Over the years we have had the good fortune to find encouragement and support in many places. Whether it is support from friends and contemporaries, freely available software that streamlines our work, or articles written by experts across the internet, we have continually found support and encouragement that has helped us improve and expand. This page is our way of saying thanks.
Ad Block Plus
Just about the single best all-round universal-appeal extension for Firefox. Ad Block Plus blocks adverts on websites, from those annoying flash banners to flashing gifs to pop up advertisements. Invaluable.
Visit this site: Ad Block Plus
Ad Block Plus - Filterset.G Updater
This is the best filterset for Ad Block Plus that I have come across. It automatically updates itself with a well kept series of rules that helps keep web pages advert free.
Visit this site: Ad Block Plus - Filterset.G Updater
Colorzilla is a handy little tool that puts an eyedropper tool in your status bar. It allows you to pick any colour on a website and copy it for use in any image editing software.
Visit this site: Colorzilla
Software we couldn't live without
Possibly our most used application in day to day work, Firefox has completely altered our web browsing and web development experience. Offering many useful add-ons, Firefox makes developing websites easier and helps us ensure a high standard of accessible
Visit this site: Firefox
I would never have thought of notepad being a useful tool until I came across this amazing replacement for Windows Notepad. Notepad ++ is a must for any serious coder, offering multiple tools, tabs, session management and much more.
Visit this site: Notepad ++
This open-source replacement for Microsoft Office has saved us money and fulfilled all our word and spreadsheet editing requirements.
Visit this site: Open Office
Western Civilisation are the makers of Style Master. Positively the best CSS tool we have come across. Simplifies and improves the web development process for standards based accessible websites.
Visit this site: Style Master
Another offering from the Mozilla group, this mail client beats Outlook Express hands down.
Visit this site: Thunderbird
Support and Encouragement
Invisible Agent Records have always supported & encouraged Pixelapes. In turn we've been heavily involved in helping develop their website from a basic brochure site to a feature laden resource for electronic & other music lovers everywhere
Visit this site: Invisible Agent
Philip Leonard is a professional photographer and brother to Pixelapes' Alex. Philip has always provided support and encouragement to us, which hopefully we have returned in kind!
Visit this site: Leonard Photo
Websites of note
456 Berea Street
Roger Johansson's blog has proven an invaluable resource over the years. Offering a guiding light in the maze that is accessible web development.
Visit this site: 456 Berea Street
A List Apart
An excellent provider of articles relating to web design. About twice a month A List Apart publishes two new articles covering troubleshooting, accessibility, coding methods, best practice and much more. Essential reading.
Visit this site: A List Apart
Creative Bits is a community of designers, coders, geeks and, well, Mac enthusiasts. We're no Mac users, but there's a good bunch of heads here that are always happy to offer advice and suggestions.
Visit this site: Creative Bits
Nicely presented site that officially gives advice to freelancers. However we've often found the information to be useful and not purely focussed on the freelance worker.
Visit this site: Freelance Switch
A continual supply of productivity tools and ways to improve our work flow. Highly recommended reading.
Visit this site: Lifehacker
Another excellent article resource. This is recommended for coders and business people alike. While generally aiming at web professionals, this website has also provided articles we have forwarded to clients. Well written and thought out.
Visit this site: Vitamin
Word Press and co.
Well, along with everyone else, we loathe spam. Spammers have caused us a large amount of lost time. Thankfully Akismet is available to prevent hundreds of comment spam that we'd have to moderate by hand otherwise.
Visit this site: Akismet
All in One SEO Pack
An excellent extension for Word Press, this plug in allows much better control over Search Engine Optimisation for your word press website.
Visit this site: All in One SEO Pack
A simple and effective plug-in for word press that gives you easy-to-alter contact forms with a little bit of Ajax goodness thrown in to spruce things up.
Visit this site: cForms II
Word Press - Content Management
Word press is a fully featured blog/content management system which fully embraces the open-source movement. It is an excellent piece of software upon which this entire site is built. Recommended!
Visit this site: Word Press - Content Management