That doesn’t mean I don’t have a design gene, but I’m not a professional. I’m a dabbler. I know and use most of the pro-level Mac apps for graphic design, but it’s more of a hobby and not even a sliver of my vocation. So, what does this Mac app do that makes me want to change jobs?
The app is called Schnapps, spelled and pronounced the same as the alcoholic beverage, but with little else in common.
All Schnapps does can be covered in one basic sentence. It creates a time-lapse video of whatever you’re designing on your Mac.
Do graphic designers need a time-lapse video of their design from start to finish? Probably not, but it’s cool to watch, and might give you some insights into your personal creative methodology.
Schnapps works simply enough. Start a new graphic design file. Then drag the file to Schnapps.
It monitors the file in the background and automatically detects every change you make when you hit the Save button. That gives you the time-lapse video for the design.
Schnapps assumes that graphic designers actually save their designs after every change, so GIGO applies here. If you’re the risky type of designer then there won’t be much to the time-lapse video to view.
The saved time-lapse can be saved as an animated GIF or a standard QuickTime MOV file. The Schnapps website has a number of time-lapse videos so you can see how it works, and the app is try-before-you-buy.