Big shocking news of the day: iPhones and iPads are increasingly popular and widespread and are being used by more and more people. But what’s interesting is this also includes web developers ie. you. And the following list will feature 20 free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers.
While iPhones and iPads appear to be more consumer-driven devices, there are apps on there that can assist in your web development and make your development and design life much easier. Think of it as having sketchbooks, notepads, calculators, communications devices, and more – all in one device. Of course, there are paid apps that provide much more robust development tools, but these free apps will be more than enough to get you started using your iPhone and/or iPad as a web development aid.
Without further ado, here are 20 free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers:
File Accessing, Managing, and Syncing
DropBox lets you sync and share files across computers and your iPhone and iPad.
SugarSync is in case you want an alternative to Dropbox. Sync and access files from your other devices and computers.
2X Client lets you remotely connect to and work on your Windows computer.
LiveView is a remote screen viewing app that can help you design quick simulations and demos and try out prototypes of your designs. Also useful for designing for mobile apps or web apps for use on mobile devices.
Adobe Ideas is a digital vector-based sketchbook for drawing and capturing design ideas – which you can then send for further working on to Photoshop and Illustrator.
Doodle Buddy is a doodling app which can let you quickly sketch out design ideas and anything else with your fingers. Colors included.
Note-taking and Task Lists
Evernote lets you capture and store design and development notes, ideas, snapshots, recordings, and anything else for easy finding later on. Paid in-app upgrades if you need more features.
Note Hub is a note-taking app that lets you create projects and add notes, to do lists, drawings, and whatever else.
TaskPad HD is a task manager that lets you sync tasks across all of your devices as well as manage your tasks via a web browser.
Communicating With Clients and Collaborators
The official Twitter app for when you need to talk to clients and collaborators via Twitter.
Twitterrific is for those who prefer a different interface for using Twitter to stay connected with clients and collaborators – choice is good.
Skype on your iPhone or iPad – need more be said? Really useful for talking to clients and collaborators, especially when they’re in different parts of the world. It’s free to call if you’re both using Skype, otherwise affordable rates let you call landlines and cell phones.
Fringe is an alternative to Skype. Text chat with people via Skype and other instant messenger accounts and get free calls if you’re both using Fring.
Creating and Managing Web Content
WordPress has an iPhone and iPad app that lets you create and edit posts and pages, moderate comments, and other tasks for your WordPress.com blog or WordPress-powered website.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express is a super-slimmed down version of Photoshop for when you need to quickly edit and upload photos and images on your iPhone or iPad.
Working on and Testing Projects
PCalc Lite Calculator
PCalc Lite Calculator is a scientific calculator for when you need exact measurements and calculations for your web development projects and designs. This is the free fully-functional lite version of the paid full calculator app.
MedCommons Prototyper helps build SplitView layouts for easy presenting of web content on an iPad by letting you test your HTML5 and Ajax designs for things like rotation and resizing.
Finding Work and Useful People
Craigsphone is Craigslist for iPad – ’nuff said. For when you need to find clients or work, people to outsource to, and anything else related to your web development and design work.
Design Inspiration and Ideas
FontShuffle is useful for finding the right font for your project or just browsing for typography inspiration – hundreds of font families are sorted by similarity.
SkyGrid is a better RSS feed reader – an easy way to browse relevant design and development information and articles.
What Are Your Most Useful Free iPhone and iPad Apps?
Over to you: what are your favorite free iPhone and iPad apps for web developers? What other apps should be on this list? Feel free to share your useful additions in the comments section below.