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Introducing Pacmax.org, a repository of great packages for Alfred

I recently sent out a message to a few sites about Pacmax.org, a new site I’ve been tinkering around with. If you have a Mac and use Alfred you might really dig it. 🙂


👋 Hi. Long time lurker stopping by to share something I’ve been working on. I’m calling it Pacmax (PM).

Akin to Packal (which is a great website that I’m sure we all know and love) PM is my attempt to fill what voids I feel exist in the current landscape for the other Alfred lovers out there, like myself. Namely: 1) It works from the source, dynamically updating content from GitHub. 2) No accounts are necessary to add Workflows and Themes, because I’m curating submissions. 3) Adding to PM is as simple as submitting the GitHub repository. Repos with files that use the appropriate .alfredappearance & .alfredworkflow extensions will enable PM to display Import (themes will open directly with Alfred) and Get Import File (workflows).

There is plenty left to be desired—so your feedback is very important! I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to add your favorite Workflows & Extensions! I’ve added a few of my favorites, and have even discovered some real neat repositories that I felt were worth sharing.

If anyone is interested, you can learn more about Pacmax at https://pacmax.org. If you have any kind of feedback or are interested in maybe getting involved on a deeper level I welcome your feedback over at https://pacmax.org/feedback/

Thanks and all the best,

Maxwell

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Switching Gears with Transmission

Transmission bills itself as a Fast, Easy, and Free BitTorrent Client- and that’s exactly what it is. It’s one of the first apps I install on a new Mac, I hear about it pretty often in forums and podcasts, and it’s got a pretty solid community behind it with a great team of developers. With that said, after a recent visit to the project’s website I thought that it could use a refresh—I thought “I can’t contribute much to the project’s repo, but this I could do”. So without further adieu, put briefly, here’s what went into my little day project:

Note: I’m sure that the folks at Stranded Design and Boolable are great, and I know that the site does what it needs to, but it seems neglected and I wanted to see what I could bring to it with a fresh coat of paint and a few odd and end improvements. Anything owned by Transmission is the sole property of Transmission I don’t claim to own any of it. This is for demonstration purposes.

  • A fresh WordPress install with my own boilerplate setup to expedite editing the existing content and making it all more generally responsive
  • Some IA cleanup; simplified menu and some of the pages for simpler UX
  • Held onto the colors; that made the existing site really stand out to me
  • Improved accessibility by adding title attributes to many of the links, set external links to open in a new tab, removed broken links that I saw, etc.
  • I renamed the Add-Ons / Resources page to Companions
  • Added larger text, larger images, and more white space to improve readability
  • Added a dedicated contact page where visitors can mark the message as General or Security based. This way there’s 1 spot they see to contact and not several, semi-hidden email addresses
  • Added some “quick links” to the footer globally
  • Rewrote the Download page, now Downloads, with new icons and improved styling. I think I’m most pleased with the changes there.
  • Added Simple SSL, Invisible reCaptcha, and WP Super Cache to handle always having SSL, to fight spam, and to improve load time
  • Other odds and ends went into this, and I was going to list them all with a bunch of before and after photos, but I think it’d be easier to show you. If you have a minute, check these links out on both Desktop and Mobile to see the most dramatic differences:

Here’s the existing site: https://transmissionbt.com/

Here are a few scrolling screenshots of what I put together:

 

 

 

What do you think? What else could be improved? With more time there’s more I’d like to improve, myself. 

Transmission, if you read this, I love the app. Let me know if you’d like an import file or if I can maybe help with anything.