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10 essential iPhone and iPod Touch Apps for Web Designers

August 22nd, 2010

Your iPhone means you can work on your site from anywhere.

Apple makes a lot of noise about iPhone and iPod touch being great devices for the web.

Myriad apps exist for pulling information from various sources, providing up-to-the-minute data on sporting events, weather, news and more.

But what about the people who make the sites that send this information? Surprising as it may seem, Apple's tiny handhelds offer plenty of iPhone and iTouch apps for web designers and developers.

Here are our favourites…


1. FTP On The Go (Headlight Software, £3.99)

You're away from your desk, with no access to your computer, and a client phones – their website's broken. With FTP On The Go, you might be able to fix it on the move – the app provides a full-featured FTP client with file edit capabilities for quick fixes. Downloaded files can later be shared, copies can be retained of 'replaced' files, and a web view enables you to check whether your changes have worked, without resorting to Safari.


2. Brushes (Steve Sprang, £2.99)

Although primarily intended for arty, painterly types, Brushes is suitable for all manner of sketching. If you've got an idea for website layout or structure, but are lacking pen and paper, use Brushes. Zooming enables fine-detail scribbles, and you can later access your sketches via the app's built-in web server.


3. Air Sharing (Avatron Software, from £2.99)

Air Sharing is a great solution for storing and viewing all kinds of documents on your device. Sharing content with your computer is child's play, and the Pro version(£5.99, pictured) provides extra features, including file operations, PDF printing, and file exchange between iPhones.


4. Color Expert (Code Line, £5.99)

Although Code Line mothballing its Mac-based colour wheel app still smarts (come back, Color Consultant Pro!), Color Expert mostly makes up for this. It's great for defining colour schemes, and when you're done, schemes can be saved to your device and sent as rich HTML emails.


5. Ego (Garrett Murray, £1.19)

One of those apps that only does one thing but does it very well, Ego is a centralised tracker for web stats. You feed in details for Twitter, Feedburner, Google Analytics, Mint and Squarespace and it provides the all-important numbers, using one of the best interfaces around.



6. Network Ping Lite (MochaSoft Aps, free)

A basic, straightforward utility for network troubleshooting, Network Ping Lite provides tools for pinging an IP address, pinging a subnet, traceroute, and a Telnet console. The Pro version(£2.39) adds IP address storage and the ability to Telnet to any port.


7. Whoiser (Steve Weiland, £0.59)

Whoiser is a standalone client for accessing whois information, which only provides details you can easily find online, but it does so quickly and efficiently (albeit in ugly fashion), and enables you to email the response. For anyone who regularly does whois searches, the 59p price tag will rapidly become irrelevant.


8. Blogpress (Infothinker, £1.79)

Blogpress enables you to update your blog – WordPress, Movable Type, TypePad, and five other services – from your Apple device. In the same way we wouldn't build a website with FTP On The Go, we wouldn't use Blogpress exclusively, but like Headlight Software's app, Blogpress is great for quick edits when you're on the move.


9. Jobs (Bjango, £1.19)

For the price of half a pint, this job time tracker is surprisingly full-featured, giving desktop apps a run for their money. The Jobs UI is sleek, and multiple currency support and export options ensure you don't need to be American nor always have your device to make use of it.


10. iBrowseTwo (Michal Wagner, £0.59)

For times when you're away from a Mac or PC but need to compare live and development websites, iBrowseTwo provides a split-screen set-up, with each section an independent browser. The app's too quirky for general use, but for designers it's a useful tool to have.


Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/10-essential-iphone-and-ipod-touch-apps-for-web-designers-627291