When resizing objects in Sketch, I’d like to see the increment (or decrement) value along with the dimensions.
- The change value is always relative to the dimensions before the drag began, so if you increased the width of the example above by 10, then decreased that by 5 without releasing the drag handle, the counter would read +5.
- If they prove distracting, maybe a “Show dimension change counts” checkbox in the Layers section of Preferences.
- Ideally, these would display when resizing using the keyboard as well.
- Throw typography nerds a bone by using a proper multiplication symbol rather than an x for the width/height separator. I assume you can add it from the Characters palette to the appropriate place in Xcode.
I’m really happy with how the new (nestable!) symbols are shaping up in the Sketch 3.7 betas — great work by the team at Bohemian Coding.
There was a time where I would have assumed this was purely Adobe’s fault, but given the graphical glitches in the last several releases of OS X…
If you want to design UI transitions and responsive layouts without writing the code yourself, Hype Pro is a great option.
To work out the details for specific UI transitions, I frequently just copy and paste design elements from my Sketch document into Hype and go from there. Keep in mind that it is generally easier to manipulate text and boxes if they are created in Hype itself.
For more involved UI simulations, the addition of symbols (particularly those that persist across scenes) makes such a thing much easier to manage than in older versions of Hype.
The Tumult team has done some great work on the upcoming Hype Pro. If you are a designer who wants to move beyond static mockups and tools that limit you to canned animations, you’ll want to check it out.
It’s a hopeful time for design tools on the Mac.
- Adobe having killed Fireworks, I’ve moved over to Boheman Coding’s Sketch. The addition of symbols in v3 made it practical to use for larger projects. I still miss shared layers from Fireworks, but not the crashes.
- Affinity Designer has great performance, a customizable UI, and a good balance of vector and bitmap tools. It’s not geared toward mocking up numerous screen views, but it seems like a good option for individual illustrations and icons.
- Flying Meat’s Acorn is a great alternative to Photoshop if you need bitmap editing capabilities.
- Quasado’s Gravit provides a good deal of Fireworks’ functionality in an open source, web technologies-based package. It’s still very much a work in progress (no Boolean ops on vectors, no vector export, bugs, etc.), but it already surpasses Fireworks in some ways. The multiple master pages would have been great in Fireworks.
- Not having been released, I have not used it, but there is good reason to believe that Bjango’s Skala will be a quality visual design app.
- Relative Wave’s Form looks like a way to build iOS prototypes without all the complexity of Quartz Composer.
- Along similar lines, there is Facebook’s Origami.
- Tumult’s Hype is a good way to build interactive prototypes without coding. I’ve built fairly extensive prototypes using the combination of Sketch and Hype. Unlike Form and Origami, Hype’s output can run on anything with a decent browser.
Most designers for screens could be well served by some combination of the above. My workflow these days is mostly doing graphics and some layout in Sketch, then prototyping in the browser using jQuery with Velocity.js or Snap.svg for animation.
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.
When in the Artist view in iTunes, rather than album covers scrolling along with the tracks, they should bump up against the header and stay in view until all of the album’s tracks scroll out of view, much like Music on the iPad or the header bars in the iOS Contacts app.
In the move to digital 1, and particularly with streaming, the musicians who play on recordings are rarely given credit outside of AllMusic or Wikipedia. A PDF of the liner notes might mention personnel, but I don’t know of any download or streaming service that embeds such information in tracks. For MP3, there is a standard in place for such metadata — ID3 has the TMCL and TIPL for tagging files with personnel credits. There are Apple namespaced equivalents for MP4 (AAC) files. I’ve long used the Comments field for this purpose, but it suffers from limited character length and lack of structure. The only software I’ve found that supports TMCL and TIPL with an interface designed for their input is a Windows application called ID3TagIt. Not wanting to fire up a virtual machine to use an app which has not been updated since 2006, it would be great to see support in Metadatics 2. Currently, it handles musician credits only as raw text:
I’d like to see a UI for inputting credits:
The menu button at the right of the name field would give you access to commands to remove the person, the instrument or role, or add another person with the same instrument or role.
Providing a field for the Lyricist would also be nice:
Of course, this is pointless if playback software doesn’t provide some way to use this metadata. I want to be able to start a stream of songs with lyrics by Stevie Wonder, or create a Smart Playlist with all recordings of Pino Palladino on bass. Unfortunately, Apple seems to have lost interest in expanding iTunes’ metadata support and Spotify and Rdio have only the most basic track metadata.
For more social- and personal experience-oriented ideas for music metadata 3, read Khoi Vinh’s What Streaming Music Can Be.
- Note that I am not a retro-tech nostalgist. Not every LP sounds amazing, they wear out, and they are not the least bit portable.
- Licensed! It’s only $10.00.
- Some of which are similar to Last.fm.
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).
Sketch: Add guides around a canvas selection
Built using the recently released Tumult Hype 2.