Free is a Lie
Aral Balkan at Indie Tech.
Aral Balkan at Indie Tech.
All the freebies of Dribbble and Behance in one convenient place.
Side note: icons!!!! ❤︎
While I was looking for praise on xScope 4 on Twitter the other day, I found this little app. I don’t recall the original tweet, but it mentioned Pixel Winch as great alternative to xScope, and the screenshots really do look cool. Beta at the moment.
CSVfix is a command-line tool specifically designed to deal with CSV data. With it you can, among other things:
- Reorder, remove, split and merge fields
- Convert case, trim leading & trailing spaces
- Search for specific content using regular expressions
- Filter out duplicate data or data on exclusion lists
- Enrich with data from other sources
- Add sequence numbers and file source information
- Split large CSV files into smaller files based on field contents
- Perform arithmetic calculations on individual fields
- Validate CSV data against a collection of validation rules
- Convert between CSV and fixed format, XML, SQL and DSV
Voice Dream Reader - is a dream to read Instapaper, Pocket, and ePub on your iOS device
I saw Voice Dream Reader recommended when I was looking for TTS (text-to-speech) apps for iOS. My Instapaper queue kept getting longer and longer and I was just not able to read everything that I really wanted to read. I rarely listen to podcasts these days, and sometimes I just don’t want to listen to audiobooks on my commute. I figured iOS’ Speak Selection would be a good alternative, but it’s clunky and the voices don’t sound too good. It’s also not very comfortable to activate “speak selection” on a bike…
Voice Dream Reader is an ugly looking app that solves this problem greatly. It integrates with Pocket, Instapaper, Dropbox and some other services. It allows to download “read later” articles so they can be spoken in Voice Dream Reader. The integration could be better, I sent my suggestions already. For instance I personally prefer to delete read articles, rather than archiving them because in about 90% of the times it will never occur to me “oh, right, didn’t I have this fancy article about topic x?” Almost 100% of the times I will more likely be “let’s just type it into Google.” You get the point. I’d prefer to delete, or archive, but as the button falsely advertises, it doesn’t delete, it deletes from Voice Dream Reader, and archives on Instapaper.
Small problems like these aside. I really do like Voice Dream Reader. It can auto-advance (with an additional audible cue) to next articles, how many lines are visible, it even comes with OpenDyslexic. Best part are the purchaseable voices. There are voices from Ivona, Acapela and NeoSpeech plus the 36 free built-in iOS voices. Voice Dream Reader is comparatively expensive. The app is $10. Depending on the voice additional ones are $1.79, $2.49, or $4.991. I don’t like the ones for 2.49. The synthesis quality is really bad. I do like the 4.99 Ivona ones, though. Surprisingly the 1.79 voices come second in my preference. If you don’t purchase additional voices, don’t worry, the iOS built-in ones are not too bad!
I was hesitant to purchase this app because there are workarounds.
On the other end there’s Voice Dream Reader, made by an individual and independent developer. It may not be as shiny as NaturalReader, but the app is longer on the store, it has never even once been replaced by an entirely new app one have to purchase again, the developer is open for discussion, etc. That’s the kind of stuff that gets me sold on an app. Not a shiny interface (though that would be nice too).
Check out Voice Dream Reader.
I hope I got the price tiers right. ↩
Designers need this. Bought it instantly.
Record all browsing in screenshots & full text. Search for anything at any time. Never forget where you read something. Saves everything to your machine, not the cloud, so your web history stays with you.
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Check it out on Ergonis’ website.
Keychain helps you to manage ssh and GPG keys in a convenient and secure manner. It acts as a frontend to ssh-agent and ssh-add, but allows you to easily have one long running ssh-agent process per system, rather than the norm of one ssh-agent per login session.
I’m really bad at converting a time to other timezones. Now that the company I work for has offices in multiple countries, scheduling has become much more difficult.
Ryan shares a cool TextExpander snippet to calculate times for multiple time zones at once.
My mixture: “America/Los_Angeles” “America/Chicago” “Europe/London” “Europe/Berlin” “Asia/Tokyo”
Side note: I didn’t know that we can use
%filltext: right inside a Shell script snippet.
A Sketch plugin that lets you preview your current artboard in the Dock.
So useful. Thanks.1
If you still can’t tell by now, I’m very much into Sketch. Most icons and recent designs I’ve done have either been started and/or completed in Sketch. ❤️ ↩
What Does It Do?
It allows you to insert a customized placeholder image into any Sketch document from a number of different placeholder image services.
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Alcatraz is an open-source package manager for Xcode. It lets you discover and install plugins, templates and color schemes without the need for manually cloning or copying files. It installs itself as a part of Xcode and it feels like home.
The Yosemite UI Kit is FREE, payment is optional. NOT required (but appreciated!) :)
Thank you, Keir Ansell for this great work.
Compressor.io is a powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos whilst maintaining a high quality with almost no difference before and after compression.
A web-based launchd.plist generator