developer.microsoft.com

Official Microsoft VMs for IE8 through IE11 and Edge

CSS animations and performance

Very few CSS animations are cheap in performance terms. Anything that causes the layout process (AKA reflow in Gecko browsers) is bad. The more complex your page the worse the performance hit. But – these four are apparently particularly cheap… Continue Reading →

www.useronboard.com

User onboarding teardowns

macdown.uranusjr.com

MacDown – A very decent, free, Markdown editor for macOS

Batch setting the correct time and frame number on 35mm scans in Lightroom

Scans of my 35mm film shots always come back from the minilab both numbered in reverse order and with the scan time as the only date. Not in Ordnung. If they all have the same timestamp – then they will order… Continue Reading →

Installing Adobe Creative Suite (CS5) on macOS Sierra

I am actually still using Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) at home. Recently I’d updated to a more recent iMac and found it impossible to re-instal Design Premium. Was using the official disk image – freshly downloaded from my Adobe account. This… Continue Reading →

helpx.adobe.com

SASS and LESS in Dreamweaver. Nice.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and email

New Europe-wide regulations are arriving in a year or so… This will have enforceable impact on any company sending marketing emails to or within the EU. Enforceable as in these are EU regulations, not directives, and there are potentially very large fines… Continue Reading →

Patternify (for repeating patterns not repeating paternity)

‘Cos I forget where I find these things – and as far as Base64 pattern generators go this one’s a doozy. An old doozy, but a doozy, nevertheless.

Search multiple tags with WordPress

There’s plenty of backend solutions and plugins available – but if you just want to keep it simple; type your known tags into the URL bar with a “+” joining them (don’t forget the “/tag/” part): example.com/tag/cats+dogs/  

litmus.com

Busted email dev myths

Responsive or fluid HTLM5 banners from Adobe Animate

I used Adobe Animate in anger for the first time this week. One key thing I found; if you’re using it to make banners: you really must embed them in an iFrame. Firstly because the Javascript that makes them responsive… Continue Reading →

Oh my word! Gmail finally to support style tags and media queries…

I was such a doubter when I first heard the rumours. Of course it’ll take a while, then throw in the issue android email client fragmentation, but blimey this will make building email a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.

Fixed-up Nikon Nikkor 20mm f2.8 AF

Great success.

WordPress: excluding a category from author.php

(‘cos it took me more than a couple of minutes to find a relevant answer)

DeLorean Ipsum, of course!

Go here www.deloreanipsum.com

HTTP vs HTTPS

HTTPS is a speed demon…

Gmail and efficient CSS? Nah.

It’s not totally clear from the evidence but it seems the gmail team are lumping CSS and media queries together with Javascript and phishing attacks as major concerns. Seems odd but there you go. May explain they’re still killing responsive… Continue Reading →

Key new features in Photoshop CC (2015.5)

New: Selection and Masking Space; Content-Aware Crop; Match Font feature; Adjust Facial Features; in-context glyph selection…

Deleting of multi-line elements from associative arrays using RegEx find-and-replace in Dreamweaver

(Following-on from a simpler example: deleting PHP array elements that are each on a single line with Dreamweaver and RegEx.) I have series of associative arrays in a php file that reuse a set of keys. In this example I want… Continue Reading →

techcrunch.com

On iterative testing for iOS apps

Consumers do not consider themselves loyal

Video infographic from the UK Direct Marketing Association.

Finally a Laravel-based CMS to play with. Would there were time. Pyro CMS version 3 https://www.pyrocms.com/

Portrait or Landscape?

“What’s the breakdown for tablets by device orientation?”

The future of html email in Android land

On expected improvements to Gmail balanced against fragmentation in Android.

Email miscellany

New features in Google’s Inbox app email newsletter collation (at Google’s discretion so far – try TechCrunch Daily or Medium Digest) save to inbox – send yourself an email using your OS’s built-in sharing features (iOS/Chrome) – saved links then grouped… Continue Reading →

medium.com

The tangible benefits of designing at 1x pixel density

Simplifica – a rather lovely, free, typeface

See it in its full glory on Behance and/or grab a stashed version of it here.

medium.com

On why you can’t have the unedited photos…

So when did Hybrid HTML email coding start to be known as Spongy? I get it, it squeezes down small but can only expand to a certain point, but LOL –  spongy.

HTML email hacking for Outlook

Outlook is nasty, Outlook is bad. Outlook is a horrorbag. Target your HTML email fixes, cludges and workarounds for the various flavours of Outlook with Microsoft’s own conditional comment tags – as in these examples below… ‘IE’ refers to Outlook… Continue Reading →

Really beautiful, free, images for stock use

unsplash.com

litmus.com

Litmus have launched an free Email templates resource

Emmet in Dreamweaver FTW

I remember first trying out Emmet when it was the Zen Coding plugin for Coda (a good six or seven years ago). Now it’s all grown up, changed its name and it’s built-in to Adobe Dreamweaver.

Hayao Miyazaki’s animation software now open-source.

The basic component of the animation software used by studio that brought us Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro is now open source.  

Deleting an element from an array in Dreamweaver with RegEx

You have a multidimensional array where the elements’ keys/values are each on their own line. You want to remove all elements that have the same key.

State of email production

Results from Litmus’ big-ole-survey of email production methods and issues. An interesting view of what folks are doing/using out there. Go over to see them and grab yourself a copy of the 2016 State of Email Production eBook. It’s very… Continue Reading →

Oooooh! A spanking new UX app from Adobe. Looks fab…

Called Adobe Experience Design CC it looks like a melding of Illustrator and Photoshop plus UX tools a very clever “Repeat Grid” design feature.

Litmus’ view of Email Client Marketshare

Infographictastic.

Resizing a VirtualBox Windows hard drive on a Mac

Distilled info from this OSX Daily article: “How to Resize a VirtualBox VDI or VHD File on Mac OS X“.

www.amp-what.com

And what?

www.ushuaia.pl

Thank-ing you for the mul-ti-lin-gual hy-phen-a-tion tool

freshinbox.com

Ambient Animations in Email: Snow and Stars

Save Dreamweaver template files as .HTML files for SmartFocus (or anything else)

Just include an extra “.dwt” ‘pre-extension’ in the filename – i.e. filename.dwt.html.

A lovely confluence of marketing and labs from Netflix

medium.com

Apple’s San Fransico font – a new modern classic?

Keeping HTML line breaks in PHP

Another should-know-this-already snippet of PHP know-how… PHP will not include any line breaks immediately after a closing PHP tag. If you need or want to preserve white space in your rendered HTML code you’ll need to add a space in… Continue Reading →

D’oh. Still a PHP noob after all… Despite NULL and FALSE meaning different things – they’re equal in PHP if you’re not type matching. ref http://stackoverflow.com/

The Johnson Box???

The “Preheader” or “Johnson Box” as it’s sometimes called appears in the list view of many email clients.  It follows on directly after the subject line and needs to work in conjunction with it.  It can also work as a standfirst… Continue Reading →

Exclude child categories from category listing in WordPress

Add this before the Loop in archive.php: Found on wordpress.org/support

The future of Gmail

Google is bringing out a new email product: Google Inbox. It’s going to be a cross between email and task manager.

Responsive images – 2014 and beyond

I’ve read a couple of interesting articles about the future of images on the web. The Picture Element from HTML5 Rocks  Responsive Images in Practice on ALA There are two image problems that need solving in our multi-dimensional device landscape:… Continue Reading →

PC friendly Mac OS zip compression via the Terminal

If you work with systems that can’t ignore Mac OS File System meta data…

Time to drop responsive emails and go with fluid?

The rise of Android and Gmail in the last couple of years has massively changed the email landscape and has caused significant deterioration in the visual integrity of responsive email.

Fix overflow:hidden on div with display:table …

…one work-around is to add an extra containing div and set overflow:hidden on that. (Found when using display:table and display:table-cell; to vertically centre content of unknown height.)

Box model headaches a thing of the past?

There ain’t no fool like an old-school-fool.

Prevent line breaks on a forward slash

Need to prevent “£/$/€1,000,000!!!” or similar breaking over two lines at the forward slashes? CSS word-break, word-wrap, white-space not working for you?

On migrating and merging WordPress (local to remote)

Few things to note on the process of bringing this site to life…

Mac OS Apache ownership fix

Because the Apache user on a Mac OS X box is called “_www” not the more Linux-common “apache”…

More RegEx renaming in Adobe Bridge

Two more examples of Bridge renaming using Regular Expressions… 1. Use brackets around your RegEx search in Find to set a group which can be backreferenced in Replace: Current name: foo-tla-bar.jpg Find: (foo)(-.{3}-)(-bar) Replace: $1newstring$3 Result: foo-newstring-bar.jpg 2. find “yyyy-mm-“:… Continue Reading →

Building a GIT changelog with PHP

The below PHP generates a cachefile used to display a GIT changelog. (Because I didn’t have the power to get GIT installed onto the production server…) If the following simple script in your repo directory doesn’t do it you may… Continue Reading →

Quickly search for a file on a (PC) server from a Mac client

Searching for files on a Windows server from a Mac can be very slow or even fail altogether but with a bit of shell trickery it’s very quick. The script below is 95% instructions – the payload is at the… Continue Reading →

Dynamically create a PHP variable name

Thanks to this post “Dynamic variable names in PHP” for enlightening me on how easy this is. There’s a lot of stuff out there about PHP variable variables but if you just want to craft a variable’s name based on… Continue Reading →

Arabic text in Adobe Photoshop

…or how to create any right-to-left script layer in Photoshop Photoshop is not fully prepared for working with right-to-left (RTL) languages: you can’t properly use Arabic or Hebrew for more than pasting in single non-breaking lines. This is a limitation in… Continue Reading →

A simple regex rename with Adobe Bridge

Adobe’s Bridge application has a very handy built-in file renaming utility. If you need to add a suffix, a numeric prefix or do a simple string substitution it’s ready and waiting just a keystroke away… But for more complex string… Continue Reading →

Acrobat batch extract pages

Based on an example script provided by Adobe. [ Adobe’s PDF documentation for Batch Sequences ] [ Further documentation and Acrobat SDKs at Adobe ] [ Good Acrobat JavaScript prefs (main required settings are on by default – but you can take the opportunity to enable… Continue Reading →

Remove and ignore dreamweaver dwsync.xml files from your GIT repo

1. Remove any files already added form the working directory. For example: $ git rm -f *dwsync.xml 2. Set up (or create) your global git ignore file in your home directory: $ printf “dwsync.xmlnThumbs.dbn” >> ~/.gitignore 3. using git config… Continue Reading →

Hard coding your site URL in WordPress

I discovered this handy feature when troubleshooting a login problem for a client of mine. If you swap your WP database between your local development and production server at all regularly — and don’t fancy editing your site URL and… Continue Reading →

Nice WordPress article in .Net

Nice article about WordPress in my favourite web design and develpment magazine (issue 217  of .NET). Usual stuff but well written without either speeding or jabbering. There’s a nice overview of Custom Menus, Multisite, Custom Post Formats, Custom Post types and… Continue Reading →

PHP 101. Basic stuff: get value from URL querystring with PHP

As I’m still an idiot when it comes to media queries and mobile devices and can pass this stuff on to other folks – but needed to give myself and the interested parties a visual representation of how different sized… Continue Reading →

JavaScript redirect based on referrer

Basic stuff (as often the case not immediately findable). You want a simple script to redirect to a different page if te referrer is such and such. In the following example the two referral page options ( foo.html and bar.html… Continue Reading →

CSS 3 pseudo-classes and attribute selectors in Internet Explorer

Thanks to my mate Tony I’ve been introduced to this rather delicious (and very small) jQuery plugin that adds support for, among other things the :nth-child pseudo class. If this had been around a year ago ‘d have avoided having… Continue Reading →

Getting a page ID in WordPress

Q. Want to get something in your theme to work with data from a particular page or post – but don’t know for sure what that post’s ID is? A. Try this in your functions.php file: …then you can then… Continue Reading →

Passing a variable about in a WordPress theme

I’m used to using php variables set in included file being used in another included file if all are included in the same document. This doesn’t work in WordPress theme parts. It’s easy to overcome though… you just need to… Continue Reading →

Multiple WordPress excerpt lengths

Q. Got a theme that needs two different excerpt lengths? A. Found here: set the standard, longer excerpt as normal in the functions.php file and the override locally using this code:

Rollback a GIT commit

GIT is great, Git is good. I mostly use git to track changes (very useful to check on what I’ve  been up to when it’s late in the night!) but occasionally I need to use it to roll back to… Continue Reading →

Using GIT to manage a website…

Nice little write-up on pushing your local GIT repo to a live web site: http://toroid.org/ams/git-website-howto

Magazine framework in Javascript

treesaverjs.com/ Incredible, clever, simple looking demo: http://demo.nomadeditions.com/real-eats/index.html

MySQL Command Line stopped working in Mac OS 10.6?

Do what this guy says and add /usr/local/mysql/bin back into your paths file

Turn a text list into an HTML Select Option list with PHP

Easy solution to this basic HTML coding need posted over at Stack Overflow by a random clever bloke. Thanks RCB. My only issue was with UTF-8 characters coming through garbled. Bodged a workaround using this encode entities plug-in for Dreamweaver.

CSS in PHP

The last time I tried to render CSS through PHP was many, many moons ago. I didn’t work and I couldn’t figure it out. Yesterday I tried again and found out why… the MIME type must be set as text/css…. Continue Reading →

Weird line-height in Chrome?

Specifying line-height on an <a> in a <li> will not work in your webkit based browsers. Line-height needs to be set on the containing <li> to work at all in Chrome or consistently in Firefox. Now you know.

The CSS reset has been reset

The grandaddy of all CSS resets hits version 2.o beta: Eric Meyer’s Reset Revisited. See also the subsequent thoughts on how to handle :focus. Update! Now at Beta 2.

Image free CSS arrows/pointers/triangles

Great to finally see [forgive my split infinitive] a well documented walkthrough on how to create these little bit of magical CSS that add triangular pointers onto your navigation elements – or Talk Bubbles as Stubbornella OOCSS has them –… Continue Reading →

The IE9 hate starts here…

Made me grin/grimace…. A piece on how retarded Microsoft’s latest incarnation of Internet Explorer may turn out to be, despite the hype: http://css3wizardry.com/2010/08/14/ie9-is-the-ie6-of-css3/ Oh dear.

On CSS image replacement techniques and SEO

Having learnt that properly structuring headings is very important to SEO but wishing to be able to style and design pages beyond the limitations of HTML text I’ve often reverted to this old CSS hack to replace heading text with… Continue Reading →

PHP web forms

Websites are a point of contact – and a contact form that sends an email is the way to normally handle enquiries. (Of course phone numbers/addresses must first be easy to find!) A contact form requires a web server to… Continue Reading →

Got an “Error establishing a database connection” in Mac OS X 10.6?

At some point in the last month (been on holiday mostly) an Apple system update caused MySQL to stop running – all local development sites using MySQL would give the dreaded “Error establishing a database connection” error message. And phpMyAdmin… Continue Reading →

Getting a local version of Cufon running on a Mac

The easiest route to web fonts, Cufon, is suffering a couple of issues at the moment – somebody may be trying to give the service a hard time with a nasty font. If you ever have this trouble getting a… Continue Reading →

How to tile a print using Adobe’s Creative Suite (CS5)

Do you need to print an oversized graphic document onto multiple sheets of paper (that your printer can handle) so you can then assemble/[Sello]tape/mount an accurate large format version? This is a very simple task but strangely difficult to find… Continue Reading →

Safari: how to restore all windows from last session using Time Machine

It’s really very simple – everything you need is in ~/Libaray/Safari/LastSession.plist just quit Safari and restore that file from when it was good and you’re done. What’s this about? Well I tend to use open Safari windows/tabs to help keep… Continue Reading →

Avoid WordPress Trackbacks within your own site

So you’re doing the right thing and crafting internal links within your site to give the thing meaning and usefulness (or SEO)… but WordPress then adds superfluous trackbacks in the comments of the pages/posts your linking to… There are plugins… Continue Reading →

Rotating Twitter Tweet feed in WordPress

Again, this is for one my current projects: my mate Phil’s digital DJ tips site… OK – so there’s loads of plugin’s out there that do this kind of thing but I’m not after anything fancy (or bloated), I’m happy… Continue Reading →

WordPress jQuery conflict solved

After several hours of thinking I’m being a idiot (happens occasionally) I discovered that sometimes you’ll need to call before any jQuery scripts (or concatenated scripts in my case). It’s been hours and I couldn’t figure out why none of… Continue Reading →

WordPress loop with x big posts in one column then a grid of y smaller posts in z columns

Here’s how I managed to get this loop to work for the custom WordPress theme I whacked off for my friend and erstwhile colleague Phil Morse AKA Digital DJ Tips The challenge I set myself was to get the loop to… Continue Reading →

Long/short headings (or title tags) using WordPress Custom Fields

[ This post is now largely if not entirely redundant now thanks to WordPress 3 menu options ] Problem: WP titles are too long to fit in your navigation. Solution: Make the title short enough to fit in the navigation… Continue Reading →

Mac’s Apache web server crashing out

Spent a few hours yesterday try to fix my localhost web sharing. After a restart none of my local sites were responding, neither from my user account nor the back-up admin account. This error message kept showing up in my… Continue Reading →

How to show just sticky posts in a WordPress template

Want to just show just your sticky posts in a WordPress template? This guide tells you how (and much more) – but you’re hacking a theme and are stuck when it says “add this code before the loop” – well… Continue Reading →

Include an HTML file in a PHP variable

I couldn’t get PHP to accept an HTML file include as the definition of a variable without throwing my templated page into disarray.  An answer came from the venerable desilva then checked with the php folk; use output  buffering (see example… Continue Reading →

Support Driven Development

Please excuse this wanton copy-paste The article is good in its entirety but this is the best bit of this ThinkVitamin article Kevin Hale of Wufoo talks UX, Funding, Startups and API integration… Because we’re a small team that desires to… Continue Reading →

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