Tools

  • LayoutIt! Free And Powerful Boilerplate For Your Next Bootstrap 3 Project

    LayoutIt! is a clever web tool, created by Entropeer, a small design agency based in Buenos Aires. At first sight you might go mistaking LayoutIt! for a website builder, which actually it is not, although it looks and functions much in the same way. What LayoutIt! creates is „only“ a kickstarter, an initial foundation to build up upon. Get your next Bootstrap 3 project up and running in a shortened period of time, and thank Entropeer’s tool, which just recently got overhauled to support version 3 of Twitter’s popular front-end framework.



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  • Homepage Builder on Steroids: Is Wix.com Going to Disrupt the Web Design Industry?

    Wix.com has grown to more than 40 million users lately and has put loads of effort into changing from the ground up in the last few years. A few weeks ago, Wix.com went public. It was the biggest IPO ever in Israel’s history. Will Wix change the web design industry in a way similar to what Apple did to the computer industry? A disruptive service bringing a whole new definition as to how websites will be designed in the future? At least this doesn’t seem too far-fetched…



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  • Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website

    In these special times we tend to not only decorate houses, streets, the whole country, basically. We don’t even leave our websites untouched. Christmassy looks are mandatory these days. If you are on the lookout for a bunch of effects to implement on your blog, portfolio, whatever, look no further. We have compiled a small collection of just what you need to bring that Santa sparkle to the eyes of your visitors.



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  • Brand-new Topic Reports + Top Charts: Google Trends Finally Becomes Useful

    Google Trends is a tool to measure people’s interest in a certain topic. To decide which articles to write, which products to offer or at least how to properly describe your offerings, you need insight in what it is, that raises people’s attention. If you’re into internet marketing you know that Google offers a tool for that use case. Google Trends wants to do just that, help you recognize what interests Google Search users most. Yet, Trends has its quirks. A new update removes the biggest…



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  • Pico: Free, File-based Content Management System for PHP-Developers

    Pico is the name of a fairly new CMS, which doesn’t need any database connection at all. Its developer Gilbert Pellegrom calls the system "stupidly simple". I’d object and say, that this is only true for developers. If you are a PHP aficionado and like to write your posts using Markdown, Pico might just be the CMS for you.



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  • Marvel: Free Website Prototyping Tool for Photoshop-Dropboxers

    If you are anything like me, you fire up your Photoshop to create a first visual prototype of your next client’s website. And if you’re anything like me, you’re not bound to change that in the foreseeable future. All the clients I had over the last 20 years wanted to see a visual prototype before coding started. If you could create a clickable one, the better. A fresh web app named Marvel enters the stage with the promise to achieve just that. Are you a user of Photoshop, Fireworks, Gimp or any other pixel-editor and do you rely on Dropbox? Great, still, if you don’t design websites, you need not read further ;-)



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  • BugHerd: Lean & Clean Task- and Bug-Management for Web-Projects

    A comparably fresh service from Australia, named BugHerd, has come to change the way web designers, developers and clients work together during the creation of web projects. Instead of doing things the old-fashioned style, sending vague emails around the interwebs, BugHerd implements a centralized bug- and task-management platform right inside any given web project. Tracking bugs gets as easy as ABC. Sounded like a bold promise to us, so we decided to take a closer look…



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  • BamBam! The One and Only Collaboration-Tool for People who Really Need to Get Things Done

    There are collaboration tools and there are tools that really help with collaboration. As a creative professional I bet you know a lot of collaboration tools. How many of them did you turn down already for not meeting your expectations? Today we will be introducing you to BamBam!, a new tool made in Poland. We are sure you will be impressed – to say the least…



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  • BlendMeIn: Free Photoshop Extension Gives you Access to Dozens of the Most Popular Icon Sets

    At the beginning of October we introduced you to Flaticons by Freepik. The hyperactive guys from Spain developed a Photoshop extension to let you access their more than 13,000 icons large repository from within Adobe’s pixel giant directly. Being able to have thousands of icons at your fingertips and not having to leave your design environment is a potential time-saver, to say the least. BlendMeIn enters the market with a similar, yet slightly different concept…



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  • Shrink the Web: Automated Screenshots Enrich the User Experience of Your Web Projects

    An image is worth a thousand words. We here at Noupe Design Magazine live up to this saying every day. Thus, services that visually break up the gray by adding imagery to long texts are always appreciated. Shrink The Web by Neosys Consulting is one of those services. It automates the use of recent screenshots for any given URL in your web projects. The service is free, yet can be leveled up with the help of a few paid extensions, if need be. We have taken a closer look at Shrink The Web…



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