Mac software websites are used more often than one may think. The reason why we don’t see them is because they usually remain in the background, supporting the overall design, replacing a standard background color and creating a more inviting atmosphere. But they almost never stand out. Used primarily for background images, they need to fit to the overall design making the content easier to perceive. In fact, wood textures seem to have become so popular that designers suggest that wood is the new glossy style and wood is the new white.
Well, we don’t think that Mac websites design is a new revolutionary trend — after all, it was used and explored for years. However, since wood isn’t used everywhere — in correct and wrong contexts — experimenting with it makes perfectly sense. Still, there are a number of options beyond designs: e.g. fabric patterns, tiles, ground, stone, walls, bricks, stiches, cardboard, ceramics, decay, rust, old tapes, illustrations, plastic and glass. In this post we present a showcase of sites using textures and patterns— we want to focus designer’s attention on design options available beyond Mac websites design.
1. Checkout App (http://www.checkoutapp.com/) Checkout is a powerful, easy to use point of sale system for the Mac. You can use Checkout to take orders, make sales, print invoices and accept payments.
2. Versions (http://www.versionsapp.com/) Versions prides itself as being the first easy to use Mac OS X Subversion client
3. Billings App (http://www.billingsapp.com/) Billings is an application for the mac which allows “professional time billing for anyone.”
4. Pixelmator (http://www.pixelmator.com/) Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X which claims to have everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.
5. Delicious Library (http://www.delicious-monster.com/) The Delicious Library Application allows you to catalog your books, movies, music, software, toys, tools, electronics, & video games.
6. Realmac Software(http://www.realmacsoftware.com/) Realmac Software was founded in 2002 and remains focused on developing exceptionally useful and easy to use software for Mac OS X.
7. Silverback (http://silverbackapp.com/) Silverback has “spontaneous, unobtrusive usability testing software for designers and developers.”
8. Css Edit (http://www.macrabbit.com/cssedit/) With Css Edit, you can design beautiful, innovative and fast-loading web sites… with a beautiful, innovative and fast app.
9. Panic’s Coda (http://www.panic.com/coda/) Panic’s Coda prides itself on being a “one window development” app. You can do numerous web development tasks all in this one application.
10. Cultured Code (http://culturedcode.com/) Cultured Code is a software company who has released such products as Things, Things for iPhone, and Xyle Scope.