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AIR Apps

Sometimes over here at Web.AppStorm we look at apps that are built using Adobe AIR, a cross-platform solution that allows you to easily create and install apps that will work on Windows, OS X, and Linux. Crunch is a CSS editor/compiler built using AIR, and is definitely worth a look.

Built to take advantage of the CSS-supplement LESS (which we’ll take a look at in the review), is Crunch a worthwhile program or a worthless novelty? Let’s take a look.

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Creating a seamless pattern isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s easy to spend hours in Photoshop trying to create texture that will repeat perfectly, only to find that it’s slightly off, but it isn’t easy to get those little imperfections fixed. Instead, you need a tool that will automate the process of making your pattern repeating, taking care of the hard part while freeing you to focus on your design.

The COLOURlovers team has created a ton of tools for anyone who loves colors, palettes, patterns, and more. Their web site lets you discover new designs and share them, and their development team has been creating new creative tools to help you get in on the creation process.

Starting with their simple Seamless Lite web app, a free tool to create basic patterns online, COLOURlovers created an advanced pattern creation tool for your desktop: Seamless Studio. This app lets your pattern designs come to life easier than ever. Let’s take a look and see if this is the tool that’s been missing from your design toolkit.

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If we choose to forget the outrageous sticker price of Adobe’s creative suite apps, nobody can deny that they make some of the most awesome tools in the digital world. All their tools are built and distributed targeting hardcore professionals who happen to be the experts in their digital domain. Think you can buy InDesign and start working on the campus magazine ASAP? Absolutely not. Hours of learning, if not professional training will be necessary.

Taking into account the hardships of newbies, casual users and non professionals, Adobe has recently launched a publishing tool that spans across platforms – both desktop and web. Project ROME is largely focused towards point and click publishing and after the break we’ll take a look at this great app.

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The last two weeks have been a frenzy of hectic activity at the Bowler household. When a family of six (two adults, three children and one dog) change residences, chaos will ensue. You do your best to make it an organized chaos, but it’s chaos nonetheless.

And although I count myself blessed to work from myself from home, there were many moments in the past two weeks where I sat down at the computer, blankly looked at the screen and thought, “Where do I even start?” Lucky for me, I had been planning to take a look at focus booster and see what it was about.

Thankfully, it turned out to be quite an aid.

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As the popularity of Twitter has soared over the past two years, so has the number of Twitter clients. It can be slightly intimidating for a new Twitter user to choose the right client as they can have different strengths and weaknesses.

Today I want to take a in-depth look at one of the more popular apps out there — TweetDeck.
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