After trying a bunch of Windows applications, I haven't found anything equivalent to Sketch for Windows. And no, Illustrator and such are NOT Sketch alternatives. Fireworks is probably the closest, and it's no longer supported by Adobe. It seems that they are now creating a copy "heavily inspired by Sketch" app: Project Comet.
We'll see how it goes, but ...
They're familiar. Designers tend to use Macs, so when they want to put a mockup on a screen, it's the first that would come to mind.
They're popular. Sure, Windows has more market share. But can you name a single model of PC that's super popular? What about an all-in-one desktop? What about an external monitor?
They're good-looking. Macs have a reputation ...
You go here: https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ (yes I know this is the official link - thing is: SF is a open type font, its just "hidden" deep in the downloaded package)
Then you download the font.
Then open the downloaded zip with 7zip. do all the following steps with 7zip:
open the folder SFPro
open the San Francisco Pro.pkg
open the file Payload~
*Disclaimer: I've been a Mac user for more than 20 years and still use a Mac daily. That being posted, I have clearly seen Windows close the gap in the areas where Apple was the frontrunner and the preferred system for designers.
15 years ago, using Windows was, at best, a lesson in frustration where design was concerned. There was a time where the Mac was ...
Some other valid options for 2017:
This is a very young product and as such it's still lacking many features, but for now it's a good vector editor, and the roadmap promises a lot more: symbols, sketch import, prototyping, etc. It's great advantage as of now, is that it's free! It's available for Mac, windows, linux, and even online.
Unfortunately Apple aren't too concerned with Windows users. They expect everyone who is designing for Mac to use a Mac. And since the San Francisco font has been created with specific features only available for Mac it is only available on Mac and unlikely to be available on Windows any time soon (unless someone decides to hack it, which is a possibility).
Lunacy — reads and saves .sketch files (native Windows app, free)
Figma — reads .sketch files (browser-based, freemium)
Disclosure: I'm one of the authors of Lunacy. I have no relation to Figma.
Yes, there is a "resynthesize" plugin. It is available from the Gimp registry (possibly here). But the best way to install it are:
on Linux (at least for Ubuntu and derivatives), install package gimp-plugin-registry (it is included in a set of rather useful plugins).
On Windows and OSX, the Gimp builds available on http://www.partha.com include it.
Yes! Here's what you do. Open the Layer Comps window in photoshop. Click the snapshot button, hide your current layer, show the next layer, click the snapshot again. Create a layer comp snapshot for each state of your document that you want to have exported as individual files. Once you have all of those ready, go to File > Scripts > Layer Comps to Files. ...
Step 1: Download the font package from Apple.
Make sure to download the regular fonts and not the compact fonts for watchOS. The download will have an annoying .pkg file that Windows users will be unable to open immediately. That’s okay.
Step 2: Download and install 7zip
This will ...
I have an app called Slide that's meant to be used as a graphic tablet. It now connects over USB or WiFi.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.j03.mobileinput
It's got nothing to do with Windows vs. Mac - walk into any office and look at the different monitors on folks' desks. Assuming you're using a standard color scheme (sRGB, etc.) the information will go out to each of those monitors the same way (i.e., white = "ffffff" which is hexidecimal for "turn the red, green, and blue values for that pixel all the way ...
While the other answers are accurate, the real explanation is far easier:
What's a windows laptop look like? What's an android phone look like? What's an Apple laptop look like? What's an iPhone look like?
There you have it, two of those you could visualize, two you couldn't. You might have ideas about the Windows and Android look ...
I'm resurrecting this from the death, because I think I have the answer.
I ended up downloading the font here, and proceeded to convert all the fonts to TTF format using this converter. This has worked great for me.
Changing the unit used in a new document is done by configuring a default template:
In Windows the default template is a document that is saved as:
This folder is actually:
in Windows 7, and is empty.
See more details on this answer related to changing the default ...
Your question implies that one or other platform renders fonts "worse" than the other, but in fact it's mostly just that Windows and Mac render fonts differently. I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation for this, although I've never come across one, but it's an excellent example of why it is so important to verify page design on both platforms.
Error 1 This particular message is not significant. It just means that the font file you have is not the same version as your colleague's, and there's no harm in telling PS to update the layers. A "Missing Font" error is more important; it means he used a font you don't have. That would be handled by having the designer either rasterize or outline (convert ...
I don't know of any place that MS has explicitly stated that they will reject anything that looks like iOS. On the other hand, I would be surprised if there isn't an unspoken rule about it that would put you on the "don't rush with that one" list.
Regardless of the official rules, ignoring the fact that Windows Phone is visually a notably different ...
You will probably find this article quite useful: 5 Things you ought to know when designing metro screens.
In case the link dies:
Color choice is critical: The thing that stands out about most "metro" inspired designs is they pretty much settle on around 2-3 primary colors of choice. They also then rely heavily on either black or white (maybe a shade of ...
There is a plugin for Firefox: Open with photoshop that does what you want, and actually does some of the work for you.
The way it works is: You right click an image and choose "Open in photoshop", and that is exactly what happens ( Not to mention pngs maintain their transparency ).
It does work pretty well, though it doesn't open up the images 100% of the ...
A bit of an old topic but thought I would contribute...
I normally save the image and open in PS however I found a better solution today. It's still a bit of a pain but at least you won't have temporary image files and also saves the hassle of browsing to the file itself.
Simply right click and copy image URL (or similar), or copy the address bar link if ...
For people who landed here from a google search because this question references Inkscape but isn't tagged with Windows, here's a complete howto for Linux (this assumes you have Inkscape installed on your system - tested on Ubunut 14.04 with Inkscape 0.91).
Create a file in the directory where you want to convert your SVGs to PDFs. (I used gedit below but ...
Windows is not able to show PSD thumbnails by default.
However, I managed get it working with using a DLL file.
Mind you that fiddling with DLL files is VERY dangerous. It may cause your computer to crash or even may damage your Windows installation altogether.
So please follow the tutorial if you are absolutely sure what you are doing and don't even ...
Microsoft may reject the app, at least in the early days of the Windows Store. They're trying hard to ensure apps meet their design criteria. Depending on exactly how it looks, you may still be fine though.
I think there's two main considerations, assuming you'd be able to get the app onto the store:
An iOS-like app on Windows Phone will seem out of place ...
This a tough one, as Sketch is pretty amazing. Photoshop is currently adding in Sketch-like features, trying to catch up. And Adobe is also, as previously mentioned, now pushing their new Adobe Experience Design app. But, it's Mac only for now.
I'd look at signing up for Affinity Designer's Windows beta. (Currently Mac only but just recently revealed that ...