Posts Tagged "useful"

If you need to complete quick project and you are ready to spend some money for it, this premium WordPress portfolio theme showcase will definitely interest you! This is follow-up article to previous one about free themes, check it out – 24 Free Portfolio And Photo Gallery WordPress Themes.

I think it’s okay to spend few bucks for great theme with full support and many features for fast projects. I just bought one as well, just because I needed to set up site rapidly fast, but I had specific requirements for that blog. I visited several premium theme sites and found good looking theme I was happy with in 30 minutes.

It was interesting experience for me and this research was quite exciting as well – when I went through these themes I found out several modern jquery features many sites do not offer just yet, interesting designs..really premium like! Even if I didn’t buy anything this time, I got a lot of inspiration and new ideas just while browsing! Enjoy and let us know which was your favorite theme?

1. Twicet (37.00$)

Theme Features (few of them):

  • Valid XHTM Strict1.0 and CSS 2 .1, tableless Design
  • jQuery support
  • Fading Portfolio/Item slider
  • Dropdwon Menu, improved with jQuery
  • jQuery 100% unobtrusive wich degrades gracefully if javascript is turned off
  • Gallery Page with lightbox
  • Working ajax/php contact form
  • Newsticker

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2. Display ( 42$)

DISPLAY is a WordPress Theme, best suited for Business and Portfolio sites. It comes with a fantastic 3D Image slideshow that can be controlled from your backend with a custom tool. The Theme has a huge wordpress custom backend (8 additional Admin Pages) that make customization of the Theme easy for those who dont know much about coding or wordpress.

The Theme also comes with a more subtle fading image slider. You can use this slider as your main slider, otherwise it will be used as a fallback if the users browser doesnt support flash.

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We’ve been working in project for a Web Hosting client. After doing a few wireframes, we realized that we had to find good references to the pricing page. A good table just pops out in the middle of the layout, and makes it unique.

So, I had to find some examples of Pricing tables to use as reference, so I spent my afternoon looking for these… we even had some kind people helping us at Twitter (thanks guys). So, here are the ones that we got to get together. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Media Temple

Web Design - Pricing Tables

LightCMS

Web Design - Pricing Tables

Squarespace

Web Design - Pricing Tables

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Oh, this is a bit different collection I hope, because I couldn’t find really similar articles like this one. I did very big research through youtube, delicious, good-tutorials, vimeo, google and many more websites to find interesting Photoshop, little coding and tips video tutorials. What’s great with video tutorials? – you can see every mouse click and in the same time you hear author’s voice explaining things to you verbaly. In my opinion this is the fastest and the best way how to learn new techniques.

Actually I got this article idea, when I accidentaly found great video tutorial on Deviantart which by the way is the first video in this list as well. It is Photoshop tutorial, where author explains several of his great techniques while creating designs – what font to choose, how to think about spacing, wirefrime, colors, blending options and a lot more hidden tips.

1. Website design walkthrough from Derek Toigo

This video will walk you through Derek Toigo design process of a simple website template. He will explain and unreveal many hidden tips and techniques in his daily designing process.


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I’ve always been using Firefox browser, I mean already for 5–6 years and never thought I would want to choose something else. Firefox is great browser and what makes it so great is all those thousands of plugins you download freely. You can find now plugin for almost everything you could ever think of – there is only one big downside. Firefox is much slower than Chrome and actually eat’s more of computer’s CPU than other browsers.

I have a friend who suggested to try Chrome again and I thought I will give it a try – now I will check how much and how good extensions Chrome has and is it enough to transfer now?

This article will try to answer to question – can designer, web developer, social marketing, SEO person actually transfer to Chrome without any loss of extension features. Are there something similar to FireBug, WebDeveloper, Color Picker, SEO For Firefox, Alexa ranks, debugging tools, which can be replaced to be used daily?

Let’s put Chrome on test – shall we?

If you know a little about Google Chrome read our previous article about this browser features – Google Chrome Review.

Chrome Extensions For Daily Browsing

1. Aviary Screen Capture

Take a screen capture of the visible portion of any web page and it will open in an editor where you can crop it, add text and arrow markup, get color information or move around areas. You can easily save it to your desktop or host it online. The extension also lets you quick launch any of Aviary’s web editor design apps. View extension screenshots by clicking on the thumbnail and using the arrow keys.

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2. Xmarks Bookmarks Sync

Backup and sync your bookmarks across computers and browsers. Xmarks is also available for Firefox, Safari and IE.

Since I am working on one computer at work and laptop, I love this automatic tool syncing my bookmarks  and allowing me to worry about other things.

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3. AdThwart

Block ads on websites. Supports EasyList and many other ad blocker filter lists.

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4. Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote’s Web Clipper extension let you save interesting stuff you see on the web.
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Patterns can be extremely helpful for Illustrator users, and there are many good ones that you can download for free. In this post we’ll feature more than 225 repeating patterns that can be downloaded. We’ll start with pattern sets and then we’ll include some individual patterns at the end of the post. As always when you are working with freebies, be sure to check the terms of use or licensing set by the designer.

Pattern Sets:

Organic Patterns (3 patterns)

Organic Patterns

Mono Circles (3 patterns)

Mono Circles

Seamless Plaid Patterns (20 patterns)

Seamless Plaid Patterns

Vector Halftone Patterns (10 patterns)

Vector Halftone Patterns

Heart Patterns (10 patterns)
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