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Readers Pick: 30+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps for Web Design

February 5th, 2009

Last week i wrote a post called “15+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps For Freelance Web Designers“, i asked our readers to tell us what is their favorite Mac App and why do they love it.

In today’s post, we will showcase your suggestions: 30 incredibly useful Mac Apps for freelance web designers & developers to get their website or application styled in a fraction of the time it took before and help them manage their project efficiently to get their job done.

1. Transmit

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


FTP / SFTP / WebDAV client with many advanced features: Get files on your iDisk, FTP, SFTP, or TLS/SSL, Edit any remote file, in any app — even graphics, Create drag-and-droplets from your favorites, Automatically sync favorites with all your Macs and more.

2. TextMate

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Whether you are a programmer or a designer, the production of code and markup is hard work, TextMate puts you back in control, reduces the mental overhead, and turns manual work into something the computer does. TextMate is voted by our readers to be useful and expandable text editor, especially if you are using Subversion version tracking. TextMate productivity tips, is a nice post where you will find twelve tips that help you use TextMate more efficiently and remove some of the tedious parts of writing client-side code.

3. Anxiety

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Anxiety is a super-lightweight To-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail. Its aim is to provide a streamlined, easily accessible interface to add and check off your tasks, while remaining poised to melt into the background at a moments notice.

4. BBEdit

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


BBEdit is a professional HTML and text editor for the Mac users. Provides a high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit’s best-of-class features, including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files (even unopened files on remote servers), project definition tools, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, code folding, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Mac OS X Unix scripting support, text and code completion, and of course a complete set of robust HTML tools.

5. HyperEdit

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Tumult HyperEdit is a lightweight HTML editor with a preview pane that displays the web page live as you type. HyperEdit breaks the tedious cycle of writing html, saving the file, then reloading and viewing the page in the browser by combining the writing phase with the viewing phase. This clarifies the effects of your changes and speeds up the overall process of making a web page. W3C-based validation will red-underline any mistakes. It uses the same rendering engine found in Safari, so it is not only standards compliant, but also very fast.

6. Versions

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Versions provides a pleasant way to work with Subversion on your Mac. Whether you’re a hardcore Subversion user or new to version control systems, Versions will help streamline your workflow.

7. Skitch

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


It not only allows you to create quick screenshots and edit them, but also gives you server space and a platform to store those images online so you can view them on your skitch page. Features include: Snap a website, Capture a chat moment, Screenshot an application, iSight snap your bad hair day, Quickly sketch an idea, Tap into your iPhoto Library.

8. LaunchBar

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LaunchBar is an award winning productivity utility that provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts and bookmarks, to your iTunes library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item’s name.

9. Quicksilver

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


When opened, it will create a catalog of applications and some frequently used folders and documents. Activate it, and you can search for and open anything in its catalog instantly. The search is adaptive, so Quicksilver will recognize which items you are searching for based on previous experience. It also supports abbreviations, so you can type entire words, or just fragments of each.

10. Littlesnapper

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


LittleSnapper is a screen and web-snap application. Features include: Full Webpage Capture, Element Snapping (means you’ll never need to use crosshairs again), Draw attention to specific areas of a snap, Full text annotations are built-in, share snaps with your clients and more.

11. Aptana

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more, more easily. Create, debug, test and deploy scalable PHP solutions eamlessly, Includes support for jQuery, prototype, dojo, YUI, ExtJS, MooTools and other Ajax libraries, Host and scale your PHP and Jaxer apps, Develop Ruby and Rails apps faster with Aptana RadRails, Use your Ajax and JavaScript skills to create server-side apps too and more.

12. ForkLift

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


A Powerful and fast FTP application.

13. journler

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. Featuring iLife integration, audio and video entries, extensive document importing and instantaneous searching and filtering, not to mention Mail, iWeb and Address Book integration, a dash of blogging and AppleScript and Spotlight support.

14. Evernote

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

15. TimeLog

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Keeping track of the time you spend on your projects, Offering an interface similar to iTunes™, every Mac user feels familiar with TimeLog. TimeLog tracks the applications you are using and shows it in its time line. This makes it easy to keep track of your work – even when you forgot to start a timer.

16. Intaglio

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Intaglio is a traditional Macintosh drawing & illustration application. Patterned after the original Macintosh drawing applications, Intaglio is intuitive to beginners and familiar to traditional Macintosh users. Intaglio builds on the 2D graphics, text, color, and scripting capabilities of Mac OS X to provide unprecedented power and flexibility in an inexpensive drawing program. Intaglio isn’t just compatible with with Mac OS X, it was designed from the ground up to fully exploit the capabilites that make this platform ideal for graphics work.

17. Code Collector Pro

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Code Collector Pro provides the best solution for organising, using and sharing your code snippets.

18. Rapidweaver

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


RapidWeaver is a powerful web design application for Mac OS X. It’s based on web standard code and can publish to any FTP server or .Mac / MobileMe.

19. Paparazzi


Paparazzi is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of web pages.

20. Growl

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Growl is a notification system for Mac, notifications are a way for your applications to provide you with new information, without you having to switch from the application you’re already in.

21. Filezilla

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Another FTP program but free.

22. Mamp

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer. With just a few mouse-clicks, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!

23. Billings

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Billings generates professional looking invoices anywhere and they’ve included 30 templates to choose from.

24. ColorSchemer

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


ColorSchemer is a professional color matching application for anyone from hobbyists to advanced professionals.Work with a dynamic visual color wheel, instantly explore harmony relationships and even let ColorSchemer Studio intelligently suggest color schemes for you!

25. ExpanDrive

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


ExpanDrive gives you perfectly transparent access to open, edit, and save files with your favorite programs, even when those files are on a server half a world away. Transparent means that you won’t even notice you’re operating on remote file server—it will act like it’s an USB drive you plugged directly into your own computer.

26. info.xhead

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Your life is full of important information that you don’t want to forget. Whether it be passwords, account numbers, wishlists, or that million-dollar idea that will finally set you free from your boring job, info.xhead can store it all and catalog it into neat little categories.

27. Vector Designer

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


VectorDesigner is a vector drawing application designed to be simple, intuitive and powerful to use. It has everything you need to create fancy vector graphics such as posters, brochures, stickers, logos, web graphics, t-shirt and more.
It features a wide range of tools and smart shapes: easily create rectangles, ovals, polygons, stars, bezier curves – even convert bitmap images to vector-based drawings.

28. Cuppa

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Cuppa is a small application for Mac OS X to time your cup of tea as it steeps. Tired of leaving your tea too long, then this utility is for you!

29. PlainView

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Plainview is a full-screen web browser.

30. Silverback

Mac Apps For Web & Graphic Designers


Spontaneous, unobtrusive usability testing software for designers and developers. Featuring: Capture screen activity, Video the participant’s reactions, Record the participant’s voice, Add chapter markers on the fly, Control recording with the remote, Export to Quicktime

More Interesting Text Editors

- TextWrangler
- xyle
- Smultron

The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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52 comments for „Readers Pick: 30+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps for Web Design
  1. Sujhon on February 5th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Like it… How come Smultron did not make the list? It is better than BBEdit.. and it is free

    • Noupe on February 6th, 2009 at 8:22 am

      I guess you didn’t notice that “Smultron” is at the bottom of the post.

  2. Sujhon on February 5th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    NVM… didn see the list down there..hehe

  3. Gelay on February 5th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    CSS Edit?

  4. Weakly on February 5th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    You already have an app from Panic, but Coda does the work of at least three of these apps.

  5. insicdesigns on February 5th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Nice list! Textmate is usefull.

  6. maYO on February 6th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Great article.
    Just fyi: the link on the Journler image points to the wrong url.

    • Noupe on February 6th, 2009 at 8:23 am

      thanks for pointing that out, just fixed it :)

  7. Stevenbhn on February 6th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Coda, as already mentioned has to be listed as it has Transmit and a great code editor with a webkit preview engine packaged into a very slick app for a very good price.

  8. Cliff on February 6th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Lord a’mighty, so little FOSS penetration into this list. Still, these apps seem pretty polished compared to a lot of FOSS I’ve used. Can’t we have both?

  9. Taeke on February 6th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Coda from Panic should really be part of this list, and Grand Total, from the makers of TimeLog is another Mac app I can’t live without

  10. JohnONolan on February 6th, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Great post! Only thing missing for me, as some have said already are Coda and CDD Edit!

    • Noupe on February 6th, 2009 at 8:26 am

      As i mentioned at the top of this post, this is the readers suggestions. Coda and CSSEdit was already mentioned in the original post here

  11. MattS on February 6th, 2009 at 4:17 am

    The more I see apps for the MAC – their GUI and even just their icons – the more I get convinced of finally saving up for one.

    iMac – you’ll be mine one day!

  12. Brandon Cox on February 6th, 2009 at 4:34 am

    These lists always make me want to chuck my PC out the window and go get a Mac.

  13. joyoge designers' bookmark on February 6th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    useful list thanks..

  14. Victor Cardoso on February 6th, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Awesome list, bud!

  15. mac_kix_windoze on February 6th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Coda coda coda coda coda coda

  16. Karn Broad on February 6th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    MAMP is good, but Xamp is better, I use TacoHTML and I’m another CSS Edit fan. I only use RapidWeaver (VERY GOOD!), Growl and LittleSnapper on that list, and work on web design most days.

  17. Freelance Website Design on February 6th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Very nice list, I also like Cyberduck its a simple ftp client, you can easily “bookmark” ftp sites with it and drag and drop files.

  18. Paul on February 6th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I’m surprised that an FTP app would truly be anyone’s *favorite* application, but I’m also surprised to see no mention of the excellent (and open source) CyberDuck.

  19. Navdeep on February 6th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    CODA & Omnigraffle are missing in the list…

  20. Anoki on February 6th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Am I the only one that loves SkEdit still?

    • Chris on April 9th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      No, you aren’t. skEdit is my one and only love amongst text editors. btw: I also own coda, textwrangler, textmate. I think the problem is the marketing. It is not as hip and yeah as the other ones.

  21. Timothy on February 6th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Nice list. Thanks!

  22. Charity on February 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, no Coda? Surprised that Things didn’t make it either. Nice to see some others I hadn’t heard of though.

  23. Matt on February 6th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Great info!
    Matt

  24. Daniel Hanold on February 7th, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Missing Coda as well, but the fact that you have an app that times your cup of tea is brilliant.

  25. michael mckee on February 7th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Another vote for Coda. Leaving CSS Edit off is also a crime. It’s brilliant.

    How come no bitmap editors? You’ve obviously avoided Adobe products but GraphicConverter is a workhorse.

    About Cyberduck. It has a great interface, tons of features and is probably the world’s slowest file transfer program.

    Far and away the fastest Mac FTP client is Yummy FTP. It’s at least twice as fast for an entire site move as Transmit. The only thing its missing is WebDav

  26. Tom Ross on February 7th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    http://www.grabup.com is a very useful mac app also.

  27. Craig - Abrishca Digital Media on February 8th, 2009 at 6:27 am

    What a great idea to throw it open to the readers! There a few gems in there that I’ll be sure to check out…

  28. Edwin on February 8th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Wondering why great freeware alternatives like Cyberduck and Smultron are not in the list. Can someone explain the benefit of a commercial editor compared to f.a. Smultron?

  29. Pablo Formoso Estrada on February 9th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Great collection. I’m missing Things 1.0 here.

  30. Cornel on February 9th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Great selection. The tools I have found best suited for some of my daily work (like TextMate, ForkLift or CSSEdit) are all listed here, so there is good chance the recommendation for the other apps is solid. Thanks.

  31. Microkid on February 10th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Coda and OmniGraffle should be at the top of this list. CSS Edit is also a good candidate. And ehm… Photoshop, anyone?

  32. Troy on February 10th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I would have had ‘Things’ in the top 5 or 10.

  33. Mark on February 10th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Great list but you missed two REALLY great ones.. Namely Coda and CSSEdit. I used both these applications every day!

    Cheers

  34. Amber Weinberg on February 12th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Awesome list of apps!

  35. Wouter on February 16th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Very nice list, Coda should have been listed, great program

  36. cancel bubble on February 17th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I really like Aptana Studio but it really starts to slow down on moderate-sized files – and I’m running a very high-end Mac that’s maxed out. Has anyone tried NetBeans?

    I also like Cyberduck as others have mentioned.

  37. blogsarticle on February 20th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, no Coda? Surprised that Things didn’t make it either. Nice to see some others I hadn’t heard of though.

  38. Darcy on March 2nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Coda was mentioned in a previous article and so wasn’t included in this one:

    http://www.noupe.com/tools/15-incredible-mac-apps-for-freelance-web-designers.html

    • Chad Engle on October 31st, 2009 at 10:58 am

      I think if it was mentioned in a previous post it should’ve been titled “30+ More”.

  39. Barbara63 on October 22nd, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Most puzzles contain irrelevant story bits. ,

  40. Gangster87 on October 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Thinking about Applying to NW? ,

  41. Chad Engle on October 31st, 2009 at 10:57 am

    There are some on there I have never heard of but, I think you missed some heavyweights, Coda, Espresso, CSS Edit and Dropbox.

  42. Tim on April 13th, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Some great apps here (BBEdit, Intaglio, etc) but some others I’m surprised to see missing;
    Freeway Pro – Fantastic rapid web design (http://www.softpress.com),
    Layers – Great for high fidelity mockups (http://layersapp.com/),
    Balsamiq Mockups – Wireframes in a snap (http://www.balsamiq.com/)

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  44. Graham on June 26th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I am finally getting my Mac! So these suggestions will really help me get started with some of the best apps. Thanks for sharing these :)

  45. Blogsjar on August 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I was surprised to see how much of the list was just ports of Linux stuff that actually has to run in X11 and loses drag & drop as well as other native app functionality.

    Although they’ll run on Mac with the help of X11, they’re not Mac apps.

  46. Zhora on May 27th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve used Spotlight and Quicksilver in the past and both were fine (although I’m not aware of the current state of Quicksilver) but I was never drawn to use it the way I’ve been using Alfred. It’s a utility for easily launching programs, performing file and web searches and streamlining so many repetitive tasks with a really well defined and user adaptable keyboard interface. It’s become the utility I think I’ll never have missing from my Mac. The free version has more than enough for many users and the paid Powerpack addition extends its functionality even further, so much so that it’s one of the very few additions to my Mac that I actually felt good about paying for. I’d suggest anyone who wants to increase their productivity give the free version a try.

  47. Appster on July 26th, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Nice list. But i would really recommend using Coda instead of Aptana. Its far way better. I don’t see Pixelmator neither.

    Look at this toolbox for Mac web designer. I put some essentials tools i’m using :

    http://www.appsta.com/toolboxes/mac-must-have-software-for-designers