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YouTube: High-Resolution Content Easily Downloaded

il y a 11 hours 43 min

Like yourself a fast YouTube download? The video platform that used to be filled with shaky, private videos has become an entire media world of its own – with its own stars and “TV channels.” From a technological standpoint, we went through the evolution from 240p to 1080p and were happy about a higher resolution. The 4K trend is supported as well, with YouTube’s 2160p, for instance. Good content in perfect quality? This makes us want to save this content. The 4K Video Downloader supplies us with a darn fast download.

Handy Features

Is your goal to get the videos from YouTube onto your computer in high resolution as easily as possible? Here’s how to save your favorite flix, and watch them independent of internet access, or the risk of videos being removed from the platform for some reason. First, get yourself a copy of the 4k Video Downloader and start it.

Then, simply copy the YouTube video link from the browser, and click on “Paste Link” in the software. Done! This results in videos in HD 1080p, HD 720p or even 4K quality. Very handy when trying to watch them on an HD TV, or iPad without searching, or hoping that the WLAN connection works.

It is also possible to download entire playlists and channels from YouTube if desired. You can even subscribe to channels from within the software. Once a channel uploads a new video, the YouTube download starts automatically.

Excellent Extras

Even 360° videos are supported. As usual, after the download, you can adjust the video’s point of view by dragging the mouse. Embedded YouTube videos on a homepage will be detected, and offered for download, as well. Once again, all it takes is a copy of the link to enter into the software. Aside from 360°, 3D format videos are also supported.

Good to Know

It’s possible to save videos in MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, and 3G formats. .m3u files for playlists are also possible. If you need the subtitles, use the respective subtitle downloader. It creates a .srt file or embedded subtitles directly within the videos.

If you want the chosen settings to be applicable to all downloads, activate “Smart Mode.” This allows you to download videos from Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr, Facebook, and DailyMotion as well.

Aside From the Video Download: Music as MP3

If you’re more into music, and less into videos, you’ll be happy to hear that the Downloader’s developers also let you extract music. Just get yourself the app “4K YouTube to MP3”, which is a software specialized on that. Whether it’s from YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook: the audio track is recognized, and separated as an MP3, M4A, or OGG. SoundCloud, Flickr, and DailyMotion are other possible sources.

Material From Instagram

“4K Stogram” is another app and the expert for Instagram. It turns the download, or storage of Instagram photos or videos into a cakewalk, even from private accounts. Whether you’re saving photos from multiple accounts at once, or automatically download the newest photos from your favorite photgrapher: everything can be done very easily.

By the way: all programs run on PC, Mac, and Linux, are completely free, and don’t come with an annoying toolbar, adware, or malware.

The 5 Best YouTube Channels For Web Designers

To make sure that installing the 4K Video Downloader is worth it, we have curated five great YouTube channels that are sure to enhance your skills as a designer.

01 The Futur

The Futur is a very high-quality YouTube channel founded by Chris Do, who often puts out reports on his life in an agency. The content is about branding, UX design, pricing, logo design, and stylescapes.


02 Roberto Blake

Every monday, Roberto reports on graphic design, design education, logo design, and web design. On the other days of the week, he presents us tutorials and reviews.


03 CharliMarieTV

Charli is a web and graphic designer from New Zealand (although she’s currently living in London). Her channel is about pixel perfect icons, design portfolios, layouts, and inspiration.


04 Unleashed Design

Tthe channel Unleashed Design by Johannes Schiel is run in German language. His topics include JavaScript, webdesign trends and principles, as well as responsive design.


05 1stWebDesigner

1stWebDesigner has not posted in a while, but their archive includes a couple of contemporary gems. These include videos on their web design portfolio, tricks to stick out of the masses of web designers, as well as pricing tips.



The 4K Video Downloader is one of those small helpers that greatly facilitate our everyday lives: how often have you wished to quickly download a YouTube video, or to save some cool music from another video. Of course, all of this can also be done online, right from within the browser, and thus, there’s a simple version of the software available as a web app. However, the installable software provides more functions, settings, and automatisms. Easily installed, we recommend the test for YouTube fans that want to save content on a regular basis.

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Boilrplate: Developer Central for Rational Project Processing

27 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Being a developer without boilerplates and frameworks is hard to imagine. By now, all of us got used to these more or less slim project accelerators. The only problem is keeping an overview.

Boilrplate: Transboundary Overview of Developer Tools Boilrplate: Boilerplates for App and Web Development. (Screenshot: Noupe)

With Boilrplate, Julien Coulaud from Paris has brought us an overview of all the current boilerplates and frameworks used in the development of software products. He doesn’t limit himself to web development alone but also supplies developers of native apps for iOS, Android, as well as C#. As would seem natural, the area of web development still takes up a significant part of the collection.

Here, Coulaud categorizes even further, by dividing boilerplates depending on the frameworks. For instance, there are own sections for Node.js, Angular, jQuery, Meteor, React, and others. The WordPress developer was not forgotten either, nor was the HTML coder.

Boilrplate itself is available for active contribution on Github, and only collects projects that can be found on Github as well. This way, you get the same valuable data on each project, like the number of stars, the latest update, and so on. Clicking on “More Details” will take you directly to the respective project’s Github page.

Boilrplate, Cleanly Sorted Lists of Common Development Tools. (Screenshot: Noupe) Boilrplate: No Search Function, But Specific Sorting

Boilrplate does not offer a search function. But it’s not needed. After all, you’ll precisely look for tools for React, for example, or other targetable areas. In the individual sections, the number of listed tools is not significant enough for you to lose track.

The option to alter the order of the list is helpful, however. It lets you sort the list by criteria like the number of stars, the age of the project, the date of the most recent update, or the lowest file weight, for example. Personally, I always go after the date of the most recent update if the project isn’t brand-new and also pay attention to the weight. Different criteria may be more important to other people.

Boilrplate is not an automated collection but is manually taken care of, and curated by Julien Coulaud. Julien himself is a programmer. So we can safely assume that he knows what he’s doing.

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Integrating Responsive Video Into Your Web Designs

26 avril, 2017 - 10:11

Responsive web design has become the norm as modern applications and websites are expected to adapt and fit into different screen sizes. It provides an optimal viewing experience to users, irrespective of the device, window size, orientation, or resolution. Content, images and videos should be fluid enough to accommodate different viewports.

Websites can be viewed on a range of devices. The list of devices users employ in watching videos on your platform is endless: phones, laptops, and iPads, to name a few. Ultimately, you have no influence on how people are going to view your videos or your websites. Sure, you can restrict users to a certain device, browser or orientation(landscape or portrait). But do that, and you’ll easily lose your audience.

You might be familiar with the concept of responsive images and art direction. These concepts provide developers with the power to make images scale responsively in a way that prevents distortion and enables delivery of specific content across various devices, resolutions, viewports and orientations. If you are new to this concept, check out the excellent article written by Eric Portis on responsive images in practice.

Having this knowledge about responsive images means you already possess the arsenal to properly design your websites with the proper specifications to meet visitors’ expectations. But, what about videos? Are your videos responsive, too? Don’t let your users’ choice of devices take you by surprise. Be the Samuel L. Jackson of every situation, especially with regard to the responsiveness of your videos. Let’s dive in!

How many of you have embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos on your site? I’m guessing everyone, well… almost everyone. By default, you might expect that these embedded videos would be responsive, but are they really?

Video Embed Case Study

Take a sample YouTube video, for example

Grab the embed code from the page, and insert into an html page like so:

< !DOCTYPE html> Responsive Videos

Result: Not responsive!

How do we make this embedded video responsive? In our example here, we used YouTube. But it could be from any other video hosting platform, such as Vimeo.

Responsive Solutions

There are a couple of ways to make your videos responsive on your websites. Let’s take a look at the available CSS and JavaScript tricks for crafting responsive videos.


This is a lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds. It was developed by Chris Coyier and Paravel. This plugin automates the intrinsic ratio method by Thierry Koblentz to achieve fluid width videos. It wraps each video in a div.fluid-width-video-wrapper and applies the necessary CSS. After the first JavaScript call, the CSS takes over and performs the responsiveness. Let’s attempt to make our video embed case study responsive with this proposed solution.

Codepen solution here:

Let’s take another look at Pure CSS solutions for making videos responsive.


Fluidvids.js was developed by Todd Motto. It targets the iframe, checks for the source of the video and also applies the intrinsic ratio method to perform an aspect ratio calculation. The advantage of this script is that it doesn’t depend on any third-party plugin, library or script.

With minimal scripting, it enables faster rendering and enhanced performance.

Let’s attempt to make our video embed case study responsive with this proposed solution.

Codepen solution here:

ZURB Foundation

The ZURB Foundation came up with a CSS solution that is incredibly simple to use. With flex-video, you can automatically create an intrinsic ratio that will properly scale your video on any device. It requires you to use the Foundation framework.

Let’s attempt to make our video embed case study responsive with this proposed solution.

Codepen solution here:

Bare Bone CSS

We don’t want to involve any CSS framework. How do we make it responsive using vanilla CSS? We want to make the video responsive without any magical solution.

Huge thanks to Thierry Koblentz for coming up with this technique. He came up with the idea of using intrinsic ratios for video. With intrinsic dimensions, a new width triggers a new height calculation, allowing videos to resize and giving them the ability to scale the same way images do.

Many of the other CSS framework and plugin solutions use this technique under the hood to implement video responsiveness in web design.

The first thing we need to do is wrap the embedded video in a div and give it a class like so:

Now that we have wrapped the iframe within a div container, we need to give the child elements of the video-wrapper (the iframe, object and embed) a width and height of 100% so that they expand to the full width of the wrapper, like so:

.video-wrapper iframe, .video-wrapper object, .video-wrapper embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Now, let’s add style to the video-wrapper class like so:

.video-wrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; }

Note: The padding-bottom property is actually very key in making this technique work depending on the ratio of height-to-wdith of your video. 56.25 percent is for a 16:9 ratio, 74.25 percent is for a 4:3 ratio and 50 percent is for a 16:10 ratio!

Codepen solution here:

A similar implementation can be found on this post at nosecreek’s blog.

HTML5 Video Case Study

Apart from using the video embed codes that are loaded using an iframe, you can also use the well-known HTML5 video element. How do you make your videos responsive in this case?

Fortunately for developers, it’s quite easy. You simply style it by setting the max-width to 100 percent and the height to auto. This is exactly how it works for responsive images too. Let’s check that out.

Codepen solution here:

Enter Cloudinary

Using Cloudinary, you can resize and crop videos in order to match the design of your website. Whether videos are uploaded in your server-side code or by your users, the originals are stored in the cloud.

You can then dynamically create multiple resized, cropped and manipulated videos on-the-fly and deliver them via dynamic URLs, or use code to either add video tags or build video URLs.

Cloudinary enables you to change the size of a video with the width and height parameters, represented as w and h in URLs.

Programmatically getting the width and height from the browser’s viewport and passing it to the url can automatically make your videos responsive as the user shuffles between different device sizes and resolutions.

For example, you can resize an uploaded video to a certain width and height like so:

You also can change the height while maintaining the aspect ratio like so: c_fit

While retaining the original aspect ratio, you can change a video size to fit into a given width and height. For example, this video below is fitted to a width and height of 150 pixels while retaining the aspect ratio using c_fit. Conclusion

We have highlighted different solutions you can use to achieve responsive videos depending on your use case and web project.

Your users should be able to access your content from virtually any type of device, browser and operating system. But it’s not just about access alone, videos also should be beautifully rendered. Responsive video helps you achieve that goal as well.

For more information, or to sign up for an account and test these features, visit the Cloudinary website.

(Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cloudinary.)

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Error Pages: 35 Creative 404s For Your Inspiration (Edition 2017)

26 avril, 2017 - 10:00

404 is a common thing and occurs on any website now and then. Your visitor may have typed an URL wrong or a once active link is no more. A useful 404 not only informs the user about that error but also tries to keep him on the page.

Designing these 404 error pages is not what any designer loves to do. Still, there are a few sites that have 404 jewels to show. We’ve searched for these jewels to help you with your inspiration.

1 –

2 – CSS-Tricks

3 – Starbucks

4 – Walk With You

5 – eHarmony

6 – Dailymotion

7 – Mike Kus

8 – Wufoo

9 – Dropbox

10 –

11 – Hillary Clinton

12 – Dan Woodger

13 – South West Trains

14 – Hot Dog Production

15 – Airbnb

16 – Lego

17 – Github

18 – CSS Ninjas

19 – Daniel Karcher Film Design

20 – MailChimp

21 – Tin Sanity

22 – Audiko

23 – Bret Victor

24 –

25 – Bloomberg

26 – Spotify

27 – Good Old Games

28 – BrandCrowd

29 – Cooklet

30 – Moveline

31 – IconFinder

32 – HubSpot

33 – Cloud Sigma

34 – Grant Burke

35 – Hoppermagic

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Deal of the Week: 30% Off Discount for Noupe Readers on ionMag Premium WordPress Theme

25 avril, 2017 - 10:37

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IonMag is an amazing WordPress Theme designed to make your blog, news or magazine-styled website stand out from the crowd. With an elegant design and clean coding, this responsive and retina ready theme will help you build your site with ease. IonMag brings you adaptive blocks, custom widgets, multiple headers, footer and post templates, intelligent ads and much more. Everything you need to build beautiful pages without any coding skills!

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CSS Grid Garden Teaches You CSS Grid in a Playful Way

25 avril, 2017 - 10:00

CSS Grid is the new trend in web design. After the modern browsers have been supporting this set of different CSS attributes for a while now, it is time to look into it. “CSS Grid Garden” helps you with that.

CSS Grid Garden: Water Your Carrots

CSS Grid Garden is an online game from the digital quill of Thomas Park. Park is well known in developer circles, not least because of his game Flexbox Froggy. That one taught us the basic knowledge for using CSS Flexbox. In “CSS Grid Garden,” Park deals with the attribute package of the CSS Grid.

CSS Grid Garden: A Low-Threshold Novice Game CSS Grid. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Of course, you can’t expect to be the CSS Grid Zen master, just because you made it through the game. But the grid garden is a perfect choice for getting started. You won’t even notice that you’re learning something.

Park leads you through 28 levels, in which you have to take care of a garden in different ways. First, you have to water single specific plants in a grid, using water that is located in another spot on the grid.

To do that, you need to write the correct CSS commands, which hopefully get you the desired result. Park takes you by the hand and increases the difficulty very carefully. You can see the result of the CSS you entered directly in the grid on the right. The principle is the same one used in its predecessor “Flexbox Froggy.”

Flexbox Froggy, Learning Game on CSS Flexbox. (Screenshot: Noupe) CSS Grid Garden: Polyglot and Open Source

“CSS Grid Garden” is available in English, Spanish, Polish, Russian, French, and Portuguese. Park provides the game via Github, under the MIT license, allowing you to add translations if you wanted to. Park is always working on new levels. After all, the game is still missing some aspects of the CSS Grid concept.

In this article, Park gives a more detailed explanation of his approach.

If you didn’t look into CSS Grid yet, the online game “CSS Grid Garden” is the perfect entry. You’ll even learn to assess the differences to Flexbox accurately. This aspect still seems to cause a lot of confusion in developer circles.

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Burst and Two New Providers of Free Photos

24 avril, 2017 - 09:00

Although there’s a large market with suppliers of free photos, newcomers are always welcome. First, because you can never have enough image material as it is. Second, the topical variety can always use some reinforcements, even with that many providers. Especially Burst is very convincing here.

Burst: Free Photos From the Shopify Makers

You can tell that the new service Burst originates from the house of Shopify simply by looking at the URL. Burst is being operated as a subdomain under Shopify is an e-commerce platform for everyone, which already boasts more than 350,000 shop providers.

Burst is an expanded content marketing approach, where the e-commerce experts provide high-quality photo material for free under the Creative Commons Zero license, which can be compared to the public domain. Here, they are very careful, and thus, they are not the tenth clone of the third photo service.

The images on Burst are different from the ones we can find on other platforms in various, similar perspectives, regarding the topic, as well as their design. Shopify values professional quality. Images are added weekly.

If you want to be kept updated on new image material, you could subscribe to the email newsletter. However, neither that nor any other type of registration is required. If you find an image you like, you can download it right away.

The photos on Burst come in resolutions of 13 megapixels. At least, this was the default resolution during my test. Thus, the material is also suitable for print projects, as long as it’s not used for billboards and other large formats.

How to Find the Right Image

Accessing the photos can be done in multiple ways. For one, you could scroll through the images sorted by currentness directly from the landing page. A pagination at the page’s bottom end also allows you to browse through the photo grid. Shopify doesn’t use lazy loading. Personally, I like that, as I simply prefer a page-based structure. On top of that, most photo pages using it do load lazily, in the sense of slow, which would most likely annoy the majority of web users.

Another way to find the desired image is the free text search function. Here, the system searches the image catalog for previously entered tags. A mix of name fragments and different tags results in no result being found. This means that the search function isn’t all that smart.

If you like an image, it is likely that you will enjoy similar images as well. Here, it’s useful that the pictures are tagged, as the used tags are clickable, allowing you to generate another list of results.

The last way to go through the images is ready-made collections by Shopify, called “Popular Collections.” Here, you’ll find all images that can clearly be assigned to one particular topic, such as yoga, coffee, breakfast, baby, etc.

Clicking on a photo within the grid overview makes the site switch into a detail view, allowing you to immediately download the respective image. Here, you also get to see which photographer deserves your thanks. The link to the license conditions always leads to this default page, which shows the service’s general service conditions.

Burst: Detail View of an Individual Photo. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Aside from image material, Burst also offers business ideas, as well as short guides to their realization. For example, this can teach you how to sell coffee using the world wide web. Burst comes with the fitting image material for your respective online shop as it is.

Overall, Burst is an enrichment for your collection of free photo providers and should become part of your bookmark collection. Photo Tap Integrates Different Suppliers is more of a central access point for the offers of different providers of free photos than a provider of free pictures. Savvy? uses the APIs of existing services, like Unsplash or Pexels, to access their supply, and accumulates them on its platform. Here, you get to access the image supply either by using an infinitely scrolling landing page, which constantly fills the grid while scrolling or by using a free text search. Central Starting Point for Multiple Services. (Screenshot: Noupe) doesn’t have detail pages like Burst does. A click on an image in the grid makes the site display a larger version of the image. While hovering, a download button appears, also allowing you to download it immediately, without having to switch to the full-size view first.

You won’t find any tags or other categorizations. The operator states, that all photos are under the Creative Commons Zero license, allowing you to use them completely for free, for any purpose. I recommend checking the license for every single image, though. Typically, this does not take a lot of effort, as a click on the download button takes you to the respective image’s original page on the according source service as it is. There, you can make sure which guidelines you need to follow. is not a must have. Nonetheless, it can be useful to have it in your portfolio for a large-scale image search. It’s worth taking a look at either way.

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5 Web Design Trends to Follow this Spring

21 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Trends in web design sphere are similar to trends in fashion. There are trends that are available only for people with a generous budget (aka those that buy items only from the first line); and there are trends that are available for the majority (like items from the second line). Today we are going to take a look at 5 trends from the second category: those that are widely adopted by web designers and developers these days.


Artistic approach never gets old, even in the era when abstract animations with a high-tech vibe like in Digital Design Days, dominate the Web. Illustrations of various sorts mark both web and app interfaces. Although the artificial solutions have their perks and awe effects, but we as human beings are craving for the personal touch of artistry that can be easily found in artworks.

It can be a part of a splash screen like in Raiseyourwebsite that establishes the general mood and immediately draws everyone in; or it can be a primary medium for building an overall environment like in Thirsty Planet where fully illustrated surrounding that is set in motion creates the whole buzz.

Image source – Raiseyourwebsite

Image source – Thirsty Planet


Although Pantone has chosen green, aka Greenery, as a color of 2017, it seems that the pastel pink, the tone that hit all the runways and won over Gucci and Oscar de la Renta takes over this spring. Beautiful, gentle and utterly charming, it goes perfectly well with different shades.

Both Victoire Douy’s and Cedric Pereira’s personal websites open with this tone. It makes the first impression incredibly voguish.

Image source – Victoire Douy

Image source – Cedric Pereira

Geometry + Asymmetry

Both geometry and asymmetry are two main trends that rule the roost nowadays. These two directions open tremendous opportunities to the creative folks despite being straightforward and rather primitive. How can a bunch of basic triangle shapes or uneven layout of content blocks force the design to stand out, to say nothing about attracting visitors? Take a look at two examples that are featured below, and you will see. This pair can do wonders. In tandem, they form a close and fruitful partnership resulting in an inspiring and harmonious environment.

Make feels fresh, crisp, robust and techy: modest coloring, spacious layout, and boxy vibe nicely interact with each other.

Image source – Make

Unlike the previous example, Taste of Summer takes another approach. It is here where the lavish and savory artistry meets the pragmatic and relatively insipid branch of mathematics.

Image source – Taste of Summer

Small subtle effects

It is hard to find a website without any dynamic effects today. Static interfaces are no longer in fashion. Everyone wants to astound users with interactive, meaningful and in some way playful experience. While WebGL, Three.js and some other powerful high-end experimental libraries can be beyond your means (since they are items from the first line), little subtle effects are within any budget. As a result, bouncing, shaking, swinging, fading, sliding, zooming and of course, parallax enliven pages and please visitor’s eyes.

Both Fowec and Atlis go for a businesslike vibe; nevertheless, tiny subtle effects make these interfaces less formal and more engaging.

Image source – Fowec

Image source – Atlis


The trend started in 2016, and it is still relevant. The technique is simple: just provide tangible indentations along the perimeter of a page. In this way, your users will naturally focus their attention on the important content like portfolio pieces, slogan, etc.

Portfolio of Erminando Aliaj adopts this approach in a creative manner whereas NEORig strongly relies on a clean and solid structure. Both interfaces benefit from the wide white edges that place the content into the limelight and at the same time strike an organizational balance.

Image source – Erminando Aliaj

Image source – NEORig

Which trends are you into? Do you prefer more creative solutions or vice versa stick to the pragmatic and robust ones?

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40 Photoshop Add-ons: Discover Actions, Filters, Plugins, and Panels

20 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Photoshop can be expanded in nearly every way imaginable. There are the large plugins, effectively supporting Photoshop as independent programs, actions that act out previously defined command sequences, and the panels, which offer functions in their own control panels. This turns an already powerful image editor into a far larger, customized program.

ON1 Effects 10.5

Photoshop plugin with dozens of filters, presets, frames, and textures for the realization of an image style.

© ON1


Both as an addon, as well as directly within the browser: Flaticon not only allows for the selection of high-quality icons in flat design but also provides a rudimentary customization.

© Flaticon


Composer can refresh multiple layers with a single click. This allows you to change the position, the layer styles, visibility, or everything at once.


CSS3 Plugin

A plugin that converts layers into CSS3. Perfect for web designers.

© CSS3Ps

Long Shadow Generator

A Photoshop panel to create loooooooong shadows with.


App Design Mockups

If you have created the most beautiful app interface and would like to see how it looks on your phone, this is the page for you.


Isometric Transform Tool

Isometric is a free Photoshop plugin for the transformation of individual shapes in isometric perspectives.


Nik Collection

A while ago, Google released the Nik Collection plugin package for free usage. This includes a total of seven treasured add-ons.

© Google

Polar Projection

This plugin turns panorama shots into small planets or platforms.



At the touch of a button, this Photoshop panel provides us with display options, regarding aspects like an element’s measurements, or its colors, for instance.

© Chrometaphore


A single click turns a pixel graphic into a path or vector.



This adds a massive palette of tools for realistic drawing and painting to Photoshop.


Color CC

No direct add-on for Photoshop, but an ingenious service that adds color schemes to the service that can be implemented into the program.

© Adobe

Subtle Patterns

Subtle patterns to fill backgrounds or use as a texture.


Make it flat! Turn three-dimensional graphics into 2D-style picture elements.


HDR Aktion

Photoshop action that can create an HDR simulation from a single photo.


Black & White

Action for Photoshop, allowing you to create altered black-white shots at the push of a button.


Action to turn a regular photo into a slightly bleached shot with reduced colors.


Blue Evening

Dark, blue shadows and yellow highlights are the results of this Photoshop action.


Forest actions exclusive

Color variants in yellow, green, or beige tones, thanks to the action Forest Action.


Remove the banding of Photoshop Gradients

When drawing gradients, it often comes to level effects. This action helps to reduce them.

© Jeff Broderick

Action Preset

Different free actions for the realization of retro effects.


Engraved Illustration Effect

Here, a photo is turned into an engraved graphic. A complex, but free action for Photoshop.


Action 3D

This action generates a simulated 3D version of a photo in a red-green style.


Gum Bichromate Print

Create an old, yellowed, and dirty shot at the flick of a switch.


iOS Blur

A simulation of the iPhone screen’s typical blur effect.


American Wood Type

The result of this action looks like old paint that dried on wood and is already crumbling in some spots.

© Retro Supply

3D Isometric Map Mockup

Action for the design of 3D map material in a comic style.


Stitched Denim Generator

An action that whipstitches a piece of “denim” in a creative way.

© Graphicsoulz

Matte Photoshop Action

This action turns colorful images into a heavily desaturated version, creating a pretty retro look.


Wallpaper Maker

Here, a wallpaper is automatically exported into plenty of formats and resolutions.


ScreenShot Photoshop Action

Simulation of a screenshot from a diagonal point of view.

© Vasjen Katro


Artistic effect that creates a painted style.

© Nuwan Panditha

Layer to SVG

Conversion of vector graphics into the SVG format.



Another action to reduce the so-called bending.


Free Glitch Photoshop Action

A short image interference in video games is called a glitch. This action simulates this exact effect.

© Syed Faraz Ahmad


A typical duotone effect. Two colors colorate photos in creative ways.

© Zi Jewel

Vintage Photo

A free photo effect that makes for a cool vintage look.


3D Action

A flat 2D graphic is turned into a 3D shape via a button push.


Free Color Moderator Photoshop

These actions result in lovely color plays. Duotone effects or bleached versions are available to choose from.

© Photoshop Action

Catégories: News dév web

Email is Not Dead: 33 Free Newsletter Templates for Daily Use

19 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Although messenger services are a thing: Newsletters are still in fashion. The share of recipients that receive emails on mobile devices is increasing. Thus, using extraordinary newsletter templates in the background is even more important. The keyword is responsive. “Free” is another one. We have compiled 33 sources on the topic.

7 Free Email Templates

A total of seven responsive newsletter templates.

© Stamplia

Building Templates

Free online tool for the creation of newsletter templates.

© Campaign Monitor

Email Template PSD

Blue and gray newsletter theme. Its colors can be altered slightly.

© Asif Aleem

Responsive Email Template

An email template in three different sizes.


Responsive HTML Templates

35 responsive email templates you can download immediately.


Responsive Email Template

Email template as a PSD and HTML version.

© Marco Lopes

HTML & PSD Email Template

An HTML version of this email template is supplemented by a PSD version, allowing for easy adjustment of colors and shapes.

© Tarah S

Email Template PSD Set 3

Three newsletter templates, including the Photoshop files.


Green Village HTML Template

The ZIP contains the PSD file, as well as the HTML source code.


Flat and Responsive

Responsive newsletter template in flat design.



Download code for a responsive newsletter design.

© Derek Punsalan

Elena Email Template Free PSD

A free version of the PSD for the Elena email design.


Free PSD Email Template

Red newsletter template with fine line-style icons.

© pixel hint

BOXI Email Theme

Email template with differently sized boxes.


Newsletter PSD Template Set 1

Three more free templates. Newsletters come as an open PSD Photoshop file.



Clean code fundamentals for different designs.

© Cerberus

Slate: Responsive Email Templates

Here, five pre-tested email templates that work with any email client are promised here.


An entire HTML email framework for you to build your design on.


Responsive Email Templates

Different templates as a basis for a newsletter design.


Responsive Email Patterns

A collection of simple, basic layouts in email design.

© Responsive Email Patterns


Discover different responsive email templates here.


Free Newsletter Template

This email template is compatible with 34 clients. A PSD file is offered as well.


Email Template: Malibu

Free newsletter template Malibu in green and blue.

© AWeber

Free Graphic Design Templates

Free newsletter layout in the Illustrator, InDesign, Word, and Apple Pages format.


Pook: Newsletter

A beautiful modern, graphic set for a newsletter design that is easy to customize.



An HTML responsive email template with a large header.



Free email newsletter template Kreative (compatible with MailChimp and Campaign Monitor).

© ZippyPixels

Freebie: The Passion Email Template

Elaborate newsletter template in a subtle red-blue color scheme.

© PixelBuddha

Management Templates

Newsletter template in five color variations.


Responsive Email Newsletter Template

Newsletter foundation with icons and smartphone as a realization example.

© Themesforce

Halloween Email Template

Theme-related design for a Halloween newsletter.


Ecommerce Templates

7 Ecommerce-templates with extracts from the latest order or special offers.


Free Email Template

Nicely designed newsletter with a lovely background graphic.

© Aurélien Salomon

Catégories: News dév web

SEO: How to Optimize Your Content for Voice Search

18 avril, 2017 - 11:00

The era of voice assistants has come. It’s time to take this technology seriously and to optimize your content for voice search.

Suddenly, it Works: the Quick Rise of Voice Assistants

Surprisingly, neither Siri nor the Google assistant were the ones bringing the breakthrough for voice-based searching. It’s Amazon’s Alexa who ultimately turned the market around. I personally didn’t keep an eye on that technology at all, but the US Americans keep buying Alexa like hot cake.

Samsung is up next with its approach, which will be called Bixby, and come with a large array of app integrations from the get go. Google also follows after Alexa and shows its Home Assistant. It may take another year, but at last, voice controls, and voice search will have become the norm.

For a couple of years now, the number of voice searches has been increasing continuously. However, the primary focus has always been on mobile devices. Alexa and the Home Assistant will definitely cause some serious momentum here.

Aside from the increased acceptance for people that talk to their smartphones, the technological progress is the primary factor responsible for the strengthening of voice assistants. By now, the processing power of mobile devices is high enough to handle the bandwidth of the internet, as is the processing power of the server farms that turn the voice input into actual data using artificial intelligence to generate logical answers.

The sub-type of machine learning that gets us this progress is called deep learning. Via neuronal webs, the machines learn to improve their answers on their own – in a way that’s similar to how the human brain does it.

Voice Search Works Like a Conversation

For the optimization of our content, and the detection and processing via voice-controlled searches, we have to acknowledge a couple of changes. Above all else, voice searches are no searches for one or two keywords, in contrast to desktop searches, or text-based searches in general. Voice search is always done as a complete sentence, mostly as questions.

Conversation is the Natural Way of Mining for Information.

Instead of “Weather Freiburg,” you ask “Hey Siri, how’s the weather in Freiburg today?”. Of course, this is a poor example, as Siri doesn’t look this answer up on the web. But I think this clarifies the principle.

Thus, pages that have this exact question, and the respective answer in mind when creating their content give the best results. So, soon, we will not only optimize our content for one or two keywords, but also for key phrases which, in the ideal case, match the asked questions.

Relevance is Even More Relevant For Voice Search

When answering voice-controlled searches, giving the most relevant answer is even more important to the search engine. After all, it can’t pump out 500 pages of results and leave the rest to the user, but instead, it has to decide on the most relevant ones, at least if it wants to answer via speech as well. It’s also to be assumed that answers like “I found this on the web” won’t be around for too long anymore. Even here, expectations are rising.

So this will come down to a content race. The one with the most valuable content wins. Our current situation is similar when looking at the featured snippets. Those are the information boxes that are on top of the search result list, which are selected by Google, without their operators having any way of influencing that.

Google’s Featured Snippets: Spot Zero in the SERPs.”No way of influencing it” is not entirely correct, as there is no direct, but an indirect way of increasing the chances of being included in a featured snippet. This way is the following: Provide highly valuable content.

High-quality content is factually impeccable and proven. It contains supporting visuals, such as images, videos, or infographics. If it makes sense, statements are supported by extracts from publicly accessible databases. The topic is always covered to exhaustion so that there is no reason for the searching users to look into further sources.

This is how content optimization for featured snippets works, and it applies to voice search as well. There’s another parallel. Google seems to prefer question-and-answer pages when filling their featured snippets. Thus, I’d bet that this will apply to voice search as well, as covering both questions and answers doesn’t get much easier than that.

Short Questions and Short Answers Are to be Preferred

Especially looking at conversation-based interfaces, checking your content on comprehensibility is advantageous. Conversationally, short, concise statements are a good pick. Long, convoluted sentences lower the chances of being relevant for voice searching.

This applies to questions in the same way. Voice assistants are treated with short questions. “How is,” “Where is,” “Who has,” and so on. Short questions are asked, so, in the ideal case, they are answered in an equally short fashion. If your answer has to be more complex, divide it into list items. At least for featured snippets, it has been proven that the tags ol, and li are included in plenty of the highlighted snippets. In return, we can assume that Google prefers this type of presentation.

Another important aspect is the optimization of your page for mobile devices. After mobile-friendly has become a ranking factor, this should be one of your priorities as it is. Under the viewpoint of voice-based searching, it becomes even more significant.

Conclusion: Do it

If your website still needs optimization in the named aspects, do it now. The rise of voice assistants is more likely to speed up than to slow down. The required changes are partial of structural nature, and not that easy to take care of. So, use the remaining time to improve your starting position.

(By the way: This article contains a couple of interesting statistics on the topic.)

Catégories: News dév web

Your Website Doesn’t Spread Fake News and Here’s How to Tell Google!

14 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Fake news is not leaving the headlines and people are quick to throw around accusations. Here’s how you can show Google that your website doesn’t spread fake news.

While the topic “fake news” is not brand new, it only really blew up during the refugee crisis and the US election. But, let’s clear up the term first:

What Are Fake News?

Fake news are all types of deliberate false and misinformation. The most common distribution channel is via social media. But there are also some popular, and some less popular websites that are dedicated to the deliberate distribution of false information. The motivations behind that are very different.

In their most dangerous form, spreading misinformation is a manipulation attempt. The public’s opinion is supposed to be turned towards a certain political, or religious direction. Thus, especially autocratic systems like to make use of fake news.

By the same token, fake news can also be used as a fighting word, or for denunciation purposes. The US president Donald Trump gives us almost daily examples for this abusive usage, by simply denunciating all media that does not agree with him as fake news.

Some websites even spread fake news for entertainment purposes – in the form of satire. Usually, this type of fake news is so exaggerated that any thinking human should be able to recognize what he’s dealing with. However, a look at the comment sections of these pages shows that this assumption often is not correct.

Some others simply want to make ad revenue off of sensational topics. This type of revenue generation is currently being shut down by Google.

Not every hoax is fake news. Fake news is always backed by the hope of achieving a viral effect, which is why social media is integrated to such a large extent. Thus, fake news are only fake news if they were created deliberately, knowing that the content is false, and pursuing the goal of distribution. This won’t be the case for most simple editor errors, or linguistic inaccuracies.

Because of that, the distinction is much easier than it seems.

Fake News From the Search Engine’s Point of View

Of course, the phenomenon of fake news is a problem of the information society as a whole. Thus, it takes a lot of media expertise when moving through the web as an information consumer.

Aside from this dimension of the problem, fake news are an especially big problem for the operators of search engines, like Google. The success of a search engine depends on the quality of the search results it delivers. Simply search a term on Yahoo, and check Google afterwards – the difference will be striking.

For Google, which still exclusively generates positive revenue from the ad business, its image of omniscience is bascially vital. If page 1 of search results on popular topics was mainly covered in fake news, the credibility of these results is not looking too good anymore.

In return, Google has been alarmed regarding the most recent developments, and has started to counteract. Just like Facebook, Google has shut down the ad revenue for all content providers that they can recognize as distributors of fake news. While this is a bold measure, it is in no way sufficient to solve the problem in the long run.

Fighting Fake News Via Fact Checks

Because of that, Google has been evaluating the validity of website contents for several years now. Similarly to the rating of inbound links as a ranking factor, in theory, Google is able to use the factual validity of the provided information as a ranking factor. However, at least right now, the substance of a website does not appear to be a ranking factor yet. Software that eases and automatizes factchecking is already in the works.

How serious Google is about fighting fake news is also shown in the recently introduced tightening of guidelines in the “Search Quality Rating Programm“. Here, Google gives their result judges clear signs of which content is to be viewed as low quality content. This also includes pages that present themselves as news outlets, while spreading factually inaccurate content to grant financial or other advantages to a person, a business, a government, or other organizations. Pages that present shady scientific pseudo-facts are also mentioned explicitly.

How to Show That You’re Not a Fake News Sling

There’s no meta tag “nofake”, that would let you show Google that you’re not a fake news sling, and I would not expect this rational option to be created ;-)

Facts Can be Verified. You Just Have to do it. (Photo: Pixabay)

So all that you have left is good old manual work. This is the easiest for journalists. Now that we know that Google has trained their algorithm to check pages for factual accuracy for years now, we can make use of this knowledge, and work just like that algorithm (as far as we can assess it).

The basic approach sounds as mundane as it is: don’t write anything that you can’t prove. If it’s about new thoughts that lack verifiability, make sure that they can not be proven wrong either. Here, you can assume that the level of fact checks will be relatively low. Thus, you won’t have to be afraid of your content being declared as fake news, just because an author that is not any more popular than you are, claims something else. However, if all people claim something else, it gets difficult.

Another good way to shim your presentations is to use publicly accessible databases, that are generally accepted as recognized sources of knowledge. If you don’t know where to find such databases, check out this article.

While you’re at it, you could garnish your websites so that they always give a panorama view on the topic you’re dealing with. This won’t always work, as potential financial interests might prevent you from linking certain sources, like your competitor. This won’t apply to every topic, though. If possible, give your reader 360-information that makes it unnecessary to look somewhere else.

Conclusion: If Google Wants to do Something, They Can do it. Be Prepared.

Honesty is the best policy. Hopefully, your parents have already taught you that, and it still applies today. Even when it comes to providing information on the worldwide web. The more reliably you supply your visitors, the better your chances to be in the top spots of the search ranking.

The risk of going viral on the wave of misinformation is too high, especially considering that the search engine giant could stop this today if they wanted to.

Catégories: News dév web

Six Reasons to Use Cloud CRM

13 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Cloud supported management systems are establishing themselves more and more as a part of the day to day business. But not all businesses take this route. There are still small, and medium-sized businesses (SMB) that are quite hesitant when it comes to using the cloud. But especially for SMB, CRM systems come with plenty of advantages. They don’t only profit from price advantages, but also from competition advantages over their competitors. There are lots of reasons for using cloud CRM.

The customer is in the center of business activities.
  • An Overview of the Most Important Reasons for Cloud CRM
  • Quick Introduction
  • Easy to Use CRM Solutions in the Cloud
  • Location Independency / Mobility
  • Profitability for SMB
  • Simple Scalability
  • Better Integrability
1. Quick Introduction Without Any Ado

For people responsible for IT, the introduction of new systems is always a big challenge. Parts of the business IT have to be newly projected, and a smooth transition has to be organized. The daily business has to keep going, and the effect of the new introduction should be as little as possible. Even with proper preparations, this often doesn’t work completely smoothly, as there’s a short-term lack of staff resources. Experience reports when it comes to the introduction of cloud CRM often show that this doesn’t have to be the case. The CRM software can be implemented in the SaaS model (Software-as-a-Service) relatively quickly and can be used productively from the get-go. This is simply because most businesses don’t have a uniform solution for marketing, distribution, and customer service. Often, the different sections work with island-like sub-systems. Data redundancies and inconsistencies are the norm. In many cases, the exact same tasks are done multiple times by different sections, because there is a lack of comprehensive structures. With a cloud supported CRM system, however, everyone immediately sees the advantages that it brings to their own section. Cloud CRM systems are optimally designed for SMBs.

2. Simple and Modern CRM Solutions in the Cloud

I don’t think anyone wants to make mistakes in customer service, to avoid the risk of losing clients. But unfortunately, this is common practice. Often, working space is full with post-it notes on tons of different processes, as there’s a lack of options to systematically capture and follow them all. Workers get lost quickly. CRM solutions in the cloud were developed for practice, and are orientated towards common tasks in day to day business of customer service and distribution. Of course, the distribution agency plant, and the marketing area are also tied into the workflow. This way, marketing workers can systematically capture qualified leads, and forward them to the distribution. After the first contact with a distribution worker, this lead can be taken into his contact management. This makes sure that the business doesn’t lose any more prospects. Cloud CRM solutions have clearly structured, and easy to use user interfaces that match the standards of modern web applications. Thus, users learn to handle the software quickly. In the end, this results in a higher acceptance and shorter training periods for cloud CRM.

3. All Services Are Location-Independent and Usable on Mobile

One of the biggest advantages of a cloud-based CRM system is in the location-independent usability. No matter if you are in a branch of the KMU, or any other place with an active internet connection – a user can basically access the data of the cloud CRM from anywhere around the world. This includes mobile usage on the go via tablet computers and smartphones. For field service workers, this is the fastest way to inform themselves about all activities regarding a customer, or real-time developments in a sales region. Teamwork also becomes possible over larger distances.

4. Cloud CRM Solutions Also Save Costs

Aside from the improved business communication and the better information quality thanks to real-time data, the main reasons for using a cloud CRM are economic. Not only the relatively low entrance costs in comparison to on-premise solutions are positively noticeable, but also the fact that there are no IT costs. As a SaaS system, cloud CRM is maintenance-free. The business that uses it does not have to get any hardware or software for cloud CRM, and doesn’t need to take care of the system’s administration either. All backups are created automatically.

Programs and data are stored on the cloud provider’s servers, who also secures the CRM system’s availability, including the business data saved in the cloud. The SaaS concept for cloud CRM comes with another, completely different, merit as well: Updates and upgrades are permanent, so there are no inconvenient migrations. The workers always have the newest version of the CRM system available to them.

5. Cloud CRM Solutions Can be Adjusted to Any Need

With typical CRM systems, new users for new task fields mean lots of work for an administrator, who has to integrate them into the system. In contrast to that, cloud CRM lets you unlock new permissions for the customer and contact management, and integrate new users into work processes in just a few mouse clicks.

Aside from the Ad-hoc set up of new users, the easy scalability is one of the main advantages of cloud computing, because services can be adjusted to your needs dynamically. When businesses grow, additional features and modules can easily be added at any time. Still: the user only uses the functions that he really needs, and the provider bills by the rate of use: depending on the amount of users actively working with the CRM, the number of used functions, and the used storage. This way, the business only pays for what is really uses, and nothing more.

6. Better Integrability With Other Cloud Solutions

Another major reason to use cloud CRM is that professional office software like Office 365, or popular email marketing tools, like Mailchimp, already run in the cloud as SaaS solutions. Cloud CRM is more integrable with other cloud solutions than with on-premise implemented CRM systems. Cloud-based systems among each other have access to real-time data, so they are always up to date. To start an email campaign, for example, no tedious data transfer is required. The annoying duds, caused by outdated data and other inconsistencies, are a thing of the past.


Cloud CRM offers plenty of advantages to small and medium sized businesses, with mobile and location-independent work becoming increasingly more important to them. Using Cloud CRM, workers can now work together even more efficiently, by sharing documents and coordinating their tasks and deadlines much easier than before. Always having a full overview on all current customer activities makes for more transparency, increases productivity, and boosts the efficiency in customer service and distribution. Last but not least, using Cloud CRM allows you to lower the IT costs significantly, as the business only pays for what it actually uses, and doesn’t have to invest in quickly obsolescent hard- and software.

Catégories: News dév web

Not Without a Business Model: Why “Just Do It” is Not a Good Advice

12 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Customer benefit, profit model, available resources: these are not the only important aspects that are often neglected when you and your friends come up with the new Facebook. Nonetheless, social media accounts with the new company names are set up first. Often, there’s a lack of a larger perspective – a business model can help with that.

The Aftermath

Two new domains were secured, Facebook and Twitter profiles, as well as a YouTube channel, were created. The search for license-free images for the future website had already started. What happened? In the evening, after the workout, a group of friends drank some beer together, and came up with “the best idea ever”!

Sadly, most of the time, it stays an idea, and the hot flame of motivation turns into a cold lump of disappointment.

Risk: Having an Idea and Just Doing it

Often, between a good idea and getting started, there’s only one intermediate step missing – but it’s an important one. If the action is not taken, there’s a risk of the entire project freezing up. An example: the idea “online shop for t-shirts with cute cats” may seem like a way to make money off of the cat video hype. And friend 1 watches a lot of YouTube videos so that he can start an own channel tomorrow – a compilation of the best videos. Friend 2 was pretty good at drawing in college, so he’ll do the graphics. There’s also a ton of cat images on the internet so that you could print these. Friend 3 is a social media connoisseur and knows that cat content does great. Visitors will get to the online shop via Facebook and Youtube, and the t-shirts will sell like hot cakes!

But is all of that enough for three people to at least make some decent money on the side? Were the resources evaluated properly, was the market observed, the unique added value underlined?

No. Chances of this project getting stuck and given up are very high.

The decisive step before starting is missing: the idea has to be turned into a sustainable business model.

Necessary: Viable Business Model

A good idea has to be embedded in a good business model. That’s the ideal. A common witticism on the topic goes like this: “It’s easier to realize a bad idea with a good business model than the best idea without one.” Unfortunately, the author is unknown but deserves a flower bouquet.

Four Main Elements of Business Models According to Stähler

Patrick Stähler, author of “Founding the Right Thing. Toolbox for Entrepreneurs.”, says that a good business model addresses four key elements. Here, all of them are equally important and closely connected to each other.

  • The value proposition, the promise to the customer, to solve an individual problem. Also: what impresses the client? This is where the added value is.
  • The business structure – here’s where the product comes in, but marketing channels, production, and advertisement belong to this element.
  • The profit model that shows, how exactly money is made, as well as
  • the entrepreneurship.

Stähler talks about the promise to the customer, the added value. Without it, there won’t be any success, because who buys a product without expecting anything from it? In the cat example, the added value could already be that the customer gets a great gift idea directly while watching the cat video. He’s also able to order said idea in just a few clicks, as a gift, for instance. Everyone has already gotten clothing as a gift: a giant market? You can find that out. But to do so, the added value has to be clear. Only those that know which needs are covered by their product can pull the according levers in distribution and marketing. He fully understands his supply.

Solution: Filling Business Model Canvas

Alexander Osterwalder and his Professor Yves Pigneur have released the well-known book Business Model Generation” in 2010. In there, he shows how the business model’s elements are summarized in the form of a building kit. He called it the “Business Model Canvas,” which has become one of the most popular portrayals of the business model.

The canvas’ intention is to be able to display the own business idea, embedded in a valid business model, on a single piece of paper. To do so, Osterwalder defined so-called key factors – primarily the most important areas of the business, like customers, distribution channels, partners, and so on.

Here, you can clearly see how close it is to Stähler’s comprehension. The neat thing about Osterwalder’s template is, that it is licensed under a creative commons license, meaning everyone can download, print, and use it (here, for example).

By the way: the limited space on the canvas is not a coincidence. The founder is forced to only note the most important keywords in every area. The business plan is later created on the basis of the filled out Business Model Canvas.

Additionally, the key factors can not be altered. “Normally,” as by now, there is software out there that moved that model into the web browser. There, adjustments to the original template were made, which does make sense for individual branches.

Conclusion: Dash Off, But Only With a Solid Plan

Those carrying around an exciting business idea, and already see themselves on an island with a bag of money, be advised: first, sit down, develop a business model, then dash off. The idea can only be turned into something true with a solid business model. Next up is hard work, and maybe the bag of money can actually fill at that point. Best of luck!

Catégories: News dév web

Ad Jelly Size Guide: Social Media Advertising Formats at a Glance

11 avril, 2017 - 10:00

The free Ad Jelly Size Guide knows all the social media advertising formats, and supplies you with PSD and Sketch templates for your marketing.

Ad Jelly Size Guide Clears Your View in the Jungle of Social Media Advertising

Marketers have to deal with a vast variety of different ad formats in social media. This problem potentiates itself, as the social media environment is rather expanding than shrinking. Thus, a service like the Ad Jelly Size Guide, that knows all the ad formats of all relevant social networks, becomes almost indispensable.

The Ad Jelly Size Guide in Action. (Screenshot: Noupe)

The Ad Jelly Size Guide informs you about all ad formats on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr, and Pinterest, as well as the different offers over at Adwords.

If you have to work with most of these services on a regular basis, you’ll be happy that the size guide gives you PSD and Sketch templates, allowing you to create the according format in no time.

True power users don’t download templates individually for each format, but get one of the predefined packages which contain all formats for one network, respectively. If you want to, you can even get a package that contains all templates for all social networks. It doesn’t get faster than this.

The Ad Jelly Size Guide sports an unusual design. In a freehand sketch look, that I think is quite appealing, the size guide presents the individual formats in a clear grid. On the left, you select the network, whereupon a centered tab navigation grants you access to the different ad specifications. You can’t get lost here.

Added Value for Facebook Advertisers

Specifically for Facebook, the size guide comes with the tool “Image Grid Checker”. The Facebook guidelines say, that an image that you want to use for advertising purposes, is only allowed to contain a maximum of 20 percent of text. The checker examines that exact value, avoiding the risk of your next campaign being declined.

Conclusion: Must-have for Marketers

As Ad Jelly promises to keep the specifications up to date, the size guide is a must-have bookmark for everyone working in social media and digital marketing in general.

Catégories: News dév web

10 Must-have WordPress Plugins for Every Blog Owner

10 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Today, I will present you a hand-picked selection of WordPress plugins that will make your work easier. I use each of these plugins as well and have tested them for a while now. You’ll already know some of these plugins, while others will be entirely new to you. Prepare to be surprised.

People that run a website on WordPress need plugins that make their life easier. The less time you have to spend on minor tasks, the more time remains for the essentials; the writing. And that’s exactly what a blog is about.

1 – The Most Important Plugin: Guarantee the Safety of Your Work

Safety and security are neglected quite often. Only because people want to save a ridiculously low amount of money. I’m talking about a really good backup solution. A backup is the beginning of a security strategy. Without a daily backup, you don’t even have to get started with security.

It’s just way too easy to lose your work just because you were too stingy. By the way, the most important part of a good backup solution is the easy recovery. What’s the point of a free solution that doesn’t let your recover the backup fast and easily? Right. There’s none.


VaultPress offers daily backups that can be recovered with just one click. You are also able to restore single files. Additionally, you can also use the service to simply transfer your website to a different server.

Another cool thing is that you also receive a free key for the antispam service Akismet. VaultPress is available for 3,50 USD a month or 39 USD a year. To use it, you need the VaultPress plugin. You can cancel it monthly or annually at any time, depending on the type of payment.

You can only pay via credit card. If you don’t have one, get a free prepaid credit card, e.g. from N26.

2 – The Display of Code on Your Website

You want to use neatly formatted code snippets on your blog, but don’t want to use a plugin that slows your page down unnecessarily? Then go ahead and use a version that large websites, such as the Smashing Magazine, CSS Tricks, and A List Apart, use as well.

The plugin that I will introduce you to now only weighs a laughable 28KB.

AH Prism Syntax Highlighter

For the display of code snippets, I use the syntax highlighter “Prism.js” by Lea Verou. The theme I use is called “Okaidia.” As there is no proper WordPress plugin for Prism, I wrote one myself.

An Example:

This is how PHP code is displayed using Prism and the Okaidia Theme.

It supports code highlighting for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP. The application is as easy as it gets, and there’s a good guide to it as well. When writing a new article, you’ll find a small guide under the “Help”-button in the top right.

The Guide to Working With the Syntax Highlighter Prism.

Download on WordPress

3 – Article Formattings and Own Shortcodes

To me, this is the most important plugin. Working without this cool tool is hard to imagine, as it saves an incredible amount of time. Before, you had to go to the editor’s text area and enter everything yourself when it came to own formattings.

No matter if it’s about your buttons or shortcodes that you created yourself. All of this ends with this plugin. You can enter your most-used formattings, and implement them in your articles as a shortcode.

All of your self-defined formattings and shortcodes can be accessed via a comfortable generator in the text editor.

Post Snippets

The Settings:

My Article Formattings in the Post Snippets Settings.

The Generator in the Visual Editor:

The Generator in the Visual Text Editor. User-Friendly and Good.

Download on WordPress

Further Information:

Dr. Web: Post Snippets for WordPress – You Need This Plugin

4 – SEO

These days, you’re not getting anywhere without search engine optimization. For me, Yoast SEO takes care of a general SEO optimization of my website. It provides functions I need, like Breadcrumbs, and the Sitemap.xml.

Yoast SEO – The Website Standard For Every WP Site

Download on WordPress

5 – Content SEO

Squirrly is what I use to optimize my articles to have a good ranking in the Google search results. Squirrly intuitively makes for better content and higher rankings. It also comes with a good and free analysis function on top of that.

This plugin is available in both a free “Light Version,” and a complete pro version for only 19,99 USD a month.

If you want to rank high, I recommend spending the money.

SEO by Squirrly I’ve Only Had Positive Experiences With Squirrly. This Plugins Increased My Rankings Significantly.

A Video on the Plugin:

You can use the free plugin for some in-depth testing of the premium functions before the purchase.

Download on WordPress

Further Information:

Dr. Web: SEO by Squirrly: The Smart SEO Plugin for Better Rankings

6 – Contact Form

My clear favorite is the Contact Form 7 Plugin. It is very easy to use and can create and manage as many forms as required. It cooperates with Akismet regarding spam defense, but it is also able to use the Google reCaptcha system.

On top of that, you can also create a simple spam defense quit, allowing you to ask one question. The correct answer will send the form. Look at the Noupe contact form.

Download on WordPress

7 – Preventing Accidental Releases

There are only a few things more embarrassing than publishing an article that is only halfway done. Sometimes, you forget a lot in the heat of the battle. To prevent that from happening to you, use the Pre-Publish Post Checklist plugin.

This plugin lets you create a list of all the things that have to be done on each article before publishing it. All items have to be checked before you can publish.

The plugin attaches itself to the sidebar on the create post screen.

Pre-Publish Post Checklist

The last update was two years ago, but the plugin has been coded well, so it’s compatible with the newest WordPress version without any issues. Here’s an example of a list:

My Checklist. I Can Only Publish Once All the Items Are Checked.

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8 – Shortcodes – Light-Weight and Fast

Some projects simply need shortcodes for columns, buttons, toggles, alerts, and tabs. However, the problem with most of these plugins is that they simply need too many functions, slowing down the website unnecessarily. It doesn’t have to be like that. It can also be nice and fast, so here’s my secret tip:

Zilla Shortcodes The Zilla Shortcodes. Free, But Not From WordPress. I Have Been Using Them in Many Projects For Years.

You can get the plugin for free at A demo of the shortcodes can be found here.

9 – The Development Page

For the development of new themes, or to test new plugins, it can be advantageous to have a development page. Even if you only want to design small areas, like a form, a dev-page is very valuable.

The plugin “WP Staging” lets you clone your entire website, giving you an exact copy. This process only takes a few minutes.

WP Staging – DB & File Duplicator & Migration

How it Works:

Further Information:

Dr. Web: WP Staging: Cloning WordPress Websites With a Few Clicks

10 – The Email Newsletter

Many page operators use MailChimp, as it’s free and offers many features. However, I use a WordPress plugin, because I like to have everything in one spot. Additionally, I know that the email addresses are not being messed with.

MailPoet is very easy to handle and provides complete freedom when it comes to filling it with content. You can either create new content for the newsletter or include your most recent articles.

MailPoet Newsletters

Video on MailPoet:

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I hope you enjoyed my selection. I love these WordPress plugins, and wouldn’t set up one of my installations without any of these.


Catégories: News dév web

Goodbye Stress: Four Effective Work Strategies

6 avril, 2017 - 10:00

You know the problem: tons of things want you to get them done, and your schedule is already full to bursting. You’d like to introduce 72-hour days, as that would finally give you enough time for all projects. But days only have 24 hours. Keep cool, because efficiency and success can be planned if you know how.

Sometimes, small changes to your work schedule are all it takes to make you get work done more successfully, and even more importantly, much faster.

Success does not mean working longer, but just making better, and more productive use of your time.

In this article, you’ll learn four strategies that are guaranteed to get your everyday work more focused, and more efficient.

Being Efficient Means Making Better Use of Your Time Make the Most Out of Your Time Using Simple Strategies.

With today’s tips, you’ll be able to check off your to-dos a lot faster, leaving more time for the things you truly care about.

Every day, freelancers and employees have to fight a problem that just originates from faulty plans.

The lack of time. In many cases, it is caused by daily to-do lists that are more reminiscent of a novel than a doable list of daily tasks.

However, the actual problem is hidden in a different spot, as humans and their various abilities certainly can solve the most difficult tasks in no time, if the focus is right.

Focus is key when it comes to a successful way of working. Too many tasks to switch in between of are too much for our brain to handle. It always takes a certain “training period” when having to switch between tasks.

Focus Gets You More Time Concentration Lets You Get Your Tasks Done Quicker.

Many people are making the mistake of letting their thoughts jump around between tasks. Not only does this cost you time, but it is also reflected in the result. The quality of the single completed tasks drops, and in the worst case, none of the tasks is completed.

Imagine a piece of paper on a beautiful summer day. Put it on a meadow and hope that it inflames. Of course, this won’t work.

To inflame it, you need a magnifier that lets you focus the sunlight onto one point. Only then will the paper burn. Thus, use the law of concentration, and you’ll be able to get your tasks done purposefully and quickly.

Strategy One: Work Down Your ToDo List Depending on Priority

This one is tough to do, I know. But it’s one of the best pieces of advice I can give you. Every evening, write down a to-do list for the next day, placing the most important tasks at the very top. The most important things come first, the less important ones follow.

Always start your day with the most important, most difficult task. Don’t get distracted, close your email client, and focus exclusively on this one task. Only once this is done, go for the other tasks.

This way, you start off your day with substantial success. Then, the remaining tasks seem like child’s play. This helps you push your self-esteem, and you’ll assume successful working habits.

You will be able to get your work done much faster. It will also help you get done blog posts quicker. This leaves you with enough time for other things – like your family, for example.

Strategy Two: Use Your Focus Technique! Working More Effectively and Faster Using a Focus Technique.

Even really successful people sometimes struggle to focus and keep up the focus until the end of a task. To circumvent this problem, the “Pomodoro Technique” by Francesco Cirillo is a good pick.

This technique is as simple as it is effective, and will help you get through these moments.

It Works Like This:

  1. Turn off all sources of distraction. No smartphone, no Facebook or Twitter, no distraction from colleagues or family.
  2. Set a classic egg timer to 25 minutes and work very focused for these 25 minutes. When working with a colleague in an office, put on headphones if it could be helpful for your concentration.
  3. After the 25 minutes are done, take a 5-minute break. Get up, stretch, breathe in fresh air at the opened window.
  4. Now, start the next 25 minutes of highly focused work.
  5. After the fourth session, take a longer break of 15 to 25 minutes.
  6. Repeat.

This method helps thousands of people to work off their daily to-do lists quickly and successfully. By the way, Francesco Cirillo used a tomato-shaped egg timer to measure the 25-minute units, hence the name.

Strategy Three: Work Standing Up Sometimes

Many successful people have worked standing up. This doesn’t mean that you should work exclusively standing up, but from time to time, you should. Use a high desk for your job, if possible.

Standing up, you’ll also feel a lot less tired, making you more productive. Thus, it is no surprise that successful people like Winston Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci, or Ernest Hemingway liked working at a high desk.

Divide your work time into blocks, and try to work standing up for a part of them. If your employer doesn’t want to pay for a high desk, I recommend buying one from your own money and using it in the office. At home, you can also set up a place for working standing up.

Even modern and innovative businesses like Google, Facebook, and SAP use height-adjustable desks, as these companies know that their workers are more productive, healthier, and happier due to standing up more frequently.

Strategy Four: When Writing, Always Work On a Timer Working On a Timer Allows You to Become More Efficient.

You have to write a lot due to your job or in private? Writing is like any other craft. To be able to write faster, leaving you with more time for other things, there are two factors.

1 – Practice Makes Perfect

The more often you write, the faster you’ll be able to write. Practice makes perfect and automatically results in a higher pace. However, if you just started out blogging, focus on the quality of your articles. Speed automatically comes with practice.

2 – Always Write Against a Timer

Get a countdown program, where you get to enter a certain time which will then be counted down. Starting out, you should be able to write an article with more than 1000 words in about three to four hours. So, first set a timer to four hours, and see how this time works for you.

Once you’re more experienced with writing and don’t have to search for every single key on the keyboard, challenge yourself to see how you can handle two hours. This would be the time in which experienced writers should be able to get done. Either way, this technique will definitely allow you to write faster; I’m using it as well.

Catégories: News dév web

CSS Icon: Pictograms in Pure CSS, Optionally Animated

5 avril, 2017 - 10:00

The freely usable web app “CSS Icon” does not only deliver pictograms in pure CSS for free, but it also allows you to define animated transitions between any two of the package’s symbols.

Adobe Designer With Love For Detail

Wenting Zhang works as a UX designer for Adobe’s Typekit. Thus, it is no surprise that he has a thing for typography and icon design. To facilitate this passion, aside from his primary occupation, he runs tons of side projects in this field.

The project “Type Detail” is one of them. Here, he gives a meticulous explanation regarding the characteristics of different popular, and less popular fonts. Typography fans should definitely take a look at the project.

Type Detail Dissects Fonts. (Screenshot: Noupe)

His project underline.js seems even nerdier, as it’s all about finding the perfect underlining. As you can see, this man is serious when it comes to details.

CSS Icon Animate: Pure CSS Icons, With Morphing Animation Options

His project “CSS Icon” is also useful for those designers that are not that much in love with details. Here, he originally stored 512 pictograms, made exclusively with CSS, without any dependencies, making them usable on their own, if necessary. The evolution of the project doesn’t provide the full extent of symbols, but it has become a lot more attractive.

CSS Icon: Landing Page. (Screenshot: Noupe) CSS Icon: Code Snippets to Copy and Paste

In the current version of “CSS Icon,” you’ll find about 200 symbols. Zhang promises to add more on a regular basis. The web app comes with to functionalities. Clicking a single icon opens a detail window on the right side of the overview, allowing you to copy and paste the entire required source code for this icon.

On the Right, A Selected Icon Appears in the Detail View With its Entire Code Snippet. (Screenshot: Noupe)

To toy around with the configuration a bit, there’s also the option to switch over to Codepen with the snippets, and experiment in the browser on there.

CSS Icon Animate: Morphing Light Between Two Icons

Access the second functionality by clicking the small word “animate” in the top left of the browser window. Now, you have the option to select two pictograms. The first one turns into symbol A; the second one becomes symbol B.

Now, the detail window we already know opens, including the required code snippets. However, this time, you won’t only find HTML and CSS, but JavaScript as well.

Choose Two Icons; the Animation is Created Automatically. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Using the option “Animate,” the web app creates animated transitions between the two selected icons. In my example, the left-pointing arrow is morphed into a reight-pointing one. This generally works with all symbols, but, as you can imagine, doesn’t look nearly as good and convincing for all of them. For example, if you let the icon “Nine o’Clock” turn into “Three o’Clock,” the small watch hand is only pushed from left to right. Of course, usually, nobody would animate it like this.

In contrast to that, the animation from the icon “Full Battery” to “Empty Battery” looks just like you would expect. In any case, “CSS Icon” is an enrichment for your design toolbox.

CSS Icons: Freely Usable Under CC0

Zhang provides his project under the license Creative Commons Zero, which is roughly equivalent to Public Domain, meaning it is completely free for anyone and any purpose. Thus, you can use the icons without any worries, even for commercial purposes and, more importantly, alter them however you like.

The project is available on Github as open source. To only use it, a visit to the project site CSS Icons does the trick.

Catégories: News dév web

Brainstorming – Go On the Hunt For Ideas Using These Four Methods

4 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Many occupational fields only work because of creative people and their realization of innovative ideas. To generate better results, we often fall back to creative techniques that promise a higher success rate. Brainstorming is one of them.

Brainstorming is often used to work out solutions for given problems in a group. But what if the traditional method doesn’t work? We want these four alternatives to give you new impulses, helping you to get your brain cells going again.

© / The Classic of Idea Generation: Brainstorming

Aside from brainstorming, mind mapping is another one of the so-called classic techniques. Both are used to come up with solutions to problems as fast as possible. Both during studies and during the working life, creative techniques are very popular. Due to the mutual exchange of thoughts, the participant’s ideas are accumulated, and an efficient strategy is developed afterward. However, this often causes problems that surely sound familiar: For one, meetings are often spontaneous and last-minute. In addition to that, many studies prove that this type of idea generation can become counterproductive under the following criteria:

  • Team members may block each other
  • They have inhibitions regarding their superiors
  • The created conditions have an adverse effect on the participants

However, if a business or the boss makes sure that the environment is optimal, traditional brainstorming may lead to success. Experts believe that you should make sure that the group size does not exceed eight members. If too many people participate in idea generation, the block each other, and no common thread can be found. To deliver different food for thought, it is also beneficial when the participants work in various fields. The IT specialist contributes input that is distinct from the resource manager’s or that of the accountant. They are still able to develop a strategy that boosts the business’s efficiency.

However, if the classic variant is not successful for you, you should try one of the four alternatives that we’ll present to you here:

1. Brainwriting © REDPIXEL.PL /

Brainwriting can work in different ways: in the classic version, you also meet up with your teammates. However, ideas are not communicated verbally but written on a piece of paper instead. Once everyone noted down their ideas, the sheets are passed on to the seatmate so that he gets to add his thoughts. This creates a basis for a discussion, which the group can use to advance the project.
In the past years, the trend shifted towards a collective notebook. Here, there’s either a public notebook for everyone to enter their ideas or each worker keeps a private creative notebook. Publishers like the German have released a notebook for creative workers, which is packed with inspiring illustrations, providing the right conditions for creativity. In there, you get to write down your notes and spontaneous inspirations. After a certain amount of time, the group presents the solutions and discusses them.

2. Brainwalking

Motion benefits both body and spirit – this statement is very well-known. Physical activity does not only help to keep the body healthy, but the better blood circulation also leads to more creativity. Brainwalking is used effectively when flipcharts with one topic each are placed in the office. Every worker looks at the single flipcharts, writing down all spontaneous ideas that come to mind. Once all members are done, results are generated together.

3. Brain Swarming

As we all know, a group consists of both different characters and different ways of working: there are extroverts and introverts, that either tackle a problem from the top or at the bottom. Brain swarming gives every member the opportunity to work on their own, without being exposed to the rules of other participants. The problem with brain swarming is, that the extrovert colleagues lead the discussion, while the introverts stay in the background. However, every employee should be able to contribute their own ideas.

With brain swarming, the goal is used as the header. After that has been noted, the required resources are written down and placed at the bottom of the magnet board. Now, the workers have a certain period to place own post-its with their creative suggestions on the wall. This method was developed by the American Dr. Tony McCaffrey and explained in detail in this video.

4. Walt Disney Method

The famous film producer has not only revolutionized childrens’ movies but also created a creativity technique that is very popular. In this method, three roles are assigned: the dreamer, the realist, and the critic. During the idea generation, the participants switch between the roles and look at the problem from different points of view. While roleplay may not be all that popular among the workers, the technique’s efficiency is proven. You start as the dreamer, looking at the goal without any rules or limits. In the role of the realist, you focus on the realization of the ideas. In the end, the critic takes a sceptical look at the problem and points out unanswered questions. This order is repeated until the critic has nothing left to criticize.

Many Ways Lead to a Result

All the techniques we presented leave a lot of room for the generation of ideas – as long as they are conducted objectively. If the participants don’t get involved, no productive examination of the problem can take place. When realized correctly, they can replace the traditional brainstorming in the sense that every worker gets to share their own ideas without having to fear criticism.

Catégories: News dév web

Visual Center Finds Your Image’s Inner Center

3 avril, 2017 - 10:00

Ommmm. Don’t worry; this tool is not esoteric. If you show it your images, it tells you the respective location of their visual center. This allows for more harmonious presentations.

Javier Bórquez from Guadalajara, Mexico, is a software developer with a thing for design. He feels most comfortable when he’s able to combine the two like he did with his newest project “Visual Center.”

Visual Center, Fast and Simple

“Visual Center” is a web app that shows you the visual center of your pictures. To do so, upload an image to the service. The app takes care of the rest. Immediately after the upload, you’ll see two versions of the uploaded image.

On the left, the photo or logo that you uploaded is centered in the middle of a container. On the right, the picture is placed in the same container but aligned in a way that makes it visually centered. Usually, this alignment is different from the one in the left area.

“Visual Center” slightly changes the photo’s position both vertically, and horizontally. In my tests, the values were never really high, but it did always change them by about five to ten percent.

Visual Center: No Major Changes, But Essential in Detail. (Screenshot: Noupe)

Instead of a rectangular container, you can also choose a round one, making some logos easier to judge. The display of lines for the horizontal and vertical center can be turned off if necessary.

Visual Center, Plugin Version Soon

According to Javier, he’s already working on plugins for Sketch and Illustrator. If you want to be one of the first to be notified once they are available, you should sign up for his email newsletter. Javier promises to only use your address for his own purposes and to not sell your data.

Catégories: News dév web



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