Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Fri, 22 May 2015 13:26:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Here’s a Lovely Dribbble Chrome Extension http://beautifulpixels.com/browser-extensions/heres-a-lovely-dribbble-chrome-extension/ http://beautifulpixels.com/browser-extensions/heres-a-lovely-dribbble-chrome-extension/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:30 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15212 Dribbble New TabDribbble is still a brilliant community of designers and a great source of inspiration for a lot of the new design trends out there. There’s plenty of interesting content that designers post on the site and Dribbble New Tab is a Dribble Chrome Extension to get all the great content right in your Google Chrome browser. As the name suggests, Dribbble New Tab is...

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Dribbble is still a brilliant community of designers and a great source of inspiration for a lot of the new design trends out there. There’s plenty of interesting content that designers post on the site and Dribbble New Tab is a Dribble Chrome Extension to get all the great content right in your Google Chrome browser.

As the name suggests, Dribbble New Tab is a chrome extension built by Designerboard that works when you open a new blank tab. It works with the Dribbble API to display a grid of the shots posted on Dribbble. By default, you are shown all the Popular shots on Dribble. A menu at the top left lets you choose between a feed of the Popular shots, Recent shots, shots from people you’re Following, your own Shots and the shots you’ve liked. While the first two can be browsed by anyone, the last three need you to have a Dribble account in place for obvious reasons.

If you use Chrome and love browsing Dribbble, this should be a no-brainer. You can get Dribbble New Tab from here.

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Stats for Twitter http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/stats-for-twitter/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/stats-for-twitter/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:47:44 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15199 crowdfirestats-mastheadUp until a few years ago, I was a big fan of Birdbrain app, which was a beautifully designed iPhone app that gave you statistical data about your Twitter account, such as the number of followers/following, who followed/unfollowed you, etc. It even made our list of “15 stupendously drop dead gorgeous apps from 2009” back then. However, when Birdbrain 3 came out for iOS...

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Up until a few years ago, I was a big fan of Birdbrain app, which was a beautifully designed iPhone app that gave you statistical data about your Twitter account, such as the number of followers/following, who followed/unfollowed you, etc. It even made our list of “15 stupendously drop dead gorgeous apps from 2009” back then. However, when Birdbrain 3 came out for iOS 7 with its flat UI, I thought it had lost its charm and along the way, I stopped using it sometime when I reset my iPhone. A few days ago, I came across Stats for Twitter which left me very intrigued.

As the name suggests, Stats for Twitter gives you stats about your Twitter account and the activity happening on it. It doesn’t just give you basic info such as the number or mentions, followers, retweets or favorites for your account, but also studies the activity and gives you analytical data such as the growth seen in retweets/followers/favorites, complete with graphs. You an also add a competitor’s or friend’s twitter account in the app and it’ll show you how well you’re performing compared to that account. You can also change the time periods for the data displayed in the app such as last 7 days, last month or last year.
You can compare up to four accounts with this feature.

Stats for Twitter was was originally a part of the Crowdfire app, but now exists as a standalone app if stats are all you need. It’s available for Free on the App Store, but you can only sign in with one account at a time. To add more accounts, you need to upgrade via the Crowdfire app or via their website, a process that I found unnecessary and confusing.

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Build Your Own Website Easily with Squarespace http://beautifulpixels.com/web/build-your-own-website-easily-with-squarespace/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/build-your-own-website-easily-with-squarespace/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:11:37 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14949 SquarespaceThis article is part of the weekly sponsorship. Many thanks to our friends at Squarespace for sponsoring us this week. Having your own presence on the web is very important today. Sure, you may have different social media accounts, but there’s nothing like having your own website with a personal domain that establishes a serious identity online. Having your own website comes with a...

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

Having your own presence on the web is very important today. Sure, you may have different social media accounts, but there’s nothing like having your own website with a personal domain that establishes a serious identity online. Having your own website comes with a lot of advantages and perks. You can make all kind of useful information available to the visitors of your website. However, building a good website is not an easy task and not everyone can manage setting up their own website. There are a lot of options out there on the web, most of which require some technical knowledge like knowing the basics of HTML and/or CSS. Thankfully, there are also options like Squarespace that make building a website super easy.

Squarespace offers a super simple way of building your own, professional looking website. You don’t have to worry about code at all — just choose from a wide selection of beautifully designed templates and then customize them to your liking. Adding your own content to the website is as easy as drag-n-drop on the screen. You can either type your content in a text-editor and paste it on the page, or type it directly on the page and style it on the fly. Squarespace provides advanced options that are designed to be used by anyone. That’s not all, Squarespace also makes it easy to build your own professional portfolio or even an ecommerce store, so you can sell your work to your visitors. With a few simple configurable options, you can have a mobile optimized, retina ready, beautifully designed website ready for your visitors.

Building a website is just the beginning. Squarespace even provides apps for you to manage your website from your smartphone or tablet. The app let you post blog entries to your website or track the visitors that are browsing your website daily. Just like the service, the apps are beautifully designed and have been featured here on Beautiful Pixels in the past too.

Squarespace takes the hassle out of building an running a website. The service can be used by anyone looking to have a professional looking website. All of this comes at the low price of just $8/month (billed annually) and there’s a super sweet Free 14-day trial to get your started, no Credit Card required.

Head over to Squarespace today and get started with your own website with ease.

App Details:


Website | Download URL | Price: $8

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Pushpin 4.0 Adds Offline Support & More http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/pushpin-4-0-adds-offline-support-more/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/pushpin-4-0-adds-offline-support-more/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:25:36 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15195 Pushpin 4.0A little over a year since the release of Pushpin 3 which was a major overhaul of the app and much needed for iOS 7, Pushpin today has been updated to version 4.0. Pushpin 4.0 is an evolutionary update to the Pinboard client for iPhone and iPad that introduces a bunch of new features to the app and fixing a long list of bugs....

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A little over a year since the release of Pushpin 3 which was a major overhaul of the app and much needed for iOS 7, Pushpin today has been updated to version 4.0. Pushpin 4.0 is an evolutionary update to the Pinboard client for iPhone and iPad that introduces a bunch of new features to the app and fixing a long list of bugs.

The biggest addition with this release is support for offline reading. Using Pushpin, you can now download complete webpages and read them offline at your own pace. You can set your bookmarks to download for offline use, which saves the entire page, complete with its images, CSS and Javascript code and then spend time reading them as you travel or wait for someone at place with crappy network coverage. This update also introduces the ability to save your searches and add them to the sidebar, so that you can get to a specific group of bookmarks quickly when you need to access them. You can also have the app launch directly into this view, which is a nifty feature. Other notable feature additions in this release include support for displaying the date when the bookmark was added and the ability to set bookmark description from the text selected in Safari. Additionally, there are dozens of other minor additions and bug fixes with this release.

Pushpin for Pinboard is a Universal app and available for $9.99 on the App Store. This update is free for existing users.

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Weather Timeline http://beautifulpixels.com/android/weather-timeline/ http://beautifulpixels.com/android/weather-timeline/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15183 weathertimeline-mastheadWe heard from a lot of our readers who asked about Android apps on Beautiful Pixels. No, we haven’t stopped writing about Android apps here, in fact we’ve been pretty excited about what designers do with Material Design and how they utilize Google’s new design philosophy in their apps. We’ve been playing with a few Android apps over the last few weeks and some...

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We heard from a lot of our readers who asked about Android apps on Beautiful Pixels. No, we haven’t stopped writing about Android apps here, in fact we’ve been pretty excited about what designers do with Material Design and how they utilize Google’s new design philosophy in their apps. We’ve been playing with a few Android apps over the last few weeks and some of them have left us very impressed. Weather Timeline is one of the apps that managed to blow us away. It’s a weather app for Android that doesn’t just look good, it offers a brilliantly crafted experience that has to be tried out.

Weather Timeline is a product of Sam Ruston, a Designer/Developer from England who’s previously released apps like Cookbook and Flip — Currency Converter. Sam has knocked it out of the park with this app and there are quite a lot that’s impressive about Weather Timeline.

Design

Just in case it wasn’t clear already, Weather Timeline is gorgeous. It uses a stellar color palette for its UI and the whole thing is just stunning to look at. Every location that you add in the app shows up as a card, with an animated icon for the weather condition, the temperature, the current time. The cards have a different background color depending on the weather conditions in that city. Tapping on a city’s card reveals a screen with a plethora of information. You can know the windspeed, rainfall, sunrise/sunset times, moon phases, humidity, precipitation, pressure, visibility and the actual temperature or “feels like” temperature. This is followed by a timeline of weather forecasts over the next few hours and days. The design and function of this screen is something to marvel at and the animated icons used only add to the wonderfulness of the whole UI. There’s an icon at the top to view graphs for Temperature, Precipitation, Wind and Pressure and another that displays the Radar over a Satellite view of the map and the timeline at the bottom. You can hit the ‘play’ button at the top and see how the weather will change over the hours. It’s quite something.

Customization

Weather Timeline offers plenty of customization options. There are five themes that you can choose from — Classic, Neutral, Material, Bright and Custom, with the first four having a lovely color palette and the last one letting you choose your own. You can also choose which Icon Set the app uses, from choices like Weather Timeline (WT) Animated, WT Static, WT Colored, WT Material or icon sets by designers like Roy Soetantio, Orlando Marty, DuckDuckGo, GraphBerry or Adam Whitcroft (Climacons). There are options to toggle min/max temperatures and the option to show/hide them on the cards as well as other minute customization options for the interface.

Notifications and Alerts

Weather Timeline offers the ability to display a weather notification in the tray. You can pick which locations you want to see in the notification (Usually your current location) and even have the temperature itself appear as a notification icon. Glancing at my phone, I can see that it feels like 38 degrees in Mumbai and over the next 24 hours, it’s going to be partly cloudy. You can also enable alerts for Rain as well as turn on Umbrella warning. Weather Timeline also has the option to show the weather on your Android Wear watch, if there’s one connected to your phone.

Special Mention: Moon Viewer

Slightly hidden from view, Weather Timeline has a amazing feature that lets you view the moon phases spread over a fortnight. You can drag your finger on the screen and see what the moon is going to be like on a specific day. You’ve got to try this.

You can choose between Forecast.io, Weather Underground, YR.no, OpenWeatherMap or World Weather Online, Depending on where in the world you are and which source works best for you.

Weather Timeline is possible one of our favorite apps that we’ve come across on Android. It seems like just a pretty weather app but as you get to using it, you realize there’s a lot more to us and it’s the little things that you discover in the app is what makes the app so good.

Weather Timeline is available for $0.99 on Google Play.

App Details:


Website | Download URL | Price: $0.99

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Day One Sync http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/day-one-sync/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/day-one-sync/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 06:31:00 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=15177 dayonesync-mastheadDay One is, without a doubt, the best journaling app out there for iOS and Mac. The talent at Bloom Built has continued to add improvements and new features to the app with every release over the years and today, it exists as an absolutely stellar app for journaling your life through your iOS and Mac. Both the Mac and iOS app offer a...

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Day One is, without a doubt, the best journaling app out there for iOS and Mac. The talent at Bloom Built has continued to add improvements and new features to the app with every release over the years and today, it exists as an absolutely stellar app for journaling your life through your iOS and Mac. Both the Mac and iOS app offer a beautifully designed UI that’s a joy to use and we’re big fans of Day One here at Beautiful Pixels. Last week, the team announced the public release of Day One Sync, a feature that lays the foundation for an extensive list of features that will be added to Day One in the near future.

Day One Sync is a sync platform that backups up & syncs all your Day One data between your devices extremely fast & in a secure way. It can be used as an alternative to Dropbox or iCloud and makes use of the Amazon AWS (S3) infrastructure to store your data. In its simplest form, it works in the background, backing up and syncing your data (once you have enabled in from the Settings). But Day One Sync is designed to power a lot more interesting features coming in the future, since the platform that holds the data is now directly handled by the developers. Day One Sync will enable features such as support for multiple journals, shared journals, journaling via email, multiple photos in an entry and a robust API & IFTTT integration. There’s also a web-based version of Day One that is planned using the Day One Sync platform. Right now, there exists a limited, “publish-only” web version of Day One at http://dayone.me/.

I’ve been testing Day One Sync between my devices for over a month now and it has been working fantastic. The initial sync did take some time, but once all set, it was smooth sailing since. Your new entries instantly appear on all your devices. My biggest feature request for Day One is support for multiple photos in a single entry, which is currently missing in all the apps.

Day One for iPhone and iPad is available as a Universal app for $4.99 on the App Store while Day One for Mac is available for $9.99 on the Mac App Store.

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