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TextWrangler for Mac review

While not a word processor, TextWrangler for Mac does an excellent job editing, searching, and transforming texts and HTML codes. It is a great tool for programmers and server administrators and a good runner up for the "top text editor for Mac" title.

Pros

Fast and functional: TextWrangler for Mac performs well when it comes to case and order changing and can do not only "find and replace," but also "replace and find," wherein you implement the text change first before you inspect the text lines to check if the changes made were what … Read more

Color Touch Effects review

With Color Touch Effects you can make images more interesting by turning them to black and white and then restoring color only to the subject or to certain elements to which you want to draw attention. This app also features several nice effects you can add after the coloring.

Pros

Responsive controls: Color Touch Effects' brush feels responsive and enables you to color anything without too much trouble. You'll also like the smooth two-finger zoom in and zoom out, which makes the coloring of small parts of the image almost effortless.

Nice effects: There are about 20 or so … Read more

Colorful Day Locker Theme review

Colorful Day Locker Theme makes nice wallpaper, but everything you need to do to set it up may make you think twice. Not only do you have to pay to unlock the app, but you need another app to make the most of it. If that doesn't bother you, and you really love how this looks, give it a try.

This app gives you an iOS-like lock screen full of information, texts, weather, and other details about your phone. Before you can use it, you have to download GOLauncher, because this is really only a theme for that app. … Read more

ColorMania review

Androidslide's ColorMania color-guessing game isn't just for kids: Anyone can test their visual recall by filling in the missing colors of popular cartoon characters, corporate logos, and other well-known cultural symbols, icons, and memes -- from Twitter to Tweety. Unfortunately, this app also stretches the definition of "free."

Pros

More challenging than it seems: ColorMania's puzzles are extremely basic, and most involve choosing one or two colors, but every now and then an unfamiliar symbol challenges your memory for colors.

Anyone can play: ColorMania is suitable to players of every age and ability.

Cons

Ad-dominated: … Read more

Color Sudoku for Mac review

Color Sudoku for Mac modifies the classical game by replacing the nine numbers with nine different colors while keeping the rules of the game unchanged. The developers have added a Japanese motif to this premium app by using music and visuals associated with the Far East. In terms of gameplay, using colors instead of numbers can be a bit jarring at first, but at the same time it makes the game accessible to small children.

Color Sudoku for Mac features a pleasant interface, which supports OS X's fullscreen mode. Unlike the traditional version that uses numbers, this game lets … Read more

Review: Color Splurge splashes photos with selective grayscale color and recolor effects

Color Splurge gives you the tools to add grayscale and color effects to any photo in your library with the swipe of your finger. This fun and accessible photo editing tool includes multiple options for coloration, and lets you take a new photo or use photos you've already taken from various sources including Facebook and your phone.

The interface of Color Splurge is generally intuitive, making it easy to find your way around quickly. There are a couple of sample projects you can experiment with before starting your own, and there's also a short tutorial video that shows … Read more

Get ready for multicolor fonts -- maybe in motion, too

For a few decades now, fonts have been monochromatic -- just the thing for putting black ink on white paper. But publishing has gone digital, and the era of the multicolored font is beginning.

The Motion Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standards group last week began a project to standardize chromatic fonts -- those with multiple colors. Vladimir Levantovsky, a Monotype Imaging employee who serves as chairman of the group's font work, said he expects to merge technology from Mozilla, Adobe, Google, and Microsoft into a standard.

The impetus for the work was the need to support emoji, the colorful emoticons, icons, and pictures that gradually are expanding in use. But the work will expand to traditional typography, too, Levantovsky said. … Read more

3D printer pumps out items in many materials and hues

It seems like the options could be endless with a 3D printer that spewed out products in many colors and materials. And, it appears that's what 3D printer manufacture Stratasys is after with its new Objet500 Connex3.

The company unveiled its professional 3D printer on Monday, touting the machine's endless color options and various materials. The printer uses triple-jetting technology that mixes droplets of three base materials that lets users do single-run printing to create objects that can be both rigid and flexible. Additionally, the Connex3 uses the three primary colors -- cyan, magenta, and yellow -- to … Read more

Turkey skin inspires toxin-detecting biosensor

Turkeys are called "seven-faced birds" in Japanese for a reason: Their heads can actually change color -- and quite dramatically -- shifting from reds to blues to whites.

The mechanism at play is the swelling or contracting of blood vessels when excited or under duress, which in turn alters the spacing between bundles of collagen fibers that are interspersed throughout the blood vessels, which in turn alters the scattering of light waves and ultimately our perception of the color of a turkey's head.

Bioengineers at UC Berkeley are mimicking this very mechanism to build a biosensor that changes color in the presence of certain chemicals, as well as a companion app that analyzes the color changes to report on which chemicals are present. The idea is to affordably and easily use our smartphones as toxin detectors -- which could prove useful in a variety of settings.… Read more

Review: Coloring Pages for kids presents your kids with countless pages and coloring options

Coloring Pages for kids seamlessly turns your smartphone or tablet into an almost never-ending coloring book for your child. Though it requires some setup on the part of an adult, it's easy enough for most kids to figure out. If your toddler won't put your mobile gadget down, this is a great app to help them express their creativity.

Coloring Pages for kids gives your child dozens of different coloring pages to decorate. Many of them are festive, so your child can color a turkey at Thanksgiving or a pumpkin during Halloween, if they want. The app's … Read more