Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:50:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Radiant Tap’s ‘Run 5k’ is Ready for the Apple Watch http://beautifulpixels.com/wearables/run-5k-apple-watch/ http://beautifulpixels.com/wearables/run-5k-apple-watch/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:32:45 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14776

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run5kwatchapp-mastheadAs we get closer to Apple’s scheduled media event on March 9th, developers around the globe are busy getting their apps ready to be submitted to Apple, whenever they officially announce the pricing and availability of the Apple Watch. Very little is known about the device internals and battery life, but Apple did make an SDK available to developers late last year and quite...

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As we get closer to Apple’s scheduled media event on March 9th, developers around the globe are busy getting their apps ready to be submitted to Apple, whenever they officially announce the pricing and availability of the Apple Watch. Very little is known about the device internals and battery life, but Apple did make an SDK available to developers late last year and quite a few devs have been busy writing code that extends their app’s functionality onto the user’s wrist. One such app is ‘Run 5k — Couch to 5k running plan‘ by Aleksandar Vacic, the Serbian developer behind apps like Unitica and Banca.

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Aleksandar says the app is already ready for Day 1 launch and as can be seen from the promo video, it’s got a damn fine UI on the watch as well. Apple Watch apps aren’t independent apps, they’re merely extensions of apps running on the iPhone, so the Run 5k watch app essentially controls the app running on your iPhone. There are various screens available for you to interact with and the animations are really well done.

Run 5k is currently available on the App Store Free to use for the first two weeks. If you like the app, you can purchase a $4.99 IAP that unlocks all weeks and you can be on your way to run your first 5k.

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Alto’s Adventure http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/altos-adventure/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/altos-adventure/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:29:16 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14757

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altos-mastheadventureAlto’s Adventure by Snowman is a visually spectacular game that we have been looking forward to for a long time here on Beautiful Pixels. The game’s premise is simple — it involves you snowboarding across a gorgeous alpine landscape while rescuing llamas and avoiding obstacles. Yes, it is a single touch controlled game. Each run is different as the game is procedurally generated and...

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Alto’s Adventure by Snowman is a visually spectacular game that we have been looking forward to for a long time here on Beautiful Pixels. The game’s premise is simple — it involves you snowboarding across a gorgeous alpine landscape while rescuing llamas and avoiding obstacles. Yes, it is a single touch controlled game. Each run is different as the game is procedurally generated and you will run into various obstacles including chasms, mountain elders, and rocks. There are six characters you can play as, each with their own abilities & characteristics. While most games in this genre would focus on in app purchases before anything else, Alto’s Adventure focusses on delivering a surreal and memorable gameplay experience.

The highlight of the game is definitely the visuals. Everything from the menu animations to the game over screens is pixel perfect. I love the use of blur overlays for menus. The game also looks way better at night (in the game). Screenshots don’t do this game justice by any means. The difference in visuals as time passes in game with the silhouette effect result in something that is definitely wallpaper worthy.

Once you get past the short tutorial, and actually get to play the game in all its glory, you see the amount of care and attention that went into everything. The only real problem is actually getting yourself to focus on the game instead of drooling at the art whilst in aural bliss. Virtual, one of my favourite gaming podcasts, even did an interview with Ryan Cash about Alto’s Adventure and it is worth listening to.

Alto’s Adventure doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it is easily one of the best games available on iOS. It takes stunning visual direction and combines it with addictive gameplay mechanics and a catchy soundtrack perfectly. Alto’s Adventure is what happens when an endless runner and Monument Valley gave birth to a game. Alto’s Adventure is available on iOS for just $1.99.

You should also read Federico Viticci’s take.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $1.99

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Crimson Keyboard http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/crimson-keyboard/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/crimson-keyboard/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:15:38 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14735

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crimsonkeyboard-mastheadThe iOS system keyboard is really good. It became the guidestone for touchscreen keyboards since its launch in 2007, and has almost always been considered the industry leader. SwiftKey was the only serious challenger to its supremacy, but mostly because the iOS keyboard wasn’t available on Android. Even though iOS 8 launched with third-party keyboard support, and SwiftKey was finally available on iOS, lingering...

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The iOS system keyboard is really good. It became the guidestone for touchscreen keyboards since its launch in 2007, and has almost always been considered the industry leader. SwiftKey was the only serious challenger to its supremacy, but mostly because the iOS keyboard wasn’t available on Android. Even though iOS 8 launched with third-party keyboard support, and SwiftKey was finally available on iOS, lingering bugs and system-limitations have prevented any third-party keyboard from ever being able to fully replace the system keyboard. Issues ranged from the inability of other keyboards from even being invoked in password fields (a constant reminder of Apple’s obsession with security, which is, overall, a good thing), to jumping cursors while entering details in Contact fields and even the inability to use other keyboard while replying to messages from the lockscreen/notifications. All in all, the experience was always jarring, and no amount of features – and there are plenty – from keyboards like SwiftKey or Nintype would change that.

That’s why Crimson is so fantastic. It takes the flexibility of being a third party keyboard, and blends it with the looks of the system keyboard. When it opens on your phone (since it is iPhone only for now), you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve been charged for nothing. Cosmetically, the ‘enter’ key is the only difference from the standard keyboard. It even has a dark mode. Enter any letter, however, and the differences begin to appear. Crimson handles text entry like BlackBerry 10’s software keyboard does – by putting words over letters on the keyboard itself, requiring you to swipe up to enter the suggested word. It is absolutely magnificent, and I can’t imagine why others haven’t done it before. There is something cathartic about swiping words upwards, like you’re physically tossing blocks of text into your message. Crimson also features a really handy split spacebar, which manifests itself when you enter a single space. The spacebar is replaced with two large period (.) and comma (,) keys, which, when pressed, enter the comma or period immediately after the previous word and then leave a space. It’s very clever.

Needless to say, nothing is perfect, and Crimson isn’t without its flaws (not including those that plague third-party keyboards, in general). Crimson has “Passive Autocorrection”, which means that instead of “unsolicited” autocorrections, the keyboard merely shows the corrected spellings in red, which you can swipe upwards like regular words. This sounds amazing, but in my experience, Crimson’s autocorrect is abysmal. I can’t explain how frustrating it is to mistype a long word while entering characters quickly, expecting autocorrect to fix the spelling automatically, but having it either not do so entirely because you made more than one incorrect keystroke (for instance, the word “lemongrasa”, a misspelt rendition of “lemongrass” won’t be corrected. The system keyboard, however, will do so happily) or splitting the long word into two, or worse, THREE whole new words decided arbitrarily.

Fixing the autocorrection is another headache, because if the keyboard autocorrects to two or three words, pressing backspace won’t completely restore the uncorrected spelling entirely, it will do so for each corrected word. This is especially compounded if you are a purveyor of India’s greatest linguistic contribution to the world – Hinglish. If you’re confused, allow me to demonstrate what I mean – typing the word “zaroorat” (need) with Crimson causes the keyboard to autocorrect “zaroorat” into “zero or at”. Press backspace, and the text field looks like this – “zero or zaroorat”. You have to manually delete the “zero or” bit, and what’s worse, if you decide to move the cursor to just after the “or” and press backspace, you’ll see this – “zero zaroorat zaroorat”. You get what I mean. It’s an absolute nightmare.

The keyboard also allows you to add words to your personal dictionary by pressing the backspace key (which restores the uncorrected spelling), then pressing spacebar. You’re out of luck if you press anything except the spacebar (including punctuation), because it will recorrect the word. Repeatedly.

I realize I’m being unfair for judging the keyboard’s inability to correct Hinglish words correctly. I admit that’s a bit disingenuous, but I merely use this to highlight the really poor implementation of autocorrect. Even the system keyboard doesn’t speak Hinglish, but when it autocorrects to multiple words, pressing backspace reveals the popup of the original word, and tapping on that will replace all of the autocorrected words. In other words, were the system keyboard to split “zaroorat” into “zero or at”, pressing backspace would reveal “zaroorat”, and tapping on that would replace all of “zero or at” with “zaroorat”. That’s how this should ideally be handled.

Make no mistake, Crimson is a fantastic keyboard. It’s text entry mechanism is the most fun way to speed up typing that I’ve ever experienced. And when autocorrect works, it does a good job. I just wish they would have kept it simple when it came to this most basic function of any modern software keyboard. I absolutely adore Crimson, and I continue to use it despite everything I’ve highlighted above. The developer has promised to fix most of the autocorrect bugs, as well as make it iPad compatible, within the next couple of updates. With all my heart, I can’t express how much I hope that happens soon. Crimson is available for $1.99, but honestly, I’d recommend waiting for v2.0.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $1.99

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Announcing Memberships & Community Forums http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/memberships-community-forums/ http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/memberships-community-forums/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:37:12 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14745

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memberships2-mastheadHot on the heels of our recent announcement regarding Platter 2.0, we’ve got two more announcements to make today. Back in 2013, we introduced Memberships on Beautiful Pixels. The support we received from our loyal readers was overwhelming and it was great to welcome our monthly and yearly members. Many of our members wrote in to us regularly with their feedback about the site and...

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Hot on the heels of our recent announcement regarding Platter 2.0, we’ve got two more announcements to make today. Back in 2013, we introduced Memberships on Beautiful Pixels. The support we received from our loyal readers was overwhelming and it was great to welcome our monthly and yearly members.

Many of our members wrote in to us regularly with their feedback about the site and it not only helped us improve the site, but also motivated us & immensely helped us shape version 5.0 of Beautiful Pixels, which they had early access to. BP 5.0 not only introduced a new design for the site, but also laid the the groundwork for us to functionally do much more.

Memberships 2.0

The membership costs just $4/month or $29/year. This time, We are also offering the option of a Free membership that will let you participate in the Community Forums (more about this in a second) as well as a Patron membership. Head over to our Membership page for additional information about these membership tiers.

Membership perks:

  1. Vinyl Stickers — A pack of the official BP Vinyl Stickers (White & Transparent both) for Yearly members and a pack of either for Monthly members.
  2. No Ads on Website — While we only have minimal advertising here, as a member, you can choose to browse the site completely ad-free.
  3. No Ads in RSS Feed — You also get access to an exclusive, members-only RSS feed without ads.
  4. Members Lounge on the Community Forums — Exclusive Access to a Members Lounge on our Community Forum, with special periodic giveaways.
  5. Early access to future announcements — You’ll be the first to hear about upcoming features, article series and features like The Highlight 2015.
  6. Support Us — The chance to support the development of Beautiful Pixels, as well as our writing.
Membership Type What You Pay  
Free (Forum Access Only) $0 Sign Up
Monthly $4/mon Sign Up
Yearly $29/year Sign Up
Patrons $99/year Sign Up

Subscription payments are handled via Gumroad and you can always email us at members@beautifulpixels.com if you have any feedback.

Community Forums

We are also announcing the launch of the official Beautiful Pixels Community Forums. We’re looking to drive some interesting design & app related discussions on our forums and even help those looking for app recommendations. We have some categories already in place and will be making improvements to the forums taking into account the feedback we receive. We’re excited!

You can either register for a Free Account and start participating in the forums or sign up for a Monthly or Yearly membership and additionally get exclusive access to a ‘Members Lounge’ where we’ll be periodically giving away promo codes & discounts on apps and website subscriptions.

There’s a lot more that we have planned for our readers here on Beautiful Pixels and you will be hearing more about it in the coming weeks. Your support and contribution towards our membership program not only goes a long way in keeping Beautiful Pixels alive, but also motivates us to do better. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve strived to bring you the top-notch app recommendations and other beautifully designed medium and are all set to showcase many more beautiful pixels in 2015.

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Webydo: The Center of Your Web Design Empire [Sponsor] http://beautifulpixels.com/misc/webydo-the-center-of-your-web-design-empire-sponsor/ http://beautifulpixels.com/misc/webydo-the-center-of-your-web-design-empire-sponsor/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:30:42 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14740

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webydosponsor-mastheadWebydo is a web design canvas, made for designers. Specifically, it’s a professional website design platform that empowers graphic and web designers to create and manage pixel-perfect responsive websites for their clients, completely code-free. Led by a community of over 120K professional designers, design studios and agencies, Webydo enacts a radically democratic process for its roadmap. Webydoers constantly recommend new advanced features and vote...

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Webydo is a web design canvas, made for designers. Specifically, it’s a professional website design platform that empowers graphic and web designers to create and manage pixel-perfect responsive websites for their clients, completely code-free.

Led by a community of over 120K professional designers, design studios and agencies, Webydo enacts a radically democratic process for its roadmap. Webydoers constantly recommend new advanced features and vote on the community’s suggestions, with the most popular being developed and added to the platform.

Webydo helps creative professionals concentrate on what is most important – the creative element of web building. With features like a built-in CMS, a full white label solution and personal support, designers can truly build their web design empire.

It’s intuitive drag and drop interface allows you to fully express your creativity in high definition, down to the individual pixel. You can create responsive, dynamic, and stunning websites all while working with a UI that corresponds to other graphic design tools with which you’re already familiar, such as Photoshop.

Try out Webydo!

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The Platter 2.0 http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/the-platter-2-0/ http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/the-platter-2-0/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:04:06 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14727

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Beautiful Pixels LogoIn February 2013, we introduced The Platter on Beautiful Pixels. The Platter was our new series wherein we tried to bring you some great apps, websites and other interesting content. Published on Sundays, for 47 weeks, the Platter contained links to stuff that we thought you should know about or check out yourself, but probably wouldn’t have dedicated a full post for them. The...

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In February 2013, we introduced The Platter on Beautiful Pixels. The Platter was our new series wherein we tried to bring you some great apps, websites and other interesting content. Published on Sundays, for 47 weeks, the Platter contained links to stuff that we thought you should know about or check out yourself, but probably wouldn’t have dedicated a full post for them. The feedback we received from our readers was overwhelmingly positive and it was great to see links to our Platter posts being shared on Social media. Today, we’re introducing The Platter 2.0.

The Platter 2.0 will be an email newsletter that will bring freshly served links, right to your inbox. It’ll follow the original weekly schedule, but will allow us to serve a ton of other interesting content from across the web. It’ll also help us experiment with different formats based off the feedback we receive.

To sign up for The Platter 2.0, enter your email address in the form below and you’ll be automatically added to our list.



We’re excited and look forward to serving you some freshly baked pixels, right in your inboxes.

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