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xScope's Mirror tool constantly displays the contents of a specific Mac window, an image file or the clipboard on your iOS device. As you work on a Photoshop document or the iOS Simulator, what you see on your Mac is mirrored instantly onto the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad screen. Mirrored windows can be nudged and locked so that they always display on iOS even when re-positioned or placed under other windows.
This is especially handy on laptops where screen real estate is at a premium. Lock the Mirror to a frequently used window such as an auto-refreshing browser window or a second view of a Photoshop document, and you can use your iOS device as a secondary display to view it, keeping the actual window in the background to free up space on your laptop's display. Mirrored files and the clipboard are transferred to the device every time they are updated.
In addition, when mirroring a Mac window on iOS there is no chrome to get in your way or repetitive save actions to perform. The Mirror tool requires a companion app that can be downloaded from the App Store.
The Text tool combines powerful search, text deciphering, reformatting and conversions into a simple interface that adapts to many different types of work. Character glyphs can also be measured and saved in a palette for quick access.
Whether you're working with plain strings, HTML entities, URL encodings, C constants, hex bytes, or NSData, this tool helps you deal with the text you need to process. Extended information about characters as well as how they're related to other characters is available. Shell integration to process text from the command line is also possible.
Find the dimensions of anything on your screen simply by hovering your mouse cursor over the element to be measured. Dimensions works great to get measurements and aspect ratios on photographs, buttons, interface elements, gradient fields and more. You can also use special hot keys to take a screen shot or create a frame for future reference. Take a look at this video to see how the Dimensions tool works.
xScope’s rulers can be used to measure any on-screen element, including the distance and angles between objects. Holding down the Control key while dragging the ruler near an on-screen object causes the edges and ends of the ruler to “snap” into place, making measuring quick and easy. Additionally, the Ruler tool includes calipers which can be toggled on or off and used for outside measurements.
The Overlay tool in xScope attaches to your browser window, giving it capabilities that makes it a better tool for web development. Alignment marks help you check elements on the page, a mockup image lets you tune your markup to match a design comp, and grids with breakpoints make responsive web design (RWD) easier than ever before. Cycling through breakpoints lets you quickly check how your site reacts to CSS media queries. Additionally, the tool can take a full-page screenshot: giving you a complete picture of the site that can be shared with colleagues and clients.
Best of all, the tool is designed to get out of the way when you don't need it. Opacity of the overlay is easily adjustable and the frame surrounding your browser can be minimized once you have things setup for your site.
Have you ever wondered how your design will look on an iPhone screen? Or how much content area is available in IE 9 running on Windows Vista? xScope’s Screens tool helps you answer those questions without having to move your work onto other platforms. Content overlays from dozens of platform templates let you see if a design element falls within your usable screen area quickly and easily.
The Screens tool also helps with is accessibility testing. By default, the Screens tool shows how a screen looks to a user without eyesight problems, but you can quickly change the popup menu from Normal Vision to simulate a variety of vision defects. Each of the defects is shown with its scientific name and a rough percentage of the population affected by the problem.
Designing for the screen demands a tool that lets you precisely magnify and inspect your work. The Loupe follows your mouse as you move it on screen, updating the popup with the color value underneath the pointer and giving you a close-up look at your designs. You can quickly change the color format that’s displayed, sample and save colors for later reference or even simulate common user vision problems.
Good design requires proper alignment and the Guides tool give you everything you need to align objects effectively. Guides allows you to place vertical and horizontal guides that float above everything else that are completely independent from the applications you are using. Guides can be linked and moved together and even report the distances between each other to help you get the most out of your work.
The Frames tool is ideal for tasks where you are working with areas: creating a user interface in a fixed window size, visualizing a CSS box definition, or any other measurement that requires an origin (x,y) and size (width, height.) Like Guides, Frames float above all other on-screen elements and can be moved independently or in groups according to your layouts. You can also save the contents of a frame as a screenshot, learn its aspect ratio, adjust it according to a grid and more.
This is a simple tool that helps you locate and align points on screen. By default, the Crosshair reports positions relative to the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You can, however, set any point as the origin—this allows you to get positions that are relative to an arbitrary point on the screen.