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LiveView

A free remote screen viewing application that allows you to stream part of your Mac’s screen to an iOS device. LiveView is really useful for previewing interface designs or running simple simulations or demos. Unlike similar applications, LiveView will stream any section of your screen so doesn’t require compatibility with any other specific design apps and you can connect multiple iOS devices at once. Tip: Hide LiveView on your Mac (Command + H) and it will continue broadcasting while hidden. […]

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InVision

A free web and mobile prototyping and UI mockup tool. InVision is a powerful tool that lets you transform your designs into interactive prototypes complete with gestures, transitions & animations. You can then share designs with a link or a real-time presentation. Stakeholders can leave comments and feedback on the design which can be automatically turned into actionable to-do lists. There is also built in version control and sync for all your design files so you can see your designs has evolved or revert to previous versions. […]

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Dotted Wireframe Papers

A free PDF that you can download and print to help you design your iOS apps. The PDFs are simple dotted papers with wireframe outlines of iPhone and iPad with additional handy markers for standard measurements and UI elements. A simple idea, but really useful for sketching new ideas, and it’s free! […]

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DevRocket

A Photoshop panel plugin that can help speed up the iOS graphic design workflow. DevRocket includes a collection of useful features including instant view templates for quickly getting started with your iOS designs, a smart icon workflow to help you create all the right sizes for all devices, native look previews so you can see how your designs will look on the actual devices, and one click export to generate all the artwork you need in retina and non-retina sizes. […]

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xScope 4

The Iconfactory has now released xScope 4 that includes dozens of news features. On top of the eight original tools, xScope 4 now includes Mirror to generate views of an app icon or wallpaper for on iOS or over AirPlay; powerful text tools for searching, reformating and converting; a de-retinizer and loads of other features and enhancements. xScope will help any designer or developer do their job faster and produce more accurate results. […]

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Skala Color

Probably the last colour picker you’ll need. Skala Color is a feature-rich OS X color picker that gives you hue and opacity sliders to let you quickly target rough values, then fine tune with 4√É? the precision. Once you’ve picked the colour, you can copy it to the clipboard in one of several formats – Hex, CSS RGBA, CSS HSLA, UIColor, NSColor and more. It also automatically recognises colours copied to the clipboard, presenting them as a swatch that can be applied with a single click. […]

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SketchTool

A free command-line app by Bohemian Coding – the people behind Sketch 3 – for exporting pages and slices out of Sketch documents. You can use the tool to list Sketch pages and artboards and export them in various formats. By default the tool will use the export options specified in the file, but you can alternatively pass options to export in a different format or scale. […]

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PaintCode 2

A vector drawing Mac app that generates Objective-C code in real time. Great for keeping app bundle sizes down by using drawing code rather than images. PaintCode 2 has just been released which adds StyleKits – special Objective-C classes that bundle all your PaintCode design assets in a single package, and custom variables & expressions that allow you to change how your assets are drawn in code. […]

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iOS Hat

A Photoshop plugin that knows how to write Objective-C! iOS Hat will generate custom drawing code from b√ɬ©zier shape paths like PaintCode but can also create code for UILabels, UIButtons and more from text layers and background colors. You can also use it to export assets for retina and non-retina devices or generate Auto Layout code to create layouts that look just like your designs. […]

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ColorSnapper

An easy-to-use colour picker for quickly finding out the color of any pixel on the screen. ColorSnapper is activated via a system-wide hotkey, giving you a magnifying loupe to easily pick the pixel you need. The resulting color is copied to clipboard in a format of your preference. Works just like Sip, except you can keep the √¢≈í¬• key pressed to paste the colour in a alternative format. […]

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