Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:31:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Mezzo — A Beautiful Music Player for iPhone http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/mezzo-a-beautiful-music-player-for-iphone/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/mezzo-a-beautiful-music-player-for-iphone/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:43:15 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14935

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Mezzo Music Player for iPhoneMezzo is a simple & beautiful music player app for iPhone. It ships with a bunch of interesting features which, combined with the User Interface, make using the app a much better experience compared to the default Music app on iOS. Mezzo works with the existing music library on your device, so all your songs, artists, albums and playlists are available in the app....

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Mezzo Music Player for iPhone

Mezzo is a simple & beautiful music player app for iPhone. It ships with a bunch of interesting features which, combined with the User Interface, make using the app a much better experience compared to the default Music app on iOS.

Mezzo works with the existing music library on your device, so all your songs, artists, albums and playlists are available in the app. Mezzo features queue management, so you can add a song to the queue by swiping left to right on it or remove it from queue by swiping the other way. The Now Playing screen features the Album Art in the center, with the ‘Up Next’ queue at the bottom. You can tap the artwork to play/pause the song, slide your finger up or down to increase/decrease the volume. Swiping left or right changes the track. You can drag and drop the album artwork in the ‘Up Next’ queue to change its position or drag it off the queue to remove it. It’s really simple and handy when you’re occupied with something else. Mezzo is also capable of displaying the lyrics of a song within the app.

You can customize Mezzo by choosing a Light or Dark mode, and then by further choosing a color for the highlights. Your choice includes three free colors (red, blue, white) and 4 paid colors (green, yellow, ping and gold). The app features a special view it calls “myMezzo” that presents your collection in a whole new way, so that it’s easier to decide what you want to play.

Mezzo is available Free on the App Store, but includes ugly ads at the bottom. There’s a $1.99 IAP called “Mezzo Pro” that removes the ads, unlocks the paid colors, gives you the ability to add unlimited songs to the ‘Up Next’ queue and lets you customize the Sharing options.

App Details:


Website | Download URL | Price: Free

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Tumblr 4.0 for iOS http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/tumblr-4-0-for-ios/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/tumblr-4-0-for-ios/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:00:34 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14931

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Tumblr 4.0Tumblr today released version 4.0 of their iOS app, a terrific update that brings a whole lot of goodies and freshness to the app. The app has had a spectacular user interface for a while now and this release only makes it a stunning app to post to & browse all the micro-blogs on Tumblr. This release adds a Today widget on iOS 8...

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Tumblr 4.0

Tumblr today released version 4.0 of their iOS app, a terrific update that brings a whole lot of goodies and freshness to the app. The app has had a spectacular user interface for a while now and this release only makes it a stunning app to post to & browse all the micro-blogs on Tumblr.

This release adds a Today widget on iOS 8 that lets you browse the hot topics that are currently trending on Tumblr in the form of thumbnails and keywords. The most welcome change in this release has to be the ability to create video posts by using just the URL, instead of trying to find the embed code. The Search in the app has been enhanced and you can now filter the results by post type. Trying to find the quote you vaguely remember? You can narrow down your search to just quote posts. You can also now create new secondary blogs from within the app if you get that genius idea when you’re out and about, as well as submit your content to blogs that accept submissions on Tumblr. Other improvements include a better iPad layout and better support for GIFs.

The only aspect of this update that I don’t like is the new icon. I mean, the old one was just fine. Thankfully, the developers are open to feedback and are already considering iterating on it. Tumblr 4.0 is available as a Universal app Free on the App Store.

App Details:


Website | Download URL | Price: Free

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Dunked — Beautiful Online Portfolios http://beautifulpixels.com/web/dunked-beautiful-online-portfolios/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/dunked-beautiful-online-portfolios/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:26:55 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14927

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dunked-mastheadThere are already a large number of websites and services out there that let you build and showcase your own online portfolio. They all offer different features, some concentrating on compatibility across various devices, some on their organizational and management features while some simply focus an all integrated service that lets you not only host your online portfolio, but also lets you sell your...

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There are already a large number of websites and services out there that let you build and showcase your own online portfolio. They all offer different features, some concentrating on compatibility across various devices, some on their organizational and management features while some simply focus an all integrated service that lets you not only host your online portfolio, but also lets you sell your work to visitors. Dunked is one such website that that let you build your online portfolio and share it with the world. But in this crowded market, Dunked offers a beautiful design, ease of use and attention to detail throughout its feature-set. Dunked is a project by Orman Clark and Mark Southard. Although it has been around for a few months now, it just got a complete visual refresh and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Dunked offers a number of professionally designed templates that are easily customizable to your liking. Not only are the templates responsive and look great on any smartphone or tablet device they are also Retina ready and looks stunning on high resolution screens.
Our pixel-perfect templates are customizable, easy-to-use and focus solely on your content. Dunked supports images as well as audio & video, so if you’re a creative cinematographer, you can showcase your videos using Dunked. I love that I don’t have to re-upload all my media to Dunked — it supports embedding media directly from the popular services. If your work is already uploaded to sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, 500px or Soundcloud, you can embed it directly into Dunked with ease. Your work can be bundled into multiple projects and managing them is super easy and your can be moved around with a simple drag & drop interface. Dunked also makes it easy to use your custom domain with the service, so your online portfolio has a professional feel to it. If you want to keep track of the visitors, you can easily add Google Analytics as well.

There’s a great collection of online portfolios built using Dunked on their Showcase page. Dunked costs as low as $6/mon (paid yearly) for their Freelancer plan, which gives you 10 projects, 10 pages and 100 images. If you’re unsure, you can sign up for a 10-day trial to get started with the service.

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CleanMyMac 3 http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/cleanmymac-3/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/cleanmymac-3/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:23:45 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14914

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CleanMyMac 3A little over two years after the release of CleanMyMac 2, MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 — a lovely update to the beautifully designed utility app for Mac that helps you keep your Mac optimized and functioning well. Although most utility apps focus solely on the functional aspect, the designers at MacPaw have crafted CleanMyMac 3 with all their pixel love. The app has...

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CleanMyMac 3

A little over two years after the release of CleanMyMac 2, MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 — a lovely update to the beautifully designed utility app for Mac that helps you keep your Mac optimized and functioning well.

Although most utility apps focus solely on the functional aspect, the designers at MacPaw have crafted CleanMyMac 3 with all their pixel love. The app has undergone a visual overhaul and now looks stunning on OS X Yosemite. With this update, CleanMyMac 3 also gains four additional modules — Mail Attachments, iTunes Junk, Maintenance and Privacy. The Mail Attachments module helps you clean out all the junk in the form of mail attachments, so that you can recover all that precious storage space. The iTunes Junk module helps you clean out all the broken downloads, old software update .ipsw files, etc. The Maintenance module ensure the smooth running of your Mac while the Privacy module cleans out contents like your old chat logs that you don’t need.

Along with an updated UI and four new modules, CleanMyMac 3 also ships with two additional features — A Dashboard and a Menubar extension. The Dashboard, accessible from the top right corner of the app window, gives you an overview of the current state of your Mac. It tells you your current disk usage, RAM & CPU being used as well as your Mac’s model information and how many bytes you’ve cleaned up using the app. The menubar extension on the other hand gives you access to the Dashboard’s functions quickly and easily.

CleanMyMac 3 is a fantastic update and is currently available at a 50% OFF price of just $19.97 for today only. The regular price is $39.95 and if you already own CleanMyMac 2, you can get the latest version for half the price even after today.

App Details:


Website | Download URL | Price: $20

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BP Stickers — Full Logo & Square http://beautifulpixels.com/self/bp-stickers-full-logo-square/ http://beautifulpixels.com/self/bp-stickers-full-logo-square/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:10:20 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14920

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BP Full Logo StickersWe teased these freshly printed stickers on Twitter a last week and we’re happy to announce that they’re now available for sale. We’ve had the official Beautiful Pixels Square Vinyl Stickers on sale for a while now and now you can also order these full logo rectangular stickers. Buy Now The stickers are transparent and are printed on custom, durable and long-lasting vinyl material...

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BP Full Logo Stickers

We teased these freshly printed stickers on Twitter a last week and we’re happy to announce that they’re now available for sale. We’ve had the official Beautiful Pixels Square Vinyl Stickers on sale for a while now and now you can also order these full logo rectangular stickers.


Buy Now

The stickers are transparent and are printed on custom, durable and long-lasting vinyl material and look absolutely stunning. They measure 1.5″ x 5″ and are custom cut to look great on any surface.

Of course, you can still purchase our square logo stickers, now at reduced prices here:


Buy Square Stickers

India Store

If you’re in India, we have a new BP Store available for you. You can now purchase any of our products using your Debit Card, Credit Card or Net Banking accounts, in INR. The store is available at http://store.beautifulpixels.com.

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The Easy Way to Build a Portfolio Website http://beautifulpixels.com/web/the-easy-way-to-build-a-portfolio-website/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/the-easy-way-to-build-a-portfolio-website/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:03:49 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14905

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sqspcaprspnsr-mastheadThis article is part of the weekly sponsorship. Many thanks to our friends at Squarespace for sponsoring us this week. I still remember the early days of me using the internet on a Windows PC. I was on an ISP that offered a 64kbps plan as its “high speed” offering, Firefox was still relevant and widely used, and millions were still using Windows XP....

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This article is part of the weekly sponsorship. Many thanks to our friends at Squarespace for sponsoring us this week.

I still remember the early days of me using the internet on a Windows PC. I was on an ISP that offered a 64kbps plan as its “high speed” offering, Firefox was still relevant and widely used, and millions were still using Windows XP. I thought it would be fun to have my own little page on the internet and started looking around for ways to build my own website. I didn’t know HTML/CSS back then, so my options back then were either “googling” for “free website templates” or getting my hands on a copy of Macromedia Dreamweaver. After spending hours trying to settle on a decent template, I decided to instead try my hands at building my own little thing instead.

Although Dreamweaver was designed to help anyone build and publish a website, it did a piss poor job back then. You could add elements to a page by dragging and dropping them from a toolbar, they’d almost never be where you really wanted them to be. Moreover, the code that it generated was terrible and full of unnecessary          trash. Thankfully, today there are services like Squarespace that help you build your own website, all while making it as easy as possible.

A couple of weeks ago, I undertook the task of revamping my old, single-page website and decided to add a portfolio to it to showcase some of the photos & videos resulting from my Canon 550D camera. I signed up for a 14-day trial on Squarespace and they were kind enough to hook me up with free account.

Squarespace helps you build beautiful and elegant websites without the need to know any coding at all. They offer hundreds of stunning & responsive templates to choose from as your starting point and you can customize them as you want. I was able to add a portfolio gallery to my website with a few simple clicks — the difficult part was deciding which photos & videos to actually upload to the website. It is just as easy to add a blog, pages, social integrations or even a full-fledged ecommerce store to your website with Squarespace.

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Not only does Squarespace offer a fantastic service to build your website, they also offer some beautifully designed mobile apps to help you on the move. On iOS, Squarespace has a stunning app to help you blog as well as to keep a track of the traffic coming to your website. If you’re the creative kind, there’s a gorgeous app that lets you carry your portfolio around.

Although I’m still working on putting up my portfolio, it’s remarkable how easy Squarespace has made it so far. Integrating 3rd-party services like Typekit & Google Analytics or Social accounts like Facebook & Twitter is a breeze. All your edits happen on a realtime preview of your website and publishing the changes is as easy as clicking the ‘Save’ button.

Squarespace is a fantastic service and you should definitely give it a try. There’s a Free, 14-Day Trial available when you sign up (No credit card needed) and it only costs $8/month after that. What’s more, you even get a Free domain when you pay for the year.

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