CSS has come a long way from formatting the structured content. It was used to control layout of documents precisely and to apply different layouts to media types. Today CSS is used to give the look and feel of giving importance to the layout and design. It saves the time which makes loading much faster and is quite easy to maintain. But not so easy to design a page with CSS because of the compatibility issues with different browsers and even the best designers may find it time consuming to develop the whole by themselves, due to which they have to rely on online tools sometimes because they are quite easy to download, work well with your browser and provide you with ample time for testing too. So we have development tools which help you to overcome these problems.
We present you with some of the solutions in the form Powerful and Effective tools presented in this section which allows you to overcome the inconsistencies of the browsers and also gives a new and fresh look to your website.
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Realizing the increasing demand of useful apps across the web, we regularly feature commercial and free software on instantShift, so decided it was time to bring a roundup of highly essential CSS tools & generators applications to your attention. Just keep in mind that this list isn’t a ranking list of web apps. So, Let’s start with this compilation that every web developer, designer and freelancer should consider.
CSS technology allows for more powerful and flexible website designs. But there are certain restrictions using CSS and HTML support, and even with inline styles, So presenting you some of the tools for CSS for designing your email newsletter to make your job easier.
Primer covers your CSS by pulling out all of your classes and id’s and placing them into a starter stylesheet. Paste your HTML in the space given to get started.
An automatic CSS inline conversion tool by MailChimp automatically transforms all your local styles into inline styles which is found to be time saving by designers and you could use this tool even if you don’t own an mailchimp account.
Just upload the files you want to use in your CSS sprite and click the button to join all your images into a single file and generate the corresponding CSS and HTML code. You could even achieve any rollover effects.
Wrap your HTML text around curves, zig zags, rectangles or in whatever shape you want. CSS Text Wrapper does this job where you have to draw the right and left edges here and copy the generated code to your website.
Designing a layout for a website is the most important and the challenging task, but CSS designing a layout has a lot of benefits such as easier design updates, alternate layouts, better SEO, flexible design options, degradable code and lot more, but still designing one may take a lot of time, but here are some tools which
generates the layout for you in a quick manner.
Set the document type as XHTML or HTML strict or transitional and change the header, footer, sidebars, and layout width to see the preview in the same page.
This generator will create a fluid or fixed width column layout, with up to 3 columns and with header, footer and menu where the values can be specified in either pixels or percentages.
The grid system generator will create custom grid systems in valid CSS / XHTML for rapid prototyping, development and production environments.
Design by Grid will generate a PNG image for the grid by setting the column and gutter width, number of units and final width and the grid generated can be used as a background in your PSD or HTML or CSS.
A CSS framework allows for easier and standard styling of a webpage and also make this process a little bit easier, choosing the good framework will help you save time and effort in future. A lot of frameworks are available, but pick the best ones from the chosen ones listed below.
Blueprint, builds a solid foundation to build your project with an easu-to-use gird, sensible typography, useful plugins and a stylesheet for printing and also tools, editors and templates with print styles and form styles
Bluetrip gives you a set of styles and a common way to build your website to get right to designing you website.
Recreating and retesting the basic layouts may be quite a frustrating job, So Malarkey has sorted the common layouts which cover most of the blogs and corporate sites and the most common building blocks for these layouts are listed here.
The most simplest framework with download files for CSS framework forms plugins, CSS framework tabularisationifier plugin and CSS core plugin.
The Elements framework has a collection of folders and files from client files to design to code and fit into your existing workflow. Also it has a collection of preset classes, awesome mass reset, lightbox and more.
xCSS empowers a straightforward and object-oriented workflow when developing complex style cascades. Also xCSS is lightweight and seamlessly integrates into any existing workflow which cut downs your development time.
An easy to use framework of size 1 kb where the authors are not bound to a grid and columns and gutters can be of any width. EZ-CSS works by forcing the final element in the HTML flow to become a block formatting context.
Develop YAML based CSS layouts with the help of a visual tool which sets the layout options like layout preset, navigation template, column dividers and graphical layout borders, Layout properties with the alignments and the column properties.
Typography when used in the appropriate form improves overall appearance of your web page and with CSS we don’t see much of the Typography. Not the case now, because CSS is the most accessible and easiest way to design. Presenting you some of the typographic tools for CSS which lets you test for different font types and styles.
CSStypeset generates your text in CSS with the specified font, size, color and other formatting which you can copy from here to your stylesheets.
Typetester allows you to test three different font types in a single screen making your job much easier than before where you had to check for each individual setting.
A lot of CSS properties can be edited and tested here from the inline height, font weight, font style and variant, text indent and transform, word and letter spacing. font stretch and lot other properties and the CSS code is generated for the same.
A CSS framework, Typogridphy allows web designers and front end developers to quickly code typograhically grid layouts which are versatile and good looking.
The CSS font-style property is used to set the style of the font to italic or oblique.
Just load your CSS file here, replace with the choice of colors, and get the new CSS file with the specified file.
Colors speak a lot about the nature of your website and playing with colors is always fun and with CSS you can explore many options for defining your text and background colors. Here are some of the tools where you can know your colors, replace them or convert theme or choose a color scheme for your website.
Use the colors in the palletes with either HTML or CSS by clicking the color code to select it, copy and then paste it. You can also convert your Hex colors to RGB and vice versa and also compare your colors to your design side – by – side.
Pantone conversion chart converts your RGB colors to Hex colors and also conversion of Web safe colors and X11 colors conversions are also generated.
CSS color codes has 2 options for providing the hexadecimal color codes and also the RGB color codes. Pick a color from the Color picker and copy its hexadecimal value from the bottom field.
A color chart comprising of values in both hexadecimal and RGB. Also you could find a combination of Red, Blue and Green values from 0 to 255 giving you a total of more than 16 million colors.
An easy way to decide the background for your page, This chart provides you the colors with the names, which when clicked applies itself as the background that makes it quite easier for you to decide the appropriate one.
Colors in the form of Color wheel with variations like mono, complement, traid, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic which gives the color variations in the percentage ratio and highlights the same with the appropriate scheme chosen.
CSS sprites are not regularly used but at times they can greatly reduce your server load and increase the performance of a web page by combining images and reducing the number of requests so that you can easily maintain your designs. Some of the best examples of CSS sprites are as follows.
Upload your image, add more than one image and create your sprite, You could also set your output type as PNG, JPEG or GIF.
Upload any number of images and just hit the Generate button to create your CSS sprite.
Just upload your source file, and create the sprite image and CSS by ignoring the duplicates, resizing the source images, setting the sprite and CSS options like horizontal and vertical offset, background color, class prefix, CSS suffix etc.
Choose your set of images to be combined into a CSS sprite, customize the background colors and order the images in your way and get the final job done.
Grids have been long before web world came and they were used in magazine and newspaper layouts and with CSS theory are used for positioning HTML elements. Some of the grid designs which could visually enhance the overall view.
The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.
This grid has allows you to change the number of columns, define pixels, set the margin and gutters and see the changes instantly so that you could fix your dimensions.
In this grid, you can change the base unit and the number of columns along with the column width, gutter width and also the right, left, top and bottom of the margins to design your grid accordingly.
Based on the 960 grid system, this variable grid system is a quick way to generate an underlying CSS grid for your site.
This grid creates a systematic and consistent rule for placing objects by creating a visual rhythm which makes it easier and pleasant to look at.
Grid layout generator ahs an editor panel where the user sets the grid width and wrapper width and subsequently you could see the output in either HTML or CSS coding.
Development is always there in all spheres whether you are a newbie or a professional and there are many valuable tools for CSS development too boost up your CSS knowledge, Each of the tools help you to get more and more efficient in your CSS.
Drawter or DrawAble Markup language has a drawing area with a pixel scale, and input the page details, drawing details, markup tree and also edit and generate the code in CSS or HTML.
A simplified CSS layout generator, which creates a fluid or fixed width floated column layout, links to articles in the ‘Layout Hints’ box, Creating a layout requires selecting the structural elements and specifying the size in the field provided and choosing a background color.
Sky CSS tool allows you to create CSS classes almost without using manuscript code. Specify the font, list, placement, display, margins, padding, dimension, borders, tables values in the respective places and generate the CSS code for the same.
Simple CSS runs on Mac OS X and Windows allowing to easily create cascading style sheets from the scratch, to modify existing ones, manage multiple CSS projects and import your existing style sheets and SimpleCSS also supports CSS2.
CSS compressor compresses your CSS to increase the loading speed and save bandwidth. There are three modes of compression in the form of light, normal and super compact.
This tool can significantly reduce the size and complexity of your CSS by programmatically stripping unneeded content, stripping redundant calls, and intelligently grouping the remaining element names.
Generates multi column and grid layouts with CSS 2.0 techniques using percentage, pixels or em. You can use different layout patterns ie HTML code to design your multicolumn layouts.
CSSmenumaker gives you a gallery of professionally designed CSS menus where you can personalize your menu features and download the HTML, CSS and images as custom menus in a neat package.
A tool specifically designed to ease the pain of the ie6 CSS debugger which converts min height values, converts opacity to filter, converts inline block values, fixes negative margins and more.
CSSEvolve allows you to change the site’s color scheme, fonts, borders and more ie you could use it as a tool for website redesigns, a tweak to your site’s CSS.
Wordoff is written in Python and runs on Django in Google App Engine and applies certain rules to strip the cruft that is pasted into WYSIWYG editors from Word such as
CSS Sorter helps you to sort Cascading Style Rules (CSS) alphabetically. You could input your CSS just by copy & paste, upload the file or by entering the URL.
Quick form builder generates XHTML compliant accessible forms through a step by step procedure of listing all form fields, defining form control type and choosing the mark up options and your completed form is done.
Browser extensions allow developers to add functionality to the browser and enhance the user interface of Web pages. We have included such extensions for Firefox which could make a overall difference to your site.
Dust-Me selector is a Firefox extension to find your unused CSS selectors by extracting all the selectors and analyzing the page. The pages can be tested individually, or entire site.
Fireshot, a Firefox extension creates screenshots of web pages either entirely or just the visible portion. Provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify web captures and insert text annotations and graphical annotations.
CSSViewer, a simple CSS property which works with Firefox 1.5 – 3.0.
Designed for Firefox, Flock and Seamonkey, the Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools, also support Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
MeasureIt, a Firefox and Chrome ruler extension which draws a ruler across any webpage to check the height or alignment of page elements in pixels.
While compiling this list, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great CSS tools & generators applications. Feel free to share it with us.