Articles tagged as ‘Tools’

Best Of – Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions can be a great help to designers and photographers who want to be able to quickly achieve different effects with photos. There are a wide variety of action sets available for photo editing and touch ups, some are free and some must be purchased. In the past we’ve showcased number of different Photoshop actions and sets in our blog posts, and today we’d like to present this post that includes links to more than 50 of the best action sets that you’ll find anywhere. The post is separated into two sections, premium actions and free actions.

If you’re looking for some quality actions for editing your own photos, take a look at the sets showcased here and I think you’ll find some great options.

Premium Photoshop Actions:

Faux HDR Actions

Faux HDR Actions

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Leading Options for Creating Restaurant Websites

The restaurant industry is notorious for having bad websites. With so many restaurants out there in need of a website, many solutions have been launched specifically to target restaurants. While a restaurant website can be build without the use of one of these platforms, some of the newer options include features that can be useful and even essential for restaurants.

In this post we’ll look at some of the platforms and content management systems that exist specifically for restaurants. As an alternative, there are HTML templates and themes for many CMSs that could be purchased, and a custom design is always an option as well.

Restaurant Engine

Restaurant Engine used the extremely popular WordPress content management system. They host your website and you choose from their available templates. Each site comes with features like an online menu, online reservations, an events calendar, social media integration, photo and video galleries, and more. The templates use a responsive layout, so your site will be ready for users on mobile phones and tablets. Pricing starts at $39 per month with a 14-day free trial available.

Restaurant Engine

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Printing on the Go: Top 5 Cloud Printing Apps

According to recent figures (in the UK) there will be 60% as many tablets sold as PCs by 2015, so it is hardly surprising that nowadays we are just as likely to use a Mac or PC to crack on with our client’s design requests as we are a tablet PC.

With tablets offering the ability to design on the move it seems only natural that we are able to print our mock-ups and wireframes while in transit too – and this is where printing apps come in to play. Here are the top 5 cloud printing apps for you to download.

1. Samsung MobilePrint

Compatible with Samsung wireless printers, this free to download app is perfect for designers and casual users alike. Content can be printed in various formats, with documents and webpages all capable of being sent to the printer, and the app now supports Google Docs for truly mobile printing.

Cloud Printing Apps

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8 Web Apps to Make Online Life Easier

Here you have a collection of 8 apps that will make living online a lot easier and more pleasurable. Make sure to click on a few and try them out.

Mighty Deals – Great deals on services for web savvy consumers.

Everyone is always looking for a good deal, and Mighty Deals does have quite a few of them. If you’re a web expert there are items here, like font packages, themes and other web design tools that you can actually use. They have a ‘daily deals’ section that sometimes has a great item, and they usually don’t have a lot of junk although, unless you make a lot of websites, you probably won’t use a lot of what they have to offer.

Best feature –Absolutely no registration fees.

Mighty Deals

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40 Excellent Fonts to Use Through Google Web Fonts

In recent years the possibilities for using a wide variety of fonts and typefaces in web design has come a long way. There are now several different options for approaches that you can take when you want to use a font other than the basic, standard web safe fonts. Google Web Fonts has quickly become one of the leading options.

With Google Web Fonts it is quick and easy to implement a wide variety of fonts into the websites that you design and code. There are currently more than 500 fonts that are available through Google Web Fonts, and many of them are of sufficient quality to use in professional designs. In this post we’ll feature 40 fonts that you can start using today.

Droid Sans

Droid Sans

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10 Resources for Creating Website Color Schemes

Choosing the right color scheme is one of the most important decisions of the website design process, and it can also be one of the most challenging. Fortunately, there are a number of great tools available to help with color selection.

Some of the resources mentioned in this post will allow you to browse through a variety of color palettes or schemes, many will allow you to create and save your own color schemes, and some are interactive, allowing you to quickly create an effective color scheme.

Kuler

Adobe’s Kuler includes a large library of user-submitted color schemes. You can view the color schemes online or download them to be used in Adobe Creative Suite products.

Kuler

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Best Options for Real Time Analytics

Every business, large or small, has a need to know what is going on with its website and how users are interacting with it. There are a number of different options when it comes to website analytics, and this post will feature the leading options that provide visitor data in real time.

Real time analytics can prove to be invaluable when working with social media or viral campaigns that tend to send traffic quickly and in short bursts. In these situations you’ll need to be able to react quickly, and real-time website analytics allow you to do so. Here is a look at some of the best options.

Google Analytics
In recent weeks Google Analytics rolled out a new feature for real-time reporting. You can see how many visitors are on your site at the moment, what specific pages they are viewing, what sites referred them, where they are located geographically, and more. You’ll need to be using the new version of Analytics in order to view the real time data (read more about that in this post on the Analytics blog).

Google Analytics

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19 Resources for Getting Design Feedback

Designers have a constant need for feedback, whether it be from clients, users, or team members. Gathering and organizing feedback can become quite cumbersome without an organized approach. Fortunately, there are plenty of apps and resources available to help with this issue, and we’ll look at many of them in this post.

As you look at the resources covered in this post you’ll see a great deal of variety. Some are intended to assist with feedback from clients, while others may be intended for team members or users. Some focus on simplicity and ease of use while others have extensive feature lists. Find one that works well for your needs and you’ll find that you have a much more efficient process for managing feedback.

The Best Resources for Getting Design Feedback

ProofHQ
ProofHQ is a full-featured web app for managing feedback and collaboration. You can upload and manage over 50 types of files that can be commented on and marked up by reviewers. You can manage multi-page files, easily share your proofs with anyone, manage contacts and groups, and more. Prices start at $17 per month with a 14-day free trial available.

ProofHQ

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25 Useful jQuery Tooltip Scripts

Tooltips can be a helpful way to provide information to visitors without creating clutter in a design. If you would like to add an attractive tooltip to your website it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of quality scripts available for use that will allow you to set up tooltips without coding it from scratch. In this post we’ll present 25 different jQuery tooltip scripts.

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Easiest Tooltip and Image Preview Using jQuery

Easiest Tooltip and Image Preview Using jQuery

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Project Management Apps for Freelancers and Designers

Managing client projects is a major requirement for efficiency and for creating a positive experience for clients. Regardless of whether you freelance, work for a small agency, or work for a large agency, there are a lot of details and communication involved in client projects. Having an efficient system for managing those projects is essential.

In this post we’ll look at 10 project management apps that can help. While many of them have similar features, each has it’s own unique way of doing things. Some are web-based apps that involve a monthly fee, and others software with a one-time fee, and others are open source and free.

Basecamp

Basecamp, from 37signals, is one of the most popular options for project management. Communication with other group members is easy with Basecamp, making it much more efficient than email. Other features include file sharing, to-do lists, assigning of due dates and responsibilities, project templates, and more.

Pricing for Basecamp is based on the number of projects and the amount of disk space needed for storage. The basic plan starts at $24 per month (15 projects, 5 GB of storage). A limited free plan is also available.

Basecamp

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20 Highly Useful Google Chrome Extensions

When it comes to extensions and add-ons, Firefox has been far ahead of other browsers for quite some time. But as Google Chrome has taken an increasing share of the market over the past year or two we have seen a significant increase in the number of Chrome extensions that are available.

Many users have been impressed with Chrome’s speed but have been hesitant make the switch from Firefox because of add-ons that they use regularly. In this post we’ll take a look at 20 Chrome extensions that are available. This is just a sampling of what’s out there, and more extensions are being released all the time, especially with Chrome’s growing user base.

This extension allows you to easily manage your Gmail accounts. Features include:

  • Mail preview window, read mail without leaving the current tab
  • Delete, archive, spam, star and mark as read functionality
  • Desktop and sound notifications when new mail arrives
  • Support for multiple Google and Google Apps accounts
  • Mailto-links open in your Gmail or Google Apps Mail account
  • Monitor all your labels or priority inbox
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15 Resources for Easily Creating Web Forms

Almost every website needs some type of form, whether it be a contact/feedback form, a registration form, a survey, or an order form. Despite the fact that forms are a necessity for just about every project, designers and developers can often be frustrated by the process of creating them, especially more advanced forms.

There are a number of resources available that have been created to make it easier for designers, developers, and website owners to quickly and easily create attractive, usable forms without the need to code. In this post we’ll look at some of the best options available.

The resources featured in this post include some free options and a number of paid options. Most of the paid options include a lot of features, and in many cases the ability to integrate your forms with PayPal or other payment gateways.

Resources for Creating Forms:

FormSpring

With FormSpring you can create standard contact forms, set up surveys, accept donations, manage event registrations and more. The form builder will allow you to easily create forms without the need for coding, and FormSpring helps you to manage the data that is collected through the forms (store in a database, export to Excel, or use the API). You can even use a payment integration feature. A free plan is available that allows 3 forms with 10 fields and 50 saved entries per month, and paid plans range from $14 – $159 per month.

FormSpring

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25 Scripts for Dropdown Navigation Menus

Navigation menus are important to any website. Well designed navigation can improve the look and appearance of a site as well as the usability. For larger sites with a lot of content or pages, drop down menus are popular because the can make it easier to move through the site with less clicks. In this post we’ll feature 25 scripts for drop down menus that you can use on your own site.

jQuery Multi Level CSS Menu #1

jQuery Multi Level CSS Menu #1

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Display Your Feed on a Static HTML Page

Almost every blogger now is using FeedBurner to publish their feed. The most obvious benefits of using FeedBurner are the statistics and the subscriber count, but there are plenty of other free options that you can use or customize to enhance your blog. One of these options is called BuzzBoost, and essentially it republishes your feed as HTML so that it can be used anywhere.

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9 Options for Tracking Downtime

Having your website go down is not only frustrating to you, it can also be an inconvenience for your visitors and customers. Most of us aren’t on our sites all day long in order to know when it is down and how often it happens. Fortunately there are a number of tools and online services to accomplish this task for you. There are some basic free tools that will get the job done for most of us who simply want to know the status of our website. However, there are also much more advanced services for larger companies that may want to track downtime for all of their systems. We’ll take a look at several of the options.

AlertSite

AlertSite

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Color Schemes from Photographs

Earlier this week I posted a gallery of colorful websites. Today I’d like to take a look at a few online tools that can help you to generate a color scheme for your website by taking the colors from a photograph. When designing a new website, color inspiration can come from just about anywhere. Photographs can often be an effective source of color inspiration, and if you find this to be the case for your designs, there are some tools that can help even more.

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Top 10 Tools for Researching Domain Names

If you are planning to start a new website and buy a domain name you will probably need to spend time researching domain names that you’re considering. This article does not focus on finding the right domain name, but rather the research that should be done once you’ve found a domain that you want to […]

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9 Essential Tools for Bloggers

Here is a small collection of the most important tools to maximize your productivity and effectiveness. Feel free to leave comments with your opinions and other recommendations. 1 – Vecteezy Vecteezy is a community of designers who share their vector artwork with each other. It’s great for bloggers because it provides us with a huge database of free […]

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