Recommended Software

What It DoesWindowsMac OS XLinux

Text editor

Notepad++
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

TextWrangler
Free!
Site
Software or Mac App Store

Kate
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

vim
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

MacVim
Free (& open source)
Site
Software

vim
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Text editor for coding

Sublime Text
$$
Site
Software

Sublime Text
$$
Site
Software

Sublime Text
$$
Site
Software

 

Brackets
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Brackets
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Brackets
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

HTML-Kit
Free!
Site
Software

   
 

UltraEdit
$$
Site
Software

BBEdit
$$
Site
Software or Mac App Store

 
    iPad:
Textastic
$
Site
Software
 

WYSIWYG HTML editor

Macromedia Dreamweaver
$$$
Site
Software

Macromedia Dreamweaver
$$$
Site
Software

Macromedia Dreamweaver (using CrossOver)
$$$
Site
Software

 

Blue Griffon
Free!
Site
Software

Blue Griffon
Free!
Site
Software

Blue Griffon
Free!
Site
Software

HTML formatter

HTML Tidy
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

HTML Tidy
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

HTML Tidy
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

CSS editor

TopStyle Pro
$$
Site
Software

Espresso
$$
Site
Software

cssed
Free (& open source)
Site
Software

 

StyleMaster
$
Site
Software

StyleMaster
$
Site
Software

 

XML editor

XMLmind XML Editor (Standard Edition)
Free!
Site
Software

XMLmind XML Editor (Standard Edition)
Free!
Site
Software

XMLmind XML Editor (Standard Edition)
Free!
Site
Software

 

XML editor
$
Site
Software

XML editor
$
Site
Software

XML editor
$
Site
Software

 

XML Spy
$$$$
Site
Software

XML Editor
$$
Site
Software

 

Graphics creation & manipulation

Adobe Photoshop
$$$$
Site
Software

Adobe Photoshop
$$$$
Site
Software

 
 

Paint.NET
Free!
Site
Software

Pixelmator
$
Site
Software or Mac App Store

 
 

GIMP
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Seashore
$
Site
Software

GIMP
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

  PicMonkey
Free!
Site
Online software
PicMonkey
Free!
Site
Online software
PicMonkey
Free!
Site
Online software

Measure pixels on screen

ScreenMeasure
Free!
Site
Software

xScope
$
Site
Software or Mac App Store

KDE Screen Ruler
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Color picker

ColorPic
Free!
Site
Software

Developer Color Picker
Free!
Site
Software

KColorEdit
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Offline documentation

Zeal
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Dash
Free! (with in-app purchase)
Site
Software

Zeal
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

File transfer

WinSCP
Free! (& open source)
Site

Transmit
$
Site

Konqueror
Free! (& open source)
Site

   

Cyberduck
Free! (& open source)
Site

Nautilus
Free! (& open source)
Site

    iPad & iPhone:
Files Connect
$
Site
App Store
 

Terminal Emulator

Console2
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

iTerm2
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Terminator
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

   

iPad & iPhone:
Prompt
$
Site
Software

 

Web browser

IE Family Tree

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Free
Site
Software

   

Netscape Family Tree

Mozilla Firefox
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Mozilla Firefox
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Mozilla Firefox
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Safari Family Tree

Safari
Free!
Site
Software

Safari
Free!
Site
Software

Konqueror
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

Google Chrome
Free!
Site
Software

Google Chrome
Free!
Site
Software

Google Chrome
Free!
Site
Software

 

Opera
Free!
Site
Software

Opera
Free!
Site
Software

Opera
Free!
Site
Software

Web server

Apache
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Apache (Mac OS X only)
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software (Mac OS X; built-in to Mac OS X Server)

Apache
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

Microsoft IIS
Free (with Windows)
Site
Software

   
 

Nginx
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

Nginx
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

Nginx
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

 

EasyPHP (Apache, MySQL, PHP, & more)
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

MAMP (Apache, MySQL, PHP, & more)
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
Free (& open source!)
Site
Software

Email

Mozilla Thunderbird
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Mozilla Thunderbird
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

Mozilla Thunderbird
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

   

Mail.app
Free!
Site
Software

KMail
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

Gmail (online)
Free!
Site

Gmail (online)
Free!
Site

Gmail (online)
Free!
Site

Office suite

LibreOffice
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

LibreOffice
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

LibreOffice
Free! (& open source)
Site
Software

 

Google Docs (online only)
Free!
Site

Google Docs (online only)
Free!
Site

Google Docs (online only)
Free!
Site

What It DoesWindowsMac OS XLinux

Key

$ = 1-49 USD
$$ = 50-99 USD
$$$ = 100-200 USD
$$$$ = more than 200 USD