Quick Sprites simplifies the creation and maintenance of CSS sprite sheets that enable you to optimize your websites.
A sprite sheet is a single image that combines many smaller ones. CSS sprites help reduce the number of HTTP requests that the browser needs to do in order to load and render a web page. This is a valuable technique that will make your web pages faster and potentially gain a better ranking on search engines.
Quick Sprites automatically packs your images so that the resulting sprite sheet uses the smallest possible area. Since the browser must to decompress the image in order to use it, the smaller its area, the less memory it'll need. Quick Sprites can also further optimize the resulting image, saving extra bandwidth.
One of the biggest drawbacks in using CSS sprites during the development of a website is that it takes time to create the sprite sheets, and most importantly, keep them up-to-date. Indeed, when a site evolves you might need to replace some icons, add new ones or remove those you don't need anymore. This means editing the sprited image to make room for the new assets, reorganizing its layout if you care about optimal performances, updating your CSS stylesheets… All this tedious work can be delegated to Quick Sprites, enabling you to focus on what's most important: creating interesting and beautiful websites.
If you never considered adding CSS sprites to your workflow because of the extra work involved in maintaining them, with Quick Sprites you won't have any excuse left not to optimize your websites.
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Ratings and Reviews
Worth the investment
This app is a big timesaver to create sprites (because you know you should be making sprites). Super easy to create and maybe more importantly, extremely easy to update whenever you need to add a new image (or many) to your website’s sprite sheet. Seems to do a good job of optimization, and I haven’t had any crashing issues as others reported in earlier versions. Giving it 4 stars for now because I wish it did @1x and @2x sheets automatically, but there are pretty easy workarounds for that (e.g. creating two separate sheets manually). This app is obviously in active development, so perhaps that feature will be added soon. Still WAY easier than doing it by hand. Highly recommended, wish I had it long ago. (Must be said: don’t let the odd app icon turn you off… the app itself is high quality.)
very nice tool for making CSS sprites.
Output Images are Wrong Color
This app would be okay, but it drains the color on images during output.
It's most noticeable when you have images with non-transparent background because the background color won't match the underlying background color on the html element on your webpage, but it drains the foreground image colors as well.
This makes the app pretty much useless :(
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.