December 27, 2013

Layrs Photoshop panel automates tedious tasks

Layrs looks handy. It promises:

  • Layer name editor
  • Remove unused layer effects
  • Flatten all layer effects
  • Delete empty layers
  • Rasterize all Smart Objects

layrs


[Via Eric Snowden]

12:10 PM | Permalink | Comments [2]

They snuck in a flux capacitor!

Here’s a great idea, featuring great UX details.

People loved the photo backup/sharing startup Everpix, but it keeled over after netting just ~6,000 paying customers. (That’s hardly surprising in a world where backup & sharing come free with every phone.) It started to popularize a neat feature called Flashback, one that showed photos from your archive taken exactly one year ago.

Now I’ve found Timehop, a free iOS app that finds the images you shared across various social networks, then gives you snapshots from one, two, and more years ago. The daily push notification it sends provides a little treat I’ve come to anticipate.

What sets the app apart, though, is the delight its creators take in otherwise-mundane UI details. The spinning loading indicator is a Back To The Future-style flux capacitor:

Flux

(In the app itself it animates.) They’ve also enjoyed making their mascot Abe paw at the pull-to-refresh indicator, seen here captured by Beautiful Pixels:

 

Well played, guys. Can’t wait to see what you cook up next.

[YouTube]

11:20 AM | Permalink | No Comments

4D printing: 3D shapes that transform

Interesting stuff:

Gizmodo writes,

In essence, the ‘fourth dimension’ represents change—4D printing simply refers to printers that create objects that can transform over time and, in some cases, self-assemble. […]

Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing.

[Vimeo]

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