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2.10 Miscellaneous Tools

On top of the other applications we’ve covered so far, there are always a few extra tools you might need to have around, depending on exactly what you do as a web designer. In this lesson we’ll cover some great Linux software for FTP, writing, video and audio work, and Git.

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2.10 Miscellaneous Tools

Hey, welcome back to Linux for Web Design. This is the last video of the course. And we're just gonna go through a few miscellaneous tools that don't fit into any of the categories that we talked about so far, but that you still might find yourself wanting to use as part of the new set up. The fist thing that I wanted to cover was some of the options that you have for writing. If you wanna work with Markdown, in my opinion, Typora is one of the very best Markdown editors available right now. It's currently in beta and it's free while it's in beta. And one of the things I love about it is the way it lets you work with Markdown. So, for example, if I wanna add a heading I'll just put in my heading with my single hash. And then it will immediately give me kind of a WYSIWYG preview of that. So I don't have to have two separate panes open while I'm writing my content and the same thing goes, For bullets. So you write in Markdown but you get a proper display of your text. And then you can fairly easily go ahead and change the headings around as you need to. And then if you want to, you can view in Source Code Mode in case you need to have a bit more control over exactly what Markdown is going into your documents. And additionally, it has themes, these are all just CSS controlled, so that means that if you want, to you can put together a start sheet for this that's going to reflect the look of the website that you're writing your content for. So I use this application for everything for note taking and for actually producing content that I'm gonna put online somewhere. So if you're not working with Markdown and you need to have something that's a bit more like Microsoft Word for example, then you have LibreOffice Writer. The Libreoffice Suite is basically a parallel to Microsoft Office and it's probably the best Office Suite that's on Linux right now. I personally don't find that I have to use this very much. Typora pretty much covers me for everything I need, but it's nice to know that that's there if I do need it. What I do use often though is LibreOffice Impress, which you can use for making presentations and slideshows. You saw earlier on in this course, we had a couple of slides and that was all put together with this program. And I also find that it works very well with bringing in PowerPoint files. The conversion is quite accurate so you can pretty happily work with this software if you need to work with PowerPoint files. The next thing that I want to cover is an FTP client. And my FTP client of choice on Linux and on anywhere else to be honest is FireFTP, and this is an extension, you just install it directly into Firefox. This is an extension, you just install it straight into Firefox and then you have a fully fledged FTP client right there in your browser window. I've actually been using this for years, maybe I don't know, maybe almost 10 years, and it's never let me down. I've found it to be top notch, just as good as any other FTP client, if not better. And speaking of clients, another thing that you might want is a Git client. GitHub's own GUI client for working with Git does not have a Linux version, but that doesn't matter because there are a ton of other Git clients that you can use instead. That is assuming that you don't work with Git on the command line. For me personally, my favorite is this plugin for Atom editor called git-control. So I can be working away on my code. And then all I have to do is go to Packages -> git-control, and I get this GUI here. Which makes it really easy for me to add new files into my repositories and commit, and push and all the other bits and pieces that you have to do when you're working with Git. This one's personally my favorite but if that doesn't really suit you, if you don't want to work with Atom or you don't really like this interface, then another one, I think is, probably at the top tier, is called GitKraken. GitKraken gives you more of an advanced interface, working with your Git repositories. So if something like git-control in Atom is not really cutting it for you, then GitKraken is another great alternative. And then just finally, I'm not sure how many of you will be working with video, but I thought I'd quickly share the software I used to work with video. My very favorite video editor is Kdenlive. You can't see it too well because I got it cramped down in a little space. I'll just shrink these tracks so you can see a bit more clearly. Now I have actually found that Kdenlive is the most feature complete video editing software. In my experience outside of the big two, as in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, it can get a little crashy but I pretty much just save regularly and if it crashes, I deal with it. Because other than the fact it can crash from time to time, this is superb software. I've tried every other video editor that I can and to me, this one if the best. For audio editing, you really can't go past Audacity. The interface looks old school, but it works so well that I think it's the number one choice to go with for any type of audio editing. And if you need to do a screen recording like I do, then OBS is the program that you want. So please excuse the Hall of Mary's here, but this is OBS. This is fantastic. And incidentally, if you need to do any streaming, then you can do streaming with this software as well. So that's all of the bits and pieces of miscellaneous software that I wanted to show you through. And that wraps up our course on Linux for Web Design. Before we wrap up completely, we're just gonna have one more video where I summarize everything that we've gone through, so that you get it in a nice, easy, digestible little package. And I'll just leave you with a couple of final little tips about working with Linux. So I'll see you in the last video.

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