How to use Google Analytics for Tracking in Flash

May 6th, 2010

Article on Active Tut+ by Peter Eeckelaert

Google Analytics inside Flash – allows us to measure how well our sites are doing against our predefined goals: bounce rate, click paths and even custom measurements like how many people scrolled a certain page. Our specialists analyze all this information and use it to optimize the website. If you’re not measuring how people are using your site, you can only guess about its successes and failures.
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Info-Visualization by Brazilian Designers

April 29th, 2010

“This is a guest post by Tiago Veloso from Visual Loop – a non-stop stream of Infographics, Maps, Charts and many other Visualization Goodies, with lots of new posts everyday. User submissions are always welcome, opened to artists and designers from all over the world..”

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Thiago Lyra is a graphic designer and illustrator living in São Paulo. Since 2005 he has been developing infographics for the Saúde Magazine, and won a bronze medal in 17th Malofiej, as well as an indication to the Esso Journalism Award 2006. This is one of his infographics piece.

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Free Web Designer’s Icon Set

April 22nd, 2010

Icon set by Oliver Twardowski for free on Smashing Magazine. You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use.
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HTML5 Features you Should be Using

April 21st, 2010

The world’s tallest skyscraper – The Burj Dubai

April 18th, 2010

CS5 for Design

April 12th, 2010

Content-Aware Fill Sneak Peek

April 3rd, 2010

Adobe Creative Suite 5 will be released on April 12th.
In Photoshop, there’s some features that can save great amount of time on editing photograph. Contact Aware Fill is one of the new cool feature and you can check out the others on Smashing Share.

Google team with Adobe ?

April 1st, 2010

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Article on Ntt.ccGoogle recently demonstrated a version of its YouTube website delivering video using HTML 5’s native support for publishing H.264 video without Flash, it seems Google teamed with Apple and Mozilla, became a member of Adobe Flash boycott. Google plans to bundle its Chrome browser and/or operating system with Adobe Systems’ Flash in a deeper partnership. In fact, Chrome already works with Flash, only the announcement may include future versions of the Chrome browser or may focus on Google’s Chrome operating system.

On Adobe’s earnings conference call last week, CEO Shantanu Narayen indicated that Google was a partner, he said: I think we’ve been fairly transparent about that issue, which is we are committed to bringing Flash to any platform on which there is a screen, and it has nothing to do with technology. I think you’ve seen demonstrations of Flash running on smart phones from multiple vendors; at Mobile World Congress including Android where Eric (Schmidt) showed it as part of his keynote.

Geo Location

March 30th, 2010

Interesting article on Smashing Magazine that talks about how Geo Location takes a big part in today’s web development. Simply using IP address and tracing down the location of user. This article shows different online tools and examples with code to help you have a better understanding on this topic, also comment the advantages and disadvantages of different online services.
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Why Geo Matters

First of all, why is it important to consider physical location on this planet (at this moment) when we develop Web products? There are a few answers to this.

The first answer is mobility. The days of people sitting in front of desktop machines at home are over. Sales of mobile devices, laptops and netbooks have overtaken those of bulky stationary computers in the last few years. The power of processors now allows us to use smaller, more mobile hardware to perform the same tasks. So, if people use their hardware on the go, we should bring our systems to them. Which brings us to the second—very important—point: relevance.

Giving the user content that is relevant to the physical space they are in at the moment makes a lot of sense. We are creatures of habit. While we love the reach of the Internet, we also want to be able to find things in our local area easily: people to meet, cafes to frequent, interesting buildings and museums to learn about. The advertising industry—especially of the adult and dating variety—realized this years ago.

Adobe Flash Builder 4

March 25th, 2010

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Adobe Flash Builder 4 (formerly Adobe Flex Builder) software is designed to help software developers rapidly develop cross-platform rich Internet applications (RIAs) and content using the open source Flex framework. It includes support for intelligent coding, debugging, and visual design and features powerful testing tools that speed up development and lead to higher performing applications.

You can sign up for Adobe Developer Week so you can have the opportunity to learn about Flex, Flash Builder, AIR, Flash Player, and other Adobe technologies for free, directly from Adobe evangelists and product managers. These technology experts will present live, online demos, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions during an interactive Q&A session at the end of each presentation. You may be eligible to win cool prizes.

Internet Explorer 9

March 19th, 2010

Article on Net.Tuts+
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The IE team is implementing some incredible features, such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG support, and a new lightning fast JavaScript engine, Chakra! Further, they’re currently scoring a 55 on the Acid3 test – a figure that’s surely to increase substantially before the official release.

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HTML 5 Video

March 18th, 2010

How to work with HTML 5 video in your own projects. Because older browsers and Internet Explorer do not understand the < video > element, we must also find a way to serve a Flash file to viewers who are utilizing those browsers.

Firefox and Safari / Chrome don’t quite agree when it comes to the file format for videos. As such, if you wish to take advantage of HTML 5 video at this time, you’ll need to create three versions of your video.

OGG: Use VLC ( File -> Streaming / Export Wizard ) to convert video
MP4: Many screencasting tools automatically export to MP4
FLV / SWF: Not all browsers support HTML 5 video, must add Flash version

Read full article on Net.Tuts+

Brand Logo Evolution of Automobile Groups

March 1st, 2010

Logos represent the brand image, traditions and origins of a company. It is not just a visual badge on the car’s bonnet but represents what people think about the brand and the cars themselves. Somebody driving a Mercedes is perceived as prosperous, mature and of course rich. On the other hand, somebody with an Aston Martin is likely to be a more flamboyant personality.
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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.
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CTRUS – Hybrid soccer ball you can see through

February 25th, 2010

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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.


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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.
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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

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.
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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.

Store any file on Google Docs

January 25th, 2010

It will shortly be possible to store any type of file on Google Docs. Until now, the system only permitted compatible files such as HTML, PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, text and images. Users will be able to upload files under 250MB in size and will be given 1GB of free storage. Additional space is available for $0.25 per GB per year.
Although there are many online file storage systems, Google Doc’s and shared folders could be ideal for businesses collaborating on designs, specifications, presentations or other documents. Once complete, the files can be securely shared with clients and other authorized personnel. Perhaps the biggest advantage is that most office file types can be viewed and edited online. Users can access the files from most modern browsers; there’s no need to have a particular OS, a specific version of Microsoft Office or Adobe Reader installed.

Google Chrome features

January 18th, 2010

Google worked with 1stAveMachine’s Aaron Duffy to craft a series of elaborate analogue vignettes to tout the features of its Chrome browser. Some of the ideas work better than others, with the obvious crowd-pleaser being the Speed demo. The subtext for all the vignettes is a celebration of DIY ingenuity, of making something seemingly simple through the complex combination of unlikely components.


The History of the Ampersand and Showcase

January 15th, 2010

Article on Web Designer Depot

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Evolution of the Ampersand

The ampersand is one of the most unique typographical characters out there. Typography designers can exercise a lot more artistic freedom in the design of the ampersand, ranging from very traditional representations to those that bear little resemblance to the original form. But many designers have little knowledge about the origin and meaning of the ampersand. The ampersand has a long and rather interesting history.
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