A lot of mobile web designers haven’t thought of apps to aid them in their work. But as new mobile apps are becoming available through the years, it’s quite easy to miss something that could significantly improve your work.
In this post, we’ve made a list of the latest (and newly updated) mobile apps that will make your web design more productive, fun, and effective. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
Here are 10 mobile applications that every web designer should check out.
Dribbble is a go-to tool that every web designer should have. Even if you’re out and about in the office, you can still refer to Dribble for some quick inspiration and easy access to your templates.
In the app, various web designers would share the “sneak peaks” of the designs that they’re currently working on. There are also comments and discussions around them.
But just recently, the platform launched its mobile app.
It features other interactions, like double-tapping to “like,” pull to refresh, faster browsing, and split screens on Apple devices.
According to Amaze Law, one of the top mobile advertising agencies, “If you need to access your web server from your Android mobile device, then AndFTP is an app that does the job. Here, you can upload, view, and update your files from anywhere, which can be crucial especially if you or a client’s site needs working on without a desktop or laptop at hand.”
In addition, it supports several network protocols like FTP, SFTP, and FTPS connections, offering a great user interface for a first-gen Android app.
Aside from that, it lets you set up different FTP servers, and does come along with an FTP file browser that has an excellent user interface and is easy to use. As a result, you can simultaneously look for the files for Android devices as local storage and on the web’s remote server.
One of the important elements of design is selecting the right color palette.
The inspiration for picking the right color palette can come from anywhere. However, it’s the most underrated, yet the most crucial part when building a site.
Through Color Grab, you can find inspiration on your next project literally everywhere. All you need to do is to point your camera on a specific location and then look for the specific colors in that image.
Whether it’s scenery, landscape, or photograph, all you have to do is to point your camera at it and then prepare your color palette.
Another mobile app that web designers should be taking advantage of is the Adobe Scan.
Through the app, it’s possible to convert or copy an image in PDF format. The app is excellent especially if you’re storing a couple of receipts from a work-related trip.
You can also utilize the app to scan sketches and wireframes that are hand-drawn. You can even use it to take a prospect’s business card on the fly. That way, you can keep a digital copy of their contact information which you can save for later.
Same with colors, another element that you can focus on to make your app aesthetically appealing is Fontest.
The app gives you ideas on how the fonts that you pick are rendering on mobile devices. Once you download it, it comes with six free high-quality fonts and gives support when adding your TTF and OTF fonts.
Moreover, it helps you easily resize your fonts and then customize the text display for further improvements.
Adobe is well-known for its relatively complex and heavy desktop applications, but over the years, the company is also innovating with simple and user-friendly mobile apps.
Adobe Ideas, for instance, became an essential part of the toolkits of most iOS and Android users. This enabled web designers to note down quick ideas that can be later on used for Photoshop and Illustrator.
The app is excellent for sketching, especially if you have an iPad version where you’re using those Wacom capacitive-display-friendly pens.
If you’re always utilizing Sketch to come up with a prototype for your web designs, and if you have an iPad or an iPhone that’s iOS 9 or above, then you should check Sketch Mirror.
The iOS counterpart app of Sketch lets you preview your designs on an iPad or iPhone wherever you are, as long as you have a steady internet connection.
The app is also well-optimized for iPad Pro, which also supports multi-tasking and Split View. Through it, you can easily browse between artboards on various pages.
Aside from that, if ever you lose your connection, it will still automatically switch back after it’s restored.
SilverEdit is a simple source code editor app that allows you to code PHP, CSS, and HTML files that you can save on your email or save on your phone.
Combined with the AndFTP app, you can create and push websites even in your Android App! While it still experiences minor functionality problems on other Android devices, it has become more stable with every new version that they released.
This app has the same pattern with several Android Apps like Joomla and WordPress.
Thus, you can upload multimedia content on a Drupal-powered web entity. That includes personal, professional, and large organizations.
Two of the apps’ exciting features are the Type and Colors.
Through Type, the app will zero in on any text that’s present within the photo that you selected. Then it will show what it believes to match the typeface.
The Colors feature is another cool feature. Once an image is uploaded in the tool, the app will automatically pick a color palette. It’s excellent, not only for finding the right inspiration for your work but also for generating color palettes quickly.
As long as you equip yourself with the right tools, then you have the advantage of working anywhere you want as a web designer. It also helps you come up with high-quality outputs, maintain consistency in your work, and stay productive.