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Heather Kavanagh

17 Jan 2007, 4:19 pm

Share your favourite resources and links

It’s not often I come up with a good idea, so I thought I’d share it.

I thought it would be a good idea to make a thread where you can post URLs for online resources, such as search engine optimisation sites, places for useful graphics, places for neat code snippets, sites that show your designs in various browsers and so on.

I think it might be a good place to hawk your wares, too, so if you create Actions, or you have template designs you want to share, you can post here as well.

The rules are simple. To keep things tidy, post your links as standard http://www etc links in your post, with perhaps a sentence to explain what it is about and why you like it. I will cull your links and post them in useful groups or headings below, and then delete your original posts.

As a rule, we don’t actually ban commercial links on this forum, but anything too blatant will be open to moderation, so be careful. ;)

Right, let’s see your links!


[b:7e15aec02d]Design[/b:7e15aec02d]

How not to design web sites: http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/

Design trends and sample sites http://www.designmeltdown.com

5,000+ samples of beautiful sites http://screenfluent.com/

A useful tip for automatically resizing your browser to different pixel dimensions: Type this is in your address bar without hitting return: [code:1:7e15aec02d] javascript:void(window.resizeTo(640,480))[/code:1:7e15aec02d] Now drag it to your bookmarks toolbar. You can have several of these, just change the sizes in the parentheses, and put them in bookmark folder.

Converting between points, ems and pixels will no longer be a problem: http://www.reeddesign.co.uk/test/points-pixels.html

HTML emails: a walkthrough by the master http://www.freewaypro.com/wiki/index.php/Making_an_HTML_email

Stuck for a decent colour palette? http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html http://colorblender.com/ http://kuler.adobe.com (requires Flash Player 9) http://www.colorjack.com/widget/ (if you use Widgets)

AListApart for discussion about cross-browser/acessible web design and design techniques. http://www.alistapart.com/

"Getting Started with Practical Web Accessibility", a clear and simple guide to making a site accessible to the great majority of users, disabled or not: http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/acc

Generate "lorem ipsum" fill-in text: http://www.lipsum.com/

A resource of free high resolution brand logos: http://web.brandsoftheworld.com/

Flags of all nations: http://www.flags.net

Bullets - the point kind: http://www.stylegala.com/features/bulletmadness/

Royalty-free and stock photos: http://www.morguefile.com/ http://www.sxc.hu/index.phtml http://www.istockphoto.com/index.php

Actions for Photoshop users: [i:7e15aec02d]Special FX Actions:[/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions004.html [i:7e15aec02d]Action toolkit for photographers:[/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions003.html [i:7e15aec02d]More X3 Actions: [/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions005.html [i:7e15aec02d]Just for fun: [/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions002.html [i:7e15aec02d]X3 Extreme Actions [/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions006.html [i:7e15aec02d]Latest FX Actions:[/i:7e15aec02d] http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions001.html

[b:7e15aec02d]Fonts and Type[/b:7e15aec02d]

Core fonts for the web: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/default.aspx

More information on the core web fonts, complete with screenshots of the fonts on both Mac and PC systems. http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

Comparing fonts http://typetester.maratz.com/

Trying to identify a typeface? http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

Need to know the time? Anywhere in the world? http://www.clocklink.com/ The site also clocks for your web site, if you think others also need to know the time!

[b:7e15aec02d]Solving problems[/b:7e15aec02d]

A utility that fixes the colour of PNG files. Drop the PNG file onto this and presto! removes gamma information.

http://www.shealanforshaw.com/introducing-gammaslamma-10-for-osx/

An explanation of PNGs and colour shifting: http://hsivonen.iki.fi/png-gamma/

[b:7e15aec02d]Actions Developers[/b:7e15aec02d]

Paul Dunning: http://www.actionsworld.com Gallery, Text Box Decoration, Spawn New Window and other faves.

Joe Muscara, termite terrace studios http://t2studios.com/freeway/ Lots of interesting Actions for content management system integration as well as ones for everyday use of Freeway.

Weaver http://www.coastalrugs.com/Actions/ Some handy Action bits, some small some large.

Tim Plumb http://www.freewayactions.com/ An extensive array of really handy Actions, including the required Anti Spam, and a more comprehensive e-shop Action

[b:7e15aec02d]Beyond the basics[/b:7e15aec02d]

Learning HTML and CSS: http://www.w3schools.com

Astonishing and fun stuff done with CSS: http://www.cssplay.co.uk/

More CSS techniques: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/19/53-css-techniques-you-couldnt-live-without

Our very own, hard-working Big Erns: http://www.thebigerns.com/freeway/

The beginner’s guide to PHP, written for those with no previous experience at all. Make your web pages intelligent and interactive, make your own form scripts, and so on. http://www.thehelpful.com/php/

The beginner’s guide to MySQL, a companion article that follows on from the PHP Explained document. Learn the basics of how to set up and use tables in an industry-standard MySQL database, and how to build it into your web pages. http://www.thehelpful.com/mysql/

Articles, tutorials, examples of CSS and HTML: http://www.htmldog.com/

Design and Web standards http://www.stylegala.com/

Some Freeway tutorials: http://homepage.mac.com/heatherkay/Tutorials/

Favicons, the little icon that appears in the URL field of browsers, can be generated using this web site: http://www.html-kit.com/e/favicon.cgi

[b:7e15aec02d]Search Engines and Optimisation[/b:7e15aec02d]

Hear it from the number one: http://www.google.com/webmasters

Web site search engine optimising tips, tricks and techniques. Don’t pay someone good money to do this for you, and don’t risk getting your domain blacklisted by trying the wrong things! http://www.thehelpful.com/befound/

How to get the most from search engines when you’re the one doing the searching. Learn how to form more effective search queries, use Google to do far more than just find sites, and make the most of the results you get back. http://www.thehelpful.com/searchsecrets/

Help with making your site seen http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/en_GB/srch/sbsg.php

Useful tips for optimising your site for Google Image Search: http://creativebits.org/webdev/optimize_your_site_for_google_image_search

More SEO optimisation information: http://www.seochat.com/

A useful SEO toolset: http://www.webconfs.com/

A commercial site which also offers free information: http://www.seomoz.org/

An SEO blog: http://www.seobook.com/ …where you can also get some free SEO software: http://tools.seobook.com/

[b:7e15aec02d]Validation and checking services[/b:7e15aec02d]

Big Daddy, the W3C: http://validator.w3.org/

HTML Validation, including accessibility, links and screenshots from browsers on different platforms http://www.totalvalidator.com/

[b:7e15aec02d]Webmaster stuff[/b:7e15aec02d]

A reliable Whois checker to see if a domain is available or taken: The Network Utility application that’s inside Mac OS X’s very own Utilities folder, on a Mac near you!

Alternatively, you could use: http://whois.domaintools.com/

Useful online tool for research and SWOT analysis detailing entry and exit points, plus a lot more for the top 100,000 web sites with various tags i.e .co.uk .com .eu http://www.abouturl.com/index.php

DNS IP etc.check: http://www.dnsstuff.com

Site analytics: http://www.google.com/analytics/

Adsense: https://www.google.com/adsense/

Webmaster tools: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/docs/en/about.html

Sitemap generation: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

Webmaster forums: http://htmlforums.com http://webmasterforums.com

Pagerank, meta tag, html color codes, whois etc: http://www.techytools.com/index.php

Spammers info: http://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/spammers.lasso

If you need to send large files beyond your client’s email limits: http://www.pando.com Compress the files to send, drop on the Pando web site, and the client will get an email telling them where to get it. There is a limit of 1GB on the free version.

[b:7e15aec02d]Browsers[/b:7e15aec02d]

What’s available: http://browsers.evolt.org/

A pretty complete list of Macintosh browsers: http://darrel.knutson.com/mac/www/browsers.html

Viewing in other browsers online, useful if you don’t have access to Windows: http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/index.php http://browsershots.org

[b:7e15aec02d]E-commerce solutions[/b:7e15aec02d]

http://www.mals-e.com/ Mal’s works with both the included Freeway Shop Actions suite, and Tim Plumb’s e-commerce Action. Mal’s has a great forum answers questions very quickly.

[b:7e15aec02d]Self-employed designer stuff[/b:7e15aec02d]

Web designer contract for US (obviously not applicable for other territories, so be warned!): http://www.blarneystone.com/designbusiness/notes.htm

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

Harshad

22 Apr 2007, 9:01 pm

This is really cool to access your server from menu bar You will need to install Google Macfuse first then install MacFusion (Both are free)

http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/

After Installing Macfuse Install Macfusion Application

http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/08/mgorbach/MacFusionWeb/

Heather Kavanagh

11 May 2007, 8:52 am

And over a month later, I finally get around to adding the new links.

:roll:

Harshad, perhaps I’m being dim, but what does MacFuse/MacFusion do and why would I want it?

:wink:

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

Todd

12 May 2007, 2:11 pm

Using a menu icon it allows you to access/edit server files and displays them in the Finder using ftp or ssh protocols.

Todd

On May 11, 2007, at 3:52 AM, Heather Kavanagh wrote: [quote:d3afa8a065] Harshad, perhaps I’m being dim, but what does MacFuse/MacFusion do and why would I want it?[/quote:d3afa8a065]

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Heather Kavanagh

12 May 2007, 4:18 pm

[quote:d623fdea9a=”Todd”]Using a menu icon it allows you to access/edit server files and displays them in the Finder using ftp or ssh protocols.[/quote:d623fdea9a]

Thanks, Todd. That’s answered part of my question, but I’m still in the dark about the why!

:lol:

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

Todd

12 May 2007, 4:33 pm

[Guessing] I suppose if you’re someone who likes the idea, convenience or simplicity of being able to use the Finder to root around on a server then it’s for you. Or maybe you just enjoy poking around in there, who knows. Seems like six of one, half dozen of the other to me. I like Transmit for such nonsense, but what do I know? ; )

Todd

On May 12, 2007, at 11:18 AM, Heather Kavanagh wrote:

[quote:c0839210bc] Todd wrote: [quote:c0839210bc]Using a menu icon it allows you to access/edit server files and displays them in the Finder using ftp or ssh protocols. [/quote:c0839210bc]

Thanks, Todd. That’s answered part of my question, but I’m still in the dark about the why!

[Laughing][/quote:c0839210bc]

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waltd

12 May 2007, 4:40 pm

Well, it’s an easy way to integrate Freeway with Web hosts that don’t allow FTP, for one thing. Mount your SFTP share as a regular Finder volume, and use the File Copy portion of Upload to upload your site to that volume. Until Freeway can do SFTP, this would be a nice alternative to using Transmit or Fetch to synch your files to the server.

Walter

On May 12, 2007, at 12:18 PM, Heather Kavanagh wrote:

[quote:d6492d89f7] Todd wrote: [quote:d6492d89f7]Using a menu icon it allows you to access/edit server files and displays them in the Finder using ftp or ssh protocols. [/quote:d6492d89f7]

Thanks, Todd. That’s answered part of my question, but I’m still in the dark about the why!

[Laughing]


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The Big Erns

12 May 2007, 4:56 pm

Anytime I’ve tried using the Finder to mount server volumes has been unsatisfying. The problem is resolving Finder permissions with Server permissions. I always end up with mounted server volumes that are locked. Copy from, maybe. Never to.

[Crying]

waltd wrote: [quote:34da8a582e]Well, it’s an easy way to integrate Freeway with Web hosts that don’t allow FTP, for one thing. Mount your SFTP share as a regular Finder volume, and use the File Copy portion of Upload to upload your site to that volume. Until Freeway can do SFTP, this would be a nice alternative to using Transmit or Fetch to synch your files to the server.[/quote:34da8a582e]

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Heather Kavanagh

12 May 2007, 4:59 pm

sound of penny dropping

Aha! Thanks chaps!

I shall add that concise description and URL in the next update.

:D

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

waltd

12 May 2007, 6:29 pm

My understanding of MacFuse is that it takes care of that for you. Not that I’ve tried it or anything. I agree, using the Finder for FTP is a recipe for pain.

Walter

On May 12, 2007, at 12:59 PM, The Big Erns wrote:

[quote:a820f88d55]Anytime I’ve tried using the Finder to mount server volumes has been unsatisfying. The problem is resolving Finder permissions with Server permissions. I always end up with mounted server volumes that are locked. Copy from, maybe. Never to.

[Crying]

waltd wrote:

[quote:a820f88d55]Well, it’s an easy way to integrate Freeway with Web hosts that don’t allow FTP, for one thing. Mount your SFTP share as a regular Finder volume, and use the File Copy portion of Upload to upload your site to that volume. Until Freeway can do SFTP, this would be a nice alternative to using Transmit or Fetch to synch your files to the server. [/quote:a820f88d55]


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Joe Billings

22 May 2007, 10:15 am

[quote:b4f6841e11=”Heather Kavanagh”]The rules are simple. To keep things tidy, post your links as standard http://www etc links in your post, with perhaps a sentence to explain what it is about and why you like it. I will cull your links and post them in useful groups or headings below, and then delete your original posts.

Right, let’s see your links![/quote:b4f6841e11]

Here’s one for all you CSS heads out there: http://www.positioniseverything.net/

Joe Billings

Freeway & Exhibeo: Visual web design apps for Mac


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Graham Smith

2 Jul 2007, 4:41 pm

This is a Firefox developer extension called Fangs. It is a screen reader emulator:

http://www.standards-schmandards.com/projects/fangs/

It’s not a real screen reader, though - it just shows you what your page will sound like in a screen reader.

Harshad

3 Jul 2007, 4:23 pm

[quote:ed9d9dac45=”Heather Kavanagh”][quote:ed9d9dac45=”Todd”]Using a menu icon it allows you to access/edit server files and displays them in the Finder using ftp or ssh protocols.[/quote:ed9d9dac45]

Thanks, Todd. That’s answered part of my question, but I’m still in the dark about the why!

:lol:[/quote:ed9d9dac45]

hello Heather, Sorry not to respond to your question earlier, Todd has answered most of it.

Suppose you have 20 different websites hosted on 20 different servers then macfuse and macfusion if for you, it sits in menubar and will let you mount all servers at the same time or one at time with simplicity of one click, all servers will mount on your desktop just like external hard drives

Hope this helps

Harhsad

simon_aughton

11 Jul 2007, 9:10 am

I’ve added some more sites to my list of free font resources:

http://homepage.mac.com/simon_aughton/links/fonts/

All suggestions of other sites for this page are very welcome.

eus

19 Aug 2007, 5:10 pm

http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions004.html

hi Heather, this links seems to be broken. Bye

i’m on a 2.7 quad and loving every moment…

Harshad

29 Aug 2007, 7:54 pm

hi eus, I think they have moved to page but you can access all action packs by clicking this link

http://users.skynet.be/TheRock/actions6.html#B2

Mike B

13 Sep 2007, 6:24 pm

A few more links that may be of use. These links all have actual Freeway 4 examples you can download.

Various examples and tutorials for Freeway and MySQL: http://www.easibase.com/freeway/phpmysql.php

Freeway with easiForm: http://www.easibase.com/freeway/freeway_form.php

Freeway with easiCaptcha: http://www.easibase.com/freeway/freeway_captcha.php

Freeway with easiGallery: http://www.easibase.com/freeway/freeway_gallery.php

Mike

Freeway, PHP and MySQL examples

http://www.easibase.com

grumpygrapefruit

17 Sep 2007, 12:20 pm

HTML emails: a walkthrough by the master http://www.freewaypro.com/wiki/index.php/Making_an_HTML_email

er - not sure that is quite correct![/quote]

waltd

26 Nov 2007, 1:01 pm

Bump!

Freeway user since 1997

http://www.walterdavisstudio.com

chuckamuck

26 Nov 2007, 5:28 pm

Walt, the problem with this “bump” is it will continue to move down the list as new subjects get posted. Can we have permanent postings that do not shift as newer posts arrive?

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Heather Kavanagh

7 Dec 2007, 3:51 pm

Bump for Max.

(And apologies because the thread is not what I called it!)

I’d like the chance to prove that money doesn’t make me happy. - S. Milligan.

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Joe Muscara

16 Apr 2019, 11:14 am

Hi Heather! I hope you are well! :)