For the primary time ever, a Mac app has received the super-prestigious Purple Dot design awards’ Communication Design class. The app comes from Ukrainian Mac and iOS developer MacPaw, and you will have heard of it: Gemini is a de-duplication app that Cult of Mac has loved for years.
Gemini 2 wins Purple Dot
Purple Dot awards go to all types of objects and software program, from a travel app for Lufthansa, to kitchen devices and advert campaigns. This 12 months, MacPaw’s Gemini 2 acquired an award within the Communication Design class, for its consumer interface design. And you probably have used the app to seek out and destroy duplicated recordsdata in your Mac, then you definately’ll know that the UI is certainly exemplary. As we wrote in our 2012 article on the app, the interface is obvious, stunning, and simple to grasp:
One of the best a part of the app is the readability: you all the time know at a look which recordsdata can be stored, and which can be shredded. And shredded they are going to be: hit the ultimate “delete” button and the record of recordsdata and folders drops right into a slot on the backside of the window, solely to bathe out the opposite aspect as ripped-up ribbons of paper.
The design has modified since then, after all. Now the app is gamified, with rewards for destroying ever extra of your personal recordsdata and folders.
MacPaw began on a Powerbook
MacPaw CEO and founder Oleksandr Kosovan first began growing Mac apps when he received his first Mac, a G4 PowerBook, he informed Cult of Mac in a post-award interview in Berlin. His first app was the Mac cleansing utility CleanMyMac, which continues to be an essential app for MacPaw, regardless of typically being confused with competitor MacKeeper, which advertises itself utilizing scareware popups on porn websites.
Clients even contact MacPaw help to complain about MacKeeper, says PR and media supervisor Julia Petryk. One individual even complained that the MacKeeper’s popups wouldn’t let him get pleasure from his porn, and was hopefully embarrassed when MacPaw’s buyer help individual set him proper.
MacPaw is now a giant deal in its hometown of Kiev, Ukraine, with round 100 staff, and some time vary of Mac utility apps. Extra lately launched Setapp, a subscription-based different to the Mac App Retailer that offer you entry to all participating apps for a flat price of $10 per 30 days.
MacPaw is an indie success story
It’s nice to see an indie developer doing so properly, particularly one which makes such properly thought-out apps as Gemini 2. The Purple Dot design award actually reveals that software program design is as essential as some other type of design. And the grins on the faces of the MacPaw staff after we met up for breakfast after the award ceremony confirmed simply how essential the award is for them.