It seems as though the gap is getting smaller between the Apple App Store and the Google Play when it comes to offering quality mobile applications for designers. With competition growing and deadlines always approaching, designers these days can’t afford to be unable to get some work done when they are away from their offices or laptops.
It is important for any freelancers to have access to their indispensable work tools on the go. Here is a list of 15 great Android apps that every busy designer should have on his or her smartphone.
If you are looking for a professional-grade mobile application for drawing and sketching ideas, this is one of the best ones. The interface is incredibly user-friendly and the drawing tools allow you to jot your creative ideas down quickly and effectively.
This color selector supports seven different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models. It is one of the best apps for designers who need a fast and simple way to pick colors to use. The colors are easy to adjust, either by palette or with sliders.
Fontest is the best tool for designers who wants to get a quick idea of how the fonts will be displayed on an Android device. Of course, it allows you to add all of your favorite fonts and allows you to switch between uppercase and lowercase letters with one quick tap.
Naturally, the mobile version of Photoshop is not as extensive as the desktop version, but it is a great tool when you have to touch something up on the fly. It also allows you to quickly edit and share photos. You do not have to load your projects and photos to your phone either, because you can get access to them all online through your account on Photoshop.com.
Everyone knows how much designers rely on FTPs, and this is probably the best FTP client for Android devices. It supports FTP, SFTP, SCP and FTPS and lets you manage several FTP servers at once. The app also allows you to upload or download files and folders recursively.
Here is a great tool for designers who needs to brainstorm visually. It is a very slick-looking mind mapping tool that helps you get your ideas down and organize your work. If you are someone who thinks visually and needs to get all your ideas and responsibilities “on paper,” this is the app for you.
Another fantastic tool, this color picker lets you take a photo and detect the color in the photo at any touched point. It is the best Android app for identifying colors that look good to you and will show hex code, RGB values, RAL System code, and even the color name in the RAL system.
If you are looking for a color reference tool, it does not get any better than this. Color dictionary is a nice app for designers who want to find common colors. Colors can be searched by their English names, Chinese names or by hex code.
Designers often have to dabble with developing as well, and sometimes they need to check out some sources of web pages to see how things are done. This tool allows you to quickly search for text and code and copy/paste HTML.
If you don’t have the time to get to your computer and play around with a picture in Photoshop, this app can help you make minor but recognizable corrections to your photos. Using this app, you can boost the detail in your pictures, adjust contrast, balance and crop them. Enhance and correct your photos, crop it or adjust it with this great little app.
The makers of this app claim that it was the world’s first social font service that allows you to create fonts of your own with your personal handwriting. Use it to draw a font of your own on your smartphone and then upload it for use. You can also browse some of the most popular submitted fonts through the app’s website.
SilverEdit claims to be “the ultimate web designer tool for Android devices.” It allows designers to create, edit and preview pages offline or online. It also comes with its own FTP service that lets you manage, upload and download files through the app.
Get yourself a PayPal mobile app so that you always have records of payments coming in and out of your account. PayPal is the way most freelance designers get paid for their work and having the mobile version of the service is essential for proper bookkeeping these days.
If you have a keyboard-less Android phone, like Nexus One, this app can come in handy if you really need a keyboard to write something out. With this app, you can connect your phone to your computer and use the computer’s web browser to type out a message.
Another essential tool that everyone designer needs not only on their desktop computer, but on their phone as well. Dropbox allows you to bring all your work with you, no matter where you are. Everything that you save to your desktop computer’s Dropbox folder will automatically be synched and available on your mobile phone through this application.
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