Using Blur To Create A Wallpaper For iOS 7

iOS 7 looks completely different from previous versions of iOS so after installing it on my iPhone I decided to change my wallpaper to better fit with its design.

The iOS 7 lockscreen is now much cleaner and lends itself to highlighting a photo, but I found using the same photo as my homescreen wallpaper too distracting. iOS 7 “uses translucency to provide a sense of context and place” so I wondered if using a blurred version of the same photo would look good on the homescreen.

Blur is a $0.99 universal iOS app that allows you to blur any picture and set it as your wallpaper. The interface is simple, but beautifully designed and allows you to quickly import a picture, adjust the blur effect and export the blurred picture back to your camera roll.

Blur screenshot

Using this blurred version of my lockscreen photo on my homescreen leaves it clean, but keeps a visual connection back to the lockscreen and I plan on using this technique whenever I change the photo on the lockscreen.

Phone screenshot

Web Developer 0.4 for Chrome

Web Developer 0.4 for Chrome is now available. The extension can be downloaded on the Google Chrome extension gallery.

Web Developer for Chrome

The release notes contain the full list of changes in this version, but some highlights are:

  • A new disable menu
  • Syntax highlighting and line numbers when viewing code
  • A new feature to view the responsive layouts of a page
  • Unlimited resize dimensions and tools configurable in the options

Web Developer options

Under the hood this is also essentially a complete rewrite of the extension that merges the code base with the Firefox version. This should allow improved features, fewer bugs and more frequent releases going forward.

Permissions

The Web Developer extension has always needed access to your browsing history as that is how it is able to add custom scripts to any web site for its features to work. However, some of the new features now require extra permissions such as access to cookies. As explained in the FAQ none of this data is accessed beyond the needs of the features of the extension and no personal data is sent from the extension to a third-party apart from for the third-party features such as validators.

Web Developer for Firefox 1.2 Beta 1

Web Developer for Firefox 1.2 Beta 1—a preview release of the next version of the Web Developer extension for Firefox—is now publicly available. This release is for testing purposes only—for a fully supported version of the extension or localized builds please see the latest official release.

Web Developer OS X theme

A few notable changes in this release are:

  • A new theme on OS X
  • A number of new features including ‘Reload Linked Style Sheets’ and ‘View Responsive Layouts’
  • Keyboard shortcuts can now be assigned to any feature
  • Syntax highlighting and line numbers when viewing and editing code

And of course there are many fixed issues. For the full list of changes in this version please read the release notes.

Feedback

As a beta release this build is not guaranteed to be stable. The idea behind this beta release is to give people the opportunity to provide feedback about this next version as well as report any bugs. Please report any feedback or issues in the beta forum or via the contact form.

Note that the forums on chrispederick.com have been upgraded as my self-hosted version of FluxBB was having more and more problems recently. Therefore I have upgraded to a hosted Vanilla Forums setup.

Unfortunately as part of this upgrade the existing forums data including user accounts and posts could not be easily migrated so you will need to re-register if you had registered previously.

Let me know if you see any problems with the new forums by posting in the forums or via the contact form.