Quick Sprites
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Create and maintain CSS sprite sheets.   Commercial ($8.99)
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Quick Sprites simplifies the creation and maintenance of CSS sprite sheets that enable you to optimize your websites.

A sprite sheet is a single image that combines many smaller ones. CSS sprites help reduce the number of HTTP requests that the browser needs to do in order to load and render a Web page. This is a valuable technique that will make your Web pages faster and potentially gain a better ranking on search engines.

Quick Sprites automatically packs your images so that the resulting sprite sheet uses the smallest possible area. Since the browser must to
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Version 1.11:
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WordWeaver reviewed on 25 Aug 2011
While I had heard of sprite images/sheets, and knew that implementing them on our website would improve our load time -- and possibly increase our Google PageRank in the process -- until I discovered this program, I hadn't found an easy way to create and use them.

Since purchasing Quick Sprites at the App Store yesterday -- $9.00 is a very fair price for this useful web design utility -- I've been busy redesigning major portions of our primary website, beginning with our Endtime Prophecy Net home page.

If you want to know how effective this tool is, consider this. Our home page is very graphic intensive. In addition to a 26-frame slideshow at the top of the page, and icons scattered throughout the page, there are close to 150 topsites vote buttons on the lower half of the page.

No matter how much I optimized the HTML code on the page, I couldn't increase the Page Speed score beyond 78/100 due to so many graphics.

Well, after using Quick Sprites on our home page, and making a few other HTML and graphic improvements, the Page Speed tool is now giving us a score of 87/100 to 89/100. There are some major sites on the web which have a score much lower than that, even in the 60's range.

So those are my experiences thus far with this utility. I can definitely see an improvement, and page load time is snappier. Of course, your mileage may vary. Please also keep in mind that I also use other SEO strategies in order to improve load time, such as compression, image optimization, internal and external caching, external js files, etc.

Let me also add that Simone, the developer of this app, has been very responsive to my support email messages, and he has a good command of the English language.

I hope that this short review will help other web designers to determine whether or not Quick Sprites may be a valuable tool in their arsenal of web design tools.
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WordWeaver replied on 01 Oct 2011
For those of you who may be interested, I have just written up a combination commentary and product review regarding sprite sheets, Page Speed, PageRank and Simone Tellini's Quick Sprites app. If you go to my blog today, you will find it at the top of the front page. If you visit my blog at a later date, you will be able to find it at the following URL:

http://www.endtimeprophecy.net/Blog/2011/10/02/speed-up-your-website-with-sprite-sheets-made-with-quick-sprites/

I hope that it helps someone here to better understand why using sprite sheets is a good thing.
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Cowicide replied on 03 Apr 2013
endtimeprophecy.net? Hmmm...
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Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Commercial
Date:28 Aug 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Quick Sprites simplifies the creation and maintenance of CSS sprite sheets that enable you to optimize your websites.

A sprite sheet is a single image that combines many smaller ones. CSS sprites help reduce the number of HTTP requests that the browser needs to do in order to load and render a Web page. This is a valuable technique that will make your Web pages faster and potentially gain a better ranking on search engines.

Quick Sprites automatically packs your images so that the resulting sprite sheet uses the smallest possible area. Since the browser must to decompress the image in order to use it, the smaller its area, the less memory it'll need. Quick Sprites can also further optimize the resulting image, saving extra bandwidth.

One of the biggest drawbacks in using CSS sprites during the development of a website is that it takes time to create the sprite sheets, and most importantly, keep them up-to-date. Indeed, when a site evolves you might need to replace some icons, add new ones or remove those you don't need anymore. This means editing the sprited image to make room for the new assets, reorganizing its layout if you care about optimal performances, updating your CSS stylesheets… All this tedious work can be delegated to Quick Sprites, enabling you to focus on what's most important: creating interesting and beautiful websites.

If you never considered adding CSS sprites to your workflow because of the extra work involved in maintaining them, with Quick Sprites you won't have any excuse left not to optimize your websites.


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