Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:42:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Phonograph is a Gorgeous Music Player for Android http://beautifulpixels.com/android/phonograph-is-a-gorgeous-music-player-for-android/ http://beautifulpixels.com/android/phonograph-is-a-gorgeous-music-player-for-android/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:37:55 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15583 phonographEver since Google announced Material Design with Android 5.0 Lollipop, we’ve seen a lot of 3rd party apps adopt those design guidelines for their User Interface. While some apps have transformed their old boring design into a somewhat refreshing new look, we’ve been especially happy looking at apps that have been built from the group up with Material Design in mind. Phonograph (previously called...

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Ever since Google announced Material Design with Android 5.0 Lollipop, we’ve seen a lot of 3rd party apps adopt those design guidelines for their User Interface. While some apps have transformed their old boring design into a somewhat refreshing new look, we’ve been especially happy looking at apps that have been built from the group up with Material Design in mind. Phonograph (previously called Gramophone) is one such music player app for Android that is absolutely gorgeous to look at.

Phonograph’s gorgeous user interface has been intricately crafted keeping the Material Design guidelines in mind. It doesn’t just look good, the subtle animations and transitions in the app enhance its experience as well. You can customize the look of the app by choosing the primary and accent colors that the UI uses, as well as choose between a Light and Dark theme. The songs and albums you have in your library also look stunning in the app, as it displays the artwork prominently.

Phonograph Screenshots

Phonograph features an inbuilt Tag Editor that allows you to edit the meta data for your tracks. It integrates with Last.fm and optionally allows you to download missing artwork or other details if necessary. The app is super easy to use and if my primary phone were Android, this is exactly what I’d have on my Homescreen.

Phonograph is available for Free on Google Play and if you have an Android phone, there’s no real reason why you shouldn’t have this installed.

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Freebies Every New And Seasoned Designers Would Love [Sponsor] http://beautifulpixels.com/web/freebies-every-new-and-seasoned-designers-would-love-sponsor/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/freebies-every-new-and-seasoned-designers-would-love-sponsor/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:29:29 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15567 dealfuel2-mastheadWho doesn’t love free stuff and when the freebie is worth its weight in gold, you might want to take a break from taking a break on Sunday and check it out. Promise you won’t be disappointed! Free Photo-Realistic & Hand-Crafted Food Mockup Set There are a lot of food-based websites popping up, so you have extensive competition if you’re a part of the...

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Who doesn’t love free stuff and when the freebie is worth its weight in gold, you might want to take a break from taking a break on Sunday and check it out.

Promise you won’t be disappointed!

Free Photo-Realistic & Hand-Crafted Food Mockup Set

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There are a lot of food-based websites popping up, so you have extensive competition if you’re a part of the industry too. Here’s how you can carve your own niche, use the food mockup to sample from different landing page, posters headers and other option to create a visually appealing masterpiece that’s as delectable as the platter you’d cook up.
With 12 completely customizable PSDs and high-res scenes, this mockup set will help you in a lot of food-related projects. Get inspiration for web pages and blogs and cater to the right audience who eat with their eyes first.

Download here.

70 Vector Icons for Touch Screen Gestures

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Ever played Pictionary? Something as simple as a wave goodbye could look like a flying kite, nowhere close to a palm!
As a designer you know just how difficult it is to represent graphically a hand gesture. So we make this entirely easy for you with 70 vector icons for touchscreen gestures.
Whether you design mobile apps or need touch screen gesture icons to communicate functions, this set of icons is gold dust for programmers and designers.

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Beautiful & Sophisticated Waterlily Typeface

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There’s a way to add beauty to your work. It could come through a deep introspective poem or a well-designed aesthetically pleasing background. Or it could be as simple as a waterlily typeface, which you can use to create posters websites headers and so much more.
Waterlily in itself is s beautiful flower, the one that makes you think delicate and graceful. So why not use this to add a touch of elegance to your page?
The waterlily typeface is available for instant download in .OTF and .TTF formats, and is licensed for personal and commercial usage.

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Geometric Patterns with extended royalty license

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All the It girls might be wearing animal prints now, but the only print that never goes out of vogue is one that comes adorned with Geometric patterns. It’s like the little black dress of the print and pattern world.
From beautiful abstract designs to something more creative and quirky, you’d find a limitless use for this freebie. Use it to create stunning mugs, hoodies, t-shirts and even backgrounds and flyers, the patterns can be resized without compromising quality.

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32 Vector Ribbon Objects

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Aren’t ribbons beautiful? Besides having a birthday feel to it, you can also use these ribbons to direct attention to the most significant part of the page and with élan.
Place it to beautify the page by putting it in the corners or the header and footer or right next to the Sign Up form, the different style gives you a lot of choice as far as placement goes. The ribbons are available in .AI, .PSD and .EPS formats.

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Awesome Pricing Tables & Banners

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With e-commerce increasing leaps and bounds and freelancing becoming the norm, you do need pricing banners and tables for a lot of upcoming projects.
And these need to be explicitly defined and accurately drawn up, so there are no issues both from the vendor’s and the member’s point of view. The pricing tables and banners that you get in this freebie effectively demarcate the different options and highlight the best ones.

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One Page Website Template with Multi-use License

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Want to create a beautiful portfolio without going through the hassles? Pick this one page template that covers most of your important portfolio requirements, gives you ample space to key in the essential content of the Home page, About Us page, Contact page and a separate tab for Blog too.
The fluid responsive template works well across different platforms. With social media integrated the template is compatible with all leading browser options.

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Designer-naut: Flat UI Kit

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With Pluto being renamed as a planet and the discovery of a second Earth there’s a lot of space talk going on. If you want to jump in on that spaceship too and need to create a space-themed presence, the Designer-naut UI kit is the perfect head start you need.
Exuding a sci-fi feel, the UI kit will launch your project right out of the park (or the planet). The organized layout and 40+ widgets with 100+ UI elements, that’s just one reason to get it.
Add a dash of your creativity and use it in a number of multipurpose projects.

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50 Unique Tessellation Pattern Vector Backgrounds for FREE

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A smart designer would never be repetitive because they know how to recycle and reuse resources in a creative way.
And to give your creativity a boost, here is not just one or two but 50 unique tessellation patterns that are befitting for backgrounds, posters flyers and about anything that you wish to put your magic on.
A prominent part of Roman culture, the tessellation patterns create beautiful effects that will enhance your projects and wow your customers. Since these are vector backgrounds, they are scalable.

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Smashicons: 200 Flat Icons

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Icons are an indispensable part of every project. Whether you are designing a website or a poster, you need icons to both add a creative touch and to communicate important messages.
So here are 200 flat icons that you can use in a multitude of projects and which will both enhance your work and cover the functionality part of it. These icons are versatile – from masks and transistors to food items, there’s even one resembling Heisenberg if you’re a Breaking Bad fan.

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Which freebie did you like best?

 

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Monospace is a Minimal Writing App for Android [Public Beta] http://beautifulpixels.com/android/monospace-is-a-minimal-writing-app-for-android-public-beta/ http://beautifulpixels.com/android/monospace-is-a-minimal-writing-app-for-android-public-beta/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:55:30 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15562 Monospace for AndroidMonospace is a beautiful and elegant writing or notes app for Android. Currently available in Public Beta on Google Play, it boasts of a very minimally designed user interface and comes from the house of Underwood Apps, makers of Today Calendar — one of the best looking Calendar apps for Android. Monospace is a truly minimal app and feels great to write in. It...

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Monospace is a beautiful and elegant writing or notes app for Android. Currently available in Public Beta on Google Play, it boasts of a very minimally designed user interface and comes from the house of Underwood Apps, makers of Today Calendar — one of the best looking Calendar apps for Android.

Monospace is a truly minimal app and feels great to write in. It lacks the unnecessary UI chrome seen in some other apps, but unfortunately the constant black menubar and navigation bar feel jarring and out of place. Although primarily plain text, Monospace supports inline formatting of the text in Bolt, Italics, H1, H2 as well as adding Bullet points and Quote formats. You can use Markdown formatting or select the text you want to format and Monospace displays a popup just above the text with the said formatting options. To organize your notes, Monospace makes use of tags in the last line of every note. You can add nested tags if you’d like to organize your notes one level deep.

If you have more than one device, Monospace integrates with Dropbox for syncing your notes. It can also export in Plain Text or Markdown to any other app. Monospace is available in Public Beta for Free on Google Play.

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iShows 2 is a Phenomenal TV Show Tracking App for iOS http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/ishows-2-is-a-phenomenal-tv-show-tracking-app-for-ios/ http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/ishows-2-is-a-phenomenal-tv-show-tracking-app-for-ios/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:00:29 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15549 ishows2-masthead2Just like many of our readers, I love watching TV shows and spend a lot of time every week following various episodes of different TV shows across multiple networks and channels. Over the last few years, we’ve showcased a lot of TV show tracking apps here on Beautiful Pixels and each app has brought something unique to the table in an effort to target...

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Just like many of our readers, I love watching TV shows and spend a lot of time every week following various episodes of different TV shows across multiple networks and channels. Over the last few years, we’ve showcased a lot of TV show tracking apps here on Beautiful Pixels and each app has brought something unique to the table in an effort to target an audience with different tastes. Today marks the release of iShows 2 on the App Store, a huge update to iShows that was released in 2013. iShows 2 is, without a doubt, the best TV app available out there, for any platform. Let’s take a look at what makes iShows 2 so special.

New Design & Customizations

iShows 2 has undergone a complete makeover and looks nothing like the first version. It now sports an absolutely stellar design and is just gorgeous to look at. Gone is the old design full of ‘gaps’ and the new UI makes great use of the screen real estate. iShows 2 offers you the ability to customize the layout according to your liking. You can choose between either a Poster Layout (vertical images) or a Fanart Layout (horizontal images) for the list of TV Shows that you have added and are tracking in the app. There’s also an option to turn on a ‘Condensed Layout’, which lessens the padding and displays tighter artwork. I personally love the Condensed, Poster Layout. Once you’ve settled on the Layout, you can choose what theme you want. iShows 2 offers a choice between a Light & Dark theme, along with 6 different highlight colors to choose from. There’s also a ‘Tinted Background’ option you can enable that uses the highlight color to slightly add a tint to the background. Additionally, there are three special show-inpired themes available in the app — The Kingslayer Theme (Game of Thrones), The Terminus Theme (The Walking Dead) and The Albuquerque Theme (Breaking Bad). You can set iShows 2 to choose a random theme every day or shake your phone to change the theme.

Discovering & Tracking TV Shows

I absolutely love the way iShows 2 lets you discover, search, add and track TV shows in the app. To add a new show, you begin by tapping the little ‘+’ sign at the top right of the main screen. Here, you are presented with 6 different sections through which you can discover or search for TV shows. The first one is iShows Picks, which features hand-picked recommendations, followed by the Trending and Popular sections, which display all the currently trending and popular TV shows. Based off the TV shows you’ve added in the app, iShows 2 can also recommend you some shows in the Recommendations section. If you have a Trakt.tv account (more on this later), iShows 2 displays your friends and followers in the Social tab and and you can view their list of shows here too. Of course, you can manually Search for a TV Show you already know about.

Once you are done adding TV shows in the app, you are presented with the main screen that has four tabs at the bottom — Active, Archives, Favorites and Search (Filter). The Active section shows you the TV shows that you are currently watching and want to keep up with every episode as it airs. Here, the app shows you which is the last episode that has aired for each TV show, how many episodes you’ve missed (if you’re lagging) or how many days until the next episode airs. You can quickly swipe right to left on a TV show to mark the episode as watched. Swiping left to right allows you to change the artwork instead. To archive a show or mark it as favorite, simply tap and hold on the show’s artwork. When you pull down on this screen, iShows 2 displays the number of shows in your Active list, how many you’ve archived, and how many are marked as favorites. Based on your usage, iShows 2 includes a small element of gamification and displays your current level at the top. Pulling down on this screen even more displays a random quote from a random TV show.

TV Show Details

iShows 2 isn’t just a pretty app, it also excels in the way it brings you information about any TV show. You can view details about the entire show, including the cast, genre, network, air time, rating, etc. or you can view details about a specific episode. The entire list of episodes is available on the right and you can pull to toggle between special episodes in the list.

Powered by Trakt.tv

iShows 2 utilizes Trakt.tv to sync between devices, but it’s a somewhat weird implementation of sync. Once you sign in with your account, the app only syncs your watched/unwatched states of shows. It doesn’t automatically add your existing shows to a new device when you sign in — that’s a manual task. Once you’ve added the shows, all your watched/unwatched states are kept in sync across devices.

Trakt.tv also powers the ratings, comments and the Social section described above.

Notification Center Widget

iShows 2 offers a lovely Today Widget for your active shows that lets you quickly glance at the upcoming shows and episodes, as well as know how many episodes you are yet to watch. I really like this handy widget.

Notifications

iShows 2 can notify you about a new episode for a show you’re tracking in the app. You can either have the notification alert you at a fixed time or offset it based off the time the episode actually airs. You can pick anywhere between ‘3 hours before’ to ‘1 day after’. In the app Settings, you can ask iShows to notify you about only your Favorite TV shows if you want.

iShows 2 is a super powerful and extremely good looking app to track your TV shows. I’ve been beta testing it over the last three months and have been witness to the incredible efforts that have gone into crafting it. It is a phenomenal release with a lot of impressive features. However, I do think that there are some areas that need to be worked on or features that would be great if introduced. For example, there’s so much that can be done to the iPad version and the screen real estate available for play there.

iShows 2 is a Universal app and is available for Free on the App Store and lets you track up to 4 shows. To add more, there’s a simple $3.99 IAP, which is quite an easy decision to make. The three show-inspired themes on the other hand are $0.99 each or $1.99 for the whole pack. At $5.99, iShows 2 delivers an incredible value to anyone who is remotely interested in tracking TV shows on his device.

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TodoMovies 4 http://beautifulpixels.com/apple-watch/todomovies-4/ http://beautifulpixels.com/apple-watch/todomovies-4/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:30:22 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15519 TodoMovies 4We’ve followed the entire journey of TodoMovies here on Beautiful Pixels. We’ve loved the app right from its debut on the App Store in 2012 and then the beautifully crafted updates to it in the form of TodoMovies 2 in 2013 and TodoMovies 3 in 2014, which although a separate app, was released Free on the App Store. Today, the Taphive duo have released...

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We’ve followed the entire journey of TodoMovies here on Beautiful Pixels. We’ve loved the app right from its debut on the App Store in 2012 and then the beautifully crafted updates to it in the form of TodoMovies 2 in 2013 and TodoMovies 3 in 2014, which although a separate app, was released Free on the App Store. Today, the Taphive duo have released TodoMovies 4, an evolutionary update that brings TodoMovies to the Apple Watch, along with custom lists and a redesigned movie details view.

The biggest feature introduced in TodoMovies 4 is the ability to create custom lists. Along with the default ‘To Watch’ and ‘Watched’ lists, you can also combine a bunch of different movies into your own custom lists. For example, I have custom lists like “Must Watch / Don’t Miss’, ‘Pixar Shorts’, ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ etc. In the movie detail view, you can add the movie to multiple lists if you want. Speaking of the movie detail view, it has been completely redesigned and looks much more beautiful now. I love how the poster shows up at the top and as you scroll, the rest of the details follow below it. You can watch the trailer, mark the movie as watched or add it to a list or share it with your friends, all on the same screen. The tab bar at the bottom lets you quickly switch between sections.

TodoMovies 4 also brings the app to the Apple Watch and updates the UI for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sizes. The former lets you not only view your lists on your wrist, but you can also mark movies as watched and rate them too. We still don’t have a feasible way to get our hands on the Apple Watch here, so we were unable to test the Apple Watch app.

TodoMovies 4 is available for Free on the App Store with a $2.99 IAP to unlock more than one custom lists. I love the new custom lists feature, but also wish there was a way to publicly share them on Twitter or Facebook. Would work as a great way of recommendation for friends.

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Zeeen — A Dribbble App http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/zeeen-a-dribbble-app/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/zeeen-a-dribbble-app/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:22:52 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15534 Zeeen Dribbble AppZeeen is a new Dribble app for iPhone crafted by Nob Nakui and Katsuhisa Ishii. Built on the API offered by Dribbble, Zeeen is a lot like the many other Dribbble apps out there. But Zeeen differs in the way it handles your iPhone’s screen real estate and the way in which it displays the images on it. When you first launch Zeeen, you...

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Zeeen is a new Dribble app for iPhone crafted by Nob Nakui and Katsuhisa Ishii. Built on the API offered by Dribbble, Zeeen is a lot like the many other Dribbble apps out there. But Zeeen differs in the way it handles your iPhone’s screen real estate and the way in which it displays the images on it.

When you first launch Zeeen, you are asked to sign in with your Dribbble account. You can’t skip this step, so there’s no way to just browse the public shots on Dribbble. It does have 1Password integration on the sign in screen, so that’s a plus. Once you’re signed in, you can view a two column layout of the shots from Dribbble. Your first screen is your ‘Following’ screen. You can swipe horizontally and browse the Popular, Team Shots, Animated GIFs, Debuts, Rebounds & Playoffs screens. On the top left of the screen is the search icon while on the top right are your activity & profile icons.

Tapping on any image loads the individual view and this is where Zeeen sets itself apart from the rest. Zeeen uses the primary color from the shot and uses it as the background of this screen. For example, a shot with a blue background will be displayed on a screen that’s entirely blue. This creates a much more immersive experience when browsing the shots and feed and works great in most cases, except those few instances where it picks a weird combination of background and foreground colors, making it hard to read the text on the screen. On this screen, Zeeen also displays the title of the shot, the player’s details and all the comments on that shot. You can also add your own comment to the shot, like it or add it to a bucket. For sharing the current shot, Zeeen uses the native iOS sharing sheet.

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