50 tools to make you bet­ter

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Ev­ery de­signer and de­vel­oper needs the right tools in their cre­ative and/or cod­ing arse­nal. The pros know all the best tools to use and that’s ex­actly who has cho­sen our col­lec­tion for this is­sue’s lead fea­ture. There is a cor­nu­copia of tal­ent that will make your ev­ery­day work­flow, faster, eas­ier, and, quite sim­ply, bet­ter.

In­cluded in the line-up are 50 of the best pro­to­typ­ing and build tools, frame­works, colour tools and fonts, web an­i­ma­tion, method­olo­gies and test­ing, IDES, code play­grounds and must-try browser ex­ten­sions. Have a good look through the col­lec­tion and see what fits your work­flow.

Au­dio and sound are cru­cial el­e­ments if you want a com­plete on­line ex­pe­ri­ence. Imag­ine an app with­out sim­ple no­ti­fi­ca­tion pings or a site with­out mu­sic, sound ef­fects and am­bi­ent noise. They will sur­vive with­out sound, but add au­dio to vi­su­als and you have a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence. Richard Mat­tka ex­plains why and how to use sounds, and im­ple­ment them with the help of the <au­dio> tag and the Web Au­dio API.

Else­where, we look at Pro­gres­sive Web Apps — or PWAS, your choice :-). Find out what Google’s Work­box col­lec­tion of Javascript li­braries has to help make it eas­ier to build web apps which work off­line. Plus, we have our reg­u­lar line-up of top tu­to­ri­als and in­dus­try in­ter­views. En­joy the is­sue.

Sounds cre­ate the mood and set the pace of an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. Mu­sic en­hances the sus­pense, and ramps up the in­ten­sity

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