Almost everyone I know from the mobile industry have a set of tools they work with and just can’t do without. Mobile app developers are no exception. They love using online or mobile tools that boost their productivity, be it free or paid, especially free…

Marketers, product managers and developers have learned to rely on advanced tools, add-ons, even just handy browser extensions that are nice to have in your everyday work.

So, we have asked a few mobile app developers to share which tools they love using the most and would happily recommend to colleagues. And to complete the picture, we have also posted this question in various professional app developers’ forums and groups. We told them they could list coding or general tools, project management tools, SaaS solutions or anything they find useful. We placed no restrictions!

On the contrary, we wanted app developers to feel free to list every tool that they love using, as long as it is related to their day-to-day work.

Many developers have happily shared their insights, disclosing which tools make their lives easier.

The result is presented below. It’s a free-style list, with no specific order or preferences. It lists a variety of tools from different areas. Some are tailored specifically for developers, while others serve the entire business community; some are offered by huge companies, while others were built by indie developers.

Hope you will find this interesting and maybe find some new tools for your own benefit!

Basecamp

SafeDK researches shows mobile developers love using Basecamp

Basecamp is a leading web-based project management and collaboration tool with over 15 million users.

Main features include organized “to-do” lists, set of due dates, assignment of tasks to people, prioritization of tasks and much more. They also offer a messaging board to keep team communication at its best.

Paid or free: Paid

Free trial: 30 days

Monthly recurring payment: $29.00 per month for internal teams, $79.00 per month to share with clients, and $3,000.00 per year for enterprises.

Price range: $29.00 – $250.00 per month

Asana

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using asana

Asana is a popular task management tool with a number of high-profile clients, such as Dropbox, Airbnb, Pinterest, Stripe, and Uber under its belt.

Known as a communication project management tool, Asana combines tasks and messages together, which some people find very comfortable.

Paid or free: Free for teams of up to 15 people only

Monthly recurring payment: $8.33 per member per month

Price range: $0.00 – $8.33 per member per month

Trello

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using trello

Trello is a project and task management tool, currently supporting over 12 million users, that helps make collaborations easy.

Trello’s power is in its simplicity: the boards (projects), lists (topics) and tasks are so easy to manage, it almost manages itself.

Paid or free: Free, but advanced features cost money

Monthly recurring payment: $8.33 per user per month

Price range: $0.00 – $20.83 per user per month

Hansoft

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using hansoft

It is a planning and collaboration tool for agile product development.

This solution is meant to support the scaling up of agile development teams, but it is also used by smaller teams and startups.

Paid or free: Free for up to nine users

Monthly recurring payment: $28.00 per user per month

Price range: $0.00 – $28.00 per user per month and $36.00 – $290.00 per server per month

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Sublime Text

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using sublime

Every developer needs a computerized notepad. Sublime is a popular feature-packed text editor for markup, code and prose.

Its ability to adapt to any kind of environment and visually support a huge variety of programming languages make this one a favorite among many. It is also known for being fast (important!) and very versatile.

Paid or free: Paid (Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a license must be purchased for continued use. There is no enforced time limit for the evaluation)

Free trial: Yes

Monthly recurring payment: $70.00 for one license

Price range: $50.00 – $70.00 per license, depending on the number of licenses required

Paint.NET

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using paint.net

Visual gratification is something every user wants and every developer wants to give. That’s why developers turn to graphic designers. But in the pinch of time, or for small everyday common usage, it’s nice to have a tool to help you out when you’re in a jam and doesn’t require any license.

Paint.NET is a free and easy-to-use image editing software for Windows.

TinyPNG

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using tinypng

TinyPNG optimizes PNG images, using smart compression techniques. You can specify a URL for the image you would like to compress, or upload the images directly onto the website.

It also offers the ability to upload images in a bulk (which is very important, trust me) and it preserves the image transparency (if one exists).

Paid or free: Free for the first 500 images

Monthly recurring payment: $0.009 per image

Price range: $0.002 – $0.009 per image per month

JSON Editor

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using json

Every developer needs a tool to format and edit JSON. Mobile developers are no exceptions as they need to send some data back home.

Every developer has the JSON tools he’s most accustomed to.

We got some positive feedback especially for JSON Editor, though. JSON Editor is a free web-based tool that helps developers create, view, edit, and format their JSON files. The biggest attraction is the ability to edit their code inside their browser (it opens a text editor), instead of switching applications.

Vitamin-R

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using vitaminr

Vitamin-R is a ‘time boxing’ productivity app for Mac users that solves the problem of long task motivation. Vitamin-R structures the work into distraction-free, highly focused activities by dividing them into short time chunks of 10 – 30 minutes.

Paid or free: Paid

Free trial: 14 days

Monthly recurring, yearly or once-off payment: $24.49

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POSTMAN

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using postman

PostMan helps developers test their APIs faster. By providing a REST oriented GUI for sending HTTP queries and viewing their response, the process of developing a Restful API becomes simpler.

It has an easy fairly intuitive UI, and a history of previous requests so you can rerun them later.

Paid or free: Both free and paid plans are available

Free trial: 30 days

Monthly recurring, yearly or once-off payment: $6.10 per user per month

Adobe Illustrator CC

SafeDK research shows mobile developers love using adobe illustrator CC

Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector graphics editor that helps you create icons, logos, typography, sketches, and complex illustrations for web, print, video, interactive, and mobile.

It is known to be the best solution for professional image editing and objects composition

Paid or free: Paid

Free trial: 30 days

Monthly recurring payment: $9.99 per month

Price range: $9.99 – $74.99 per month

Conclusion

Tools are fun. Productivity tools supercharge our efficiency. There are endless tools and many of them are brilliant. We wish we could list them all, but we had to be realistic, and settle for this short list that we’ve received from dear developer friends.

Yes, it’s hard to start working with new tools, as there’s a learning curve, but some of them are totally worth it.

Know tools that developers must know and we haven’t included here? Drop us a note to contact@safedk.com  and we will consider adding them!