10 Best iPad Apps for Web Designers

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If you’re a web designer and own an iPad, I’ve got great news. There are apps out there that will actually help you be productive. So while you’re away from your desk or office, take a break from playing Angy Birds and get some work done. Here are 10 of our favorite iPad apps to help you do just that.

Gusto

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Gusto is a full-featured website development environment designed exclusively for the iPad with a focus on workflow and usability.

Punultimate

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Penultimate encourages you to take notes, keep sketches, or work through your next breakthrough idea– whether you’re in the office, on the go, or home on the couch.

Adobe Ideas

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Adobe Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop® software.

SketchyPad

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SketchyPad is for website sketching and apps interface making, including iPhone and iPad apps. This app will make designers, programmers, interface designers life much easier. Easy-to-use interface and a lot of various stencils will help you to mockup any web sites and apps interfaces.

Air Display

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With Air Display, you can use your iPad as a wireless display for your Mac OS X computer. It lets you position your iPad next to your computer, drag windows onto it, and interact with those windows as you would on any other computer display.

Ego

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Ego gives you one central—and lovely—location to check web statistics that matter to you. You can quickly view 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.

WordPress

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WordPress for iPad lets 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.

iMockups

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iMockups gives you rapid wireframing and app design on your iPad.

Freeform

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Freeform is a vector drawing tool for your iPad. Create quick sketches, mockups, or diagrams with this powerful tool. Export your drawings via email in JPG, PNG, or PDF formats, or save to your photo library.

Analytics HD

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Analytics HD brings Google Analytics to your iPad. Get quick overview reports for at-a-glance data, or more detailed reports for deeper analysis.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

24 Comments

  1. Webstandard-Blog
    July 13, 2010

    Very nice and helpful collection, my favorite one is “Adobe Ideas”!

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  2. Yip Bop the iPad Man
    July 13, 2010

    That is a great list. I haven’t used a lot of these apps but I am keen to try SketchyPad

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  3. mtness
    July 13, 2010

    Ah, “Draft” is missing!

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  4. Jordan Walker
    July 13, 2010

    Those are excellent apps for designers and developers, thanks for the round up.

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  5. Rigel
    July 13, 2010

    much better than Adobe Ideas is Sketchbook pro, for just 8$

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  6. Michael Martin
    July 13, 2010

    Great list! I don’t have an iPad so I haven’t tried out any of the sketching/wireframing apps yet, but Draft from 37signals does look quite appealing to me:

    http://37signals.com/draft

    They’ve made it as simple as possible, but that’s the appeal. Makes it as close to pen and paper as you could get I suppose (Though in their examples at least, it doesn’t look as precise as a lot of these others apps!)

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  7. perth web
    July 13, 2010

    cheers for the article, never knew about ‘air display’ – will give it a go..

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  8. Damian Smith
    July 14, 2010

    I don’t actually own an iPad yet but seeing these apps makes me want one even more! I think I may wait for the 2nd/3rd generation to come out… (If i can wait that long!)

    It’s amazing just how much you can do, I currently have an iPhone and have the wordpress app which is really useful for keeping up to date with all my clients blogs.

    From an iPad point of view the Gusto app and adobe ideas seem like they would be the most useful!

    Thanks for sharing

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  9. Danuela
    July 21, 2010

    Cool! Thanx man – very useful!

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  10. Pal
    July 21, 2010

    Of course, that effect could be created in Photoshop in order to present a geometry we are accustomed to seeing in photos.

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  11. James
    July 26, 2010

    For windows developers, check out http://www.multibrowserviewer.com. They have a great iphone emulator and a ipad emulator in beta.

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  12. Ypho
    July 30, 2010

    Nice article! Will try Analytics HD for my site.

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  13. Washington DC Web Designer
    August 2, 2010

    Great list, just got an iPad and this will be come in handy.

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  14. Alex
    August 10, 2010

    Cool! Thanx man – very useful!

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  15. kkoma
    January 25, 2011

    wow… very useful article! Thanks~

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  16. ipad tools
    May 24, 2011

    Great list, never knew about ‘air display’ – will give it a go..

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  17. Ryan Chappell
    December 6, 2011

    Not quite an App but if you are looking to get a website up and running directly from iPads or iPhones then there is finally a CMS that is actually compatible with iOS devices. You can design build and publish a website without the need to work from a computer. Although you alway have the option of working from a computer as well if you so choose.

    http://www.simple-different.com/en/

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  18. vaultweb
    February 19, 2012

    You should check out Koder (http://www.koderapp.com). It’s a good editor to edit files on the fly. It also has a built in firebug support to help web debungging

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  19. Agus @ iPad Development
    February 21, 2012

    I discovered the analytics app at the weekend and agree that its a nice little system, One that you have missed which someone has already mentioned is worth a modification to your article. iMockup allows wireframes to be made whilst your sat down with clients, easy learning curve, a great way to agree layouts and a strong business case for why every web designer should have an iPad :)

    Agus from KiranaTama.com

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  20. Xavier
    February 22, 2012

    Hi there,

    You should add to this list App Cooker. I TOTALLY deserve to be here!
    Just have a look on the website and you will be convinced.

    http://www.appcooker.com

    You won’t regret it!

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  21. Danish
    May 3, 2012

    Nice list! Going to look at Karrgo App.
    Karrgo App is easy to transporting byte. Really like the transfer features.

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  22. Taz
    July 18, 2012

    Thanks for sharing – Analytics HD is the one am interested in.

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  23. Jon Harris
    August 23, 2012

    Ok, I am ever so slightly biased here… but how about Simpl, the easy website builder for iPad? ;)

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  24. Howard Steele
    July 26, 2013

    Awesome!

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