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Web authoring:
Web development/authoring environments can be split into two categories:

If you already have a preferred application please use it!

Recommended HTML Editor: Brackets

Brackets is a free, open-sourced text editor developed by Adobe that works on both Windows and Mac (and to some extent on Linux). It has a nice user interface, great CSS editing features, and lets you view a live preview of your code in Google Chrome.

There are a number of other HTML editors available that provide a variety of features and user interface niceties. The table below summarizes some of the most popular editors.

Program OS Cost Live Preview Built-in FTP CSS Helpers
Brackets Mac / PC Free
Coda 2 Mac $75
Sublime Mac / PC Freemium
TextWrangler Mac Free

Recommended WYSIWYG Editor: Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is included in Adobe's new Creative Cloud offering, which gives you access to all of Adobe's products for $20 per month (with a one year agreement). You can also purchase the previous version of Dreamweaver through GovConnection for approximately $100.

Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver can also be obtained with a free trial license (one month only, so if you go this route you will want to wait until April before trying Photoshop and Illustrator).

You can also save html from Word or there are many shareware/freeware web authoring tools if you do a google search, or other ~80 packages that include free trial licenses.

Examples include:
for Mac: RapidWeaver ($79, has free trial)
for PC: WYSIWYG Web Builder ($49, has free trial)
for Mac, PC & Linux: Amaya (free)

Further the new media center has (ironically, older) versions of the Adobe Software suites.


Solid Modeling:
SolidWorks 2013-14, go to the 2.009 website for instructions on how to download it from the ME server. Note: at present, the department download page is a bit confusing.


Online Tutorials
2.744 website building tutorials and how to upload files.

Implementing web-based surveys (forms) hosted in your Athena directory

Viewing secure AVI files using IE and Windows Media Player

Visual memory exercises

Kinematics design library

Sketching in 3D
1 point perspective, simple interactive examples
2 point perspective
Perspective construction

Sketching and rendering tutorial videos (2.744 and 2.009 resource)

Some Solidworks Exercises
Piston (pdf ppt)
Housing (pdf ppt)
Bearing block (pdf ppt)
Assembly (pdf ppt)


Picture libraries
Posed mannequin pictures for storyboards


New media center: MIT facility where you can edit movies and prepare multimedia presentations


Design networking
Product design forum
Design jobs and designer registry