May 17, 2020No Comments

Tiles – a free macOS window snapping app

Discover Tiles, a free macOS lightweight app to bring the useful "window snapping" experience from Windows on mac.

→ Download Tiles

Kudos to freemacsoft for this new release, and also for their famous AppCleaner.

June 11, 2019No Comments

How to change the rendering (anti-aliasing) mode of all text fields in Photoshop CC

I recently discovered that the "LCD Mac" text rendering (anti-aliasing) option is the closest as type would render in any web browser.
My problem was that I didn't want to waste time by manually updating all the text layers one by one in my designs.

So, in a nutshell, here's how to update all at once :

  • Step 1 : Deploy all the layers of your artboard (or document) by clicking the down arrow next to the artboard name while maintaining Option (ALT)
  • Step 2 : Select all your layers by using Shift + Click at the top and bottom of the layers list.
  • Step 3 : While not deselecting anything, select the Type tool (T)
  • Step 4 : Change the font-rendering option to what you want

Quick video tutorial

April 8, 2018No Comments

Complexion reduction in design

Nearly all web or mobile-based products in 2018 involve complex interfaces.

But be aware that in terms of usability, having all your functions immediately accessible, is not always the best solution.
Even power-users appreciate the comfort of a clutter-free interface, and as the learning curve for new users is easier, it becomes a selling point.

That's exactly what Things 3 for macOS (featured in this article image) is doing. Selling an easy to learn interface, to high-skilled users.

A complex product, with a simple interface is also faster to understand for the public, which is very useful in a short pitching context and marketing.

Here's an article explaining this process of complexion reduction on famous mobile apps.


August 28, 2018No Comments

(FR) Embarquement immédiat : l’onboarding sur les applications mobiles.

S'il y a bien quelque chose qui peut vous faire détester une compagnie aérienne : c’est sa procédure d’embarquement. Plus vous perdez de temps dans l’aéroport, plus cela rend votre expérience finale de vol désagréable.

On peut appliquer ce raisonnement aux applications mobiles, lorsqu’un utilisateur ouvre pour la première fois votre application, s’il n’est pas satisfait de son “embarquement” vous risquez de le perdre à jamais.

Puisque vous n’êtes pas une compagnie lowcost et que vous ne souhaitez pas faire payer un embarquement premium, on va aujourd’hui parler “onboarding” et de la façon de créer le meilleur embarquement possible pour tous vos utilisateurs.

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August 28, 2018No Comments

10 not-so obvious design tips to make a good presentation

  1. Choose the tool you like the most: Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, Bunkr, whatever. You first need to feel comfortable doing this.
  2. White/blank space is not your enemy. You don’t have to fill aaaaaall your slide to make it look clever or engaging, in fact, adding element after element will just make it look boring.
  3. Use simple phrases, or even just words. Each slide has to be a “punchline”, if you’re not comfortable writing, ask a copywriter to help you.
  4. If you need to explain something with graphics, use basic shapes like squares, circles… etc. Don’t mix shapes on the same slide, it creates confusion.
  5. Use one image per slide. If you need to write something on it, simple: black text on a white rectangle.
  6. Do not oversize all the texts. Remember, your presentation will be viewed on a computer or will be projected on a big wall. You want people to listen to you, not read your slides.
  7. Don’t want to forget something? Use the notes panel or write keywords on a piece of paper.
  8. Don’t use cliparts. Period. If you want to add some personal or fun touch, do it while speaking, it’s more engaging for your audience.
  9. When you think you’re done. Re-check all your slides and cut at least 1/4 of the content. Make your slides flow go naturally, less is always more.
  10. You better work on your talk first than on the design of your presentation.

PS : You have the right to break one of the rules twice in case of absolute necessity.

August 28, 2018No Comments

Tips to make your old iPhone 3G run faster

If like me you have recently broken your phone, you also must have been able to find your old iPhone somewhere in your house.
Well, if like mine, yours is jailbroken, running iOS 4.2.1, and annoyingly slow, you've come to the right place.


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