10+ Brilliant On-line Tools for Freelancers

December 17, 2009 · 22 comments

by Lars


It’s amazing how many great free tools one can find on-line. If you’re a freelancer with a limited budget some of the free on-line tools listed below may be just what you’re looking for. Please share with us in a comment if you know on-line tools that belongs to the category “brilliant anyone should know about!”.



Adobe BrowserLab

Adobe BrowserLab made me say wow. In a very high quality interface it provides an easy and fast solution for cross-browser testing. You can preview and test your web pages on leading browser and operating systems online and it is free. This will help you get your results in real time, from virtually any computer connected to the internet. The tools allows you to zoom in and inspect details and compare results in different browers side by side.


browsersize at googlelabs.com

Google Browser Size is a visualization of browser window sizes for people who visit Google. For example, the “90%” contour means that 90% of people visiting Google have their browser window open to at least this size or larger.



Snipplr is a public source code repository that gives you a place to store and organize all the little pieces of code making it easy to find when you need it. Snipplr also lets you share your code snippets with other coders and designers.



net2ftp is a simple free web based FTP client. It will offer the features needed for managing websites using a browser. You can edit code, upload/download files, copy/move/delete directories recursively, rename files and directories.



Wordoff applies a set of rules to strip the cruft that is pasted into WYSIWYG editors from Word. This is really useful for cleaning up text before posting it to your website. Wordoff is written in Python and runs on Django in Google App Engine


Convert PDF Document to Word

Ever received a PDF document that you need to update fast? If your preferred tool for this is Word then this service is great. It converts PDFs into word for free in a few seconds.



ShowDocument is a free service for online meetings with fully synchronized sharing of documents, whiteboards etc.. It is a quick and simple way to share with other people at a remote meeting.



Stripemania is a simple and free web 2.0 tool build to help you create stripes for your designs… yearh why not? You are able to choose the size of the stripes and the spacing between those. You can even add color gradient effect for all of your stripes.



LOOP PDF is a free web-based service that allows you to convert and combine files to PDF. LOOP PDF allows you to convert, organize, and combine files to PDF. This is very useful for generating official documents like agreements etc. if you cannot afford the real adobe solution… This tool is very simple to use and fast. No registration needed.



Go2Convert is a set of free web based tools that allow you to convert, resize a picture without having to install any software on your computer. Once you have finished working with an image you can choose to copy image’s URL or download it directly to your computer – It doesn’t get easier than that.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Pappu February 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

These tools are really helpful even though i am using some of them but still I need more pls share some more if you can.


Alexandra January 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

I’m not positive the place you are getting your info, however good topic. I needs to spend some time studying more or understanding more. Thank you for wonderful info I was searching for this info for my mission.


Eric G. Young December 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Loop PDF is no longer active.


Lars December 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

OK Thanks!


Ashley Leach November 17, 2010 at 5:37 am

If you develop games or apps with a remote teams or clients that you need to send docs and files to regularly.
DropBox – http://www.dropbox.com – Keeps a shared folder on all computers in SYNC you just need to paste update files in the folder.


Toby James Creative August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Good list, but for how long is Adobe’s BrowserLab free? Also, no mention of Dropbox?


Wozza May 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Great stuff, always love to find sites with such rich posts, as a freelance web designer I find this stuff invaluable. Never new about Adobe Kuler either! May do a post on our site http://www.gekkoshot.com on that.

Thanks again!


Omnia February 8, 2010 at 7:20 am

Really amazing , please allow me to add your link on my blog under “helpful recources for all” where I provide freelancers with helpful tools under different categories My blog is the interface of the first freelance portal in the middle East, check it yourself and you wouldn’t regret adding your link at lancerscafe.com Best Regards


Piotr December 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

Great lists, thanks for sharing, maybe you are interested in e-learning tools. I can describe it, if you would like to publish.




Piotr December 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I would also like to add :

1. Adobe Kuler: I can’t live without this tool

2. Remember the milk : that lets me ogranize projects and tasks

3. Things: for managing projects


tripwiremag December 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Dzinepress December 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

helping tools for peoples who working online as freelancers.


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