OS X web tools

14 Nov 2003

Firstly, BBEdit 7.1 is out and has a rather nifty addition. If you have Safari installed, you can preview your pages live within BBEdit, all thanks to Apple making the WebKit Framework available. I’ve just tried this out, and it works like a dream! As edits are made to the code, the preview gets updated. You don’t have to save or hit ‘refresh’ as in Dreamweaver. BBEdit 7.1 is a free upgrade for users of 7.0.

Then there’s a relative newbie, xScope from Artis & Iconfactory, a veritable swiss army knife of 6 useful tools for measuring and visualising screen measurements, positions and colours. Artis have been pushing these tools for a while, but now they’re revamped with an iconfactory-designed interface, and is all the better for it. In particular, I like the fact that you can access tools by a discreet menu bar icon, as well as hot keys or the dock. Tools can also be hidden in the same way. I’m such a sucker for Iconfactory applications – they know how to create software with eye candy.

The collection is excellent, and I found the crosshair tool a quicker way to take measurements than the ruler. What’s pleasing is that all the tools are transparent, without being illegible. You can also play a little game with the ‘loupe’ tool if you switch on ‘avoid mouse’ and then try and click the floating window. I really don’t get out enough…

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    Inktober Day 22. Well, @hicksmade left me with a toughie to follow. Here’s my attempt at Dali taking his pet anteater for a walk. #inktober #inktober2018 #leighandjondoinktober #dali

  • 21 Oct 2018

    Inktober Day 21, another bird (sorry @hicksmade)! This is the Snipe that I watched from the hide at Rusty Common on Friday. Lovely birds with beaks that defy the body they’re attached to. #inktober #inktober2018 #leighandjondoinktober #snipe

  • 21 Oct 2018

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  • 20 Oct 2018

    Inktober Day 20: quick doodle without planning in pencil or looking at reference, which is usually a bad idea. Your turn @hicksmade! #inktober #inktober2018 #leighandjondoinktober

  • 20 Oct 2018

    Morning dog walk. Even the wheelie bins looked good in this light

  • 20 Oct 2018

    Inktober Day 19. Following @hicksmade’s marshmallows with more marshmallows 🤪 #inktober #inktober2018 #leighandjondoinktober #ghostbusters #staypuft

  • 18 Oct 2018

    Inktober Day 18. When @hicksmade did a prawn I was sure she was setting me up to do cocktails! #inktober #inktober2018 #leighandjondoinktober #cocktails

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  • 18 Oct 2018

    Inktober day 17 . @hicksmade’s pen led me onto squid and their ink shooting abilities. I also found out that a part of the squids anatomy is called a ‘pen’. #inktober #inktober2018 #ink #leighandjondoinktober

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