1. Hacks for dealing with specificity – CSS Wizardry – CSS, OOCSS, front-end architecture, performance and more, by Harry Roberts
“As we’re all probably well aware by now, specificity is one of the quickest ways to get yourself in a tangle when trying to scale a CSS project: even if you have the most considered source order, and your rulesets cascade and inherit to and from each other perfectly, an overly-specific selector can completely undo all of it. Specificity throws a real curve-ball at a language which is entirely dependent upon source order. To make things worse, you can’t opt out of it, and the only way to deal with it is by getting more and more specific.”
“This is the second and final article on how to sell and profit from digital products. In part 1, we covered many of the benefits of digital products over physical goods as well as the marketing philosophies to help you build an audience for your products. Today, we will be discussing more of the tactics required for a successful digital product business. There’s also a dark side to this world, which we’ll get into towards the end.”
“Front-end development is no longer about individual frameworks. Tools are available — we merely have to choose. To make the right choices for your project, you need to start with a general approach, or methodology. But most methodologies have been created by big companies? Are they still useful for small companies, or do we need to reinvent them at a small scale?”
“Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily.”
“Apple’s Notes (available both for OS X and iOS) has long been one of my most frequently used apps. With its improved cross-platform syncing in recent OS iterations, the app is better than ever. If I create a note on my iPhone while away from home, it’s waiting for me on my Mac when I return—and vice versa. The Notes user interface is almost identical across platforms, making it especially easy to navigate between the two. That’s why, whenever I want to jot down and store snippets of information, Notes is my go-to app.”
Other good Mac OSX iOS note takers – Byword – Drafts (iOS).
“Do you have a lot of audio inputs and outputs on your Mac and quickly need to switch back and forth between them? Paul O’Neill’s AudioSwitcher (Mac App Store link is a great little menubar utility for doing just that. Although it doesn’t sport the same UI pizazz and polish as other apps you may own, AudioSwitcher is fantastically functional, especially if you’re switching between multiple microphones and speakers on a daily basis.”
You can get some of this functionality by option-clicking on the speaker menulet in the top bar. I just signed up – it’s only a buck.
7. RegExRX 1.8.1 review: A way for developers to cope with regular expressions | Macworld
"RegExRX 1.8.1 (Mac App Store link) attempts to cut through some of the complexity by providing users with an environment in which they can build regular expressions and execute them against arbitrary blocks of text.
While you still need to know regular expressions in order to use this app, its editing environment gives you quick access to a catalog of every possible command, thus allowing you quickly compose long expressions and then run them against text of your choosing. To make things even easier, you can create your own templates, which can be quickly recalled from a convenient menu."
Worth a look, Patterns does this as well.
8. SnapNDrag Pro 3.5.6 review: A superb Mac app for organizing and annotating your screenshots | Macworld
“Grabbing and organizing pictures of computer screens is a huge part of my daily workflow. <a href=”">SnapNDrag Pro (Mac App Store link) simplifies both the screenshot and organization processes and as a bonus, tracks annotations you make to your images.
You have several options for capturing objects on your screen. First, SnapNDrag’s main window offers five buttons for the type of capture you want to create: Selection, Window, Screen, and Timed, all of which lets you select the interval at which you want the shot taken; and a More button that takes shots of your last selection, window, or the Dock. As is the case with most screen capture applications, you can assign a keyboard shortcut for any one of these buttons to invoke the app when you want to capture something on the screen."
I use Snapz Pro from Ambrosia software. It will screen record video as well.
“Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn’t work. ”