when you needed a laptop or netbook in order to do any type of design
or development work while away from home? Well now that we have the
iPad, there is no need to carry around a large, heavy laptop. Now all
you need is your iPad and a few apps.
So let’s take a look at some of the best apps available for Web designers who like to work while on-the-go.
Sketching and DrawingSome
of your best design ideas are probably thought of while on-the-go,
right? This is why it’s great to have a sketching and/or drawing app
handy so that you can draw up a quick sketch or more detailed if you
prefer. If you use public transportation to get to work, this is one of
the best ways to pass the time - by doodling or drawing.
ArtStudio for iPad
ArtStudio for iPad you can draw, paint, and even edit your photos - all
while on-the-go. It uses advanced mathematics to attain the highest
level of quality. ArtStudio is great for beginners and pros, and
includes drawing lessons with step-by-step instructions.
Club combines standard digital painting and drawing tools, vector art,
old school pixel art, and new procedural tools. It even supports VGA and
HDMI output so that you can display your design ideas on an external
monitor or projector to clients.
Pro is an advanced painting app with numerous features. Its key feature
is the ability to simulate wet oil paint on a canvas. This is great for
giving your web designs a unique look. It also has some of the best
color blending capabilities that you’ll find on an iPad app.
is known as the most feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
on the iPad. There are numerous tools that can be used to create simple
to complex designs quickly and easily. If you have 3G or 4G on your
iPad, you can use the Dropbox integration to share your drawings with colleagues or clients while on-the-go.
is a professional vector illustration app that supports paths, text,
images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and layers. If you use and love Adobe Illustrator, you’ll love this app, which is very similar. It also includes Dropbox integration for quick and easy file sharing.
I mentioned above, no longer do you need your computer or laptop to do
any Web coding, since you can do this on the iPad as well. Even if you
need edit a file on the fly, some of these editing apps even include FTP integration so that you can access a file, edit it, and save it all while on-the-go from your iPad.
has a clean interface that is optimized for the best coding experience
on the iPad. It includes a syntax highlighting editor and reference
index with a syntax snippet inserter. There is also a basic error log
Textastic Code Editor
is a fast code and markup editor that supports syntax highlighting and
over 80 programming and markup languages. You can also use it to connect
to FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, and iDisk. This means that you can
easily transfer files back and forth to your server, to colleagues, or
FTP On The Go Pro
the name suggests, this app is an FTP client to go. You can use it to
built-in editor so that you can edit these files as well. So whether you
need to quickly edit a page on your website or create a new page, FTP
On The Go is extremely capable.
lets you write and run code in any programming language, right from
your iPad. This is great for testing while programs and pieces of code
on-the-go. FTP access is not included, but you can connect to your
Dropbox account or export files to your computer via iTunes (once you’re
back home or at the office).
is the perfect website manager for Web designers on-the-go. You can
even connect to your FTP or SFTP server to download and transfer files
and folders. It includes syntax highlighting, tabbed editing, line
numbering, built-in local and remote site previews, autosaving of
projects, and much more.
you’re a designer that loves to take and use your own pictures in your
designs, here are some photo editing apps to help you enhance those
images. Not only will you find that these apps let you take pictures
from within them, eliminating the need for the default iPad camera app,
but you’ll also be able to add various filters and effects for a unique
is the best of the best when it comes to editor photos on the iPad. It
includes a noise reduction tool, professional level lighting
adjustments, intensity and midtone controls, and 60 built-in presets.
There are numerous other features as well. If you want your photos to
look professional, this is the app for you.
Top Camera is designed for advanced photographers as well as beginners. It includes an HDR (High Dynamic Range)
feature, video recording, slow shutter mode, and the use of folders.
The folders feature is great for keeping your images organized by
project and/or client; you can also share your images via Dropbox,
Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, or Flickr.
Paint FX you can add filters, effects, colors, and enhancements to your
photos with just the swipe of a finger. It’s one of the few photo
editing apps that lets you adjust just a certain part of an image,
instead of the entire thing at once. This allows for many unique looks
and interesting effects, which are sure to make your designs stand out.
includes basic features like flipping your images and cutting segments.
It also includes advanced features like adjusting the exposure,
saturation, contrast, and hue as well as adding or reducing noise, color
filtering, color inverting, and more.
FX Photo Studio HD
Photo Studio has the best variety of features with over 190 photo
effects, filters, overlays and frames. Each effect is customizable so
that you can create a unique look; plus you can apply as many effects as
you want on one image. It also includes a color splash tool, the
ability to add effects to different parts of an image, and the ability
to share your creations.
Color Schemes and PalettesIf
you’re looking for a little design inspiration while on-the-color,
these color scheme apps are sure to help. With the ability to create color palettes, you’ll never again have to worry about which colors to use for your websites.
Discover a Color
a Color is great for discovering new colors and creating color schemes
with up to 6 colors. Once you’re done you can email your schemes to
colleagues and/or clients.
Color Companion is a color analyzer and converter. You can also use it to create palettes from images, photos, and Web pages.
lets you build palettes based on color relationships. You can create
one scheme and then watch it transform into countless other schemes. You
can also use iCloud to sync, share, and import your schemes.
Color Cache HD
Cache is a color matching app that will help you create and save color
palettes with up to 8 colors. The Sample HTML feature allows you to use
the currently loaded color palette to generate textbox and gradient
Oven includes a color scheme style generator for creating palettes. You
can then view these schemes on different mediums, including Web pages.
Your schemes can then be saved and emailed to colleagues and/or clients.
Honorable MentionsIf you’re looking for more iPad apps for building and planning websites, you may want to check out the following.
HTML Egg Web Page Creator - A Web page maker with a WYSIWYG editor with included website templates and FTP access.
- A simple app for creating mood and inspiration for your Websites; you
can add photos, text, color swatches, and special elements to your
- Build a website using your own information, photos, news, and links;
you can then use in included theme from Simpl to make it complete.
TapPages Web Builder - The easiest way to build your own website on the iPad, via drag-and-drop; add photos, YouTube videos, text, maps, and more.
Website Maker with Dropbox Upload Integration - Create and edit websites while on-the-go and then save to your Dropbox; it includes a drag-and-drop editor and templates.
As a Web designer on-the-go, which iPad apps do you use to help you stay productive and get things done from wherever you are?