain function, etc).</p> <p>I use this plugin for Gedit on Linux:</p> <p><a href="http://oliver.github.com/gedit-file-search/" rel="nofollow">http://oliver.github.com/gedit-file-search/</a> </p> Thompson on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-18557 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 03:50:56 +0000 Thompson 18557@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>On Mac OS X, my favorites:</p> <p><a href="http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/">TextWrangler</a> (for XHTML and PHP, free)<br /> <a href="">Cyberduck (FTP/SFTP, free)</a><br /> <a href="http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/">CSSEdit</a> (for CSS obviously, but not free) - nicer than text wrangler for CSS b/c it 'intelligently' finishes statements for you, saving time<br /> And <a href="http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html">MAMP</a> too for developing locally. (free) </p> Jonny Janiero on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-18544 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:29:48 +0000 Jonny Janiero 18544@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>not so much a tool, but if using a PC and dreamweaver cs4, the snippets function is handy to store all the available hooks, filters and overrides.<br /> it speeds things up for me (instead of cut and paste).</p> <p>you can import these, so, if anyone requires them i'll email you the file.<br /> jonny (at) janiero (dot) co (dot) uk </p> helgatheviking on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-17686 Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:43:50 +0000 helgatheviking 17686@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Chris has a really helpful visualization of the action hooks on his site. i had never seen it before today!</p> <p><a href="http://visualizing.thematic4you.com/" rel="nofollow">http://visualizing.thematic4you.com/</a> </p> andrewlloyd on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-17603 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:21:10 +0000 andrewlloyd 17603@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>and useful too! </p> andrewlloyd on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-17601 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 06:20:18 +0000 andrewlloyd 17601@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>hello there!<br /> Nice site! </p> relequestual on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-17212 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:31:07 +0000 relequestual 17212@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>XRefresh. You save a file, it refreshes your browser page. No more loosing focus of your text editor to click refresh in your browser to see the effect of the changes you just made.<br /> <a href="http://xrefresh.binaryage.com/" rel="nofollow">http://xrefresh.binaryage.com/</a> </p> joperron on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-16954 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:19:21 +0000 joperron 16954@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>On OS X:</p> <p>Coda, CSSEdit and Transmit.</p> <p>Some people think it's strange I build mockups in InDesign... but I'm a big fan of it's Smart Guides... I guess it's my print background showing itself timidly :) </p> yannibmbr on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-16759 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 22:51:37 +0000 yannibmbr 16759@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>For Windows peeps IEtester <a href="http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage" rel="nofollow">http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage</a> has been invaluable for me. It allows you to test all versions of IE, from 5.5 and beyond. Tabbed browsers and such. It's a really solid dev tool for testing Internet Eggsploder. </p> rawsta on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-14902 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:14:04 +0000 rawsta 14902@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>i love PSpad (www.pspad.com) for many reasons...<br /> it is the perfect nearly-all-in-one tool for me.</p> <p>Opera (and the built-in Dragonfly (like extended Firebug))<br /> superfast and reliable browser which works out-of-the-box without 64612543extensions</p> <p>browsershots.org (for browser-compatibility check) </p> O on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-14794 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 01:58:29 +0000 O 14794@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>I use Firebug Firefox Plugin. I &lt;3 it.<br /> I also use EditPad<br /> And I use textreplacer.exe which searches &#38; or replaces inside text files </p> Robo on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-14566 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 03:03:13 +0000 Robo 14566@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>On Mac: MAMP is great. CSSEdit for CSS and BBEdit for editing, with FTP built in. </p> helgatheviking on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-14542 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 16:41:43 +0000 helgatheviking 14542@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Seconding <a href="http://notepad-plus-plus.org/">Notepad++</a> as a text-editor. It is free and the syntax highlighting helps track down missing squigglies.</p> <p>Also can we make firebug a sticky post on its own? Or at least a sticky addressed to people with CSS issues. Of course there are some confusing CSS issues (like the menu etc) but the majority of CSS-related questions can be answered w/ a few seconds of pointing in Firebug (or equivalent). </p> folette on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-10752 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 03:17:12 +0000 folette 10752@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>CSS Edit and Espresso by MacRabbit are amazing. CSS Edit blows my mind all over the place, especially the x-ray mode (kind of like the element selection in Firebug but oh-so-much better!). </p> joeangelo on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-8928 Sat, 09 Jan 2010 10:45:43 +0000 joeangelo 8928@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>Yeah IE's dev. tools helped me a lot but it only goes back up to IE7.</p> <p>There's also <a href="http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage">IE Tester</a> that mimics IE versions 5.5 to 8. </p> jrobben on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-8421 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 22:21:01 +0000 jrobben 8421@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>If you have IE8 installed make sure you have developer tools add on install so you can easily view page in IE7 mode </p> tinynow on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-7528 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:22:24 +0000 tinynow 7528@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p><a href="http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html">MAMP</a> is a tool that I use to run wordpress on my home computer. I assume it does similar things than XAMPP. </p> jrobben on "Useful tools" http://forums.themeshaper.com/topic/useful-tools#post-7296 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 20:50:35 +0000 jrobben 7296@http://forums.themeshaper.com/ <p>FireBug<br /> Could not do anything without this - firebug - addon to firefox, the inspect element feature is the one of the best free troubleshooting and trial and error tools for css and other problems </p>