A UI detail for Sketch 3 that would help when working on a file you haven’t touched in a while or one you didn’t create like an inherited project or a downloaded template.
The persistent alignment controls in Sketch could double as a way to add guides around canvas selections. The basic idea is that depressing a modifier key would switch the toolbar into a guide placement quasi-mode, with the icons and tooltips updating to reflect the change. Ideally, the icons in the toolbar would reflect the guide color set in Sketch’s preferences (red being the default).
Built using the recently released Tumult Hype 2.
A few ideas to improve the alignment guides in Bohemian Coding’s Sketch, which I’ve been using more and more since Adobe announced that they pulled the plug on Fireworks — just like Obama will do to your sweet old granny.
In the current version (2.3.1), guide positions are hard to read and you can’t easily space them from each other and the edge of the artboard.
There is also currently no way to position them by numeric input, a feature I found very useful in Fireworks.
Say you’ve decided to change the height (or width) of an element in your design, a change that must propagate. It would be great to be able to move all of the guides on one axis in one pass.
The input boxes for individual and batch position adjustment would of course let you increment their values using the arrow keys and change them using mathematical operations, two features I’ve found really useful in Sketch.
I’m wondering if Apple is going to release a 4K (or better) display alongside the new Mac Pro. Assuming Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro update availability is announced at the same event, it doesn’t seem like Apple to announce a machine that can power three such displays, unveil a version of Final Cut Pro with new 4K features and optimized for the new Mac Pro, and then tell everyone to go find a 4K display elsewhere and have fun calibrating it.
I wouldn’t have given up unlimited data unless I could swap it for something I wanted even more than the ability to stream Netflix 24/7… something that hadn’t existed during my previous five years as an iPhone owner.
A great Android phone.
Use whichever product’s tradeoffs are acceptable to you. Save the emotional investment for things that really matter.
I’d like to see the app switcher’s ability to quit and hide applications extended to allow other commands to be sent to applications without having to exit the app switcher quasi-mode. This could be handy with browsers, writing tools, and media players.
This would work best if the selected application’s windows were presented when using the switcher so you can see what you are acting on. If not, it may be best to limit the additional commands to those that appear in the application’s Dock menu (usually, create a new document or window) and have a keyboard shortcut.
Working with a laptop and large external display reminded me of an interface irritation particular to multi-monitor setups in which the displays are of different sizes. For instance, a stacked arrangement with the menu bar on the large display on top and the Dock on the small one below. You can easily move the cursor to the large display anywhere along the top of the smaller screen. The inverse is not true; there are portions of the large display that will not allow the cursor to move to the smaller display.
- I believe an indicator showing just the passthrough zone is the best design, but there are alternatives:
- Show indicators for the portions of the display that do not allow the cursor through
- Show indicators for both
- Keep the existing “mouse around until you find it” implementation
- The color of the indicator could be calculated based on the desktop background to ensure sufficient contrast.
- Some smarts about determining cursor movement direction (like that used to keep sub-menus open when the cursor is moved diagonally) would prevent the indicator from appearing when the cursor is moved toward a hot corner to activate Mission Control or an Exposé mode.
- The indicator is obviously not needed when moving between displays of the same size.