As the popularity of Android platform grows, more and more productivity apps are being coded by developers, for the developers, with the help of fellow developers. Developers, developers, and developers, did we mention designers too? If you are one of them, you might need to test code, select the best color combination, access and manage files remotely, play with typography, and take notes while on the go. In this article we will review some of the very best free Android apps which are useful for both developers and designers.
AndFTP – Android FTP, FTPS and SFTP client
FTP apps are something every developer uses. Whether it comes to giving quick updates to your clients, or just to test certain aspects of your project, if you need access to the contents residing in server, ANDFTP is a powerful app and a robust utility. It’s a fast and securely manageable client.
It gives you the options to quickly manage files with a built in device and FTP file browser. Just key in your credentials for multiple accounts, choose the one to access and the app will pull up your file tree with very easy to navigate interface.
It supports download and upload features with the support of easy download resuming. The app also supports FTP, SFTP and FTPS connections as well. You can read a detailed review of this app, here.
Connectbot – Secure Shell Client
A lot of developers use SSH client to connect to a remote computer. Just to add a little background, SSH is a network protocol that allows user to exchange data using a secure channel between two networked devices. It is primarily used on Linux and Unix based systems to access shell accounts.
Connectbot is a free app for Android that creates a secure connection through which you can use a shell on a remote machine and transfer files back and forth to your device.
It can manage several SSH sessions and create secure tunnels. Users can copy / paste between other apps as well. This utility comes in with a number of keyboard shortcuts for hardware and virtual keyboards. Users can access SSH, telnet and local server. Direct shortcuts can be created to frequently used SSH accounts on the home screen.
Overall, a great free SSH client for Android that gives you almost the exact same features that are available in a desktop SSH client.
Magic Color Picker – Color Selection
Color selection is essential for developers and designers when creating beautiful user interfaces, logos, banners, and so on. Suppose you’re in a quick meeting with your client, and color selection pops up as a topic. Pick your Device, and Open Magic Color Picker. It’s a free tool for quickly selecting suitable colors by using a number of different color models.
This app supports 7 different modes and 4 models including RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV. You can use either palette or sliders to adjust and create colors. Colors are shown in decimal and HEX.
Having wheel of web colors on your device will save you a lot of time. You can make color selection for projects on the go. The only drawback of this app is not able to export, bookmark or email your selections.
HTML Editor – Test HTML, JS and CSS
The typed code can be saved to memory card and can also be previewed in the mobile browser. Base file location can be changed via Settings.
Developers of this app recommend usage of hardware keyboard. It does give you the option to type in from the virtual keyboard with added assistance to show the programmed special keys on the screen.
A great app for developers to quickly test small scripting modifications for their projects.
ActionScript Reference – Find AS3 Classes
Are you a Adobe Flash and Flex developer? If yes, then you must be familiar with Action Script 3 and the help docs it comes with. You will surely appreciate this free app called ActionScript Reference. It will save you a lot of time on the go with quick access to up-to-date AS3 classes.
It indexes all available AS3 helpdocs for Flash and Flex developers right in your device. Users can view all classes and search them by class names.
Typography Junkies – All About Type
Designers have some source of inspiration when constructing different designs. Typography is an art and technique of arranging type, and type design becomes a core part of every design.
Typography Junkies is a great app which every designer should carry. This free app keeps you up-to-date about latest font types with added videos and image.
Moreover, the types are collaborated with different sort of images, videos and social media content.
Thinking Space – Mind Mapping
Brainstorming on the go, who doesn’t do it? Being a developer / designer, there are tons of ideas roaming around. Thinking Space is an awesome mind mapping app to note down all ideas quickly and make connections between them.
The extremely good user interface will make you dig more into this app. Users can export their created maps as images and send them via email.
You can use this app for tasks, planning, meetings, and so on. As an added feature, you can upload and download maps to your device via Thinking Space Web Portal.
Thinking Space is also compatible with famous Freemind software for PC, Mac, and Linux.
So be it quick coding, looking for AS3 classes, selecting the perfect color, making your life much easier when dealing with clients or just playing with typography, these apps would definitely save you time and keep you active while on the go. We would love to hear about any replacement for these apps, if any!