As we approach the end of 2017, we look back at some of the most appreciated releases in the digital industry. Here are five of the best tools intended for web professionals (and novices too), rated for their efficiency, design and user-friendliness.

1. Notepad++

Notepad is a familiar and friendly text editor for many people, not to mention fully-fledged programmers. There is a reason why this text editor has stood the test of the time; it is so flexible and fast. This version benefits from syntax highlighting, a tabbed interface, autocomplete in various languages and a long list of useful plugins.

2. Atom

Atom, meanwhile, is a customisable text editor that enables its user to have complete control over its features and functions. These features include a multi-tab interface, code completion and built-in package manager with numerous add-on packages available. The tool offers great support and is a very popular choice for newcomers.

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3. Vim

Less adaptable but equally as powerful is Vim, a fairly well-established tool in the industry. Vim now offers users autocomplete, history support, code completion and macro recording and playback. Unlike Atom, this text editor requires you to learn on the go, However, once you’ve mastered its ways, it has some great benefits on offer.

4. Light Table

Light Table can be applied to a variety of projects but, as with many tools, it does have its pros. One of these is its suitability for website building, thanks to its embedded editor, its availability for multiple operating systems and its ability to be customised. Other standout features include plugins, instant code testing and code feedback.

5. Bluefish

The very fast Bluefish is an efficient but busy text editor. The tool can be a bit confusing with its many tabs and toolbars, but its more complex design is a direct result of it being able to handle lots of tasks at once. Some of the key features are remote editing, syntax highlighting and checking and support for various programming languages.