A really handy script for Illustrator!

49 layers of icons in Illustrator, ready to exported as individual PNGs.

I found a script on Hicksdesign.co.uk that allows you to create, say, several icons each on a different layer in Illustrator, then export each layer individually as a PNG file.

The pathway on your hard drive for the script to be placed is Adobe Illustrator > Presets > Scripts.

Next, create your Illustrator file with different layers.

Finally, to export the layers as individual PNGs, simply use your Illustrator menu: File > Scripts > SaveLayersAsPNGArtboard

It works great – a handy script to already have loaded in Illustrator for when you really need it!

Read the brief article and get the script HERE.

Google Chrome – Yet another browser enters the arena.

Wellp, I’m sure everyone’s heard, but in case you haven’t, we have another competitor for Mozilla Firefox and Internet explorer.

You can download Google Chrome at google.com/chrome.

Some of the neat features include:

  • one bar for searching AND typing in urls,
  • a very skinny tab and title bar combination,
  • a set of commonly used pages immediately viewable when you open a new tab,
  • independently-run tabs…that is, there’s no way for one tab to crash the entire browser,
  • Google’s new V8 JavaScript engine,
  • and use of WebKit to render webpages.

Here’s a quick picture in case you’re a little interested, but not interested enough to install it.

Google's new browser, Chrome.
Google Chrome

IE8 Beta 2

IE8’s Beta 2 has done away with the “Emulate IE7″ button of the first Beta, and in it’s place is “Compatibility View”, which is invoked with the broken-document button in the toolbar.

IE8 Compatibility View Button
IE8 Compatibility View Button

It’s interesting to note that  when it comes to Intranets, IE8 defaults to this compatibility setting.

Compatibility View Settings
Compatibility View Settings

One assumes Microsoft’s reasoning behind this is that they believe that the typical Intranets are not usually known as bastions of standards-based web design, and tend to be given the lowest priority in an organization. Has anyone ever worked at a place where you had full Intranet functionality on a non-IE browser? There must be some out there. I know that there are some state colleges in Florida that have banned IE from the workplace – I wonder what their Intranets look like?