TOKYO (MacHouse) – When you try to show pictures with an HTML table on a remote server, a few things can go easily wrong. You probably know relative paths to image files on your remote server, but you can’t really test your html code on your local computer. And you create thumbnails out of actual pictures, and you create them again after making some changes, and again and again. That’s so cumbersome. That’s why I’ve developed Img4Web, which lets you generate HTML code with thumbnails. But there are limitations. For example, it won’t let you generate multiple rows of tables when you have a lot of pictures to show with an HTML table. So what can I do about that? Well, I’ve worked my butt off for the last several days in order to upgrade this more-than-two-year-old application. As a result, I submitted Img4Web 3 to Mac App Store a few hours ago.
- Create presets for HTML settings.
- Test your HTML code locally or generate HTML code for hosting pictures with thumbnails on a remote server.
- Set a border color.
- Set the number of columns with pictures.
- Create not just one row of pictures but multiple rows pictures by letting the application figure out the number of rows, depending on the total number of pictures you have.
- Save all settings by choosing Save Settings under Img4Web 3. Choose Load Settings at any time to load saved settings. Optionally, let the application automatically load saved settings whenever it starts up.
- Drag and drop source pictures directly onto the file list.
- The application comes with a built-in user guide with graphics.
Img4Web 3 lets you create thumbnails out of actual-size pictures at the same time when it generates HTML code to show them in a multi-row table. Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – It was deskShots 2 a week ago. There was justIcons 2 two weeks ago. Yeah, right… I’ve been upgrading existing software titles for the past three weeks or so. Here comes another one. I submitted a new software release to Mac App Store some 12 hours ago. This new release is called Deskcap 2.
The two-year-old Deskcap was indispensable for me because it let me create a visual work area smaller than the entire desktop area of 2,560 px X 1,440 px. It’s old and now dead. Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – Life can get unexpectedly brutal, sometimes. In the last seven days I’ve struggled to find a solution to a software development issue, due to which Mac App Store rejected three new software submissions and three software updates. They say all the binaries that I submitted to them contained an entitlement (com.apple.developer.maps) that they didn’t need. Well, I didn’t put it. It seems that I’ve finally located the root of the problem. Anyway, I submitted a new software title to Mac App Store yesterday. I managed to submit a good copy to them just half an hour ago after fixing the entitlement issue. This new software title is called deskShots 2.
deskShots 2 is the first major upgrade to an existing desktop application that lets you take desktop screenshots effectively. Taking a desktop screenshot can’t be any easier with deskShots 2. Take a screenshot of the full or a partial desktop area with a click of a button without letting the application prompt you to name each file. Select a shape like a circle, a triangle, a square, a heart, a diamond that surrounds the mouse pointer. Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – Xcode is a great IDE application. But it has made us difficult to design application icons since it no longer supports ICNS files. Instead, you have to place 10 PNG files in the small squares of an AppIcon box, which can be painful if you end up redesigning the icon over and over again. So this icon issue has made JustTomato (an existing desktop application) near-useless.
These days, I’ve been thinking about upgrading JustTomato. I need a desktop application that lets me create icon files such that I can use them with Xcode easily every time I change icon design. And that’s how I have come up with justIcons 2, a successor to JustTomato.
justIcons 2 supports three different development platforms, letting you create icon files for all of them out of a single image. As far as the OS X platform is concerned, by default, justIcons 2 no longer generates ICNS files. Instead, the application will create a folder containing an AppIcon (.appiconset) folder with 10 icon files and a Contents (.json) file in it. So you can just drop this folder into the Images (.xcassets) folder of your Xcode project. Furthermore, on top of OS X and iOS, justIcons 2 also supports the watchOS platform and lets you create six different icon files for the 42mm screen. Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – Before installing new fonts, I sometimes wish that I could test them with some text. FontsView, an existing Mac App Store application, lets you view styled text with different fonts that are already installed on your computer. Well… Maybe, I can develop a new application that deal with fonts that are not yet installed. In fact, I submitted a new desktop application to Mac App Store a few hours ago. This new submission is called FontsView NIF Edition.
Most desktop applications out there work with fonts that are installed on your computer. By contrast, FontsView NIF (an acronym for not-installed fonts) Edition works with fonts that are not installed. FontsView NIF Edition lets you view styled text, using font files that you select, whether they are already installed or not. You can save styled text with the selected font as a picture or a rich text to your disk.
Since this application is largely based on FontsView 3, the initial release starts with v. 3.0.0.