External Tools

This page describes links to a range of external tools that may be of use when developing your Heurist databases.


W3 offers free tutorials in all web development technologies. You can select a tutorial from a wide ranging menuVestibulum lobortis. Donec at euismod nibh, eu bibendum quam.


TEI (The Text Encoding Initiative) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Wiki 


SourceForge is a web-based source code repository. It acts as a centralised location for software developers to control and manage free and open source software development.


Smarty is a template engine for PHP, facilitating the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic.


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Apache Open Office

Apache Open Office is a free alternative for Office productivity tools and provides an open-source office productivity software suite containing word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, formula editor, and database management applications.

<oXygen/> is the best XML editor available, with a large number of users ranging from beginners to XML experts. It is the only XML tool that supports all the XML schema languages. The XSLT and XQuery support is enhanced with powerful debuggers and performance profilers. You can use <oXygen/> XML Editor to work with all XML-based technologies including XML databases, XProc pipelines, and web services.

Google Photos

Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16mp and videos up to 1080p. The service automatically analyses photos, identifying various visual features and subjects. Users can search for anything in photos, with the service returning results from three major categories: People, Places, and Things.


OpenRefine is a useful tool for checking and correcting coded columns, splitting fields, georeferencing, finding URL references and so forth.

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