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February 12 2014

15:36

35 Best HTML5 Development Tools To Save Your Time

Are you running out of time? Want to save your time without compromising on the quality of your work? Here is the solution for you. Have a look at this collection of 35 best and most useful HTML5 development tools that not only save your time but also improve your productivity as well. The introduction of HTML5 has greatly modernized the designing and development industry and completely altered the way development was done before.

Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing HTML5 development tools useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

HTML KickStart

HTML KickStart is a ultra–lean set of HTML5, CSS, and jQuery (javascript) files, layouts, and elements designed to give you a headstart and save you a lot of hours on your next web project.

Patternizer

Patternizer is an easy to use stripe pattern generator. It’s lots of fun and free!

Font Dragr

A revolutionary way to test custom fonts in the browser. No coding, no uploading, just drag and drop.

CreateJS

A suite of Javascript libraries & tools for building rich, interactive experiences with HTML5.

Sprite Box

Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help web designers quickly and easily create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page. It was made using a combination of JQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, and is totally free to use.

Adobe Typekit

Adobe TypeKit is a cloud-based service that offers a vast library of web safe fonts to add flair to your webpage designs. Learn more.

Online 3D Sketch Tool

A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.

Liveweave

Liveweave is a HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript playground for web designers and developers.

The HTML5 Test

The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5?

Moqups

The most stunning HTML5 App for creating high fidelity, resolution independent SVG mockups and wireframes.

Stitches

Stitches – An HTML5 sprite sheet generator.

SproutCore

SproutCore is an open-source framework for building blazingly fast, innovative user experiences on the web.

Zebra

HTML5 Canvas Rich UI JavaScript Library.

Less Framework

Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Webdirections

Rendera

Type in your HTML code and see it rendered in realtime. Then style it with CSS. You can use any of the HTML5 or CSS3 tags your browser supports.

CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

On/Off Flipswitch HTML5/CSS3 Generator

Generate pure CSS3 On/Off flipswitches with animated transitions.

Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Edge Animate is the premier HTML software with integrated tools for creating compliant cross-browser animation and other content.

Initializr

Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with a new project based on HTML5 Boilerplate. It generates for you a clean customizable template with just what you need to start!

LimeJS

LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers.

CreateM

Create.js is a comprehensive web editing interface for Content Management Systems. It is designed to provide a modern, fully browser-based HTML5 environment for managing content. Create can be adapted to work on almost any content management backend.

Twitter Bootstrap

Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development.

Foundation

The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world.

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

Montage HTML5 Framework

An HTML5 framework for building modern Web Apps.

Edge Code

Adobe Edge Code (Preview) is a lightweight HTML and CSS editing tool that includes preview, quick editing, and integrated visual design features to help you speed up the development of your projects.

Edge Inspect

dobe Edge Inspect is a workflow and preview tool for testing and simulating across multiple mobile web browsers.

Edge Webfonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts provides access to a suite of free web fonts to use immediately in your websites.

PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build is a cloud-based service for creating apps without downloading iPhone, Android, or Blackberry SDKs.

Html5 Video Voting

This tool allows you to gather feedback on your videos. Voting is exquisitely simple. All you do is click on the video and use the spacebar to submit your vote, it will automatically populate the bar graph above.

HTML5 Reset

This tool allows the developer a way of resetting the clock. It enables web designers to take their old website designs and re-write them as if the first code they every dealt with was HTML5.

Video.js

Video.js is a JavaScript and CSS library that makes it easier to work with and build on HTML5 video. This is also known as an HTML5 Video Player.

Mercury Editor

Mercury is a full featured HTML5 editor. It was built from the ground up to help your team get the most out of content editing in modern browsers.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

November 27 2013

16:37

15 Free Tools to Send Or Receive Large Files

Large file sharing tools and services are very important for ones business as they allow them to send large files to their customers via email without blocking or filling up their inbox. If you keep sending your customers large files, you will likely take up all the space of their inbox resulting in clogging up their inboxes, and hence possibly blocking them from receiving your future emails. This is something that you surely do not want.

Well, the solution is to sue large file sharing tools and services whenever you need to send huge files to your customers. There are many such online tools are services are available that you can use. Some of them use a cloud while some use large data servers but essentially they all are same. Here is the full collection, enjoy!

We Transfer

Files To Friends

Mediafire

High Tail

Large Files Asap

Wikisend

Files 2 U

Gigasize

Mail Big File

Mega Share

Send Space

I Drive – I Backup

Leap File

Senduit

4 Shared

November 18 2013

16:13

42 Fresh Tools And Resources for Developers And Designers

In this round up, we are presenting a collection of 42 new resources and tools for the developers and designers. These tools and resources can save their time and let them perform their job quite easily and effortlessly, thus increasing the productivity. Every designer and developer makes use of some sort of time saving tools. Therefore, we thought to compile a collection of 42 new and useful resources and tools for developers and designers.
Here is the full collection after the jump. We hope that you will like this collection. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always welcome. Enjoy!

CSS Modal

CSS Modal is built out of pure CSS. JavaScript is only for sugar. This makes them perfectly accessible. The modals are designed using responsive web design methods. They work on all screen sizes from a small mobile phone up to high resolution screens.

JSHint

JSHint is a tool that helps to detect errors and potential problems in your JavaScript code. To start enter your JavaScript below and click the Lint button.

Light Table IDE

Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

CSS Trashman

The trashman examines your site’s live DOM and reverse engineers a new, more elegant definition that captures styles down to the pixel.

Prepros

Preprocessing just got easier with Prepros Enjoy the dead simple design & development workflow.

Browserhacks

Browserhacks is an extensive list of browser specific CSS and JavaScript hacks from all over the interwebs.

Learn CSS Layout

This site teaches the CSS fundamentals that are used in any website’s layout.

PiCSSel-art

PiCSSel-art is a very useful drawing tool to draw pixel art and get it in CSS. Draw pixel art using CSS only.

Markdown.css

CSS to make HTML markup look like plain-text markdown.

Validatrn

Cross Browser HTML5 Form Validation.

LESS Prefixer

LESS Prefixer is a set of LESS mixins that let you use vendor-prefixed CSS properties without the prefixes. It uses some simple conventions and gets out of the way so you can use the CSS you already know, but with less typing.

Csscss – A CSS Redundancy Analyze

Csscss will parse any CSS files you give it and let you know which rulesets have duplicated declarations.

CSSO – Structural Optimization of CSS Files

CSSO (CSS Optimizer) is a CSS minimizer unlike others. In addition to usual minification techniques it can perform structural optimization of CSS files, resulting in smaller file size compared to other minifiers.

Cascade Framework

Semantic and non-semantic grid layouts, base templates, table designs, navigation elements, typography and lots, lots more.

Responsable Framework

Responsable uses the power of less and sass to bring you a perfect responsive framework.

jQuery Learning Center

There’s a lot more to learn about building web sites and applications with jQuery than can fit in API documentation. If you’re looking for explanations of the basics, workarounds for common problems, best practices, and how-tos, you’re in the right place!

Mueller Grid System

MUELLER is a modular grid system for responsive/adaptive and non–responsive layouts, based on Compass. You have full control over column width, gutter width, baseline grid and media–queries.

Pure

A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.

PocketGrid

Tiny and powerful CSS grid system.

Kraken

A lightweight, mobile-first boilerplate for front-end web developers.

.Fitgrid

.FITGRD is the lightweight & sexy looking responsive grid for your next awesome website.

Mosto Framework for Forms

A lightweight framework for forms.

Typeplate

Frameworks make decisions for you about how to organize, structure and design a site. Pattern libraries don’t separate styling and markup, making them tough to use in a truly modular fashion. We weren’t satisfied, so we made a thing that doesn’t do that.

Topcoat

CSS for Clean & Fast Web Apps.

Flatdoc

Flatdoc is the fastest way to create a site for your open source project.

svg.js

A lightweight library for manipulating and animating SVG.

Midway.js

Midway.js makes it super easy to automatically center the responsive elements on your websites.

WideArea

WideArea is simple and lightweight JavaScript and CSS library (2KB JS and 4KB CSS) which helps you to write better, simpler and faster.

Gif.js

Full-featured JavaScript GIF encoder that runs in your browser.

Countable.js

Countable is a JavaScript function to add live paragraph-, word- and character-counting to an HTML element. Countable is a zero-dependency library and comes in at 1KB when minified and gzipped.

Packery

Packery makes your crazy & clever layout a real thing. Be clever. Get crazy.

Highlight.js

Highlight.js highlights syntax in code examples on blogs, forums and in fact on any web pages. It’s very easy to use because it works automatically: finds blocks of code, detects a language, highlights it.

Intern

Intern takes the stress out of testing your Web app.

Chart.js

Easy, object oriented client side graphs for designers and developers.

Draggabilly

Make that shiz draggable.

React

A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

Pedestal

An open source tool set for building web applications in Clojure.

Helios

Helios is an open-source framework that provides essential backend services for iOS apps, from data synchronization and push notifications to in-app purchases and passbook integration. It allows developers to get a client-server app up-and-running in just a few minutes, and seamlessly incorporate functionality as necessary.

RoughDraft.js

Quickly create and prototype a full interactive HTML mock-up without duplicating markup, server-side loops/code, or having to source fake content (lorem ipsum text/images).

Red Pen

Red Pen lets you upload your design, share a short URL, and get live, annotated feedback super-fast. It remembers you— no project management, no complexity, no bullshit.

Fake Images Please?

When designing websites, you may not have the images you need at first. But you already know the sizes and inserting some placeholders can help you better seeing the layout. Don’t waste your time making dummy images for your mockup or wireframe. Fakeimg.pl is a little tool that generates images with an URL. Choose the size, the colors, even the text.

Preboot

Preboot is a comprehensive and flexible collection of LESS utilities. Its original variables and mixins became the precursor to Bootstrap. Since then, it’s all come full circle.

June 03 2013

17:45

14 Online Code Editors For Web Designers And Developers

Looking for some online code editors, but could not find out up-to-date and most recent online editors? If yes, then this post is for you. Majority of the online code editors on the web are outdated, depreciated and are not for the modern web design. This is the reason why we have compiled this post.

Below, you will discover some useful and fresh online code editors that you would actually want to use. Without any further ado, we are presenting the complete list of 14 online code editors that you would actually consider using. Let us have a look at this collection.

Codeanywhere

Codeanywhere is a code editor in a browser with an integrated ftp client, and all popular web formats are supported (HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and XML).

CSSDesk

CSSDesk is a online HTML/CSS sandbox. Experiment with CSS, see the results live, and share your code with others.

jsdo.it

jsdo.it is a coding community for front-end engineers such as web designers, mark-up engineers, and JavaScript engineers. This is an online editor where you can try running your codes as you write. You can save your codes online as well as show them to the public as your work. Don’t worry even if you are not confident in your skill! Arrange shared codes and learn cutting-edge techniques.

BuildorPro

BuildorPro uses visual, code editing and debugging tools to provide an extremely agile method of creating and managing your site’s design & markup.

Squad

Squad is a web-based collaborative code editor. We make it simple to open, edit and share code in real time.

Codeita

Codeita is cloud-based software for prototyping and developing websites and web applications. It allows users to work together in a social environment, to create, edit and deploy web projects in a LAMP software bundle. Codeita makes it easy for developers to manage code, files and databases right from a browser-based dashboard.

Drawter

Drawter is a tool written in JavaScript and based on jQuery library. It provides you the possibility to literally draw your website’s code. It runs on every single web-browser which makes it really useful and helpful. Each tag is presented as a layer you have drawn.

ShiftEdit

Free online IDE for web development with built-in FTP.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

Jsfiddle

Mootools shell, easy test you snippets before implementing.

Cloud IDE

Codenvy IDE, A multi-tenant, hosted development environment that enables social coding – the collaborative development of applications, gadgets and mashups that can be deployed to a PaaS.

Dabblet

An interactive CSS playground and code sharing tool. Dabblet saves to Github gists and offers many conveniences for CSS editing.

Thimble, by Mozilla

Thimble makes it ridiculously simple to create your own web pages. Write and edit HTML and CSS right in your browser. Instantly preview your work. Then host and share your finished pages with a single click. Easy, huh?

Cloud9

Your code anywhere, anytime… Write, run, and debug your code with our powerful and flexible cloud IDE. Collaborate on your workspaces publicly, or keep them private. The choice is yours!

February 06 2012

20:28

8 Alternatives To WordPress As A Blogging Platform

No doubt in that, that WordPress is the most famous and popular platform for blogging that has been used by millions of bloggers all over the world. But sometime it just does not meet with some of your specific needs and you find yourself helpless as there is no other good option to go for. Therefore, we present 8 best alternatives to WordPress as a blogging platform. These are the 8 solutions that will help you get your own advanced blogging solution.

The list below is based on the 8 CMS’s (Content Management Systems) that offers loads of options as well as features however it’s essential that you weigh pro’s and con’s before making any decision. Check this out and get to pick one!

Tumblr

Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.

Drupal

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

Joomla

Joomla is one of the world’ s most popular open source CMS (content management system). With millions of websites running on Joomla, the software is used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide to easily create & build a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.

Blogger

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.

Serendipity

Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.

B2evolution

A powerful free blog/CMS engine you can install on your own website. b2evolution is an advanced weblog tool, i-e software allowing you to run your own blogs, newsfeeds or even photo streams.

Cushy CMS

CushyCMS is a fast, simple and free content management system that aims to make life easier for web designers by simplifying content management.

Croogo

Croogo is a free and open source content management system, built on top of CakePHP framework.

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January 18 2012

17:43

7 Highly Useful Online Tools For Website Validation And Testing

Website testing and validation are the must to conduct processes before making any website live. By Validation, we mean the process of checking out the website data against a standard or requirement. It has become extremely important to verify the quality and correctness of web page code. These are the necessary and fundamental process and one should never overlook to check and test the web pages in order to make sure that they are working fine with great look.

Therefore, we compiled an excellent collection of some of the best online tools for website validation and testing. We hope that these highly useful online tools for website validation and testing will make your life easier. Enjoy!

W3C markup validation service

This validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc.

WebAIM Wave

WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.

Feed Validation Service

This is the W3C Feed Validation Service, a free service that checks the syntax of Atom or RSS feeds.

Functional Accessibility Evaluator

Use this tool to evaluate the functional accessibility of a single web page.

Browsershots

Use this tool for testing your site on all browsers on most operating systems.

Pingdom Tools

With this tool you can Analyze your website speed and breaking down the way elements are loaded.

Links Validator

This tool analyzes anchors (hyperlinks) in a HTML/XHTML document. It is very useful to find broken links.

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August 26 2011

11:54

45+ Free Online Tools To Create Charts, Diagrams And Flowcharts

Charts and graphs are the best ways to represent information and relationship between two interlinked entities. Not only do charts and graphs inform visitors about the trend or relationship you want to show them but also add a visual connection with the visitors.

Several online tools are available that help you create comprehensively designed flowcharts and graphs that worth a thousands words. Check them out and let us know what you feel about these tools.

Barchart

Create barchart online tool piechart graph without applet bar graph creation make a bar graph image for your report- create make save for free chart freechart data input chart

Cacoo

Cacoo is a user-friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts.

LucidChart

With LucidChart you can you can create and publish customized flowcharts. It’s very easy to use and has a decent free option which includes 5 MB storage for your documents.

Mindomo

Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, with this tool you can create, edit mind maps, and share them with your colleagues or your friends.

Bubbl

With Bubble you can create colorful mind maps online, Share and work with friends, Embed your mind map in your blog or website.

Grapher

Grapher is an online chart creater but only bar graph with limited features is available.

Hohli Charts

With Hohli Charts you can generate dynamically charts.

MGraph

MGraph is a very useful online tool for plotting simple Graphs.

ChartDemo

A useful online tool for creating A stacked area chart, complete with labels and a legend. Also includes a line and two bars.

ChartGizmo

With your free account from ChartGizmo you can now create charts for your website, blog and social network profiles. ChartGizmo may be useful for those who need to visualize financial, scientific or other type of data.

CreateAGraph

Here you will find five different types of graphs and charts for you to consider for your use, with this tool you can work online right from your browser.

OWTChart Generator

The OWTChart Generator is an on-line tool to be used to produce charts. A GIF image of the chart that you specified will be displayed on the screen.

DrawAnywhere

with DrawAnywhere you can draw, modify and share flowcharts and other diagrams easily. This online solution has the power and look & feel of a desktop application. Export your diagram as an image file (jpg, png, etc) or a pdf file.

Flowchart

You can collaborate with your colleagues in real-time. All collaborating parties can chat and design flow charts at the same time. Flowchart.com does not require any software download, it works with your favorite browser such as: Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, Google Chrome.

Fooplot

Fooplot is a veru useful online tool for creating Charts & diagrams.

FusionCharts Google Gadget

With FusionCharts you can draw charts and diagrams easily.

LovelyCharts

LovelyCharts is a free online diagram editor that allow you create chart and diagram freely on the web browser.

Gliffy

With Gliffy you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.

SimpleSeating

SimpleSeating has the power of expensive desktop seating chart applications, but on the web and without the learning curve. With just a mouse and a web browser you’ll be organizing your guests via drag-n-drop controls within minutes. Print out your seating arrangement or share it online.

Mindmeister

Online mind mapping software for innovative people and businesses.

Plotr

Plotr is a lightweight charting framework, it draws simple and effective charts. It’s free, and there is no use of Flash.

PlotKit

PlotKit is a Chart and Graph Plotting Library for Javascript. It has support for HTML Canvas and also SVG via Adobe SVG Viewer and native browser support.

Rich Chart Live

Create enjoyable and captivating Flash Charts from your web browser.

Track-n-graph

Track-n-Graph is a FREE web-based service for friends, family, and co-workers to track and graph information.

Online Chart Generator

With Online Chart Generator you can create amazing 3D graphs instantly in few seconds.

DIY Chart

DIY Chart is a Web-based, simple and powerful online tool to create interactive charts and graphs from static or dynamic data which may be generated using any scripting language.

Chartle.net

Chartle.net tears down the complexity of online visualizations – offers simplicity, ubiquity and interactivity online chart generator.

ChartGo

Create a graph online quickly. Create bar graphs, line graphs or pie charts. Simply choose your settings, paste your data in the Chart data area and hit the create button.

JS Charts

JS Charts is a JavaScript based chart generator that requires little or no coding. With JS Charts drawing charts is a simple and easy task, since you only have to use client-side scripting (i.e. performed by your web browser).

Pie Chart Tool

This tool creates a pie charts based on the data you provide. All you have to do is to type your data and the name of the categories. The tool wiil deliver a pie chart with the corresponding percentages for each category.

Piecolor

A simple tool that creates color pie chart.

CSS Chart Generator

With CSS Chart Generator you can create easily amazing charts.

CHARTPART

Google chart API and chart generator tool.

Google Chart Tools

Google chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. Try out our rich gallery of interactive charts and data tools.

iCharts

With iCharts you can create interactive charts online in minutes. Create and share with ZERO programming.

Creately

Creately is a powerful online Organizational Chart software for creating quick and easy Organizational Charts, Department & Team Org Charts and even Photo Org Charts.

yUML

with yUML you can create and share simple UML diagrams in your blogs, wikis, forums, bug-trackers and emails.

SlickPlan

SlickPlan is a web-based sitemap/flowchart generator that allows for the creation of free sitemap and flowchart design. SlickPlan was handcrafted with PHP/MySQL and jQuery by the Dayton website design team at Atomic Interactive.

Charts

Charts is a very useful iPhone app with this you can create and manage all kind of charts, i.e charts to track and monitor your expenses, weight, mileage and more.

amCharts Visual Editor

This editor allows you to use amCharts as a web service. This means that all you need to do is to configure the chart and paste the generated HTML code to your HTML page.

Pie Chart Maker

The Pie Chart Maker is a free tool that allows you to create your own pie chart. You can customize many features of the chart including the number sections for your chart as well as the sizes of each section.

Onlinecharttool.com

On Onlinecharttool.com you can design and share your own graphs online and for free.

Highcharts

Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering intuitive, interactive charts to your web site or web application. Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, areaspline, column, bar, pie and scatter chart types.

Google Chart Generator

Create a Google chart in seconds.

JGraphpad

JGraphpad is very easy-to-use, feature-rich and standards-compliant open source graph component available for Java. Any browser, no login, fully functional, completely free, includes real time collaboration.

yEd Graph Editor

yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality drawings of diagrams.

Graphviz

Graphviz is open source graph visualization software. Graph visualization is a way of representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks. It has important applications in networking, bioinformatics, software engineering, database and web design, machine learning, and in visual interfaces for other technical domains.

XML/SWF Charts

XML/SWF Charts is a simple, yet powerful tool to create attractive web charts and graphs from dynamic XML data. The XML source can be prepared manually, or generated dynamically using any scripting language (PHP, ASP, CFML, Perl, etc.).

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February 28 2011

16:43

Six Useful Google Code Labs Products For People Who Develop Websites

There are many web apps out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing some Useful Google Code Labs Products For People Who Develop Websites. In Google Code Labs, you’ll find developer products that are experimental but can become useful. Some of these will one day graduate out of labs, others may remain experimental or even be shut down. That’s what a lab is for. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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Google Safe Browsing API

The Safe Browsing API is an experimental API that enables client applications to check URLs against Google’s constantly updated blacklists of suspected phishing and malware pages. Your client application can use the API to download an encrypted table for local, client-side lookups of URLs that you would like to check. If you use this, you can warn users before clicking on links that appear in your site when they lead to malware-infested pages and prevent users from posting links to phishing pages from your site.

Google URL Shortener API

The Google URL Shortener at goo.gl is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link that is easier to share, tweet, or email to friends. The Google URL Shortener API allows you to develop applications that interface with this service. You can use simple HTTP methods to create, inspect, and manage goo.gl short URLs from your desktop, mobile, or web application.

reCAPTCHA

reCAPTCHA is a free CAPTCHA service that protects your site against spam, malicious registrations and other forms of attacks where computers try to disguise themselves as a human; a CAPTCHA is a Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Human Apart. reCAPTCHA comes in the form of a widget that you can easily add to your blog, forum, registration form, etc.

BigQuery

BigQuery is a web service that enables you to do interactive analysis of massively large datasets. Scalable and easy to use, BigQuery lets developers and businesses tap into powerful data analytics on demand.

Google Font API

The Google Font API helps you add any high quality web fonts to any web page available at Google Font Directory. Applying a font is easy: just add a special stylesheet link to your web page, then use the font in a CSS style and you are
done.

Google Sites API

The Google Sites API allows client applications to access, publish, and modify content within a Google Site. The API is available to both Google Account and Google Apps users. You can create new sites or copy existing sites as well as
retrieve, create, modify, and delete pages, comments, attachments and can do much more…

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February 08 2011

19:55

Useful Web Services, Tools and Resources For Web Designers

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We know how hard it is to find good useful tools that all of your developers and designers out there spend hours searching for. And for that reason, we’re regularly collecting useful online web services, tools and resources — little time-savers that can boost every designer’s workflow and save time that would otherwise be required for mundane tasks.

You might have seen some of these tools in our Twitter stream or on our Facebook page, but certainly not all of them. We’ve prepared the most useful ones (yet not necessarily the most beautiful ones) in this handy overview for your convenience. Please share any further tools with us and our readers in the comments to this post. As usual, we express sincere gratitude to all designers and developers out there who create, maintain and improve these tools as their little side projects. You really make the difference, guys. Thank you.

You may want to check out our previous round-up, Time-Saving and Educational Resources for Web Designers, as well.

Useful Web Services, Tools and Resources

FontFuse: Gallery of Font Pairings
FontFuse is a font pairing design resource that displays font pairings and hence helps you compare and choose fonts. You can browse through fonts as well as font families, and explore the most recent, most popular and contest-leading font pairings.

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Little Big UI Details
This site features tiny details that improve the user experience of websites and mobile apps. You’ll find some useful design techniques found by your colleagues across the Web. Also, share your favorite little things on the website as well. The collection is already very useful, with more design examples submitted every single day.

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A Sampler Page
While physical books are traditionally well defined and structured objects, digital books live on screens that vary greatly in their dimensions. In this A List Apart article, Craig Mod dives into the similarities and differences of these media and presents the baseline for designers who want to produce beautiful and readable text on a tablet.

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Readability: Enjoy Reading, Support Writing
Another handy little helper that gets rid of the unwanted clutter. Readability allows you to choose your preferred settings (font size, margin and style) and applies them to any website. Drag the bookmarklet with your saved settings into your bookmars bar or folder, visit the website of your choice, click on the bookmarklet and you get a good, comfortable read. Besides, readability offers a way to compensate writers and publishers without punishing readers. 70% of all membership fees go directly to the people who make the content.

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Prey: Rest Safe
This tool is small but efficient open-source application that lets you track your laptop or phone in case it gets stolen or lost. Once the Prey agent is installed, it waits to be activated over the Web or via SMS, sending back information on its exact position.

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Ge.tt
With Ge.tt you can turn any type of file into web content and share it instantly. You just click on and select files and share the files with your friends or publish the data online. You may want to check an alternative, Crate, as well.

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Lanyrd: Get More Out of Conferences
Lanyrd is the social conference directory that lets you keep track of what is going on around you, both as a conference speaker and visitor. You can browse conferences by topic, see who the keynote speakers are and who might like to attend it with you. Follow intereresting conferences by checking out attendees tweets or browse slide, videos and podcasts of past events you might have missed. And you can check SmashingMag’s account on Lanyrd, too.

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Dashkards: Dashboard Cheat Sheets For Your Favorite Mac Apps
The site presents keyboard shortcut cheatsheets for you favorite Mac apps to help you memorize them. Simply add the dashkards to your dashboard and save time.

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Bundler: Manage Your Application’s Dependencies
Bundler manages application’s dependencies through many machines systematically and repeatedly. You can use the tool with frameworks (it works out of the box with Rails 3) and check out an application with a gemfile for development. A detailed instruction is available on the app’s main web page.

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BuildorPro
BuildorPro runs through your browser, and so the browser becomes your development environment — meaning that every time you change your code by hand or through the visual tools, the changes are instantly reflected in the design window. Currently in beta.

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Zerply: Present Yourself Professionally
With Zerply you can present yourself, discover and connect as well as converse and collaborate. By setting up a professional profile, you can tell people who you are and what sites you use.

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Prevue: Sharing Tool for Designers
Prevue is a free concept sharing tool that helps you upload in a simple and elegant way by organizing and sharing your work with others. Either share individual projects with clients, or turn all your projects and designs into a beautiful and clean portfolio to share with the world.

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Git Immersion
Git is a fast version control system which can be downloaded on this site. Git Immersion is a very detailed guide to Git, with examples and practical tips for developers.

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Wirify: The Web as Wireframes
This tool is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any Web page into a wireframe with a single click. The bookmarklet helps you get rid of all distractions by blocking out copy, images and ads, letting you take a closer look at the website’s building blocks. Wirify is a useful tool that shows the balance of a website that the eye perceives only unconsciously.

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Open with Photoshop Firefox Extension
If you are looking for nifty time-savers, this little Firefox add-on is the perfect companion for any Web or graphic designer. Instead of saving images first, you can just open them directly in Photoshop via a single click. If Photoshop is already running, it opens the image in a new window; otherwise, it launches the program.

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Scr.im: Email Address Shortener
Scr.im lets you use a shortened URL to give out your email address safely and securely in forums. Just enter your email address on Scr.im, and it gives you a link to a page with your email address, with security to prevent bots from viewing it.

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Compfight: Flickr Search Engine
Compfight is a Flickr search engine for images licensed under Creative Commons (or other) licenses. They pull their results directly from Flickr and gives you multiple options to restrict your search.

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Browserling: Interactive Cross-browser Testing in Your Browser
Browserling offers you a graphical web console to do cross-browser testing without leaving your own browser. A helpful way to try out your creations. The virtual browsers run live enabling you to type and click away just as if you were running the actual browser. Paid and free options are available.

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User Feedback and Concept Testing with Verify
Verify is the fastest way to collect and analyze user feedback on screens or mockups. See where people click, what they remember, or how they feel about a Web design.

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foxGuide: Photoshop Guides Inside Firefox
foxGuide is a Firefox extension that displays horizontal and vertical guides. These guides appear as thin lines that float over the webpage. You can move or remove them just the way you do it in Photoshop.

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GridBookmarklet
The tool allows you to interact with a grid directly inside the Web browser. (Most alternatives involve overlaying a static grid image onto the page.) Just drag it to your bookmarks toolbar, and then any time you want to check that everything is properly aligned, click on the bookmarklet, and a grid will be overlaid on the current page.

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URLi.st: Share and Sync Your Links
URList not only enables you to create and save link lists easily and share them via Twitter or email with coworkers and friends, but also lets you access those links from anywhere. And creating lists is dead easy. Just drag URList’s bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar and click it whenever you want to add a link to the group of links.

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Spritebox: Create CSS from Sprite Images
Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help Web designers create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is easy and free to use and is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a Web page. You may want to check out CSS Sprite Generator, too.

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Joliprint
This is an online tool that generates PDFs from Web pages. Granted, it is not the only tool that does this, but it is easy to use and versatile. People can use it as a bookmarklet, pulling it into the Favorites toolbar of their browser and clicking as needed. Joliprint generates a clear, reader-friendly two-column layout, free of ads and navigation elements, and it does it pretty well. Sometimes it removes too much content, though, such as readers’ comments. If you’d like an alternative, give Web2PDF or Notforest a try.

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Entitifier
Cleaning up text for the Web can be time-consuming and prone to error. But if a client delivers content in Microsoft Word or a similar format, then cleaning it up is a necessary evil if you don’t want to end up with characters that don’t display properly online. Entitifier does the hard work for you. All you have to do is enter HTML or text, and it escapes nasty characters that should be entities. Just don’t enter text with inline PHP or HTML5 tags, because the tool doesn’t work well with them yet.

The Email Address Obfuscation Debate
Superuser has an interesting discussion about email obfuscation, with opinions from a number of users. Included also are different techniques for accomplishing obfuscation, empirical data about its effectiveness and links to other discussions and articles. One interesting technique is to use the obscure unicode-bidi and direction CSS properties and write the email address backwards: for example, moc.elpmaxe@zyx. Plenty of interesting ideas worth learning and discussing. (cc)

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Quick CSV Data Convertor
As Web designers, we constantly receive data in Excel and other spreadsheet formats. This works fine when you just need to view the data on your computer. But when you need to upload it to and display it on the client’s website, it becomes a huge pain. This tool takes a CSV or tab-delimited file in Excel and converts it to JSON, XML, ActionScript and other Web-friendly formats instantly. If you want to convert your spreadsheet data to HTML, you might want to give Tableizer a try.

Instant Blueprint
Instant Blueprint is a way to create a web project framework. In a very short time you can get your project up and running with valid HTML/XHTML and CSS. It’s a simple online form where you enter the required information and markup id tags. Then you select options such as, javascript library and document type. This then generates the blueprint you need to get your project going.

Interaction-Design.org: HCI, IxD, UX, IA, Usability, and More
This website is a growing library of documents, references and useful articles about interaction design. Leading personalities of the respective branches are asked to contribute to every topic including videos and commentaries.

jQuery Deconstructed
The Deconstructed series is designed to visually and interactively deconstruct the internal code of JavaScript libraries, including jQuery, Prototype and MooTools.

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Humans.txt: We are People, Not Machines
Humans.txt is an initiative founded by a group of Spanish enthusiasts with the idea to give credit to the humans behind Web projects. Start your own humans.txt now and stick it in the website’s root folder, right next to robots.txt. Fill the file with whatever info about the contributors you like. Be a part of the initiative and help establish the standard for humans.txt.

Spacelog Apollo 13
This site allows you to explore transcripts of radio communications between the Apollo 13 crew and the NASA personnel back at Houston. You can check out photographs taken from the ground as well as by the crew in space. If you’re interested in space missions and the history of Apollo 13, this is the site for you.

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Google Art Project
The Google Art Project lets you visit all the great museums around the world and offers interactive 360° tours. High zoom levels give you astounding close-up impressions of the masterpieces, getting that close would probably be impossible in reality. You can even create your own virtual tour and showcase your own great tableaus.

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Liveset: Now the Concert Comes To You
This service allows you to watch live concerts on the Web and on mobile devices in HD. Once you’ve become a member, you can claim digital tickets and enjoy the show on your large screen at home, together with your friends or family.

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How To Build a Corporate Website (Comic Strip)
Unfortunately, very sad, yet very true.

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How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?
A nice Venn diagram that helps you (and maybe your client) resolve dilemma on getting fast, cheap, free and great graphic design. Pick two out of four.

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December 30 2010

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The 69 Coolest Apps Of 2010

The year 2010 is almost ended. We have explored and reviewed so many useful tools and resources for you all the year. Today, we are going to take a look on few of the web apps we have featured that we think you would like bookmark for 2011. I hope designers, developers and programmers will like this list, but you can also use them and will love them whether you are an office worker, a manager, a supervisor, a student, a home user, etc. They are really amazing in respect to their features. This is the list of 69 Coolest Web Apps Of 2010 at Work. We have categorized them as Web Apps, Desktop Apps and Smartphone/Tablet PC Apps. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

You are welcome if you want to share more cool apps that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

Web Apps

Join.me

Join.me is an impromptu meeting space that happens wherever, whenever. It’s getting a second or third pair of eyes on your presentation from across the hall or across the continent. It’s sharing your screen instantly with anyone or everyone to get stuff done, quickly.

Read More : Absolutely Useful (Yet Free) Web Apps To Make Designers Lives Easier

Kodingen

Kodingen is an Online Development Environment including Code Editor, Cloud Hosting, Database Administration, Collaboration, Web based access to file-system, Web based ftp & svn integration.

Read More : 11 Robust Web Based Editors To Code Directly From Your Browser

Write Maps

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Write Maps is a free web app which allows its users to create, edit and share sitemaps online. With sitemaps, a blogger can easily plan the layout of their newest website according to its topic and for people who like to work in teams; the ability to collaborate and work on a project on a centrally stored sitemap through Write Maps is a great way to get the job done.

Read More : 6 Excellent (Free) Tools For Website Owners You Might Not Know About

MyStickies

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MyStickies allows you to add sticky notes to webpages while you’re visiting the page and save it for later. The saved web pages can later be reviewed and edited from any other computer. MyStickies not only bookmarks the webpages in its online repository, but also saves the pages on how you tagged content on it and presents it the same way later. MyStickies is completely free to use.

Read More : Awesome (Yet Free) Sticky Note Taking Web Apps You Probably Never Used Before

PhotoPeach

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PhotoPeach is a great free web based slideshow creation service which allows creating, sharing and embedding slideshows online for any type of content which you want. A sign up is required to use the service.

Read More : Ten Best Web Services to Create Free Slideshows Online

Sketchfu

Sketchfu is simple drawing website where people can share their drawing with each other.

Read More : Five Excellent (Just For Fun) Websites To Kill Your Boredom

Wix

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With Wix you can create a free website or make your free MySpace layouts and Flash MySpace layouts. It’s the simpler, faster, better way to build & design on the web.

Read More : 13 Easy And Powerful Website Building Tools To Create Your Free Site

HRLocker

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HRLocker is low cost HR management software designed for managing employee record and things associated with it. With HRLocker you can streamline annual leave and absence management, manage HR documents online, organize time sheets and generate reports. HRLocker comes with a lot of customization options as well.

Read More : 5 (Free) Handy Business Tools That Employers Can Totally Make Use Of

GoWaza

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GoWaza is a web service that helps you plan your travels. You enter your destination, along with arrival and departure dates; consequently a list of nearby hotels and their prices are provided. The locations are marked on a small map that can be enlarged. You can share your created maps and trips with your friends that have accounts on GoWaza.

Read More : 7 Free Tools To Create Maps And Directions Online

Mobyko

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Mobyko gives you complete control over your cellphone as it allows you to safely backup your important contacts and their details online, securely in your Mobyko account. It also features live syncing of contacts, phonebook and calendar present in your cellphone in sync with those present online so whether you make changes in one or the other, your data stays consistent throughout.

Read More : 7 Excellent Tools That Make Phone Data Backup Easier Than Ever

NameChk

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NameChk’s feature and usage is quite simple: it simply check for the available of the entered username across many social networking and social bookmarking websites.

Read More : 6 Free Tools To Look For Username Availability On Multiple Social Networks

PrintWhatYouLike

Tired of printing web pages only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds.

Read More : 9 Coolest Web Apps You Might Not Know About (But Should)

Abouthisite

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Through Abouthisite you can find out the main details of a site – owner’s name, daily visitors, language, server location, server location’s on a map, thumbnail image of the homepage, and the color composition of the thumbnail image.

Read More : 10 Great Online Tools That Help You Find Out A Lot About Live Websites

Skylight

Skylight puts powerful but easy-to-use business management tools in the hands of the whole team, in or out of the office. Skylight helps business users achieve success while providing anytime, anywhere access to important business information. Projects, contacts, resources, accounts and files in one place.

Read More : Absolutely Useful Web Apps For People Who Run Business

TimsFreeStuff HTML Editor

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This real time HTML editor solves the problem of continuously switching between browser windows and provides a live show of what HTML code would look like in a separate preview pane. This solves the problem of first writing the HTML code in the web development software and then testing it in the browser window.

Read More : The Best Online Real-Time HTML Editors Internet Has To Offer

dushare

dushare is a simple direct file-file-transfer service. It makes sending unlimited file sizes between two people as simple as clicking a link. You can send you files to your peers directly (P2P) with no server for upload/download.

Read More : The 7 [More] Best Free File Hosting Services To Store Your Files

Qhub

Qhub is a platform you can use on your blog or website that allows your audience to ask questions and get real answers, it doesn’t just help answer questions it allows a genuine community to develop around your site.

Read More : Five Great Web Apps For People Who Run Professional Websites

SnapBird

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SnapBird is a free online tool that helps you search Twitter for things in a much better way than Twitter’s native search allows. Using SnapBird you can search for a particular keyword in a particular Twitter user’s stream. You can also search for items in Tweets with your mentions or in the sent and received DMs (direct messages). In addition to those features, SnapBird lets you search for items in very old Tweets along with the latest ones.

Read More : The 5 Really Useful Twitter Apps You Should Know About

Slide Deck

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Slideshows on websites serve an important purpose: they easily let you showcase the latest or the most popular content of your website. Instead of spending a lot of time coding up the slideshow, you can use Slide Deck. Slide Deck will provide you with the slideshow you desire for your website. It comes as a jQuery plug-in and a WordPress plug-in.

Read More : The 5 Must-Have Resources For A Web Designer’s Toolbox

TeamworkPM

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TeamworkPM is an online tool that can help you manage those tasks in an easy manner. No matter how big or small your team, the online service will help you setup a good communicating ground for your team.

Read More : Awesome (Yet Free) Web Apps To Make Project Managers Lives Easier

Webpage Test

Through “Webpage Test” you can set a number of parameters before you begin testing a URL. The test results are comprehensively broken down into speed tests, JavaScript file sizes, and image file sizes. The site also provides tools to compare the performance of multiple websites.

Read More : 7 Excellent Website To Test And Compare Website Speed

LiveMocha


LiveMocha offers free and paid plans. It provides its users with a unique combination of tutorials and practice with native speakers from around the world.

Read More : 5 Best Free Websites To Learn Foreign Languages

Bounce

Bounce is a little app that lets people quickly to add feedback to any webpage and toss that back and forth with other people.

Read More : 7 Excellent Websites To Get Design Feedback Visually Instead Of Emailing Back And Forth

Project Bubble

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Project Bubble is a simple and easy tool for managing your projects, client and invoices. It’s intuitive interface makes project management a breeze. You can easily generate PDF invoices and get paid through PayPal.

Read More : 10 Best Business Web Apps To Make Your Lives Easier

icloud

icloud lets you do just that. icloud is a web service that provides its users with a virtual desktop. After creating an account and signing in to it, you virtual desktop loads up.

Read More : 7 Coolest Web Apps You Might Not Know About But Should

Flash Paint

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Flash Paint is a full web based drawing tool with many drawing features. The feature I liked best was its ability to create complex geometrical drawings with ease. This was achieved through a combination of lines and curves which you can modify easily.

Read More : Top 15 Online Tools For Drawing And Sketching

Zoho

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Zoho is the name for a collection of services. The entries you see in the image above are only few of what Zoho has to offer. We can sign up for an account and use Zoho’s services to easily gather ideas and create plus modify files / documents / images / presentations as a group. Click here to visit Zoho.

Read More : 10 Collaborative Brainstorming Web Apps When You Work As A Group

WhatTheFont

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WhatTheFont recognizes fonts in the same way as IdentifyFont. The image we upload can be of GIF, JPEG, TIFF or BMP image format and must not have more than 25 characters. As the characters are scanned by the website, we are asked to confirm if the right character has been confirmed. The site then proceeds to analyze each character and find our font.

Read More : 5 Online Tools For Designers To Help Recognize Unknown Fonts

IDriveSync

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IDriveSync syncs files online and across multiple PCs. On installing and logging into the application, it opens up a ‘Sync’ area where you can drag-n-drop files from your PC into or add your files into. Anytime you make a change to synced data anywhere on those multiple PCs, all the PCs will shortly reflect the modified data. IDriveSync does easy sharing too.

Read More : 5+2 Best Apps To Securely Sync Online And Share Your Files

1DayLater

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1DayLater is a free website that lets users enter tasks and enter the value of those tasks either in time units, money, or distance units. Once we have all our tasks fed into our 1DayLater account, we can view graphs of our activities and vary the graph parameters to see what our time/money/distance is being concentrated on.

Read More : 10 Perfect Web Apps To Simplify Every Internet User’s Life

Youblisher

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With Youblisher you can make your pdf documents flippable and attractive looking book style presentation. It is like touching a real document.

Read More : 11 Amazing Free Web Applications To Make Your Lives Easier

Lookout

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Lookout is a free application compatible with all major mobile operating systems. In addition to the remote location and remote controlling features, the application also has built-in antivirus and firewall tools that protect it against malware.

Read More : Top 5 Software To Secure And Locate Your Lost Cell Phones

Web Page to PDF

Web2PDF Converter helps Internet users, website publishers and bloggers to save their content to PDF and then share, print or archive it. Web2PDF Converter is fast, powerful and easy to install.

Read More : 10 Must-Have Web Apps Every Internet User Would Love To Know

Springnote

Springnote

Springnote is a great way for you to create notebooks for ideas, interests, multimedia, projects, and documents. It allows you to create pages, to work on them together with your friends, and to share files.

Read More : 12 Coolest Web Apps To Simplify Your Business

Crocodoc

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crocodoc takes your PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations, and lets you view and mark them up online. Documents can be shared with others, who can collaboratively highlight or strikeout text, add notes and comments, and make revisions. All files are stored securely on their servers, and can be password protected and encrypted for maximum security.

Read More : 13 Incredibly Useful Web Apps (You Probably Never Heard Of)

Dial2Do

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Dial2Do lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking. You can use it to send EMAIL or TEXT messages, record REMINDERS to help you remember things, post updates to your TWITTER or JAIKU stream and LISTEN to your favourite internet content. It’s easy and hands-free.

Read More : The Three Best Group Messaging Free Web Apps

AppliancesEnergyUse

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AppliancesEnergyUse lists the power input of almost 50 household appliances. By finding out how much power we are using simultaneously we can see if we are wasting energy. We can also set a personal power goal for ourselves and vow to never cross that wattage at a given time. Whether or not we are crossing our goal can then be determined by AppliancesEnergyUse.

Read More : 7 Tools And Applications To Help You Save Electrical Power

Draw Anywhere

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DrawAnywhere is an online diagramming website, where you can draw, modify and share flowcharts and other diagrams, with the look & feel of a desktop application. It runs on any browser with Flash 9 installed. There is no need to download and install any custom software. It runs entirely on the web, and thus it is an always-on-access-anywhere solution. It meets all your diagramming needs without installing, maintaining and purchasing expensive software.

Read More : Five Best Online Diagramming Tools

Google Notebook

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Google Notebook is a free online application offered by Google that allows users to save and organize clips of information while conducting research online. The browser-based tool permits a user to write notes, clip text and images, and save links from pages during a browser session. The information is saved to an online “notebook” with sharing and collaboration features. Notebooks can be made “public”, or visible to others, and can also be used to collaborate with a list of users (either publicly or privately).

Read More : The Six Best Online Note Taking Apps You Would Love To Know

Desktop Apps

Recuva

Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. Even if you’ve formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.

Read More : The Lesser Known (But Very Cool) Windows Apps You Might Be Looking For

YouTube Jockey

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With YouTube jockey you can save the YouTube videos you watch without having to login with your YouTube or Google account. YouTube Jockey is a video player based on Adobe Air platform and has the ability to search for YouTube videos from within the player and drag and drop feature for playing videos.

Read More : Great Tools For YouTube And Online Music Streaming You Might Didn’t Know Of

Cloud Magic

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Cloud Magic is a free web tool that works as a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for people running Mac, Windows, or Linux machines. The extension indexes all emails and their data locally. It then provides an interface for you to quickly search those emails. The response time is amazing because your search is conducted locally instead of online. Cloud Magic supports indexing multiple Gmail accounts.

Read More : Totally Awesome Tools To Improve Gmail Productivity

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011

AVG Free provides you with basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows and is available to download for free. It can work like a fast and effective protection against viruses and spyware. You will stay protected on social networks with AVG Social Networking Protection.

Read More : Top 10 Most Popular Free Security Software (Computer Security Day Special)

Elmedia Mac Media Player

Elmedia Mac media player is a versatile tool that supports multiple formats playback (FLV, SWF, XAP (Silverlight), RM and RV (Real), AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV). No need to install a separate player for each video you want to watch. Enjoy your screening with Elmedia Player.

Read More : 10 Coolest Mac OS X Apps You Might Not Know About

Freemake

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Freemake is an installable video converter for Windows operating systems. In addition to converting videos to AVI, MP4, 3GP, and DVD formats, the application can also rip DVDs, rip audio from videos, and split videos and upload them to YouTube as a playlist.

Read More : 5 Excellent Freeware Tools To Edit Your Videos The Easy Way

Google Dictionary

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Google Dictionary extension is Google’s own extension for its own browser, Chrome. With the extension installed, Chrome users will no longer need to bookmark any dictionary websites. The extension simplifies looking up word meanings by eliminating the need to visit a dictionary website in a new tab.

Read More : 7 Insanely Cool Google Chrome Extensions

Apture Highlights

Apture Highlights is a free tool, built from the ground up to let you take the power of Google search, and the richness YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Wikipedia with you to any site. Just highlight a phrase on any site to reveal the web’s best content without ever leaving the page. Fast, powerful, and fun.

Read More : The 9 Insanely Cool Google Chrome Extensions You May Need To Know About

Lunascape

Lunascape is the world’s only triple engine browser. With Lunascape, you can choose the right engine at the right time, realizing a dramatic decrease in web-browser compatibility issues, long loading times, and messed up websites display. You need only 2 clicks to change your engine. Lunascape is 20 times faster than IE7, 6.5 times faster than IE8. And it stays up! We have gone head to head with well-known “fast” browsers, and have achieved one of the fastest JavaScript speed.

Read More : The 7 Useful (And Unknown) Web Browsers That Are Worth A Try

Smart Defrag

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Smart Defrag is a tiny Windows compatible utility sized at only 1.8 MB. When you run the program, you can view all your hard drive partitions. Click on the partition you feel is responding slowly, and perform an analysis to see if any files require defragmentation.

Read More : The 5 (Really) Cool Windows Tools You Might Need

AppFresh

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications, widgets, preference panes and application plugins installed on your Mac up to date. All from one place, easy to use and fully integrated into Mac OS X.

Read More : 13 Excellent Mac Utilities You Might Not Know About (But Should)

CodySafe

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CodySafe is a simple to use program that can be installed on any flash drive or removable media. The installer is only 2.1 MB large and installs directly to your flash drive.

Read More : Now Easily Manage Your Portable Apps With CodySafe

IE Tab

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Some sites can only be displayed using IE, and with this extension you can now see those sites without leaving Chrome. Great for web developers who want to test the IE rendering engine, users who use sites with ActiveX controls, and users who want to use the explorer view for local files.

Read More : 13 Google Chrome Extensions To Simplify Web Designer’s Life

Windows Memory Diagnostic

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Microsoft has its own memory testing tool and it is called Windows Memory Diagnostic. The program performs a series of extensive tests on your system to find anything wrong with your computer’s memory. This tool also gives you the options to either create a bootable floppy disk or CD / DVD (by burning the image). Booting from the disk or optical disk will automatically begin the testing process.

Read More : Top 5 Tools To Test Your Computer Memory

CCleaner

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CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

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FastestFox – Browse Faster

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You can save time and get faster, parallelized downloads, quick definitions, auto-loading of next page, improved searching, and can do more with FastestFox.

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iSynchronize

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iSynchronize is an application that synchronizes the original file or folder of aliases. It creates a folder in your home directory, where you can put either real files and folders or aliases, and then syncs the contents to another folder you specify. The application concludes a daemon that does al the work in the background.

Read More : 15 Free Mac OS X Apps That Can Make Your Lives Easier

ComparePSD

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ComparePSD compares two Adobe Photoshop PSD files for you and highlights the differences. It can compare the difference Layer by layer, Effect by effect. ComparePSD allows you to select the files in Windows Explorer by right-clicking on them.

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Smartphone And Tablet PC Apps

0.03 Seconds

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0.03 Seconds was the top iOS game in many countries within 2 days of its release. The game, sized at 11.9 MB, helps you judge your reaction time. Through a variety of responses it determines how fast you react and tap the screen.

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Read It Later

When you come across an article or a webpage you’d like to read but can’t at that time, save it to your Read it Later list. You can then read it whenever you have a moment, on the couch, in your commute, on the plane, train, or practically
anywhere.

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Google Mobile App

You can use Google Mobile App to search fast from your phones. It has some stunning features like you can speak your queries instead of typing, use pictures to search the web, avoid typing your current location while searching for nearby businesses (e.g. “pizza” or “best buy”). You can also quickly navigate to other Google services, such as Maps and Gmail. Available on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows and Nokia S60.

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Chess with Friends

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This simple game lets you play chess over the network with a friend or a random player. The game’s simple functionality and cool graphics make the game worthwhile.

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LEGO Photo

Here’s an app to immortalize your favorite things and those special moments in LEGO form. Just point the camera, snap a pic, press the button, and watch the masterpiece build.

Read More : 12 Totally Awesome (Yet Free) Photography Apps For Your iPhone

WordPress for Android

The initial release of WordPress for Android has focused on giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go. You can manage posts, comments, pages.

Read More : The 7 Must-Have Apps For Android Phones To Make Your Lives Easier

Google Earth

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With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.

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Wi-Fi Finder

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This app for iPhone has tremendous use. Instead of shaking your phone to discover a good Wi-Fi signal, you can Wi-Fi Finder to find many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots. The app has indexed over 280,000 locations in 140 countries worldwide.

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Hair MakeOver Lite

Do you want to find out what is the best hairstyle for you and your friends? With Hair MakeOver you can try on many different kind of hair styles and hair cuts in less than a minute on your iPhone. There are 32 32 hairstyles that you can try in this app.

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Lightning Bug – Sleep Clock

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Just running and jogging and taking control over your eating habits is not important. Studies shows that adequate sleep is also necessary for the body to stay fit. Now with Lightning Bug – Sleep Clock relax and get to sleep easier by playing soothing sounds. It can also wake you up after specified time to keep you going.

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Angry Birds

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Angry Birds is a puzzle video game developed by Finland-based Rovio Mobile. Since its release for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices, over 10 million copies of the game have been purchased and versions have appeared for other touchscreen-based smartphones. You can download this app for your Samsung Galaxy Tab from Android Market.

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Photoshop

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It’s easy to use the Photoshop.com Mobile App on your iPhone. Simply drag your finger to crop, adjust color, apply effects. You can crop, rotate, change color with just a touch, give an extra glow with Soft Focus, apply one-touch effects like Warm Vintage and Vignette etc.

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December 14 2010

20:37

Perfect Tools From PCNames With Full Of Features To Fulfill Your Domain Needs

It all starts with the domain name. Whether you are running a web service, writing a blog, targeting PPC traffic or promoting your affiliate business, the domain name is a vital factor for the success of all types of online businesses. This is mainly because of two reasons.

The first reason is that people associate the domain name with a virtual brand, a good domain name sticks in everyone’s mind, is easy to spell and tells something about the business, service or website. The second reason is of course search engine optimization. To this date, the search engines prefer keyword rich domains and will rank the domain higher in search results which contains relevant keywords than the other one which does not have any relevant keywords related to the business he/she is serving.

The Problem With Good domain names – Availability

Good domain names are like diamonds in a flowing river, it’s very difficult to find a unique domain name which is

  1. Short
  2. Easy to remember
  3. Keyword rich
  4. Without numbers, symbols or special characters
  5. The .com extension

That’s when you need a good domain name search tool which can suggest you relevant domain names quickly. One such unique domain name search tool is pcnames.com

Search For Available Domains Instantly

To start your domain name search with any extension, simply type the keyword combination in pcnames.com homepage. Based on your query, pcnames.com instantly checks whether .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .mobi and .name domain names are available or not.

The domain name suggestions appears instantly as you type and the site never shares your domain search information with any third party websites, domain resellers or other domain flipping business.

As you perform domain name searches one by one, the searches are automatically saved and listed under “Recent domain searches”. This is very handy, there is no need to keep a separate log or spreadsheet of domain names that are available – your searches are automatically saved under the “Recent Searches” section as shown below:

Hovering over a particular extension shows you more information regarding the cost of the particular domain name extension. This includes how much amount would it cost if you want to buy the domain with Godaddy, Yahoo, Network solutions or other reputed domain registrars. Following is an example:

If you want to bookmark a particular domain name for later reference, simply click the “Add to Favorites” button and the selected extension is added to the bookmarks section of pcnames.com

Use The Bulk Search Tool For Bulk Domain Search

If you want to search for multiple domain names in one shot, go to the bulk domain search tool and type all the probable domain names in the text box, as shown below:

Hit the “Search” button and you are done.

pcnames.com will instantly search for the domain name availability of all the entered combinations and will show the results right below the textbox. You can then hover over a particular extension and view the pricing details of the specific domain name. To add the domain name to your ‘Favorites” collection, simply hit the “Star” button placed just at the left of the domain name.

The Domain Name Generator Tool

There are times when you are out of ideas and thus you are not able to guess a unique yet catchy domain name. In such situations, it will be a good idea to try the domain name generator tool.

It works like this – you enter some keywords in the domain name generator tool and hit the “Generate” button. pcnames.com will then suggest available domain names by randomly combining the keywords, an example is shown below:

As you can see, the words entered are ‘Cheap’ and ‘Tattoos’. The domain name generator generated some very catchy domain names e.g newcheaptatoos, Cheaptatooshop and so on.

Further, you can preview the price of a specific domain name by hovering the mouse cursor over any extension, as shown in the above screenshot.

Domain Search Widgets

pcnames.com also offers some handy domain search widgets, which allows you to embed a domain name search tool on your own blog or website. Works quite simple – head over to the domain search widget page, grab the iframe code and paste it in the source of your website’s theme or template.

The widgets works pretty much the same way – your site visitors can look up the availability of a domain name by using the widget directly from your website.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are new to the internet marketing business and want to know the inner concepts before buying a domain name, it would be better if you can learn the basics e.g what is a name server, DNS, Domain speculator and so on.

The folks at pcnames.com have put together a nice and detailed overview of everything related to domains, how they are handled and what you should know regarding managing the domains you are going to buy. We highly recommend reading their documentation, if you want to clear your concepts regarding the technical aspects of a domain / website.

Check out their frequently asked questions page for more domain names info

Read What Reviewers Are Saying

It’s always better if you can read user reviews about a website and then decide using their service. Domain names are no exception, you should always research about the domain name registrar, read what existing customers are saying about the company and then decide to buy the domain name with that particular domain registrar.

pcnames.com has a dedicated page for all the reputed domain registrars with reviews or comments posted by users. So you don’t have to browse to any other website, blogs or turn to any search engine for reading the review of a particular domain registration company.

To read about the user reviews and comments of existing customers about a particular domain registration company, head over to domain registrar reviews page for more information.

Conclusion

Overall, pcnames.com is one of the best domain name search tools available on the web. The site is simple, user friendly, ad free and does not require user registrations or any type of signups. You get all the important tools under one umbrella and searching for unique domain names has never been easier than before.

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November 23 2010

23:08

Five Great Web Apps For People Who Run Professional Websites

There are many web apps out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing The Five Great Web Apps For People Who Run Professional Websites. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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Kroud

Kroud is the simplest way to build an engaging, community driven, Frequently Asked Questions page for your website.

Qhub

Qhub is a platform you can use on your blog or website that allows your audience to ask questions and get real answers, it doesn’t just help answer questions it allows a genuine community to develop around your site.

zferral

zferral allows you to scale your business by crowdsourcing sales and marketing. You can create and manage your custom affiliate and referral programs from a single dashboard.

Respelt

Respelt is a free online spell checker with a powerful feature set. It help you spell check your documents, web pages and even RSS feeds.

Jazzdesk

Jazzdesk is a simple, intuitive and user friendly support web app that works the way you want. You can create, manage and share tickets with your staff or support company, work individually or as a team and get an overview on who’s doing what.

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November 06 2010

04:22

10 Great Online Tools That Help You Find Out A Lot About Live Websites

Webmasters often need to get information on websites. This information can be anything ranging from one’s own website traffic analysis to a competing site’s owner’s name. Along with webmasters, blog owners can also make use of site information and have it work to their advantage in numerous ways.

For our blog and site owning readers out there, we present a list of 10 free online tools that help you find out a lot about live websites. Read this list, check out each tool, and find out which one can help you best.

w3who

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This web tool will let you find out a lot about a site including AdSense and Google Analytics status, server location, IP address, title, and description. A thumbnail image of the site is also displayed. Check out w3who @ http://www.w3who.com/

Moniitor

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Through Moniitor, webmasters can carry out multiple traffic analyses – such as Alexa , Pagerank, and Twitter mentions– at the same time. A greatly useful site, you can visit Moniitor @ http://www.moniitor.com/

PlaudIt

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PlaudIt is a wonderful Google Analytics alternative. You can use it to monitor your site’s stats including its Pagerank, changes in Feedburner subscribers, mentions on Twitter, inbound links, Google Pagerank, Quantcast Rank, Alexa Rank, and more. Visit PlaudIt @ http://www.plaud.it

WebsitesLog

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WebsitesLog is a great tool to get the summary of a site’s information. It can deliver information about hosted servers, indexed pages, blog entries and Alexa ranking, amongst other stats. Visit WebsitesLog @ http://www.websiteslog.com/

Dataopedia

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dataopedia will help with a traffic estimate of your site or a competing site. Along with basic information such as title, description, and date of going live, the site provides Alexa ranks via graphs. Check out dataopedia @ http://dataopedia.com

Statsaholic

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Statsaholic is a great site traffic comparison tool. It lets you add up to 3 websites; then a graphical comparison of their monthly traffic is displayed. Check out Statsaholic @ http://www.statsaholic.com/

Attention Meter

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Attention Meter is a site similar to Statsaholic with the improvement that it lets you add up to 5 sites instead of 3. Visit the Attention Meter @ http://attentionmeter.com/

Abouthisite

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Through Abouthisite you can find out the main details of a site – owner’s name, daily visitors, language, server location, server location’s on a map, thumbnail image of the homepage, and the color composition of the thumbnail image. Visit Abouthisite @ http://abouthisite.com/

WhoIsHostingThis

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WhoIsHostingThis is a highly helpful and straightforward website that helps determine the host of a website. You are provided with the site’s host’s website along with the IP address and name servers. Check out WhoIsHostingThis @ http://www.whoishostingthis.com

WhoIs

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WhoIs is a site already used by many webmasters for site information. In addition to domain name, registrar, and referral URL, you also get the site creation date, and update dates, amongst other details. Check out WhoIs @ http://www.whois.net/

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October 20 2010

20:37

Incredibly Helpful Online Tools For People Who Develop Websites

This is one of the very best list of its kind where you can find Incredibly Helpful Online Tools For People Who Develop Websites.  These would be great enough to bookmark or just for get in your knowledge. I hope everyone of you will like this list. This is absolutely helpful for web developers, designers, web designers, developers etc. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

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Google Chart Tools

The Google Chart API lets you dynamically generate charts with a URL string. You can embed these charts on your web page, or download the image for local or offline use.

Pingdom Tools

Pingdom Tool helps you test the load time of any web page. You would just need to enter a URL to test the load time of all elements on that page and you can view the list of objects either in load order or as a hierarchy.

CodeRun Studio

CodeRun Studio is a cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE), designed for the cloud. It enables you to easily develop, debug and deploy web applications using your browser.

CSS Menu Builder

This is a huge collection of ready to build 300+ horizontal menus, 700+ vertical menus combinations and breadcrumb menus that consist of more than 200+ combinations, in total this site offers more than 1000 menu combinations not including the endless color combinations.

Variable Grid
System

The variable grid system is a quick way to generate an underlying CSS grid for your site. The CSS generated file is based on the 960 Grid System.

247webmonitoring

Having a good uptime is essential for the success of your website. 247webmonitoring will monitor it 24X7 from their servers and notify you whenever it goes down. This will check your website every 15 minutes to know it is up. They will send you notification by email or SMS when it goes down. So you can quickly fix the issue and you can stay happy. This way you can relax and focus on your core business. In future, you will also find out how fast your site is from different location.

PHPanywhere

PHPanywhere is an online service that’s changing the way people develop on the web. They enable users to develop and maintain their php/html projects online using any standard web browser.

Load Impact

Load Impact generates simulated user traffic to your site – for example it might simulate that 50 users are trying to load your web pages at the same time. While simulating the traffic from these 50 users, it also records how fast pages are loaded from your server. This lets you know how fast your site is (as experienced by a user) when it is being accessed by 50 users at the same time.

CSS Type Set

A real handy css creation tool where you can easily create CSS stylesheet without any css coding skills.

Adobe BrowserLab

An easier and faster solution for cross-browser testing. You can preview and test your web pages on leading browser and operating systems. This will help you get your results in real time, from virtually any computer connected to the internet.

codepaste

CodePaste provides an easy and convenient way to send/share PHP, C++, Javascript, Java, CSS, Actionscript and HTML code with others. Copy and paste the code and enter the email where you want the CodePaste to send it. CodePaste then nicely formats the code and sends it over.

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October 11 2010

11:22

Ten Best Web Services to Create Free Slideshows Online

Slideshow creation is something we all do on regular basis. Whether family or vacation pictures are turned into slideshows for sharing with family and friends or an info graphics bar chart slideshow is created for a professional presentation, slideshow creation is commonplace today. We have lined up ten great free slideshow creation services online which help make slideshows without any fuss. SO have a look:

PhotoPeach

PhotoPeach is a great free web based slideshow creation service which allows creating, sharing and embedding slideshows online for any type of content which you want. A sign up is required to use the service.

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myPicPals

myPicPals enables slideshow creation and sharing on websites which support Flash as well. This free service is geared towards social networks and has support for many including MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Blogger, hi5, TypePad, Friendster etc.

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Kioza

WithKioza’s slideshow creation service, text and audio/video clips can also be added to slideshows and it also allows burning slideshows to DVD via its premium service.

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Smilebox

Smilebox works seamlessly in creating slides shows which can then be instantly e-mailed and uploaded on Facebook for your family and friends to view. It has a large collection of slideshow templates available as well.

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Picturetrail

Picturetrail features a photosharing and image hosting service as well along with standard slideshow creation and claims to have the largest collection of slideshow templates online. Try it out and see if its really true.

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Slide

Slide offers a multitude of skins, themes, backgrounds, effects, sizes and a lot more to customize the slideshows you create with its service. Creating slideshow is easy and can be done in as many as three steps only.

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Roxio

Quite popular service, Roxio provides free online slideshow creation along with cool musical backgrounds matching to the pictures depicting inside. Also, slideshow sharing is fun and easy with Roxio.

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MySpace Slideshow

The name might confuse you, MySpace slideshow isn’t an official slideshow creation service from MySpace social network, but that doesn’t hides the fact how good it is. With MySpace Slideshow you can upload multiple MySpace photo albums in a single slideshow. It also allows an unlimited number of pictures per slideshow along with resizing and direct access to Photobucket.

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Scrapblog

Scrapblog lets one create multimedia scrapbooks featuring photos, videos, audio and other elements. You can share your scrapblog online with friends. Once a slideshow is created, it can be turned into high-quality photo books and DVDs.

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Thumbstacks

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With Thumbstacks, presentations and slideshows can be created right in the web browserwith Word-like rich-text editing controls and with images and drawings. Created slideshows and presentations can be shared with friends via a single unique URL for each one.

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August 17 2010

07:26

Save Your Bookmarks With Historious And Always Get Access to Them

Normally when you work with separate computers, there are not many ways you can share your bookmarks. Chrome has worked out a brilliant bookmark synchronization strategy that automatically keeps all your bookmarks updated but for this you need a Google account. Moreover many other browsers do not have such synchronization features. Having access to your bookmarks therefore, is quite a problem. And Historious is its solution.

Historious stores your bookmarks by indexing them, much like a search engine does. Usage of Historious is absolutely free. You start by creating an account on the site. After you sign in, you can drag the Historious bookmarklet on to your bookmarks toolbar; if you are a Chrome user, you can either use the bookmarklet or the Historious extension for Chrome.

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Whenever you are on a website, all you do is click on the extension icon or bookmarklet to add the website to your Historious bookmarks. A message will pop up in the top right telling you that the page is being indexed.

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A completion message is shown after the page has been indexed.

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Another way to add bookmarks to your Historious account is by visiting http://USERNAME.histori.us/ (replace USERNAME with your Historious username) and either typing the URLs of all websites or upload a bookmarks file created by a web browser or services like Delicious.

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When you visit http://USERNAME.histori.us/ you encounter a search-engine like view.

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Either search for your bookmark by its name or click on the “Show all sites” link to view all the indexed bookmarks.

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Since the bookmark list is stored you can access it from any computer with a web connection.

Check out Historious.

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August 10 2010

05:17

Easily Create Online Survey Polls With Flisti

Are you thinking of holding up a vote on your website or blog? Holding an online poll is perhaps the easiest way to do this. And thanks to Flisti, creating online polls had never been easier.

Flisti is a free and user friendly website that assists visitors in poll creation. There is nothing to download or install – everything happens within your web browser. Moreover no registrations or account creations are required. You can jump right into the poll creation process.

The entire poll creation interface is located on the site’s homepage. You start by entering the question your poll will ask. Then you enter the answers. By default you can enter two answers; using the little “Add” button in the bottom right, you can add fields for more answers.

You can also allow or disable choosing multiple answers. When you have entered your questions and answers, click on the “Create New Poll” button. This will create a simple poll with a unique URL.

You can invite people to cast their vote by sharing the poll’s URL or by sharing it directly on the supported social networks. If you want to put the poll up on your own website or blog, you can copy the generated HTML code and paste it on your website.

In these easy steps, you would have created your online poll. Visit Flisti.

August 08 2010

20:02

Read User-Generated News From Across the Globe With MaYoMo

Many people believe that news channels keep their sponsors’ interests in mind and broadcast biased views on news. It is believed that the simplest solution to this is user-generated news: news reported and shared by average people. Of course if you have something about your area to share, it might be quite some time before your local news channels airs it, if at all. This is exactly why online user-generated sources are great to publish and share news.

One such online source is MaYoMo.

MaYoMo is a great user-generated news website. It derives its name from “Map Your Moments.” Visitors to the site find a map on the homepage with red dots spread out geographically.

These red dots represent active news in the areas they are placed on. You can hover your mouse pointer over any red dot and a preview of the news will be shown.

You can click on the red dot to display the news details which can include text, pictures, audio, and video. The news might be in a non-English language; you can figure this out by reading the text in the preview.

If you would like to view news according to your interests, you can filter the global news according to the category that interests you. Choose the news genre at the top of the global news map. The website also provides visitors with the option to filter news by their date. This can be done via a slider present at the bottom of the global news map. You can create an account on MaYoMo to submit news you have.

Overall, MaYoMo is a wonderful news website that can help you stay aware of what is going on in the world. Check out MaYoMo.

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August 06 2010

07:09

Top 12 Sites For Online Video Chatting

If you feel that your instant messaging client is not satisfying your video chat needs, do not try downloading and installing any other applications. Give video chat facilitating websites a try. You are bound to find something that will let you video chat the way you want. The best part is that you will not have to install any new applications on your computer.

The internet has many video chat websites. In case you are looking for one, do not spend time searching on the web; simply give my list of top 12 sites for video chat a read. You will find the list below. See which site suits you best.

1. EkkoTV

If you are already familiar with video chatting sites and want something more, then visit EkkoTV. On the site you can have a 3 people video conference. This is great for chatting with 2 friends at the same time. Click here to visit EkkoTV.

2. RandomDorm

This video chatting website is for college students. You need to sign up using your college’s email (ending with EDU or AC). You can use this site to fine students from other or even your own universities. Click here to visit RandomDorm.

3. StreamFame

SteamFace is a site to tell show the world how entertaining you can be. You can choose to have your webcam broadcast video to the website; your feed is kept active unless more than 50% of your audience votes you down. Click here to visit StreamFame.

4. ChatRide

ChatRide is a more traditional video chatting website. You can create a chat room and share its URL with another friend to video chat. Only one on one video chat is possible. Click here to visit ChatRide.

5. Imo.im

This website is a collection of web messengers for popular instant messaging clients. In case the person you chatting with supports video chat, you can use Imo.im to initiate one on one video chatting. Supported services include MSN, AIM, Yahoo, Skype, Google Talk, MySpace, and Facebook. Click here to visit Imo.im.

6. MeBeam

MeBeam is another traditional video chatting site that lets you create a video chat room to which you can invite others. Visit MeBeam here.

7. BoostCam

BoostCam focuses on speed. You can start video chatting rather quickly. After gving the site access to your webcam, it creates a temporary URL which you share with people to video chat. Click here to visit BoostCam.

8. Confabio

Similar to BoostCam, Confabio lets us create a chat room of which the URL can be shared to invite others. Click here to visit Confabio.

9. WooMe

If you are hoping to find a special someone through video chatting, pay WooMe me a visit. The site helps singles get to know other singles through video chatting. Visit WooMe here.

10. Chatroulette

Even if you have not video chatted before, you must have heard of Chatroulette. It is a highly popular speed-video chatting site. Random connections are made between two people; this connection can be terminated by any party anytime. The site is highly addictive and has a very simple interface. Visit Chatroulette here.

11. TinyChat

TinyChat is a great video chat site especially for Twitter users. Visitors can sign in with their Twitter accounts, create a video chat room, then invite up to 10000 people to video chat with them. Visit TinyChat here.

12. 6rounds

Chatroulette might be addicting for many people but it provides very few options to play around with. 6rounds expands the Chatroulette concept and does a wonderful job in helping you find new friends online. The interface is very user friendly and new features are constantly being added to the site. Click here to visit 6rounds.

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July 28 2010

17:39

Mugtug Offers Online Image Editing & Drawing Tool At One Place

If you have been using your computer for some time, you already have separate applications installed for image editing and drawing. But if you are using somebody else’s computer, you might not have the administrative privileges required to install new programs. In this case online apps come quite in handy. Rather than looking for separate web apps for image editing and drawing, you should pay a visit to “Mugtug.”

Mugtug is a free to use web service that offers two web apps – an online image editor and an online drawing tool, both HTML5-based.

The site also has a small community which users can log in to share the work they got done through Mugtug.

The online image editor is called “Darkroom” and offers a number of impressive features.

You can upload an image to the editor from your computer, a URL, or through your Picasa or Flickr accounts. Once uploaded you could use one of the basic features from the top pane. These features include rotate, mirror, crop, and red eye removal.

Further options can be found in the left pane. Here you can set the colors, set the brightness and exposure levels, and modify the contrast and saturation levels.

You can also add effects to the pictures. Previews of each effect can be seen by placing your mouse pointer over the effect.

When done editing, you can save or share the picture using the button on the top left. You can do a final resizing of the picture and choose to save the picture, share it via URL, or publish on your Picasa or Flickr account.

The drawing app offered by Mugtug is called “Sketchpad.”

This tool offers standard drawing options along with advanced features of pattern, gradient, and swatch. You can also create your own colors using the color chooser set in the top right. When done drawing, you can use the button in the top right to save your drawing in PNG image format.

Mugtug successfully merges these tools in a user friendly interface. The next time you need to draw or edit a photo, remember to visit Mugtug.

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