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Blueprint

An iPad app for building iOS mockups. Blueprint gives you the ability to create interactive iOS app mockups on the iPad using customisable drag-and-drop widgets for nearly all iOS interface elements. You can also sketch freely in the app or add custom images, actions or transitions to create realistic looking prototypes. You can export your projects in various formats or use the seperate viewer app to preview mockups on any iPhone or iPad. […]

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Flinto

A really easy to use and effective service for creating iOS and Android prototypes. The interface is really fast and simple to use with lots of drag-and-drop elements and options for transitions and animations. Scrolling in the completed prototypes feels really natural and you can even fix headers and footers for navigation bars, tab bars and toolbars. Flinto isn’t cheap at $20/month but you can try it for free for 30 days. […]

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Bjango Photoshop Actions & Workflows

A collection of extremely useful Photoshop actions and workflows for app designers from the guys at Bjango. The collection includes everything you can think of to help you with icons, image sizes, colour profiles, text antialiasing and loads more. The collection is updated whenever they add more and they are also hosted on GitHub for you to fork. […]

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Antetype

A fully featured prototyping tool for Mac for designing UIs for mobile apps and websites. Antetype uses a widget system that allows you to create and reuse UI components with multiple states that can be nested and laid out automatically in your UI design. It comes with a large library of ready-to-use widgets for iOS 7 and other platforms and you can export your designs as pixel or vector based graphics or preview them on the web. […]

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Acorn 4

An affordable alternative to Adobe Photoshop, Acorn 4 is an award-winning fully-featured image editor. It includes many of the essential and pro features such as curves, non-destructive filters, layer styles, vector tools, layer masks and loads more. It’s intuitive, super speedy and, best of all, a fraction of the price of Photoshop. […]

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Subtle Patterns

Although the days of skeuomorphic interfaces are behind us, a well placed texture can still make an app look great. Subtle Patterns is a collection of over 300 free, high quality, tilable textured patterns that are subtle enough that they won’t look out of place on iOS 7. Many of the textures are available to download in @2x resolutions as well or the free Photoshop plugin gives you access to the patterns directly in Photoshop. […]

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Fluid UI

Online prototyping tool for designing mobile apps. You can drag and drop UI elements from a iOS, Android, Windows 8 and wireframe libraries or upload images for custom interfaces. Then add touch gestures and screen animations to bring your prototype to live before testing it on a device or sharing with your team. You can get started for free or sign up for one of the paid plans. […]

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Sip

A simple but invaluable menubar app that instantly samples & encodes any colour on your screen. A quick keyboard shortcut will give you a system wide colour picker that lets you select any pixel on your screen. You can then paste the selected colour directly into your editor in one of several formats including CSS, NSColor, UIColor and CGColor. […]

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Developer Color Picker

A custom colour picker for developers that makes getting colours out of Photoshop/Acorn mock-ups quick and easy. Once you’ve picked your colour you can copy it you the clipboard in NSColor, UIColor, CGColorRef, CSS or HTML styles, with an optional declaration as well. Simple but extremely useful, especially because it is system wide. […]

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