25 iPhone Apps for Designers - Incredibly Useful Collection

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, May 14, 2009

There have hardly been an eye candy gadget like iPhone in recent times. The extreme user-friendliness coupled with its sleek and stylish looks have helped iPhone to reach the pinnacle of popularity. iPhone apps have been a great addition and a pillar to iPhone’s overwhelming craze. Considering that, we thought of exploring apps for a specific group of people, the graphic designers. There is a designer in each one of us. So even if you are not a pro, you can still try your hands on them.

1. Ruler Plus

RulerPlus is a simple application for your iPhone / iPhone 3G / iPod Touch, providing you with a simple 7 cm / 2 inch ruler.

Ruler+ let’s you take measurements quickly and easily. Ruler+ also allows you to extend the ruler. Simply move your iPhone to the right and press ‘+’ to create the extended ruler.

Supports centimers / millimeters and inches.

Get it

2. Air Sharing

With Air Sharing, you can mount your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless drive on any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, drag-drop files between your iPhone or iPod touch and your computers. and view documents in many common formats.

What’s New

  • New Upload button when connecting via a web browser
  • Local passcode lock for app security
  • Scrollbar in document viewer for easy access
  • New slideshow options in settings
  • Faster app launch
  • Support for viewing TCL, SQL, and VB text files.
  • User-selectable Port in connection settings
  • Much better rendering of high-resolution images
  • Fixed stretched images from certain cameras
  • Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian

Get it for $ 6.99

3. OpticsCalc

OpticsCalc is a handy optical calculator for the iPhone and iPod Touch for everyone from students to engineers who know optical theory, but need a quick and efficient way to perform common calculations. It frees your mind from having to remember all the equations, and lets you concentrate on solving the problem at hand!

Get it for Eur 2.99

4. AirDesign Chair

Home Sizer is the perfect tool for anyone wanting to estimate the size and function of their dream home, or to just calculate the square footage of an existing home. Currently only provides for measurements in feet & inches.

Get it for $0,79

5. Palette

Palettes is a productivity tool for creating and maintaining color palettes. You may create any number of palettes. Create palettes from images and web sites. Add colors from several color models, web sites, color lists, images, or by entering CSS color strings.

Get it for Eur 3,99

6. Things

Other task managers either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Either way you are not getting stuff done. Things instead has the right balance between ease of use and powerful features. With Things’ elegance and beautiful design, procrastinating never looked less attractive.

Get it

7. Color Expert

Color Expert contains powerful tools to help artists and designers identify, translate, capture and showcase color. Designers know inspiration can come anywhere at anytime. Just look around. Some of the best ideas are waiting for you in the real world away from the studio. Now with Color Expert, you’ll have the tools to capture the moment, the moment a color captures you.

Get it for $9,99

8. Files

Files allows you to store and view files on your iPhone or iPod touch. You can connect to Files from any Mac or PC and drag and drop files straight from the Finder or Windows Explorer, as you would with any other shared folder. In fact any client which understands the WebDAV protocol can connect to Files,

Get it for £3.99.


Mrmr is a technology that enables you to use ordinary cell phones and PDAs as controllers in audio-visual performances, or to participate in interactive museum exhibits, or to use your mobile device in the place of the mouse or trackpad from your full-size computer.

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10. ZeptoPad

ZeptoPad changes as you add your ideas: sketch; mindmap; design; planning; and so on. You can scribble on the iPhone screen and also type text from the virtual keypad. You can drag and move text or picture elements at any time, cut, paste, and resize. When you meet other users of ZeptoPad, you can send a worksheet to another iPhone directly. ZeptoPad - the only limit is your imagination!

Get it for $ 7.99

11. BeamCalc

Enter the light’s height above the target and distance across the floor. BeamCalc shows the resulting throw distance and elevation angle. Enter the light’s beam size in degrees to calculate the pool width. Adjust beam size or location to achieve required pool size. BeamCalc works with any units: feet, inches, centimeters, even miles.

Get it for Eur 1,59

12. iBlueSky

BlueSky is a brainstorming and mind-mapping solution for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Collect and organise ideas you have at odd moments, then email the complete project in PDF and PNG formats to any contact. You can even print a hard copy of your work from the PDF file.

Get it for Eur 5,99

13. Equivalence

Equivalence is the last conversion tool you’ll ever need. Designed from the ground up by engineers and for engineers, Equivalence makes your tedious, day-to-day conversions between unit systems a breeze. Less intensive conversions are even easier, which makes it great for simple and advanced users alike.

Get it for Eur 3,99

14. Units

Units is a simple unit conversion utility for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Unlike most other unit converters, Units looks and works a lot like a calculator. You punch in digits and Units does the conversion on the fly. Easy for converting typographic points to milimeter or inches.

Get it for $0,99

15. Beam Me

beamME allows you do send your personal or business card from your iPhone to any other mobile device or computer, including BlackBerries, Android phones, Treos, Macs, PCs and more.

Get it

16. i41cx+

Advanced programmable and expandable RPN scientific calculator with virtual thermal printer/plotter suitable for a wide variety of scientific, engineering, mathematical, financial, and technical applications.

Get it for Eur 11,99

17. Caliper

Adjustable caliper jaws for pixel-precise measurements
Multi-Touch control - move upper and lower caliper jaws simultaneously.

Get it for Eur 0.79

18. Google Calender

If you are wondering what this app is doing in here. well it is for you to maintain a routine of all the meetings, appointments, designing plans and schedules in the most efficient way. View your schedule from anywhere. Check your Google Calendar schedule from anywhere on your iPhone. Browse any day to see all scheduled events at a glance. Add events on the fly. Type event details, press Add now and you are good to go. Google Calendar will add the event to your schedule.

Get it

19. CliqCliq Colors

CliqCliq Colors is another colour palette app great for graphic and web designers. You can create palettes based on colours you like and easily convert between RGB, CMYK and grayscale. Once you are happy with your palettes you can email them to yourself in formats compatible with Photoshop, Illustrator and more! All up CliqCliq Colors is an easy enjoyable tool for discovering and managing colour

Get it for $ 2.99

20. CameraBag

CameraBag allows users of the iPhone camera to simulate a number of different camera styles. For example, current effects include a fisheye lens effect, ‘infrared’, ‘cinema’ – a wide screen stills effect and effects that simulate old style cameras.

Get it

21. Photowizard

PhotoWizard is a photo processing tool to add special effects to your photos. PhotoWizard supports five amazing effects that turns your photos into artworks.

1. Oil Paint Effect: Turning your photos into oil paints. Works particularly well with landscape and portrait photos

2. Fish-Eye & Anti Fish-Eye Effect: Photo distortion. It is a fun effect to make funny distorted face.

3. Sketch: Turning your photos into pencil / charcoal sketches.

4. Block waves: Adding block waves to your photos.

5. Monochrome: The effects strength and style are adjustable via settings. You can apply effect on top of another one, e.g. applying oil paint and fish eye effects to get an distorted oil paint style artwork.

Get it for $ 0.99

22. CSS CheatSheet

The CSS Cheat Sheet for iPhone and iPod Touch is designed to address that need. Use it as a quick reference for topics you’ve already learned but need a few reminders on, or if you’re still a beginner to CSS, use it to better understand what CSS is capable of.

CSS Cheat Sheet categorically includes descriptions, values and examples for backgrounds, borders, classifications, dimensions, fonts, lists, margins, media types, outlines, padding, positioning, units, colors, tables, text, selector types, pseudo-classes, pseudo-elements and selector patterns.

In fact if you wish, go to the below mentioned URL and you will find some very useful stuff along with the one I noted.

Get it

23. Omni Focus

OmniFocus for iPhone and iPod touch keeps track of actions by project, place, person, or date. Bring up a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, tasks for home, and any other lists you need. It works great as a stand alone application or in conjunction with OmniFocus for Mac. It’s easy to sync your OmniFocus data between multiple Mac computers and your iPhone using your iDisk if you’re a MobileMe subscriber or a by using a generic WebDAV server. They have a manual too.

24. PixelPipe

PixelPipe enabled you to share a load of photos through your iPhone to over 50 supported sites such as Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, YouTube, Tumblr, WordPress, and FTP sites. The way this works is once you find a picture on your iPhone or on a site, you can then simply upload them to the sites mentioned above (and more) in an instant.

Get it


This application allows you to view the latest news, events, exhibitions, conferences, and competitions having to do with anything regarding design. Grab design news and stay up-to-date with breakthroughs at design events and competitions. It’s like your own mini design portal all on your iPhone. You do not need to download any software, all you need to do is navigate the developers site through your iPhone.

Get it

[thanks to: webdesignerdepot.com, designworkplan.com, blog.designerd.com]

July 7, 2010: 10:22 am

If you want to buy a car, you will have to receive the business loans. Furthermore, my father usually takes a commercial loan, which supposes to be really reliable.

June 23, 2010: 11:57 am

I guess that to receive the loan from banks you ought to present a great reason. Nevertheless, once I’ve got a collateral loan, just because I was willing to buy a building.

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