15 HTML5 tools to make your life easier

HTML5 seems to have been around forever but it was in fact only finalised in October 2014 – although it has been implemented for around five years prior. More and more of the web’s legacy sites are switching to this markup language due to its functionality and ability to create responsive web design, and HTML5’s involvement in new sites is virtually taken for granted – have a look at these great HTML5 examples.great_html5_tools_prime

However, HTML5 implementation is not as straightforward as it may seem, especially for new and inexperienced web designers. Neither skilled nor amateur web developers or designers can operate effectively without good HTML5 tools. Here we’ve provided a list of the most essential and best HTML5 tools to help create amazing modern websites.

01. Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is still a great HTML5 tool

This is the most used HTML authoring tool for responsive website design. It combines a visual design surface and a code editor. Together with free HTML5 Pack extension, this tool provides more options, allowing web developers to easily create, deliver and optimize HTML5 content for diverse desktop and mobile platforms. Dreamweaver is available as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud2015, with plans starting from US$19.99 per month.

02. Bootstrap

Bootstrap is free and open-source

Bootstrap is a free and open-source tool kit and framework for creating websites and web applications. It offers HTML and CSS-based design templates which you can tailor to your needs. Another alternative is HTML5 Boilerplate, which is along similar lines.

The tool provides web designers with a great deal typography elements, forms, buttons, navigation, as well as optional JavaScript extensions. To switch to HTML5 doctype, you just need to include it at the beginning of all your projects.

03. Freemake Video Converter

Create HTML5 video out of virtually any format

This free video converter will help web developers create HTML5-ready video. It may turn any desktop video or DVD to three HTML5 compatible formats: MP4/H.264, Theora/OGG, VP8/WebM. All you will need is to upload the resulted videos to your server and copy-paste the embed code the tool provides onto your webpage. That is an ideal solution for websites owners who prefer in-house video hosting to public video services like YouTube or Vimeo.

04. Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a great multi-purpose text editor

This is a simple yet powerful advanced text editor for code and markup. But its simplicity is only on the surface. If you dig in just a bit, and you’ll be able to find built-in plugins, clever auto-completion tricks, and more. To add HTML5 syntax and snippets to it, you need to install HTML5 bundle. Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a $70 license must be purchased for a continued use.

05. HTML5 Maker

Add interactive elements with HTML5 Maker

This tool makes it easy for web developers and designers to add interactive elements to their website with the help of HTML, CSS3 animation and JavaScript. With this tool, you may create stunning interactive banners, animations, slideshows.

There are many ready templates of all topics and sizes and an awesome clipart collection. With a free account, you can create one animation with a watermark on it. Premium plans start from $4.99 per month.

06. Google Swiffy

Convert your SWF to HTML5 in a jiffy with Swiffy

This is a simple Flash to HTML5 converter available free on Google Developers site. You can upload your SWF file and Swiffy will convert it, and send back with a preview and a link to download the new HTML5 file. With this tool, web developers can reach users on mobile devices, where Flash isn’t supported.

07. BlueGriffon

A decent free alternative to Dreamweaver

This is a good free WYSIWYG content editor for HTML5, which lets switch between source code and WYSIWYG preview. Even if your web document is created with another editor, BlueGriffon will import, recognize and help modify it in an easy way. The tool also allows you to embed HTML5 audio or video elements directly into the code.

08. WebStorm

WebStorm is a reasonably-priced lightweight IDE

WebStorm is a lightweight integrated development environment (IDE). It provides full support for HTML5, JavaScript, Node.js and many modern frameworks, advanced debugging, and all the tools you need for productive web development. A personal license costs $49 and a commercial one $99.

09. W3 Validator

Ensure your markup is valid with this essential tool

Once your web document is almost ready, you need to check its markup validity. Choose HTML5 as a document type and insert your webpage URL. The tool will test your code and show all errors and warnings in it if any. It’s absolutely free.

10. HTML5 Reset

This tool is a handy markup rewriter

This tool lets web developers and designers to rewrite their old website designs in HTML5 coding. The package is hosted on GitHub as well as HTML5 Reset WordPress theme, which includes semantic HTML5 markup, CSS declarations for the basic WordPress elements, a widget-ready sidebar, iQuery, and built-in analytics.

11. CreateJS

Create rich interactive content with these tools

This is a suite of open source libraries and tools to create rich interactive content. The suit comprises four main libraries which can work completely independently, or matched, and some related tools. For example, EaselJS lets work with graphics and interactivity using HTML5 Canvas. SoundJS provides HTML5 audio playback on different browsers and devices.

12. LiterallyCanvas

This drawing board can be embedded in HTML5

Literally Canvas is an open source HTML5 drawing widget. It’s kind of like an extensible MS Paint in JavaScript. You can use it to embed drawing boards on your web pages, so that your users could sketch drawings. The tool uses React.js for its GUI.

13. HTML5 Please

HTML5 Please helps you to search for a feature that you want to use and find out how to do so. For instance, type video and you’ll see the full list of useful resources about supporting browsers and devices, syntax peculiarities, general recommendations how to use this tag. If you think that the recommendation is incorrect, you may edit it and send a pull request.

14. Font dragr

This tool allows web designers to easily test custom fonts without the need for any CSS. All you have to to do is drag and drop the font. The bookmarklet button provided by the tool lets test any font from your file system, in the gallery or on any website.

15. Chrome Console

One of the simplest solutions for HTML5 coding is Google Chrome console. Go to a website, hit F12 and start coding straight away. The console lets customize any web elements on the webpage and immediately preview the changes. The device emulator is also indispensable for testing designs on various gadgets.

I hope this toolkit list will help you create stunning HTML5-based websites. Please share in the comments your favorite apps and software which do the same.

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