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Windows alternative to CodeKit that is free?

  • # February 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve been using CodeKit for all of my LESS and JS compiling/minifying needs while doing my frontend development lately. I love it, and it was well worth the $28. But now I am looking for a Windows alternative. Don’t worry, I’m not switching back to Windows. Just something I could recommend to my fellow developers that use Windows. I found Prepros which looks great and is highly recommended, but it’s not free or open source. I personally don’t care, but I know people who wouldn’t use it because of that….. any others I haven’t found yet?

    # February 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I liked Compass.app better than Prepos (more than half the cost).

    # February 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I personally prefer Prepros over Compass.app. :)

    I don’t think you’ll find a Codekit alternative for Windows that is free, really.

    # February 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Thanks guys!
    A friend of mine pointed me towards Koala which is cross-platform and open-source. After looking into it, I can say it is pretty nice. Not quite as many features as CodeKit, but still a great free and open-source app. I’ve already recommended it to about 6 other developers and they seem to like it, too.

    # February 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I work in a .NET environment so I don’t need to use another LESS app to convert, but Crunch is another simple option.

    # February 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

    +1 for Koala; it’s super simple to use.

    I also like WinLESS for its simplicity, but all it does is LESS compiling, no javascript minification.

    NIX
    # February 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t use any of these things but I hear good things about Koala. Although, I could be wrong but Koala doesn’t have the photo compression feature.

    NIX
    # February 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    A few things to add to my last comment:

    1. I don’t know that I really believe in “lossless” JPG compression. I read an article about a month ago that said it’s hogwash. Plus, I can usually see a difference in quality when I use these tools.

    2. PNG does compress quite nicely. Those photos lose A LOT of extra weight… like 80%. *I could be wrong but my understanding is that PNG files have a lot of embedded meta data that you don’t need. Therefore, by cutting all that out, they get quite small.

    3. Again, I don’t think Koala has that feature but you can get a command line utility like ImageMagick and batch compress/resize/rotate all your photos at once.

    # February 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I personally like Prepros myself, there is a free version and a Pro version. While other solutions might work, no other has Autoprefixer, which is beyond amazing to have work in tandem with the preprocessor.

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