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Published March 08th, 2017 by

Top 7 Web Design Tools to Use in 2017

There is a whole variety of both paid and free professional tools for web design that are available on the market, and they are made to help web designers easily perform their tasks. Furthermore, they can make your projects take less time, as well as improve the production. 2017 has brought a lot of tools to the table that you should check out. So if you’re ready to take a risk and try out something new, here are top 7 web design tools that you should put to the test in 2017.


Macaw is a powerful web design tool that is used to compose concise CSS and semantic HTML. It is fueled by Stream, which enables it to determine margins, floats, clears and other features necessary for adding components to a static document. Another great thing about Macaw is that the websites made using this tool are optimized for all kinds of devices. You can apply a different style to particular elements and modify them in a single location. You can also implement static, fixed and absolute positioning in order to create dynamic layouts. It contains a components storage, where elements are stored so that they can be used again on any page.


Affinity is a tool that some people call the “Photoshop killer”. It has great composition and was made to for professional web and visual designers. One of its great features are customizable nondestructive layers, which enable you to work on pictures and vectors without doing harm to them. Its zoom beats Photoshop, with 1,000,000 percent as opposed to Adobe’s 32,000. This helps a lot when you are working on vector art because it enables you to really get in close. The fact that the tool allows you to go back more than 8,000 stages makes its history component amazing. Furthermore, its UI is familiar and easy to get used to.


Atomic is a prototyping tool with no coding requirement. Even though it’s premium, you can go for a free 30-day trial. You can start with a clear canvas or import Photoshop and Sketch documents. It has an advanced motion timeline that enables you to automatically create elements and transitions. Its history track contains all the stages of your project and enables you to return to any of them. It offers various interactions like swipe, hovers, and double tap. It can also be used and previewed on any device.


Avocode is a great tool for front-end designers. It stimulates the transition from visuals to code. Code pieces are automatically generated for the images that you export. The tool makes it possible for you to convert font, paragraph and layer styles into CSS. It can scale images up and down according to the viewport size and supports formats such as JPEG, SVG, PNG, and BASE64. Color conversion is simplified by simply choosing the appropriate one and automatically converting it into the desired format, like RGBA and HEX. You can choose how the code is exported according to elements such as fonts, colors, sizes and gradients.


IMCreator is a free website creation tool, which comes with its own one-of-a-kind technology called Polydoms. This technology enables you to create fresh and fully responsive websites. The tool offers you a lot of templates that you can use to both create a fast website, and implement various visual elements that fit your projects and needs. Another great feature is the built-in e-commerce functionality, which makes it easy to create your store or convert your existing website into one.


Antetype is a tool for designing your user interface. It comes with all the necessary tools for creating high-end UI prototypes. There is also more than 400 pre-made gadgets, where you can also create your own. Thanks to the hierarchical nesting support, you can build complex user interface designs, which can be exported as graphics that are either pixel-based of vector-based. Furthermore, Antetype generates CSS code for each element that you design with it.


Ink is a tool that takes the responsive design from website level to email. It enables you to create responsive HTML emails that can be viewed on any platform. It was made by the organization ZURB, who claim that it works even for Outlook, and supplies designers with various layouts, so that you can start using their framework and quickly send responsive HTML emails.

In summation

2017 is a year full of amazing new tools for web designers. If you’re looking for new tools to use this year, these 7 are worth trying out. Through trial and error, decide which are worth your time.


Ryan Burchey is a serial entrepreneur specializing in search engine optimization. He is the owner of Only SEO Gold Coast.

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