Interesting Architecture

February 28th, 2010

valencia
In the late 20th century many new concept was included in the compass of both structure and function. Now days, before performing any action we keeping future in our visions. it also applies in Architecture as well.
Article on Instant Shift, Dkumar M presents over 80 Strange & Fantastic Buildings Architecture of modern world. All photographs are linked and lead to the source – the respective photographers.
erwinwurm

iPhone Cases

February 27th, 2010

levi jeans

Google Chrome Extension – IE Tab

February 27th, 2010

Noted some websites can only be viewed on Internet Explorer, instead of open the actual IE browser, you can open the Google Chrome browser and install the IE Tab extension, the tool is pretty handy for Mac user.
chrome extension IE tab

Plant Perf – Keep fruits & vegetables fresh

February 26th, 2010

plant perf
“The innovative plant perf concept aims to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the consumers which eliminate using chemicals that are harmful for health. The plants are get attached with the device right after being cut from the field to get the nutrients from the perf. The body of the device is made from corn starch plastic and features three main parts, the main body, bottle top and nutritious liquid. The long top end of the bottle remains locked when the farmer collects it and during harvesting, the farmer cuts the fruits and insert the stem inside the bottle and locks it by pulling the top upward. Not only fruits, it can also be used to keep flowers fresh for longer period of time according to the user’s need.”

Wordpress online tutorials & resources

February 25th, 2010

WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for content management. It has a templating system, which includes widgets that can be rearranged without editing PHP or HTML code, as well as themes that can be installed and switched between.

Check out these tutorials & resources
Top 50 Wordpress Tutorials
Video Tutorials for Wordpress Users
110+ Massive Wordpress Video Tutorial Collection
135+ Ultimate Round-Up of Wordpress Tutorials
300+ Resources to Help You Become a WordPress Expert

CTRUS – Hybrid soccer ball you can see through

February 25th, 2010

ctrus
Envisioned by AGENT, a strategic intelligence embassy, the “CTRUS” is a see-through soccer ball that imitates the bounce of an inflated pneumatic soccer ball, but without losing the air, giving transparency to the game of soccer. In fact, it does not need air to recoil and perform. The hybrid soccer ball comes integrated with an interactive detection system that communicating wirelessly with control stations at the stadium changes its color to display the critical game situations, such as goal, offside, kick force, travel speed and if the ball is over the goal line or outside the field of play, via a GPS/RFID inner light.


Read full article on The Design Blog

Install XAMPP

February 24th, 2010

XAMPP is an easy way to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. Treat your local drive like a server and save more valuable time.

ActionScript Classes on Bitmap

February 24th, 2010

Article on NTT.cc
“Bitmap is an often used graphics file format in program development. Then it seems how to master it is very important. In fact there are many very useful classes about bitmap can help you to easily create a Bitmap objects.”

Check out this Active Window Blur
active window blur

Wordpress Plugins to maximize traffic & followers

February 23rd, 2010

“Blogging is essentially about reaching out to people, readers and followers to deliver a message, opinions, knowledge, taking lead etc. Writing great posts, being a SEO guru, sharing links etc. is well known tricks but not enough any more. Most bloggers have realized that social networks is where the modern “www sapiens” “party” all day long sucking up as much screen radiation as possible while connecting with virtual friends and peers…I have noticed that many plugins in this category is not being maintained any more. While all plugins listed in this post should be compatible with latest version of Wordpress (2.9.x). it may be a sign that may social network related plugins are created because it is hyped and many will not remain maintained for very long. This means you may risk using a plugin that will not be supported next time there’s a major upgrade for Wordpress.”
wordpress plugin
Read more on this topic.

EBIQ Electric Bike

February 23rd, 2010

Electric Bike by Yuji Fujimura
“The key purpose of the EBIQ Electric Bike concept is to complement the environment by reducing the amount of CO2 unlike traditional cars or motorcycles and offering a battery powered bicycle to ensure convenient short distance commuting in city/metro areas. To make it even more functional, the bike enables the rider to charge their laptop, cellphone and other personalelectric gadgets. Moreover, the built-in screen at the steering can provide direct access to the user’s laptop to gain necessary information at any moment. To make it space efficient, all the extended components can be folded down, resulting the bike to fit in narrow spaces.”
electric bike
electric bike

WordPress 3.0 – Most needed features

February 22nd, 2010

WordPress 3.0 is more than just the next in a long line of WordPress releases. It will see the merging of WordPress with WordPress MU (multi-user), which lets you run as many blogs as you like with a single install, a move that’s been widely welcomed by the blogging community.
wordpress 3.0
9 most needed features for the new update:
1. Multi-Domain Support
2. A New Theme
3. Improved Back-End
4. Page and Post Reordering
5. Increased Security
6. Integration with Canonical Plugins
7. Galleries
8. Image Manipulation
9. A Built In Welcome
Read full article on Design.ag

Feeds 101

February 22nd, 2010

Article by Siddharth on Net.Tuts+

What are feeds – Feeds, to put it simply, are a way to publish frequently updated content. Your feed is a XML formatted document which lets you share content with other users on the web. From a web developer’s perspective, one of the main reason for publishing a feed is user convenience. With a feed for users, they don’t have to check for new content manually each time. They can just subscribe to your feed and get notified new content is posted.
what are feeds
This article basically guide you through how to create a static feed by defining the version and adding information, it also teach you how to generate dynamic feed with some PHP codes. Once you’re done with your code, you should validate the feed before publish it to your webpage.

Regular Expressions for beginner

February 21st, 2010

Article is written by Jeffery Way on Net.Tuts+ about Regular Expression – “The key to learning how to effectively use regular expressions is to just take a day and memorize all of the symbols. This is the best advice I can possibly offer. Sit down, create some flash cards, and just memorize them!”

Downloading the RegExr Desktop app is essential, and is really quite fun to fool around with. In addition to real-time checking, it also offers a sidebar which details the definition and usage of every symbol.
regular expression desktop tool

Tools for Screencast

February 20th, 2010

screen capture
“Software for creating screencasts have become essential and the products available are being used intensively for creating thousands of new videos every day. Screencasts are like all over the place now and were almost at a point where people start to expect them to be. Videos are simply great to deliver a message in a very short time and for most people bandwidth is not a problem any more. Bloggers use video feeds a lot to improve their presence and be more personal to their readers.”

cam studio
CamStudio is a free open source program for capturing screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files. Its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).

In the market there’s more free and commercial tools, even Firefox addon that can screen capture frame by frame. For more information you have to visit Tripwire Magazine and read the Article.

Reflection Maker

February 19th, 2010

reflection maker
Reflection Maker is an online tool that create reflection for your photo & image, you can either upload an image or type in the source ( URL ) of the photo, it only takes a few seconds to generate the reflection then you can download the image. You can also resize your image, very handy online application!

Free Wireframe & Mockup Applications

February 18th, 2010

“Every web designer and developer should have a good and reliable wireframe (mockup or prototype) tool at there disposal. The importance of such a tool differentiates amongst web designers and developers, some use them, some don’t. Personally, I use them. It is in this initial stage of development that makes web design enjoyable, the coming together of the clients needs and your own creative ideas onto a blank canvas, allowing you to plan effectively the visual arrangement of the sites content.”
Read full article on Speckyboy

Pencil Project
A free and opensource Firefox addon tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping with a multitude of features. With its built-in stencils for diagramming and prototyping, the option for multi-page documents with background pages, its on-screen text editing with rich-text support and with its new cababiltity of exporting to HTML, PNG or Openoffice formats, makes this addon essential for any developer or designer.
pencil project

fluidIA
Web based tool allows for rapid refinement and exploration of concepts using an object-oriented approach to design. The big idea behind this experiment is whether a group of interaction designers, IA’s, UX professionals and developers can create there own prototyping tool in an open way.
fluidIA

Lumzy
An online application creates prototypes of how the site or application will function by adding events within your Lumzy controls. You can create Message Alerts, Page navigation or Links to external content, when your client interacts with your Mockup, yet with the hand drawn feel of a sketch.
lumzy

Photoshop Variable

February 17th, 2010

Article on Onextrapixel
photoshop variable
What is a Photoshop Variable?
Adobe’s technical explanation for a variable is basically used to define which elements in a template change. There are three ways to define a variable – 1.Visibility Variables, 2.Pixel Replacement & 3.Text Replacement.
Read the article for more details.

Google Chrome 4 – Extension for Web Developers

February 17th, 2010

Since Google Chrome version 4 has been released on Jan25, more extension is being introduced to their users, which makes the browser becoming an useful tool for web development.

Speed Tracer – Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs. Speed Tracer is available as a Chrome extension and works on all platforms where extensions are currently supported (Windows and Linux).

Webpage Screenshot
Just one click and save a screenshot in 1 PNG image, user can resize the browser window to specific size before capturing.

Resolution Test
Resolution Test changes the size of the browser window for developers to preview their websites in different screen resolutions. It includes a list of commonly used resolutions as well as a custom option to input your own.

Evernote Web Clipper
Save all the interesting stuff you see while browsing the web. No more bookmarks, tabs, or open windows. See something you like, clip it and you’ll have it forever. Evernote saves the content of your clip along with a link back to the original page. Clip text, images, and links into your Evernote account. You can then use Evernote to access your clips from the desktop, phone or the web.
evernote web clipper

Evernote Search
Evernote Search can create To-do lists, Text and ink notes, take Snapshots and also Audio recordings. Evernote can even recognize text in images. It is incredible! Take a snapshot of something and send it into Evernote. We’ll make it searchable. This tool also available on Apple iPhone.

Peugeot B1K

February 16th, 2010

Article on Design.fr

peugeot b1k
peugeot b1k

jQuery: Different layouts for different widths

February 16th, 2010

Article by Jeffery Way on Net.tuts+

“It’s becoming more and more common for web sites and applications to provide different layouts dependent upon the user’s window size, or resolution. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, ranging from CSS to JavaScript solutions. In this video quick tip, we’ll learn how laughably simple it is to do this with a touch of jQuery, and the resize() method.”

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function checkWindowSize() {
    if ( $(window).width() > 1800 ) {
        $(‘body’).addClass(‘large’);
    } else {
        $(‘body’).removeClass(‘large’);
    }
}
$(window).resize(checkWindowSize);
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