The title says it all. Sure, not every one of us is good with Photoshop. Even I am limited to its basics. Most of the time I look for free PNG images of user interface controls or other images that I can use for my apps.

The Android Holo Colors Generator allows developers to easily create Android components such as EditText or Spinner with your own preferred colors for your Android app. It will generate all necessary nine patch assets plus associated XML drawables and styles which you can copy straight into your project.

It’s that easy!

Simply select which widget you want to get resources for and it will create the images and XML files and package them in a ZIP file.

Visit the site through this link http://android-holo-colors.com.

If you are using IntelliJ or Android Studio for your Android development, this comes as a plugin so you can easily integrate and use it from within the IDE.

GIF has been around for a very long time and is even a live in this digital age. I can’t say that it will be purely overtaken by PNG because there are still lots of people who use GIF format images. From a non-tecchie viewpoint, PNG would surely attract you than a GIF does especially if it deals with transparency.

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, was developed in the late 1980’s and it is still widely used until now. PNG means Portable Network Graphics was developed around 1995 and became a W3C recommendation in 1996. I myself am impressed with how PNG displays itself with transparency involved. I had never wanted to get involved with PNG, not until Mac OS Widgets and Windows Vista Gadgets came to be. I wanted to check them out for myself how they work and since they standardized PNG as its format for its images, that was when I finally got to explore it. Boy, did it open my eyes regarding transparency, it’s way much better than GIF. PNG also compresses better than GIF in almost every case. The only drawback for PNG would be that in some old browsers, even Internet Explorer version 6, is not supported. But in many ways, I think it is superior to GIF. What do you think?

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