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Best New Design Apps and Plug-ins: May 2016

It is a great time to be a designer because the number of apps and plug-ins to help you with your workflow is exploding right now. I wanted to start writing a new series to highlight the best one’s I find. I am going to let the content dictate the timing of these pieces since have no idea if there will be enough content to write it every month or not – we will see. Here are the best new apps and plug-in I’ve found this month.

Toolbox

SKETCH TOOLBOX

Sketch Toolbox is a simple but fantastic tool that works as a plug-in directory and manager for Sketch, It is a stand-alone application that lets you see all the plugins you currently have installed but also lists out all the currently available plug-ins. This makes is really easy to search and install new plug-ins when you read about them without having to search all over the place. It is currently in Beta and have a lot of enhancements coming soon.

Price: Free
Get the plug-in here

Runner

SKETCH RUNNER

Runner helps you to get around Sketch quicker by giving you an intuitive interface to supercharge your daily workflow. Stop searching through your menu & start running commands directly from your keyboard. It has five different options of run, goto, insert, create and apply. Run lets you quickly search through all available plugins and Sketch menu commands. With goto you can jump to any page, artboard, group or layer in your document. If you are tired of looking through your symbols panel use jump to insert and start typing to see matching results. The create command lets you quickly define symbols and shared styles from your current selection. Apply recognizes which layer is currently selected to list you all your shared styles. It is still in beta is a powerful tool to make navigating large files much easier.

Plug-in for: Sketch
Price:
 Free

Get the plug-in here

Checkpoints

CHECKPOINTS

Checkpoints let’s you save important stages of your artboards so you can then keep working and jump back to that point if you new design direction doesn’t work out. You can keep up to three of these checkpoints and is a nice way to be able to work through a number of ideas quickly and safely.

Plug-in for: Sketch
Price:
 Free

Get the plug-in here

Fornea

FORNEA

Fontea is a plug-in that gives you access to all 700 Google fonts in Photoshop (and soon in Sketch). Working with Google fonts in design apps has always been a pain for me so I love this and how simple it is to integrated it into your Photoshop workflow.

Plug-in for: Photoshop
Price:
 Free

Get the plug-in here

Radial

Radial Progress Bar

This plugin for Sketch makes it super easy to create circular progress bars. It generates nice clean vector paths that you can style however you want. You can enter the radius, progress percentage, line width, a background and with or without rounded ends.

Plug-in for: Sketch
Price:
 Free

Get the plug-in here

Tailor

TAILOR

Tailor is iOS app that lets you stitch your conversations, websites, emails, and more. Just take a few overlapping screenshots and the Tailor app will automatically detect them and create one long, seamless image. If you need to take screenshots from a prototype or want comps for your portfolio it is a huge time saver.

Price: Free
Get the plug-in here

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