Flutter Guides

Design --> Develop --> Deliver

In this guide, I will show what are the best tools that you should be using for your Flutter app development. Whether you are a beginner or you use Flutter for your everyday app(s), I will highly suggest you to go through this list of amazing tools for Flutter development. 

Design

Adobe XD is a very good prototype design tool that can be used to create any mobile app design. This will really simplify app screen designs for all Flutter projects. The tool is also light-weight and its basic version is available free of cost. So, this would be a very good choice for beginners.

Sketch is a very powerful design tool and is used by a number of professionals for creating great designs. It provides a lot of functionality and you can also directly import Sketch designs to Supernova Studio.

With Supernova Studio you can directly convert a Sketch design to Dart code in one click. It really makes the designing of Flutter UI much faster. Though it does not create a perfect design match with code every time but its support for basic animations and buttons just from design makes it a quite powerful tool, which is improving day by day.

DEVELOP

VS Code is a very good IDE for Flutter app development because it is lightweight and fast. It has support for a number of great extensions which makes the experience more customized.

Android Studio is also a good IDE for Flutter app development but it is quite slow as compared to the VS Code. Thought it provides support to a lot of built-in tools but due to its slow starting and memory hungry structure, many developers prefer VS Code over Android Studio.

GitHub provides hosting for software development version control using Git. If you are a programmer or a software developer then you are probably familiar with this. This is a must for all developers as if you make any mistakes that you cannot go back from, then Git can save you if you have the previous version committed.

But GitHub is a bit expensive for small teams or startups to keep and maintain their private repositories, so similar platforms that you can check out are:

Firebase gives functionality like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so that you can move quickly and focus on users. Firebase works great with Flutter and there is no reason not to use it for your client-side apps. There are many new features introduced, the most prominent being Firebase App Distribution.

DELIVER

Codemagic is a CI/CD tool perfectly chiseled for Flutter apps. With the help of this, you can build, test and also publish apps directly to Play Store and App Store. Another amazing feature of Codemagic is that you can publish your Flutter apps to the App Store even if you do not have a laptop or desktop with macOS, directly from the Codemagic dashboard. It also provides easy configuration for Firebase projects.

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