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Weekly News Roundup – 15 February 2013

February 15, 2013 • By

The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at Freebies you can’t miss in February, The new Adobe updates, as well as responsive design for the future, furthermore we look at symmetrical logos and WordPress plugins that will make your life easier.

Fresh freebies for February

It is never a bad time to have an idea for the web, and when it comes, the best thing to do is developing and creating as soon as possible before the idea fades away. That’s why freebies have become so important, they’re great time savers, giving you the items to build awesome projects, placing quality over price.


Adobe Updates Creative Cloud With Responsive Design Tools

Adobe announced Thursday a number of product updates and tool previews for its Creative Cloud service. The big updates include the first public preview for Edge Reflow — a responsive design tool — new updates to the Edge Animate tool, an update to the Edge Code Preview tool and updates to Dreamweaver. While most of the updates are available to all Creative Cloud members (including free users), the Dreamweaver update is only available to Creative Cloud members who have chosen to subscribe to Creative Cloud complete or have the single-app Dreamweaver subscription.


 How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme in 5 Easy Steps Infographic

This simple and helpful infographic takes you through the process of finding the right theme for your website. Choosing and buying a theme shouldn’t take days, weeks or months. Your priorities should be on attracting traffic to your web site instead of spending hours and hours on deciding on any particular theme.

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3 Tools to Better Manage Your Social Media Presence

Do you want to make more efficient use of your time on social media?Are you looking for tools that will help you manage your social media efforts?In this article you’ll discover 3 tools to enable you to become more efficient and effective with social media.

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App Cloud vs PhoneGap: a web developer’s view

Brightcove developer Adam Mark builds the same app on PhoneGap and Brightcove App Cloud to demonstrate the differing strengths of each system. When I talk to developers about App Cloud, they often ask, “How is App Cloud different from PhoneGap?” Without missing a beat, I give my stock answer: “PhoneGap is great, but App Cloud gives you so much more.” The matter of more has always nagged at me (more is not necessarily better) so I decided to do an apples-to-apples comparison from a web developer’s perspective. I built the same app twice, first on PhoneGap, then on App Cloud, and graded each system on the strength of its platform capabilities, development model and service offerings.

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Responsive Web Design: Planning For The Future

When considering a mobile Web strategy and weighing responsive Web design against a separate mobile website, the most important metric is how functional the website is for the user. This goes beyond better content organization for smaller screens. Mobile (and desktop) websites should be easily found, easily shared, fast loading, easy to maintain and easy to build on.


Responsive Web Typography with WebRTC ✩ Mozilla Hacks

I love where emerging web technologies — such as WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) and WebAPI — are headed, because they make it possible to use various parts of hardware that already exist inside our computers, tablets and smartphones to improve the user experience. Responsive Typography with WebRTC is yet another example of a simple concept that could improve people’s experiences.


Inspirational and Creative Symmetrical Logo Designs

While there are no rigid rules when it comes to logo design, symmetrical logo design has been in vogue for quite some time now. Simply put, a symmetrical logo is one in which the left side is identical with the right one. Flip one side on to the other, and bingo! You’ve got yourself a symmetrical logo.


What Opera’s Switch to WebKit Means for Web Professionals

Opera adopting WebKit is one of the best pieces of news I’ve heard in a while. WebKit has been an exceptional HTML rendering engine, and as a web professional it’s been a delight to work with. But is it all good news? What about competition?


10 Great WordPress Plugins for Making Development Easier

When developing for WordPress, it’s great to know the in’s and out’s of the CMS completely, and in return output a fantastic end project. WordPress development oftentimes comes with the fact, though, that you’ll be using many of the same features repeatedly in different projects, or perhaps many times within one project. Even if you know how to develop some functionality from scratch – like shortcodes, for example – it can often be easier to use a helpful plugin to get the job done faster, and in a more organized way.


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