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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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          Analytics

            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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              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

              1. Zoho Notebook
                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
              2. Evernote
                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
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                You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
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                For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
              6. UberNote
                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
              7. iLeonardo
                iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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                Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

              I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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