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Info: Useful Tools

There are a wide range of third party applications and web tools available, that can be useful when implementing DriveWorks.

The recommendations below are a mixture of free to use and paid for applications.

Image Editing

Paint.net

Simple image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. Paint.net is free to download.

Adobe Photoshop

Advanced image editing capabilities. Adobe Photoshop requires a paid subscription but offers a free trial. GIMP is similarly laid out to Photoshop and is free to download.

GIMP

Advanced image editing capabilities. GIMP is similarly laid out to Photoshop and is free to download.

PicResize

Compress the file size of an image without reducing the quality. Batch image editing is also a useful feature. This is a free online tool and does not need to be downloaded.

Canva

Canva is an online graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, internal documents, advertising, flyers, newsletters, presentations, posters and other visual content. Large teams or businesses may want to consider Canva Enterprise to create brand marketing and internal content with a customizable and integrated design tool. Free and paid subscription levels available.

Vectr

A simplified online version of Adobe Illustrator, create vectors and edit shape. Useful when creating icons, logos and decals. No download required.

Jing

Jing for Windows is a lightweight screen capture program. It allows users to record videos or images from their desktop. The images and videos can be pushed to screencast, where users can share them with collaborators. Free to download.

For further information on using images in DriveWorks please see Info: Images In DriveWorks.

Project Management

Trello

Task, time and project management online app that you can sync across multiple devices. Considered to be an essential for both small and large scale projects. You can organize cards on the main board into appropriate lists (those cards can be tasks, notes, projects, shared files).

Bubble.us

A useful mind mapping tool that can be used collaboratively amongst people that are planning a projects developmental stages. Task focus feature enables you to keep organized layouts and ideas.

Jira

Plan, assign, track, report and manage tasks.

Use the above in conjunction with the How To: Implementation Guide topic to plan and execute your DriveWorks implementation.

Basic Tools and Utilities

7-Zip

This is the recommended choice for safely compressing or extracting zip files.You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

xplorer² lite

Efficient dual pane file manager which allows you to browse multiple folders simultaneously and compare or transfer files from one folder to another. The lite version is free to download.

WeTransfer

A temporary file hosting site which provides the recipient a link to download the temporarily hosted file that will enable you to email files that would usually be too large to attach. The maximum size allowed per upload is 2GB. The link will become inaccessible to the recipient after 7 days when the files will automatically be deleted.

EverytimeZone

For those collaborating and taking orders internationally, a live visual representation of time zones worldwide will keep you informed of the time differences between countries.

Grammarly

An auto-proofreading browser extension that can integrate with emails, documents and social media. Ensure that no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors are made with suggestions for rephrasing sentences and paragraphs. Download required, free and paid options available.

PDQ

Automated installation.This allows system administrators to silently and install apps and patches to multiple Windows users across a network at the same time.

mRemoteNG

mRemoteNG is a fork of mRemote: an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager. Free to download.

Programmer and Developer Tools

Visual Studio Code

Free from Microsoft, create and edit HTML, CSS, XML, JSON, etc.. Use to create your own DriveWorks plugins and extensions with the DriveWorks API.

Notepad++

Excellent editor for HTML, XML, CSS, etc.

Carbon.now

Images of source code can be created and shared with this. Once you've got all of your code into Carbon, you can customize your image by changing the syntax theme, background color/image, window theme, or padding. You can also drop an image file into the editor to set the background to that image.

HTML Editor

A Python Compiler. Code, compile, run and debug Python program online. There are handy learning resources available here too.

Explainshell

If you type in any Unix command, you will be shown a visual explanation of each flag and argument that is within the command.

Postman

Great for editing API's such as REST and SOAP. Provides code and API repositories. The Postman app is free to download.

Github

Robust development platform free that is free for individual use. From open source to business, you can host and review code, manage projects, and build software.

Mockaroo

For when you need to test and trial your DriveWorks projects. Mockaroo will generate realistic test data for developing UI interfaces and designing mock APIs.

The above sites and apps can be used to: modify Integration themes, email templates and quotation letters.

Resources

Copychar

A resource library of special characters, mathematical symbols, diacritics and emojis that are unavailable on a standard English keyboard, useful when writing in other languages. Free to use.

W3schools

Large open source learning hub for HTML, CSS and more, including programmer languages. Also includes useful tutorials and templates.Free to use.

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