Apr 16 2013

5 jQuery Plugins to Breathe Life into your Texts

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Texts are primarily made for reading. Yet, at least sometimes, we want them to be apparent, eye-catching. A set of jQuery plugins provide possibilities to animate texts in various ways. We have come up with five of the best of them.

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Apr 15 2013

CSS Architectures #1: Principles of Code Cleanup and the New Best Practices

Box-Models in Real Life Can Come Over Complicated, too

All too often, the CSS for major (and minor) websites is a textbook case of code bloat and redundancy, with lines of code that boast unnecessary use of qualifier elements, overly specific selectors from unnecessarily long selector chains, overdependence on descendent selectors when other selectors would be more appropriate, and the inappropriate or unnecessary use of !important. We’ll show you better ways in the following article…

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Apr 14 2013

Leaflet: Interactive Maps with JavaScript and OpenStreetMap

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What crosses your mind first, when you think about embedding maps into a website? I am pretty sure the answer is: Google Maps. And this is perfectly understable as the easy to use JavaScript API allows for simple and flexible addition of custom content such as markers and overlays to the maps. The free alternative OpenStreetMap has nothing similar to offer and thus is often turned down as the valid choice it could otherwise be. There is hope, though. The JavaScript library Leaflet allows for the addition of lots of Google Maps features to maps based on the Open Source project OpenStreetMap.

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Apr 13 2013

Instant Inspiration: Niice.co, a Brand-new Search Engine for Designers Sparks Your Creativity

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Did your muses sneak out the back-door without even leaving a message on the bathroom mirror? Didn’t you just have this wonderful idea for this next web project? No? I thought so. When the only thing running properly is your nose and the only sparks flying burn your skin, it is high time you visited Niice.co. This new search engine is here to serve you inspiration in packages tailored to your needs.

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Apr 12 2013

Sidr for jQuery: Modern Sidebar Navigation with an Edge

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We all came to love the so-called panel menu, or more correct off-canvas-menu, which saw a dramatic rise in popularity alongside the equally dramatic rise in popularity of smartphones and mobile clients in general. It’s getting hard to find one smartphone app that isn’t equipped with a navigation that slides in at swipe or tap. If my memory does not betray me, it was Facebook’s app that first made use of an off-canvas-menu. A while ago we introduced you to jPanelMenu for jQuery, with which you can create a Facebook-like experience in any app. Our newest contestant, Sidr, is even more able…

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Apr 11 2013

Depositphotos and Noupe Give Away More Than 300 Professional Stock Files For Free

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Today we have a very special and very attractive opportunity for you. Five of our readers are able to win a free 2 month subscription to Depositphoto’s Standard Plan. This allows for the daily download of up to five professional photos or vector files for use in design projects. In a two month period this sums up to more than 300 files each of our lucky winners can collect. Take part interacting with the giveaway widget below…

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Apr 09 2013

Envato Moves to 100% GPL, and WooThemes Joins ThemeForest — What’s Next?

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It all started in late 2012 and the early part of 2013 — WordPress Foundation requested that developers who are selling their WP-related works via Envato marketplaces should not speak at, volunteer for, sponsor or organize WordCamps. Obviously, things got heated (and personal) — you don’t tell one of the biggest communities of WP developers to stay away from WordCamps and expect no reaction at all, do you? After a lot of furore and debates, Envato eventually announced a GPL-friendly policy for their marketplaces.

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Apr 08 2013

Exclusive Freebie for Noupe’s Readers: 500 Icons in our Freepik Web Mega Bundle

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Today, we have something to give away for free and we know you’ll like it. The creators of Freepik came up with a big icon-set of 500 symbols and decided to make it available exclusively through our lovely Noupe Magazine. We share it only with our German sister Dr. Web. Read on to learn how to get hold of Freepik’s Web Mega Bundle 500. It’s easy as can be…

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Apr 07 2013

Unobtrusive Helper: Intro.js Guides Visitors Around Your Website

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You know it. A website should be self-explanatory, navigation should be obvious. “Don’t make me think!” If you need a manual to tell your visitors how to use your website, you’re a dead man designer walking. This is generally true. But! Imagine you changed your website, but ever so slightly that your regular visitors won’t even notice. But! You want them to notice, because to you and at best also to your visitors these changes are a big deal, though not obvious. Would it not be great to have a possibility to gently poke the attention of your visitors to the right direction? Intro.js is a framework to achieve just that. It guides your visitors around the fresh parts of your website and has some tooltips at hand.

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Apr 06 2013

Unusual Code Checker: Holmes Validates HTML, Uses CSS To Do So

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Of course it is advisable, no, mandatory to have your source code checked, double-checked and validated to avoid errors and to ensure standards compliance. Instead of having your project run through one of the many validators out there, you can opt to use the brand-new diagnostic tool by the clever name of Holmes to achieve the same. Holmes is a tool, that uses CSS to check your source code for non-compliant and invalid HTML. Here is how it does it…

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