February 15, 2013

I just found my new favorite weather app

John Gruber once wrote, “In hindsight, I think the use cases for the original iPad are simplicity and delight.” Haze for iPhone nails that mission for weather:

“Is it going to be warmer tomorrow? Don’t read it. See it. The beautifully animated background shows you the trend. Use Haze frequently to unlock colorful themes and customize the look.”

The UI rewards exploration with lots of polished details, and the use of theme unlocking is an interesting way to encourage active use.

The one downside I’ve detected thus far is that the reliance on taps & gestures rather than on traditional buttons & labels leaves some functionality obscure. I feel dumb for not having discovered one of the most basic operations (tapping the central readout circle) on my own. (I hadn’t seen the video before downloading the app.) Even so, the app’s easy to navigate & a joy to use.

Oh, and if you like this sort of thing, check out Summly for news. It crashes too much & the summaries aren’t always great, but it’s lovely enough to explore that I stick with it.

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Come download Reflow, Adobe’s new responsive-Web design tool

“Photoshop speaks a fundamentally different language from the web,” writes PM Jacob Surber. That’s great for many things, but Adobe’s new Edge Reflow—available to download now, for free—takes a different approach, creating designs that present themselves differently depending on device (phone, tablet, desktop):

Honesty in design: Reflow itself is built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, with the goal of helping web designers design for HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Our intention is to remove layers of abstractions, so designers can create for the web using the web.

Focus on standards: Reflow will ONLY enable designers to create experiences that are compatible with the web. In some situations this can be limiting, but as the capabilities of the web changes, Reflow will evolve as well. Adobe has committed to contributing and advancing web standards. Our goal is to integrate that work, as experimental features, in our web tools such as Reflow.

Check out a quick tour:

[Update: An overview from Forbes concludes, “None of these tools design the site for you, and they don’t address the engineering issues that I mentioned above, but they sure make the multi-screen design process a lot more accessible to a lot more designers. Someone deserves to be knighted for that!”]

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Adobe delivers new HTML5 animation chops

Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 has arrived, bringing support for CSS filters & gradients that can be animated, plus enhanced Web font support (powered by Typekit). You can download it here, and check out the details in this blog post and in the demo below:

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