5 Mac Apps That Web Developers Can't Live Without
Coda is a truly amazing application that helps the process of designing a website to it going live on the web, a lot easier. Coda combines text editing, file transfer, SVN, visual CSS editing, SSH terminal, reference books, project management, and more into one beautifully streamlined workflow. Its a great feeling when you can edit a file and then straight away upload it, without even switching windows, let alone changing the application! The beautiful user interface and well proportioned design, means that Coda has gone straight to the heart of many designers.
ColorSnapper is an easy-to-use tool for quickly finding the color of any pixel on the screen. It is activated via a hotkey of your choice, giving you a magnified zone to make it very easy to pick the colour of the pixel you need. There is none of that business of taking a screen shot then opening it in Photoshop and zooming in to find the correct color. The resulting color is copied to clipboard in any format you choose. So for example, if you clicked on the white space behind this text using the ColorSnapper tool, #fffff would be copied to your clipboard ready to be used in your CSS files.
Icons is an incredible time saver that allows you to easily generate various sized icons while offering a brilliant set of features to further enhance your icon’s appearance. It is very simple to use. Just drag your 512×512 image file into the app and Icons will immediately load all of the icon previews to instantly see how your icons will look in all available sizes. What you do from there is up to you, when you are satisfied with the outcome, export your icons for immediate use at any resolution you want.
At some point or other you are going to need to transfer files. Maybe to an FTP or SFTP server, or the cloud via Amazon S3, or using WebDAV. Well you can do this as well as maintain a website, do backups, or upload photos all through Transmit. It has a lightning quick transfer speed. Overall Transmit is a great FTP client which is packed with loads of features as well as being beautifully designed. It integrates seamlessly on OS X and works the way an FTP client should. Quick, clean, simple yet powerful.
Web Slices is an application that enables you to quickly view snapshots of websites by creating a series of full-length screen shots of websites. It is possible to capture and view screenshots of sites at regular intervals so you can see also old editions no longer available on the internet. As well as the scheduling of screenshot captures, Web Slices can display both thumbnails and full html web pages. It is a great way to monitor all of the websites you have designed by keeping an up-to-date portfolio of all your designs, as well as being able to access the history of the site.