Have you ever seen Twitter updates/ tweets with unusual characters included in them? Perhaps you have received an email message with an airplane in the subject line? Have you wondered how thus was done? Yes, these capabilities have been around for some time. However, I have been asked recently by several individuals how this is possible. Hence this weblog post. Read more »
Now that the 2013 Illinois Web Design Contest is history, I thought it might be appropriate to share some thoughts and observations. First, congratulations to everyone who participated (in either the secondary or post-secondary contest). You took the extra effort to grow and learn. Those who are taking classes in web technologies and not participating – why not? This is a great opportunity to learn from web professionals. It is also a great networking opportunity. Whether you earn a medal or not, you have tested your self and your knowledge and grown in the process. Read more »
I never cease to be amazed at how fast technology changes. I suspect this is mostly old news for most, but you can do some pretty impressive things including images in QR codes. Yes, you can generate default values within tools like Adobe Acrobat (I covered that in a previous blog post). Here are some of the interesting things you can do with QR (Quick Response) codes. Read more »
I am giving a webinar on April 9 covering the fundamentals of Adobe MUSE for educators and needed to prepare some slides and demonstration materials. In reviewing my weblog entries, I realized that I have not included a post on this tool. I thought it might be helpful to provide some discussion as I built a website using MUSE for this webinar. All together, it took me roughly a day (8 hours) to develop the website. Full disclosure, the majority of time was spent locating suitable images (yes, I take snapshots, not photographs). The next largest chunk of time was spent deciding what to write in the way of text (and subsequent edits). The least amount of tie was spent actually developing the site. This is why I think MUSE is a tool that can be used by many with limited knowledge of HTML or CSS. The resulting sites validate as HTML5 and one can take advantage of a number of jQuery effects with the use of widgets available in MUSE. Let’s review the process.
Adobe released their Photoshop Touch app for both iPhone and Android phones on Feb. 27, 2013. Since I already have the tablet version (and created a cheatsheet for its use), I wanted to briefly review this new version for phones. Given that most of us have a smartphone readily available, it makes sense that a version of this image editing software be available. I have tested this on both my iPhone 4S as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note III. While the interface is similar to that found in the tablet version, there are minor differences (due to the limited screen real estate available on most smartphones). Read more »