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Smash and Grab Photoshop Tips

Posted on: 7/23/2008 9:49:56 AM under Web Design » Resources 
 
As web designers, we come across a lot of resources about web design, css, programming, and more. But what about graphic design? Learning how to create those building blocks (i.e. photos and images) is just as important as putting them together.

We've come across some good resources for those looking for some great Photoshop tips.

PhotoshopStar.com - A collection of links and tutorials designed to help you inprove your Photoshop techniques.

Photoshop Roadmap - Links with short descriptions -- some neat info here!

Smashing Magazine - Best Of - Great list -- check out the tutorial on making your images look like a minature model!

Absolute Cross - Some good tips on creating buttons and other graphical images.

Got a favorite of your own? Let us know by leaving us a comment, or dropping us a line!

Happy Photoshopping,

The DMXReady Team

 
 

A Great Resource for the ASP Beginner

Posted on: 7/18/2008 2:16:13 PM under ASP » Resources 
 
The great thing about ASP is that anybody can learn it. In fact, compared to PHP, ASP.Net, and other languages, it is almost a breeze.

To prove that point, we've found a great resource for the beginner ASP programmer. ASP Programming for the Absolute Beginner, as the name suggests, gives you all the background you need. It is also good for the ASP programmer who knows how to do it, but has always been curious about the behind-the-scenes mechanics.

Rather than direct you to a link, we've embedded the iPaper here for you:


Read this document on Scribd: ASP Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Happy Reading!

The DMXReady Team
 
 

Supercharge Your ASP!

Posted on: 7/14/2008 9:01:21 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
One of the great things about ASP is its compatibility with other scripting languages. AJAX, for example, works extremely well in an ASP environment. This blend of JavaScript and XML makes for some nifty web apps.

Miniajax.com is a place where you can download several of these applications for free to supercharge your own website: These pint-size apps can do some amazing things from finding out where visitors are clicking on your web page to creating image reflections, building fisheye nav bars, and more.



Check it out for yourself!

http://miniajax.com

The DMXReady Team
 
 

One Way To Clean Up Your Code

Posted on: 7/11/2008 7:00:35 AM under ASP » Scripts and Tips 
 
One of the hallmarks of good design and programming is nice clean files. And one way to get those nice clean files is to avoid repetitive scripts. You can do this very easily by saving a commonly-used script and calling it into your web page using an include.

For example, you use the same script to connect to the database -- why not add save it as a separate file? All DMXReady apps have a single connection script like this one (from Classified Listings Manager):














Then, in every page that needs to connect to the database, you simply add this line of code:





Note that this file is kept in its own separate folder called Connections. All DMXReady applications use this structure. This one line of code looks much cleaner and it helps you organize your scripts a lot easier. Plus, if you ever need to change your database connection string, all you have to do is change this one file.

You can also use this approach for JavaScript and other types of scripts as well -- it all makes for cleaner, easier to read codes!

Happy Scripting!

The DMXReady Team
 
 

Is Your Website Design Compatible with ALL Browsers?

Posted on: 7/9/2008 9:17:12 AM under General » Browsers 
 
Is your website design compatible with all browsers?Most designers realize the importance of testing websites in several different web browsers. Of course, Firefox and IE are the biggies, along with Safari for Mac.

But did you know that there are 36+ web browsers out there?

The folks at All Web Design Blog do. In fact, they've complied a list of them complete with short descriptions, a screen shot, and links to where you can download it.

Now you might not feel the need to test on all three dozen web browsers, but it is still an interesting compliation. And as an extra bonus, they have also put together a comprehensive list of articles about browsers and compatibility issues.

You can check it out here (and we recommend that you do...):
http://www.allwebdesignresources.com/webdesignblogs/graphics/
list-of-web-browsers-a-mega-list-for-web-designers/



The DMXReady Team
 
 
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