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Design

Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

February 18th, 2015
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Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

Last month, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for mobile devices. For the first time this app is not only available for iPhones and iPads, but for Android devices as well. But how efficient can image processing on tablet or smartphone actually be? Lightroom Mobile: Free of Charge, but Can Only Be Used with a Subscription The Lightroom app is free...

Design

Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

February 13th, 2015
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Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each...

Design

Ghost Buttons – THE Minimalist Web Design Trend

February 4th, 2015
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Ghost Buttons – THE Minimalist Web Design Trend

The times of gloss and 3D effects are over – at least for now. The trend in web design goes towards minimalism which is also reflected in the style of buttons. The hot so-called ghost buttons fit perfectly with the reserved look of modern websites based on flat design or even more trendy material design. Ghost buttons basically consist only of a very thin...

Apps

Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

January 12th, 2015
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Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

Native apps for smartphones and tablets are still popular but not always necessary. Instead you can create web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Thanks to the JavaScript APIs, you have access to the accelerometer, enabling you to recognize gestures and react accordingly. The web app manifest allows you to add classic app features to your web application, including special launcher icons and names...

Design

HTML5: Pointer Lock API Lets You Hide the Mouse Pointer From View

September 30th, 2014
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HTML5: Pointer Lock API Lets You Hide the Mouse Pointer From View

Browsers are on the way to becoming full-fledged gaming platforms. Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript developing complex applications is still loads of work, but possible. Quite a few game concepts don’t rely on visible mouse pointers, though. Especially while controlling an app keyboard-based, a visible mouse pointer can get annoying. Use the new Pointer Lock API to simply hide it as necessary. Pointer Lock...

Development

Sequence.js: Responsive Content Slider with CSS3 Transitions and Gesture Control

September 12th, 2014
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Sequence.js: Responsive Content Slider with CSS3 Transitions and Gesture Control

Plugins for content sliders are a dime a dozen, fish in the sea, you name it. Fewer, but still many are supporting CSS3 transitions and working responsively. Anyway „Sequence.js“ is something special. This JavaScript does not only support animations on the transition of slides as a whole. Instead all of the content of a slide, be it headlines or images, can be animated individually....

Development

SVG Fallback in Older Browsers: Alternatives to JavaScript

September 11th, 2014
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SVG Fallback in Older Browsers: Alternatives to JavaScript

SVG sees widespread support by recent browsers these days. Still plenty of people do not surf the web using one of these modern browsers. Especially the older versions of Internet Explorer are used in relevant numbers worldwide. And these older versions cause problems, not only, but also when it comes to SVG. IE simply doesn’t know SVG, so we need to offer PNG or...

Development

HTML5 Canvas: Drawing Made Simpler with Fabric.js

August 26th, 2014
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HTML5 Canvas: Drawing Made Simpler with Fabric.js

Drawing with the HTML element Canvas doesn’t leave much to be desired. Complex shapes and animations are possible, the feature set is quite impressive. Yet we need to combine several methods when it comes to e.g. create a shape, rotate it and fill it with a color. The JavaScript library Fabric.js simplifies the possibilities Canvas has to offer and adds functionality to het work...

Development

HTML5: Native Dialogue Windows With the New Dialog Element

August 18th, 2014
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HTML5: Native Dialogue Windows With the New Dialog Element

New HTML5 elements and new JavaScript APIs allow us to create complex applications for the browser. Part of any modern application are one or more dialogue windows. These require users to confirm the execution of certain actions or simply issue a message. With the new „<dialog>“ element we can now markup these windows using pure HTML5. Simple Markup Without Stylesheets The „<dialog>“ element can...

Essentials

Low Poly Trend: Six Free Generators for Backgrounds and Images

August 15th, 2014
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Low Poly Trend: Six Free Generators for Backgrounds and Images

Low Poly is a growing trend. More and more websites make use of modified imagery, most commonly in backgrounds. Low Poly is no rocket science. Basically it is just a special form of mosaic. But instead of using rectangle shapes Low Poly uses polygonal forms. As triangular shapes are the most common, the trend is also known as Triangulation. In the following article we...