Tools & Resources

Here are some of my favourite tools and places on the internet. Partly to share with the world, and as a note for my future self!

Business tools

  • Support Details - what browser, environment does your customer have? Get them to visit this url and you have all the answers.
  • Doodle.com - find time slots for meetings efficiently.
  • World Time Buddy - ever had headaches with working out times in multiple timezones? This is the answer.
  • Time is - what time is it in any city.

Visual and creative resources

  • Drupal Image Bank - Drupal's FREE (Creative Commons) image library
  • Unsplash - Creative Commons image library
  • Flaticon - Free UX icons
  • Pixabay - Free image library
  • Biteable - making creating kinetic videos childsplay AND it's free.
  • Icon Finder - free icons to brighten up your presentation slides
  • Draw.io - browser based wire-framing tool with Google Docs and Jira integrations.
  • placeit.net - superimpose your own screenshots or grab urls onto professional photos of devices.

Readability and writing tools

  • Hemingwayapp - Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors.
  • The Readability Test Tool - Benchmarks web pages for the level of English skill required to understand content on a page.
  • Flesch Reading Score - quantifies reading difficulty of a text.

Video

  • Youtube Time - helper to generate urls which link to specific times in YouTube videos
  • Youtube to MP4 converter - watch DrupalCon sessions on the plane.

Online Workshops / Research

  • Sli.do - Tool for live conference audience interactions.
  • RealtimeBoard - Online collaborative white boarding tool.
  • TypeKit - Rapid creation of impressive web surveys and forms. I like to use it for prototyping complex workflows and user testing before developing a permanent solution.

Web Tools

  • Wappalyzer - chrome extension to detect technologies behind web sites.
  • Sitemap generator - Perfect for auditing sites / generating XML sitemaps
  • Page Load Time - by Pingdom.
  • Recordit - screen capture tool ideal for recording issues with websites for demos, raising bugs or training.

Accessibility / Compliance

  • Design advice for developers - Good list of resources and further reading.
  • tota11y - helps visualise how your site performs with assistive technologies
  • WCAG Contrast Ratio Checker - Compares 2 colours and reports compliance with WCAG standards.
  • Colour Contrast Check - Jonathan Snook's colour contrast tool which reports WCAG compliance for foreground and a background colours.
  • WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist - Helpful checklist in assuring compliance to WCAG standards.
  • Tanaguru - an automated accessibility grading tool.
  • Color Contrast Analyzer for Chrome - Assists in achieving WCAG compliance for accessibility.
  • WebAIM - tool for accessibility checking.
  • Rev Video captioning service at $1 per minute
  • W3C Mobile Validator
  • WCAG 2.0 checklists - incredibly helpful tool to guide AA and AAA compliance.
  • wave.webaim.org - Tool to help site owners check accessibility issue
  • Fulfillment Beyond Logistics - Solutions to Make Your E-Commerce Store Accessible to People with Disabilities

Drupal compliance resources.

  • Drupal PCI Compliance White Paper - valuable resource for anyone capturing payments with Drupal written by Rick Manelius.
  • Cookie Choices - Google's site helping digital developers navigate cookie legislation.

Drupal general

  • SimplyTest.me - amazing tool allowing you to immediately create sandbox environments and "Evaluate Drupal projects online".
  • An Opinionated Guide to Getting Help with Drupal - An exhaustive guide to options as to where to get Drupal help.
  • Drupal X-Ray - see under the hood of any Drupal web site
  • Beginners help on Reddit - a friendly place for newbies to ask questions

Performance

  • Pingdom page load time test - profiling tool to test and improve page load times.
  • Pimp my Log - Log viewer for your web server.

Agile Process

  • Planning Poker - collaborative estimation tool.
  • Optimal Sort - online card sorting surveying tool.

Geekery and fun

  • Makey Makey - bucket loads of fun for anyone into coding with (big) kids.

Sass services I like

  • Shorthand - Remarkable storytelling tool used by big brands. See example

OSX

  • Fix Bluetooth Unavailable

Cycling

  • The rules of road cycling