The Dummies’ Guide To Creating Your Own Facebook Cover Photo // thnxz to @simplyzesty and @Claire_Brown_


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This tutorial will show you how to create your own integrated timeline masthead using Photoshop. So not only will you have an amazing cover photo for your business page at the end of this tutorial, but we’ll also be going through and using some of the essential tools in Photoshop.

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We’re even providing a PSD template for you to download, meaning all the hard work is done and you don’t need to worry about all the dimensions and measuring up! This template will ensure that you create seamless continuity between the two images.

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Y… ¿un ‘plug-in’ no es un ‘complemento’? | manualdeestilo.com


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Con el término inglés plug-in se hace referencia normalmente a distintas funciones optativas que mejoran el funcionamiento de otros programas, de los que dependen, o que les dotan de pequeñas nuevas capacidades.

En internet, esta palabra suele hacer referencia a dos conceptos: al complemento necesario en un navegador web para poder ver o ejecutar material multimedia de distintas fuentes (por ejemplo, para ver los vídeos de YouTube, es necesario descargar el complemento para Flash de Adobe) y a los accesorios (también llamado en inglés add-on) que mejoran o amplían las funciones del propio navegador.

Además de por complemento, en algunos casos también se puede traducir por extensión.

Adobe matará Flash para Android mañana


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El estandar web más popular de la historia sigue cediendo, sólo horas de vida le quedan a Flash para AndroidAdobe confirma que a partir de mañana la aplicación no se podrá descargar y eliminarán cualquier vía oficial para instalarlo en los terminales basados en el SO móvil de Google.

Flash cerrado

Que moriría no es noticia nueva, ya lo sabíamos y el cese del soporte se recalcó hace unas semanas cuando se dio a conocer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sin embargo, no fue hasta ahora que Adobe se manifestó y reveló el momento en que matará definitivamente a Flash para Android.

Esto no quiere decir que de tener el APK no lo podrán instalar más adelante y mucho menos dejará de funcionar a quienes ahora mismo lo tienen instalado en sus terminales. Sólo no habrá ningún tipo soporte para correcciones de fallos o futuras actualizaciones para mejorar la compatibilidad porque es inevitable el avance. Leer más “Adobe matará Flash para Android mañana”

Camera +Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs”


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Two years ago, app developer tap tap tap launched Camera+ onto the App Store. For only a buck, users could get way more mileage out of the mobile photography experience, bringing 27 color effects and granular controls to their iPhone cameras. These features have made it one of the most popular camera apps out there. So popular, in fact, that Camera+ rang in its second birthday today with its 8 millionth download, tap tap tap founder John Casasanta said in a blog post.

As part of the celebration, Casasanta reflected on his company’s journey over the past two years. In his post, he reveals that tap tap tap received a handful of acquisition offers from several notable names: “It started with Adobe, then went to Zynga (for The Heist, not really for Camera+), then Google. And most recently, Twitter.”

The startup has also apparently had plenty of interest from VCs and was recently close to the finalizing its first round of financing. However, the team decided against closing the round, Casasanta says, because they “didn’t like the direction the investors were trying to push us in,” and instead chose to remain independent.

In a rallying cry for all those who forego outside investment, the founder then exposed his middle finger to the world’s venture capitalists, saying, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … f*ck the VCs!”

In a post from 2008, which he links to, Casasanta outlines his quarrels with VCs, saying:

In a nutshell, VCs will give you just enough money to get the ball barely rolling, but then repeatedly force your hand in later funding rounds (if you even make it that far). They’ll have you by the cojones and you’ll have no choice but to give up more and more of what you’ve built through your blood and sweat. And what’s worse, VCs typically bet on a large group of startups with the expectations that one will hit big (the 1 in 10 guideline).

So what about the ones that don’t make it? Well, the founders may very well care about their creations deeply. But the VCs will be

quick to amputate and cauterize. They’ll cut their losses in a heartbeat no matter how this would affect the people who’ve poured their souls into their babies. I’ve known many people who’ve been in this predicament over the years and it’s unfortunate to say the least.

He sounds bitter, like someone who’s been scarred by a deal or two with investors turning sour, but his note of encouragement are words for all punk and indie developers to live by — although it’s probably not advisable for all to follow the same path. Clearly, there are more than a few startups that would kill to have been in the same fortunate position, and would have gladly taken the money. Leer más “Camera +Turned Down Acquisitions From Adobe, Google, Twitter; Also Says “F*ck The VCs””

S. de Cock (Adobe) en #OMExpo: “Nuestras herramientas cubren el hueco entre la creatividad y el marketing”

múltiples herramientas a través de las cuales “desde las empresas tendremos que trabajar en equipo con otras personas y asegurarnos de que todos comprendemos y manejamos la herramienta correctamente”. Por ello es necesario que cubramos el hueco que existe entre la creatividad y el marketing, “para lo que Adobe ofrece todas sus herramientas, como el PhotoShop CS5”.De esta forma, “el proceso creativo se hace más eficiente”.

El siguiente paso de una buena estrategia de marketing digital sería la entrega de esos contenidos que ya hemos creado, “algo a lo que pueden ayudarnos las nuevas tecnologías”. En este sentido, los autores necesitan plataformas y herramientas que les permitan distribuir sus creaciones, algo que desde Adobe pueden contribuir a resolver con programas como el CQ5, para distribuir el contenido a través de diferentes canales y dispositivos.En cuanto al análisis de los contenidos, desde Adobe ofrecen herramientas analíticas para acciones de marketing digital “con las que ofrecemos una visión global de cada acción así como los resultados de la interacción de unos canales con otros”.Desde MarketingDirecto.com les ofreceremos próximamente los vídeos de OMExpo Madrid 2012.


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Aprovechar el potencial del marketing digital es algo a lo que Adobe Digital Marketing Suite puede ayudarnos. Así nos lo ha explicado esta mañanaSebastien de Cock, Enterprise Partner Solution Architect de Adobe Systems, en una ponencia celebrada en la feria del marketing digital OMExpo Madrid 2012, a la que estamos asistiendo desde MarketingDirecto.com.

La sesión ha estado dirigida a los marketeros online y a los managers de e-commerce con el fin de demostrarles cómo se puede reducir el tiempo que dedican al mercado, enseñarles a evitar la brecha entre el marketing y las nuevas tecnologías y cómo pueden ejecutar y monitorizar las campañas multicanal.Sebastien comenzaba diciendo que “digital media es algo con lo que todos estamos familiarizados, que contempla herramientas creativas y de publicación de contenidos” pero “de lo que vamos a hablar hoy es de marketing digital”.

Para ello, “tenemos la adquisición y conversión de contenidos en primer lugar, contenidos que podemos sacar de diversas fuentes”.De esta forma, “el primer paso es crear contenido, después difundirlo, analizarlo y, finalmente, optimizarlo”, aseguraba Sebastien. Para la creación de contenidos, Adobe ofrece… Leer más “S. de Cock (Adobe) en #OMExpo: “Nuestras herramientas cubren el hueco entre la creatividad y el marketing””

What the Demise of Flash Means for the User Experience

Adobe’s decision to cease development of the mobile Flash platform and increase their investment in HTML5-related efforts created perhaps the final piece of conclusive evidence that HTML5 is the current go-to technology for creating ubiquitous user experiences regardless of device.

While there’s been an abundant amount of discussion on what this means to developers, there’s been a lack of focus on what this means to the overall user experience (UX). If HTML5 thrives where Flash struggled and becomesthe dominator in the choice for new mobile and desktop technology, will users benefit from the transition? Yes, as long as designers and developers do their jobs right.

Different stroke for different folks

Apples and oranges. The question is, which one’s Flash?

It might seem strange to compare Flash and HTML5 at all, since they are so inherently different. Whereas Flash is proprietary, HTML5 is continually developing through open source collaboration. If Flash is a seasoned monarchy, then HTML5 is the wild wild west. It’s important to note that there are tons of applications and sites in which Flash and native apps will remain the preferred choice of implementation. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t explore the major differences between the two in order to discuss the gaps that HTML5 can fill where Flash is lacking.

Flash, by nature, is a control freak. It demands browsers have the latest plugin, or it will be sure to let you know if it’s unhappy with your version – perhaps even go on strike until you upgrade. It thrives on presenting a consistent, desktop-centric experience of typefaces and layout, and never bothers to worry about changing the user experience based on device nor the context of what you might want to do on that device. But Flash has had years to evolve from the land of bouncy ball demos and splash screens to the product for creating some fantastically innovative interfaces.

By contrast, HTML5 excels at giving users a delightfully inconsistent experience on any device through the concepts of “graceful degradation” and “progressive enhancement.” Both concepts are designed to provide users the best possible experience each browser allows for, whether a content area displays a static image in Internet Explorer 6, or a fully functional HTML5 video in Chrome. Since desktop browser usage runs the entire spectrum of worst- to best-case scenarios, this way of designing user experiences can help ensure that all users get the most bang for their buck out of their browsers. Gone are the days of being forced into creating identical experiences based on the best performance of the worst browser.

Those who advocate web standards also support the important role HTML5 plays in responsive web design, or the systematic display of content, tasks, and layout, depending on whether the user is viewing the site on a mobile or desktop-sized browser. The reasons why people view the same website on a mobile device versus a desktop is often very different. For example, a user viewing a site for a restaurant while sitting at their office desk could likely want to view a workflow more supportive of exploring the menu, reviews and other content that would help decide if it’s a good place to eat. On the other hand, a user viewing the site from the passenger seat of a car might want to quickly find content based on the assumption that they have already decided to eat there, such as directions or the phone number.


By SuAnne Hall  
http://www.uxbooth.com/blogSuAnne Hall

Adobe’s decision to cease development of the mobile Flash platform and increase their investment in HTML5-related efforts created perhaps the final piece of conclusive evidence that HTML5 is the current go-to technology for creating ubiquitous user experiences regardless of device.

While there’s been an abundant amount of discussion on what this means to developers, there’s been a lack of focus on what this means to the overall user experience (UX). If HTML5 thrives where Flash struggled and becomesthe dominator in the choice for new mobile and desktop technology, will users benefit from the transition? Yes, as long as designers and developers do their jobs right.

Different stroke for different folks

Apples and oranges. The question is, which one’s Flash?

It might seem strange to compare Flash and HTML5 at all, since they are so inherently different. Whereas Flash is proprietary, HTML5 is continually developing through open source collaboration. If Flash is a seasoned monarchy, then HTML5 is the wild wild west. It’s important to note that there are tons of applications and sites in which Flash and native apps will remain the preferred choice of implementation. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t explore the major differences between the two in order to discuss the gaps that HTML5 can fill where Flash is lacking.

Flash, by nature, is a control freak. It demands browsers have the latest plugin, or it will be sure to let you know if it’s unhappy with your version – perhaps even go on strike until you upgrade. It thrives on presenting a consistent, desktop-centric experience of typefaces and layout, and never bothers to worry about changing the user experience based on device nor the context of what you might want to do on that device. But Flash has had years to evolve from the land of bouncy ball demos and splash screens to the product for creating some fantastically innovative interfaces.

By contrast, HTML5 excels at giving users a delightfully inconsistent experience on any device through the concepts of “graceful degradation” and “progressive enhancement.” Both concepts are designed to provide users the best possible experience each browser allows for, whether a content area displays a static image in Internet Explorer 6, or a fully functional HTML5 video in Chrome. Since desktop browser usage runs the entire spectrum of worst- to best-case scenarios, this way of designing user experiences can help ensure that all users get the most bang for their buck out of their browsers. Gone are the days of being forced into creating identical experiences based on the best performance of the worst browser.

Those who advocate web standards also support the important role HTML5 plays in responsive web design, or the systematic display of content, tasks, and layout, depending on whether the user is viewing the site on a mobile or desktop-sized browser. The reasons why people view the same website on a mobile device versus a desktop is often very different. For example, a user viewing a site for a restaurant while sitting at their office desk could likely want to view a workflow more supportive of exploring the menu, reviews and other content that would help decide if it’s a good place to eat. On the other hand, a user viewing the site from the passenger seat of a car might want to quickly find content based on the assumption that they have already decided to eat there, such as directions or the phone number. Leer más “What the Demise of Flash Means for the User Experience”

Ya se puede descargar Chrome para Android

Después de varios años de ausencia en el panorama móvil, Google ha lanzado una versión de su conocido navegador para smartphones y tabletas, aunque con limitaciones. Sólo se puede descargar Chrome en Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich Los usuarios que no dispongan de esta actualización del sistema no tienen acceso. Además, no soporta Flash.

La esperada versión móvil de Chrome acaba de dar el primer paso con el lanzamiento para Android 4.0. De momento sólo estará disponible para los dispositivos que tengan la última actualización del sistema, también llamada Ice Cream Sandwich.

El navegador, reputado por su ligereza y su sencillez, está disponible para descargar en versión beta para Android 4.0. Esto es un comienzo para que Google lleve Chrome a otras plataformas, como iOS.


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Después de varios años de ausencia en el panorama móvil, Google ha lanzado una versión de su conocido navegador para smartphones y tabletas, aunque con limitaciones. Sólo se puede descargar Chrome en Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich Los usuarios que no dispongan de esta actualización del sistema no tienen acceso. Además, no soporta Flash.

La esperada versión móvil de Chrome acaba de dar el primer paso con el lanzamiento para Android 4.0. De momento sólo estará disponible para los dispositivos que tengan la última actualización del sistema, también llamada Ice Cream Sandwich.

El navegador, reputado por su ligereza y su sencillez, está disponible para descargar en versión beta para Android 4.0. Esto es un comienzo para que Google lleve Chrome a otras plataformas, como iOS.

Leer más “Ya se puede descargar Chrome para Android”

Online Testing and Optimization Solutions: Quick guide to Adobe Test&Target

What really sets Adobe Test&Target (powered by Omniture) apart is both its reporting and support. While it can be expensive, what you get is a professional/polished, customizable tool that’s great for in-depth, multi conversion tests. And even better, you have an assigned support rep that can help you quickly overcome any stumbling blocks before or during a test.

To illustrate the level of reporting, with one of our Research Partners, we setup 35 success metrics for just one test. In the second in our blog series about testing solutions, here’s a quick guide to Test&Target…

Key benefits

* Transaction- and product-level reports
* Revenue tracking can be added to any campaign
* “Push winners” functionality – with a single click, pushes winning test scenarios to standard content for all audience segments
* Option for Omniture to host images, HTML or you can use your own server
* Tracking within Test&Target – ability to setup any metrics within tool; can change conversion metric during test (on the fly)
* Reports on a daily level
* Can track pretty much anything you want (links, buttons, etc)
* Behavior targeting – serve landing pages based on user defined segments (traffic sources, etc)
* Test&Target segmentation for reporting – can report on different campaign codes, offer IDs, etc
* Data privacy due to contractual relationship with a company
* Support – includes testing ideas, test implementation, report setup
* Ability to tack on other data-mining tools (i.e., Discover can track on the visitor level)
* Increased capabilities for segmentation and tagging of actions on a page – can get extremely granular in what you track, i.e. different content for different segments at different times
* If you don’t want to send all traffic to the page, you can set a tool to only receive a certain percent of traffic (would have to write custom code for Google Website Optimizer)

But keep in mind…

* Cost of tool and cost for additional support
* IT requirement for setup


adobe-omniture2-oWhat really sets Adobe Test&Target (powered by Omniture) apart is both its reporting and support. While it can be expensive, what you get is a professional/polished, customizable tool that’s great for in-depth, multi conversion tests. And even better, you have an assigned support rep that can help you quickly overcome any stumbling blocks before or during a test.

To illustrate the level of reporting, with one of our Research Partners, we setup 35 success metrics for just one test. In the second in our blog series about testing solutions, here’s a quick guide to Test&Target…

Key benefits

  • Transaction- and product-level reports
  • Revenue tracking can be added to any campaign
  • “Push winners” functionality – with a single click, pushes winning test scenarios to standard content for all audience segments
  • Option for Omniture to host images, HTML or you can use your own server
  • Tracking within Test&Target – ability to setup any metrics within tool; can change conversion metric during test (on the fly)
  • Reports on a daily level
  • Can track pretty much anything you want (links, buttons, etc)
  • Behavior targeting – serve landing pages based on user defined segments (traffic sources, etc)
  • Test&Target segmentation for reporting – can report on different campaign codes, offer IDs, etc
  • Data privacy due to contractual relationship with a company
  • Support – includes testing ideas, test implementation, report setup
  • Ability to tack on other data-mining tools  (i.e., Discover can track on the visitor level)
  • Increased capabilities for segmentation and tagging of actions on a page – can get extremely granular in what you track, i.e. different content for different segments at different times
  • If you don’t want to send all traffic to the page, you can set a tool to only receive a certain percent of traffic (would have to write custom code for Google Website Optimizer)

But keep in mind…

10 herramientas para probar tu web en dispositivos móviles


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Por Juan Diego Polo

Ante la creciente cantidad de visitas que todas las webs reciben desde dispositivos móviles, es importante conocer herramientas que nos ayuden a corregir posibles problemas que dichos visitantes están teniendo al leer nuestro contenido.

En sixrevisions.com han preparado una lista de 10 herramientas que podemos usar para probar la compatibilidad de nuestro sitio con diferentes dispositivos móviles, aquí os la dejo:

iPhoney


Para simular el funcionamiento en un iPhone en un entorno Safari con zoom, plugins, etc.

W3C mobileOK Checker


El obligatorio. Nos muestra los problemas que se encuentran en el código de la página, mostrando la compatibilidad con el standar W3C.

iPad Peek


Para ver el aspecto que tendría en un iPad. Leer más “10 herramientas para probar tu web en dispositivos móviles”

40 Brilliant Examples of Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups

Creating wireframes and mock-ups is quite easy to do digitally these days. Applications are available everywhere, and there’s one for every style. While many prefer to do that part of the work digitally during the process, there are still quite a few designers who actually choose to do it the old-fashioned way using a Moleskine or other ways of drawing by hand.

We all have our preferences and the important part is of course that we find a way to do things that will nourish our creativity and talent.
Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups

We’ve collected some great examples for you, showing how some designers have drawn their ongoing projects. It can be quite inspiring to have a look at, maybe this will give you some new ideas for yourself?

I’ve personally found that sometimes I get an idea easier on paper when taking a notebook and escaping from the computer for a while, as the distractions are always so many.


By: Hilde Torbjornsen |
http://www.onextrapixel.com/2010/09/29/40-brilliant-examples-of-sketched-ui-wireframes-and-mock-ups/

Creating wireframes and mock-ups is quite easy to do digitally these days. Applications are available everywhere, and there’s one for every style. While many prefer to do that part of the work digitally during the process, there are still quite a few designers who actually choose to do it the old-fashioned way using a Moleskine or other ways of drawing by hand.

We all have our preferences and the important part is of course that we find a way to do things that will nourish our creativity and talent.

Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups

We’ve collected some great examples for you, showing how some designers have drawn their ongoing projects. It can be quite inspiring to have a look at, maybe this will give you some new ideas for yourself?

I’ve personally found that sometimes I get an idea easier on paper when taking a notebook and escaping from the computer for a while, as the distractions are always so many.

HBO – True Blood Site

HBO - True Blood Site

HBO SATC Site

HBO SATC Site

Contraptions
Contraptions

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

UI Sketch
UI Sketch

Sketched Wireframes 5
Sketched Wireframes 5 Leer más “40 Brilliant Examples of Sketched UI Wireframes and Mock-Ups”

Creating Graphs With Adobe Illustrator

Office applications are getting very advanced these days offering all sorts of fancy features for data visualization. Graph generation is a standard feature in desktop applications like Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc, but it can also be achieved in non-spreadsheet applications like Adobe Illustrator.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator, this article will help in giving you some insight into the work-flow. It might also help you decide whether Illustrator is the right tool for this kind of assignment.

What Type of Graphs Can You Create in Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator offers 9 graph types to visualize data. You can choose from the following:

* Column Graph
* Stacked Column Graph
* Bar Graph
* Stacked Bar Graph
* Line Graph
* Area Graph
* Scatter Graph
* Pie Graph
* Radar Graph

There is also the possibility for making combinations from the existing graph types to achieve greater diversity. The only graph type that can’t be combined is the scatter graph.

Creating graphs in Illustrator is as simple as selecting the Graph Tool (from the Tools panel), clicking on your Artboard and dragging and thus forming the area size of the graph. It is also possible to type in the width and height of the graph, which is useful if you want to create graphs with specific dimensions. If you decide to type in the dimensions of the graph, you should bear in mind that those dimensions are applied to the whole graph object (including labels, legend and x, y values), not just the graph chart.

Once you create this graph size and shape you will see that it’s available as a single element (layer) in the Layers panel, usually with the name . This might seem confusing at first but you’ll get used to it very quickly.


Office applications are getting very advanced these days offering all sorts of fancy features for data visualization. Graph generation is a standard feature in desktop applications like Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc, but it can also be achieved in non-spreadsheet applications like Adobe Illustrator.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process of creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator, this article will help in giving you some insight into the work-flow. It might also help you decide whether Illustrator is the right tool for this kind of assignment.

What Type of Graphs Can You Create in Illustrator?

Adobe Illustrator offers 9 graph types to visualize data. You can choose from the following:

  • Column Graph
  • Stacked Column Graph
  • Bar Graph
  • Stacked Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Area Graph
  • Scatter Graph
  • Pie Graph
  • Radar Graph

There is also the possibility for making combinations from the existing graph types to achieve greater diversity. The only graph type that can’t be combined is the scatter graph.

Creating graphs in Illustrator is as simple as selecting the Graph Tool (from the Tools panel), clicking on your Artboard and dragging and thus forming the area size of the graph. It is also possible to type in the width and height of the graph, which is useful if you want to create graphs with specific dimensions. If you decide to type in the dimensions of the graph, you should bear in mind that those dimensions are applied to the whole graph object (including labels, legend and x, y values), not just the graph chart.

Once you create this graph size and shape you will see that it’s available as a single element (layer) in the Layers panel, usually with the name <Graph>. This might seem confusing at first but you’ll get used to it very quickly.

The Two Faces of Illustrator Graph Functionality

Creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator is generally a straightforward task but once you get into advanced techniques of graph design, functionality can get quite annoying. You’ll be surprised to discover that basic tasks like scaling and aligning are not instantly applicable on graphs.

Face 1 (Graphs as Objects)

The reason for the initial exceptional lack of functionality of the graph objects in Illustrator is that they are quite simply, ‘objects’. That is to say, they are special groups of sub-elements that have a limited number of attributes the user can control. Graph objects are less flexible than usual Illustrator layers, layer elements and groups of layer elements.

Graph-layers in Creating Graphs With Adobe Illustrator

Here are most of the limitations of Adobe Illustrator’s graph creation functionality that are instantly noticeable:

  • Transform panel is not available for graph objects.
  • No transform controls are available for selected graph objects, thus no instant scaling or rotation is possible.
  • Graph objects cannot be aligned to other objects nor can other objects be aligned to them.
  • Two or more graph objects cannot be grouped.
  • It’s not possible to create a clipping mask from a graph object.
  • A graph object cannot be transformed into a symbol.

Maybe it’s not really wise to initially dig for limitations, as you may get the impression that you’re left with very few things that you can actually do to graphs in Illustrator. Of course, that’s the wrong impression. As noted, creating graphs in Adobe Illustrator is generally a straightforward task.

But through knowing the limitations of your tool can actually help you plan early and work smarter.

Face 2 (working with sub-elements of the Graph Object)… Leer más “Creating Graphs With Adobe Illustrator”

10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices

With the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.


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10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile DevicesWith the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.

1. iPhoney

iPhoney

An excellent free iPhone tester, iPhoney isn’t exactly an emulator, but allows developers to create 320×480px websites for use on the iPhone. It allows you to test images and code in a pixel-perfect AppleSafari-powered environment, with all the normal features including Portrait and Landscape modes, fullscreen, zoom and plugins.

2. W3C mobileOK Checker

W3C mobileOK Checker

This checker is a web-based automated validation tool that checks to see how mobile-device-friendly your website is. The tests are checked against the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests specification developed by W3C. Leer más “10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices”

How to Find Almost Anything on your Computer with Windows Search

The built-in desktop search tool is one of my favorite features of Windows. Unlike Google Instant, Windows Desktop Search cannot predict queries in advance but it can find you relevant documents, e-mails, programs and other files almost as fast as you can type characters in the search box.

Windows search can be accessed from a variety of places on your computer. This includes the Windows Start Menu, Windows Explorer or press the “Windows key + F” to open a standalone search window. The latter option is more useful as it offers hints as you type and thus you can easily construct complex search queries without knowing the exact syntax.


windows searchThe built-in desktop search tool is one of my favorite features of Windows. Unlike Google Instant, Windows Desktop Search cannot predict queries in advance but it can find you relevant documents, e-mails, programs and other files almost as fast as you can type characters in the search box.

Windows search can be accessed from a variety of places on your computer. This includes the Windows Start Menu, Windows Explorer or press the “Windows key + F” to open a standalone search window. The latter option is more useful as it offers hints as you type and thus you can easily construct complex search queries without knowing the exact syntax.

Use Windows Desktop Search like a Pro…! Leer más “How to Find Almost Anything on your Computer with Windows Search”

The Mobile Marketing Dictionary

In today’s mobile application world, the terminology and technology can move faster than the creative thinkers and businesses, and we at Social Times thought we could help by putting together the Mobile Marketing Dictionary. The dictionary has all the terms that you’re going to encounter as you try to buy advertising on mobile applications, publish advertising on your own mobile application or get installations for your mobile app. Read the dictionary below and please let us know if there’s a term you’re curious about or one we missed.

Check out the mobile marketing dictionary…


http://www.socialtimes.com/mobile-marketing-dictionary/

In today’s mobile application world, the terminology and technology can move faster than the creative thinkers and businesses, and we at Social Times thought we could help by putting together the Mobile Marketing Dictionary.  The dictionary has all the terms that you’re going to encounter as you try to buy advertising on mobile applications, publish advertising on your own mobile application or get installations for your mobile app.  Read the dictionary below and please let us know if there’s a term you’re curious about or one we missed.

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Good Process and Good Design (Continued)

Once again, while I hope these tips strike the right chord with readers from all creative fields and levels, I share them partially because many of them are still so freshly new in my head, and I can recall vividly their having planted themselves there during my time as a student. That said, there’s plenty more learning to be done on my end as well, and I invite you to share your responses and your own additions to the list in the comments, no matter what corner of the creative world you are from.

Part III: A Few More Tips and Tricks


by Natalie Sklobovskaya for DesignInformer

Once again, while I hope these tips strike the right chord with readers from all creative fields and levels, I share them partially because many of them are still so freshly new in my head, and I can recall vividly their having planted themselves there during my time as a student. That said, there’s plenty more learning to be done on my end as well, and I invite you to share your responses and your own additions to the list in the comments, no matter what corner of the creative world you are from.

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