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How To Turn Your Android Phone into a Portable Web Design Hub

How To Turn Your Android Phone into a Portable Web Design Hub

Smartphones are not only for communicating anymore: by using apps, you can actually turn your phone into a small computer. If you are on the road or you can’t access your computer, your smartphone can be your saviour, since access to a computer is vital for many. Moreover, even if you’re not a web designer, do you know that you can actually perform web design using your smartphone? Nope, they’re not that hard to use, but several apps can even make web designing look simple.

Here are the smartphone apps that can help you with web design.

View Web Source

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    Finding the source of a web page is easy for all browsers, but it’s not a built-in function on smartphones. This is where the View Web Source app becomes useful: It’s an app that lets you view sources just like on a desktop. Just enter the URL and the app will show you its source code, and you can copy this code to your clipboard if you want to use it later on.

    VNC Viewer

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      You can control your desktop computer even if you are on the road by using your smartphone: the VNC Viewer app allows you to sync your device to your computer anywhere. It will show you the display of the desktop which you can control through the app, so you can run desktop applications, change controls and access any information just as if you were sitting in front of your computer.

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      Adobe Edge Inspect

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        Adobe Edge Inspect, formerly Adobe Shadow, may have been overshadowed by Photoshop, Flash, and other Adobe apps out there, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. This app allows you to test a site on a Mac or PC, and it can also connect several mobile devices automatically to mirror the site. Using Adobe Shadow, testing on your smartphone is a lot easier and faster.

        Install the extension on Chrome and your mobile device will sync to anything on Chrome.

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        LiveView

        LiveView

          Since the demand for more apps for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry smartphones is increasing, web designers and developers are focused primarily on mobile devices. But hey, they create them on desktop computers, not on mobile devices, so they’re not really sure if the app or web site they’re developing even fits a smartphone. LiveView allows them to do so. If you want immediate feedback on the app or site you are creating for mobile devices, this app is very efficient and easy to use.

          Analytix for Google Analytics

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            Want to check how your site is going? Well then, you should have the Analytix app on your smartphone. It allows you to get the details from your Google Analytics account on your smartphone so you can now check the hourly views and visualizations on your mobile device to help you with your work.

            Textastic

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              Again, who would want to create a website on a mobile device? Many believe that smartphones are really not made for productivity, but for consumption, so who would think that they could also be used for web designing? Textastic proves that it can be used for web design: it’s a simple text and code editor with syntax coloring, and also provides functions such as search and replace. It even modifies the on-screen keyboard by adding programming character keys.

              Conclusion

              So these are some of the web designing apps for mobile devices. They can help you design your website or page even if you are on the road—you can now develop and deploy sites using your smartphone! You can also surf through the BlackBerry World or App Store to look for apps used for web development. There are countless apps out there to explore!

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              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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