Archive for the ‘Mac’ category

Skala Color

April 23rd, 2015

Bjango (http://bjango.com) makes a nice, simple, but very effective color picker for Mac OS X – Skala Color.

Why use a custom color picker? As their website points out – Skala Color provides color values in Hex, CSS RGBA, CSS HSLA, UIColor, NSColor, among others. So, if you’re building a web app, an Android app, or an iOS/OS X app, you’re covered. It is very easy to install and use. Both simple and powerful is an unusual pair of qualities, but Skala Color carries them both off very well. Best of all, the price is right — free!

Bjango also makes several other apps including iStat Mini, a system monitor that fits in the notification window, and Skala Preview that shows “pixel perfect” views for multiple devices. Their “precise user interface and icon design tool”, Skala, is “coming soonish” – but should be worth a serious look, if their other apps are any indication.

Skala Preview - from Bjango media kit

Skala Preview – from Bjango media kit

Merging folders on a Mac

August 2nd, 2013

Tried to find a nice GUI way to merge folders on my Mac. After searching, I discovered that I wasn’t missing something – the Finder doesn’t support merging folder contents. I didn’t want to buy one of the many available Finder extensions (since I’m naturally cheap). And I didn’t want to go through setting up Unison (which I have used for more heavy-lifting, including remote backups/copies — it does work well) for a potentially one-off solution. So I found a few command-line options described (with examples) at 456bereastreet.com.

I also found a US$2 GUI for ditto by iLike, which I bought. (If I weren’t really lazy, I would code it up in Mac to try out what I’ve learned reading through MacRuby in Action by Manning, but…)