10+ Best MAC OS X Web Development Applications


Being a web developer or designer, we are certain that you would understand the importance of using certain applications. The applications I am referring to, tend to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your work and generally help you along the way. You need to understand though that for a certain project, what application will help you and which will not because that understanding is imperative. Otherwise you would just be wasting time and when it comes to web development there literally are an infinite number of applications you can choose from. In order to make your job easier, we decided to take it upon ourselves to introduce you to some of these major applications. You can download them and play with them in order to learn more about them.

The thing to remember here is that these applications are for Mac OS X and will not work with any other platform, but there should be alternatives available if the situation presents itself. Here is presenting best OS X Web Development Applications. We hope you enjoy the read and as always, your comments are welcome.

11. Web Sharing

11. Web Sharing

The web sharing option was removed by Apple from OS X System Preference. This option let you toggle the built-in OS X Apache Server on and off. If you are willing to get this option back, you need to get the web sharing plugin. Once you install it, a new pane will be added to system preference and you will have the option to toggle the server on and off like before.

10. Anvil

10. Anvil

This is a free application that will allow you to create .dev domain. This option is available as a new icon at the iOS X menu bar. You can access the menu bar to add projects, create domain, and turn the service on and off. This service comes in very handy if you are looking to manage and develop local websites.

9. Keka

9. Keka

Most file packages, if downloaded, are compressed into different formats, most commonly zip and rar. Mac offers limited formats that you can extract but you can download Keka as a free-source OS X application for file compression and extraction. Including the aforementioned formats, it will also support 7z, Gzip, Tar, DMG and ISO.

8. Sequel Pro

8. Sequel Pro

While MySQL is the most popular open-source database used worldwide, there are several websites that include open source projects like WordPress which will rely on MySQL for sorting out its databases and of course there is a need for a tool to managing these databases. For that, Sequel Pro is the best option available to you.

7. SourceTree & Github

7. SourceTree & Github

It does not matter whether you are building a small website, or large, whether professional or personal. You need to incorporate a control version system in order to keep track of any revisions to your code. For that, you can install SourceTree or Github on OS X in order to use and operate Git in a convenient manner through GUI. Remember that both applications are free.

6. Koala

6. Koala

If you are looking to compile LESS, SASS, Compass and CoffeeScript into a rather browser-compliant format, Koala is the tools for you. This is a definite for your Mac.

5. iPhone Emulator

5. iPhone Emulator

Mobile is a major format and whether you are developing websites for professional or personal use, you need to know how they run on a phone. You need the iPhone Emulator for checking to see how your website performs on the iPhone. You will need to install Xcode from the AppStore in order to use the iPhone Emulator.

4. Icons8

4. Icons8

If you are looking for icons, or otherwise inspiration, install Icons8. Once you install this application, you will see a new icon at the menu bar and you can search through a collection of 2,800 icons in order to suit your need. You can then place the selected icon for any application on your Mac e.g. Photoshop and what not.

3. Poedit

3. Poedit

You know those .po files that are used for internationalizing websites on a large scale. What it does is basically translates a particular website into many different languages. If you need an editor for such files, you need to install Poedit to make your job easier. It comes in very handy especially if you are working with platforms such as WordPress.

2. Dash

2. Dash

Memorizing code syntax form all the languages is pretty much an impossible job. It is very hard at the very least. If you think so, you need to install Dash. It will collect documentation for SASS, LESS, CSS3, HTML5 and a few other languages. Then, you can search through the documentation allowing you to find codes, syntax and different functions etc.

1. Automator

11. Web Sharing

This application comes pre-installed with OS X. It will allow you to automate tasks that you use commonly. For example, you can create a contextual menu for renaming files in batch. You can even automate processes to change file extensions or create thumbnails images or even crop the images. The possibilities are endless, but it offers you the simplest way to induce efficiency.

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