51 Web Apps for Designers and Developers
"51 Web apps that you may be able to use for your home or independent design and development business"
In this article, Linda lays out 51 Web apps that you may be able to use for your home or independent design and development business.
Colour, Text and Images
44.Aviary: If you want some fast image editing, use this app, a collection ranging from image and vector editing to screen capture and audio editing.
45.Colour Palette Generator: Easy enough – just enter the URL of an image to get a colour palette that matches the image.
46.Kuler: Adobe allows users to start from a base colour or an image to quickly create all types of color schemes, such as analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, etc.
48.Rasterbator: Created a rasterized image online. upload a file from your computer, follow the instructions, and the final image will be sent to you as an easily printable PDF. Using The Rasterbator requires that you have Adobe Flash Player 7 and a PDF viewer.
49.Splashup: Edit multiple images and layers together, use a variety of filters and tools as well as the ability to store images just about anywhere (Flickr, Picasa, etc).
50.Typetester: Use this tool to compare up to three types of fonts with customized settings all side by side.
51.What the Font: If you're confused about a font, upload a scanned image of the font and instantly find the closest matches.
The list above is just a small sampling of the tools available to designers and developers online that can help you maintain a business from anywhere you have an Internet connection. If you have any other suggestions other than the ones listed below, feel free to share. If you share, tell us how you use the app in your design or developer business.
Linda Goin carries a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing, and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on site at archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in creating social media environments.
Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.