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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Backend Services
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A very comprehensive backend-as-a-service provider. Like most providers, StackMob offers a datastore API, social login, push notifications, file storage and custom business logic code, but it also adds some other unique features such as a geolocation API, analytics and deployment management. They do offer a free tier but you have request pricing if you need more. […]

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App Design Vault

A catalogue of 21 app design templates to buy that you can use for building your next app. Each template includes sliced up PSDs and sample code. Prices start at about $59 and they have a premium membership for discounts and extra goodies. They’ve also recently added some iOS 7 style templates as well. […]

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Graphics & Animation
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Glyph Designer

A bitmap font editor for Mac that makes creating good looking font textures for games a breeze. You can create textures from any of the fonts on your Mac or import any font file, and customise the look with colour, shadows and stokes. It can be used from the command line and supports many of the popular frameworks, including Cocos2D, Moai, Sparrow and Corona. […]

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Graphics & Animation
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Particle Designer

A particle effects editor for Mac that offers 48 configurable properties to create custom particle effects for games. It supports many of the popular frameworks, including Cocos2D, Moai, and Sparrow. You can also share your particle effects in the massive online library or use effects created by other users. […]

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App Store and Sales
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Promotee is a Mac app to create professional looking promotional artwork for iOS, Mac and Android apps. You can drop your app screenshots onto one of the many templates or add your own templates. Promotee is great for creating images for the App Store or your app website. […]

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Hosted documentation for Objective-C libraries from the guys behind CocoaPods. The list of libraries is absolutely massive and supports multiple versions. The docs are generated using appledoc so should look familiar if you are used to Apple’s documentation. There are also links to download and install selected docs in Xcode and Dash. […]

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Command Line
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The best way to manage library dependencies in Objective-C projects. You just need to add a list of dependencies to a ‘PodFile’ in your Xcode project, run ‘pod install’ and you’re ready to go. The collection of libraries that CocoaPods knows about is absolutely massive and includes all the popular ones, but you can also contribute your own. […]

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Images and Icons
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A mac app that will reduce the size of your app by analysing the images in your iOS app packages and converting or re-compressing them. It works in a similar way to tools like ImageOptim but will also convert opaque PNGs to 90% quality JPGs. It can also be integrated with Xcode as a ‘Run Script’ build phase or post action. […]

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Sim Deploy

A useful little Mac utility that deploys builds to the simulator. It’s helpful when trying to deploy simulator builds to non-techie people as it is just drag and drop. You can also install builds from remote URLs using the custom URL scheme and it integrates with your continuous integration strategy as well. […]

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App Store and Sales
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A really neat little Mac app that makes generating, sharing and tracking App Store promo codes really easy and convenient. It means you don’t have to deal with iTunes Connect anymore for generating promo codes and it’s makes it really simple for reviewers to redeem the codes as well. […]

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