For the Gibitrains website’s construction, I don’t use WYSIWYG software nor CMS, and this by pure interest in the internal mechanisms of the web machine. With one exception, the software used is free. As for PDF-Xchange Viewer, a free version with limited features exists.
I haven’t listed some tools like those allowing to minify the files, or Google Search Console that doesn’t need for advertising!
Note that I use Pages perso Orange as an Internet service provider. The advantages are: free (provided you subscribe Orange of course…); no advertising; large free space (6 GB, which I currently use less than 700 MB, admittedly with optimized images). Some disadvantages are: no server-side scripting language (PHP); no possible use of .htaccess file to declare URL redirects for example.
|Notepad++||Text editor with of course syntax highlighting suitable for many languages, macros, etc.|
|TextCrawler||Multi-file search / replace tool with many filter options and regular expression management.|
|LanguageTool||Spelling and grammar proofing tool. In English, it manages the difference between British and American English.|
|Winmerge||Comparison / Merge tool for different versions of files.|
|Ant Renamer||File renaming tool with many options.|
|Paint.net||Image editor easy to use and yet powerful enough. Ability to create new commands with a scripting language.|
|XnView||Image (basic) editor and management. Batch processing with the possibility of scripts.|
|CombineZP||Simple stacking software, although a rather confusing use. Development stopped.|
|Perspective Image Correction||Fills a gap in Paint.net: the perspective correction of an image.|
|PngOptimizer||PNG image size optimization by Drag and Drop.|
|TweakPNG||PNG file chunks (basic PNG structures) editing.|
Image Metadata Management
|PhotoME||Edit EXIF, IPTC, XMP metadata, etc. Development unfortunately stopped.|
|Exiftool||Command line creation, display, editing of metadata.|
PDF Creation, Viewing, Printing
|Cute PDF Writer||Very simple PDF printing.|
|PDF-Xchange Viewer||Successfully replaces Adobe Acrobat. In the Pro version (paying), allows PDF edition with many options.|
|Virtual Dub||The best known free video editor. Not very friendly, but very powerful.|
|Audacity||The best known free audio editor.|
|Aegisub||Editing and managing video subtitles, following the timeline.|
|MediaInfo||Metadata viewer for video files.|
Audio-Video File Conversion
|FFmpeg||Command line audio-video file conversion, with very fine, but complex, conversion settings.|
|Format Factory||Multi-format audio-video file conversion. The conversion settings are not necessarily very flexible.|
|Online Convert||Online multi-format audio-video files conversion.|
|MP4Cam2AVI||Small utility for lossless MOV to AVI conversion, very handy to work with Virtual Dub which doesn’t like MOV files.|
|WampServer||Apache local server. Very useful for testing the website before publishing. But the installation is very complicated.|
|FileZilla||FTP server. Manage the content of the website. Very easy to use, despite a very perfectible colour management.|
|Xenu||Search for broken links, local or on the Web. Don’t be afraid of the disturbing look of the logo!|
|The Nu Html Checker||Command-line html5 validator. I suggest you a simple command file, zipped, to easily use this validator.|
|check-domains.com/sitemap||Sitemap (xml, text or other) file generator, with the ability of specifying the last modified date of each file.|
The latest version (18) also validates style sheets, in
css files as well as in html files.
The script I propose doesn’t do this, but just adding
the --also-check-css parameter into the
command line will do the job.