It's been a while since we talked about Anvil, so alongside a nice new website refresh we thought we'd update you on the latest features we've added and our plans for Anvil later this year.
xip.io is a fantastic service by 37Signals for sharing development sites over the local network. By running a clever custom DNS server, they redirect *.192.168.1.2.xip.io to 192.168.1.2 - so you can share your sites over your local network as site-name.your-ip.xip.io.
Fortunately, Anvil now makes this super-duper easy. Just right-click a site and copy the URL to your clipboard, ready for sharing across the local network.
In the past few months we've paused on developing Anvil to support our other app: Hammer. Hammer is a great app for building out static sites, and Anvil is great for hosting them locally!
As their names suggest, Hammer and Anvil make a super-powerful combination when working with static HTML sites. If you're using Typekit, or widgets that require an http:// URL schema, Anvil is the best way to get them working locally on a .dev URL.
We're planning a set of updates that should bring Anvil and Hammer closer together, and make your life a breeze. So stay tuned for more news!