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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.
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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...

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

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.

Adobe Dreamweaver Tutorials

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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42 Design/Tech Magazines To Read

Regardless of what it is that you're selling, in order to remain competitive, you have to know exactly, what's going on in the field you're working in. More than that - actually, you have to know what happens next, which trends are coming up and which technologies will become big in the future. Achieving that is a solid foundation for successul development and right decisions at the right time.

What is right for business, is also right for online business. To catch up with the latest developments in design, development and web-related areas, it's reasonable to read design/tech-related online-magazines. However, the choice is huge, and the quality of magazines isn't always as good as you'd probably like it to be. Therefore decent references can be extremely useful, particularly if you don't know where to start from.

This overview of over 40 established international design/tech-related sources is supposed to give you an overview of magazines you should read or at least scan from time to time. Some of the sources are well-known by (almost) everybody; hopefully not all of them.

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Inspire Yourself: 58 Creative Logos

Logotypes stand for Corporate Identity. The better a logo is designed, the greater is the probability that your potential clients will remember your CI and get back to you once your service is needed. Consequence: designers have to be creative and put many efforts in designing beautiful, unique and catchy logos. And the results they come out with are sometimes stunning and spectacular. Both in graphic design and web design.

This isn't just another collection of logotypes. These are 58 creative logos you can inspire yourself from. Nevermind how different the logos are - they show the current trend in modern logo design. The logos we've selected below have been created and optimized for Web.

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More Creative and Beautiful Wallpapers

Wallpapers can be creative, inspiring, gorgeous and hilarious. Recently we've posted an overview of Selected Wallpapers for Desktop and Web Design and Christmas Wallpapers. However, there is more to showcase. And these wallpapers are definitely worth a look.

Now it's time for something fresh, original and creative. Let's take a look at some more creative and beautiful wallpapers for your personal desktop.

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

As a vector-based drawing program Adobe Illustrator has nowadays become the standard for illustration design. This tendency can be noticed in the Web as well as in Print Design. Few weeks ago we've selected some of the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials we've found on the Web so far; now it's time for Adobe Illustrator. Below you'll find a list of hand-picked Illustrator tutorials you can use to achieve some special visual effects in your designs.

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Hand-Picked Photoshop Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool for designing various visual elements one can use for web-pages. However, sometimes it's important to know what to do in order to achieve some effects. In such cases, step-by-step tutorials can provide help and save a lot of time you would have to spend on finding a solution otherwise. Let's take a look at some of the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials we've found in the Web so far. Links checked: June/17 2008.

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