20+ New Apps and Websites for Designers

New apps and websites seem to appear on an almost-daily basis.

Trying to find the best ones each week or month can be tough, especially considering how many come out that aren’t that great.

Here we’ve compiled some of the best apps and websites that have come out in the past few months.

Some are apps closely tied to a web designer’s daily work, while others aren’t likely to be used as often, but are still useful.

If you want to share a recent web app or website useful to designers, please send a tweet to @cameron_chapman for inclusion in our next monthly roundup.



Ember is a new site that lets designers share their design inspiration. You can share images, follow other users, browse what others have uploaded, and organize your screen shots into collections. You can save parts of a page or the entire thing, depending on what you need.




Dribbble lets designers upload small thumbnail images (up to 120,000 pixels, or about 400 x 300) of projects they’re working on. It’s a neat way to get a sneak-peek at what other creatives are doing and what their next release might be. Dribbble also allows you to follow other designers and what they upload.



Web Font Specimen

Web Font Specimen lets you test out how fonts will actually look on the web. Combined with browser cross-testing, you can see how the fonts you use with @font-face will actually appear to your visitors.




Launchlist is a complete checklist of things to verify before launching a website. It includes everything from making sure there’s a print stylesheet (and that it works) to making sure forms work correctly to verifying cross-browser compatibility, and you can add your own fields. Complete the report and then have it emailed to your client or colleagues.



Sensational Jobs

Sensational Jobs is a job board for web designers and developers. You can browse through full-time and freelance listings, and set up custom alerts via email and RSS for any desired keywords.



Endorse lets users recommend one another for different skills. You set up an account through Twitter, set your own availability, and then start endorsing others. You can then look through the recommendations of others if you need to find someone skilled in a certain area.




Glass lets you add notes over the content of any website, which you can then share with others. It’s currently in private beta, but invite codes are available on a regular basis (and existing members can invite new members).




Cu3er is a Flash 3D image slider. There are a few different options available and you can create your own quickly and easily.



The Wallee

The Wallee is a hard case for the iPad that also allows for wall mounting. It comes in a variety of colors and you can purchase multiple wall plates to allow mounting in more than one location.




FontFonter lets you see what different Web FontFonts look like on almost any website. Just type in a URL and then select which fonts you want to replace the serif and sans-serif fonts on the site.



Microsoft WebMatrix

WebMatrix is a new app from Microsoft for web design and development. It’s a complete testing environment that doesn’t require you to set up a server, and includes both a code and database editor. It will even work with popular CMSs like WordPress and Drupal.




CloudApp lets you share links, music, images, files, and videos right from a menubar. Just drag what you want to share to the menubar and CloudApp gives you a short link, automatically copied to your clipboard that you can then share.




OpenStack is open source cloud computing software that lets any organization create and offer cloud computing capabilities. It’s licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, meaning anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes to it.




Anologue is a new way to chat with people online. You set up a “chat room” and share the link with whoever you want, and you can chat with an unlimited number of people (within reason). It’s like combining the best parts of IRC, instant messaging, and comments.




PadPressed is a plugin that makes your WordPress-powered blog look like a native iPad app. It adds functionality for iPad users that makes your blog function more like a native app, while still working with your current theme.




Catch404 is a jQuery plugin that catches 404 errors before loading a new page and returns the result in a modal window. It improves usability for your visitors, as they don’t have to use the back button to get away from a broken link.



AJ Help Desk

AJ Help Desk is a new customer support app with tons of useful features, including a knowledge base, support for PDF guides, and user forums.



The Inspiration Blog

The Inspiration Blog is a great resource if you’re feeling uninspired for your latest project. They post regular roundups of inspiring images, both related to design and not.




CSS3 PIE (Progressive Internet Explorer) adds support for a number of CSS3 decorative features for Internet Explorer 6-8. It includes support for things like rounded corners, gradients, and shadows.




Fake is a new browser for OS X that lets you automate repetitive web tasks. It’s built on the same browser technology behind Fluid, and uses AppleScript for all of its automation tools.




This is a simple site that lets you resize your browser window to popular sizes for web devices with a single click. Included are resolutions for things like the Nexus One, the iPad, and the iPhone 4G, as well as common laptop and computer screen resolutions.



App Inventor for Android

Google came out with their new App Inventor software to help non-developers create Android apps. That means you can roll your own apps painlessly, custom-tailoring them to do exactly what you need. You can also use App Inventor to create apps for public release.




PandaForm is a new web form creator that lets you create and share forms in minutes. It lets users submit updated forms, too, which is something many form creation services don’t provide for.




Urlist lets you create lists of links that you can then share with others. It saves time when you want to share more than one link at a time. They also offer a bookmarklet for adding items to your lists.




iFontMaker is a font editor specifically for the iPad. It lets you create handwriting fonts in minutes, and then convert it to TTF for use in other programs.


Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman.

Used any of the apps on the list above and want to offer your opinion? Please let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to send new apps or websites for inclusion in the next roundup to @cameron_chapman.

  • http://zidesigns.com Zaigham

    Interesting new resources.

    Thanks for the post.

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Most of these are kinda random, what about forrst? I know dribbble and forrst are the same thing, but i think forrst does it way better.

  • http://www.inveve.com Marc

    I LOVE CLOUDAPP !! Every mac user should use it !!!

  • http://monomoda.com MONOmoda

    Excellent article. we particularly liked Web Font Specimen, iFontMaker and Dribbble (if we could only get an invite… hint hint!) We also put together a list on must-have apps for designers and creatives on iPhone http://bit.ly/KmJpl

  • http://theinspirationblog.net/ Callum Chapman

    Thanks so much for featuring TIB (The Inspiration Blog) here! :) Great list of new apps and websites, will check some out!

  • http://iphoneblog.pl/ Saint

    Wow, nice set …

  • http://sideradesign.com paul

    great list, thanks for sharing.
    WebMatrix isn’t a new app, it’s been around for years.
    and the screenshot for resizemybrowser is wrong

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      The screenshot has been corrected, thanks.

    • Visual

      [paul], Microsoft WebMatrix, (this one that “walter”) showed, is a NEW one, MS kind of (dropped the old webmatrix) app (years back *in the .net 1.1* days) and this a Revived, more feature packed version that supports all the latest MS .net stuff (LINQ, EF, etc) from what i gather, comes with IIS7 lite i think and even supports PHP dev, but i could be wrong, but i know this is not the same webMatrix as the old one, so in a way this is a NEW App.

  • http://www.mainstreetinteractive.com Todd S. Jones

    Great list, thanks! Liked too many to mention, maybe all of them!

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    Those are excellent apps. I am checking out Lauchlist now!

  • http://www.psdstyle.net chuckles

    Pretty nice list. I was kinda expecting to see more though. How about Lasso for Firefox?
    A clever way to organize your bookmarked sites and share them with others.

  • http://www.prince.bazawule.com/blog prince

    Impressive list, thanks for sharing.

  • Deepesh Fagna

    Awesome……….All these applications are really useful for all web designers and developers.

  • http://www.alastairmogford.com/ Alastair Mogford

    Great list of really useful tools, I shall definitely being using some of these in the near future.

    Note to editor: have you noticed that the screenshot for resizeMyBrowser is actually a copied screenshot for Fake Browser, above? This might need fixing!

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      It’s been corrected, thanks.

  • http://www.pscyhed.be/wordpress Darkened Soul

    some great apps round here, nice!

  • http://www.nicholascreative.com/ Josh

    Great tools! Thanks for the post, these will come in handy.

  • http://en.blogduwebdesign.com Galoo Love Webdesign

    Very nice resources !


  • http://laroouse.com esranull

    very very good apps thanks for sharing

  • http://www.miamiwebdesignpro.com miami web design

    the android app maker is really good i play with it sometimes when im at home working a app for myself :D

  • http://www.spinthebottle.ru STB

    resizeMyBrowser is very interesting.

  • http://www.justforthealofit.com/ TheAL

    Some people have already mentioned them, but code-sharing sites are kinda on the rise right now. Someone already mentioned Forrst.com, and there is also Codesnipp.it.

  • http://writeonglass.com Jenn

    Thanks so much for including Glass. We’re in great company!

  • http://twitter.com/arunkrishnans Arun Krishnan

    Thanks for this great resources. All are very useful :)

  • http://www.masroorkk.com Masroor KK

    Nice list.

  • pesho

    Awesome List
    thanks a lot

  • http://www.aaronkato.co.uk Aaron Kato

    What about Forrst? :) I LOVE Forrst! Anyway, nice post :)

    • http://portsmouthmedia.com Will Boudle

      I applied for Forrst a week or two ago with no luck.. is there some secret to getting in?

  • http://www.xplosivewebsites.com website designer

    This provides a great resource of information on web designs. Can’t wait to see the nest batch. Nice work!

  • Justin

    For the future, could you please make your links open in a new tab..Thanks ;)

  • http://www.pandaform.com Ben Cheng

    Thanks for introducing Pandaform!

    I am Ben from the Pandaform Team :-) We are always trying to improve Pandaform so please let us know how we can make it better, and enjoy using it.


  • http://www.anythinggraphic.net Anything Graphic

    Awesome post! I am looking forward to using Catch404. That is just awesome! I forgot about CSS3 Pie during the development of my new website, so I am going to impliment that now before I forget :-)

    Thanks for such a great list of resources and tools WDD.

    • SteamboatWillie

      So was I… but the site appears to be down. Any chance this is just web maintenance, or the sudden rush of traffic knocked it off line?

      Otherwise, Cameron Chapman should probably pull the reference to it…

  • http://karthickkumar.com Karthick Kumar

    Good Post. Thanks for featuring AJ Help Desk. I am the member of AJ Help Desk – Development team. We are constantly working to improve the feature set, usability and we are planning to release LIFE TIME FREE version for the benefit of web designers.

    Nice List and Your efforts appreciated. Thanks

  • http://www.hotelbul.net ucuz hoteller

    Thank you. Sensational jobs webpage has amazing design.

  • http://www.brushking.eu Thomas Beal

    Thanks, FontFonter and launchlist seems pretty useful for web designer

  • http://www.webdesigner-michigan.com Kevin Mist

    Normally I do not find much use to the “top X” blog posts but I actually opened a few of the links here and learned a few new things.. so thanks

    I especially like the “re-size my browser” and the “inspiration” blog.


  • http://www.nikoslianeris.gr nikos lianeris

    thank you for the post!Some of the tools you mention are really great!!!And really helpfull!! ;)

  • http://www.imphatic.com Garrett Davis

    I really like the idea behind “glass.” In a world where collaboration is increasingly knowing no bounds, tools that mitigate the down sides will ultimately be adopted.

    Thanks for sharing WDD!

  • http://gauravmishra.com Gaurav Mishra

    Good efforts! Bookmarked

  • http://www.bigtunainteractive.com Adam Hermsdorfer

    Slick! I’m going to test out the font-testing apps. More and more clients are asking for custom fonts. This will be a solid tool for them.

  • http://anassin.com Swat Chap

    dribbble seems a good app.

  • http://www.machinwebdesign.co.uk A Web Designer

    Great list – will definately be using some of those.

  • SteamboatWillie

    …Catch404 is a jQuery plugin that catches 404 errors before loading a new…

    FYI Catch404 – site is down

  • http://www.designshovel.com mark

    Hey All,
    A friend and i are working on a site for designers called http://www.designshovel.com
    Its got a heap of community design news up there already!

  • http://www.formcode.com/ Detroit Webdesign

    Always a treat, thanks for the post, great list.

  • http://www.hisubash.com Aneslin

    interesting collection,
    got to know some new sites.

  • http://www.perfilgeek.com Edwin Sandoval

    Great post, I like to find new resources for Web Develop, in order to improve my dairy work.

  • http://creation-1.com/blog Justin

    Thank you for this list of radness!

  • http://www.ceviritercume.org Emre

    really great list, thanks alot.