The news is in the air, about everything turning to ‘Cloud’ in the near future. What is CLOUD? The use of a central pooled server, where the user will be allocated a quota for its use, eliminating the need for the individual servers inside the Organizations. The sharing will be seamless, and the maintenance will be required for ‘one’ server against multiple running across the globe serving the same need at multiple costs.

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Here are a few points mentioned about the Cloud applications, that a designer should consider when there is a huge data to be dealt with:

1. DropBox

It provides an easy backup solution for the massive raw files. These files, either to be backed up for future purposes, or to be sent over on the wire, need extensive memory. Dropbox assigns free 2GB memory space to every user, that can be increased by purchasing more at discounted rates.

Other than Dropbox, Google Drive and Skydrive are also good options for cloud storage.

2. Codeanywhere

It is a browser based tool, that helps the designer to work on any device, be it a tablet, a mobile, a laptop or anything. The coding can be done using HTML, Javascripts, XML, PHP and CSS. There are all the provisions of a good desktop editor. So, basically a code editor in a browser with an integrated ftp client., that supports all popular web formats.

Codeanywhere integrates very easily with Dropbox for easy sharing and back up. So, with Dropbox application installed, Codeanywhere is a wise choice.

3. Adobe Creative Cloud

Along with the Adobe benefits, there are Cloud prospects with Creative Cloud, that helps in online storage, Business Catalyst hosting and Typekit fonts, available to the subscribers irrespective of the location. It provides an economic alternate to the small businesses, in terms of temporary help, as the subscription can be taken for a small period of time, rather than purchasing a new license altogether.

Besides that, they have new, more connected tools every day. The fonts, files and projects are always in sync. And there is an expected Creative Community on Creative Cloud coming June 2013.

4. Typetester

It is a browser based application, allowing the designer to compare various fonts, and help him convert his dull site to an attention capturing one. It makes it possible for a remote user to test the font for the environment, that needs to be tested. In simple words, a website that can allow web designer to preview how different font families will look like at different sizes, weights and styles.

5. Pixlr

It is a browser based application, compatible with both iOS and Android platforms. All the basic photo editing functions like cropping, magnifying, painting, drawing as well as unique effects addition is possible with Pixlr. In brief,

Pixlr = Photoshop + Instagram + Hipstamatic

Intended for the beginners, Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service.

6. GitHub

It is a web-based hosting service for the software development projects. As of May review statistics, GitHub was the most popular open source code repository. It is the application to be used, while collaborating many sites. GitHub makes it particularly simple, when it comes to back-end coding. It is as easy as uploading icon sets, frameworks and CSS resets, and sharing that with the other collaborators. It is more suitably defined by its logo, that reads, “Build software better, together…”. There can be no better definition to this application.

7. GridFox

Available as a free add-on for FireFox, GridFox simply takes a grid and lays it over any given website. The designer can later modify the grid. It provides for many screens in mind, and helps in an elaborate creativity while designing the web-page. All the designs are saved on the cloud, so are accessible by anyone, from anywhere.

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