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Better menubar icons for Remoteless Helper app

The current facts: I’m giving Spotify a go To control Spotify on my Mac from my iPhone, I’m trying Remoteless Remoteless needs a helper app running on the Mac The helper app lives in your menubar The menubar icon/s look crap I whipped up some new, less crap replacement icons You can download them right here (zip file, 1.9kb) Here’s a pic showing you where you replace the previous menubar icons on your Mac And here’s the path: Applications

Free: Illustrator isometric grid templates

Ever wanted Illustrator to give you a page full of isometric grid guides? Me too. So I created one. Well, some. And they’re free for you to download and use! A set of Adobe Illustrator (.ai) templates compatible all the way back to version CS. The templates contain a unlockable layer group of isometric guides so you don’t have to do anything other than start working! There are 18 files in total covering portrait and landscape orientations in both International Standard page sizes and US sizing.

Icon: Gmail 2.0

A week or so ago, Google released version 2 of their Gmail app for iOS, sporting a spiffy, sleek, and slightly whimsical icon. I’ve been using Sparrow for iOS and Mac and have been fairly happy until recently when the lack of push email had me itching to go back to Gmail (on the web). Being used to having a standalone email app, I found FluidApp, an easy way to turn web apps into standalone desktop apps. Handy. Except it lacked an icon.

Icon: Twitter for Mac app v3.0

A couple days ago, Twitter updated it’s logo. No longer will they be using the word ‘Twitter’, or the lowercase ‘t’. Just the bird icon (named Larry) and a simplified version at that. Good for them. Now they join the ranks of Nike, McDonalds, and Starbucks as a brand without a name. Not sure if Twitter is as recognisable as those three, but I like that they’ve taken the step, but I digress… For the second time, I’ve updated my free Twitter For Mac icons.

Icon: Twitter for Mac app  v2.0

I’ve updated my original Twitter for Mac app icons. Here are the list of improvements (tap here for a visual comparison). New icons are much cleaner and clearer at the smaller sizes In the 16px and 24px sizes, the Twitter bird is replaced with the ‘t’ logo. Much more crisp and less blobby at 8px wide! The dots on the ‘pro’ version are drawn better through all icons, and can be seen on the smaller sizes The drop shadow behind the bird is a little stronger to help bring it forward to match the metal border The twitter bird is slightly larger in the new icons The grey icons have been made a little darker for better contrast against the metal bits Grey and pro grey are now called black and pro black Again, they’re free!

Google Web Fonts

I think Google’s free web font archive is the bees knees. I’m no web developer though, so I don’t know what downsides there are to using these fonts on an important website. I guess because it’s free, and controlled by Google, they are able to change the font availability, pull it altogether, or amend the licensing terms without your knowledge, but as far as I can tell that’s the only downside. The upside is we now have access to more than 200 fonts to use confidently across the web, whereas before we had a dozen or so.

Free: iCS5 icons

Details about iOS 5 were announced at WWDC last week. To celebrate, I’ve created a set of icons combining Adobe CS5 and iOS 5, and called it iCS5. Click the above image for a preview and full Application list. Basically, it’s the icons from Adobe’s CS5 Master Collection (plus a few extras) redrawn in a deliciously lickable and touchy Apple iOS style. 21 icons in total. And you can have ’em for nothin’. Note: I don’t actually own the Master Collection, so the apps I’ve icon-ed are taken from the list on Adobe’s website.

Bringin’ home the Flacon

So, I’ve been “flattred” for the first time for my free Billings templates! See that “1” in the image? Cool! Flattr is an internet micropayment system. It works like this: You allocate a monthly amount of funds into your Flattr account. You then go about your business on the net as usual. When you read an article, comment, see a photo etc that has a ‘flattr this’ badge (like at the bottom of this page) you click it and it saves that click to your account.

Free: Invoice templates for Billings 3

Update Jan 2012 I’ve recently had a few people emailing me about troubles they’re having opening the template files. After some back and forwarding, I found these people were on PCs. Billings 3 is a Mac only application. The templates have a custom .bitemplate3 extension only recognisable by this application. I’ve also found if you don’t have Billings 3 installed before you unzip the download package, the system may treat the .bitemplate3 files as folders, rendering them useless. Therefore, please install Billings 3 before you use these templates.