Most of us who work on a computer everyday need to establish a flow, an environment and a set of tools that allow us to do our job efficiently and enjoyably. Whether its Photography, Web Design or Game Programming it ends up being the little things, the smaller applications and plugins that fill in these gaps in our process and pleasure.
Adobe’s Photoshop doesn’t address the fact that when you’re listening to Motorhead dangerously loud you might catch the cord to your headphones on your foot and unplug them, filling your local coffee shop with “Ace of Spades”. It really is rather embarrassing, even if it is also tough as nails. Breakaway is a simple (and free) application that automatically pauses your iTunes when you headphones are disconnected; saving you from publicly releasing the fact that you listen to a terrible band like Yellowcard (no sarcasm here). With various configurations you can easily make it work for you. Like a lot of free software it isn’t without it’s bugs/glitches but so far it has kept me from getting all blushy and shy.
More often than not we are making quick edits to projects, sometime without our design files. How do we grab that color from the ‘contact page’ header graphic so we can change the body text color to match without an image editing program???
Well, leave it to the Mozilla community, Alex Sirota to be specific, to develop a color sampling tool that lives right in your browser. Colorzilla offers you an ‘eyedropper’ tool that captures Hexadecimal and RGB values for any color in your browser. You cand right click the icon in your status bar and copy that color is a number of differnt formats, paste it into your CSS document and wha-la….done.