30 Essential iPhone Apps For Web Developers
The iPhone has many apps available, this is a roundup of my essential apps to keep working on the move with your iPhone.
Web developers are renowned for working to the extreme, not following the simple 9 – 5 that people often associate with them. If you are anything like me you work pretty much every minute you are awake. This level of obsession for work wouldn’t have been possible for me without my trusted iPhone. There are so many apps ranging from web editors to mobile analytics out there to make updates on the move an easy task. So this is a roundup of essential iPhone apps that I believe any developer should have and that I can’t live without.
The PayPal app is fantastic, send & receive money on the go with your account. You can manage account details and check that payments have been made to your account. There are also great customisation abilities.
For all you bloggers you probably need no introductions to WordPress. Simply put this app allows you to manage your blogs content, posts, comments, media basically your whole blog from the palm of your hand. All you need is a wordpress.com blog or a self hosted blog using 2.9.2 or higher.
Photoshop Express doesn’t claim to be as powerful as the full on CS range however it is a handy tool for simple image capture and editing on the go.
Photobucket is an online image storage solution. This app makes this a portable solution, you can take photos and upload them directly to your Photobucket account or you can choose photos from you camera roll to upload.
Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. This wins where others fail with its perfect balance of simplicity and funtionality. This allows you to effortlessly manage to-dos, notes, due dates, and projects. I know the price tag may seem a little steep for a to do app but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”.
So stats are taking over your life, so many sites to visit to check the figures. Well with this app which has support for Ember, Feedburner, Google Analytics, Mint, Squarespace, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo, 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. What a bargain!
This is an FTP client for your iPhone with all the features of a desktop FTP client. You can upload and download files. You can edit your text documents using the built in text editor and also view the changes using its own browser so that you needn’t leave the app. There are too many features to list so be sure to check this one out.
Keeping up to date with currency conversion rates is a must. The web currency is $ but what if your from the UK? Well this handy app is the solution, it has numerous features including live currency rates and charts. The best feature for me is when you want to look at the rates and have no reception the app stores the last currency rates in the app so you can have a good idea at what you’re likely to recieve.
Twitter for iPhone is pretty much the perfect twitter experience. Of course the story goes as follows, tweetie produce the perfect twitter app for iPhone at a cost to the user. Twitter then buy it at strip away the cost of the app and bingo the official twitter app is born. But hey, it’s still the best way to tweet on the iPhone.
You can measure any object by simply placing it on the device screen or just next to it. By moving each line limiter one after another you can get the most accurate measurement. Feel like measuring in centimeters? No problem! Just switch from inches to centimeters on the information screen. Ruler saves your latest measurement and you can get back to it anytime. This may not sound useful, but for the occasion where you need a ruler it will always be there.
From the developer : “Make your calculations easily, find a color, and have access to the exotic characters for your ROFLcopter artwork or for your work web development. The most compelling feature is the fully categorized ANSI UTF-8 Character set. Over 10,000 characters with official names, images, and numerous ways to display them in your code, files, etc.”
Web Tools provides various functions for working with domain names. With the ability to view whois info, check domain availability, mark domains as favourite, view server information (eg. hostname/location) and see detailed response time (ping) of a server. This is perfect for any developer.
To put it simply, this app allows you to take a photo of a font and will identify the typeface that has been used. Utterly brilliant in other words!
iMy was the first MySQL client for the iPhone. Now, it’s the first one to let you securely access your databases via SSH. iMy is a full MySQL client for the iPhone. It features the ability to generate complex queries without ever using the keyboard. Perfect for managing your database on the move.
This app is perfect for you if you are fed up of 40% of your screen being hidden with buttons, address bar and status bars. So this app gets rid of them when they aren’t needed. To get them back give your iPhone or iPod Touch a shake to bring the address bar and buttons into view, then enter a URL and the control bars will slide out of the way for a true full-screen experience. Surf the web exactly like you do in Safari: tap on links, swipe to scroll, double-tap or even pinch and spread your fingers to zoom in or out.
TweetDeck for the iPhone is a perfect extension for those who use the desktop version too. You can sync your columns and clear the read content. This is perfect for managing your social activities with colums set for different social networks, I use this to post to facebook and twitter at the same time.
Read the latest news from your favorite sites and blogs, even when you’re offline. Simply use your free Google Reader account to subscribe to websites you’d like to keep track of. Byline will automatically stay in sync and bring you new content, putting thousands of RSS and Atom feeds at your fingertips. Even when you have no internet connection (such as on the subway) Byline’s offline browsing feature gives you instant access to complete web pages.
ontShuffle is the fastest mobile source of typographic inspiration. 650+ font families are sorted by visual similarity. Without any previous knowledge about type design, you can quickly discover 6 typefaces of similar style in just two taps by navigating the simple category menu.
Of course now we have Facetime for video calling but I stay true to Skype and its the instant messaging I use the most. Many of my clients use Skype and it is somewhat more grown up than the likes of AIM and MSN.
Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. This is a perfect free solution and has received many awards.
Stuck in an area away from your computer? But still need to check your website or server status? Now with Network Utility you can check on your precious website or server status from anywhere that you have internet or cell phone reception. With a variety of features, Network Utility is the sure tool for anyone to provide terminal-like network tool support with the ease of an iPhone GUI. Whether you’re a network professional or just a blogger, checking up on your server has never been so easy!
This is the most advanced Google search experience for your iPhone, now with Google Goggles, Voice Search and My Location you can pretty much search anything, anywhere by any medium. I know Safari has a Google search but in my opinion this is far superior to a basic search.
Dropbox is a file sharing solution and is ideal for attaining files between your iPhone and your desktop, without clogging up your device’s storage capacity. Dropbox allows you to take your files anywhere with you. There are many features to this app so be sure to get it.
Analytics App is the premier app for Google Analytics you’ve been waiting for! Only Analytics App with Segmentation! It is a fantastic app for those who are willing to foot the bill!
Mobile Mouse instantly transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an in air, wireless remote for your computer! Sit back and use this remote to surf the web, browse your photo library or control your music player from the comfort of your couch. Mobile Mouse uses the built in accelerometer to translate your hand motions into mouse movements on your screen. Its packed full of features and to be honest is pretty amazing considering you are using a phone as a mouse.
Use this app as a quick reference for topics you’ve already learned but need a few reminders on, or if you’re still a beginner to HTML, use it to better understand what HTML is capable of. You can also write and test your own HTML within the app.
The cheatsheet includes functions and descriptions for Date & Time, File Handling, Errors, File System, Filter, FTP, HTTP, Libxml, Mail, Math, MySQL, SimpleXML, String, XML Zip, and many more.
The cheatsheet includes descriptions, values and examples for backgrounds, borders, classifications, dimensions, fonts, lists, margins, media types, outlines, padding, positioning, units, colors, tables, text, selector types, pseudo-classes, pseudo-elements and selector patterns.