iPad for web designers

Discussion in 'iPad' started by benj07, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. benj07 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Any other web designers using the iPad for work-related tasks?

    There are a few apps that are useful, like iMockups and various FTP apps, but I still think better ones are coming.

    The WordPress app is also extremely useful, although I wish it had rich text editing.

    What would you like to see? I think some sort of tabbed coding/FTP interface would be awesome!

    Please share relevant tips and tricks.
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    What would you use to create HTML pages besides a text editor? Javascript? php? Actionscript? PC monitor preview? Testing any browser besides Mobile Safari? Unless your app has a browser preview that sits side by side with the code window any project would take significantly longer. Heck, just getting your graphics on the Pad would involve a bunch of steps.

    This just isn't a task its suited to.
  3. benj07 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    iPad will never replace a computer for coding. The point of my post was that there are certain tasks that can be done on the iPad, i.e. wire-framing, reviewing code.

    This thread isn't meant to discuss the negatives of getting work done on the iPad, it's meant to discuss the ways design tasks can be accomplished on the iPad.

    Whether you like it or not, there are going to be developers designing apps that allow designers to do more work on the iPad.
  4. keyofnight macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA, USA.
    A good text editor would be nice on the iPad, or at least a proper shell client—something that resembles Apple's Terminal.

    I don't have every version of every web browser on my desktop either. I use http://browsershots.org/ . It'd be nice if an app could integrate with this service. :)

    Certainly, but this is a design issue—and it doesn't sound like an insurmountable one.

    I could imagine two solutions: (1) web "projects" can be be bundled together and synced by WiFi (tarballed by some application with metadata, perhaps); (2) the app could simply be an enhanced text editor with a ssh/ftp client embedded.

    I wouldn't be too sure about that. I imagine that a good text editor with assorted tools would be great for me when I want to toss around ideas.
  5. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
  6. alvse macrumors regular


    Nov 30, 2008
  7. BlueAwesome macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    The biggest thing I'm looking forward to with my 3G iPad is using it at client meetings to show off my websites. I think the iPad would make a perfect portfolio, much better than sliding a laptop across the table.
  8. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Great thing about iPad is it's scalable Safari Browser interface, which is similar to having true Resolution Independence, which allows a designer to zoom in very close to have a great view of each and every pixel you are pushing around. This is less true for bitmapped images and more true for vector images, fonts, and any GUI element created with CSS or any other scripting languages.
  9. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    I have a mobilme account but haven't made a website but would like to for my family. IS there an easy way to do it on the ipad?
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Currently the iPad is not suited to web work.

    You don't have to have all, just the important one. Currently the iPad is not suited to web work.

    Currently the iPad is not suited to web work.

    Currently, the tools aren't really there especially iof the Op needs a WSYWIG solution.

    Tossing around ideas is not getting work done, and thats what I thought the OP was talking about.

    Maybe I should have said currently it isn't suited to the task, but sure once Dreamweaver is ported to the iPad it will be awesome for web development.

    You don't have to have every browser on your machine, just the important ones, but no platform will be good for web development without an assortment of browsers. Sure you can use it for playing with code, but I thought the OP was interested in its use for serious web work.

    It really comes down to how you work, if all you need to code HTML5 is a text editor then the iPad will do just fine, once you have an FTP client and provided you don't mind changing applications just to check your preview (admittedly 4.0 makes this easier, but its still not as good as side by side display) , but if you require more of a WSYWIG solution CURRENTLY the iPad is not a good choice for this task.

    It boils down to this, you can make the iPad get the job done, but you will burn more time with workarounds than getting actual work done. Perhaps in a year there will be more mature tools, but currently it is not suite to web work.
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    That's not resolution independence.
  12. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    I am trying to understand your question. "Work-related tasks"? This implies that you can not actually do your work on iPad but you are looking at ways to do something useful and work-related. So, you'd still do the main work on a laptop/desktop. And, obviously you can do all your work there. Why would you then even start thinking about using iPad for this? Buyers's remorse? Trying to find justification for buying an iPad. Or perhaps you think touch interface (and this is the only thing that iPad has on desktop) can somehow provide for a better tool in some situations? Maybe. But for WEB design? I'd be curious if someone came up with an idea :)
  13. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007

    Fixed the quote, because I do not have time for a discussion on the semantics of the term...
  14. Rob.G macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2010
    In time there will be a couple of decent lightweight code editors. There are already two in the store now, but the reviews indicate too many bugs for me to try them.

    All I want, personally, is a way to do some quick fixes/edits now and then... not full development. But I love the idea of using the iPad as a portfolio of sorts, to show your work to prospective clients, or work-in-progress, etc. I already used mine to do that -- show off a site I'm working on. I was pleasantly surprised when Safari didn't choke, since it's entirely AJAX-based and uses a fair amount of jQuery animations. :)

  15. benj07 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    I can do all my web browsing on my laptop/desktop. I can even keep multiple tabs open at the same time w/o reloading. Guess I don't need my iPad.

    I can do all my email on my laptop/desktop, with much better functionality. Guess I don't need my iPad.

    I can do all my word-processing on my laptop/desktop, and can type much faster. Guess I don't need my iPad.

    If we're only considering the best tools for a job, I guess we can toss the iPad out right there. Just wondering, have you even seen/used one yet? ;)

    I think you're on to something here... :)
  16. benj07 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    By the way... using an iPad around prospective clients is a guaranteed way to boost your designer cred and land you work... :)

    Just hang out at Starbucks for awhile... Make sure you hand out business cards to everyone whom you give an iPad tutorial.
  17. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2010
  18. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Me too!

    Markup was linked to on their google group page. Looks promising.
  19. smilinmonki666 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    I would like to see something like TextMate on the ipad with a built in Apache Server for local use. I personnally think you can use the browser on the ipad to give you an idea, I mean if your a coder, you pretty mch know what works.

    When your with you client you can use the software to show the layout if needed.

    The alternative, if you have a hosting provider you can edit the page from the Code Editor within the CPanel. If CPanel created an iPad version, like the iPhone version I think that would work well. Or, you could VPN in and use your ipad as a desktop.

    There is always a solution, just don't look to hard... And try not to be negative to the op's question. If you don't agree just comment, not rant. This was a valid questionand a lot of people are trying to adapt the ipad to their environment.
  20. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    Real Work doesn't necessarily mean the nitty-gritty of banging out code. One thing I keep meaning to do is find a subversion client that works with the iPad. Being able to quickly look at my code and change log in a meeting without having a laptop blocking everyone's view would be pretty cool.

    An offline native App would be great but i haven't heard of one yet. I'm not surprised as a web app would be 80% as good with a lot less effort. I guess I need to try some stuff out.

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