iOS Dev Tools

The greatest iOS development tools, including websites, desktop and mobile apps, and back-end services. Updated daily by Max Ott.

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Avocode

A tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux that helps you turn your designs into code. Avocode lets you open and inspect PSD & Sketch designs, before giving you tools to export native code for a variety of platforms including iOS (Swift), web (CSS), Android, and React Native. You can also select any layer and export as a PNG, SVG or JPG up to @4x resolution. Version control keeps track of all your revisions, and collaboration tools such as sync plugins and Slack integration make it easy to share designs with your team. […]

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A Nice Red

A super simple website for generating UI colours that complement your brand. A Nice Red lets you simply type in the hex code for your primary brand colour or pick it from the pop-up colour palette, and it will generate three colours that should fit nicely with your brand; a green for success states, a red for errors and an amber for warnings. Clicking a generated colour will copy the hex code ready to be pasted into the Xcode colour picker. […]

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Adaptivity

A simple iOS app that helps you visualise how Size Classes and layout margins look on real devices and how they change with respect to orientation, iPad multitasking (i.e. Slide Over/Split View) and Dynamic Type size changes. Adaptivity displays guides, sizes in pixels or points and current size classes over the top of many standard UI elements including pop-overs, modal presentations, split view controllers, tab bar controllers, and more. There’s even two Notification Centre widgets, a notification content extension and an iMessage app to help you size up all kinds of apps. […]

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Mocks 2

A mac app for designing mockups of iOS applications and screens. Mocks comes with a built-in collection of graphics depicting iOS UI controls and widgets (such as buttons, toolbars, and text fields). You can drag these controls from the Library palette to the Canvas area where you compose your mockups. Alignment guides (both automatic, and user-created) help you keep your designs in line, and a powerful bezier pen tool plus a large collection of shapes, arrows, images, and magnetic lines let you customise you designs further. […]

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Origami Studio

The latest version of Facebook’s prototyping tool based on their Origami plugin for Quartz Composer. Origami Studio is a fully featured design tool that lets you create prototypes with layers from Sketch, masks, particle systems, text, live cameras, and more. You can create and share your own reusable components, or pick from the library of pre-built Material and iOS components. Then you can bring it all to life with interactions and animations, all while previewing your designs in real time on device using the Origami Live app. […]

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SketchViewer

A web app to easily view, version, & share your Sketch files online. Once you’ve uploaded your Sketch files, SketchViewer displays them using the Canvas View that lets you pan and zoom your artboards. If you upload multiple versions of your Sketch files you can go back in time and view, compare, and pixel diff past versions. You also get a shareable link so you can demo your designs to your entire team. […]

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Flinto for Mac 2

A comprehensive app prototyping tool for Mac that allows you to create anything from simple tap-through prototypes, to comprehensive prototypes with impressive interactions. Flinto for Mac 2 introduces the new Behaviour Designer feature that allows for the creation of micro-interactions that happen within screens. Things like scroll-based interactions, looping animation, toggle switches, button effects and many others can be created. Unlike Flinto Lite, Flinto for Mac 2 has a one-off price and includes a 14 day free trial. […]

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LittlePlane

A collection of free SVG stencils ready to drop into your wireframe designs. LittlePlane makes creating wireframes quick and easy by removing the need to design every element. Stencils are tagged and categorised so it’s easy to find the UI element you need for mobile or desktop, and each design is downloadable as an SVG so will work with most design apps and is scalable to any size. They are also working on a Mac app that brings access to all stencils with search and drag & drop to your desktop. […]

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Figma

An interface design tool with real-time collaboration. Figma lets multiple people work on the same files, and even the same elements, at the same time, with revisions constantly being saved with version history. If you’re not a designer you can follow along with someone else’s screen in Presentation Mode or view the design mirrored to a mobile device with Live Device Preview. You can also import your Sketch files to get started. Figma works on any operating system with desktop apps for Mac and Windows. […]

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Vectr

A free graphics editor used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. Vectr is available online for can be downloaded for Mac, Windows or Linux for offline use. It offers all the typical features and tools you’d expect making it a great free option for designing iOS apps. Everything created in Vectr is available online for real-time collaboration. Others can watch you create and edit designs live, whether you√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re in the web app or desktop version. Vectr has just left beta, and the developers have an open roadmap with more great features coming soon. […]

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