Cloud technology makes computing easier and convenient for web designers. Web designers have come to rely on cloud applications for their designs, modifications and debugging activities. Cloud applications maximize the efficiency and productivity of the designing process. The following are 10 cloud applications that are necessary have for any website designer:
Code anywhere is an online IDE coding tool that enables prototyping of layouts for laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other devices. Code anywhere consists of a drop box feature, FTP client and a collection of mobile applications for various devices. Code anywhere supports syntax highlighting for PHP, XML, HTML and Java Script.
Drop box is an application that enables exchange of files between designers. Drop box offers 2GB of space to its users and an additional 500 MB for successful referrals. This easy to use application can be utilized by anyone. This application is free but also has a premium package.
This free application is an extension of the fire fox browser. Grid Fox enables its users to modify and save grids.
For designers who have experience with CS5, Adobe Kuler is a free darling application. Adobe Kuler enables the easy creation of color palettes. It consists of 5 shades and hues for website themes. Adobe Kuler supports all programmes that operate under CS5. In addition, Adobe Kuler allows you to export color palettes created in Kuler to Photoshop, Illustrator, In design and Fireworks. Designers can also import photos and modify them using Kuler’s color palette.
This is a free photo editing cloud application. Pixlr has features such as cropping, painting, drawing and magnifying. Pixlr also serves as a mobile application for Andriod and IOS phones.
If you are looking for an alternative way to save and organise your online research, evernote is the appropriate app for the job. Evernote is a free application that is able to save video files, screen shots of pages and entire websites. Evernote has a free version and premium product. Free users are given 60 MB worth of storage per month while premium users get up to 1GB storage per month.
This free application is applicable in back end coding. Designers are able to upload icon sets, frame works and CSS resets with Git Hub. It also supports tools such as girdless design frame work, boot strap from twitter and the skeleton grid.
Draft board enables co-designers to work on the same project simultaneously from remote locations. Designers can preview client mock ups and receive feed back on projects from co-workers using Draft board. Draft board applications are offered at different prices.
The font of a website influences its general appearance. Type setter is a free application that enables users to compare 3 different fonts side by side. This enables them to identify the most appropriate font.
CSS is indispensable when creating designs without using flash and bloated image files.CSS Desk is a free application.
There are avalanche of cloud applications available for web designers. From image editors, IDE coders and digital organizers, designers are never left without applications for their specific design activities.