A collection of interesting or otherwise helpful links I’ve come across recently that you may not have seen, all focused on Mac OS X:
Steve: Who’s Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now?
Until the last sinew, the last synapse gives up, Steve Jobs will continue to influence the company he co-founded and later recreated. This article takes a look back at how Steve Jobs protected us from mediocre technology, and how Apple will continue to do so.
Things Mac OS X
While this web page has some outdated information, the list of Mac OS X resources is fairly extensive. The categories include browsers, FTP apps, databases, security, GUI and more. I love sites like this because I always seem to come across an app or a bit of information that I didn’t know about.
Shrine of Apple
If you’re an Apple fan (which I assume you are if you’re reading this), then you need to check out Shrine of Apple. It’s a new website that aims to photograph every Apple product ever made, right down to adapters and cables. They’ve got quite a collection already.
OS X Lion GUI PSD files
If you’re a developer, or just want to comp-up some OS X GUI elements, you can grab the fresh-out-of-the-oven Mac OS X Lion GUI Elements. You can grab Lion UI Kit here, or OS X Lion GUI Kit here. Thanks to OSXDaily for finding these layered Photoshop files.
Lion’s Mail Favorite bar
Of course you know your web browser has a favorite bar (bookmark bar), but did you know Mac OS X Lion’s Mail app has one that you can customize with your preferred mailboxes. As a bonus, you can use keyboard shortcuts to access them.
Late last month I posted a link to a file that would create a custom waving flag. Today, I have another handy link for you from the same folks at Artbees. 3D Web Page Display takes your simple Web page screenshot and creates a 3D piece of display artwork. Like the previous file, this is not a Photoshop Action file, but a simple layered PSD that you double click a layer, paste your screenshot and you’re done.
As you can see in the image above, the results are quite cool. You can customize the background color, the color of the banner snipe – or remove the banner snipe completely if you wish.
I’m not sure how useful this little gem would be to you, but I found it quite cool because it’s so simple. Artbees has made Flag Creator, a layered .psd file, available for download. The file will convert your flat flag artwork into the wavy flag as seen above. This is not a Photoshop Action file, instead you simply double click a specified layer, paste your custom artwork in the resulting window and hit Save. That’s it, your wavy flag is automatically created.
If you’re designing apps or comps for the iPhone 4 with a retina display (640×960), you’ll find this collection of iPhone 4 GUI elements quite helpful. This fully layered Photoshop file contains all the elements you need, and weighs-in at a whopping 4074×2986 pixels and 63MB in size.