Designers and developers may disagree over what tools should appear on a best-of-2012 list. Here are .NET Magazine's 20 favorites.
Below are a few highlights and a table of all of .NET's favorite new tools (with a few pricing details corrected from the information given in the article).
Until Brackets came along, it seemed like all the cool kids had been migrating to Sublime Text as their code editing environment of choice. Both show up on .NET's list, the latter in the form of version 2. (We discussed Brackets a few months back in the context of the Adobe Edge Suite of web development tools.)
Sublime Text 2 is a very capable code editor, and over the last few years its development has been rapid, even though it was all being done by one person, Jon Skinner. Brackets has the potential of growing much faster in capability and support, because it is community-based.
If you are a type geek like me, it's exciting to see the advent of a tool like TypeCast, which brings some order to the fast-expanding universe of web fonts. TypeCast lets you choose fonts from online suppliers Fonts.com, TypeKit, FontDeck, and Google, and actually put them to use in comps and test layouts before laying down any money (for those fonts that aren't free). TypeCast itself is free to use during its beta period.
Gridset, from Mark Boulton Design, is a tool to let you explore the use of grids in web layouts. It takes the math pain out of working with grids for design, prototyping, or production and makes the process interactive and fun.
.NET Magazine's best new tools of 2012
|Bugherd||Issue tracking||Free; $99/mo. / 25 members|
|Foundation 3||Responsive template||Free|
|Dreamweaver CS6||Web design||$30/mo.|
|Sencha Touch 2||Mobile dev. framework||Free|
|Adobe Edge Inspect||Mobile dev. debugging||Free; $10/mo.|
|Modernizr 2.6||Cross-browser compatibility||Free|
|TypeCast beta||Type selection||Free while in beta|
|Gridset||Grid editor||$12/set or $18/mo.|
|Yeoman||Web dev. framework||Free|
|Sublime Text 2||Code editor||$59|
|Microsoft WebMatrix 2||IDE||Free|
|PhoneGap 2.0||Cross-mobile compatibility||Free|
|Photon||DOM 3D lighting||Free|