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Using Faststone Capture to screen capture and edit images.0

Posted 30 April 2009

In this tutorial we are going to show you another simple solution to a common problem. How do we select part of a website, take a picture of it, and add notes? Our clients may find this useful if they are having a website designed, need areas of their sites upgraded, or simply wish to show someone a part of a website. We are going to be demonstrating a single but very powerful utility published by Faststone Soft called “Faststone Capture” The Software Package (Downloading and installing) We need to download and install the software...

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Batch resize, rename and watermark photos1

Posted 30 April 2009

In this tutorial we are going to show you a simple solution to the age old question many of our clients ask. How can I resize, rename and watermark photographs taken by a digital camera - without expensive software packages? To solve this problem we are going to demonstrate a single Shareware software package that will help you do all three of these tasks quickly and professionally. The Software Package (Downloading and installing) We need to download and install the software package ready to work through this tutorial. The software...

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Scaleable HTML and CSS Guide, Part 1 - Introduction1

Posted 30 April 2009

This post is part of a six part series (with possible satellites) on HTML that can increase in size infinitely in unison, allowing any content to be displayed perfectly when the font size is increased. To see an example of scalable HTML, pull the 'Pull Me' bar above or at SEM Labs. You can also increase the font size of a site (in Firefox, Safari and IE7) by pressing CTRL and +. There are a number of people making vague references to scalable HTML in dark corners of the internet. Most often in reference to a very sloppy form of scalable HTML...

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Refactoring code with find, xargs and sed0

Posted 29 April 2009

GNU/Linux comes with some fantastic tools, most of which are very specific in what they do, however when joined together they can form a very powerful workflow. The tools I join together on a daily basis are xargs, sed and find. I'll go over each of these separately first, then talk about joining them together to mass edit many files, something which is needed a lot when programming. In the example, we'll aim to change the name of the class 'FooException' to 'BarException'. find Find is a tool that searches for files in a given directory...

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What do webdesigners need from clients3

Posted 29 April 2009

If you are looking to build a website yourself or get a company to do it for you, there is a bit of research you need to do - and some information you may find useful before you begin, especially if you are going to use a development company to build the site for you. It doesn’t matter if the site is for personal or business use, a little bit of research will assist you in making your website become a high class product. Firstly, decide what you want from your website Do you want people to visit your site, have a look round, and email /...

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Using any font on a website0

Posted 29 April 2009

How many times, during a website development, you have asked yourself – how can I use this font on my website? You probably had this kind of choice: 1. Use 10-15 standard fonts that are accessible worldwide 2. Slice out all headers and buttons in Photoshop and put them on your website as an image. We can choose limited creativity or additional work during the website modifications. These choices are definitely unsatisfying in the 21th Century. We are still waiting for the CSS3 @font-face to be implemented in mainstream browsers....

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Using Google efficiently0

Posted 29 April 2009

Using Google is very straightforward and intuitive – just load google.co.uk, or your own local version of Google. Enter your search keywords into the search box, and Google will display relevant (more or less) results. Power users of Google may wish to have some more control over which results are returned. This is done by entering operators as well as search keywords. We'll look at some of the main ones here. The "AND" operator – Googles normal behavior If you wished to search for cars that are red, you would usually enter the search...

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10 useful light boxes0

Posted 28 April 2009

There are many light box scripts on the market today. It is not easy task to choose one. Depending on our requirements there is no single best solution. There are projects which require simple light weight scripts, other need specific functionality and the size is not a priority. Some scripts are Open Source projects, other are commercial products. There are many possibilities. Lightweight light boxes. 1. Lighter-Box Download: http://www.tdesignonline.com/lighter-box This script is the winner in the low-weight category. Depending on the...

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10 useful Greasemonkey multi browser add-ons0

Posted 28 April 2009

What is Greasemonkey? Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox add-on that allows you to customize the way a web page displays. You can use it also with other web browsers, not only Firefox. It uses Javascript to makes on the fly changes to HTML based web pages. Greasemonkey scripts can be used for adding new functions to web pages. To use this great tool we need to install the Greasemonkey addon from the Mozilla web page - https://addons.mozilla.org/pl/firefox/addon/748, then we can use one of many Greasemonkey scripts. You can find a list of...

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Basic introduction to FTP0

Posted 28 April 2009

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is possibly one of the simplest and safest ways to transfer a large file from one computer to another. Many of our clients need to send large volumes of data to our design teams including videos and photographs. Traditional methods of sending data involves a CD or DVD and the good old postal service; however in an age of technology and digital communication this form of moving data carries additional costs, and most importantly slows down the total process of communication between the developer and client. In...

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