iPad Pro Design Tools

over 4 years ago from Norm Sheeran, Designer and Developer

  • Manny Larios, over 4 years ago

    Digital Designer with Front-End skills here:

    Anyone successfully use an iPad Pro for Web Dev.? I mostly use CodePen (unusable on touch devices) and Brackets for my code editor. I had the last gen iPad Pro and ended up selling it since it was mostly a coffee table item and couldn't justify keeping it for the price when I already have a Mac and iPhone. However, with tools like full-fledge Photoshop making their way to iOS, it might be time to re-purchase.

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    • Hamish TaplinHamish Taplin, over 4 years ago

      I don't see what problems an iPad solves for these tasks? I'd stick to a laptop, they're just as portable and you'll have way less problems.

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      • Gaël PGaël P, over 4 years ago

        A laptop is definitely not as portable as an iPad. I have taken my 12.9 iPad everywhere with me in the last year. I thought I would give up after the novelty wore out but didn't. It's better in meetings too, others have sketched on it spontaneously. BUT there's a big software problem, nobody has cracked how to do a productive app yet. With Comp and Paper53 being the closer IMO.

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        • Paul HermannPaul Hermann, over 4 years ago

          I think especially with the MacBook Air and the smaller MacBook that the portability is at least - let's say - comparable. And without an external screen the performance is totally enough for UI design work.

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    • Matt KMatt K, over 4 years ago

      Working Copy is excellent for version control and has a pretty good code editor built-in. I used it to develop my website. It's a Jekyll site hosted on Netlify, so all I need to do is push a commit and the site is automatically rebuilt and pushed live within a few seconds. It's a bit slower than running a local dev server but not by much.

      Coda has a good code editor, as well as excellent terminal and S/FTP capabilities. I use it regularly to maintain and update existing sites. As soon as they add version control support it'll become my primary web dev tool on the iPad.

      DraftCode provides a full PHP/MySQL environment, so it's possible to develop and run PHP CMS' like Wordpress locally.

      Pythonista provides a Python environment, so it's possible to run an interactive shell and develop locally with Flask and SQLite. I even managed to get Django working, though it wasn't possible to use PostgreSQL.

      ReScript provides a NodeJS runtime for all your Javascript needs.

      I really want a Ruby environment on iOS to develop Jekyll & Rails locally, but nothing seems to be out there yet.

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