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We use numerous tools and services on Tuts+, as well as teach how to use them through regularly published educational material on this site. Here are our top recommended resources for coding professionals, which is put together by our editorial staff.

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Mac Applications

Sublime Text 2

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. It boasts a slick user interface and amazing performance. It's feature set is robust, with split editing, the ability to go to anything, and distraction free mode. Learn more over at Sublime Text.


CodeKit helps you build websites better. It compiles all your code files automatically, features live browser reloads, has an easy framework to use across many projects, image optimization built in, and team collaboration. CodeKit's claim that It's so easy to use, that you'll giggle like a schoolgirl is seriously true. Learn more over at CodeKit.


LiveReload is an essential web developer tool that saves you time. No more hitting the browser refresh button every time you make a change. As soon as you save a file, it is preprocessed as needed, and the browser is refreshed. When you change a CSS file or an image, the browser is updated instantly without reloading the page. CoffeeScript, SASS, LESS and others just work. And LiveReload plays nicely with many popular editors and CMS systems. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


TextExpander will save you time, massive amounts of time. With this helpful app you can save your most used code snippets to quickly drop into your latest client project. Also, save whole email templates, signatures, or snippets of frequently used text. TextExpander can drop any text you set up into any program you're working on. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


Transmit 4 is the ultimate FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 file transfer client on the Mac. It's fast, has a handy two-pane view, which is easy to work with, and allows for multiple-connection transfers. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.

iA Writer

iA Writer creates an ideal, distraction-free, writing environment on your Mac. This app makes sure all your thought goes into the text you're writing— and not into the app. It features a slim interface, auto markdown, focus mode, custom typeface, autosave, cloud sync, and more. iaWriter will help you find the simple pleasure in writing. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


With Screeflow 4 you can create professional screen recordings, edit your video, and share them in optimized low file sizes. Packed with features, this is the best mac app for creating software demos, tutorials, app demos, training, and presentations. With a stylish, easy-to-use editing interface, you'll be multi-layer track editing, adding callouts, and transitions to your video projects in no time. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.

The Hit List

The Hit List is a simple to use task manager app, which keeps things simple. It is as easy as just keeping a list of things to do, much like you would on a piece of paper. It has deeper functionality built in, that you can tap into, but doesn't force you to learn a complicated task system. It offers a paid subscription service, if you'd like to since with the the Hit List iPhone app, which is sold separately. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use. If you are a developer of any kind, you need this program. It's the first place to turn for answers to development questions. It's easy to use, with a large selection of documentation sets to pick from. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.

Sequel Pro

Sequel Pro is a quality MySQL cocoa app featuring fast, easy-to-use Mac database management. Sequel Pro gives you direct access to your MySQL databases on local and remote servers. It's set up for power users to maximize their efficiency and is a great web development companion. Learn more over at Sequal Pro.

Windows Applications

Visual Studio

Visual Studio Professional is made for building multi-tier apps for the web, the cloud, and devices. Create apps in a streamlined user interface. Visual Studio Consolidate many development tasks into one tool. Common tasks are presented as a fresh, integrated development experience. Learn more over at the Microsoft Store.

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio gives you the tools you need to truly customize and edit your videos. Easily record your entire screen, import media, and create videos with professional polish on your PC. Learn more over at Amazon.


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment and is packed with features, such as syntax highlighting and folding, auto code completion, macro recording, and more. The Notepad++ interface is easy to customize and work with. Learn more over at Notepad++.

Web Services

New Relic

Use the tool thousands of developers turn for immediate insight from the end user's behavior, through servers, and down to the line of code. New Relic makes performance management easier than ever. Track exactly what your customers are experiencing on your sites and in your apps. Get error and performance reports so you can address issues right away. New Relic will help you troubleshoot and diagnose bottlenecks, and get your setup running fast. Learn more over at New Relic.


Reinvigorate is clutter-free, real-time web analytics. It features heat map technology, live visitor tracking, granular visitor insight, the ability to track conveniently from your desktop, and more. It packs the features you need to gain the advantage in today's real-time web. Learn more over at Reinvigorate.


Media Temple

Media Temple provides reliable, scalable web hosting and 24/7 live support. They are known for having a rock solid technical setup and have an excellent reputation. Learn more over at Media Temple.


Pagodabox is an object oriented hosting framework. It features instant flexibility for web applications. You can manage web scaling or deploy simply using Git or SFTP. With it you can painlessly add, scale and adjust individual components. Pagodabox controls are simple and elegant to use to monitor and control your web universe from one central location in real-time. Learn more over at Pagodabox.


WpEngine provides hassle-free Wordpress hosting. It's fast, scalable, secure and offers fully managed support. If you're setting up a Wordpress site for your clients, then WpEngine is an industry leading choice for hosting. Learn more over at WpEngine.

Stock Themes and Graphics


At CodeCanyon, you can purchase and sell scripts and components for a variety of languages and frameworks, currently including JavaScript, PHP, ASP.NET, and Java. CodeCanyon is an Envato Marketplace and sister site to Tuts+. It's a large, active code marketplace and a great community to get involved with. Learn more over at CodeCanyon.


At ThemeForest you can buy and sell HTML templates as well as themes for popular CMS products like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal with prices ranging from just $5 up to $40. GraphicRiver is an Envato Marketplace and sister site to Tuts+. It's our largest, most active marketplace and a great community to get involved with. Learn more over at ThemeForest.

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