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Looking at the Future

April 21, 2016

At the last Apple Event, a seemingly simple thing was announced: a True Tone display on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This device also uses a new LCD panel and sports “a color standard big enough for Hollywood.” As with most things released by Apple, there is an amazing amount of underlying technology that makes this […]

xScope 4.2

March 17, 2016

An update for xScope is now available in the Mac App Store and through the in-app update. xScope 4.2 features a new setting in General preferences that allows tool windows to stay in the Space where they were activated. If you do design or development in one space and email or chat in another this […]

Over the past few years the popularity of emoji has steadily grown. Heck, you can even send your sweetheart a kissy face emoji pillow as a gift! Over a year ago, we were pleased to be able to contribute to the ever-growing popularity of emoji as we helped Twitter design and develop their own unique […]

Happy Holidays and Thank You!

December 18, 2015

Incredibly, 2016 will be the 20th anniversary of the Iconfactory. Needless to say we wouldn’t have lasted 5 let alone 20 without all of you supporting and encouraging us to continue. Thank you!

The New Favicon

November 4, 2015

The recent release of Safari 9.0 brought a great new feature: pinned tabs. These tabs are locked to the lefthand side of your tab bar and stay in place, even when you open a new window or relaunch the browser. The default behavior is to display the first letter of the site’s name on a […]

Evolving a popular app from version 1 to version 2 is always a challenge, and so it was with the recent update of the Willow app for iOS. Willow connects users around the world via meaningful conversations, posed by simple questions. The Iconfactory was charged with updating the popular 1.0 version of Willow, modernizing both […]

Masters of the Small Canvas

September 18, 2015

A short but sweet piece by John Pavlus was posted today over at Bloomberg Business. It features some comments by our own Gedeon Maheux and our good friends and former Iconfactory pixel engineers Louie Mantia and David Lanham, as well as a few others in our field. It is a quick, interesting read about the evolution of […]

xScope on the Big Screen

September 15, 2015

As every iPhone developer knows, you don’t really understand an app’s design until you see it on the device. We’ve all been fooled by text or controls that looked just fine on your Mac’s simulator, but elicited “What the heck were we thinking?” when run on the phone. With the release of tvOS, there’s going […]

Twitterrific’s new facial recognition feature helps keep users faces front and center in image previews.

xScope’s Overlay tool can make your life considerably easier when coding up pixel perfect designs for iOS.