I have been building for the Mac and iOS for the last couple of years and the list of tools I have ben using has been growing (and shrinking). There is a great development community around the Mac / iOS. There are a lot of other tools / code out there that you can read to learn more.
- Xcode 4 – Xcode 4 is a big jump from 3. I have to admit Visual Studio is great, yet I like the simple yet complete IDE. You can get this in the AppStore or from the developer site.
- CodePilot – a good tool for searching through source code and files.
- AppCode – this is a new IDE to the market from JetBrains. It has a lot of great potential with the backing of JetBrains.
- Accessorizer – This is a must have tool for XDE. It helps to enforce coding styles and reduces typing. You can pick this up in the AppStore.
- TeamCity – This is what I use to do Continuous Integration builds for my projects.
- AppScanner – Find what might get you rejected before submitting your app. It will look for private API usage.
- OmniGraffle – A great tool to use for designing just about anything. I use it to do most of my iPhone / iPad layouts. Helps make doing the UI much easier.
- Kaleidoscope – Probably the best diff tool for the Mac. Great UI and integration with just about everything.
- Versions – A great tool for use with Subversion. Although I am a command line guy, I use it to watch projects I am interested in or use.
- SourceTree - A great tool for use with Mercurial and Git. Again, I am a command line guy, but I use it to watch projects I am interested in or use.
- CSSEdit – Do you have a love / hate relationship with CSS? This will make you forget most of the hate.
- TextMate – The jack of all trades text editor.
- XScope – If you do a lot of web development, you will love this tool. It makes doing pixel perfect measurements a breeze on screen.
- HTTPScoop – A great tool for sniffing HTTP traffic.
- HTTP Client – A great tool to test out those web sites to see what is going on.
- SOAP Client – I don’t use this a much anymore, but if you run across SOAP methods you have to use, good to have this tool around. I almost put this in the open source area because you can get the code for this.
- XML-RPC Client – Yes they still exist. If you want to test out those methods… this tool is helpful.
- Icons – Get those icons for you Mac / iOS app with shine.
- Sound Stage – After you make that great iOS app, record your demo to get those sales.
- ASIHttpRequest – If you are doing anything network you will want to use this library.
- JSON Framework – Framework for creating / reading JSON objects,.
- MBProgressHUD – If you are displaying a HUD or progress indicator and want something a little more than the activity indicator, use this.
- TapkuLibrary – A great library that has some good reusable tools / UI code.
- NSLogger – Track down those annoying bugs and extend NSLog.
- RestKIT – I have not used this yet but looks promising if you are doing REST calls in your application.
- iOS Azure Toolkit – Good toolkit to connect easily to Windows Azure.
- OCHamcrest – Toolkit to write matchers for your tests. Replaces the asserts you normally use.
- OCMock – Mocking framework for your tests.
- Tuneup JS – A set of extensions for the UI Automation Instruments tool.