Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:03:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 App Santa — Beautiful Apps, Up To 80% Off http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/app-santa-beautiful-apps-80-off/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/app-santa-beautiful-apps-80-off/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:33:28 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14255 appsanta-mastheadScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.Just like last year, App Santa is here, right on time for the holidays. This year, Realmac Software and friends have brought us a fantastic collection of some of the best-looking and award-winning apps available for both iOS & Mac....


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Just like last year, App Santa is here, right on time for the holidays. This year, Realmac Software and friends have brought us a fantastic collection of some of the best-looking and award-winning apps available for both iOS & Mac. The apps have been discounted to up to 80% for the holidays, so there’s no better time to grab them in case there’s a chance that you haven’t already.

Here’s a list of all the apps that are part of App Santa 2014.

App Name + Download LinkOriginal PriceSale PricePlatform
Launch Center Pro$4.99$0.99iOS
MindNode$9.99$4.99iOS
MindNode Pro$19.99$9.99Mac
PDF Expert 5$9.99$6.99iOS
Calendars 5$6.99$2.99iOS
Terminology$2.99$1.99iOS
Prizmo$9.99$3.99iOS
Prizmo (Mac)$49.99$24.99Mac
Go Couch to 5k$4.99$1.99iOS
Drafts 4$9.99$4.99iOS
Mileage Log+$9.99$4.99iOS
Next$2.99$1.99iOS
Next (Mac)$6.99$2.99Mac
Group Text+$2.99$1.99iOS
Clear (iOS)$4.99$2.99iOS
Clear (Mac)$9.99$5.99Mac
Manual$1.99$0.99iOS
Tweetbot 3$4.99$2.99iOS
TextExpander$4.99$2.99iOS
Gneo$9.99$5.99iOS
Windy$2.99$1.99iOS
Castro$3.99$1.99iOS
Star Walk HD$2.99$0.99iOS
Solar Walk$2.99$0.99iOS
Printer Pro$6.99$2.99iOS
Ember$4.99$2.99iOS
Ember (Mac)$49.99$34.99Mac
FX Photo Studio$2.99$0.99iOS
Soulver$4.99$2.99iOS
Soulver (Mac) $11.99$8.99Mac
Screens$19.99$13.99iOS
Screens (Mac)$29.99$13.99Mac
PCalc$9.99$6.99iOS
PCalc (Mac)$9.99$6.99Mac
Color Strokes$1.99$0.99iOS
Deliveries$4.99$2.99iOS
Day One$4.99$0.99iOS
Day One (Mac)$9.99$7.99Mac
Scanner Pro$6.99$2.99iOS
Deliveries (Mac)$4.99$3.99Mac

There’s a good chance that you already own most of these apps as we’ve been recommending most of them throughout the year, but you can share this post with your friends so they too can benefit from this App Santa sale. There’s really no better time to grab these apps.


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Pushh — Putting Selfies to Good Use http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/pushh-putting-selfies-good-use/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/pushh-putting-selfies-good-use/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:34:49 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14232 Pushh MastheadScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.Selfies. I learned today that the Oxford Dictionary added the word to the global lexicon, awarding it the Word of the Year in 2013. Decades from now, our descendants are probably going to look back on us, guffaw, travel back...


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Selfies. I learned today that the Oxford Dictionary added the word to the global lexicon, awarding it the Word of the Year in 2013. Decades from now, our descendants are probably going to look back on us, guffaw, travel back in time and deservedly slap us for our follies. In the meantime, however, we have developers and visionaries who are coming up with ways by which we can use our unhealthy obsessions to better ourselves. One of the most interesting adaptations of this practice is Pushh.

Pushh allows you to take photos of your torso, to track the progress you’ve made in your weight loss program. It’s a really simple app which does this one thing really well. All you need to do is grant the app access to your camera (and your photos, if you’ve already started taking selfies to check on your progress), and that’s it. After you’ve taken the photo, you’re asked to snap it to a grid, with one horizontal datum being your nose and the other being your navel, and a vertical datum, aligned to your navel again, and that’s it. You can then, optionally, enter your weight and bodyfat percentage. You can set the app to periodically remind you to click these photos, and each subsequent image can be superimposed on top of the previous one, allowing you to see the progress you’ve made. Once you’re done with your fitness regime, and have reached your goals, the app allows you to share your progress in a great ‘before and after’ way.

There were a couple of bugs that annoyed me, though. For one thing, clicking photos of yourself as you track your weight loss is a VERY personal affair, and the developer cleverly thought to implement a passcode lock. A real pity, then, that it doesn’t really work. I’ve tried to set a passcode several times, but the app just crashes. There’s also no TouchID integration, which is a strange omission. Finally, I found a ‘Restore Purchases’ button in the app settings, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find anything to purchase. Perhaps it is a precursor to a subsequent in-app purchase, but it shouldn’t be there if the feature isn’t present yet.

Pushh is free, so there really is no real reason not to try it out. If you’re someone who feels visual cues are a step you’re missing from your fitness tracking regimen, this app is a great way to add it. Just be sure you use either a mirror or a selfie stick. Unless, of course, you’re this guy.

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August — Art Discovery 2.0 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/august-art-discovery-2-0/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/august-art-discovery-2-0/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:19:28 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14235 AugustScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.As someone unfortunately not blessed with an eye for art (or any artistic attribute whatsoever), I frequently find myself on the lookout for something that knocks my socks off. Okay, I admit it… I’m mostly trawling for a new desktop...


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As someone unfortunately not blessed with an eye for art (or any artistic attribute whatsoever), I frequently find myself on the lookout for something that knocks my socks off. Okay, I admit it… I’m mostly trawling for a new desktop wallpaper. Gone are the days when Google Images was your only recourse. Websites like 500px are like a global showcase for amazing photography, and it’s become far easier to find breathtaking photographs. The barrier for entry isn’t that high either. A website that caught our eye recently is August.

What sets it apart from something like 500px? Quite simply, it’s an agglomeration of MEDIA, not just photographs. This means photos, videos and audio are all available to showcase. It’s also, essentially, a social network – connecting artists with their audience, akin to Tumblr or Instagram, but a lot more focused. It is accompanied by a frankly stunningly designed app for iPhone. A simple sign up process leads to a section that allows you to pick from some featured artists, based on some samples of their work. The main app itself works like you’d expect. You get a timeline view of the artists you follow, with each submission looking like an Instagram post. Tapping on a post opens up a detailed view, with comments, sections for tagging, reposting options, etc. If you’re looking at an image, tapping again open up a zoomed in view, which you can scroll across by tilting the phone (very similar to how Paper handles Facebook images), and tapping on videos opens them up in full screen. You can swipe down on any item to save it to your collection, which is sort of like the Favorites folder in iOS Photos. Sending messages to the artists you follow is also just a tab away.

If you’re wondering that the app looks suspiciously like a reskinned Instagram, you’re not that far off the mark. I was caught off guard too, but I can envision a world where both apps can coexist. Instagram is for casual sharing, while August is for those looking to showcase their work to a wider audience.

August is off to a great start, and it’s an app that I’ve put on my homescreen. I really, really appreciate the way the app shows off the work of the artists you follow, and the sheer quality of the art on display is stunning. It has teething problems, of course. For one thing, the number of people actually registered as Artists is very small. The August app is a viewer only for now – you can only upload your work to the site using your computer’s browser, and this is possible only if you’re a registered Artist (invite-only for now). An iPad app would be handy, and is said to be in the works, along with apps for Android and Windows Phone as well. All of this promises a great future for August, which, according to its own website will always be a "work in progress" because it is shaped by you!

August is available for Free on the App Store.

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NOTE’d http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/noted/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/noted/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:47:59 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14208 noted-mastheadScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.NOTE’d is an absolutely stunning app for iPhone that lets you jot down notes, ideas, thoughts or pretty much anything. It features a phenomenally designed UI and sports an extensive, yet easy to use feature set that make it really...


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NOTE’d is an absolutely stunning app for iPhone that lets you jot down notes, ideas, thoughts or pretty much anything. It features a phenomenally designed UI and sports an extensive, yet easy to use feature set that make it really stand out as a gorgeous notes app for iPhone.

NOTE’d has been around for quite some time now, but was recently updated with a slick, post-iOS 7 UI. You can create notebooks in the app for different ideas and purposes and each of these notebooks can have multiple notes. Each note can include not only text, but you can also add photos, location or even audio recordings. You can select from 30 different covers for your notebooks and these covers look really stunning. You can add a short name to each of these notebooks you create in the app and arrange them according to your liking. If you want to add something private in a notebook, you can even add a PIN lock such that a PIN will be required every time you access that notebook.

The notes you create in the app can be bookmarked, so that they can be easily accessible directly from a icon at the top left on the main screen. The notes can also be shared via Email, Message, Twitter, Facebook and NOTE’d also lets you create a wallpaper with the information stored in the note. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t use the native share sheet on iOS 8, so 3rd party apps aren’t included. All your data can be backed up and/or restored to Dropbox from the app’s settings, and you can also set a Universal lock to the app.

NOTE’d is available for just $0.99 on the App Store and has been updated for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus screens.

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Keezy Drummer – Jam Like a Pro http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/keezy-drummer-jam-like-pro/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/keezy-drummer-jam-like-pro/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:55:52 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14126 keezy-mastheadScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.Ah, music apps. Advances in hardware and software have created an environment where cellphones, tablets and computers can replace even the most specialised of equipment. For the die hard, nothing defines a great song like an amazing solo. Increasingly, however,...


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Ah, music apps. Advances in hardware and software have created an environment where cellphones, tablets and computers can replace even the most specialised of equipment. For the die hard, nothing defines a great song like an amazing solo. Increasingly, however, you have people coming up with stuff like this, and you begin to appreciate what a great time it is to be alive. We have reviewed Beatwave before and here’s another one to get you jamming.

Keezy Drummer is a great way to play a tune for those who can’t tell the difference between a cymbal and a tom-tom, as well as for those who live and breath percussion instruments. A delightfully minimalistic app, Keezy Drummer features great design and ease of use in a completely free package. Although we feel the designers went a bit too far with the minimalism (there isn’t even a tutorial to help you get started), the app really is of the pick-up-and-play variety. Even someone as tone-deaf as I am can get started in less than 30 seconds. Sure, it sounds terrible, and it isn’t as easy as they make it look, but I’m sure the connoisseurs among us will be able to hit the ground running with this app.

The app hands you two drum tracks ready to go, with each track represented by a circle. A simple beat comes preloaded, and all you need to do to start is press Play. From the same screen, you can adjust the tempo and add new tacks (the app comes with 12 instruments built-in). Tap any circle, and interface for adding your beats, a 4 x 4 grid of circles that the player cycles through, comes front and center. All you need to do to add your own touch is tap a single circle or drag your finger across a row or column, and you’re all set. Up to nine concurrent, fully cusomizable tracks can be played. The app keeps looping your tune, but my absolute favourite feature is that it continues to do so even if the app is in the background. What this means is that you can play a song in the Music app or Spotify, then go into Keezy Drummer and add your own touch.

Unfortunately, that’s about it. There’s no way to save tracks, so the app is very limited. Still, if you’re looking for a casual way to liven up a dull track, or if you’re actually serious and want to jam with your friends, Keezy Drummer is a great way to get started. It’s available for Free on the App Store.

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Themeboard — Beautifully Designed Custom Keyboards for iOS http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/themeboard-beautifully-designed-custom-keyboards-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/themeboard-beautifully-designed-custom-keyboards-ios-8/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:00:47 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14170 themeboard-mastheadScreeny — Easily delete unwanted screenshots from your iPhone.At WWDC ’14, when Apple announced third-party keyboard support in iOS 8, it caught us all off guard. Unfortunately, the actual implementation in iOS 8 is pretty disappointing. Keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype work great on Android, but feel too...


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At WWDC ’14, when Apple announced third-party keyboard support in iOS 8, it caught us all off guard. Unfortunately, the actual implementation in iOS 8 is pretty disappointing. Keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype work great on Android, but feel too slow and buggy on iOS. Since the release of iOS 8, there have been many third-party keyboard that have been released on the App Store, but the overall experience, even with 8.1.1, is far from ideal. We have been huge fans of work put out by the folks at Taphive. The duo puts as much attention to the overall experience of using the app as they do into its design. TodoMovies, the app that lets you discover, browse and add movies to your ‘To watch’ or ‘Watched’ lists is probably our favourite movie app ever. Today, their newest app has been released on the App Store. Themeboard is by far the most beautiful looking keyboard set out there.

Themeboard has a lot of potential to be great. It aims to be the destination for designers to create amazing looking custom keyboards for iOS. At launch, it comes packed with some really beautiful themes for free, while the others are paid. Themeboard sports an emoji row above the keyboard, which is customisable. I wish more keyboards had this, because switching to another keyboard every time you want to enter an emoji is a waste of time and taps. Themeboard also has a social element. Each theme designer’s profile is linked in the theme description. You can visit said designer’s Dribbble page or Twitter profile right from within Themeboard. Each theme also has a nice little story that describes why certain glyphs were used and the overall inspiration behind the theme. The prediction bar above the keyboard also has some really nice subtle animations, like when you delete characters.

Unfortunately, the overall performance of the keyboard has been disappointing in our testing. Mikhail has been testing the app over the last few weeks, and while the themes look absolutely stunning, the performance is just not enough to get you using it. This is largely due to the bugs that still exist in iOS 8 as well as the fact that Apple has left the implementation of the keyboard logic to the developers.

Themeboard is available for Free on the App Store and is definitely worth a download just to see how beautiful keyboards can be.

(By Mikhail Madnani & Preshit Deorukhkar)

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