Ringce releases Slammer 0.9.6 for Mac OS X – Designer’s Geometry Box

Ringce today is proud to announce Slammer 0.9.6, an update to their
unique designer’s layout and geometry utility for Mac OS X. Suitable
for graphic designers, web and application developers alike, Slammer is
a universal layout tool which embraces the grid system. Effortlessly
make blueprints by sectioning a canvas using flexible grid systems,
fibonacci series, golden sections or harmonious sections.

Version 0.9.6 is a minor update which includes the ability to
Command-Click and drag to measure length, height and angle. The
Crosshair now snaps to ruler divisions correctly when the origin is
shifted, and Dragging and Dropping overlays to reorder them is now
correctly reflected in the Slammer window.

Featuring a gorgeous and natural user interface, Slammer is used as
an overlay on top of any application while tweaking any layout and aims
to serve as a single solution for any design environment. Web and print
designs, app interfaces, or anything imaginable can all be quickly
viewed under a very flexible grid system. Users can easily adjust the
spacing and positioning of the grid itself, as well as change the color
so it doesn’t blend in with what is underneath.

Templates created using Slammer serve as layout blueprints which
record the thought process behind a layout. These templates can be
exported and imported within the application. Among only one of
Slammers neat features is its ability to save a template and share them
with the community or coworkers, making it a great addition to any
developer’s tool chest. In order for designers to interactively layout
a design, Slammer offers a click through mode where it can stay on top
of any application while allowing them to manipulate objects underneath.

Slammer supports 4 types of grid distributions, and can be oriented
in any direction on the canvas. A unique feature of Slammer is that
overlays can be grouped into layers. Layers can be restricted with
margins allowing designers to create sections of a page with different
grids. For example, web designers can create layers for header, footer,
sidebar and content for a website design.

Uniform grids allow for columns (or rows) and gutters with specified
widths. The Fibonacci series creates sections based on the series 1, 1,
2, 3, 5, 8, etc. starting with any value. Golden Sections divide the
canvas in the divine proportion 1.618. Opposing Golden sections offer
three columns, and Harmonious sections divide the canvas into equal
sections.

Feature Highlights:

  • 8 way resizable sculpted frame and ruler
  • Pixel perfect Rulers that support 5 different units (Pixel, Pica, Inch, CM and MM)
  • Flexible Ruler origins
  • Layers can be used to section the canvas
  • Overlays add grids within the layers
  • Uniform (Typographical grid), Fibonacci Section, Golden Section and Harmonious (equal) distributions
  • Screenshots with or without the grid
  • Composite image of the grid
  • Click-through mode for interacting with the objects below
  • Resizable Magnifier that can display both in frame and as a separate HUD window.
  • Magnifier, Crosshair and Color Picker

Slammer sports pixel-perfect rulers that support 5 different units
(Pixel, Pica, Inch, CM and MM), a resizable magnifier that can display
both in frame and as a separate HUD window, as well as a color picker
that allow true color sampling of objects underneath the grid. This
color can be copied by simply pressing CMD + C. The application also
allows users to grab a screen capture of the area below slammer (with
or without the grids) as well as export the grid as a composite image.

“Having no design background whatsoever, I started reading about web
design and stumbled upon Grid Systems,” said Lakshmi Vyasarajan,
founder of Ringce. “I was fascinated by it and developed Slammer to aid
me in designing a website. I released Slammer initially as a free tool.
After getting a lot of feedback from the community and addressing a lot
of my needs for such a tool, I released Slammer as a commercial
application, at the same time trying out a few ambitious experiments on
the ringce.com website with the help of Slammer.”

Minimum Requirements:

  • Mac OS X Version 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
  • 4.2 MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
A staff pick on Apple Downloads under the Development Tools category,
Slammer 0.9.6 is available now for only $20.00 (USD). Slammer 0.9.6 is
a free update and a recommended upgrade for all customers.

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