The iPad can be used as an effective instrument for all sorts of web design and development. You need to know the right kind of apps and how their interconnected ecosystem can provide you with a perfect development platform. Today we are going to share some of the best iPad Apps that will help anyone looking to manage, control or code their website using their iPad. We will also provide direct download links to those apps and explain each of their roles in accomplishing the task. Let’s get started.
The first step for any successful web design is to create a mockup or a wireframe of your final website. Wireframes enable designers and developers to work on a planned schedule as they know the exact schematic layout of the entire project. iMockups is the best iPad app when it comes to rough layout outlines on your mobile device. The app is pre-loaded with tons of tools, designs, shapes etc. that lets you edit a very understandable sketch your website. Apart from adding traditional texts and boxes to create the base grid you can also fine tune your look by adding specific mockups of a video player, slider, scrollbars, buttons etc. iMockups also allow multiple project support making it a must have app for your development arsenal.
Price – $6.99
FTP Client Pro
Price – $1.99
Koder Code Editor
Once you are ready to hard code your webpages from scratch, Koder is definitely the best solution on your iPad. There are lots of code editors out there but the reason I chose coder in this list is because of the natural looking syntax highlights and the ability to change the background color to either black or white. Koder is also powered by a smart syntax suggestion tool making it easier and faster for you to code in any language. I think this app supports almost all sorts of programming languages that exist on earth. Please check their official app store link (Given below) in order to find out a full list of features supported by this application.
Price – $5.99
Palettes Pro serves as a reference for web designers. You can use this app to choose a set of web colors and create your own customized palettes. Once you are happy with your selection, simply use the HEX code of the given color on your actual CSS file. Palettes Pro comes with an intuitive interface and sometimes web designers can run the app on their iPad while working on the actual coding on another machine. I mean, I have seen it a couple of times and used the same procedure myself.
Price – $3.99
In 2013 there is an explosion of Vector based web designs since they are easy to manipulate on a responsive framework. Freeform for iPad allows you to create vector illustrations and save them either on your tablet or export it for later use. The vector arts can easily be opened with Corel Draw or Illustrator. If you are into graphic designing then you should not have any problem using Freeform since you will be familiar with all the tools at your disposal. FreeForm is also packed with the famous anchor point and path modifier features making it an essential vector drawing app.
Price – $9.99
DropBox is one application that makes its way into every possible list. For designers and developers it is very important to keep a backup of all your files on the cloud. Unfortunately the default iCloud does not support the simplicity with which you can store everything related to your website inside DropBox. You should create a dedicated folder for every new project dump all your resources inside. DropBox also enables you to access these files from anywhere since it’s a cloud based service.
Price – Free
Sometimes it’s better to create a mind map of your entire project even before starting your rough mockup diagrams. MindNode is an excellent app that perfectly suits this purpose. It’s extremely easy to create and edit new branches till you have a large tree like structure of all your elements required to complete the project. The drag and drop editor really helps in creating the exact branching you are looking for. MindNode also supports iCloud syncing which ensures that your plans and ideas are never lost and is always available on one Apple device or another.
Price – $9.99
CSS 3 supports the use of external fonts loaded anywhere on the internet using @fontface markup. The iFontMaker app caters to the need of creating customized fonts for a unique look of your website. You can draw each and every letter then export the entire set as a TTF file. The fonts can then be uploaded and used anywhere on your website. If you are running out of options from the millions of font selections then its time you create your own stuff using this application.
Price – $6.99
If you are working a blog then it’s best to avoid the hassle of starting from scratch and use the default WordPress plugin to create new posts and pages for your site. However, it should be noted that you need to setup the basic theme and other related options before using the WordPress iPad app. The iPad app works best for editing or adding a new post, inserting images, checking statistics using Jetpack etc.
Price – Free
Adobe Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express is the ultimate tool for any web designer looking to work on a tablet. This app comes packed with almost each and every feature of the desktop/Mac edition. Photoshop express can be used by designers to create different elements of a website like the background, banners, header images etc. The files can be synced using Adobe’s own cloud based solution but I suggest you export them into DropBox in order to organize everything under one roof.
Price – Free (Various In-App upgrades required to use all features)
1Password for iPad
This is the last app in for our list and I think that 1Password is really essential in terms of security. Just imagine someone deleting all your hard work and coding once you are about to complete your web project. In order to prevent such a massacre it’s important that you provide the required security by applying a suitable password to various areas where you want to restrict a foreign user. 1 Password offers loads of customization and control and literally allows you to turn your iPad into a well-controlled jail. However, the app comes at a steep price.
Price – $17.99
If you think we missed out any other app and it should have been included then please comment your thoughts below.