Skala Preview

Developer: Marc Edwards

Current Version: 1.6

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 6.6 MB - Download


Skala Preview is the fastest way to send pixel perfect, colour perfect design previews from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.

Previewing your design in situ lets you test tap sizes, text sizes, colour, contrast and ergonomics, all at a time where changes can be easily made — during the design process. It closes the loop, meaning you can iterate faster to a better final design.

Please note: This app requires the free Skala View iOS app.

— Pixel Perfect —
Skala Preview sends lossless, colour accurate image previews to any iOS device. Previews are pixel perfect. Colours are identical to how the final app or website will look on the device.

— Zoom In —
Preview at precisely 100%. Zoom to exactly 200% to view a non-Retina iPhone design full screen on an iPhone 4 or 4S. Zooming in shows crisp pixels, not an interpolated, blurry mess.

— Portrait & Landscape —
Preview designs on an iPhone, iPod or iPad in portrait or landscape orientation, and on devices with Retina and non-Retina displays. If you’re creating an iOS app, we have it covered.

— Realtime Preview —
If you’re using Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 or newer, Skala Preview can preview your canvas as you edit. No saving, no keyboard shortcuts, just lossless previews in realtime.
It is the absolute fastest way to preview a design mock up on an iOS device.

— Send Files & Clipboard —
If you’re using Fireworks, Pixelmator, Acorn, another image editor or an older version of Photoshop, Skala Preview can send images via the clipboard or by dragging files to its dock icon or window.

The clipboard is sent automatically, so you don’t have to break your workflow to send — Just copy something and it’ll appear on your iOS device.

— Multiple Devices At Once —
Send to as many iOS devices as you’d like. It’s even possible to view different colour blindness testing, orientation or zoom level on multiple devices at once.

— Colour Blindness Testing —
Ensure your design can be used by those with protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia or complete colour blindness.


Release Notes:

- Improved icon and interface.
- Fixed bugs.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.01
Review by [email protected]

This is THE MOST AMAZING APP!!!!!!! - I can't believei didn't have this before. No more chop graphics, place in code, compile to comp things on the iPhone. Photoshop feature is awesome too! It's almost realtime. If you spend anytime at all working on iOS, this app is worth it. I'd pay $100 or more. Well done!!!!!

Found helpful by 9 out of 14 people
Version 1.1
Review by LEMONerd

Skala Crasher - Brilliant idea, extremely helpful for iOS GUI designing. But it rarely works! Sometimes it works when you open it, but after a short while the iPhone screen freezes. Also the Mac client itself crashes too often. Sometimes it even quits without reporting a crash. You'll have to check the dock to notice. I don't know if it's just me (Lion 10.7.4 / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S). But be warned.

Found helpful by 5 out of 11 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.6
Review by The Great GoldenJoe

Photoshop. Remote. Connections. - What else do I need to say? No aligning a box and making sure your file is scaled to just the right size to see your preview. This supports Photoshop Remote Connections, making it so that you can skip around to different windows, work at different scales, show grids and guidelines, or basically do whatever you want and get the perfect preview on your device. Fantastic work.

Found helpful by 8 out of 10 people
Version 1.6
Review by Whatupenator

Reliable for those well versed in the dark arts - This app is awesome when it works but it’s terribly inconsistent with syncing. Frustrated with quitting/restarting/unsyncing/resyncing in hopes that it might reliably work I finally settled on black magic. I’ve found that keeping a Haitian priestess by my desk and sacrificing somewhere between 2-4 chickens with some heavy chanting usually does the job…although my office mates are horrified.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.6
Review by Forhisme

Bogs Photoshop down - I love the idea but when I have Skala running everything in Photoshop takes forever to work. Even using hotkeys to switch between tools doesn’t usually work the first few times I hit the key. Often times the image on my iPad or iPhone doesn’t update either. I’ll see an old version or some other screen I already closed like the app is stuck. I have to close it on my computer and re-run it. It’s unfortunate but I’m going to be looking for another app that doesn’t get in my way.

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
Version 1.6
Review by guzforster

Bogs Photoshop, super slow to update screens on iPad - The app works ok, but from time to time (more often than sometimes) the app makes Photoshop ignore some commands, gets slow and it gets SUPER slow after a while for updating the changes made to Photoshop into the iPad. I have excellent wifi and internet connection, so that’s not the problem. The only way to get it back working is to quit the app and restart it, which is very annoyng. If those bugs get fixed, this will be a killer app for designers.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.6
Review by Ricardo Del Toro

This is gold, I would pay for it if I could. - Saves so much time. Open on my Mac everyday. Thanks for a great product.

Found helpful by 4 out of 7 people