Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Web Designers

Web designers who use mobile apps and design sites are quickly gaining an edge over their non-mobile-using competition. With the population constantly connected to their devices, it is no wonder more and more designers are using mobile apps—and you should too.

Because of that and the added convenience, web design apps are quickly becoming not just popular but necessary. Here are five must-have apps for web designers.

5. Adobe Accessories: For Perfecting Your Design Techniques


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Adobe is the go-to for all kinds of software programs, especially for graphics and design. When you want to create a vibrant web page or theme, odds are that you will use at least one Adobe program. It’s actually hard to pick one cell phone app, so consider this section a two-fer, beginning with Adobe Edge Inspect. Adobe Edge Inspect is ideal for mobile designing, and is in fact specifically targeted toward developers, graphic artists, and web designers who want to create pages, themes, and blogs that look great on mobile devices. With so many good phone plans available these days, more people than ever are browsing the Internet on their phones, so it’s practical to create designs optimized for mobile devices. Problems occur, however, when you discover that there’s something buggy on the mobile site that doesn’t exist when you browse on your PC. Adobe Edge Inspect deals with that by:

  • Pairing device
  • Syncing browsing capabilities across computers, cell phones, and tablets
  • Allowing designers to see the HTML, JavaScript, and CSS changes at once
  • And letting designers inspect and fix problems from anywhere

Secondly, there’s Adobe Ideas, which takes everything great about Adobe’s desktop programs and applications and makes them mobile. Designers can easily edit photos and even sketch out ideas, which are fantastic if you get an idea while you’re walking down the street, window shopping, or sitting in the park. Whenever inspiration strikes, you can jot down your ideas, sketch in visual pictures, and then bring your ideas to life in any one of Adobe’s many photo editing apps.

4. LiveView: To Create Seamless Responsive Design


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Responsive web design is more than just the next big thing. To achieve success as a web designer and to create designs and pages that people enjoy, recommend, and view again and again, responsive design is a must. Your creations have to work over every possible platform. LiveView helps you do that, because it offers you the chance to design your web pages and blogs on a mobile device. Many designers make the mistake of designing mobile-friendly sites on a computer or laptop, meaning that the page usually doesn’t look the same on a phone or tablet. With this app, though, everything is seamless. Every pixel you create is flawless, right down to color palettes and themes. Designers who prefer a visual look can see their canvas throughout the creative process. If you prefer interactive design, all you need is a WiFi connection, which allows total interaction with the prototypes, software, and any demonstrations on your computer. This brings the concept to life more quickly, allowing for fast but smooth design.

3. What the Font: For Identifying Unknown Fonts


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Font is an important aspect in web design. Choose the wrong font, such as Arial over Helvetica, and hardcore font enthusiasts will immediately nay-say your work. Worse, if you ever decide to use Comic Sans, then someone might try to blow up your website. People hate Comic Sans. If you’ve ever come across a gorgeous but unfamiliar font, you’ll immediately love What the Font. All you have to do is take a screenshot and crop a photo of the font in question, and the app gives you all the answers. What the Font is also ideal for finding new fonts and choosing the perfect look when you’re designing a logo, a header, or picking out the perfect font choice for the body text.

2. View Web Source: To Crack the Code On Your Phone


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You know how you can simply right-click when you’re on a computer or laptop, and view the source information on a given website? Instantly, you’ll get to see the coding, from JavaScript to positioning. But designers have long bemoaned the absence of that ability on cell phones and tablets. With View Web Source, though, you’ll have  a great, highly mobile way to find the code for a look you really like. Plus, if you’re perhaps looking for a mistake or bug, you’ll easily discover it in the source info for your own code as well. Using this app, viewing the source coding is just part of the fun. After viewing, you can also copy and paste the source info, allowing you to find any coding you’re looking for or discover those pesky errors. The best part is that there are no limits; you can view information on any website you visit.

1. WordPress: For Getting Your Mobile Blog On


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These days, when people talk about web pages, they often mean blogs. Blogging is quickly taking over the Internet, so that even websites based on fashion, coding, video games, or SEO generally have blogs attached to them. If you enjoy creating blog themes for WordPress, unquestionably one of the most popular blogging hosts, you need the WordPress apps. Never again will you have to go to your phone or tablet’s browser and hit up WordPress that way. Instead, using the app, you can make sure your chosen theme translates well to any smartphone. More practically, if you manage a given blog for any of your clients, you can moderate and answer comments, create brand new content, edit older blog posts, and upload, insert, and edit eye-catching images. This is ideal for on-the-go designers and those enjoying cell phones with no annual contract. The freedom is there for inspiring ideas while nowhere near a computer.

The best apps for mobile designing help you in a variety of fundamental ways. How do you feel about the growing trend of responsive web design? Have you embraced it, or are you still resisting?