2011 HOW Gift Guide: Apps

Even away from your desk, you can use your iPhone or iPad to design on the go. Here are some handy apps to keep you working on the move.

Web designers Idea app
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost $6.99
“This powerful reference tool includes more than 1350 website designs arranged thematically so you can easily find inspiration for your own design work.”

Sketchbook Pro
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost $5.
“Sketchbook Pro offers even more variety in brush sizes. They have 75 brushes, pens, markers, and other utilities to help you get just that right look. Designers also modify the color swatches, change brush sensitivity, and use multiple layers. There is even an eyedropper utility. Designing web designs and writing down ideas is extremely easy while you’re out and about.”

Color Expert
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
Cost: $9.99.
“Color Expert allows you to search through various Pantone color selections, web safe colors, HTML colors and more. Color Expert contains powerful tools to help artists and designers identify, translate, capture and showcase color. You can email palettes in Adobe Swatch Exchange format, pick colors from photos, add custom colors and more. Now with Color Expert, you’ll have the tools to capture the moment, the moment a color captures you.”

FTP on the Go
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
Cost: $6.99
“FTP On The Go allows you to perform website maintenance on the move as well as edit files on your FTP server, but the built-in browser means you can check and changes on your iPhone without having to leave the app itself.”

Ego
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
Cost: $1.99
Can’t get enough analytics! “With support for Ember, Feedburner, Google Analytics, Mint, Squarespace, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo, you can check the number of visits to your website (including daily, hourly and monthly numbers), feed subscription totals and changes, how many people are following you on Twitter and more.”

Cheat Sheet Apps
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.
Cost:
$0.99
Designers and developers need a quick refresher course in coding functions and syntax from time to time. These Cheat Sheet apps 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. Available in just about every programming language and more PHP, CSS, Javascript, Python and more.

BONUS: Free, handy awesome apps: RULER, WHAT THE FONT.

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