15 Best iPhone Applications for Web Designers

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“Once you use it, you won’t know how you ever survived without it” is a well worn cliche, applied over the years to every new technological development or advancement in gadgetry made available to the masses. The mobile phone, the electric toothbrush, ceramic hair straighteners – every important discovery of the technological era has been tarred with this overused tagline.

And the reason why? Because it’s actually true, and none more so than when talking about iPhone apps. You could probably survive without them, and you have perhaps been doing so, but they just make things so much easier, and not just for restaurant bookings and finding directions.

When it comes to web design, there are apps for nearly everything, from helping create color schemes to managing your busy schedule. Here are 15 of the best!

1. Ego

Ego

Ego is a brilliant way of checking your web statistics on a daily (or even hourly) basis. Able to support sites such as Twitter, Squarespace and Google Analytics, you can track the traffic to your website from the comfort of your iPhone without the time consuming pain of having to log in and out of each individually.

2. Palettes

Palettes

Particularly useful for the graphical web design, Palettes allows you to lift colous directly from any image you see online on your iPhone and create a ‘palette’ of your own, replicating exactly the desired color scheme. Palettes can be imported from or exported to other programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and offer a quick and efficient way of working with colors without having to compromise on accuracy.

3. WhatTheFont

WhatTheFont

One of the best things about using iPhone apps is the mobility that they offer. For example, if you see a font or lettering that catches your eye while out and about, simply take a photo and the WhatTheFont app will identify it, meaning you can incorporate it into your own designs in a matter of seconds. WhatTheFont works on practically every image, so even if the font is on a web page and not a photo, this app will still identify it for you, which has helped this app achieve almost cult status amongst designers.

4. FTP On The Go

FTP

FTP On The Go is one of the most popular business apps available. Not only does it allow 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.

5. ZeptoPad

ZeptoPad

Sometimes, as a web designer, you may have an impromptu moment of inspiration. And since pens and paper are about as fashionable as mullets, ZeptoPad is the ideal app for channeling this artistic creativity. It allows you to create vector images, simply by drawing on the screen with your fingers. The latest version even boasts P2P access, so you can share your masterpieces with all your ZeptoPadding friends and colleagues.

6. CSS Cheatsheet

CSS

Despite what many of us may think, none of us is completely perfect, and memory blanks can happen to the best of us. Luckily, there’s an app which prevents these memory blanks from stemming our creative flow when laying out a site. CSS Cheatsheet provides an in depth look at the workings of CSS, ideal for quick references or more detailed tutorials for beginners. And what’s more, it even works offline. Look out for similar apps for Javascript and PHP.

7. ProSEO

ProSEO

ProSEO is possibly the best Search Engine Optimization app on the iPhone. Not only can you track the progress of your domains and those of competitors, you can also keep track of the keywords that drive traffic to your your domain from the search engines. Other handy features include a phrase counter to help determine repetitive phrases as well as the ability to analyze link anchor text and image tags within documents. This is without doubt a key app for any web designer/developer who would like to see their sites ranking highly in Google, Yahoo! or Bing.

8. WorkTimer

WorkTimer

Working as a web designer with many clients (often spread out geographically) means a structured 9 to 5 is often too difficult to organize and equally impractical. However, you still need to keep track of how much time you spend working on each project, which is where the WorkTimer comes in. By simply pressing the screen, you can keep a log of how many hours you’ve spent working – one less thing to clutter your mind and distract your creative genius!

9. CliqCliq Colours

CliqCliq

Possibly the primary color app for graphic and web designers alike, CliqCliq Colors allows you to find the exact color you need as well as converting it to a variety of scales and formats. Similar to the Palettes app, CliqCliq Colors allows you to take colors from images of photos seen directly on your iPhone’s screen.

10. Analytics

Analytics

Analytics is the number one app for Google Analytics. Like a more detailed version of the Ego app, the free Analytics Lite allows you to check statistics and track traffic, with the Analytics Pro app allowing the user to view over 50 Google Analytics reports as well as examining traffic sources and Ecommerce statistics, meaning you can keep up with your sites’ performances wherever you are.

11. Photobucket

Photobucket

The Photobucket app means you can carry one of the largest photo sharing networks with you at all times, with access to your personal and friends’ albums at the touch of a screen. This is particularly useful for designers looking for photos to be used directly or even just for color schemes. And as it costs absolutely nothing, it’s an app definitely worth downloading if only as a back up source of images.

12. Ping

Ping

A useful tool for any designers or developers who are on the move a lot, but can’t afford to lose touch with their servers. Ping tests whether your servers are up and running and accessible, as well as checking that they are responding on the internet or on a private network. The Ping app is quick and easy, a role model for all other apps of its kind.

13. Dexigner

Dexigner

In any sort of design field, it’s vital to keep on top of design news and developments, which is where the Dexigner web app comes in. Dexigner provides the latest design news, whether be graphic design or fashion, straight to your iPhone. Excellent train journey reading material for when you aren’t taking photos of billboards and taking inspiration from their fonts and colors of course!

14. Source Viewer

Source Viewer

An especially simple app, Source Viewer allows you, surprisingly enough, to view the HTML, CSS and Javascript source code of any website you like. Something you may take for granted when using your laptop or desktop computer, only made portable by this handy little app.

15. DatabaseViewer

DatabaseViewer

As the DatabaseViewer’s description reads, quite simply ‘view any database on any iPhone anywhere’. You can view a variety of databases such as MS Access, MS Excel, FilePro and SQL, with the ability to sync any changes or developments of a certain database to stay right up to date.

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Tom Walker avatarTom Walker writes a blog about technology and gadgets for a leading supplier of ink to the print industry based in Great Britain. You can also follow him on Twitter.

43 Comments

  1. Mahallo Media
    July 1, 2009

    Great iPhone application. My favorite is Analytics, thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  2. Dave Parsons
    July 1, 2009

    Thanks for the list!

    It seems the Analytics app doesn’t have a free lite version – only the full paid app.

    There *is* an Analytics Agent Lite app but seems to have major issues with 3.0.

    Reply
  3. Vin
    July 1, 2009

    good list! ;) will definitely use ego and cliqcliq colours

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  4. Paulina
    July 1, 2009

    Wow! Thanks for this Best of List. Somerset of them are really nice help for my work. Redards, Paulina

    Reply
  5. EthanJ
    July 1, 2009

    I would also suggest an SSH app like iSSH (my favourite), pTerm or TouchTerm.

    On the fly shell access has saved me an incredible amount of hassle when dealing with dev work, or more usually, my own sites.

    Good article though Ego, WhatTheFont and Analytics are particularly great.

    Reply
  6. Paul Randall
    July 1, 2009

    A great list. Will be looking into Ego and the Analytics Lite apps

    Reply
  7. Michael
    July 1, 2009

    The upcoming Dropular app might be very handy for web designers as well: http://vimeo.com/5406166

    Reply
  8. arT2
    July 1, 2009

    thanks, nice list.

    Reply
  9. Michelle
    July 1, 2009

    These will be very helpful in my day-to-day operations! Thanks so much for doing the leg work!

    Reply
  10. nOeL
    July 1, 2009

    I like WhatTheFont :)

    Reply
  11. Chris Charlton
    July 1, 2009

    Dexigner is no longer listed in the iTunes App store.

    Midas IDE does FTP, PHP, CSS, HTML. It looks promising, but I have not purchased it yet.

    Reply
  12. Kayla
    July 1, 2009

    Awesome list. I’m assuming most of these work in the Touch as well, I’ll be looking them up right when I get back to my touch!

    Reply
  13. netslider57
    July 1, 2009

    great selection, thanks !!!

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  14. Daniel Bryan
    July 1, 2009

    The “WhatTheFont” app is definitely a top 15 for designers and I would put the “CliqCliq” in there as well, but the others are not something I would use or any of my designers would use. We’re still in the “we can” phase of iPhone dev, not yet to the “we should” phase. So you wind up with a lot of things that sound good, but would never be used in the real world.

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  15. steven
    July 1, 2009

    WhatTHeFont is unusable and totally annoying. It could not recognize a clear picture of Helvetica!!! and kept timing out. Are they trying to tic off their users? Other than that great list!!

    by the way i love WhatTheFont online on a full size computer… great service just a poor iPhone app.

    Reply
  16. cam
    July 1, 2009

    damn, i guess i really SHOULD get an iphone! the matrix is closing in! lol. great list

    Reply
  17. Jake
    July 1, 2009

    Sick! Now I just need about $199.99 to get the damn think, and I’m set.

    Reply
  18. mahalie
    July 1, 2009

    Wow, this post sent me down quite the rabbit hole…

    Reply
  19. Nicholas Z. Cardot
    July 1, 2009

    Ego makes me want to get an iPhone! :)

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  20. kyle
    July 1, 2009

    Wow, thanks for the great comments about cliqcliq Colors everyone! I found this link via a post on twitter, and we’re flattered about all the positive feedback. Hope you’re getting plenty of use out of it, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have feedback, criticism, or other comments about the app.

    Also, we’re working on a pretty substantial update to the app, it’s taking a little while longer for us to get it out than we’d like, but we think everyone who uses Colors will be substantially more happy with the app.

    Cheers!

    kyle
    cofounder, cliqcliq

    Reply
  21. Antonio Max
    July 1, 2009

    The WhatTheFont just doesnt work. Just wasted my time on all the tests ive made with it. Thanks for the article.

    Reply
  22. Jens
    July 2, 2009

    Great list! Have you considered TimeTracker (http://www.mobileapps.de/timetracker) as an alternative to WorkTimer? It also pretty handy for keeping track of your time and offers many useful features.

    Reply
  23. Roman
    July 2, 2009

    Wow. this blows away the small list I made, on my site for Android Apps… hey, designers don’t HAVE to like Apple.

    Reply
  24. Aneslin
    July 2, 2009

    wow. really great app collection.
    specially I like ftp. just now I knw, thx bro

    Reply
  25. arscherz
    July 2, 2009

    Haha, any designers out there with a Blackberry, like me? I think I need to start my own blog of nifty gagets for designers that don’t like Apple products. Regardless, seems a few of these I looked up have Blackberry apps too. I need to do more research, some seem like they could be useful, or at least fun, for a phone.

    Thanks for the article.

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  26. Tod
    July 2, 2009

    Analytics and Source Viewer is the most useful applications in this list. Not only for web designers)

    Reply
  27. SEO Aware
    July 2, 2009

    Just got 11 out of 15! Fantastic list, put it on facebook and stumbled :-). Thanks!

    Reply
  28. RTIQLIT
    July 3, 2009

    Great list! I also like TypeDraw…fantastic app for typography freaks!

    Reply
  29. Albert Pak
    July 12, 2009

    This definitely makes me want to get iPhone even more!

    Reply
  30. And24
    July 13, 2009

    Nice list! I’m getting these for my iPod Touch asap!!

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  31. Laurie
    September 12, 2009

    Thanks for taking time making this list. It is great! As an Interactive Communications grad student, I think some of these apps will come in handy for my coursework and beyond. I plan on sharing it with my classmates.

    Reply
  32. Plastic Surgery Application
    October 15, 2009

    Nice list! I’m getting these for my iPod! Analytics pro looks like a good application.
    Thanks.

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  33. iPhone Development Service
    October 23, 2009

    Stunning apps!! Love to use Ego and Analytics apps..

    Reply
  34. Dzinepress
    January 23, 2010

    really helping applications for web designers.

    Reply
  35. Tova Meroney
    February 1, 2010

    Glad to have checked out this site really found it useful and will return for a further look around when I have some more time.

    Reply
  36. Eileen
    February 11, 2010

    For those app developers that don’t know Objective-C and Cocoa Touch and don’t want to outsource development, check out localbeacon (an iphone app builder) at http://www.bigforge.com. Great for those who want to build just one app or developers interested in white label.

    Reply
  37. ndopart
    March 23, 2010

    I never imagine that web designer can do all their job by using small stuff like iphone…

    Reply
  38. Anup
    April 8, 2010

    Nice Collection :)

    Reply
  39. Luke
    October 25, 2010

    I’m thinking jQRef might be a good addition to this list. :)

    Reply
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  41. Craig Webber
    March 14, 2011

    You should check out HTML Writer. It has got to be the best web editing app I’ve used on the iphone. Built in FTP, syntax highlighting, lots of features and for the price ($2.99) it’s a no-brainer.

    Reply
  42. Sagar
    November 11, 2011

    WoW ! These are some great apps, thanks for the wonderful list :)

    Reply
  43. Amit
    January 10, 2012

    ProSEO is what i was loking for :) thanks

    Reply

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