I'm going to make an IOS app, and I will get interface mockups of my app from a designer. But I don't know in which format he will send me the interface, whether in PSD or JPEG format.

With the given format i want to find all specs like X-Y coordinates, width, height and distance between each element present in the interface in points or pixels.

So, is there any tool to get all the specs? I have searched and found xScope but i have not used it yet. Is this tool effective or not? Are there any other free tools?

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    x-scope is to measure elements in your computer screen, not necessarily the best tool to get specs from design files (if you zoom in the measurements are invalid). Ask your designer, not us.
    – Luciano
    Aug 12, 2016 at 9:07
  • Only applicable to PSD but possible duplicate: Free plugin to create/display Photoshop measurement annotations
    – Cai
    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:21
  • Given this is not asking about a particular format, but could include anything from a hand drawing to a PSD, I'm voting to close this question as too broad Aug 12, 2016 at 11:47
  • I also believe this is something you need to ask the designer (and/or agree on), but if you have Photoshop I personally find it quite easy to use the Slice tool to create measuring boxes on top of the stuff. But they are not for coordinates, they would be best for getting widths and heights.
    – Yisela
    Aug 12, 2016 at 13:11

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You can upload PSDs in Brackets, an Open Source Adobe tool. It give you every specs you want and can extract assets directly from the PSD.

As a Web Designer, I don't use it much. But our developers do, and they gave me great feedback about it.

  • I don't think you understood the question. How does that help getting the specs from the PSD files?
    – Luciano
    Aug 12, 2016 at 10:34
  • @Luciano Brackets can extract specs and assets directly from PSDs
    – Cai
    Aug 12, 2016 at 11:31
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    oh ok, my bad. Reverting my vote then
    – Luciano
    Aug 12, 2016 at 12:42

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