Free Windows Programs for Web Design Clients

These free programs are often as good as or even better than commercial alternatives; the majority of users will never need to pay for a commercial version of these programs. Please let me know if any links are broken.

Edit and Resize Multiple Images at Once:

Re-sizing your images before uploading them to the site goes a long way towards keeping a fast-loading website. These programs will make resizing entire folders of images a sinch.

Image Editors (Installed)

  • LightBox Free - Great image editor for beginners.
  • GIMP - Free image editing program for advanced users. Makes a great alternative to Photoshop. For those who want an interface similar to Photoshop, try the variant GimPhoto. A slightly simpler program for intermediate users is Paint.NET.

Image Editors (Online)

Color Pickers:

  • Color Cop - Capture any color on your screen or choose one from a color palette

FTP Clients (useful for bulk image upload):

  • Filezilla - a popular, stand-alone FTP client
  • FireFTP- a Firefox add-on. Convenient if you already have Firefox as your web browser.

Special purpose FTP clients:

  • CoreFTP LE - if a site is giving you connection problems, this client is known to beat them
  • Tunnelier - faster SFTP connections
  • WinSCP - SCP (secure copy) client