Dieter Petereit

  • SkyFonts: The Best Way to Use Google Fonts on Your Desktop

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    Google Fonts, this is the new name of the former Google Web Fonts, the well-known web font directory under Open Source license. There is nothing new to this announcement, other than the name change. You might associate the possibility to not only use Google Fonts on the web with the new name. Yet, this possibility has been there eversince. What I want to introduce you to today is the integration of Google Fonts into Skyfonts by Monotype. This definitely will interest you…



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  • Glimpse, a Chrome Extension for Mobile Web Developers

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    Mobile web development is lots more demanding than classical desktop design, because it extends the stage to screen sizes you usually do not have at hand while developing. Of course you might be able to do proper testing on target devices, but doing so on every step of the way would blow up the efforts unbearably. Glimpse, a Chrome extension, does especially come in handy in those frequently occurring cases where you just tweaked that tiny bit and want to see if it totally breaks things or not.



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  • The Fireworks Lament [IMHO]

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    A few days ago Adobe caused an outcry with its announcement to not develop Fireworks, their web design prototyper, further. Though they did not really call it quits, instead promised to make sure Fireworks would receive necessary updates in terms of security or OS adaptation, furious users started their campaigns to „save Fireworks“ from oblivion. Even a petition has been started to try and force Adobe to release Fireworks as Open Source or in the alternative at least promise to not stop development. These things are nothing new. Softwares come and go.



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  • JPEGmini: Drastically Reduces the File Size of Your Images on the Web, on a Mac and Using Windows [+ Win a License]

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    It’s been one and a half years since ICVT, a startup from Israel, surprised us with the inception of a web service able to reduce uploaded JPG images to one fifth of their original size. Most remarkably, the pictures don’t lose quality visibly. The larger the original file is, the higher the achievable reduction result. For months the service had only been available as a web app, then a Mac app was started. Two days ago, ICVT launched the long-awaited app for Windows users. We show you what JPEGmini is all about and have five licenses for the Windows and Mac versions to give away…



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  • “Retinize It” Simplifies the Creation of Retina-Ready Images in Photoshop

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    Creating retina-ready images from within Photoshop is no rocket-science. Still, it is a tedious task no designer is likely to associate the term fun with. Help in shortening the amount of life-time that has to be put therein will be much appreciated. Artiom Dashinsky from Tel-Aviv is the one to be thankful for as he developed the freely usable Photoshop action Retinize It.



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  • Map Icons Designer: 200 Map Symbols plus 10 Location Pins Free for Commercial Use

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    Icons, these sweet little thingies, you can never have enough of. If you are like me, you’ll tend to collect each and every one you can find. The new set “Map Icons Designer” by WebIconSet.com represents a large collection of pictograms, especially useful for the design of maps. An additional ten location pins, intended to be containers for the icons, care for a fresh and decent overall appearance. Did I mention that the whole set comes for free? What else could we ask for?



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  • No Matter of Luck: What To Consider In Mobile App Development [Infographic]

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    There are gazillions of mobile apps out there. If you are looking for a specific use case or – not – you won’t see any shortage in what you will be able to find. Thus, releasing a mobile app is not without risks. You need to create something outstanding to attract the users. But how do you know? How can you improve? Sure, you can always wait for shit storms to wipe away your Facebook page or you can rely on these nice one-star-ratings in app stores. Did you know, that 60 % of all apps in Apple’s App Store have not once been downloaded. If I were you, I’d try to find alternatives to hoping and waiting (and failing) ;-)



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  • The Future Is Now: GinWiz Mobilizes Your Website [Review]

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    We all know it. Mobile is the future. There are studies all over the place that tell you there are more smartphones than toilets out there, more smartphones than humans even (well, not yet). Android phones are registered at a whopping pace of 1.5 million devices per day – according to Google’s Eric Schmidt. Whether you believe every single piece of information or not, one thing is for certain: There is no getting round mobile devices. And these tend to surf the web. Thus, another thing is for certain: We all need mobile websites rather sooner than later. One way to achieve this is named GinWiz…



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  • Fast and Easy: Create HTML Mockups with RoughDraft.js

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    In the process of the development of the next client’s website it comes inescapably – the moment, where you will have to present a design that does look real, though you almost always don’t have any real content at that time. The urgent need for placeholder content lies in the air and you go through your gazillions of bookmarks to find the proper fit. The future sees you more relaxed as soon as you take my advice and start using RoughDraft.js to quickly create a mockup tailored to your project’s needs. Did I mention that you need not put a lot of effort into it?



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  • Web Developer Checklist and Userium: 2 Useful Helpers for Oblivious Web Developers

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    I’ll admit, you need not be oblivious to benefit from the two services I am about to introduce you to. It is not easy to keep proper track of all important aspects of clean and modern web design. I’m sure you will have created your own notes, hints, checklists as your experience developed throughout the years. In my case only the painful experiences made me jot things down for future reference. Today’s article shows you Userium and Web Developer Checklist. The two can help developers with lesser experience, yet still be of value to more experienced ones who declare themselves a notes grouch.



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