CSS tools are considered as an important asset for web developers and designers as they help them achieve desired results by simplifying their jobs they’ve to do. These tools not only save their large amount of time, but also let them create elegant, functional and optimized websites using several shortcuts.
Whether you’re a novice or expert developer, CSS tools help you learn and understand the CSS functionality and achieve a good command over it. Fortunately, there are a number of CSS tools available around the web, which enable developers writing better and valid CSS code. In this article, we’ve collected 15 new CSS tools that every developer should know about. Hope you’ll find the list below handy.
Let's go through them one by one.
Simpletip is a simple CSS Tooltip created with Sass. It is quite easy to load and customize, as it comes in a light weighted CSS file. With Simpletip, you can create different tooltip messages. It is compatible with all types of browsers and can be placed in different directions of the element including left, right, bottom and top. You can also have a Tooltip in different colors such as info, success, danger and warning.
Additionally, it comes with awesome features like soft edge, movable effect, multiline tooltip, fade effect and half arrow, which make the look of your Tooltip elegant. These items can be used either together or separately.
XCSS, like Browserify, is a bundler for writing modular CSS components. It comes with great features that include class name compression, stylesheet AST transformations, elimination of unused class rules, fine-grained source maps generation and support for running rework transforms. The key feature of XCSS is that it uses Node module resolution algorithm to resolve dependencies of each concrete CSS module. In other words, we can say that it supports importing CSS code from the packages that is installed via npm.
Bulletproof Email Buttons Generator
Bulletproof Email Buttons Generator, developed by Campaign Monitor, lets you design beautiful buttons using progressively enhanced CSS and VML. You can easily customize your button by changing background image, border color and radius, button width and height, background color, button text and font color. Apart from this, Campaign Monitor also provides a tool through which you can create Bulletproof Background Images in emails.
When we talk about code and development tools, web designers and developers often use desktop publishing tools such as Eclipse, Zend Studio, and Coda etc. On the other hand, CJT is an online IDE for WordPress. This great plugin not only allows you to create the code, but also lets you manage what the code interacts with. For instance, you can assign your code to interact with posts, pages, custom posts, homepage categories, dashboard and much more.
Ink, developed by Zurb,is an email framework that lets you create beautiful, dynamic and responsive HTML emails, which works well on any device and email client including Outlook. It comes with a 12-column grid and simple UI components that you can use for rapid prototyping. It contains the styles for a table-based grid, retina images, panels, buttons and more. Once your email is ready, you can get all styles inline using the Inky's Inliner.
Animo.js is a great tool that lets you manage CSS animations. It comes with powerful features like make magic, set callbacks on animation completion, create cross-browser blurring and stack animations. It has an amazing animate.css library, which contains around 60 stunning animations from attention seekers to entrances and exits. You can install it using bower's package manager or via the GitHub. The only dependency of Animo.js is jQuery 2 or later.
CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet
CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet is a collection of preset, plug-and-play animations that you can use in your web projects. To get started, you are required to add the stylesheet to your site and apply the pre-defined CSS classes to animate an element. It uses CSS3 @keyframes and is compatible with all modern browsers. For older browsers, the animated element will also be in place and visible to the users, even if the animation doesn't trigger.
Create CSS3 is an easy CSS3 generator that lists the properties, lets you customize their values and displays the preview in real time. It generates CSS3 for all the major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer. You can add multiple rules to the same element and edit the generated CSS code as well.
CSSO (CSS Optimizer) is a CSS minimizer, which can also perform structural optimization of CSS files to compress them into smaller file size. It does everything from merging blocks with identical selectors or properties to removing comments and whitespace, and much more. It makes your site running faster by removing everything unnecessary from CSS.
nth-child is a powerful CSS selector, which selects elements using a formula. It is very helpful, when styling your layouts. Using nth-child, you can specifically choose to change a particular element in the parent element. It can be used in different types of ranges (like a negative child or positive child etc.) to select elements within certain ranges.
If you are not familiar with the usage of this selector, a website named nthMaster can help you a lot. This website presents different usage of nthChild visually and with a basic description.
Layers CSS is an unobtrusive, lightweight and style-agnostic CSS framework that handles the main structure without emphasizing any design. It is aimed for practical use and packed with awesome features like normalizations and sensible defaults, fluid grid + layout tools, no px definitions and dependencies and much more. Additionally, it has support for responsive layouts with fluid grids and can adjust font size on small screens.
Salvattore is a jQuery plugin with CSS-driven configuration that lets you create masonry layouts. It helps you organize the HTML elements according to the number of columns you’ve specified in CSS. Every item in your gird is placed within these columns by turn, like jQuery Masonry. To begin, you’re required to simply add a data-columns attribute to the grid element.
As Salvattore is a standalone script, it’ll run automatically once referenced in your HTML page. It is extremely lightweight (about 2.5KB minified and gzipped) and supported by all modern browsers including IE9+. You can even make your design responsive by using media queries and create a dynamic layout with live content by combining this API with your XHR functions.