Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:05:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Showlist 2 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/showlist-2/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/showlist-2/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:28:01 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13125 showlist2-mastheadShowlist 2 is a slick iPhone app to help you keep track of all your favorite TV shows that you love watching. We’ve written about a few different TV Show tracking apps in the...


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Showlist 2 is a slick iPhone app to help you keep track of all your favorite TV shows that you love watching. We’ve written about a few different TV Show tracking apps in the past and it’s always great to see new apps on the App Store. Showlist debuted on the App Store back in September last year and was quickly updated with an iOS 7 overcoat. Showlist 2 is a major update to the app that not only brings a refreshed look to the app, but also improves & adds new features that make it a solid alternative to the currently available apps on the App Store.

Showlist 2 adds notifications, so you’ll know when the next episode of any of your favorite show airs next. There’s a vast library of shows available in Showlist, and adding them to your library is quite easy. I like that the app makes you set till what episode you’ve watched a show, so it can start tracking from new episode onwards. Also new in this release is a detailed view for each show, statistics, countdown to the next episode in each show, trending tweets about a particular show and information about the show and its cast. Although the trending tweets is a nice idea, it just does a simple search for the show name, so something like ‘Suits’ turns up random tweets.

The newly redesigned UI looks slick & fresh. I’m a fan of clean layouts and I love what they’ve done with the app. The purple accent color goes great with the mostly white UI. Most TV Shows that I regularly watch are currently on a season break, but when they’re back, I’ll definitely be tracking them in this app. Showlist 2 is available for $0.99 on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $0.99




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FiftyThree SDK http://beautifulpixels.com/ipad/fiftythree-sdk/ http://beautifulpixels.com/ipad/fiftythree-sdk/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:57 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13117 FiftyThree SDKFiftyThree, the company behind ‘Paper‘ — the ridiculously good sketching app for iPad & ‘Pencil‘ — the beautifully crafted hardware stylus that connects over bluetooth and enables additional creative features in the app have...


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FiftyThree, the company behind ‘Paper‘ — the ridiculously good sketching app for iPad & ‘Pencil‘ — the beautifully crafted hardware stylus that connects over bluetooth and enables additional creative features in the app have today announced the release of the FiftyThree SDK. With this SDK, third-party app developers can now bring all the features that Pencil makes possible in the Paper app to their own apps.

I got my hands on a graphite Pencil a few days ago and apart from a few oddities & quibbles (mostly because I’m not used to it), it works as a great tool to sketch down your ideas, thoughts or pretty much anything into the Paper app. Pencil enables features like erase & blend without changing the software mode and even comes with adaptive palm rejection. Some of the apps that FiftyThree worked with, as launch partners, to integrate the SDK into are Procreate, Noteshelf & Squiggle.

However, the most interesting feature of the SDK is Surface Pressure, something that’s coming with iOS 8. FiftyThree previewed this feature via a video recently.

If you’re an app developer that benefits from this SDK, you can request access to it from here. Pencil is now available internationally via Amazon for $59.95 for the graphite version & $74.95 for the Walnut version.





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Delight is in the Details http://beautifulpixels.com/web/delight-details/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/delight-details/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:37:23 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13114 Delight is in the DetailsFor as long as I can remember, I have been following Shawn Blanc and his work on his website shawnblanc.net. I have always admired his writing, and his app reviews as well as the...


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For as long as I can remember, I have been following Shawn Blanc and his work on his website shawnblanc.net. I have always admired his writing, and his app reviews as well as the ‘Sweet Mac Setups’ series were something that I always looked forward to. Shawn always has great insights on a lot of topics and I’ve always learnt a lot from him and his writing.

Today, Shawn has released version 2 of Delight is in the Details, something that he’s been working on over the past several months. Delight is in the Details is a downloadable kit that contains an ebook, an audio book, 10 audio interviews (with transcripts) and 8 Q&As with some of the best designers, developers, writers, and makers of the creative industry, 3 beautifully crafted videos & a Resource Index. With this, Shawn makes a case for sweating the details & putting that extra effort to make good things great.

If you’re someone who does or intends to create things, could be anything, you most definitely should get this. The original Delight is in the Details kit was released a while ago and anyone who bought it back then receives this 2nd version for Free. You should go read more about Delight is in the Details here, where you also get to preview one of the three videos included in it — “The Creative Life”.

Delight is in the Details is priced at $39 (with Free updates), but is currently on a launch sale for just $29.





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Panda Is A Dashboard For Designer News And Inspiration http://beautifulpixels.com/web/panda/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/panda/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:39:53 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13108 PandaLast month, when Mikhail wrote about The News for iPhone, I sighed with relief. Sites like Hacker News, Designer News and Product Hunt are great places to find interesting things to read in the...


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Last month, when Mikhail wrote about The News for iPhone, I sighed with relief. Sites like Hacker News, Designer News and Product Hunt are great places to find interesting things to read in the morning. And The News finally made it easy to do so on the iPhone.

But I don’t just read them on my iPhone. These sites are also pinned to my Safari start page. I wasn’t actively looking for better a solution on the desktop as I was used to opening the sites in different browser tabs. Unlike the iPhone, the experience on desktop was just fine. That is, until I came across Panda.

Panda is a dashboard for news aggregators. On the left pane you’ll find the latest and greatest from news sites. The inspiration pane on the right takes up 2/3rds of space and is a treasure trove of beautiful pixels. From the news pane, you can switch between the sources – Hacker News, Designer News, Product Hunt, Sidebar.io, Lobsters and something called Growth Hackers. Inspiration-wise, you can browse through the best of Behance, Dribbble and if you’re in a particular mood of being jealous of other people’s work, there’s Awwwards to help you out. There are sponsored posts, but they don’t get in the way.

The inspiration pane is really well done. It loads quickly, plays GIFs and you can accommodate more posts if you want. Clicking on the logo of a site switches to the next site. You can switch manually from the sidebar as well.

Panda clearly puts emphasis on the inspirational aspect. For instance, you can hide the news pane but not the inspiration pane. And I think this is something the developer needs to address. I’d love for a way to hide the inspiration pane and have three news panes side by side (because, productivity). Other than that, it’s a solid web app with a modern boxy layout and animations that don’t feel too slow. If you frequent more than one webisite that Panda supports, give Panda a try, it’s already on my favorites bar. It’s also available as a Chrome extension.





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Many thanks to Backblaze for Sponsoring us this week http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/backblaze-sponsor/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/backblaze-sponsor/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:35:48 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13105 backblaze-rock-mastheadOur thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring Beautiful Pixels this week. Backblaze offers an easy way of backing up all your important data to the cloud. For just $5/month, you can backup all the files...


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Our thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring Beautiful Pixels this week.

Backblaze offers an easy way of backing up all your important data to the cloud. For just $5/month, you can backup all the files on your computer with just a few clicks. Backblaze does all the heavy-lifting for you. You get an unlimited, unthrottled & hassle-free way of backing up your important files and day for just $5 per month.

Restoring your backed up data is just as easy as backing it up. Backblaze offers the option of either downloading it or requesting a flash or USB drive shipped to you via FedEx. It’s that simple.

We really can’t stress the importance of a backup in today’s day & age. All your memorable photos & videos, documents or PDFs, music and other miscellaneous data is very important. Make sure you’ve backed it up.

Click here to Sign Up for Backblaze today.





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Hours — A Time Tracking App for iPhone http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/hours-time-tracking/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/hours-time-tracking/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:55:57 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13101 Hours Time TrackingTime tracking is hard. There have been many different approaches taken to solve this problem in the form of websites & mobile apps, and Hours is the latest entrant in this area. Designed and...


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Time tracking is hard. There have been many different approaches taken to solve this problem in the form of websites & mobile apps, and Hours is the latest entrant in this area. Designed and developed by Apple Design Award winner Tapity along with Five Pack Creative, Hours offers a simple & hassle-free way of keeping a track of time on your iPhone.

At the top of the UI, Hours presents a visual timeline that represents which projects or tasks you have tracked for how long. This is an easy-to-read way of quickly knowing exactly what you’ve been working on. You can add your Projects below this timeline, with optional Client and Task info. Hours lets you start/stop the timer with just a single tap. Once you start the timer, you see the timeline fill with the project color and the project below shows how much time has elapsed. It really couldn’t get simpler than this.

Thanks to the visual timeline, you can just as easily make corrections & adjustments. Tapping on a colored block in the timeline lets you add custom notes as well as split it, plus make any micro-adjustments if needed. There’s a tiny calendar icon at the top left that gives you a monthly overview of which days you’ve tracked your time on. It’s easy to forget when you’re overburdened with work, so Hours supports handy reminders to remind you to register your time in the app. You can export all the data tracked in Hours via a custom reporting tool that exports in PDF or CSV formats.

Hours not only has a beautifully designed UI, it offers a spiffy & polished UX too. The devs have paid special attention to how elements pop and views transition into place. To get you started with the app, there are nifty hints displayed at the bottom for you. It won’t take long for you to realize what kind of attention & care has gone into its development.

If you charge by the hour or just want a handy app to track your time, Hours is an essential tool to have on your iPhone. It is a is available for $4.99 on the App Store, currently 50% Off its regular price of $9.99.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $4.99




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