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Pingendo is a fresh IDE that is currently in beta status and available for Win + Mac.

It is currently free (can become paid after the beta – no info on that) and focuses on easing web authoring.

There is a DOM-tree editor which we can quickly view the tree and edit their styles and/or properties.


Pingendo has built-in support for Bootstrap + Foundation frameworks an Font Awesome (more such stuff will be added).

Also, CSS rules can be edited visually, including CSS3 ones like gradients or transformations.

You already know Google Pagespeed, a pack of tools and services for optimizing the performance of websites.

And, they have a widely-used module named mod_pagespeed that auto-applies the best performance practices to Apache-hosted websites.

There is now a Windows alternative for it, IISpeed, that is free and offers the same feature set.

IISpeed - Google Pagespeed For Windows

It is capable of minifying, rewriting and combining JavaScript + CSS files, optimizing + auto-spriting images and many other stuff provided by Pagespeed.

IISpeed is installed on the server level and it is compatible with IIS 7,7.5 and 8.

TideSDK is an open source platform for building desktop apps using web technologies (HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript).

The apps can be created for all major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) and server-side languages like PHP, Python and Ruby are supported as well.


This is actually not a new project, it was previously known as Titanium Desktop, re-branded recently and is going through a major change/improvements (which we thought it is worth re-sharing).

Apps built with TideSDK can make use of the filesystem, have an integrated database, display notifications and much more.

And, the platform has a well-documented API and an active developer community which is great for getting support.

TeamWox LogoFor any small to large businesses, in order to manage the data effectively, using a groupware app to accomplish the most common tasks is a very good choice.

TeamWox, a professional groupware application, handles this process very well by offering a full package.

The application allows users to create tasks, assign them to users and follow their statuses which is very useful for getting things done. Also, users can discuss about tasks (or anything) in a built-in message board.

TeamWox Tasks

Any number of documents can be added to the system within a desired structure and users, who has permissions, can view them.

There is a full-featured e-mail client so that you don't need to switch to another software for that.

It also includes modules for human resources management, CRM, service desk and accounting (with e-Bank support).

Besides these core features above, there are some very exciting ones like:

IP PBX Phone System

TeamWox PBX

TeamVox is equipped with a IP PBX system which allows users to call each other or make external calls from the integrated messenger app.

The system works with many IP telephony service providers (like Skype Connect, iBasis, etc.) and, once setup, it will help a lot in shrinking communication expenses.

Live Chat (Online Assistant) and Service Desk

TeamWox Live Chat

These are public components which can be integrated into any website for customer feedback.

Live Chat is a widget which we are all familiar with. It enables web users to chat with the TeamWox users which is mostly used for providing instant support.

Web users can choose the department they want to contact and the system connects them with a system user from that department.

Service Desk is for accepting requests from the customers, displaying their statuses and managing them in the background (for a software company, it can be easily used as a bug tracker).

All Modules

Here is the full list of modules (which all work in the same interface):

  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Tasks
  • Documents Management (DocFlow)
  • eMail Client
  • Organizations & Contacts (CRM functions)
  • Message Board (Forum)
  • Corporate Search Engine
  • Reports
  • Online Assistant (Chat)
  • Service Desk (HelpDesk)
  • Accounting and e-Bank
  • IP PBX Phone System


TeamWox is a paid application which licenses the product according to the number of users.

On the other hand, for micro businesses (up to 10 users) and educational institutions, it is completely free.


The application is available both as SaaS and downloadable packages (Windows).

It handles many tasks and very handy for businesses with many employees. Actually, such a system is a must and TeamWox offers more than expected.

TileMill is an application (with Windows, Mac and Linux versions) for creating totally-customized and beautiful maps.

Normally, working with GIS data is complicated but TileMill simplifies that as much as possible by sharing data between projects, downloading and unzipping shapefiles, autodetecting projections, indexing SQLite databases, etc. to help us focus on the output.


It can read from multiple popular data sources and enables us to use any patterns/textures, fonts and images on maps.

As web designers/developers, the part that eases the usage of TileMill is its design language: CartoCSS, which is very similar to CSS and has support for mixins, variables and functions.

Also, interactions like hover tooltips or clickable pop-ups can be added to the maps.

Around 2 years ago, Microsoft had announced the first version of WebMatrix and it was shared at WRD.

Lately, they have made the release-candidate of WebMatrix 2 available and it has become an exciting product for many.

The tool now has support for the most recent web-dev technologies including HTML5-CSS3, Node.js or jQuery Mobile.

WebMatrix 2

It has a one-click installer for many popular apps including WordPress, Joomla, DotNetNuke and more. Also it can instantly install IIS, MSSQL, MySQL, PHP, Python and many others.

There is built-in support for Windows Azure cloud and the project scan be pushed to the remote environment to any FTP address or to the Azure.

Although WebMatrix 2 is a Microsoft product, it is well-integrated with PHP, any PHP functions hovered bring the docs from and there is code completion.

Users can share extensions written for the platform and there are already good ones like iPhone/iPad simulator or a color theme manager.

GitHub is one of the most popular hosted version control services around and, besides its premium plans, usage is completely free for open source projects.

Many widely-used projects are hosted there (including Node.js Ruby on Rails, PHP or jQuery) and it definitely helps taking the code under control + improving the code with the contribution of others.

If you are like me; "work better with GUI apps rather than the command-line" and use GitHub, they now have free-to-use desktop apps for popular operating systems.

GitHub for Windows

Lately, they had launched GitHub for Mac and, now, GitHub for Windows is released.

Both applications offer almost all the functionality that can be reached from command line tools and ease the usage for developers like me : ).

There are various PNG optimizer apps for Mac OS X (check this WRD article for them) but only a few for Windows.

PNGGauntlet is a free Windows application for squeezing each and every byte in PNG files.

With a very nice drag 'n' drop enabled user interface, the application can optimize any given number of files pretty quickly.


It combines the algorithms of PNGOUT, OptiPNG, and DeflOpt for creating the smallest file and generates a lossless output.

The image to be minified doesn't need to be in PNG format, other popular formats can be used as well for converting them to PNG.

There are also several settings for anyone looking to fine tune the compression process.

Find my Font, a very useful desktop font identifier application, is giving away 5 Pro licenses ($69/each) to WRD readers.

Details on joining the giveaway can be found at the bottom of this post and here is what this tool offers:

What is Find my Font?

We sometimes see a beautiful logo and wonder which font is used to create it. Guessing and try-catches is the popular method for reaching to a result but it takes time and usually hard.

Find my Font is a desktop application (with Windows and Mac OS X versions) that can identify a font used in images and helps browsing your font library.

Find my Font

It works by selecting the letters in the image and asks us to type these letters and runs a quick scan within the fonts in our system (any number of font folders can be defined) to find the ones with the closest match.

The great thing is that the application doesn't only return a single result but also lists and orders the fonts according to their similarity score which is handy for finding alternatives.

Find my Font has an easy-to-use toolbox for taking screenshots, rotating images or selecting letters to make sure that the image to be analyzed is ready for a scan.

Find my Font - Font Browser

As mentioned previously, the application is also a font browser where you can type a text and quickly see how it looks. Also, the scan works during browsing fonts so that the alternatives to the system fonts (or their duplicates) can be instantly catched.

How to join the giveaway?

Find my Font is giving away 5 * Pro licenses and it is enough to comment for joining this giveaway -and let us know you favorite font in the comments which can help other commenters meet new lovely fonts – totally optional : )-.

Winners will be selected randomly with the query below on 13 Dec 2011 (a week later):

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=2602 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 5

Good luck to all.

And, the winners

The winners are selected and here they are:

  • Aldo (comment #454823)
  • Josh D. (comment #457922)
  • NRL (comment #454441)
  • Robert Barcus (comment #454262)
  • Webster (comment #455313)


SQLyog LogoThe giveaway for the popular MySQL admin tool SQLyog has ended, winners of 5 Single Developer Licenses with premium support ($179/each) are selected and announced below.

Here is a short re-introduction of the product in case you are not one of the winners but considering a purchase (btw, a trial version exists).

What is SQLyog?

It is a desktop application for managing any number of MySQL databases that run on any number of hosts.

SQLyog handles creating/editing and deleting databases, users, tables and records like a breeze.


The application can import/export data (CSV/XML/HTML/Excel) and backup or restore databases/tables. It can even run such commands (or any other commands/queries) as scheduled tasks.

There are many other advanced capabilities offered like:

  • index analyzer
  • schema optimizer
  • query profiler
  • SQL formatter
  • visual query builder and schema designer
  • and more..

SQLyog works on Windows and can be used on Linux or Mac OS X devices with the help of Wine.

The winners

Here are the winners of 5 Single Developer Licenses with premium support:

  • Matt Rogowski (comment #396714)
  • Albena Patleeva (comment #399389)
  • Angel Velichkov (comment #399388)
  • Marcin Kłeczek (comment #396999)
  • Martin (comment #396683)

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway.

Uptime Robot