Monday, 16 January 2017

Couple of Great Apps for Designers

I wanted to give a quick shout out to two Android apps that designers and app UI developers might find very useful in their work.

Designer Tools package multiple helpful features into one app. You can can use a grid overlay to check your component alignment, you can overlay your screen with a semi-transparent mock overlay to see how your implementation matches the design and you can use a colour picker to extract the colour value of any pixel on your screen to confirm that the colours are set correctly. Additionally you can enable a screenshots details mode which will automatically augment your screenshots with device details. This will become very useful when reporting issues to developers!

This app is also Open Source and the dev team is actively looking for feedback and thoughts. Check out the code from GitHub or give feedback, report problems or suggest improvements.

Faiz's Keyline Pushing app is, as far as I know, the first app that brought us the keyline overlay easily. While this app doesn't have the rest of the features of the Designer Tools app discussed above this app provides much finer controls for keylines.

Personally, I'd love to see Keyline Pushing app's finer grid control implemented also in the Designer Tools app. Faiz, maybe joining forces with the Designer Tools team would make sense? ;-)

Huge thanks to both of the app teams! Android developer and designer community is amazing. Many of us spend our free time to make everyone's work easier.

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