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I really love this app! Even though it has been discontinued, I'm still using it on Mountain Lion. It really does everything I need perfectly. Some highlights (other developers take note!): - Global shortcuts for everything - Assign scripts to events (start, end a pomodoro, etc.) - Export statistics - Autofill pomodoro objective from Things (or OmniFocus) I just hope it will continue to work on Mavericks.
More than just an AdBlocker. It's an easy to use personal proxy. Yes, you can subscribe to AdBlock lists and filter out ads on ALL of your browsers. Yes you can easily add custom rules to filter whatever you want. The reason I'm loving this software is that I can use it in my day-to-day web development work. I can set it up with a couple of clicks, so that any browser on my mac uses a local CSS, image, JS file instead of the one on the distant server. This really helps my productivity when working on a client's live website where I could not easily tweak their files. Even more I can set up Windows/IE on VMWare to use Glimmerblocker and I can test my work on IE before I the files go live. It's just fantastic! And I haven't touched all the possibilities you can do with it! If you are a web developer you should really check it out!
In short: With the latest version it's stable enough to replace Illustrator for me. Longer version: If you're a designer you probably know about the 20/80 rule, which in practice is closer to 10/90. Ninety percent of the time I only use about 10% of the features of Illustrator. Sketch has all that 10% plus a bunch of other tools that make drawing fast and fun. In fact if I look around, most logos, vector illustrations that I see everyday, could have easily been created by Sketch. A couple of things I like (that's not in Illustrator): - You can indestructibly round any vector point. - Versions in Lion gives you confidence that you can always go back if you mess up your design. With Versions, saving means saving a point, where you can go back later if you want, the rest is handled by autosave. - Everything is instantaneous. Drag a slider, change a value and everything changes immediately. It really seems like a lightweight app, that uses just a fraction of my mac's resources. There are a lot of other features, like the decorate tool, etc. but they're not something I use that often. I think the developer has created a nice platform and seems to me he has a lot of fun adding regularly new features. I think he has a clear vision to make a fast, minimalist drawing app and I really like to "be in this app" when I'm working. Even if minimalism means just not having a toolbar, but putting all the tools as teardown like in the iWork apps. I still appreciate that it's not just a simplified Illustrator clone, but it's a new concept. I guess I've always been attracted to novelty... I've been putting a lot of hope into this app about one year ago. Then I gave up because it was just too buggy and I really lost too much time because of the crashes and undo not working. Right now, at least on my machine the app seems stable enough. There are still some small bugs around (related to dynamic shapes for example) though. It's really a small team (just one person according to their blog) working on the software and I have the impression that they don't have the means to test on a wide variety of machines. I have a 2009 macbook pro and with the version 1.2 I have little problems. Tip about the undo problem: I only lose the undo, when using dynamic shapes. As soon as you create one the undo is gone, even if you delete it. What gave me confidence to use Sketch more often is that I can export to eps and import from svg. If any time I decide to go back to Illustrator my work is not locked into one app. So here it is. I got Sketch, Pixelmator and maybe I'll get Mapdiva Artboard too one day, for the stackable layer styles. All that for a price of an Illustrator plugin!
Finally I could record my screencast at decent speed. On my 2009 MacBook Pro, I got these speeds: screeny: 13 fps ishowu: 5 fps ishowu HD Pro (low cpu mode broken in Lion): 14 fps screenflick: 29fps