Dec 25 2012

Fresh and Free WordPress Themes Released In December 2012

We have come to the end of another fine month. For WordPress users, December 2012 marked the release of WordPress 3.5 Beyond that, many new themes were also released in December, and in this round-up, we shall be taking a look at them.

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Dec 24 2012

Photocat: Photo Editor Not Only For The Festive Season

Photocat is a very capable, yet also usable solution for photo editing. Did I mention it is free of charge, too? Especially to celebrate the festive season the creators added to the large feature set and provide you with a special creation to help you christmasize your photos. If you are late as always and urgently looking for a simple tool to aid you in putting together a last minute christmas card, I advise you to take a look at Photocat now. All others can relax for the time being, but should take a long hard look at Photocat any time soon.

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Dec 23 2012

35 Last Minute Christmas Wallpapers of 2012

Every year’s end we arrive at these special times when something seems to have changed everywhere: in the air, on the streets, in our houses, at work. The atmosphere is different: everybody is buying Christmas presents, Christmas trees, Christmas sweets and so on. Christmas wallpapers have their tradition as well. In this post we have prepared a selection of Christmas wallpapers to pep up your desktop just a bit. After all, it should fit into the overall decoration at home, shouldn’t it!

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Dec 20 2012

I Love You, WordPress! But…

…There are certain things that I hate about you, sadly. Yes, I know, many WordPress users will disagree (some will already have started cursing me, even without reading this article). On the other hand, many non-WP users might be passing those *I-knew-it* smiles while reading this text. Perhaps you are one of them? In any case, my point behind this article is not to trash-talk WordPress. Trust me: I love WordPress! As a matter of fact, I use WP on many of my websites. Plus, I’m currently writing this article for Noupe, an awesome website that uses WordPress. So read, what annoys me, what troubles me, what is inacceptable and then let’s start a discussion…

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Dec 19 2012

Lookfilter.com: Modern Photoshop Droplets Pimp Your Photos

Regular readers already know Lookfilter.com. Two months ago the service announced to provide several very interesting Photoshop actions for photographers with ambitions as well as Instagrammers and other fans of photo effects. In October Lookfilter.com gave away the very elegant action “The Wise Watson” for free. A lot has changed at Lookfilter.com since then. In the meantime the service has been launched officially. They still offer a freebie action, though…

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Dec 17 2012

The Mobile Book: Packed With Know-How, While Easy To Read

Specialist books are necessary, if you want to keep up with today’s knowledge in whatever field your profession lies. I have to force myself into reading these publications though, as these books tend to be written in such a dry and uninteresting way that it leaves me looking for the next distraction. Very rarely though, reading a specialist book can be fun. One of the most notable exceptions I found this year is The Mobile Book by Smashing Media. I spent this weekend with relaxed reading and got filled up with knowledge on responsive web design without even having the impression of strenuousness. What more could I have wanted?

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Dec 14 2012

Hotels in Phuket: 3 Awesome Design Concepts

Design is important. As you are readers of Noupe, one of the best design magazines this side of the milky way, you are certainly aware of that. Recently I had the chance to take a deeper look at three design-oriented hotel concepts over here in Thailand. And I saw that design sometimes just isn’t enough. For a hotel to be successful it must have a strong concept that appeals to an increasingly wide range of people from all over the world. I went to check the Millenium Resort, the Pimnara Hotel and the Color Kata Hotel, all three located in Phuket, Thailand. And this is my story…

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Dec 13 2012

An Easy Choice? WordPress and ExpressionEngine Compared

In a world full of multiple options, picking the right CMS can be quite a task at times. Each CMS comes with its own share of good and bad points, thus making the selection process even more difficult. How does one pick the ideal CMS? Which features does one require? These are only some of the questions that every user asks before he or she decides to use a particular CMS. Two of the most talked-about CMSs in the current computing scenario are WordPress and ExpressionEngine. Each has its own loyal user base, multitudes of extensions and features, as well as drawbacks. Both WP and EE are often compared, debated and discussed all across the internet. So, among WordPress and ExpressionEngine, which one beats the other? We shall attempt to answer this question in this article.

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Dec 12 2012

30 Elaborate Tutorials To Teach You PSD to HTML Conversion

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Designing in PSD and then porting to HTML is still common these days. Responsive design will probably alter the ways of the design industry, but up to today it hasn’t. In the following post we gather some useful and highly elaborate tutorials on PSD to HTML conversion. Each tutorial in this collection provides information in an easy to follow manner, so that you can actually learn all the conversion techniques. So, take some time, look into this collection and try to grab the techniques. Here is the complete collection of 30 tutorials on PSD to HTML conversion.

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Dec 11 2012

WordPress 3.5 First Look: Yay or Nay?

WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” has just been released, and it comes with a good number of changes, upgrades and updates. In this article, we take a look at the new offerings that WP 3.5 has brought to the table. For someone who has been working with WordPress ever since the 2.x days, each new release brings many expectations and hopes. Naturally, hopes were high ever since the new version of WP was in the testing phase. I had been taking a look at the changes by test driving the release candidates on a dummy site. Oh yes, I was *that* impatient to wait for the final stable version to be released.

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