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Ideas

Locked Mess Monster

Better photoshop locked layer alert idea

Have you ever tried to move a folder or selection of layers in Photoshop, but were interrupted by this alert?

Photoshop locked layer alert
BLAM! Those layers aren’t moving anywhere.

Somewhere deep down in your selection is a locked layer. If you’re working in a huge file with tons of layers, finding the locked layer or layers could take awhile.

Wouldn’t this be more helpful than just an alert?

Photoshop unlock layer option
SKUDOOSH! Problem solved.

The Photoshop team could add a checkbox to the alert that would automatically unlock the locked layers, so that you can continue moving/nudging your selection.

This small usability improvement would save me a lot of time.

Does anyone know if another solution to this problem already exists in Photoshop? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Experiments

Button It Up

A better WordPress Upload/Insert button

In response to the positive feedback from my last post about making the WordPress Upload/Insert button look more clickable, I’ve written my first WordPress plugin that’s open to the public. I’m calling it Button It Up*.

All it does, for now, is change the style of the upload insert button to look like an actual button.

Other than creating consistency throughout the UI, the main reason for this tweak is to make the button more find-able for first-time WordPress users. Hopefully this tweak, or a better version of it, will make it into WordPress core.

Until then, you can use this tiny plugin to make the WordPress admin more usable for your clients.

You can download Button It Up directly from the WordPress plugin directory.

Let me know if you guys find any bugs or anything.

*The name “Button It Up” was most definitely influenced by the podcast Back To Work with Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin

Categories
Inspirations

The world’s simplest phone

I love this.

The world’s simplest phone in a sleek little black box. It’s called John’s Phone. Consider it the anti-iPhone. No apps or hi-res screen. Just a phone with buttons that works really well. A better user experience through LESS experience.

John's Phone, The Anit-iPhone, the simplest phone.

Has anybody used one, or seen it in person?