Kilian Valkhof

Front-end & user experience developer, Jedi.

An easy-to-use cross platform menu for Electron

Electron, 14 January 2019

If you develop desktop applications with Electron, you will quickly need an application menu. Even if you don’t have any menu options that are specific to your application, you will still want to add a menu to get things like copy and paste to work on a mac. Usually you’ll just copy and paste the default example and call it a day. But if you want a menu that has platform-appropriate naming and functionality as well as custom options, you’re in for a bunch of if-clauses and having to maintain multiple menu templates. I created Electron-create-menu to help with this.

Fromscratch 1.4.0

Apps, 23 July 2018

I just released FromScratch 1.4.0 with a number of often requested new features: a light theme, portable mode support, installers for all major platforms, full screen support and a handy overview of all the smart shortcuts FromScratch has.

Using Google Analytics to gather usage statistics in Electron

Apps, Electron, 24 April 2018

The Electron App framework makes it really easy to build cross-platform applications. I know this, because I’ve made a bunch. But how do you find out if people are using the features in your application? You could ask them or wait for them to tell you, but you can also use Google Analytics’ event tracking to find out.

More design tools for 2018

Design, 27 March 2018

After my earlier post on design tools for 2018 I have a ton more cool suggestions, and even full categories I skipped over in the original post. Here’s more cool apps that I didn’t know, or that got released since the previous article.

Design tools for 2018

Design, 7 November 2017

In the past few years tons of new web design tools came out. The old model of static pixelbased comps of screens is slowly being replaced with more modern ideas of designing. These new design tools use constraint based components, or even entire lay-outing systems, they use machine learning to suggest you colours and fonts, they let you version your designs or let you design component systems instead of static pages.

Apps

Polypane

A cross-platform browser for responsive web design and development.

FromScratch

A cross-platform, simple and smart autosaving scratchpad.

Trimage

Drag-and-drop lossless compression of PNG and JPG images for web.

Messenger Demo Viewer

Demo your (bot) interactions on Messenger.

Projects

A Messenger Adventure!

Go on a text adventure in Facebook Messenger.

Fuck Yeah Keming!

A celebration of horrendous kerning.

More projects

Head over to my Projects page for more.

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