Tools you may need to view some of our files may be found at the sites
marked with a » . A
combination of tools most webmasters should have to develop and manage a web
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Web file development and management utilities
» Mozilla — Superior combination of
browser, email client, newsreader, chat client, address book, HTML editor, and
ftp uploader (publisher). The open-source freeware successor to Netscape
Communicator, without many the security vulnerabilities of MS tools. But the
ftp function and address books are a bit limited.
» BlackWidow — Spider to
analyze, browse and copy a web site, show structure and statistics, and
identify broken links. Now if it could only fix them. But could use some
— Copy entire web sites to your local drive, to be viewed offline or
preserved if the site goes down. Good user interface. May not retrieve some
» iOpus — Internet macro tool for
automatically accessing web pages and extracting information from them.
» InSync — Synchronize files and
directories within a machine or across a network. Good for making backups,
including of websites.
» 3D-FTP — Upload to and download
files from web and ftp sites. Has many advanced convenience features, and high
Netmanage — PC and Unix
connectivity tools that enable PCs to interoperate like Unix hosts.
» Ecco Pro
— Ultimate personal information manager for PCs.
— Best email client other than Mozilla, but has a lot of advanced
Hushmail — Secure
web-based email and document storage system, featuring transparent, end-to-end
2048 bit encryption.
CAcert — Free digital
certificates for email clients and servers. Supports secure transactions and
Thawte — Free digital
certificates for email clients. Encrypt and authenticate your messages.
» Tidy — Tool to clean bad HTML, such
as that produced by Microsoft Word and Frontpage, but can't handle all the
problems with that HTML, so may need to combine it with a good HTML editor like
HoTMetaL Pro. You may prefer the
TidyGUI version for MS
— Local search engine you can install on your web server. Free for small
or educational sites. Plugins for commercial versions can also index PDF and
word processor files.
— Another local search engine you can install on your web server, but not
free for nonprofits.
ht://Dig — Search engine you
can install on your site and use to search a finite number of sites and
— A utility for maintaining a searchable database of the contents of
computer disks, to keep track of where your files are and what is on each disk.
Useful for managing backup disks.
World Time Server
Atomic Clock Sync — Free utility to set your computer to Universal
Coordinated Time. Useful to keep all your computers synchronized so file time
stamps match, to facilitate file synchronization and backups.
Mail server for your PC that can merge data into each message to customize and
send directly, bypassing your ISP's mail server.
ArGoSoft Mail Server — Set
up mail server on your own local machine. Can be used to send email bypassing
your ISP's mail server and its restrictions. If you have a fixed IP you can
also use it to receive email to multiple accounts, and thereby avoid paying
extra for multiple email accounts provided by an ISP.
WebStar Mail Server — Set
up mail server on your own local machine. Also have other useful tools. For Mac
GhostMessage — Pushes
messages directly to ranges of IP addresses, hides sender's identity. Ultimate
spam tool, but may be justified for civic messages from reformers.
VisualRoute — Allows
tracing of web accesses and emails along all the hops to their source or
destination, identifying bottlenecks and disabled servers, and network and
server performance. Combines ping and tracert functions. Allows tracking
sources of spam. Displays routes on a world map.
Page/site counter using Java to present near-real-time count as it
Wusage — Site visit
statistics software for Unix hosts.
PC Locator — Migrate
software and data from one PC to another, running Win 95 or higher, without
having to reinstall it on target system from original installation media.
Move2Mac — Migrate
software and data from one PC running Win 98 or higher to an Apple Mac running
OS 10.2 or higher.
Winamp — Free tool to
produce and play network audio and video streams.
Replay Radio —
Internet radio recorder can save and replay programs as MP3 files or save to
CD, for PCs.
RadioLover — Internet
radio recorder can save and replay programs as MP3 files or save to CD, for
OpenOffice — Free,
better than Microsoft Office, and runs on Linux and Mac as well as
Mizar Project — Language and
libraries for representing, finding and verifying mathematical proofs.
Calc98 — Downloadable
scientific calculator you can put on your desktop. Useful for doing some of the
calcuations involved in site management.
calculator and graphing tool, proprietary.
HylaFAX™ — Free
client software for fax sending and receiving.
— Shareware to detect and remove spyware that can lurk on your system and
report on your activities to remote sites.
Enliven your messages with special effects.
Converts data files from one format to another, and can be used to clean them
Progress — Ultimate
database management system that supports thin-client browser access.
MacroExpress — Allows
user to define complex macros across multiple applications on a Windows
platform, useful for repetitive activities.
Documentation and Digitization Tools and Services
» Finereader — The OCR software we use to
render books into web pages. Does a better job with rough originals such as old
» HotDog — Good HTML editor. Also have
other tools for web development.
HoTMetaL Pro — Our
favorite HTML editor. Validates that HTML is correct, and can convert to HTML
from other formats and correct bad HTML, such as that produced by MS tools. But
no longer sold or supported.
XMetaL — XML editor, from
the producers of HoTMetaL Pro, with which it can be used in combination.
XMLSPY — XML development
environment, including XML editor and HTML-to-XML conversion tool.
» UltraEdit — Excellent programming
editor. We use it to prepare the text versions of files.
— Provides multiple clipboards, useful for repetitive copying and
» WordPerfect — Use to convert files between
formats, and a better word processor than MS Word.
» Jafsoft — Have an excellent ASCII to
HTML file converter. We use it to convert text files to HTML.
» PDFtoAll — Has Adobe Acrobat plugin to
convert PDF-character files to HTML or text, PDF-image files to JPEG.
Utilities and plugins to convert PDF and other formats into each other.
AfterScan — Advanced
spell-checker and automatic proofing and correction tool. Can use after OCR
WinZip — Compress files to
save space and speed transmission.
SC UniPad — Unicode editor.
We use it to prepare foreign language text within our HTML pages.
Doczilla — Offer a full
SGML/XML browser/publisher as an enhancement to Mozilla.
dia — Free
open-source software much like the commercial Windows program Visio. It can be
used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects
to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network
diagrams, and simple circuits.
Shareware to produce 2D and 3D graphs and charts in Java. Also offer
producing things like flowcharts, entity-relationship diagrams, etc.
Tools — Software for surveying, mapping & drawing terrains. Have
freeware for simpler applications.
from Eyecom — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
ImageMouse, from Mead
& Associates — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
Zytron — Scanners for microfilm and microfiche.
Offer a scanner with page-turning robot arms for high-speed unattended
Book Collector —
Database for maintaining catalog of books and other materials, can retrieve
information about them from Internet.
Eraser — Freeware
to thoroughly remove deleted files from storage media.
Google Toolbar — At
time of this writing it only works in Internet Explorer but urge them to get it
to work with Mozilla and enable it to limit searches to subdirectories of a
site, defaulting to the subdirectory the browser is in at the moment.
JAWS — From Freedom
Scientific, Windows screen reader to enable the visually-impaired to read web
pages and other computer screens.
From GW Micro, Windows screen reader to enable the visually-impaired to read
web pages and other computer screens.
Freeware Central —
Executables, sources, and links to all kinds of useful software you don't have
to pay for.
Google Groups — Read and
post to Usenet newsgroups. Searchable archive of newsgroup postings back to
1995. In case you want to get everything someone posted on every newsgroup, you
can find it here. They bought out dejanews.
Mail2News — Send
message with subject "help" for instructions on how to post email to