Wireframing is one of the most valuable phase of any application development process. Understanding requirements from customers is the key step to project success. When this process is done with a right wireframing tools such as WireframeSketcher, PowerMockUp, Gliffy (some of the tools that I experimented this year) it helps designers produce quintessential designs in short span of time and developers understand finer details of the design elements.
As a startup, I was using paper-and-pencil model for wireframe creation to take down requirements, visually portray design concepts and straighten project objectives for creating web applications. Going with the traditional method of prototyping had its own drawbacks and the four major ones are
a) flexibility to change or tweak the prototypes built in short duration
b) re-usability of the prototypes built in the past to save time
c) option to develop prototypes in online and offline mode
d) easy options to save, export prototypes in digital formats
Available for FREE, Any Video Converter converts almost all file formats in short period of time. It makes the video available for view in PSP, smart phones and MP4 player
You can download the free version at http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/
avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos
avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a
HeidiSQL – a comprehensive tool for MySQL management which is available for Free.
Manage data tables, export/import databases, synchronise tables between databases, integrity check, database backup service management, edit database content and many more features packaged as a solution for ALL your MySQL needs.
InfraRecorder – available under GPL license and can be used to convert MP3 music to audio (cda) format in Microsoft Windows.
To convert mp3 to audio (cda) format, all you need to do is to select InfraRecorder » choose Audio Disc » drag the MP3 file to file list » Click Burn the current compilation to disc
Using InfraRecorder, you can also compile a CD/DVD, record disc images (ISO, BIN, CUE), record dual layer DVD’s, fixate discs and many such features.
You can check InfraRecorder at http://infrarecorder.org
PDF Split and Merge (pdfsam) – an elegant tool that establishes the tasks stated in the name of the product.
pdfsam is distributed under GPL license and requires Java Virtual Machine 1.4.2 or higher.
This tools helps you in splitting PDF documents into individual pages, merge many pages into a single document, extract odd/even pages and many other features in its basic version.
To learn more about this tool or to download a copy of it visit pdfsam.org
VMWare Player is a free software available from VMWare Inc. enabling the creation
of guest OS within an existing OS
Notes for a beginner …
* VMWare Player and VMWare Server are available for free
* A .vmdk file is the virtual hard drive for the guest OS
* A .nvram file stores the BIOS settings of the virtual machine
* A .vmx file stores the configuration settings for the virtual machine. All you
need is a text editor to edit the VMWare configuration settings.
* A .vmsd file stores information about VMWare snapshots.
Managed or Unmanaged networks? Create a VPN in minutes with this software which is available FREE of cost for non-commercial use.
Setting up a Virtual Private Networks is as easy as clicking through the buttons. Check out this product at LogMeIn
WebScarab is a testing tool used for analysing application data that is passed between browsers and servers. It can be used to review and modify data at either end by intercepting data originating from http and https layers. This tool can also be used as a bandwidth simulator (slow/fast network), in session id analysis, spidering url’s, parameter analysis and for many other testing schemes.
WebScarab is developed as an open source tool by The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and can be downloaded from OWASP website
Firefox is one of the best tool available for web developers which equips the developer with code testing and debugging capabilities.
There are many useful firefox options and extensions that comes in handy during software development life cycle and in this article we will be listing few of useful plugins that we commonly use.
To find information related to the page that is getting displayed on the browser click Tools > Page info. This will give you permission settings of a page, security identity of the page, feed url and other page specific information like page content-type, encoding, meta tags used, cookie permission settings etc.
Web Developer extension
Added as a toolbar in firefox, this extension gives CSS related information, page information, outlines page elements, tab index, gives topographic information and many such details.