What makes a designer happy? My response is: Working all day long at the PC, sketching, drawing, building and learning. But what happens when you`re out of your computer? Well, there are not many options…An alternative is to use your phone smart. (I believe that`s way they`re called SmartPhones). Iphone, the best smartphone available let you install all kind of apps. There are available apps which can be very useful for designers… wouldn`t you love a Photoshop inside your pocket?
I collected bellow 20 awesome iphone apps which I consider very useful and which may help you become a better designer!
Adobe Photoshop Express
Take the editing and sharing ease of Photoshop.com wherever you go. Adobe Photoshop Express software is more than a mobile photo editor, it lets you upload, view and share your photos.
FontShuffle is the fastest mobile source of typographic inspiration. 650+ font families are sorted by visual similarity. Without any previous knowledge about type design, you can quickly discover 6 typefaces of similar style in just two taps by navigating the simple category menu. Choose the list view to examine up to 24 similar typefaces.
Color Expert contains powerful tools to help artists and designers identify, translate, capture and showcase color.
Designers know inspiration can come anywhere at anytime. Just look around. Some of the best ideas are waiting for you in the real world away from the studio. Now with Color Expert, you’ll have the tools to capture the moment, the moment a color captures you.
FTP On The Go
An FTP client for the iPhone and iPod touch. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more; a very powerful app.
With FTP On The Go, you can fix your website, and view files on your FTP server, from anywhere.
DatabaseViewer allows you to work with numerous database styles such as MS Access, MS Excel, Oracle, SQL Server, FilePro, FoxPro,Oracle, SQL and a few others. You can also ask it to sync the latest changes in a database to your device so you always have the most recent information.
Finally a Google Analytics™ App that has all the features you want and need.
Check your Google Analytics accounts from your iPhone. Supports multiple analytics profiles. Remote access at it’s best.
SEO Pro is the perfect tool to monitor your SEO and Marketing efforts. You can Monitor unlimited urls and keep track of:Google Page Rank, Alexa Rank, Yahoo Inlinks, Yahoo Indexed, Compete.com Rank, URL Diggs, View Meta Tags, Monitor Daily Change in Rankings and many more…
As a designer you should use PayPal to pay for goodies or to get paid.
Use the PayPal iPhone app to send money to your friends and family, transfer money between PayPal and your bank account, and lots more. It’s faster and easier than going to the ATM, writing checks, or sending gifts the traditional way. You can even use it to manage your PayPal account – anytime, anywhere.
CSS Cheat Sheet
Even seasoned CSS (cascading style sheet) developers need a quick refresher course in CSS properties and values from time to time. The CSS Cheat Sheet for iPhone and iPod Touch is designed to address that need. Use it as a quick reference for topics you’ve already learned but need a few reminders on, or if you’re still a beginner to CSS, use it to better understand what CSS has to offer.
HTML Cheat Sheet
When you`re away and need to work something or just to learn HTML, this style sheet is all you need.
Now more than just a cheatsheet. You can write and test your HTML inside the app!Also, works offline for study on the go!
jQuery Cheat Sheet
jQuery Cheat Sheet is a great tool to learn jQuery.This app actually lets you write and test your jQuery within the app. You could use this app as a learning and experimentation tool, not just a reference.
PHP Cheat Sheet
Because PHP is so big, this app it doesn’t appear to cover as much as it should. If you’re new to PHP or you want some sort of PHP reference, this would be a great app to get.
MySQL Cheat Sheet
If you work with MySQL a lot this may be a handy reference for you. There are also apps for viewing and working with online databases from your iPhone so this could come in very handy if you might be working with a database from your iPhone (eg. Database Viewer).
I believe every designer has a WordPress blog.Now you can manage it directly from the Iphone.
With WordPress for iPhone, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted blog running WordPress 2.9.2 or higher.
Log Me In Ignition
LogMeIn Ignition lets you remotely access one or more computers anywhere, anytime. So you never have to worry about leaving anything behind. Directly control your Mac or PC, all your programs and all your files – like that important presentation for your boss or that application that only exists on your work computer – with a simple touch.
Billings Touch takes the Apple Design Award winning time tracking and invoicing experience from the Mac and puts it in your pocket. It has everything:Invoicing and time tracking at the next level.It`s a must have!
Keeping touch with others is very important those days.The best App I found for that is BeejiveIM.
Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go! BeejiveIM (pronounced bē-hīv IM) keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM®/MobileMe®, MSN®/Windows Live®, Yahoo!®, GoogleTalk®, Facebook, MySpace, ICQ® and Jabber… all at the same time, all on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
HTML Colors allows you to easily select and preview colors for use in a web page. This program is useful for web developers who want to experiment with colors for their web sites.
Do you know other interesting and Iphone apps which may be useful for web and graphic designers? Don`t hesitate to share them with us in the comment section!