You’ll get this newsletter now every 2 weeks! As I said last time, there’s so much quality content to share, that it’s a shame to have to wait until the end of each month. Enough people thought the same, so let’s try this little experiment.
If you need some gradient inspiration, go try out this great web app to generate them. Pick colors, set an angle, and show your results! It generates a preview as text on gradient backgrounds and as a text with the gradient fill on both dark and light. And of course you can copy the CSS.
I’ve been using the new Cleanshot for some weeks now. It is a great all-in-one utility that covers a lot of my screenshot and recording needs. It has an improved floating preview after taking a screenshot that enables quick editing, and other actions. The scrolling capture is truly great. You can set it to capture with or without window shadows, use a default wallpaper background, define custom shortcuts, and all sorts of other useful customizations and automations. I always kept Skitch around for quick annotations, but not anymore…
If you take lots of screenshots, it’s definitely worth a try!
We launched Components Browser as an update for Runner last week. It’s a better way to discover, search, use, and manage all your symbols and styles. A separate window dedicated to the essential building blocks of our designs. This release was in the works for a long time and I’m very excited to finally make it available for a broader public. Check it out and let me know what you think 🙏
When it comes to app design, presenting is half the job. And with Rotato you can blow away your audience with great looking animated 3d mockups. It’s very powerful and has lots of customization capabilities.
The ability to mirror your live phone screen and make a stunning 3d demonstration for presenting remotely, is true class especially now the world is forced to work more remote.
Good design sticks to familiar patterns. And that’s why it’s so great that you can use sections from great websites to prototype what you have in mind. Just search by category, drag-and-drop, and create an inspireframe! Is this gonna be the new way to make a wireframe in some situations?
Just like inspireframe before, this website gets you inspired based on different types of categories. It’s just an overview of components, patterns, and pages. No tool really, but sometimes all you need is to look at some examples to come up with a solution that works for your current tasks. Very nice!
A cool phone web app to use colors from your camera feed to create a color palette. The tech is not necessarily ground-breaking, but it’s one of those workflow improvements that make it such a neat solution for your workflow. It’s cross-platform and has plugins for Figma and Sketch.
With the latest iPadOS that Apple shipped in September 2019, it was possible to use Figma in their “desktop-class browser”. That was already pretty cool! But there still we’re too many limitations to make it work really well. Figurative brings the real editor experience from Figma to iPadOS. Mouse, trackpad, and keyboard compatibility. And you can use your own custom fonts!
Apple has recently licensed fonts from type foundries like Commercial Type, Klim Type Foundry, and Mark Simonson Studio. There are 9 Latin fonts you probably didn’t knew were now available as system fonts! One small caveat, you need to download them first. Open Font Book, browse All Fonts, and right click the greyed out ones to download them. A list of the fonts, and more background info in this link!