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The Most Popular Design Tools

The Designer's Toolkit We asked 180 design and creative professionals from around the world what design apps they use the most. Survey Results Documents Storage Wireframing Visual Design Note-taking 52% 76% 37% 46% 75% Google Docs OmniGraffle Adobe Dropbox Evernote Photoshop 24% Balsamiq 20% Adobe 10% Microsoft Word Illustrator 8% Microsoft Excel 7% Adobe InDesign 22% Axure 8% Numbers 4% Adobe Fireworks 4% iPad Notes 2% Gimp 7% Time Machine 2% Adobe Acrobat 4% Penultimate 2% SpringPad 2% Simplenote 3% Carbonite 3% 9% Mockingbird 2% Crashplan 2% Mockflow Text Editor Website Hosting Video Editing Invoicing Email 13% Amazon 50% Web services 33% 33% 52% Textmate 13% Google Sites Final Cut Pro Harvest Gmail 9% Slicehost 9% land1 33% 23% Textedit 9% Hostgator Freshbooks 13% Microsoft 21% Adobe Outlook Premiere Pro 18% Notepad++ 12% Apple Mail 14% Adobe 22% Billings 8% TextWrangler After Effects 7% Microsoft Exchange 8% CSSEdit 4% Sparrow 7% Camtasia 11% Healpay Observations You spend most of your time with just a few critical tools. You increasingly live in the cloud. You're passionate about the tools you use. Some of your choices are easy. Others are hard. While the powerhouse design and Designers know every trick, hack There are clear winners for certain Three key app categories for video editing tools still live on the and hot-key for their work apps. tasks (Adobe and Dropbox). But designers are Visual Design, desktop, almost half your favorite Designers are particular about their there is no dominant app for Storage and Email. Adobe, apps are cloud-based. It seems hidden gems-see a few below. Invoicing, Wireframing and Website Dropbox and Gmail are the we're reaching a tipping point. Hosting, to name a few. To us, clear winners. By a long shot. that looks like an opportunity for app developers. Hidden gems and trending apps Here are some emerging favorites that haven't hit the mainstream. Layervault XScope What TheFont Every version of every visual An indispensable toolbox for Send a screenshot or photo, file securely backed up and measuring, aligning and inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts. get the font name. Has an amazing ioS app for on-the-go font curiosity. available on demand. Like Dropbox for design. Dropmark GimmeBar LookWork All your favorite visual feeds, in one beautiful page. If you Easily drop images into Grab images, videos, or text collections on the cloud from the web. Store all of it in Great for sharing ideas or a single place, and sync it with follow visual Tumblr feeds. screenshots of work in DropBox. A beautiful UX to blogs and FFFFOUND, sign up for Lookwork's beta list. progress. boot. Not bad for an early beta! Who took the survey? The people surveyed are at companies with less than 100 people. Location Industry 51% 37% USA Professional Services 28% Europe 13% 35% 10% Americas (minus USA) Arts & Technology Entertainment 4% Asia 2% Africa 3% Australia 1% Middle 2% East 3% 3% 3% Retail Infrastructure Man. Other 1% 1% 1% & Dist Finance Health Edu. Gov. V BESTVENDOR Discover work apps you'll love BestVendor is a free website that helps people find the best work apps based on the recommendations and experiences of others. Find other apps your peers recommend, and share some of your own, at

The Most Popular Design Tools

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What are the most popular tools and apps used by designers? We were curious, so we pulled together data based on 180 design and creative professionals who use BestVendor. Below is an infographic showi...


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