Thursday, August 25, 2011

Backdrop - useful but simple utility

Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice. ALSO, includes a Pixel Test mode to check for bad pixels on your displays.

Backdrop is useful for:
* Screenshots - take screenshots of one or many windows without having to clean up your desktop
* One thing at a time - Use Backdrop in between applications to let you focus on a few windows at a time. Want just one window of an app? Switch to Backdrop, then use Expose to pick out the window.
* Web design - create a full size image with outlines of more common screen sizes to help to check how your pages will look on different monitors
* Pixel Test - run the Pixel Test to see red, green, blue, white, and black to check for "bad" or "stuck" pixels on your displays.

* Supports multiple displays
* Set a color or a custom image
* Pixel Test mode
* Remains in the background during Exposé
* Works well with Spaces

Download for free from the Mac Appstore

Saturday, August 20, 2011

ImageOptim - Image Optimizer for Mac OS X

ImageOptim optimizes images — so they take up less disk space and load faster — by finding best compression parameters and by removing unnecessary comments and color profiles. It handles PNG, JPEG and GIF animations.
ImageOptim provides GUI for various optimisation tools: AdvPNG from AdvanceCOMP,OptiPNG, Pngcrush, JpegOptim, jpegtran from libjpeg, Gifsicle and optionally PNGOUT.

It's excellent for publishing images on the web (easily shrinks images “Saved for Web” in Photoshop) and also useful for making Mac and iPhone applications smaller.