Building site-maps is an important part of website design/development. With GlooMaps it’s really easy to create your own sitemaps fast and efficiently and share them with other collaborators. It’s free to use and you can create an unlimited amount of maps. When you hit save, GlooMaps generates a url that you can use to share and edit. The sitemap is available for 14 days unless you re-visited the url. Every new visit extends the link life for another 14 days.

https://www.gloomaps.com/

Have a Mac and need to compress an image fast? Check out this awesome app that not only compresses images but also removes any private EXIFmeta­data that gets embedded into images from digital cameras. Once it is installed you can set up your system preferences to ctrl+click on any image and get the option to compress your image without even opening the app! Check out how fast it is in the video.

Download the app here: https://imageoptim.com/mac

Sometimes projects like designing websites or creating ads require mass image production. I’ll generally start off exporting out of the program that the image was created in, like Photoshop, but when it comes to batch resizing, renaming and optimization, Fotosizer is my go to when I’m working on a Windows machine.

Aside from the batch renaming and optimization, one other key feature is the ability to make all of your photos the same size regardless of their dimensions by adding padding, using the Pad resize mode.

The best part about it all– Free both for personal and Commercial use.

https://www.fotosizer.com/Download

Use following set of commands to add node.js ppa in your Ubuntu system and install it.

$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get install nodejs

Make sure you have successfully installed node.js and npm on your system

$ node --version
$ npm --version

Now use following command to install grunt and grunt cli using npm command line utility.

$ sudo npm install -g grunt

After successful installation make sure grunt has been installed successful and check version.

$ grunt --version

Have you ever tried to create a bootable disk to launch an operating system? How many steps did it take to actually get the drive to boot? Lost count midway through the process? Yeah, me to, until I found Etcher. Etcher can create a bootable drive with 3 clicks. Choose your OS then the drive you want to use to boot with, then click “Flash!”

Download Etcher here: https://etcher.io/

Miro is an awesome lightweight video converter for Mac that I use when I need a quick and dirty video conversion for the web, without diving into Adobe Media Encoder. It will take just about any file format and output it to .MP4 or WEBM.

Check out Miro: http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/

When it comes to WordPress, sometimes I just want to experiment with an idea without creating a database and deploying an installation on my server. On days like that, MAMP comes in pretty handy. I will typically download WordPress and unzip it into a local folder on my hard drive, fire up MAMP, and point it to the local folder. That’s it. WordPress will then let you run through the installation process and MAMP stores the database. If later on down the road I would actually want to deploy the project to my server, I’ll use the Duplicator Pro plugin to duplicate the project to a zip folder and use that to deploy the project over the internets!

Download MAMP: https://www.mamp.info/en/

Duplicator Pro: https://snapcreek.com/duplicator/pricing/

Visual Studio Code is my number one choice for Editing Code. It is everything I could ask for in classic lightweight text editor but with more powerful IDE-type features with very minimal configuration. Simple, easy to use, and it has GIT integration built right in.

Check it out here: https://code.visualstudio.com/

Open Pics is an Open source application built for Linux and Windows, that allows its users to search free stock images from multiple Image sources including images under Creative Commons Zero license.

Download it here: https://openpics.xyz/download/