Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Flat Tomato Pomodoro Timer http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/flat-tomato-pomodoro-timer/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/flat-tomato-pomodoro-timer/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:30:25 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14037 flattomato-mastheadHere’s an interesting looking timer app for iOS that we came across a couple of days ago. Inspired by the Pomodoro technique of becoming productive, Flat Tomato is a Universal iOS app that helps...


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Here’s an interesting looking timer app for iOS that we came across a couple of days ago. Inspired by the Pomodoro technique of becoming productive, Flat Tomato is a Universal iOS app that helps you get productive by setting up times for you to work on tasks.

As the name suggests, Flat Tomato features a flat, playful UI with neat animations and sounds. The colors change according to the task that’s currently running on the timer and the whole thing just looks great, including the app’s icon. Oddly enough, the icon doesn’t feature a Tomato at all. Using Flat Tomato is pretty simple. Single tap to start a task or skip to the next month, tap & hold to clear and double-tap to stop current task and instead record a distraction. It needs a little getting used to, but once you do that, Flat Tomato is a joy to use.

There are some oddities seen in the app, but it’s still a pretty good looking app. Flat Tomato is available Free on the App Store and there’s a $0.99 IAP to unlock a ‘History Calendar’ feature.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free

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NoteDash http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/notedash/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/notedash/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:30:48 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14046 notedash-mastheadNoteDash is a ridiculously simple utility app to jot down notes or snippets of text that you can view in your Notification Center. What you see above is the only UI you see in...


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NoteDash is a ridiculously simple utility app to jot down notes or snippets of text that you can view in your Notification Center. What you see above is the only UI you see in the app. Whatever you type here, shows up in the Notification Center widget that the app offers.

There’s really not much to say about the app, except just how ridiculously simple the idea is. Let’s say you want to remember or recollect small snippets of information when you’re on the move. Your shopping list, someone’s long name, or pretty much anything else. All you have to do is launch the app, type in that information and quit the app. This information is now available to be viewed through the Notification Center widget. Once enabled, you can just swipe down on your iPhone screen and view this readily available information without ever having to launch the app.

NoteDash does one thing and one thing well. You can grab it Free from the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free

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Numerical Goes Universal with v1.2 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/numerical-goes-universal-v1-2/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/numerical-goes-universal-v1-2/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:30:56 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14033 numerical2-mastheadWhen we first wrote about Numerical — the gesture driven calculator app for iPhone, its simple nature, beautiful design, minimalist elements and wonderful gesture-based interactions left us very impressed. The developers have now updated...


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When we first wrote about Numerical — the gesture driven calculator app for iPhone, its simple nature, beautiful design, minimalist elements and wonderful gesture-based interactions left us very impressed. The developers have now updated Numerical to version 1.2, that brings support for iPad, themes and some feature enhancements.

The biggest change in this update is that Numerical is now a Universal app. You can now enjoy using Numerical, irrespective of which iOS device you own. The app looks just as beautiful on the iPad. Your calculations happen on the left and the history is displayed to the right. This way, you have easy access to your past calculations and can quickly reuse them if needed. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the app has been updated for these larger screen sizes too. Version 1.2 also introduces feature enhancements like automatic brackets and faster evaluations.

Also new in this update are 9 additional themes that you can select to change the look of Numerical. These can be unlocked with a $1.99 IAP, while Numerical itself is now available as a Free app on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free

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Delight is in the Details — Discount & Giveaway http://beautifulpixels.com/books/delight-details-discount-giveaway/ http://beautifulpixels.com/books/delight-details-discount-giveaway/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:30:25 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14029 Delight is in the DetailsBack in July, we wrote about Delight is in the Details version 2.0, the amazing collection of ebook, audio book, interviews and Q&As put together by Shawn Blanc. Delight is in the Details is...


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Back in July, we wrote about Delight is in the Details version 2.0, the amazing collection of ebook, audio book, interviews and Q&As put together by Shawn Blanc.

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.

Shawn was kind enough to offer a special discount on the Complete Kit of Delight is in the Details for the readers of Beautiful Pixels. You can purchase the download everything in the kit for just $29 (25% OFF) using this link.

Giveaway

We’re also giving away five copies of the Complete Kit to our readers. All you have to do is tweet out to @beautifulpixels on Twitter and tell us what your favorite little detail is in any app. We want to know what delight in the details you have discovered. Tell us about any animation, interaction or even an easter egg that has delighted you when using an app and stand a chance to win one of the five copies of Delight is in the Details.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $29

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Couleurs http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/couleurs/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/couleurs/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:30:41 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14022 couleurs-mastheadCouleurs is a simple Mac utility app that lets you pick colors from your screen, tweak them and copy the corresponding color code to your clipboard. If you’re a designer or developer, you’ll quickly...


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Couleurs is a simple Mac utility app that lets you pick colors from your screen, tweak them and copy the corresponding color code to your clipboard. If you’re a designer or developer, you’ll quickly find Couleurs super useful in your work.

The app displays a small window that displays the currently selected color. You can click and drag to pick any color you want from your screen, with a magnifying glass to help you. You can tweak this selected color to your liking and the corresponding value is displayed at the bottom right. You can click on this value to copy it to your clipboard or click and hold on this to view other options, including Swift and Obj-C. Your recently used colors are displayed at the bottom of the window.

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Couleurs is a Free download and requires OS X Yosemite to work.


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The Highlight 2014 and Sponsorship Opportunities http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/highlight-2014-sponsorship-opportunities/ http://beautifulpixels.com/featured/highlight-2014-sponsorship-opportunities/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:30:54 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=14014 Beautiful Pixels LogoIt’s nearly the end of the year and we are tremendously excited to bring you ‘The Highlight 2014‘. For the unaware, The Highlight is our annual feature where we highlight some of the best...


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It’s nearly the end of the year and we are tremendously excited to bring you ‘The Highlight 2014‘. For the unaware, The Highlight is our annual feature where we highlight some of the best and our favorite apps, websites, and other notable releases. Here’s what we highlighted in 2013.

We’ve been meticulously putting together this special feature for the end of next month and we’re now welcoming sponsors for these week-long series of posts. If you have a product or service that you’d like to tell our readers about, now is the best time to get in touch with us. We’re offering special sponsorship perks that are not available via our regular sponsorship program. The Highlight 2014 will have 1 Platinum Sponsor and 3 Gold Sponsors. Here’s what you get:

Platinum Sponsor

  • Your name & URL will be displayed at the start of every post that is part of The Highlight 2014.
  • A brief description about your product/service will be displayed at the bottom of every post.
  • Your name/logo & URL will be displayed in the sidebar for the entire month of December 2014.
  • You will get four reserved spots of your choice for our regular sponsorship program in 2015.

Gold Sponsor

  • Your name, URL and a brief description about your product/service will be displayed at the bottom of every post.
  • Your name/logo & URL will be displayed in the sidebar for two weeks of December 2014.
  • You will get two reserved spots of your choice for our regular sponsorship program in 2015.

Beautiful Pixels attracts an audience that appreciates good design & quality. We believe this would be a great opportunity to tell our readers about your product or service.

Interested? We’d love to talk.


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