Friday, April 04, 2008

Useful tech tools

There are quite a few useful tools around for webbies these days. Via Mike Power on Twitter, this Pingdom utility tests the loading times of various pages. This blog comes in at an average, of three tests, of 3.2 seconds. My portfolio site comes in at an average of 1.7 seconds over three tests.

Via Daring Fireball, I find this incredibly useful $27 XScope application from The Iconfactory.
Created for designers by ARTIS Software & The Iconfactory, xScope is a powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, aligning and inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts. Quickly available via the Mac OS X menu bar, xScope's flexible tools float above desktop windows and UI elements making measuring a breeze.

xScope is really seven tools in one that will help any designer do their job faster and produce more accurate results.

Tools include such useful things as onscreen pixel rulers, guides and screen real estate area. Essential (well, not essential, but very, very useful) for any web designer.

1 comment:

countdruncula said...

I presume you are also familiar with the Firefox Web Developer tool? MeasureIt is another useful addon that gives you a ruler inside the browser. I don't do much web work but both of these are pretty indispensable to me when I am forced to dabble.