Recommended web design app

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Tech198, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Hi all...

    Whats the best app on OS X for web design ?
  2. iPaintCode macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2012
    Metro Detroit
    It really boils down to your goals and skill-set. Generally for most seasoned web designers it breaks down in order:

    A. Static Design Tools:
    1. Photoshop
    2. Fireworks
    3. Keynotes (Yes really)
    4. Illustrator
    5. InDesign
    6. Pixelmator

    B. Dynamic Design Tools
    1. Coda 2 (has builtin preview browser)
    2. Sketching on paper + hand coding CSS (think designing in browser) + your choice of editor without a preview. (Sublime Text popular pure editor, and of course TextMate) + Browser of choice, most go Webkit based from an OS X perspective.
    3. Espresso 2 (has builtin preview browser)
    4. BBEdit (has builtin preview browser)

    Of course this is not limited to the options above, I'm sure there will be a few special snowflake options but those would be more developer or amateur options. Again if you're going for the most popular and supported tools amongst web designers, there you have it.
  3. firedept, Mar 29, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

    firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
  4. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    On the professional side:

    Komodo - multi-language IDE, excellent for LAMP developers. Has full debugging tools, CVS awareness, code intelligence, Retina support and group development functions. I use it at work very day, the latest version 8.0 is excellent and includes a mini-map (high level view of your code useful when editing and moving things around) and a fantastic interface. Simple means to create new projects and edit properties of those products, i.e. to match your sandbox docroot setup if also using MAMP PRO for local development.

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