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Lightbox JS v2

Overview

Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It's a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers. And honestly, this rivals flash presentations as it has its own "cool" transitions. And it's compatible with modern browsers as well as backward compatible. What more can you ask for?

Just yesterday I made a flash album by using Picasa and and exported it into a webpage by using SimpleViewer and it was really a professional way of presenting photos. One caveat though is that many of those who want a copy of the pictures emails me that they cannot save the pictures because it is emmbedded in Flash.

Yeah, I know that it is there in the cache. And the SWF only interacts with the XML to call the JPG pics. (did that make you dizzy?) But not all users are as tech savvy as you. So providing them an album that they can right click and save to their hard drive is much better. That's a usability principle right there. If your …

Online Project Management

From 37signals.com, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary, comes Basecamp - an online project management tool. All you need is a modern browser (Firefox, IE6, etc)and an internet connection. What is amazing is it was hailed by a former executive of Microsoft Project. It must be good.

Basecamp turns project management and collaboration on its head. Instead of Gantt charts, fancy graphs, and stats-heavy spreadsheets, Basecamp offers message boards, to-do lists, simple scheduling, collaborative writing, and file sharing. Tens of thousands agree it's a better way. Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com said “Basecamp represents the future of software on the Web.”

And getting an account is a breeze. I know these guys are also usability experts so you would really expect an easy to use and an intuitive UI (user interface) for their products.

Go ahead, get a free or paid account, you shou…

Writely So

I found this great resource recently bought by Google and as a web designer my immediate idea was to use it as a form of CMS tool online, for other web contributors to use it as a tool and they dont need anything but a browser and internet connection

What does Writely do?

Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online.

What exactly can I do with it?

You can:

* Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
* Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
* Invite others to share your documents (by e-mail address).
* Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
* View your documents' revision history and roll back to any version.
* Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
* Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF*, HTML or zip.
* Post your documents to your blog.

How much does W…

Free Web & Graphic Design Tools

Yes you can do web and graphic design, virtually free. But not without it’s learning curve and headaches. In my experience, it is more practical to combine freeware and licensed tools (who can beat Photoshop & Dreamweaver?)

Below are some of the freeware tools you can use, not only for web design but graphic design as well. These stuff are recommended by fellow web designers around the world and truly are marvelous. Enough rant, read on and learn!
Color my world
Color Schemer Online provides a simple interface that lets you select a color and instantly see 15 other harmonious colors.

Color Scheme Generator 2 takes a more scientific and complex approach; it includes tools for viewing monochromatic, contrasting, and analogic color schemes. It helps you create balanced colour schemes and see what they look like to people with various colour vision deficiencies.
Inexpensive or free images
A picture may be worth a thousand words. But to a designer, free photos may save a thousand…

Good to Great [Inspirational]

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"Good to Great" is a book by Jim Collins. It is a research, based on companies that performed well above expectations and foresight. This book outlines the things that these companies did well and their similarities.

Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great, Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets.

Collins maps out three stages, each with two key concepts. These six concepts are the heart of Good To Great and he devotes a chapter to explaining each of them.

* Level 5 Leadership
* First Who... Then What
* Confront the Brutal Facts
* The Hedgehog Concept
* A Culture of Discipline
* Technology Accelerators

But the one of the things I remember is the Stockdale Paradox which states...

You got to have unwavering faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties but at the same time you g…