Showing posts from May, 2006

Web Design Helpers

Yup, you can do web development on a shoe string, but of course not without it's downside, which is of course a little harder to do.

It's a good thing there are some "web design helpers" out there which makes our life a little easier.

Gliffy - Need to draw a diagram or a sitemap? Do you use Visio? Gliffy is a suite of online applications designed to replace expensive and difficult to maintain desktop software. Since Gliffy applications work in any web browser, sharing your work is made simple.

With Gliffy, you can do:

Website layouts/wireframes
Flow Charts
Floor Plan
Class Diagrams
Network Diagrams
Database schemas
Website layouts/wireframes
Workflow documents
Seating Charts
And more... just use your imagination!

Icons, don't you just love them? FamFAmFAm is giving away free icons and for a web designer , this is a welcome development. The icons are very useful. Not to mention very beautiful.

Awakened, Again.

Attending the "National Webmasters Interface on Accessible ICT" rekindled my soft spot for People with Disabilities (PWD's). The first time I attended the Accessible ICT Training on 2004, was an eye opener. This follow up workshop rekindled my ongoing drive to make my web designs accessible to PWD's

This time around, the government and academe webmasters made a plan on how to tackle the problem on the national level. There were 2 teams, one on defining the minimum technical standards and two, a team which will promote the cause on a national level. Team one, which defines the minimum standards, was formed even if there has been a standard set by W3C because based upon the experience of developed countries, the minimum standards is hard to implement, especially on the economic scale. Discussions arised upon why standards should be lowered or not but eventually boiled down to the capacity of the implementing country/region.

I wanted to promote accessibility on the nation…

The CSS Song

In a different approach in promoting CSS and Web Standards, a css song has been made.

Well, it's not an award winning song and the vocals at the start is a little bit hard to comprehend, but reading the lyrics while listening to it made it easy to understand (now, that is usability!)

I'm attending a conference on Accessibilty for PWD's (Person's with Disabilities) tommorrow and maybe we can do something similar. I'm not sure though if the hearing impaired will go with that idea though.

Enough rant, listen to the CSS Song! by the way below is the lyrics just to tease you. The lyrics are also shown in the CSS Song webpage, so you shouldn't have any problem understanding the song.

Complete Lyrics of Hands to Boag

The supervisor rants. He says “This website’s pants! I want my clicks improved by Friday!”

I hit the URL. It’s like the bowels of hell. God give me strength. It’s just not my day.

So raise your hands to Boag and pray that we can fix this website today.

Tonight I …

Photoshop Podcasts

To say that I love photoshop is an understatement. I think I can grow old with this software as it lets me express my ideas in infinite ways.

Well before anyone can begin expressing his or her ideas, you have got to learn how to use it. And in this point of time, there are new ways to learn photoshop.

Enter Video podcasts. These are free video broadcasts from experts that teaches photoshop. What better way to teach photoshop than videos. These are softwares that tackes visual effects so you have to teach them visually.

These are some of the podcasts that are available:

Podcast News - Latest Podcasting News & iTunes Updates

All About Podcasts - Introduction To Podcasting
Photoshop TV - Featuring "The Photoshop Guys"
Photoshop Podcast From Russell Brown
Photoshop Radio - Photoshop Podcast From NAPP
Attention Photoshoppers! - Photoshop Podcast With David Biedny
Media Artists Secrets - Pro Designer Podcast With Franklin McMahon
Inside Mac Radio - Industry News Podcast
Secrets Of Podcas…

Google launches Free 3D modelling tool

Google SketchUp gives you the power to create 3D objects

I have been waiting for months since Google acquired this company. I know that they will be releasing this as a freeware soon. That soon is now, check it out! There are also available video tutorials from the website so you can get going fast. Really easy to use.

Google has released yet another beta software package: SketchUp. SketchUp is an application that allows you to create your own 3D objects, color and texture your designs, use real-time shadowing effects and grab from a large library of pre-configured objects to add to your design. And as is always the case with most of Google's software, it is completely free. There is also a commercial version called SketchUp Pro 5 which has a host of additional features, but you may want to take a stab at the free version first to see if it's suitable for your needs. From Google:
Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program whose few simple tools e…