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Chapter 3. What You Need to Get Started > Other Tools You’ll Want

Other Tools You’ll Want

Beyond editors to help you create your HTML documents, the Web author’s arsenal isn’t complete without some other tools. In particular, you definitely need a good image editing application on hand to help you convert and tweak the images that you plan to use on your Web pages. As you dig deeper into Web authoring, you may also find you’d like to work with other applications that enable you to create animated content and multimedia content, as well as other tools that simply make being a Web author easier.

Graphics Editors

If you plan to put images on your Web pages—and I bet you do—you need a decent application for translating, cropping, resizing, and otherwise tweaking your images. Of course, your options include some wonderful and expensive commercial applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks. If you don’t have such applications, however, you might opt instead for downloadable shareware options. Two of the most popular for Microsoft Windows are Paint Shop Pro (www.jasc.com/) and LView Pro (www.lview.com/). For Macintosh, the standard-bearer is GraphicConverter (www.lemkesoft.com/). For Linux and other open source operating systems, it’s the Gnu Image Manipulation Program or GIMP (www.gimp.org).


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