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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

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          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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              Published on September 20, 2018

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

              In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

              Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

              In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

              Minimizing Tabs

              Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

              Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

              Incognito Mode

              Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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              1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
              2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
              3. Download extension New Incognito Window

              This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

              Save Webpages as PDF Files

              Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

              Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

              Open Recently-closed Tabs

              Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

              One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

              The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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              Solve Mathematical Problems

              Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

              For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

              Play Media Files

              Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

              In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

              Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

              With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

              Stay Focus(e)d

              Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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              Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

              With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

              This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

              Grammarly for Editing

              Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

              You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

              Loom

              There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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              There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

              With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

              Chrome Calendar Extension

              No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

              Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

              Final Thoughts

              Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

              Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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