Boks is an AIR application (Windows, Mac and Linux) that provides aÂ User Interface for Blueprint CSS’s framework. It’s been designed for those who think theÂ Grid System is good but never really took the time to give it love.
It handlesÂ grid configuration,Â baseline rhythm pimpin’, CSS (with or without compression) andÂ grid.png export, HTML layout and much more.
Latest version bringsÂ borders: visual feedback, PDF export and History management (Undo/Redo).Â Whether you are a CSS novice or a pro,Â Boks isÂ definitelyÂ worth a look.
You can get more information including the FAQ and movie tutorials on the website.
- Büro Destruct Designer [iPhone, Air] If you enjoy generative graphic design, you may just like Büro Destruct's just released "Designer" app for the iPhone and iPod/Touch. Shake your iPhone to create a virtually infinite number of visual designs. Using only circles, squares and a set of rules, Büro Destruct Designer aims to find you inspiration from color combinations and graphic shapes. Choose either full random colors or apply rules to your color palettes. You can modify your compositions with gestures and the various tools from the menu. Especially neat feature is the ability to save the results and share them by e-mail including the color ref palette. Gestures: Shake: Randomize everything Tap: Draw and erase Double Tap: Show/hide Menu Swipe: Randomize grid Pinch: Resize Drag with 2 fingers: Move grid The app is currently available at the ntroductory price! US 0,99$ / EU 0,79€. In addition to the iPhone app you can also download the Adobe Air desktop app with similar functionality. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $0.99 Developer: Büro Destruct […]
- DestroyTwitter [Air] In the last few months there has been an incredible amount of Twitter clients available for all platforms. From mobile to desktop, Twitter is currently the place to go for all the latest news. There has also been an increasing number of new Twitter usersÂ usingÂ the platform as a RSS reader getting the news delivered right to the desktop even before the RSS reader has had a chance to refresh. Celebrities have joined which means an overwhelming number of mainstream web users are joining the twittersphere too. When it comes to the apps, there has been a lot to choose from. Currently those that attract most attention areÂ Tweetdeck and most recentlyÂ EventBox. Whilst both applications look at ways of integrating other platforms (Tweetdeck-Facebook and 12 Seconds,Â EventBox-Facebook, Flickr, RSS), there is one application, developing at incredible pace, that core aim is to make a perfect Twitter client:Â DestroyTwitter. Created by Jonnie Hallman, aÂ web designer, programmer, and photographer atÂ Shaw Jelveh Design,Â DestroyTwitter is a compact Twitter application built to run on Mac, Windows, and Linux using Adobe AIR.Â When first released back inÂ JanuaryÂ (1.0.0 Beta),Â DestroyTwitter was a simple twitter client offering only a set of basic features you get in most twitter clients. Since this original release and the latest 1.4.4,Â DestroyTwitter has come a long way, incorporating many of the features users request with theÂ revisionÂ history growing at incredible pace. It is safe to say that DestroyTwitter has matured into an incredible full featured Twitter client. When first introduced it was apparent thatÂ DestroyTwitter is aimed at the creative audience. Almost minimal interface with striking dark grey and teal colour scheme with smooth transitions between each pane madeÂ DestroyTwitter stand out from other Air clients. ConsideringÂ Jonnie is also a Flash designer, it is no wonder that the application has a special creative feel to it. This is evident is the way you navigate each pane with smooth transitions going from left to right for basic panes and when clicked on a user, down and up on return. This whole navigation method makes it easy and very pleasurable way to access different functionality in the app. It doesn't take much to understand that inclusion of multiple columns in the app is the response to requests fromÂ Tweetdeck users but once you get the hang of shortcuts they are hardly necessary. Nevertheless a feature useful for those coming fromÂ Tweetdeck. WhereÂ Tweetdeck features groups,Â Jonnie has taken an interesting route withÂ DestroyTwitter trying to resolve problems for users with many friends on twitter. It was one of my first comments when the app was released as to me having groups and a way to filter users was one features I could not do without. Instead of incorporating groups you have an option to create two additional lists; one that only includes people you specify or the other that excludes those that generate noise. This features works great for both those with many friends and for those with very few. If you feel that you want to read tweets from only a few of your friends you can by adding them to the include list and if you have only few friends you can easily exclude those you feel are tweeting to often and cluttering your feed. To navigate the lists is very easy by pressing command+option "i" for include list andÂ command+option "e" for the exclude. If you want to see all the tweets that is as easy asÂ command+option "a". The recent 1.4 version has brought us themes. Already many available, you can now customize how yourÂ DestroyTwitter looks. If you feel like you wanted to change a theme already available, all you need is a text editor. Things don't stop there. New version (1.5) comes with the theme changer and the there is a whole new website created byÂ Jonnie solely dedicated toÂ DestroyTwitter with a theme builder and theme download section. It only takes a glance over what is expected in the next version of the app to get incredibly excited. What at first only appeared as a slick twitter client has grown into a serious application. Whether you are a twitter addict or just a casual user, you will loveÂ DestroyTwitter. With updates coming andÂ Jonnie commitment to further development and the community,Â DestroyTwitter is a must for everyone. Also make sure you check out DestroyFlickr -Â alternative method for viewing and sharing Flickr content as well as the 'Lab' section ofÂ Jonnie's website showing some fantastic flash experiments and few other goodies on DestroyToday. Platform: Adobe Air / Mac/Windows/Linux Version: 1.4.4 Cost: Freeware Developer:Â DestroyToday Download […]
- Tumblr Mosaic Viewer [WebApp] Tumblr Mosaic Viewer allows you to view any Tumblr blog as image thumbs in two varying sizes, 100 and 250 pixels. Whether this be your favourite tumblr blogs or you would like to explore the directory, Tumblr Mosaic Viewer is a great way to view tumblr. See CAN's thisthatandwhatnot on Tumblr Mosaic Viewer or for more awesome Tumblr sites see our #tumblrfollow on […]
- TiltShift Generator [Air] Takayuki Fukatsu (iTunes link), well known for his range of wonderful photography apps for the iPhone, has just released a new application for creatingÂ TiltShift (Wikipedia) effects on the desktop. Tilt-shift photographyÂ refers to the use ofÂ camera movementsÂ on small- and medium format cameras. In many cases, it refers to tilting theÂ lensÂ relative to theÂ image planeÂ and using a largeÂ apertureÂ to achieve a very shallowÂ depth of field (wikipedia) BeautifullyÂ crafted in Takayaki's usual black aesthetic, TiltShift is an Adobe Air app for Mac, Windows and Linux. Using a simple set of controls you can quickly apply wonderful TiltShift effects to your photograph. Radius andÂ strengthÂ included, a number of different effects like saturation, contrast, brightness and vignetting have also been added. We have already seen a number of tutorials on how to achieve this effect using Photoshop and on these groups onÂ MacRumors ,Â Flickr andÂ this group but besides the iPhone app (TiltShift - iPhone)Â there hasn't yet been an app solely dedicated to generating TiltShift effect. Takayaki has done a wonderful job. Whether you are a pro or a casual photographer,Â TiltShift should be a great new addition to your arsenal...and it's free! TiltShift Generator [Air] See alsoÂ ToyCamera [iPhone],Â QuadCamera [iPhone] andÂ QuadAnimator [Flash, […]
- Coordy [Flash] Coordy is a light Actionscript 3 layout framework which offers a simple way to organize DisplayObjects into various different 2d and 3d layouts. The layouts are light, powerful and virtual organizers that simply manage x/y/z coordinates of DisplayObjects - meaning your objects are not tightly bound to any specific layout. Here is a little about how the framework works: ...once a DisplayObject is added to a layout, a node instance is created which points to the DisplayObject. The node is the link between the layout and DisplayObject. The node contains all the coordinate information for that DisplayObject, so that even if a DisplayObject is moved, the coordinate information for it persists due to its corresponding node. This is why the DisplayObject can belong to an infinite amount of layouts, because the layout merely handles its created node objects which, in turn, have a link to the DisplayObject. Layouts include: 2d Layouts Ellipse - Distributes nodes in a simple ellipse Flow - Attempts to fit all nodes within the bounds of the layout's target Grid - Distributes nodes in a basic 2d grid HorizontalLine - Distributes nodes in a horizontal line Lattice - Similar to a grid, but more flexible and feature-rich Scatter - Distributes nodes randomly Snapshot - Records the x,y coordinates of all nodes Stack - Distributes nodes in an ordered stack VerticalLine - Distributes nodes in a vertical line Wave - Distributes nodes in a wave (i.e. sine, cosine, etc.) 3d Layouts Ellipse3d - Distributes nodes in a 3d ellipse (good for carousels) Grid3d - Distributes nodes in a 3d grid Scatter3d - Distributes nodes randomly in all three axes Snapshot3d - Records the x,y,z coordinates of all nodes Spheroid3d - Distributes nodes in a spheroid Stack3d - Distributes nodes in an ordered 3d stack Wave3d - Distributes nodes in a 3d wave (i.e. sine, cosine, etc.) WaveEllipse3d - Still in testing, does funky stuff You can see few animated examples here and download the framework here. Coordy has been created by P.J. Onori, UI, interactive Â and generative art designer from San Francisco. He has worked as senior design technologist and created sites for method and is currently self employed running somerandomdude.com. You can find him / see work on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and […]
- New CA Logo + CSS [News] As you might have already noticed CAN has a new logo and with this the new css. It's been long since we started thinking about it and it's an absolute pleasure to see it all finally out there. None of this could have been possible without Just Be Nice, especially Stas Khrustalev who put immense energy in making the new logo for CAN. We absolutely love it and by the response we have received we think you like it too. The logo is driven by many CAN ideas. We are a network but we are also a field of somewhat disconnected projects that come together under CA. We also love generative, the way things seem to find their own logic via random. CAN has also received CSS refresh, to work with the new logo. We loved the old look but we wanted to move forward, leave drop shadows and bevels behind and look at simple, clean new layout. We also removed a number of things we felt cluttered the site but the Twitter feed in the sidebar might be back. Please note this is just the beginning, the refinements still need to take place so if you come across some oddities, please bear with us. Next: propagate new logo to App.CAN site and CAN apps themselves...and before you ask, t-shirts are definitely coming (see below)! Much gratitude also goes to Philip Whitfield who created Processing version of the logo you can download here (Mac, Windows, Linux). Music: Nosaj Thing — 1685/Bach (Alpha Pup […]
- Indexhibit [WebApp] Indexhibit is a web application used to build and maintain an archetypal, invisible website format that combines text, image, movie and sound. Created by Daniel Eatock & Jeffery Vaska and inspired by Daniel's left and right frame format back in 2001, in in 2004 Daniel invited others to replicate the format and over 200 people responded, forming a community web project promoting content over complicated website designs. Indexhibit is about simplicity and content. With many platforms around to use as CMS systems, wordpress, dropular included, the amount of functionality included and clear steer towards blogging as a method of creating content, Indexhibit provides a simple way to create an online portfolio adopting the archetypal layout of left and right frame. Projects are loaded by accessing the backened panel where simple set of options await your input. Because this is aimed at portfolios, loading images could not be easier. You can specify a different background for each project or use a background image. A number of options are also provided on how you want to display the images. These can be either as a slideshow, a slide, grow or any of the other few provided. The app also can resize your images and use the thumbnail size you specify. Basic text editing options are also there and saving you the trouble of installing and managing analytics, these are also included. Whilst wordpress or drupal offer same functionality and making install even easier thanks to one click installs a number of providers are now including in hosting packages, Â Indexhibit installation is in principle quite easy. As long as you have created a database and know the name and user, uploading the files to FTP and /install.php should get you up and running pretty quick. Whilst I adore wordpress, Indexhibit would be a refreshing way to remove the incredible amount of extras I never use. With a simple CSS customization you can add your own feel to the site. When you do have a look at some sites that are using Indexhibit, you will appreciate the simplicity and most probably delete wordpress and start fresh uploading projects that deserve all the cleaness Indexhibit provides allowing the workÂ to speak for itself. See here the massive list of people using IndexhibitÂ and how. Requirements: Linux/Apache server*PHP4+MySQL 3.23+FTP application (Mac:Â Cyberduck / PC:Â Filezilla)* Apache on Windows is not […]
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