Nov 19, 2007

Color Schemer

In a previous entry I pointed to Color Designer as a nice color design application, useful for web pages and more.

Apple’s downloads page recently featured a different application which does much the same thing, called Color Schemer Studio. This one comes as a 15-day free trial, after which it’s $50. Color Schemer is nicely designed, and seems a little more polished than ColorDesigner, but doesn’t have quite the flexibility.

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CSSEdit is another nice web development tool for Mac users. It’s not much use for positional-type stuff, because it doesn’t know anything about your page structure, but it’s great for color, border and font tweaking.

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GUI wrappers around SSH

I just spent most of the weekend writing a tool that provides a nice GUI frontend for SSH, specifically for creating SSH tunnels. Yeah, I know about SSH Tunnel Manager, but it has a fiddly UI, and, as I found when looking at the source, the author doesn’t care too much about security (it writes your password to a short-lived file in /tmp).

So about 10 hours of hacking later, I had a nice little app with an NSStatusItem which showed the connected state of tunnels, and some tunnel editing UI.

Then Google presented me with SSHKeychain. Wow, what a neat little app. It does everything mine did, and more. Hopefully it will make using CVS over SSH with mozilla a little less painful.

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I just found a pretty nice color design tool called ColorDesigner (screenshot), which is ideal for picking combinations of colors to use on web sites. All the color suites you see on this site were chosen using it.

You can find get it from the author’s site, or download from

There seem to be a few bugs (like failing to track saved documents), and there’s some stuff that I don’t understand, but it’s pretty neat, and spits out CSS-compatible hex values.

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