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Mac – xScope – Updated

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Created specifically for designers & developers, xScope is a powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting & testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Quickly available via the Mac OS X menubar, xScope’s flexible tools float above desktop windows and UI elements making measuring a breeze.

xScope is really eight tools in one that will help any designer or developer do their job faster and produce more accurate results.

To celebrate this major update, this app is currently on sale with 30% off. You can pick it up today for $19.99/£13.99/download here.

What’s New – General

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• Modern Interface – Re-designed for increased usability and a fresh new look
• SmartTools – Turns tools automatically on or off depending on what apps you’re using
• Optimized code base – Launches faster, tools like Dimensions & the Loupe have greatly improved performance
• Screen Awareness – All of xScope’s tools are aware of their positions to keep them from staying off screen
• Custom Toolbar – Drag to change the size and orientation of xScope’s toolbar to fit your workspace
• Space-Saving Menubar – Preference to display the individual menubar tools as a single item

 

MIRROR

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(Requires the FREE xScope Mirror App for IOS – download here)

• Remote Viewing – Easily view the contents of any Mac desktop window on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
• Pin & Lock – Move the Mac window anywhere & it always stays in focus on iOS
• Chromeless UI – No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
• Multiple iOS devices can connect and view the same window on a single Mac. Great for demos or meetings

DIMENSIONS

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• Pattern Recognition – Now measures properly on patterned or noisy backgrounds like iOS linen
• Screen Capture – Shift-Cmd-7 takes a screenshot of the current measurement
• Improved performance when measuring photographs

RULERS

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• Edge Snapping – Holding control key while dragging the Ruler now snaps to edges of onscreen content
• Increased Readability – Redesigned to provide increased usability against a variety of measured content

SCREENS

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• Platform Sizes – Screen sizes now organized by platform including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows & TV
• Updated Resolutions – New screen size resolutions including the very latest Mac and iOS models
• Edge Snapping – Holding down control key while dragging screens now snaps to edges of onscreen content
• Vision Simulation – Simulate user vision problems including color blindness & presbyopia (old age)
• Ability to snap screenshots from Screens
• Collapsable sidebar for compact display

LOUPE

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• Color Palette – Collect a running list of your favorite color swatches with Shift-CMD-C
• Import/Export Colors – Save out or import .ACO color swatch files for easy reference
• Color Formats – Cycle through color formats to fit the one that best fits your project’s needs
• Intelligent Gridlines – Automatically adjusts the color of the grid & centerlines for maximum visibility
• Magnify Modes – Magnify what’s under the mouse cursor or what’s directly under the Loupe
• Vision Simulation – Simulate user vision problems including color blindness & presbyopia (old age)
• Added CSS3 rgb() and HTML names for displayed colors
• Collapsable sidebar for compact display
• Zooms up to 1600%

GUIDES

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• Per Screen Control – Preference to show guides on the left, right or both displays simultaneously
• Simple Interface Mode – Preference to hide guide handles when xScope is in the background
• Automatic adjustment of measurements while dragging guides so they stay visible at screen edges
• Undo (Cmd-Z) for closed guides

 

FRAMES

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• Edge Snapping – Holding down control key while dragging screens now snaps to edges of onscreen content
• Per Screen Control – Preference to show frames on the left, right or both displays simultaneously
• Simple Interface Mode – Preference to hide frame controls when xScope is in the background
• Shrink Mode – Cmd-Shift-5 to shrink a selection around on screen content and create a frame
• Undo (Cmd-Z) for closed frames

CROSSHAIR

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• Design or Develop Mode – Change the origin from the upper-left (design work) to lower-left (development work)

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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