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Your talent and creative instincts can take you a long way. Nevertheless, the web design process requires dedication and perseverance on top of plenty of hard work.
Fortunately, there’s a host of apps on the market that are designed to make web design easier. The ultimate goal behind these apps: to make the designer more productive.
New web apps make an appearance every day, or at least it seems like they do. There’s always something to try out that might make your workday just that much easier.
Most web apps are easy to use and they work on almost all platforms. They also can be accessed from any device, and there’s nothing to install.
Managing customer relations can be tricky, complex, tedious, or all the above. Apptivo’s CRM web app provides the powerful capabilities you need to get and keep everything under control.
You can access Apptivo from your browser, or from your iOS or Android device, and integrate it with your Office 365 suite.
If you need a web app that enables you to design and develop responsive websites without needing to write code, Webflow may be the solution. With Webflow, you can design exactly what you envision without being constrained by a template, create your own bespoke CMS for yourself or any content, and design with real content.
Project management software can often be a hassle to install. Paymo is a project management web app, which means there is nothing to install. Paymo helps you manage your projects from start to finish, including task management, time tracking and resource scheduling.
Nutcache is a business-oriented web app, designed to help teams manage Agile and Scrum projects smarter and more efficiently. Moreover, it provides the project management tools to organize the entire project lifecycle, from planning and initial estimating, to delivery and final billing.
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Keeping Up with Web Design & Development Tools and Trends
It’s not always easy to keep up with the latest trends in the wonderful world of web design. You’d rather spend your time designing than trying to keep up with the latest technologies.
Still, you should take the time to seek ways to become more skilled and efficient. A very good way to do so is to automate tasks that tend to be tedious and time-consuming (not to mention prone to error).
Time spent looking for new tools and techniques can be viewed as a great investment. You can earn a nice return on that investment in terms of time saved, and enjoy what you do best all that much more.
Devote some of that time to reading the reviews to see what others are saying.
Over time, web designers tend to accumulate a basic set of tools they rely on to get the job done. These tools run the gamut from design and development aids to data storage. They also include project business management.
There will always be some manual processes that can be automated. Or, perhaps, there are automated processes that can be improved upon — so it’s best to always keep looking.
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