I enjoy using tools made for specific purposes a lot. In Linux it is a bit easier to procure such specialized executables, but in OSX acquiring some basic applications like ImageMagick (for
convert) turns into a painful affair via
brew. So, I've taken to reutilizing exisiting system utilities wherever possible. Here are some useful tools I've found.
Firefox Favicon Refresh
A minor annoyance when trying out various different icons for a webpage.
- Go to your Firefox profile directory
- Open up the "places" database with sqlite
- Run query
- Restart browser
Say you have, for example, a folder full of full-size images. You need thumbnails to present to the user (maybe showing the full-size version on click-through). The
sips program takes care of it in a cinch.
SVG to PNG
I usually draw icons in SVG, but some applications absolutely require PNG forms. OSX comes with a built-in utility to generate thumbnails that can be used to this end, so long as you don't care about transparency (it turns transparent areas white).