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15 Very Useful iPad Apps For Web Designers

iPad can be a very useful device because it’s portable, powerful and it has a very good usability. If you are a web designer and you have an iPad, imagine how great would be to have all your tools in one place. Sure, nowadays the computers are very lightweight but they can’t be compared with a tablet if you travel a lot. For example, think about a train ride: you have a lot of time to spare so you pull you iPad and start developing.  Because of it’s batteries, you worry less than if you had a laptop so you can work longer without the need of a power socket. Anyway, let’s get back to our article: here you can find 15 Apps that can be very useful for web designers and web developers.

Typography Insight (coming soon)

Typography Insight is an iPad application that introduces new methods for learning and teaching typefaces. The project stemmed from my love for typography and evolving mobile platforms. Typography Insight leverages technological evolutions in tablet devices, most notably the touch interface and high resolution display of the iPad, to visualize and manipulate typefaces. With Typography Insight, students can easily experiment and inspect the detailed shapes of historical typefaces. Consequently they can acquire a deeper understanding of the type, a virtue of any competitive designer.


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


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

It is an amazing digital sketchbook, which allows you to capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. It gives awesome support for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop software. The interface is clean, simple and fluid. It works and makes drawing fun and useful.

Web Design and Usability Guidelines

Web Design and Usability Guidelines is your guide for developing usable and useful Web sites. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services researched, compiled and published information on usability and user-centered design as a set of guidelines.


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.

Phaidon Design Classic

The application offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier and many more. Presented in a beautifully rendered, 3D environment, the application has been built to take full advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad.


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


CSS3Machine makes the most advanced CSS3 styles simple. Easily create stunning gradients, drop-shadows, and 3D transforms. CSS3Machine even builds, edits, and exports WebKit animations.


Magically organize diagrams so your ideas come to life. With OmniGraffle, quickly create superior documents and a perfect diagram layout.

Designing CSS Floating Layouts

Learn to build CSS floating layouts with Star Trainer, Geoff Blake.

Font Book

If you’re thinking of a font to use for your next project, this app will let you preview fonts for your inspiration.


You can change your website from anywhere and transfer files via FTP daily. Just browse, upload, and download from your FTP server with this intuitive FTP program.

Source Viewer XL

Whether you are a web designer or just curious – this application is for you. Source Viewer shows the HTML, CSS and Javascript source code of any website.

Web Designer Magazine

Web Designer is the premier magazine for aspiring online creatives and industry professionals. The monthly title offers cutting-edge practical projects spanning XHTML, CSS, Flash and WordPress as well as hosting features and interviews with the web community’s most influential people.














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