xCode color scheme with a sense

As I looked around the webs for an easing xCode color scheme, I realized that none of them utilized the fact that colors can be customized along the categories they stand for. At this point I started to design eppz!xCode color scheme, with a strong sense behind color choices.

It resulted in a really clean working xCode environment that relies on a dense usage of xCode panel keyboard shortcuts (see below), as well as Open Quickly (⇧⌘O).

eppz!xCode color scheme

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Using eppz!xCode color scheme with a fullscreen code view. Hiding unnecessary tools/panels keeps you focused on the code you're really doing.

Using eppz!xCode color scheme with a fullscreen code view. Hiding unnecessary tools/panels keeps you focused on the code you’re really doing.

If you take a closer look at screenshot above you can see my favourite feature as the code you wrote (Project code) is a bit brighter than the framework code (Other code), while the conventions still the same. The process gif below shows how I built up the color space from the ground up.

Colors are built upon a distinctive set of base colors, applied some slight modifiers to subcategories, topped with some emphasizes added to mark code origins.

Colors are built upon a distinctive set of base colors, applied some slight modifiers to subcategories, topped with some emphasizes added to mark code origins.

Use xCode panels only when you really need

When you’re hanging around in interface builder, you’ll probably often use utilities panel, but when you doing code works, you barely need those features. Same goes for navigators.

Once you have set up a decent project structure, and you have it engraved into your mental map, you can easily rely on the Open Quickly feature, so every disturbing obstacles can be banished from the screen.

With the A4 cheat sheet for xCode panels keyboard shortcuts below sticked somewhere around you desk for a week or two you may get a hang of it easier.

With these nicely laid out xCode keyboard shortcuts you can hide unnecessary panels unless you really need them.

With these nicely laid out xCode keyboard shortcuts you can hide unnecessary panels unless you really need them. Click to PDF to print.

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