links for 2011-08-05

  • The web has become a rich repository of content for reference and educational materials, news, articles, and interactive apps. However, some of the capabilities that are taken for granted when designing content for print are still impossible or very difficult to implement using web standards.

    Print publications are exploring better ways of translating and adapting their content to a rich digital format. We see this as an opportunity to make the web more expressive and to support more sophisticated layouts.

    Adobe has been experimenting with some improvements to CSS to express the kind of complex layouts used by traditional magazines. We have submitted some proposals to the W3C CSS Working Group, and we have built a prototype implementation of these proposals using WebKit. You can download the prototype from Adobe Labs and try it out. You can find the W3C Editor's drafts on the CSS Regions Module and the CSS Exclusions Module pages on the W3C website.

  • There are certain themes for every web or graphic design created and with those themes, there is a need to express details to expound its meaning. Photoshop Brushes gets to help a lot with this need. Blood Brushes become essential in making projects look realistic and horrifying at the same time. An effective artwork comes out then.

    It is with great pleasure to share with you today these Cool Yet Horrifying Blood Brushes for your Photoshop that we have gathered from all over the web. May you get spooked and thrilled at the same time as you browse through…

  • Once upon a time, I was an actively developing themes and plugins for WordPress. No more. No, I have since moved on to other projects. And while this site is no longer updated, I want it to remain because when I was developing for WordPress, I found referencing other themes and plugins useful, even necessary.

    But with the inclusion of the three functions that were the heart and soul of the Sandbox now in the WordPress core, my mark has been made, and there are new directions to go. Those functions, sandbox_body_class(), sandbox_post_class(), and sandbox_comment_class(), can be found in your recent WordPress download, simply renamed as body_class(), post_class(), and comment_class(), respectively. Mission accomplished.

    So I hope what I did contribute once upon a time will continue to be of some use to the community. has become a single-page archive of what it was. Enjoy.

  • Truth be told, I am a philistine. When people talk about recycling, I don’t think of saving the planet.

    In my earlier post, “Lessons Learned: Productivity Tips For Running A Web Design Business,” I wrote about how we can reuse and recycle what we do in the Web industry to save time and money.

    Now let’s explore the subject further. We will look at how we can recycle existing work (done by ourselves or others) in order to be more efficient. By doing so, we can finish projects more quickly and generate a better profit margin. The great thing about recycling is that we can all do it, whether we are a developer, designer or website owner. Let’s begin our journey with the masters of recycling: developers.

  • Within the field of user experience, visual design is sometimes perceived as a bit of an outsider. Indeed, some visual designers are apparently feeling a pressure to rebrand themselves as “user experience” designers to progress their careers. In my experience with clients, visual design is often likened to decorating the walls of your living room. It makes everything a little nicer, but it’s hardly a key part of the architecture of your house.

    In fact, visual design has an important impact on the usability of designs. Research shows that people believe that more attractive designs are easier to use than less attractive designs — even when they’re not. This is known in psychology as the aesthetic usability effect and in folklore more simply as, “first impressions count”.

    But good visual design offers more than improving people’s attitudes to a design. Good visual design will actually make interfaces easier to use.

  • Product page best practices
    Today, many online merchants see high abandonment rates from their product pages, suggesting there is much room for improvement on these critical pages.

    To help you create product pages that empower shoppers to make the right decision and head to checkout, Adobe is pleased to offer the definitive guide authored by the etailing group. This paper will help you optimize your product page strategy, guiding you on numerous tactics, including:

    Maximizing imagery to sell your products;
    From minimalist to information-rich product pages, deciding which approach is right for you
    Differentiating, interactive tools you can deploy to help shoppers truly visualize or customize your products

  • By preparing your PDF form with fillable fields, your clients will be able to fill out your form using Acrobat Reader (versions 4-7). In this beginner's tutorial you'll get aquainted with Acrobat's form tool box. Additionally, we'll create a simple order form.
  • If you’re like me then you like everything from your website down to your legal contracts to look well designed and function to your client’s liking — which in most cases is… easily!

    The problem with creating forms and other documentation for a client to fill out is most are created in Microsoft Word, or other form of word processors, because we’re afraid the client won’t have the right software to open, add to it and return it.

    In doing so, the design is compromised because of word processor’s inability to function like professional design software. While MS Word is typically found on most computers and regarded as the most compatible document to send someone to fill out and return, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake (aka “good design capabilities”) and eat it too (aka “compatibility).

  • Collect data quickly and easily by creating fillable PDF forms

    Adobe® Acrobat® X Pro software makes it so easy to create electronic forms that you won't even have to ask IT for help. With just a few clicks, you can create and distribute a PDF form* that virtually anyone can fill in using free Adobe Reader® software. Acrobat X Pro also makes it simple to track form completion and export form data for analysis and reporting.

  • Adobe® Digital Enterprise Platform (ADEP) software includes a broad range of options for creating rich, interactive interfaces. Within processes, mix and match interfaces to meet the needs of specific groups. ADEP is tightly integrated with the Adobe Flash® Platform to deliver engaging user experiences across desktop, web, and mobile environments.
  • Your To-Do List, One Day At A Time

    Kiss your overwhelming to-do list goodbye, and start using the only to-do list you’ll finish every day.

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