20+ Mac Apps for Web Designer

My main computer is Mac. I was often asked what tools and apps I use for web design for a long time so I finally listed below today. You might already know them because most of them are very popular. Let me know if you are using better apps!

My Mac

Macbook Pro

I’m using Macbook Pro 13″. Yes, it’s way to small to design! I want a bigger screen! But I chose a small size because I often move to different countries and work at cafe or library.

My desktop capture. I normally save temporary files to TMP folder because I don’t want to mess my desktop.

I don’t use a mouse but use a trackpad and I use a Wacom Bamboo for Photoshop or Illustrator.

Useful Apps for Everyone


BetterTouchTool lets you define tons of gestures for your Macbooks Trackpad, your MagicMouse and your MagicTrackpad.


Growl is an open source notification system. It allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications.

StuffIt Expander

StuffIt Expander uncompress Zip archives, decompress tar, gzip and bzip archives, and more. Just drag, drop, and you’re done! From BinHex to Zip, StuffIt to MIME, Expander accesses more formats, in less time, with zero hassles. This is very popular app, you should install this first.


AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily.
AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.

Sophos Anti-Virus

As Apple products grow in popularity they’re increasingly attractive targets to the bad guys. Sophos will protect your mac for free.


Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers.


PDF Split and Merge is a free open source tool to split and merge pdf documents.

For Web Designers


Adobe releases the most popular tools for web designers. I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Fireworks CS5. I use Fireworks for only slicing though.

Modify your photo by Photoshop…

Draw an illustration by Illustrator…

They are paid apps. You’ll surprised the price… It will be a bit cheaper if you are student. Check them out.


Coda is the ultimate one-window web development app for the Mac. It combines text editing, file transfer, SVN, visual CSS editing, SSH terminal, reference books, project management, and more into one beautifully streamlined workflow! Price is $99.99.


FileZilla is a free FTP client for both Windows and Mac. I have never used anything but this…


OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.


ImageOptim optimizes images. It’s easy to use, just drag and drop your images into this. So they take up less disk space and load faster.


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You will get 2GB+250MB free space when you signup from here ;)


Have you ever been annoyed when you archived files with additional unnecessary files from Mac to Win? MacWinZipper archives clean zip file.
*WinArchiver is a name in Mac App Store of MacWinZipper.


Evernote helps millions worldwide remember anything and everything that happens in their lives. Use Evernote to take notes, save interesting web pages, create to-dos and shopping lists, attach images and PDFs, and so much more.

iShowU HD

I use iShowU HD when I take screen captcha videos. iShowU HD has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide blazing real-time performance with a brand new, easy-to-use interface. With professional features like drag-and-drop to Final Cut and multi-channel audio capture just a single click away, iShowU HD has all the power you’ll ever need at a price you can deal with. $64.99.


After I took screen captcha, I edit it by iMovie. It’s pre-installed on Mac so it’s free and take $14.99 if you want to upgrade to the latest version.


Poedit is cross-platform gettext catalogs (.po files) editor. It’s useful when you want to localize WordPress plugins or themes. .mo file will be created automatically after you save the file.



I mainly use Google Chrome. It’s fast and has good extensions :)


I have installed Windows 7 on my Mac using Parallels. I use it when I test on IE. $79.99.

iOS Simulator

I use iOS Simulator to test how iPhone and iPad work. You’ll see that app when you download XCode.

Other Browsers for Cross-Browser Testing



I listen iTunes Radio all the time… Some people don’t know but you can add your favourite channel by adding radio URL to Advanced > Open Stream.


Skype is app for online video call and chat for free. I use this for meeting with clients from different countries. The reason why it’s good for meeting is because you can share your screen and video call with multiple people.

Did you find great app? Some of them are paid apps but you can use trial version!



One response to “20+ Mac Apps for Web Designer”

  1. Surprised not to see MAMP included for those making WordPress sites!