SlideRule Searches for the Best Online Courses in Any Category

  Online classes are a great way to learn new skills. SlideRule makes your search easier by letting you browse and search through over 17,000 online courses. SlideRule’s reach is extensive and covers many popular education providers, like Codecademy, Khan Academy, Udemy, and MIT Open Courseware. You can browse by provider or through subjects like Computers & Technology, Business & Economics, and Law. SlideRule also has a review system so users can rate courses and help you avoid the ones that aren’t worth your time. The service is fairly new so there isn’t an overabundance of reviews yet, but as more Read more

Copyright Notice: digital images, photographs and the internet

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched its latest copyright notice which helps explain specific areas of copyright in the UK. The notice is aimed at small businesses and individuals who use digital or photographic images on the web. It also provides advice for people who may find their own images being used online and includes many of the recent changes to the law. The Copyright Notice can be downloaded by clicking here.  

14,000 Images of the French Revolution Released Online

  The French Revolution Digital Archive, a partnership between Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, was announced last week with some 14,000 high-resolution images.

gif to lenticular print

service for turning gifs into lenticular prints http://gifpop.io/products/gifchop

100 Open Source Replacements for Audio and Video Tools

Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content. Animation 1. Blender Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Suitable for professional use, Blender is a 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. It also features a customizable interface, and it can import and export from a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X. 2. Art of Illusion Replaces: AutoDesk Maya Art of Illusion isn’t quite as polished as Blender, but its developers claim the latest version (released September 2013) “is both stable Read more

CREATING AN ARTIST WEBSITE, or The Art of Storytelling

One of the most common misunderstandings artists have about websites is the idea that an online virtual gallery or portfolio can function as a comprehensive marketing strategy. I often read articles encouraging artists to simply develop an online portfolio to drive audiences (and potential buyers) toward their works. Unfortunately, the internet is so saturated with images, audio, texts and videos that creative manifestations without context can easily become engulfed in the abyss of the World Wide Web. Creating your successful artist website is not about simply displaying art. It’s about engaging your site visitors through a compelling story about you Read more

Quotes & Accents

Quotes & Accents (& Dashes) We all need to use them but hardly any of us know how to type them. Here is a brief guide of how to type smart quotes and accented characters (and dashes) on a Mac. If you have the latest OS you probably discovered that you can also find accented characters by holding down a letter to reveal its spicier cousins (I discovered this myself many times when attempting to type “heeeeeyyyyy” in an iChat window.). If you’re on a Windows computer or some nerdy space machine, I’d recommend googling “keyboard commands for accented characters”. Read more

Google Spreadsheet Mapper 3

Spreadsheet Mapper 3 This tutorial shows you how to enter data in an online spreadsheet to generate a set of placemarks in Google Earth and Maps. Google’s web-based, collaborative editing allows you and your team members to simultaneously enter data and instantly publish updates. Using this tool you could: showcase your organisation’s projects, programme sites or partners; map your offices, volunteers or resources; or visualise your data on local, regional or global scales. Some of the new and improved features in Spreadsheet Mapper version 3 include: Create 1000 placemarks – add more if needed. Six simplified balloon design templates – Read more

JsFiddle live online tweaking of code

JsFiddle is a playground for web developers, a tool which may be used in many ways. One can use it as an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The code can then be shared with others, embedded on a blog, etc. Using this approach, JavaScript developers can very easily isolate bugs. We aim to support all actively developed frameworks – it helps with testing compatibility. (full Interview) News and announcements may be found on the blog. One can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook  

Stacey – web CMS without a database

Stacey stores all of its content using flat text files & folders rather than a traditional database. So installation is as simple as copying the application files onto your server. No install file, no database setup and it will run on any standard php server.     see it working Imran Perretta uses Stacey

Pressbooks – make ebooks, webbooks, and printbooks

Easily create ebooks for any device, webbooks for accessibility and promotion, and PDFs for printbooks and print-on-demand. Use our distribution services to get your books into Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook and other retailers — or do it yourself. PressBooks is built on WordPress, so it’s as easy as blogging.   Pressbooks

Popcorn Maker: a drag-and-drop tool for mashup interactive video

Sunday at the Mozilla Festival in London, Mozilla launched the 1.0 version of their new Popcorn Maker tool, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser. The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each Read more

instructions for converting all of your DRM’d Kindle books into a non-DRM format that you can read on any number of devices.

Migrating from Kindle to iBooks I started off reading eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store. As time has progressed, I’ve found myself using my physical Kindle less and less. Partly because I forget to charge it, and partly because I can never get the lighting in my favorite reading locations quite right. And at night? Forget about it. So I’ve converted all of my Kindle purchases to ePubs for use in iBooks. I could use the Kindle app for iOS but I’ve found iBooks to be faster at syncing read position, and it feels a lot more natural to use. Read more

The CryptoParty Handbook

This 392 page, Creative Commons licensed handbook is designed to help those with no prior experience to protect their basic human right to Privacy in networked, digital domains. By covering a broad array of topics and use contexts it is written to help anyone wishing to understand and then quickly mitigate many kinds of vulnerability using free, open-source tools. Most importantly however this handbook is intended as a reference for use during Crypto Parties. Download HTTP Direct Download You can download the 392 page book as a free, 28Mb PDF here About this book The CryptoParty Handbook was born from a suggestion Read more

easily make an animated gif

CREATE a new file:  72 pixels/inch 1 >go to navigator on right > add layers by clicking on small square with turned up edge 2 >create your images on each layer (rem to click eye on left pic to view individual layers) 3 >click window in top toolbar > click animation, a box will appear at bottom of page >create new layers in this box to correspond to your layers in navigation box. eg: click the layer icon (small square with turned up edge) to duplicate selected frames 4 >rem to apply each layer to your image layer using the Read more

free seminars on web development and digital publishing

Noble Desktop has been teaching courses in web development and digital publishing since 1991. They offer comprehensive day and evening classes and certificate programs in web design, web development, digital publishing, print design and photo retouching. Check out their free seminars on web development and digital publishing. Just this month they have seminars on state of the art web design techniques, as well asresponsive web design.  

HTML Symbol Entities Reference

HTML Symbol Entities This entity reference includes mathematical symbols, Greek characters, various arrows, technical symbols and shapes. Note: Entity names are case sensitive. Math Symbols Supported by HTML Character Entity Number Entity Name Description ∀ ∀ ∀ for all ∂ ∂ ∂ part ∃ ∃ ∃ exists ∅ ∅ ∅ empty ∇ ∇ ∇ nabla ∈ ∈ ∈ isin ∉ ∉ ∉ notin ∋ ∋ ∋ ni ∏ ∏ ∏ prod ∑ ∑ ∑ sum − − − minus ∗ ∗ ∗ lowast √ √ √ square root ∝ ∝ ∝ proportional to ∞ ∞ ∞ infinity ∠ ∠ ∠ Read more

Get a Free Software PDF reader

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a popular format to publish formatted text and documents. There are several different versions of it, some qualifying as an Open Standard, some certified by ISO and some encumbered by software patents. You might want to promote the versions that are Open Standards, because Open Standards guarantee interoperability, competition and choice. Read more… There are many programs to read and write PDF documents. All of the PDF readers in the following list are Free Software, respecting your basic four freedoms to use, study, share and improve them. This gives you control over your computer and helps protect your privacy. Read Read more

How to Make an Interactive Network Visualization

Interactive network visualizations make it easy to rearrange, filter, and explore your connected data. Learn how to make one using D3 and JavaScript. Networks! They are all around us. The universe is filled with systems and structures that can be organized as networks. Recently, we have seen them used to convict criminals, visualize friendships, and even todescribe cereal ingredient combinations. We can understand their power to describe our complex world fromManuel Lima’s wonderful talk on organized complexity. Now let’s learn how to create our own. In this tutorial, we will focus on creating an interactive network visualization that will allow us to Read more

Habari is next-generation blogging.

Habari is next-generation blogging. Download Habari or try the demo and help our community design the future of blogs. Habari is different While there are a number of technical reasons that highlight the differences and advantages Habari has over other blogging packages, a major component of what makes Habari different is its community participation model. Users who demonstrate a level of quality contributions to the project are granted more privileges within the project.  

BASIC HTML & CSS for NON-WEB DESIGNERS

Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn’t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Read more

A Comprehensive Checklist To Creating The Perfect WordPress Website

There is no doubt that WordPress is the best content management system (CMS) for your website. Sure, countless CMS’ are available, ranging from open-source to paid, and you’ll hear evangelists on all sides swearing that their choice is the best. But Drupal, Joomla or any other CMS doesn’t hold a candle to WordPress for its ease of use, security and reliability. It’s no wonder that Web developers have built over 50 million websites on its sturdy back, or that so many designers would never dream of using anything else. For the sake of this article, let’s agree that WordPress is the Read more

Data visualisation tools

visualization.ch put together a selection of data visualization tools that they use the most and that they enjoy working with. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. They will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops.

Virb create a website easily

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, a photographer, a band, a small business, or anything in between, Virb is perfect for building your site—quickly and easily. Everything you need for $10/month You don’t have to be a web professional to have a professional-looking site with Virb. Our simplified site builder eliminates all the coding and over-complicated web jargon. Just choose a theme, add your content, customize and launch! It’s (nearly) instant gratification.      

Colour system convertor tool

Nice tool for converting between colour systems, such as RGB to RAL http://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK   Many other tools on the site Color calculator Converts color data to different color standards (RGB, CMYK, L*ab, L*ch, L*uv, Hunter, XYZ etc.). All the math implemented in this calculators is available in the math/formulas page. Create color harmonies From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes. It can be used to easily create a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations. From RGB values to commercial tints Matches your computer generated RGB values to Read more

HD TV streaming (industry level solution)

The RayV Grid is the worlds first telco grade HDTV Delivery Network over IP. Designed specifically to serve the world’s most sophisticated content providers, we stream for telcos and networks tens of millions of hours of HDTV every month to millions of viewers in over 150 countries. RayV is the most robust, scalable and secure network for delivering high quality video on the web.

Start Developing iOS Apps Today

Creating iOS apps is fun and rewarding, and if you’re a new developer you might be wondering where to begin. This road map provides the perfect starting point for iOS app development. On your Mac computer, you can create iOS apps that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Follow this road map to learn where to get the tools you need, understand the major concepts and best practices, and see where to find more information. As you proceed through the road map, you will use Xcode and the iOS SDK, Apple’s tools for app development. You will learn the Read more

eBook conversion tools

gut or txt2html for text -> html. PHP-PDB for Palm Doc. Pyrite Publisher. (might be gone – seeFreshmeat project page for some information.) Plucker. iSilo386. makedoc. rbmake for RocketBook format. makeztxt for ztxt format. htmldoc for HTML -> PDF conversion. HTMLtidy for fixing up the automatic HTML generated by “gut”. TCR. makelrf 0.3 makebook for eReader format. methods originally developed by Daniel Durisfor iPod Notes conversion. Apple’s textutil command for RTF. Desktop Connection Library for Newton Paperback format. Mobigen.exe for Mobipocket format. Wine to run mobigen.exe on OS X. Componnents of mjBook for cellphone “.jar” files HAWHAW toolkit for the WAP sitehttp://mnybks.net. Calibre for Read more

ManyBooks.net – catalogue of free eBooks

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviewsfrom our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free! If you still can’t decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. Or try the Recent Additions to the library, with genre filter. Many of the etexts are from the November, 2003 Project Gutenberg DVD, which contains the entire Project Gutenberg archives except for the Human Genome Project and audio eBooks, due to size limitations, and the Project Gutenberg of Read more

VPS Hosting – Linode

We’re a VPS hosting company built upon one simple premise: provide the best possible tools and services to those that know what they need — better hosting. A Linode VPS means freedom. You get everything from the kernel and root access on up. All managed by our simple yet very powerful control panel. Discover why Linode may be right for you. Features Full ssh and root access Guaranteed Resources 4 processor Xen instances Out of band console shell Dedicated IP address, premium bw Six datacenters in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific HA and Clustering Support Bandwidth pooling Managed DNS with API website: http://www.linode.com/ Read more

Tools to Make, Manage and Publish Your Creative Portfolio Online

Tools to Make, Manage and Publish Your Creative Portfolio Online Presenting your work online—be it art, design, photography—can be tough. Equally tough is building and updating your online portfolio. Here’s a starter list of tools that help creative practitioners share their work with ease: 4ormat Behance ProsSite Carbonmade Cargo clickbooq Coroflot Portfolios design:related Fluid Galleries Gallerytopia A Good Portfolio Icompendium Parade PopSlice Qfolio Tank Tasty CMS The Web Therapist Viewbook Virb   Weebly is a San Francisco, California based company that was founded in 2006 with the mission to help people put their information online quickly and easily. We enable Read more

Adobe Kuler: Explore, create and share color themes

Discover Adobe® Kuler® — the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community. DID YOU KNOW… Adobe Kuler is now available as a tablet app The Adobe Kuler app, an extension of the full Adobe Kuler service, enables you to generate and view color themes on the go. Initially available for Android only. Kuler is available online at no charge Explore, create, and share color themes. Try Kuler now Kuler is accessible from your favorite Read more

Learn HTML and CSS – book – Jon Duckett

A NICER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT HTML & CSS A book about code that doesn’t read like a 1980′s VCR manual… It’s not just for programmers, it’s written and presented to make it easy for designers, artists, bloggers, content and e-commerce managers, marketers to learn about the code used to write web pages… Learn how to: Read and write HTML5 and CSS3 Structure and design web pages and sites Prepare images, audio and video for the web Control typography and layout You will also find lots of helpful hints and practical advice alongside the code A NICER WAY TO LEARN Read more