The Internet abounds with widgets, apps, tools, and a whole host of resources to help you design and market better. Sometimes, a tool proves so useful, cutting edge or otherwise remarkable that it simply must be shared with other creative professionals. Each of the following seven cool, new tools fits the bill. Give them a try and see if they don’t increase productivity, help you market, and save design time and effort in order to earn more profits in 2012. Best of all, each is free – at least for now!
Gravity Jack has been at the forefront of augmented reality marketing for some time, so it’s only fitting that they’ve released a free QAR generator that will take potential customers to your Facebook page – literally from anywhere.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could apply your layer styles in Photoshop and hit a button to have your design magically rendered in standards-compliant CSS3? Now you can with Layer Styles, which uses a tool that is strikingly similar to Photoshop’s blending options and renders shadows, gradients and more in proper CSS3.
Want a massive library of templates, fonts and other website design tools at your fingertips? Twitter’s Bootstrap program promises to make design faster, easier and more fun.
XMarks isn’t a brand-new tool, but its use is becoming more and more prevalent as users discover the joy of having synced bookmarks, on all browsers, all the time.
A free tool that will tell you how widespread your social networking reach has spread.
A free tool from HubSpot that doesn’t measure analytics per se but instead measures how good your overall marketing is doing and offers insight and suggestions for how you can do better.