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30 Scripts For Galleries, Slideshows and Lightboxes

Family photos, vacation snapshots or creative artistic works: whatever images you have to present, you can present them in a variety of ways. On a big screen, in slide shows or in a thumbnails gallery. However, to convey the message of presented data effectively, it's important to offer it in an attractive and intuitive way. Furthermore, the presentation itself can make images more valuable and simplify the browsing through hundreds of slides. Screenshot There are literally hundreds of solutions for web-based galleries out there. We've selected 30 scripts of impressive slideshows, lightboxes and galleries you can use for effective presentations of your images. Most of them don't have any technical requirements, so you can use them right away. Let's take a look. Read more...

11 Almost Perfect Business Layouts

Business companies tend to impress visitors with solid site structures, precise navigation and the credibility of presented content. Therefore business layouts are usually quite unspectacular, mostly informative, but not attractive. It's an appropriate approach if you want to inform your visitors, but what should you do if you want to attract users' attention? How to combine serious tone with attractive design? We've decided to figure it out. And selected 11 almost perfect business designs / layouts used by companies from different countries of the world. Exceel

What does perfect mean?

Different tastes result in different understandings of a perfect layout. The examples we've selected stand out, because
  • they are clean. It concerns both code, text and graphics.
  • they have a balanced layout, all site elements have their own place and are consistently placed on all pages
  • they pay attention to small details; the smallest things such as link colors and headings are well thought-out
  • they make use of white space, which places special emphasis on design and content
  • they use modern design elements, but remain moderate, without extreme use of graphics
  • they use intuitive color schemes and high contrasts to make sure the legibility of the text and the perception of visual elements are optimal
  • not all of them are gorgeous, but they don't have to. All of them are descriptive and they work, and that's what really matters.
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14 Tab-Based Interface Techniques

The popularity of tabs, well-known from tabbed document interfaces (TDI), is rapidly growing, challenging the creativity of both developers and designers. The development of efficient and user-friendly interfaces is quite hard to deal with, and tabs can guarantee a quick access to information without need to open and close dozens of windows at the same time. Tabs-based interfaces allow multiple documents to be contained within a single window and tabs can be used to navigate between them. And exactly this idea is being used more frequently recently.

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However, it doesn't have to be that complex. Using modern approaches, you can create and improve tab-based interfaces in few minutes. With CSS, JavaScript, DHTML and XMLHttpRequest (alltogether Ajax) almost everything is possible. Information isn't loaded in new windows, but loaded instantly with Ajax-based techniques. You can also use Back-button without worrying about losing your data.

Let's take a look at some of the most interesting techniques we've found in the Web, searching for tab-based interface techniques.

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Online Converters

Online converters always come in handy. Once you need to perform some operation with your files, they can save your time achieving the same results online, without installing some specific software. In fact, there are many online tools, which convert formats, files and code snippets for free. Some of them are quite specific tools aimed for developers, but some are common "all-rounders", which manage to convert almost every format to a more popular one. Using them, you can generate .pdf-documents out of images, images out of texts or RSS-feeds out of web-sites. You can also convert any audio- and video-files immediately - the results can be received via e-mail.

So what can you use? What should you use?

This overview of online-converters for users and developers might give you some useful starting points and improve your productivity.

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Adobe Dreamweaver Tutorials

Adobe Dreamweaver Tutorials

With the growing popularity of CMS, Wikis and Weblogs, WYSIWIG-editors lose their users. However, many of those editors offer many advantages, such as Integration of SVN, FTP Clients, Developer's extensions and programming environments. Using them, you can save your time and increase your efficiency. Not every code has to be written in Notepad, not every problem has to be solved manually. Therefore some good starting points for improving your WYSIWYG-skills can be useful.

In the list below we tried to cover some of the most useful references, tutorials, ideas and sketches related to Adobe Dreamweaver (initially called Macromedia Dreamweaver).

You might be willing to use at least some of them for your next projects. Particularly video-tutorials are amazing, don't forget to check them out.

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Inspire Yourself: More Creative Favicons

Recently we've selected 50 Remarkable Favicons you can inspire yourself from. This follow-up is supposed to give you some more ideas for fresh, inspiring and creative favicon design.

Favicons, mini graphics for a particular web-site, can be displayed in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface. To be recognized immediately, favicons have to be visually appealing and fit to the design or logo of a given page.

Below you'll find over 45 more beautiful favicons, which can serve as a nice source for inspiration. You can click on favicons - they lead to the page, which uses the image as a page icon.

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Google AdSense: Facts, FAQs and Tools

Google AdSense is probably one of the most popular revenue generators in the Web. We hear the stories about bloggers-genies, who manage to turn their blogs into cash machines overnight. However, it's not that simple to find the actual tips, which stick to Google policies, might increase your revenues and don't try to trick out the readers of your weblog.

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