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  • Atmail Cloud: Modern Email Solution For Web-Working Professionals [Review]

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    Email – there is no getting around it. You need a reliable, fast and secure service to host the mail-related part of your business life. Self-hosting is always an option, but alternatives are valid, too. Cloud-hosted mail services are no newcomers in the field. Almost any internet user will be a client of one or more of them. Today, we will take a look at a modern service from sunny Australia, aiming at small to medium teams and their collaboration requirements. Let’s see, what Atmail Cloud has got to offer…



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  • Mozilla Labs TowTruck: Brand-new Real-Time Collaboration Tool Tested

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    Mozilla Labs achieves amazing things. And this is more of an under- than an overstatement. The latest sprout from Mozilla’s garden, interestingly named TowTruck, makes no exception and promises a lot. TowTruck lets you integrate collaboration features into any website with a mere two lines of code. Once done, people can communicate, collaborate, create together right inside any website. They can even talk to each other via WebRTC. Noupe took a closer look…



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  • CSS Matic – “What You See Is What You Get” for CSS Developers

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    Long gone are the times where we had to code CSS entirely by hand. It’s already been a while since more and more little helpers started to get created. These little helpers usually cover one single aspect of CSS and support it with a more or less elaborate graphical UI for visual development in the likes of WYSIWYG. Today I want to introduce you to a rather new service from Spain, which comes to cover four basic missions every CSS developer has to accomplish. The service is called CSS Matic and its creators are quite known in the field of web design.



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  • Small Tools: 5 jQuery Plugins for Developer’s Daily Routine

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    Developers around jQuery are very active. At an hourly rate new plugins are brought up, that previously had not or not in this form been available. You can hardly keep track of the progress. There are big, disruptive projects, but lots more small helpers for various use-cases. We have dug up five of these little helpers for you.



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  • CheckPanel: Fresh Task-Management App for Site Owners

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    CheckPanel is a brand-new web app from Germany. It aims at the organization of recurring tasks around maintaining a website. One of the many use-cases could be the inevitable check whether an URL is reachable or not, the so-called web monitoring. But, as experienced admins will confirm, there are a lot more things to check regularly when you want a website to run flawlessly.



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  • PNG Optimization Online and Local: Can CompressPNG and ImageAlpha Dethrone TinyPNG?

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    If you are a regular reader, you will certainly remember TinyPNG, a fresh service, created by Voormedia from the Netherlands, that lets you compress PNGs easily and to a noticeable extent. Many of you, I know I did, will have integrated TinyPNG into their daily workflows. Around 70% less weight than before is what TinyPNG promises and almost always achieves, while you don’t even see the difference. A brand-new service from the Czech Republic by the name of CompressPNG has arrived, ready to dethrone TinyPNG. Chances are good, as you’ll see if you read on. Mac users will find a nifty alternative to both online services…



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  • Full Throttle: Cloudflare Promises To Boost Your Website’s Performance

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    Websites nowadays should best be jack of all trades services. Extremely fast, secure against attackers, packed with lots of the most amazing features. This is not easy to accomplish. We could try to lock in dozens of web developers for weeks and not let them out before they offer a fitting solution or, we should look for other ways. The start-up Cloudflare from San Francisco offers one of these “other ways” and its quite disruptive. Their solution: Route all your traffic through our servers, we’ll take care of the rest. Sounds easier than it actually is.



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  • uiFaces: Placeholder Service for Avatars in Design Mock-ups

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    We have been introducing you to placeholder services frequently. This new app by the name of uiFaces, that we want to show you today, does not stand in line, though. It covers a rather unique aspect of modern design, the integration of Social Media. With uiFaces you can easily integrate social network areas into your design mock-ups. With its ample flexibility, uiFaces covers any use-case.



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  • 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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  • Down with Boredom: 5 Pattern Generators for Background Designs

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    If you want the background of your website to consist of more than a color, you’ll be thinking about a background image. If there’s no obvious image you should use or if you don’t want to get determined by your imagery, while at the same time being able to serve different resolutions more or less effortlessly, you’ll soon turn your thoughts on textures or repetitive patterns. Creating repetitive, seamless patterns is not easy. Pattern generators are there to help you achieve just this. We have aggregated the five most promising tools…



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