Dieter Petereit

  • Improve Yourself: WriteFull Helps Writers Get Better

    A new app for Windows and Mac OS X helps writers improve their writing. As long as they are writing in English, that is. After having called it via its configurable keyboard shortcut, WriteFull sits in a small pop-over above your words, eager to help you find words, synonyms, correct phrases and more. In its free-to-use iteration, WriteFull uses the Google Books database. The app is available as a free download. All in all, we found that this is enough reason to take a closer look at it…



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  • Powerange and Switchery: HTML5 Switches and Sliders in Flat Design

    Alexander Petkov creates ripples having developed two free HTML5 components following the popular flat design trend. The latest one, Powerange, allows you to create modern range sliders clearly inspired by iOS7 and the older Switchery does the same job for switches. Both components are designed as combinations of CSS and JavaScript without further dependencies and run in all modern browsers, even Internet Explorer (from 8+ in Switchery and 9+ in Powerange). You need not be a fan of iOS7 to enjoy the features of Petkov’s components as customization allows you to take the looks to wherever you want them to..



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  • Iconion: New Tool Converts Icon Fonts To Icon Files

    Icon fonts are the new craze lately. The advantages are clear. Instead of working with a load of files in different resolutions or large sprites to be controlled by CSS, we simply embed a special font. This font contains all the needed icons. Each icon looks crisp no matter the resolution. Everybody’s happy. But in prototyping things are less nice. Of course you can get desktop font variants of most popular icon fonts, yet the handling is not so easy, nor is it to edit them. Iconion is a new free tool, that converts pictograms from icon fonts into files. You can even edit them…



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  • Cerberus Makes Your HTML Email Work On Any Client

    Ted Goas from New Jersey knows what he’s talking about. He calls his latest project Cerberus, which educated people surely know to be the three-headed dog from hell aka hell-hound. He thinks the naming to be appropriate for an ambitious project like his, that aims to make HTML email work (three-headed) over desktops, mobiles and – even – Outlook. Cerberus is a collection of patterns compiled into two templates for you to build your email newsletters upon.



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  • Deal of the Week: Designmodo’s Fantastic Startup Design Framework Based on Bootstrap 3 and PSD

    Who in the world of web design and development doesn’t know Designmodo? Active since 2010, these guys have brought useful resources to the design world and still keep on doing so. Their latest product aims at startups seeking to create a decent, flexible and unique website. Startup Design Framework is the only thing you need to achieve that. From today until the 20th of March 2014 our dear readers are entitled to claim a 25% discount on this fantastic product. Let’s take a closer look…



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  • Pump up da Project: 5 Must-Have JavaScripts (March 2014 Edition)

    Great to see you liked the first iteration of "5 Must-Have JavaScripts". This is a foundation to build upon, so I decided to give you a fresh shot of must-have JavaScripts on a monthly basis. Today I dug up another 5 most recommendable specimen…



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  • A Snip-Snap: Background-Remover PhotoScissors For Half The Price (Win/Mac)

    Photos without background are popular because they can be used basically in every environment. If you leave the background transparent, they will even adjust to the coloring of your web project without further effort. Especially in (but not limited to) online shops, objects without backgrounds are the first choice to focus on the product itself. Of course can you go for the full service package Photoshop and fire up the giant. Besides having to shell quite a load of money, cutting out with Photoshop is not for the beginners. Thankfully, there’s a much easier, faster and cheaper solution.



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  • TemplateMonster: More Than 30,000 Templates For Your Next Web Project

    This name does stand for itself. TemplateMonster actually is a monster in terms of size and variety. More than 30,000 templates for various CM systems as well as plain HTML/CSS, Bootstrap or even Flash are available. It is impossible to not be able to find that one template you’ve always been looking for. More likely you’ll not find one but one dozen, leaving you spoilt for choice. No matter whether you prefer WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Shopify, Magento, Bootstrap, plain HTML, Wix or whatever. TemplateMonster has you covered. Let’s take a closer look at their offerings…



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  • Pump up da Project: 5 Must-Have JavaScripts (February 2014 Edition)

    Have you already heard of “You might not need jQuery”? That site created ripples soon after its release a few weeks ago. It suggests that you might be better off targeting modern browser features directly, instead of relying on jQuery to achieve basically the same. Then again, who as a developer can actually determine which browsers will definitely not be used for visiting the project about to be created. I have my doubts doubting jQuery overall, yet I have always had sympathies for JavaScripts that are self-contained and not dependent on jQuery. I would not recommend going for pure CSS at the moment, even if theoretically possible. JavaScript is needed anyway, so why not use it where suitable. Following I put together a fresh bunch of those that impressed me most lately…



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  • Big Time Saver: Becoming a WordPress Pro (Near-)Instantly

    WordPress powers a massive amount of websites and has rightfully become the go-to solution for most small to medium businesses. It is easy to comprehend, easy to install and easy to administer. Yet, it isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Getting to know one’s ways around the system is not to be done intuitively. So you’ll need to do a bit of learning – one way or another. And you know, if you could just master WordPress, you’d be well on your way to creating fantastic websites!



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