Exciting New Tools for Designers, December 2019
As you are shopping this month for others, why not find a few goodies for yourself? Our roundup of new tools and resources is packed with usable items. And most are free, so there’s no shame in trying out something for yourself. Here’s what’s new for designers this month. CSS Background Generator CSS Background Generator gives you the tools – and code – to create an interesting animated background for digital projects. Demo 1 uses a fun web design trend with circular blobs with adjustments for color, size, and speed. Once you get the background set up in a way that works for you, show the code and copy it to your projects. Thanks go to Vincent Will for making a tool that functional and easy to use. CameraBag Pro CameraBag Pro just reinvented itself with a new release and features, making it a robust choice for photo editing. The Mac app is packed with editing tools and intuitive adjustments and custom presets (this might be one of the best features since you can instantly preview each before applying it). The tool works for photos and videos with styles that work for both types of images and batch processing tools (watermarks, resizing, and cropping). This is a robust image editing tool that makes quick work of adjusting images. This is a premium app, but one of the least expensive photo/video editing tools out there. CodersRank CodersRank creates a 360-degree coder profile based on the public and private data you hold on various coding sites. It creates visual charts that you can use to show off your credentials to potential clients or employers (or figure out what you know in relation to others in the industry). The site also includes learning tools and a job board. Advent of Code 2019 Advent of Code is a seasonally-appropriate Advent calendar of programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language. Use them as a speed contest, interview prep, company training, university coursework, practice problems, or to challenge each other. There’s even a leaderboard to help you keep up with others. Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020 is 19-4052 Classic Blue. It’s a hue that’s probably a staple in many of your projects. Here’s how Pantone describes it: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” This is one of the times that the color of the year has featured a color that is such a common one. The just released color guide includes swatches and tools in this classic color for 2020. Wooof Wooof is just for fun. Instead of spending time looking for cat videos in your downtime, you can spend it looking at the “internet’s biggest collection of open source dog pictures.” You can browse, save favorites and even look at the source code and API. Be prepared to get lost in this rabbit hole. Realistic 3D Photo Cards Realistic 3D Photo Cards is a pen by Jouan Marcel that uses hover effects and Vue.js to create cool cards that animate and move in a space with depth on hover. The motion is simple and realistic; you’ll want to fork it. JetOctopus JetOctopus is a tool to help you navigate technical SEO. It’s a SaaS crawler and log analyzer that helps you find website problems and prioritize solutions to improve your online…
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