There is a multitude of freeware software on the web. Today, we will be listing some of the best freeware programs for web developers and designers for the Microsoft Windows operating system.



PSPad is a freeware text editor intended for use by programmers for the Windows platform. PSPad has many features including syntax highlighting and hex editing. PSPad supports a lot of languages including Perl, PHP, HTML, SQL, ASP, Java and Python.



Pixie lets you get the color values for any object on your desktop. To use Pixie all you do is run the program and hover your mouse over any desktop object for the program to display color values in the program window. Output colour code formats include RGB, CMYK and hex.



KompoZer is an open source WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get editor) web authoring program that has a built-in file management and FTP support to get your new html webpages from your desktop to your webhosting space. KompoZer is lightweight and easy to use due to it’s simple and graphical interface.



FileZilla is a small open-source FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application that handles file transfers. FileZilla includes a site manager to store all your connection details and logins and has a easy to use graphical interface.

Windows Live Writer


Windows Live Writer is a popular blog editor created by Microsoft that can help bloggers write posts/articles quickly and easily and publish them to their website in real time. Windows Live Writer supports multiple blogging accounts and includes a simple to use graphical interface with a built in WYSIWYG editor.

Windows Live Writer currently supports the following blogging platforms: Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, SharePoint blogs, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog, the Movable Type, Blogengine and Squarespace.



Gimp is one of the most popular free image editors available. Gimp was originally release on the Linux platform and has since been released on the Windows platform. GIMP includes plenty of image editing tools such as photo retouching and editing, free-form drawing, photo blending, image resizing and cropping. Gimp also supports Animated images such as GIF and MPEG files via added plugins.



XAMPP is known as an installable Apache distribution, containing all the tools you need to get a server up and running on your own PC. The XAMPP web server kit includes Apache, PHP, MySQL, OpenSSL, FileZilla FTP server support. XAMPP is perfect for building and testing websites on your computer without needing to make a test site live online within a webhosting account.

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