Everyone who has ever designed for the web in Photoshop appreciates its power, but will tell you tales about how time consuming it is to export portions of a design. Usually it involves a lot of copying and pasting, and at some point you need to take a frustration break or get completely lost.
It’s amazing that only recently an inconspicous utility hit the market that helps you minimize your workload significantly when exporting PSDs for the web. Teasingly named Slicy, the app adds the icing to any web design project. We’ll take a look at their recipe of success.
Our sponsor this week is employment:app, a great way to manage your employees and simplify HR duties from your Mac.
HR and other internal business apps are often confusing, with outdated designs built for PCs. employment:app is an exciting break from this tradition, bringing modern Mac app design to the enterprise. You can manage your employees, keeping up with detailed personal info, files, trainings, and vacations for each employee. You’ll be able to look through your database of employees and find the right person for any job based on their abilities.
employment:app is as easy to use as any other Mac app. It can sync your employee info to all of your Macs over iCloud, and sync calendar info to iCal. Then, when you need to put your data to use, you can export info in standard formats, and create advanced reports about your employees, all from employment:app.
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Ready to start making it simpler to manage your employees? You can register for a free trial from employment:app’s site, or you can go ahead and buy it directly from the Mac App Store for $34.99. If you’d like more info about employment:app, you can check their features and screenshots on their website, or join in the conversation about it on their Facebook page.
If you’ve been a Mac user for a while, then you’ve probably heard of Fluid. It’s a simple tool that lets you make websites feel like actual apps, with their own webkit-powered window and dock icon. You can customize icons, save userscripts for individual sites, and more. It’s quite the useful app if you use web apps often.
I’ve been using it more frequently lately to replace the Twitter clients I used to have on my Mac. Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons. Join me after the break for an example of how you can use Fluid to make your experience with Twitter and other apps on the Internet more up-to-date and smooth.
Fresh off the presses, here is Mac AppStorm’s weekly app news roundup.
As most programmers are already aware, Git is a very powerful open source version control system. There are a handful of popular version control systems (VCS) to choose from, but most power users lean toward Git or Subversion (SVN). Schools of thought vary on which is best, but it is universally accepted that professionals of all kinds can benefit from a good version control system. Even for those who don’t write or program professionally, a good VCS can help catalog changes in all sorts of personal projects. Launching into Git for the first time, however, might not be the most pleasant experience for the average first-timer.
Tower changes that and makes Git a tool that everyone should have loaded up in their repertoire.
Most of us probably have a strange relationship to Internet memes, those photos that everyone uses to make their own version of a particular joke. While we can be fond of some of the funnier Internet memes that make their way through our Facebook and Twitter feeds — not to mention the Reddit forums — we’re probably annoyed by the majority of them. Unfortunately, the people who have the time on their hands to create Internet memes just aren’t as funny as we want them to be.
If you use TextExpander much, chances are you don’t actually think about the app itself that much. You’ve added your own shortcuts to it over the years, and now you type them in and they’re automatically expanded without you even thinking. It just becomes another part of your Mac.
This week, Smile Software released the first full new version of TextExpander since 2010. It adds several new features, but if you’re already using TextExpander 3, a quick glance at their new features list might not even make it seem like its worth your time to upgrade. After all, when’s the last time you opened the TextExpander window, anyhow?
Turns out, there’s more than meets the eye in TextExpander 4.
Although many developers are porting or even rewriting applications designed for Windows to the Mac, many these days still find the need to run Windows on your Mac. I find that need every single day at work. While there are three main ways to get the job done, Parallels has always been my favorite.
Parallels Desktop 7 is a dramatic improvement over the previous version, and brings along a few cool new features. If running alternate operating systems on your Mac is a priority, read on as we dive into the latest version of Parallels Desktop!
Have you ever admired how professionals get stuff done so incredibly fast on their Macs? It’s often hard to follow what they’re doing because they never stop to grab their mouse or use their tablet. They keep hammering away on their keyboard, controlling apps via shortcuts in a way that makes us wonder how they ever memorized them all.
If you want to take your skills on the Mac to the next level as well, a tiny utility will now help you find you all the shortcuts you need to be a pro. Readers, meet CheatSheet.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundleHunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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You’ve got to move quick on this one! We have two BundleHunt Productivity bundles to give away, but the competition ends tomorrow.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on iStopMotion, LittleSnapper, TotalFinder, Typinator, Default Folder X, Keyboard Maestro 5, PhoneView, the Smashing Magazine Super Bundle, Glyph Ocean Icon Set, 4 ThemeFuse WordPress themes, and Picons Ultimate+.
Read on to find out how to enter…