Oct 19 2012

MODX: Is It The Right Choice For Your Website?

If you are creating a new website, chances are you’ll be using a Content Management System. Unless you have a personal favorite and/or have a rigidly defined set of requirements that can be met by your preferred CMS, you may need to do some searching before you finalize a CMS for your website. Today, we shall be taking a look at one such Content Management System: MODX. Before we begin, allow me to be clear: MODX is neither a “minnow” or a “newbie” in the CMS world. It has its own loyal following, a huge community and user base and a properly documented code. It powers numerous organizations’ websites and has its own cloud solution, organizes a MODXpo (as opposed to WordCamp), and does a lot many other things that you’d expect from a full-fledged business organization.

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Oct 18 2012

Never Grow Up: An Interview with Photographic Artist Ruadh DeLone

One could argue that there are plenty of talented and creative artists to be found in this world, that every artist has a unique perspective and style. However, it also seems that every great once in a while, along comes an artist who breaks the normal boundaries of art far beyond his modern fellow artists. Ruadh DeLone, an artist from Rheden, Netherlands, fits into this category of a photographer/ photomanipulation artist in his own level of class. His original work is expressive, odd, thoughtful, and stunning. While some of his pieces are definitely simply artistic, others seem to be making a powerful statement about life.

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Oct 17 2012

SwipeView: Mobile Gallery with Touch Control on Smartphones and Tablets

JavaScript and galleries, what do you associate? I associate the word plethora. Though it’s not easy for new projects to impress, SwipeView does. Because SwipeView supports touch control, it is ideal for usage on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. You navigate through the galleries with swipes. Non-mobile devices imitate the swipes with mouse actions. The project even features classical navigation concepts.

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Oct 16 2012

Foreign Tongue: Translate Your WordPress Website With These Useful Tools and Plugins

AJAX Translator Revolution

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular Content Management Systems. It is used by a wide range of people, from English-speaking journalists to French entrepreneurs, from Japanese-speaking students to Arabic-speaking political activists, and so on. Thus, owing to its support for multiple languages as well as localization and translation standards, WordPress serves a target audience that speaks and interacts in various languages. Furthermore, such translation standards help WordPress developers to code and build themes and plugins to make life easier for the end users of WordPress, no matter what their first language may be!

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Oct 15 2012

Inspiration Blast: 40 Elaborately Designed Photoshop Wallpapers

The easiest way to decorate your boring computer desktop is with creative wallpapers. It only takes a few clicks to beautify even the dullest workspace. In the following collection you will find little pieces of art, hand-crafted by talented Photoshoppers from around the world. The wallpapers are colorful, elaborately designed and unique at the same time. As they come in a variety of resolutions, we have equipped the collection with the necessary information. Now find your next desktop wallpaper!

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Oct 14 2012

Moqups: HTML5-Based Mockups On Steroids

Before you detail the design of your next website project you need to determine where should be what. You will have to place your navigation, images, texts, forms, whatever will be part of your site. Especially essential parts such as the navigational concept have to be planned very thoroughly. The information architecture decides if your project will be usable or not. Also important in your early concept is that nothing should be forgotten. The established way to deal with all of these challenges is creating one or more mockups of the project. Mockups are small models, sometimes even prototypes, sometimes only scribbles of the website under construction. They do not determine the design aka looks of a site but they define its structure and the navigational concepts. The brand-new web-app Moqups has been created to help you do just that, build early mockups of your next big web-thing.

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Oct 13 2012

Delta – A Free, Modern Theme For jQuery UI

Kiandra IT is one of the bigger companies in the field of software development and the likes in Australia. In 2012 they were declared Microsoft Partner Of The Year. Pushing ahead their own software development efforts Kiandra created a theme for jQuery UI which they used internally for almost a year. Then they decided to open source it under the name of Delta. Kiandra did and put it under the liberal MIT/GPL-license, so everybody can use Delta free of charge for any purpose, be it for private, educational or commercial use.

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Oct 12 2012

What You Do Not Know About Bangkok’s Colors But Should…

If you can fight your way through Bangkok’s crowds and traffic, its sweltering heat and black smoke you will find colors so bright, so alien that you will think you have found  Marioland. The Thais’ love for colors is deep and omnipresent wherever you look. The following showcase is a tribute to one of the most colorful cultures throughout the world. It will provide you not only with pictures in bright colors, bit also information about the meaning behind it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing and photographing it.

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Oct 11 2012

Exploring Geometry: 30 Exceptional Polygonal Art Illustrations

Polygons by Dave Murray

Now and then different modern artists create artworks that force you to look at ordinary pictures in a whole new way. With a strong hint at the cubist style, polygonal art illustrations become extremely popular nowadays. Just like the old-school video games, this art direction inspires by exceptional interconnection between simple geometric forms, mainly with sharp corners and offbeat color combination. At first sight, every artwork is a giant collection of triangular shapes which recreates a feeling of depth and volume by means of light and dark tone of the same color that is used as a background. But if you take a closer look, you can definitely find circles, irregular polyhedra and segments with smooth lines that harmoniously complement each other and add slight touches of multilayerness.

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Oct 10 2012

Presentations With Reveal.js and HTML5: Better Than PowerPoint

Presentations are PowerPoint, you say? Well, think again. Most people I know start yawning as soon as PowerPoint gets mentioned. You don’t want your clients to yawn. If you are into presenting using your Android or iPad, you’ll even need additional tools to get a PPT up and running. As we are web developers, why not use the fine JavaScript framework Reveal.js, that just caught my eye? Reveal.js lets you build your presentations as a website, so all you need to – well – present is a browser.

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