The wait is over, here comes your long overdue Hit ‘n’ Run!
If this photo doesn’t make you want to go try out your Macro settings, nothing will. Im-pressive!
Most of the blogs I read are personal ones, leaning more towards humor and human experience. But I saw two “professional” blogs I wanted to pass along: “beSpacific” is focused on Law & Technology news. “The Science Blog” is geared towards medical and psych news. Both worth a look for sure.
Not A Typo
Typo is a pretty amazing CMS system. But the fact that it is FREE is even more amazing. Take a look at all the features and consider giving it a whirl. I want to try it on my server here at work, but I need PHP first. Guess I could use the free Apache/PHP/mySQL server for windows known as Triad. By the way, Typo has one of the BEST arguments for paying for Open Source Software that I’ve ever read. Speaking of portals, Geeklog is pretty impressive.
Shanshu, doobie-doobie doo
Only die-hard Buffy/Angel fans will appreciate this image. Found via Anna S.’s LJ.
Open Your Source, and Say Ahhh
Speaking of Open Source CMS systems, I also ran across Drupal, Ovidentia and PHPwebsite. Wish I could try them all. Found these thanks to the very awesome OpensourceCMS.com!
I stumbled across a neat, neat, neat Java program for tablet PCs and PCs with a pen & tablet hookup ot Tablet PCs. Denim is a sketch program that allows you to draw the structure of a website, then have it function. Hard to explain, but you will understand once you try it. Denim is a research project of Berkeley User Interface Research.
Mozilla Firebird .06 is out. I don’t care for Mozilla much, but I love the tabbed browser concept.
Postcards from the Edge (of the world)
I saw a big pile of antique postcards at a garage sale, but passed on them. I wasn’t sure what I’d ever do with them. Of course, I regret it now. Thankfully sites like the Jacksonville Public Library Florida Postcard Collection exists. Still, I don’t know what I’d ever use these for, but at the next garage sale, I won’t be so quick to keep on walking.
Flash Math Creativity: The Gallery is just the place you need to go to see the myriad of ways Flash can be used. Who would have ever guessed it would be helpful in Math. Maybe if we’d had this back in 4th Grade I would know my “Gozintas.”
Zonator has a HUGE collection of PHP scritps, and other types too.
Just My Type
Font Creator has just been released, and it looks like a non-intimidating program. Most font creation software is a bit frightening, but Font Creator seems to get it right (comes with a 30-day trial). And the $50 registration isn’t scary either, unlike the $549 FontLab!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What A PC!
What is it that I find so fascinating about photos of other people’s Computer Desks? Beats me, maybe I am just looking for ideas to de-clutter my area, or just swelling with PC envy. Either way, the True Desktop Project gives you the chance to show the world your computer desk and the surrounding area. This photo project could waste a lot of my time. Maybe I will send in an image of my own area (BTW, seems to me there was another “project” just like this one going on a while ago…. oh yeah, it is “Snap Your Desk“).
Another one found that I DL’d but never tried, and I wish I had! SiteObjects is provding a free in-line WYSIWYG editor for web Forms and text entry boxes called soEditor. I tried the ColdFusion version and was way impressed. The pay verison has a few more funtions, but I doubt you will miss them. Also availabe on the dot Net and ASP platforms. Could it be used in the MT interface? I know that another free Wizzy-Wig in-line editor, htmlArea, can be.
Some basic Flash tutorials from Macromedia. I really had to fight the urge to type Tortillas instead of Tutorials I’ll have you know!
I was looking in a download directory on my D drive and found all these Photoshop filters, actions, textures and so on that I’d never even installed! Do you do that? You find great free stuff, download it just to have it, and never use it? I do it all the time. I have that “pack rat” trait where I grab things even if I won’t use them, with the thought that if I don’t it would be gone when I did need it.
So, I thought I’d share them with you.
I hate to admit it, but I don’t even know how to use brushes in Photoshop. I mean, I am not a PS wiz or anything, but I’d say I am probably more than a novice. Still, I love the banners and designs I’ve seen with brushes, so I always DL them when I see them. So, here now are a few I’ve found here and there. Maybe I should look for a tutorial too…
Cybia has a great collection. You will see them a lot today in this post.
comp.graphics.apps.photoshop seems pretty much abandoned, but there are lots of brushes available for you to download.
Triberadio has more brush sets than I have time to download. I may need a web-snake to get all these!
The Protagonist has a great list of Brush sites with downloads. I could spend all day just DL’ing brushes – this is not good.
I found a copy of Auto FX Extra in my folder and I wasn’t even sure what it was. After installing it I found out it was DreamyPhoto, a free plug-in/stand-alone product. You can get yours here, and you can also get the neat Mossaic one too. UZ Creations has a nice tutorial on how you can get extra oomph out of the Mossaci plugin. Both apps work with Paint Shop Pro also.
Cybia has some nice plug-ins as well.
Adobe Evangelists have some fun actions you can tinker with for free.
AutoFX has lots of free textures. They say that although you may use the images in your designs, you are not to use them on websites. Hm, ok, whatever that means. “Gee they shure is purdy, too bad I can’t be ah-usin’ em.”
Royalty Free Photos/Images
Some free photos here at MultiMediaLibrary.
I am always ready to learn more about Photoshop, and the Adobe Evangelists have a great section of PDFs you can download and read.
AutoFX has collected some nice free fonts, just select “Download Software” from their dropdown menu and select Free Fonts.
Katgryl has a nice collection of fonts, that I assume she created. All of them are excellent.
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