Making webcomics easy … isn’t easy. We use many tools to build and test code and graphics in the Grawlix CMS every week. Some of them we knew when getting started, like Coda and Evernote. Others we learned along the way, such as GitHub and Sketch.
So what do we use to get it all done? Well, here are the tools we use to build and manage the Grawlix CMS project.
Sequel Pro (free) — For managing our test databases, nothing beats this capable app.
Evernote (free) — A shared notebook let us share articles and snippets of code, and keep track of artist feedback.
GitHub for Desktop (free) — Syncing projects across computers without GitHub would make the project nigh impossible. Their reliable desktop app makes it a breeze.
CodeKit ($32–39) — Testing pages and compiling CSS is point-n-click simple with this tool from Foundation-friendly Incident 57.
Camtasia ($99) — Creating and editing screencasts is super intuitive and efficient thanks to Camtasia by TechSmith.
Foundation (free) — A great CSS framework that lets us lay out web pages in a horizontal grid. When we began the Grawlix CMS, Ben worked for ZURB, which creates and maintains Foundation. That gave the team inside access to the framework’s shortcuts and best practices.
Trello (free – $8/mo) — A recent addition to our toolkit, this is now our running to-do list, feature list, and progress checklist.
Google PageSpeed (free) — Readers don’t like to wait. This handy check helps us fine-tune the Grawlix CMS for better reading experiences.
Font Awesome (free) — Terrific icons make the CMS look great and, being vector, work well at any size.
Patreon (free) — The service we use to support our project financially.
Tools of tomorrow
Making a system simple isn’t easy. We use all the resources at our disposal to help artists publish comics on the web — and the list is growing.
Future versions of the Grawlix CMS will use the CodeIgniter PHP framework for greater stability, security and sanity. It all comes down to making a tool that artists use to publish comics on the web.
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