“Slender is one of those rare tools that belongs at the intersection of design and development.”

Long passed are the days of text based computer programs, users care about design more than ever. To compete, software not only needs to function well, it needs to be stunning to look at. However, managing all that art gets messy. Old images stick around that aren’t needed anymore, file names change, designers make mistakes, and developers are left out in the cold on how to manage these problems.

Slender analyzes the source code and image assets in a project to determine how they are being used and detects any potential problems. Slender supports not just static code analysis but dynamic name detection and fuzzy logic algorithms. Not only does Slender find where images are being used, but it inspects the images themselves, revealing problems with retina, duplicate data, repeated filenames, and more. Slender can quickly and effortlessly, generate beautiful customized PDF reports for designers and even compress images to reduce file size.

Large apps effect us all, whether it’s bandwidth cost, getting under Apple’s cellular download limits, or download times. The smaller an app is, the more successful it can be for both users and developers. Give the free 14 day trial of Slender a run, we are sure it will become an essential part of your development and design toolset. Follow @SlenderApp on Twitter for news, updates, tips, giveaways, and sneak peaks.



 
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Just a few of Slender 2.0’s amazing features…

Scan all of your code files

Supports HTML, Plist, Objective-C, C, Xib, Raw Images, PHP, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, Python and many more source files. Asset usage isn’t as simple as it appears, Slender scans multiple places for file usage to make sure you aren’t mislead. Whether you have a Mac, iOS or web project, Slender has you covered.

See how all of your files are used

Get easy to understand feedback on where, and how, each of your assets are being used in your project. See real time feedback on the line of code the asset in used in. Quickly preview assets, view code, reveal sources, or open in Xcode.

Dynamic Detection

Asset usage is tricky and sometimes you need to build the name of an asset at runtime based on input or downloaded content, Slender handles all of these cases and will even find assets stored in pointers and referenced later.

Fuzzy Logic

Sometimes Static and Dynamic Detection just doesn’t cut it and your assets are used in “unique” ways. Slender offers Fuzzy Logic Detection with real time code previews so you can quickly determine what’s used and not.

Compression

Not only does Slender find all your assets, but it can even compress them to save even more space. Featuring multiple methods of image compression to squeeze out every kilobyte without losing any quality. Even preview what the final images will look like before executing.

Whitelisting

We all make mistakes, even Slender. Any files that aren’t properly detected can be “Whitelisted” to show up as referenced, whitelisted data is even version control friendly with SVN, Git, and Mercurial.

Duplicate Detection

Got the same asset referenced in multiple groups in your Xcode projects? This can be a nightmare to debug and cleanup, but Slender is here to help. Easily find your duplicated images and clear them out so you can get back to writing code sooner. Slender detects both duplicate filenames as well as duplicate image data.

Disk usage overview

Quickly see how much room all of your assets are taking up. To create a “cell downloadable” iOS app, you have to stay under 50 MBs, with Slender, it’s easy to see which assets are hogging your disk space. See breakdowns per asset, project and unused groups.

Designer reports

Often designers and artist don’t have access to your projects, communicating asset issues back and forth is time consuming and takes you away from writing code. Slender allows you to generate beautiful, customized reports for designers on issues that have been detected with your assets.

Multiple project support

Slender supports multiple projects at once and even handles embedded projects for you automatically, automatically seperating Xcode, Web and Image based projects. Slender even works on Workspace projects.

@2x asset checking

Make sure your retina graphics are done properly. Slender will check to make sure you don’t have odd pixel dimensions and that all retina images are properly sized based on their @1x counterparts.

Missing retina warnings

Sometimes it’s hard to realize you missed a retina image until it’s too late, now you have a blurry App in the marketplace. Slender will smartly inform you of missing retina images in your projects.

Non-retina debugging

Developers often feel the pain of forgetting to check for missing @1x assets because of focused attention on newer retina devices. Make sure that never happens to you with Slender, which will inform you if you have left out @1x assets in your iOS, Mac or Web projects.

Backwards compatibility

Fully compatible with Xcode 3 and Xcode 4 projects. Including all of your favorite technologies like storyboards, XIBs, ARC, web views and more!

Automated project cleanup

Automatically remove unused assets from your project with the click of a button. Slender will modify your project file to unlink unused assets as well as remove the assets from your file structure. Automated removal is never anything to worry over, all of your changes are backed up to the project root and can easily be reversed. You can also disable backup if you are using a version control system.

Searching

Slender provides real time searching and filtering of your assets so you are never forced to spend time hunting down a particular issue. Quickly view and isolate alerts and problems.

File breakdown

Spill your project and examine the usage on a per source file basis to quickly and easily see what is being used by who with the click of a mouse.

Compiled app support

Want to see how well popular apps are handling their assets, drop any .ipa or .app on to Slender for a peek into someone else’s world! You may be shocked at what you find.

All of your projects

Supports Mac, iPhone, iPad and Universal Xcode projects, as well as many popular web projects like PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, Javascript and many more. We continue to add additional project support on squeaky wheel basis, if you want something supported send us an email!

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