Dieter Petereit

  • Social Media Image Maker: Photo-Editing One-Stop-Shop for Social Media Networkers

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    Facebook, Twitter, Google+, then Pinterest, Tumblr, Xing or LinkedIn and what do I know where all you’ve set your flag, and are networking as networking can. All these services want you to maintain a proper profile and, if you really do think you should register practically anywhere, you should try your best to make a good impression. One main necessity to achieve this is adequate imagery. Even if you really have reasonable images for these use-cases at hand, that’s still where the problems begin. I don’t know of two social networks that share image resolutions or other specifications. You can’t simply upload the same picture to a zillion websites and hope for an adequate presentation. Instead you have to struggle with the same zillion different requirements when it comes down to even such a simple thing as a profile header-image. To further complicate the situation, social networks have fun changing their image-related specifications frequently. A new tool by the name of Social Media Image Maker promises relief…



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  • How To: Genericons – 62 Vector Icons Webfont by WordPress Creators Automattic

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    Not only do we see a massive growth in the number of mobile devices, also the capabilities of these little handsets improve with every new generation. It’s an irreversible trend, commonly known as HiDPI, that causes lots of work not only, but also for web designers. If you have ever had the pleasure of looking at a non-retina app on one of the new MacBooks Pro, you know what I’m talking about. WordPressers Automattic made sure that their blogging software got equipped with retina-capable iconry during the latest update. A few days ago they published Genericons, an icon webfont made up of vectorized symbols…



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  • HTML5: Threesixty.js Generates 360 Views From Images

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    360 degree walk-arounds, just as you know them from the major automobile brands: that is what you can expect the fresh jQuery plugin Threesixty.js to deliver. It does this using HTML5 data attributes, thus showing a very simple approach that has you fiddling together a nice 360 in a matter of minutes.



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  • Hook.js für jQuery – Pull To Refresh For The Web

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    If my memory doesn’t fool me, it was Apple who invented this. Or was it Loren Brichter for his Tweetie client? I really can’t say for sure, but that does not matter anyway. “Pull to refresh” definitely is a functionality that can be seen as a standard nowadays, at least when we look at mobile clients, foremost smartphones and tablets. Jordan Singer and Brandon Jacoby have just recently come up with a similar method of equipping websites with a “Pull to refresh”.



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  • Typeplate: Starterkit Cares For Decent Typography – Doesn’t Care For Web Design

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    Typography and web design should go hand in hand. But since the possibilities to implement proper typography have only just emerged in the last few years, a lot of developers are stuck in their traditional mindset. Of course everybody will agree that typography is important, but when it comes down to fish or cut bait, often only the bare necessities get done. With Typeplate, there is a chance that this might change, as Typeplate doesn’t exactly transform typography on the web to a no-brainer, but it really simplifies the process.



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  • Magento, osCommerce, OpenCart: Which Ecommerce CMS Should You Choose? [Infographic]

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    According to retail researchers worldwide, the shopping revolution has only just begun. Although you sense almost everybody buying at Amazon already, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next three years, online shopping is about to explode. To keep your head above the water as a retailer you will need to take the step and eventually install an online subsidiary of your brick and mortar store. The designers from Forix Webdesign took three of the most successful softwares that promise to achieve just that and put them head to head in a comparison. To not steal too much of your time, this comparison comes along in the form of an infographic.



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  • Serif vs. Sans: Typography Basics And Loads Of Free Fonts (Infographic)

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    You are really telling me, you never heard of Urban Fonts before? Well, considered how large the web is, this might be true and not a matter of faulty memory. The good news is: you can always get to know them now. They have published a useful infographic and still offer around 8.000 freeware fonts. So go there for more than one reason…



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  • Peer.js Enhances WebRTC, Allows For Peer-To-Peer Connections In The Browser

    Well, you could go pier to pier here. But that isn't what we are talking about...

    WebRTC is a powerful idea. It aims at establishing real-time communication inside of a browser. Google, Mozilla and Opera carry the project, its API is supported in Chrome and the nightly versions of Firefox. Does this sound limited? It sure does. The JavaScript project Peer.js is even more limited. It is only functional, not even fully, in Chrome Dev and Canary. Still it is an interesting approach to guess on the future of communication.



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  • Typeahead.js for jQuery – Twitter’s Flexible Autocomplete

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    Is Twitter enjoying Open Source more and more? For years they weren’t to be seen, then they released Bootstrap to the community and now they are pushing out new projects regularly. The newest addition is titled Typeahead.js. This plugin for jQuery adds autocompletion to any input element you want to enhance that way. The autocompletion data can be hard-coded or called from JSON files on local or remote storage.



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  • WebEngage Interactivates Your Website

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    Your main goal in running a commercial website may be set to high profitability. Especially when you are running an online shop, you will want to generate the highest revenue possible, the more buyers you attract the better. In ecommerce one strong handicap exists. You cannot interact with the prospective buyer in a way you would be able to in a real shop of the analog world. The would-be buyer has to rely on the one-way communicative efforts your website offers. WebEngage changes that, if you let it…



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