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From Mac to Windows

Windows may seem a very easy to use operative system, but for a long-time Mac user - who has never tried it before - it can almost be a culture shock; this article - like its counterpart - aims to make life easier for web designers who have always used the macOS environment and its apps but have decided to switch o.s. by listing a few Windows programs they can work with so to make at least their workspace transition easier. Or if you prefer, I also listed a few cross-platform tools to further smooth the switch.

WeBuilder is my primary HTML, CSS and PHP editor; it's as rich in features as Adobe Dreamweaver, but its interface is as far as can be from the bloated mess of Adobe's flagship editor and so clear that the program has basically zero learning curve - you only need to look at what each icon in the menu stands for and you're ready to go. It has advanced syntax highlighting and code completion - which makes even php coding super-easy - also for HTML5 and CSS3, as well as a screen-splitting option so that any modification is seen "live" and in real time. The price is not super-cheap (about $60) but, considering what you get, the program is worth every single penny.

EditPlus is an advanced text editor - with syntax highlighting and code completion - that can also be used for html and css editing as well as a source code editor; the interface looks quite basic, but it has all the features you need to fully code a css stylesheet and a html page. I recommend the program also because it allows to view a real-time offline preview of your php-includes pages; the price is quite cheap too, which makes it a must-have for every designer. If you want a free alternative there is RJ TextEd, but it lacks the php-includes offline preview which in my opinion makes it a bit inferior to EditPlus.

ColorCop is a very tiny, very easy to use color picker; it has a very precise magnifier to help you select colors from an image, the color editing tool is the easiest I've ever worked with and it comes in a portable version that requires no installation. I've tried several color pickers for Windows through the years, but this is definitely the best and the only one I can honestly and whole-heartedly recommend.

WinRar and WinZip are the absolute top programs to deal with compressed archives on Windows; they're both easy to use, quite customizable, and completely compatible with all compressed files formats. WinZip (in its Pro version) is slightly superior because of its better internal image viewer...though that makes it a bit more expensive than WinRar, but both are definitely must-have tools for your Windows pc.

Paint.NET is a easy to use and light-weight photo editor; its features are not super-advanced, but it has all you need to edit your images - including layers, magic wand tool, text tool, etc. The program is 100% free, and comes in handy when you need to make a quick change to an image and don't feel up to use Photoshop; all in all, quite a useful tool to have on your pc.