The Breakroom

xScope and Apple Watch

April 24, 2015

By Craig Hockenberry

We’re happy to announce the availability of free updates for xScope and xScope Mirror with support for Apple’s new watch!

The majority of changes are in the xScope Mirror app running on iOS: any image that you’ve mirrored from your Mac to your iPhone can be transferred to your wrist with a simple tap on the watch’s face. As you’d expect, this feature works great while in design apps like Photoshop or Sketch as well with loose PNG and JPEG assets in your Xcode projects.

When transferring images to the Apple Watch, the xScope Mirror detects different scenarios and adjusts the display accordingly:

  • Layouts that have the same width as the current display, but that are taller, are scrollable using your finger or the digital crown. This makes it easy to test mockups that span several screens.
  • Images that are in the standard icon sizes are automatically masked to a circle and presented on a black background. This makes it a snap to test how your square icon designs look when presented on the home screen or in notifications.
  • Images with transparency are assumed to be menu items and are displayed as such on the watch face. Opaque areas of the image are drawn in black on a white circular background.

But wait, there’s more! We’ve also updated the Mac app with new templates that let you see how your watch icons are going to look in the Apple Watch app on iOS. The Mac app also has all the Help you’ll need to get up and running: check out the Mirror section for all the details.

Finally, we put together a short video that shows how it all fits together along with some tips and tricks. We’ve found these new features to be very helpful with our own design and development work, and really hope that it makes life easier for you, too. Enjoy!

Twitterrific for Apple Watch

April 16, 2015

By Ged Maheux


Today we are pleased to announce that Twitterrific 5.11 with Apple Watch support is available in the App Store. Ever since we first saw Apple’s new wearable in action, we knew Twitterrific would be a great fit. There are a myriad of compelling features in this update so we wanted to take some time to share a few of them with you.

Twitterrific’s approach to interactions on Apple Watch closely mirrors those of Apple’s built-in apps. The app consists of three parts: the Glance, Recent Activity, and Notifications.

Twitterrific’s glance gives you a fun, visual digest of the total number of favorites, retweets and new followers you’ve received over the past 24 hours. Think of it as a lightweight version of the Today View from the iOS app. It also displays the number of unread tweets currently waiting for you the next time you launch the iOS app. Note that Twitterrific’s push notifications (available as a one-time in-app purchase) are needed to take full advantage of the app’s features on Apple Watch.

The Twitterrific watch app displays a list of your most recent 25 replies, mentions, direct messages, favs, RT’s and new followers right on your wrist. This helps you focus on the part of Twitter that’s most important to you and frees you from information overload common when viewing your entire timeline. Simply tap any item in the list to view its details and respond in a number of ways. Favorite a reply or mention, give a new friend a follow back and even reply to mentions and direct messages using Apple Watch’s dictation feature. It’s just that simple.


Twitterrific’s Glance, Recent Activity and Tweet Detail screens

Force-press from the activity view to compose a new tweet from scratch or manually refresh the list of recent items. You can even use Handoff when composing a new tweet with dictation or viewing a user profile to transfer what you’re looking at directly to your iPhone. Simply dictate your tweet, then look for Twitterrific’s icon on your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen. Unlock your device with the icon and Twitterrific opens directly to the compose screen with your new tweet ready for editing or posting. How cool is that?

Twitterrific for Apple Watch includes a range of notification types that help you keep track of who’s following you, retweeting or favoriting your tweets and more. Simply raise your wrist when you receive a notification to view it. Hold your wrist up for a few seconds longer to view more information about the notification. Depending on the notification type, you can even take action without touching your phone: saving time when you’re on the go.

Twitterrific 5.11 also includes a host of other new features including RT & Fave counts displayed directly on selected tweets, interactive notifications from the iOS lock screen and much more. Even if you do not own a shiny new Apple Watch (yet!) you’re going to love this update.

A wealth of attention to detail has gone into bringing you the best possible Twitter experience available. We thank our loyal customers for their continued support and hope new users will seek Twitterrific out in the App Store and give us a try on their wrists in just a few short days. Enjoy!

Flare Now 50% Off for a Limited Time

April 6, 2015

By Ged Maheux

Flare 2 for Mac OS X is currently 50% off it’s normal price of $15 USD for a limited time as part of the Mac App Store’s Amazing Photo + Video promotion. If you missed Flare’s original launch promotion, now is the time to gear up!

A reminder that you can also pick up Flare Effects for iOS for free. Flare Effects allows you to sync your photo filters and effects effortlessly from desktop to your mobile devices via iCloud. Take all your favorite appearances with you and enjoy the best of both computing worlds – desktop and mobile. Visit the Mac App Store to purchase Flare 2 at this special price today.

Twitterrific 5.10 Adds Improved Muffling, Muting, Drafts & More

April 2, 2015

By Ged Maheux


A major update to Twitterrific is now available in the iOS App Store that includes a host of widely requested features. The biggest improvement in Twitterrific 5.10 is the ability to view and manage your list of muffled usernames, URLs and hashtags. Users can also now add keywords to the terms that can be filtered via the new Muffles sidebar item. In addition, any muffled term can instantly be turned into a full-level mute by swiping left on the item in the list and selecting “Mute”. This completely hides the term from view in the timeline until it is un-muted or muffled. Thanks to the new Muffling interface, Twitterrific users now have the best of both worlds, they can choose to muffle certain items as well as mute others they may not wish to see at all. Muffling and muting also works when viewing Twitter searches, which sets it apart from other 3rd party Twitter clients.

Another highly requested feature that makes its debut in 5.10 is support for draft tweets. Once you compose a new tweet, if you decide not to post it, you now have the option to save the text as a draft when you close the compose view.


Drafts are account based and synced across all of your iOS devices running Twitterrific via iCloud. There are two ways to insert drafts into the compose field – Tap the drafts icon to open the list of pre-composed tweets and then select the draft you want to use. Next you can either tap the Copy Drafts icon to both copy it to the clipboard and insert it into the compose field, or you can simply insert it directly by tapping the Insert Draft icon. Selecting Insert moves it from the current list of drafts into compose, effectively deleting it in the process.

But that’s not all. Twitterrific also now supports an improved sidebar user interface, better push notifications, ability to use smart quotes, URL’s displayed above iOS 8 share sheets, important bug fixes and more. Be sure to visit the Twitterrific version history page for a complete list of what’s new in this release.

Twitterrific 5.10 is a free update and is available now in the App Store. Be sure to follow Twitterrific on Twitter for the latest news on releases as well as tips, tricks & latest issues.

Flare 2.1.1 Adds German and Japanese Localizations

March 19, 2015

By Travis Zuker

Today, we’re pleased to release an update to Flare 2, to our award-winning photo editing application that includes both German and Japanese localizations. Named by Apple as one of the Best Apps of 2014, Flare effortlessly lets you add effects & textures to your photos on your Mac & iOS devices. Today’s update is free for registered users and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store.


March 17, 2015

By Ged Maheux


We’ve been receiving emails and tweets from friends and clients asking if we had a hand in the creation of the new Windows icons in the latest beta that has been making the rounds. The Iconfactory played an important role in the icon design direction of both Windows XP and Vista, so it’s natural people are curious to find out if we helped create the look and feel of this new icon suite for Microsoft.

We’re here to simply say: Nope, we did not. It’s quite possible that these are just placeholder images. We have a long history of helping the folks in Redmond, have enjoyed working with them and stand ready should they call on us once again.

Let Iconfactory Build Your Next App

February 23, 2015

By Cheryl Cicha


The Iconfactory has been designing leading edge icons and user interfaces, as well as shipping award-winning software for nearly twenty years. Our approach to early adoption of new development technologies and design trends helps set our apps apart from the competition.

Iconfactory apps average 4-5 star reviews, are routinely awarded ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Best of’ in the App Store and are often referred to by users and developers alike as best in class. Glowing reviews and mentions of our software efforts in the press speak for themselves. So after two decades building our own software, it was time to share our expertise and provide app development services to clients.

What makes Iconfactory’s offering unique is our highly experienced and talented team, combining best in class design, development, and strategic vision under one roof. For clients, this means exceptional levels of quality and efficiency in leveraging leading edge mobile, web, desktop and wearable technologies to help build their business. Whether clients have the spark of an idea, an app in progress, or a live app needing improvement or expansion, we can help. Customer apps are treated as if they are our own and our intention is to form long-term relationships that build value beyond a highly polished 1.0 release.

We have several flagship client apps that we’ve quietly and carefully helped craft. The social networking app, Willow and the health care application, vidscrip for iPad are just two examples. Here is what Michael Bruch, founder of Willow has to say,

“The Iconfactory has treated Willow like one of their own apps, and has worked overtime to ensure its success. These guys really treat the people they work with like partners, not just clients. Hard working, highly skilled, and personable, anyone would be lucky to call the Iconfactory part of their team.”

Discover how a great app built by Iconfactory can help your business succeed. We’d love to hear from you.

All Our Best, David!

February 20, 2015

By Corey Marion

It has been quite a while since our indescribably talented employee and good friend, David Lanham, left us to pursue certain success focusing on his unique and charming illustration talent. We were constantly amazed that he was able to endure our nonsense during his ten years with the Iconfactory. We’re also very grateful for the invaluable bits of knowledge, sometimes unorthodox techniques and humble charm he shared with all of us these many years.

We discovered David through Pixelpalooza, our long retired icon design contest. During our early years we also used Pixelpalooza to find one of our founding partners. Dave Brasgalla won in the Illustrative Category in 1998 and shortly thereafter joined Gedeon, Talos, and I. David entered in 2003 and won the Mac OS X category with his whimsical submission, Invading Your Space.


David’s contest entry was an early exhibition of his signature style and we were unanimously drawn to it. When the partners made the decision to hire a new designer, David’s name was at the top of our short list. He joined us in April of 2004, moved from Florida to Greensboro, and kicked off a decade of helping us put pixels in their proper places.

David quickly adapted his already formidable Photoshop and Illustrator techniques and became an extremely efficient designer, equally skilled at challenging app icon creation and high-volume toolbar icon production. David was responsible for some of the Iconfactory’s most memorable iconography and created so many amazing freeware icons & wallpapers during his time with us it’s hard to count them all. Here is a tiny fraction of his “Greatest Hits”.


This post is a much overdue tribute to a great friend and colleague. Thank you for sharing your time and seemingly limitless talent with us. From all of us here at the factory, we bid you a fond farewell and eagerly anticipate seeing what the next phase in your journey brings!

We leave you with one last example of David’s exceptional work. This video is a time-lapse. Watch as he deftly uses Photoshop to create some of the graphics from Pickin’ Time, our fast paced party game for all ages. We’ll miss you, David.

Twitterrific 5.9.2 Improves Stability, Fixes Bugs

February 16, 2015

By Ged Maheux

A minor but important update to Twitterrific is now available in the iOS App Store. Several improvements in v5.9.2 include the ability to attach multiple images when composing at the same time (instead of one by one), faster loading of media and new tweets in the timeline and the ability to copy the text of translated tweets to the pasteboard.

In addition, the update sports several bug fixes including one that corrects a problem displaying animated GIFs and a long-standing bug where the pull to refresh control would sometimes disappear until the app was force quit. After updating, users may need to clear their timeline cache to view animated GIFs properly. Be sure to visit Twitterrific’s version history page for the complete list of changes in this release.

Twitterrific 5.9.2 is a free update and is available now in the App Store. Be sure to follow Twitterrific on Twitter for the latest news on releases as well as tips, tricks & latest issues.