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3D Software:

Blender is free, open source 3D software. It's known for a difficult learning curve, but if you're not sure if you'll use a paid product, might as well try Blender out first -- why waste money on software you don't end up using.
This article dated July 2011 compares the following 3D software:
Michael Kutsche
Talented 3D artist.
Papervision 3D
There's a Papervision 3D plugin for Flash, etc.
Strata 3D
"Strata - The Power of 3D" (I purchased this software some years back -- that's why I include the link here.
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Accessibility (see also: Usability):
The Accessibility Project: A community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.
Jaws is currently (2011) the leading screen reader for Windows. They offer a free demo version of the software that can be used test a web site for ease of accessibility to blind people.
NVDA is a relatively new screen reader for Windows, it's free and is open source, gaining in popularity.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The official home page for web accessibility compliance. Ironically, neither the site nor the WAI document is easy to understand. Here's an example of criticism: To Hell with WCAG 2.
WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind
Expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities
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Acrobat / PDF:
Acrobat, Javascript, and PDF development specialists.
Acrobat notes (under construction)
Has some notes on re-purposing PDFs for InDesign.
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W3 Schools
Ajax tutorial.
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Animation (see also Flash, Video):
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IPhone Developer Center
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GarageBand support
AAS Community Forum
AAS makes the Strum Acoustic Guitar Synth that I purchased from Cakewalk on 11-25-11
handy site to learn piano chords
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Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL
"Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL, 4th Edition is a practical, hands-on guide to learning all the tools, principles, and techniques needed to build a fully functional database driven web site using PHP & MySQL. This book covers everything from installing PHP and MySQL on Windows, Linux, and Mac computers, through to building a live, web-based content management system."
WROX Programmer to Programmer
Looks like a good place to ask questions about WROX books and related subjects
PHP & MySQL for Dummies
PHP & MySQL for Dummies (3rd Edition) — Companion site
Web Design for ROI
This is a good book: "Your web site is a business — design it like one. Billions of dollars in spending decisions are influenced by web sites. So why aren't businesses laser-focused on designing their sites to maximize their Return on Investment (ROI)? Web design can do more than make a site look good — it can be a powerful strategic weapon that enhances financial returns and creates competitive advantage."
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Bootstrap, Zurb:

Framework Fight: Zurb Foundation vs. Twitter Bootstrap
Bootstrap and many other tutorials

Branding, Marketing, User Experience:

Aquent resources
Includes webcasts on design, marketing, business. Good source for learning "what's new".
iMedia Connection
Interactive Marketing News, Features, Podcasts and Video
Market research & statistics: Internet marketing, advertising & demographics (pay site -- pricey, I assume)
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Cell phone detection:

Where are the Mobile First Responsive Web Designs?
presentation on "Pragmatic Responsive Design"
Worth viewing!
This site automatically adapts itself to the type of computer or mobile device viewing it, and they share some tips on how to do so.
A service that is free or paid depending on your site's volume of traffic, that maintains a large database of mobile devices that is kept up to date, and gives you Javascript or other code that you can place on each page of your site to redirect to mobile version of your site.
Repurposing vs. Optimized Design
Jakob Nielsen, known by some as the father of usability in web design, discusses repurposing (reusing the same content on all platforms so that you don't need a separate mobile site) vs optimized design (having a separate mobile site designed especially for mobile users). -- Website Design for Tablets and Mobile
This is the site of Ethan Marcotte, who wrote a book on Responsive Web Design.
Ethan Marcotte's article on Responsive Web Design, that led to his book on the same subject.
Ethan Marcotte's book on Responsive Web Design
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CMS (Content Management Systems):

Surreal CMS
A free and simple CMS, similar to CushyCMS.
CMS Matrix
Content management comparison tool. (page takes a few seconds to load)
Cushy CMS
A free and simple CMS.
Drupal is the official website of Drupal, an open source content management platform.
Joomla! Official Documentation
The dynamic portal engine and content management system.
Joomla getting started FAQ
Joomla Knowledgebase Component
Article dated 10-06-09
"The friendly content management system." They market it to designers who don't want to have to hire a "web guy" (technical person).
Open Text Corporation
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
Sitecore Web Content Management System (CMS) software helps you create and keep up-to-date dynamic, full featured websites of all types.
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Calibrating a monitor
How to calibrate a monitor without a Spyder or Colormunki.
Datacolor (Spyder)
A color management solutions company, the Spyder is a competitor of Colormunki.
HTML Color Names
Color names supported by all browsers
HTML Color Names - abridged
Our own shortened list of HTML color names
Pantone to hex color conversion
Though not an official chart, this is a handy Pantone / RGB / Hex color table.
Rods and Cones
Experts in color, they offer learning, products and services.
X-Rite Photo - Color Management for Photographers
They sell the Colormunki monitor and printer calibrater. They also have tutorials and sell other products related to color management.
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Cross Browser Compatibility/Testing:

W3C Markup Validation Service
Use this to get the "official word" on what syntax errors, if any, your HMTL has.
W3C CSS Validation Service
Use this to get the "official word" on what syntax errors, if any, your CSS has.
Old Browsers
Virtual Box
You can run Windows XP and IE6 on the Mac.
IE Tester
Free windows software that simulates older IE browsers.
6 Reasons Why IE6 Must Die
IE6 lacks PNG transparency support, it has margin/padding issues, it does not support CSS pseudo classes, etc.
"BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 software users have access to additional functionality such as testing local and active content." Currently available for free, will charge customers starting in 2011.
Browser Shots
Check Browser Compatibility, Cross Platform Browser Test. It shows a screen shot of your web site in the specified browsers.
Browser Statistics
Market share for the most popular browsers.
Paid service provides you with live testing of various browsers.
Install multiple versions of IE on your PC
If this software is trustworthy and works, it might be worth installing, but do so at your own risk.
Quirks Mode
" is the prime source for browser compatibility information on the Internet."
Can I use...
"Compatibility tables for features in HTML5, CSS3, SVG and other upcoming web technologies"
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CSS (see also: Drop Down Menus):
To use a special character like an m-dash with the CSS "before" pseudo selector, that is, to automatically place an m-dash before all paragraph tags or h1 tags for example, using CSS instead of HTML, you can't put the unicode symbol of — in the CSS rule -- you need to convert the 8212 to hexadecimal. Websites such as this allow you to easily convert decimal to hex.
All you ever needed to know about CSS3
As of 3/8/2010, site was under development, but it already has some stuff.
CSS3 Selectors - W3C
50 New CSS Techniques For Your Next Web Design
has a bunch of stuff, include one on the Safari font smoothing hack
CSS Differences in Internet Exporer 6, 7 and 8
Smashing Magazine
CSS Zen Garden
What's cool about this site is you can choose among various totally different designs to view the same content
CSS2 Selectors spec from W3C
This is the official source for CSS documentation.
CSS Newbie
"Learn HTML, CSS and jQuery with Tutorials, Tips and Reference Articles"
Web browser CSS support (
Has a comprehensive list of features in CSS2 and CSS3.
CSS Tricks
A web design blog.
CSS Troubleshooting
Wordpress Codex/dd>
Max Design
CSS resources and tutorials for web designers and web developers.
Position is Everything
"I'm Big John, and here I attempt to describe and demonstrate some of the bugs found in web browsers, and to show advanced CSS methods that work across all browsers."
Position is Everything: How to Clear Floats
How to Clear Floats without Structural Markup. "When a float is contained within a container box that has a visible border or background, that float does not automatically force the container's bottom edge down as the float is made taller."
HTML and CSS table border style wizard
This handy page automatically shows you the table and source code as you try different table layouts.
TJK Design
Building Standards Compliant Web Sites.
Smashing Magazine
CSS Float Theory: Things You Should Know. Also, Table Layouts vs Div Layouts
W3C Cascading Style Sheets home page.
W3 Schools
W3 Schools CSS tutorial.
Why tables for layout is stupid
Problems defined, solutions offered.
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Your Inspiration Web
"The community of inspiration dedicated to web design"
Colour lovers
A bunch of color palettes, including people's votes on how much they like it, etc.
Cool hex color mixer (check it out!)>
Font Smoothing Explained
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Code Endeavors
DotNetNuke templates (skins) and more.
My textbook kept mentioning the DNN-Blue skin that shipped with DNN, but I assume that DNN no longer ships with the skin, because I don't see it. So this website has the skin available for download presently (April 2011). DotNetNuke form generator
DNN Covered
DNN skins, modules, forum, service that converts PSD to skin, etc.
DotNetNuke training site, it has a lot of video training and articles
DotNetNuke skins
The Leading Open Source Web Content Management Platform for ASP.NET
A small training site for DotNetNuke, looks like it's growing
DotNetNuke skins
A hosting provider that specializes in DotNetNuke support.
DNN skins, modules, consulting. blog relating to DotNetNuke, has article on how to use DNN and JQuery to make an "accordian"
A small training site for DotNetNuke, looks like it's growing
DotNetNuke skins and information about skinning, including actual code.
DotNetNuke skins
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"BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 software users have access to additional functionality such as testing local and active content." Currently available for free, will charge customers starting in 2011.
Dreamweaver Drop Down Menus
Dreamweaver Tutorial
Dreamweaver Forums
Adobe Dreamweaver Forum.
How to Create a Website with Dreamweaver CS4 (includes tutorial for creating drop down menus)
Adobe Dreamweaver Forum.
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Drop Down Menus (see also: CSS, Dreamweaver):

CSS Menu Tutorial
Horizontal and Vertical CSS Menus
Designing Drop Down Menus
Examples and Best Practices
Dreamweaver Drop Down Menus
Dreamweaver Tutorial
Dynamic Drive DHTML Scripts
Mega Drop-Down Navigation Menus Work Well
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox
"100% Pure CSS Menu (Visual / SEO / Fast / Full Featured!)"
Son of Suckerfish Dropdowns
A cross-browswer compatible free dropdown menu.
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Transferring Email from One Host to Another
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Email Forms

Email form generator for web sites hosted on ASP.NET servers
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SentryLogin - a paid service that lets you turn a website into a Members Only site - Web password protection, HTML encryption
PayPal - Subscriptions and Recurring Payments
This is one of many pages in PayPal's developer section, which discus how to set up programming code to process payements, verify transactions, and in this case, generate a password that the buyer can use upon successful payment, to download whatever digital media they purchased, such as a PDF, video, software, etc. Also, click here for the Subscriptions and Recurring Payments manual.
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Debugging Javascript with Firebug
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Flash and Flex:
Looks like one of the better tutorial sites for Flash, PHP and other subjects
Adobe Flash player settings manager
FlowPlayer - Flash video player
It can play MP3s too. Has a lot of configuration options, but the vanilla version is pretty easy to set up.
Flash and audio
Flash and audio
Flash and audio
music in the public domain
one of the less nutty sound effects sites -- many of the other sound fx sites are loaded with ads and confusing "get nowhere fast" links
Flash and audio
Flash and audio
the late Steve Jobs' thoughts on Flash...
SWFObject loads alternative content for iphones, etc.
Adobe Developer Connection / Flash Player Developer Center / Detecting Flash Player versions and embedding SWF files with SWFObject 2
Flash sometimes generates code containing the embed tag, but SWFObject does not use the embed tag. Instead, it uses nested Object tags. This article, though not related to SWFObject, describes this technique.
I h♥rt actionscript. AS3 Tutorials, AS3 Articles, AS3 for Designers
This site has good examples with working code.
Free ActionScript -
Layers Magazine - creating your own custom video player skin - what is this?
Colin Moock is a leading author of Flash books, his book "ActionScript for Flash MX, the Definitive Guide" is hard to top for thoroughness. This web site has updates, interviews, and samples. - Adobe Lab Ideas
Adobe's site where people can suggest improvement to Adobe products. This is a good place to get confirmation about shortcomings of products. For example: I see that I'm not the only person who wants Flash to make it possible to underline static text. Duh -- ya think?
A good Wikipedia history and description of ActionScript.
ActionScript dictionary
A comprehensive alphabetical reference to ActionScript 2.0
Flex and ActionScript Community -- Tutorials, Support, Open Source and More
AS Gamer
Flash Game Development Tutorials
AS2 to AS3: dynamic instance names
AS3 Apex
Video tutorials for Flash, Flex, Illustrator, Photoshop, Toon Boom Animate, Blender, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Actionscript, iPhone, Mysql, PHP and more
David Stiller's blog
Many in-depth posts relating to Flash.
Develop PHP
Has courses in CSS, PHP, mySQL, ActionScript3, etc.
Differences between Action Script 2 and 3
Adobe Flex 2 Language Reference
Everything Flex
News and Information about Flex and AIR by Rich Tretola
Flabell -
Flash components, tutorials, etc.
Flash & Flex Developer's Magazine
Bi-monthly free e-magazine
Flash and Flex developer - Steven Sacks
Flash Creations
A Flash / ActionScript Resource Site
Flash Develop
Flash Develop is a free and source code editor.
Flash Developer Center - 3D Animation
Flash Enabled
"Everythings Air, Flash, Flex, Illustrator and Photoshop"
Flash for the masses
AS, JSFL, XUL, etc.
Flash Function
blog of technical topics
Flash Kit
Flash Kit, a developer resource
Flash Lab - SwingPants
Flash blog
Flash Media Server and a related link by the author
Flash Media Server. The author, William Sanders, is also author of my "Macromedia Flash MX Actionscript" book.
Flash RIA's vs Javascript RIA's
A comparison of the pros and cons of Flash vs JavaScript for RIA's (Rich Internet applications).
Flash Transition Manager
Documentation for Flash transitions such as Blinds, Fade, Zoom, etc. The classic transitions are the cut and the dissolve or fade out/in, so make sure not to overuse these transitions, or the movie could get a "corny" look to it.
Flash Video Streaming Service
"Adobe has partnered with leading content delivery network (CDN) providers to offer hosted services for delivering on-demand video for the Adobe Flash Player runtime across high-performance, reliable networks."
Flash components
free ActionScript editor!
Buttons, components, animations, scripts, etc.
Flashloaded -- plug-ins such as "3DPlane"
Foundation Flash: Free Flash/ActionScript Tutorials & Help
Flash forums and tutorials
Flash blog and some tutorials
An article discussing the downside of ActionScript3. This site has a lot more advanced articles.
Flash, Blend/Silverlight, Blend/WPF, PHP and more
Marco Casario - RIAvolutionize the Web (AIR, Flex, etc)
Moto CMS a CMS for Flash sites, they have their own templates, fonts, and CMS Flash forum
Run-time errors for Flex and AS3
Say Web
Flash and ActionScript Tutorials, News, Interviews
Swinburne University of Technology
Flash tutorials, including to integrate with PHP/MySQL. Also tutorials in 3DS Max, Illustrator, etc.
The Flash Blog
TutCity -- Free Learning Resource
TutVid -- Free Flash, Photoshop and other tutorials
YouTube is a handy place to view videos people have posted for Flash training, etc.
zedia flash blog, Flash, ActionScript, SEO and everything in between
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Flash Games:

Armor Games
High touch and special effects Flash site, plenty of bells and whistles to give it a Myst feel.
AS Gamer
Flash Game Development Tutorials
De Mellows
A web design site that has a few games on it.
Flash Game University
"The web site for Flash ActionScript 3.0 game developers". There is also a book available.
Game Goo
Educational Games
Educational Publishing from Prek-12+
"All your game development needs"
Quest to stop the brain drain -- Computer exercises are being sold as an aid to the aging mind. Are they any good?
Math, phonics and other online activities.
Untold Entertainment
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A free font that is similar to Adobe's Myriad Pro, that you can embed on your site as described here.
Google Web Fonts
A free service offered by Google which allows you to choose from many fonts. For example, Google has an alternative to Adobe's Myriad Pro called PT Sans: Keep in mind, though, that using Google web fonts adds to the page size / load time:
Lists web safe fonts, and allows you to compare and view various fonts
"My Love-Hate Affair with TypeKit
TypeKit by Adobe
A paid service which allows you to include many non-web-safe fonts on your site. $25 or $50 per year depending on how many sites you have, the number of pageviews,etc. demo of Cufón, a tool that lets you use any font on a web site.
Cufón is a tool that lets you use any font on a web site (but make sure that the font license allows you to do this).
Some free fonts, plus links to commercial fonts
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Gaming (see also: Flash games, Apps)

information about how to create games for mobile devices
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Setting Directory Permissions on a Linux Hosting Account
They discuss a wizard for setting read, write, and execute access for the specified directory. You can probably also edit the .htaccess and .htpassword files directly instead.
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This one is less expensive.
Network Solutions
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Comprehensive HTML unicode characters
HTML unicode characters
HTML5 Rocks
"A resource for developers looking to put HTML5 to use today"
The HTML5 Test
Shows how well your browser scores out of a possible score of 300 for HTML 5 compatiblity.
HTML Cheat Sheet
HTML 5: the markup language. W3C Editor’s Draft.
HTML 5 — Wikipedia
"HTML5 is the proposed next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML. HTML5 is expected to be a game-changer in Web application development, making obsolete such plug-in-based rich Internet application (RIA) technologies as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX."
HTML 5 Cheat Sheet
"Even although HTML 5 won’t be completely supported until 2022, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be widely adopted within the foreseeable future. So in the spirit of the upcoming change we decided to release a handy printable HTML 5 Cheat Sheet that lists all currently supported tags, their descriptions, their attributes and their support in HTML 4."
HTML Document Character Set
A table showing many ISO and Unicode characters, for example:
To display an em dash: —, use — or — in your HTML.
HTML Source
HTML tutorials
HTML Tutorials by John C. Gilson
48 HTML lessons and tutorials
W3C XHTML2 Working Group Home Page.
W3 Schools
W3 Schools HTML tutorial.
Web Design Group
HTML help and discussion.
XHTML reference
An XHTML reference focused on best practices, plus articles and tutorials on CSS, XML, Web standards and accessibility.
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" - Search through 300,000 free icons in more than 2,000 icon packs"


Copying/Pasting Text from PDFs to InDesign
InDesign notes
Here's some InDesign notes including handy tips and keyboard shortcuts, courtesy of Kroll Web Design.
InDesign Secrets
"Developed by page-layout guru David Blatner and 'DesignGeek' Anne-Marie Concepcion, InDesign Secrets is your one-stop shop for all things InDesign."
Rorohiko Workflow Resources
A source of time-saving scripts such as one to extract all text from an InDesign document.
Using Adobe InDesign CS4


Trisha's Ramblings
I'm a Java developer who's passionate about lots of things. Oddly, actual technology is quite low down on that list.
Code Style
Open standards web design with CSS, XHTML, Java servlets and Javascript.
Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners - Lesson 1
For instructions and additional lessons, see
Programming tutorials and source code examples: java, c, etc.
Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v1.4.2 — API Specification
A comprehensive list of Java 2 Platform Packages, where you can drill down to see much more about each package. For example, if you click on the java.util package, you can see the Class Summary — classes such as the ever-popular ArrayList.
Java Coffee Break
Your free guide to the world of java programming.
Java Interview Questions
Commonly asked interview questions about Java
The Source for Java Technology Collaboration
Kode Java
Learn Java Programming by Examples
A text editor that is handy for coding Java and other languages, due to its syntax highlighting and other features.
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JavaScript (see also: Ajax):

Tigra JavaScript calendar widget to choose day
There's also one called the Zapatec calendar, but looks like the web site is gone, so it might be harder to get support.
Dynamic dropdowns using Javascript
How to have the contents of a second dropdown list dynamically determined based on what the user chooses in the first dropdown. This is a site of Stephen Chapman, who is a Javascript expert and has a lot of helpful information whether in email subscriptions, on web sites, etc.
The computer technology documentation project.
JavaScript Kit
JavaScript, DHTML, CSS, and Ajax tutorials and reference.
JavaScript Mall
Free scripts, tutorials.

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jQuery and other JavaScript libraries:
"JavaScriptMVC is an open-source framework containing the best ideas in jQuery development. It guides you to successfully completed projects by promoting best practices, maintainability, and convention over configuration."
Sites relating to jQuery sliders / slideshows: has jQuery slideshow plugin
"Dojo Toolkit is an open source modular JavaScript library (or more specifically JavaScript toolkit) designed to ease the rapid development of cross platform, JavaScript/Ajax based applications and web sites."
Ext JS
"Ext JS is a cross-browser JavaScript library for building rich internet applications."
"jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript."
Learning jQuery
jQuery tips, techniques, tutorials
Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)
"The YUI Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. YUI is available under a BSD license and is free for all uses. The YUI project includes the YUI Library and two build-time tools: YUI Compressor (minification) and YUI Doc (documentation engine for JavaScript code)." See also:
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Mac notes
some of my own notes regarding the Mac.
Highly advanced yet simple to use. That's what a Mac is all about.
Bare Bones Software
Bare Bones Software develops and publishes software for OS X, including the very popular BBEdit.
Mac Daily News
Apple and Mac news.
Apple, Mac, iPod and iPhone News, Reviews, Help and Tips
Technical News and Support for Mac OS X
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Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word):

Microsoft Office notes
Has a few tips.
Microsoft Office for the Mac
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.NET and other Microsoft Solutions (see also: DotNetNuke):

ASP.NET email that is FREE, as long as you do the implementation and configuring yourself
ASP.NET Auto Email product
C# Corner
Academic Tutorials
Free Tutorials in HTML, XML, JavaScript, .NET and more.
The official Microsoft ASP.NET site. "ASP.NET is a web application framework developed and marketed by Microsoft to allow programmers to build dynamic web sites, web applications and web services. It was first released in January 2002 with version 1.0 of the .NET Framework, and is the successor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. ASP.NET is built on the Common Language Runtime (CLR), allowing programmers to write ASP.NET code using any supported .NET language."...Wikipedia
Microsoft Developer Network
Microsoft Development, MSDN Subscriptions, Resources and more
Microsoft Web Platform Installer
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and keep up-to-date with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Web Developer. In addition, install popular open source ASP.NET and PHP web apps with the Web PI.
Programmers Heaven
Ruby, .NET, C#, C++, PHP, Python, Java
Visual Studio Express Edition - Samples & Resources
Developer Kit, Vista P2P Toolkit, Windows Live Tools, Facebook Developers Kit, and more.
Web Matrix -
Web Matrix is a Microsoft tool that helps newcomers code simple pages in
Windows Azure
"Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft datacenters.

Windows Azure is a flexible platform that supports multiple languages and integrates with your existing on-premises environment. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft Visual Studio expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, XML, and PHP."
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PayPal How to Sell an e-Book with PayPal
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HighSlide JS Photo Gallery
This photo gallery is free for personal sites, but for unlimited commercial license it's $179.
The photos at this site, it is claimed, can be used free of charge. However, I have no way of knowing with certainty that permission was obtained from each of the photographers, so I cannot be held liable if you use a photo from that site and it is later determined that the photo is not in the public domain.
Exchangeable image file format
Exchangeable image file format (EXIF) is a specification for the image file format used by digital cameras (including smartphones) and scanners. Some cameras store the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken, which raises privacy concerns.
More info about exif data
Stock images at low prices. Make sure to read the license agreement and other terms and conditions. For example, do they automatically sign you up for a monthly subscription? Find out before making your purchase.
Allows you to search from many stock photo sites at once.
Getty Images
I strongly recommend that you do NOT do business with Getty Images. Why? Because for example, let's say that you are working with a client on a website. They tell you that they purchased the photos from Getty Images, or perhaps you mistakely assume that they purchased the photos. So you do some HTML coding, you publish the site, and your name is the contact on the "WhoIs" database. You may find yourself in the highly stressful situation of receiving a demand letter from Getty Images, asking you to pay them approximately ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS per photo. This happens, and if you Google it, you'll see for yourself.
Google image search
Stock images at relatively low prices, but their parent company is Getty Images (see above), so therefore I do NOT recommend doing business with iStockPhoto.
free photos
Product search, but has a lot of photos of non-products too. What's nice is that it has a lot less "false hits" than does Google image search.
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Since Photoshop doesn't support the ICO format needed to create a browser tab ("favicon") image, here's a website that can help.
Adobe TV
A video of some of Photoshop CS5's top features.
Adobe Design Center
Galleries, articles and tips on motion and interactive design.
Digital Media Designer
Adobe suite, web interactive, etc.
Flaming Pear
Photoshop plug-ins.
Graphic Design USA magazine
News Magazine for Graphic Designers and other Creative Professionals.
Keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop
Photoshop Essentials
"Where anyone can learn Photoshop." - tutorials
A website where you can edit photos instead of using a desktop application like Photoshop.
Portrait Professional
If you want to "Photoshop" a portrait to enhance beauty, this product will help you achieve that.
A website where you can edit photos instead of using a desktop application like Photoshop.
A website where you can edit photos instead of using a desktop application like Photoshop.
A website where you can edit photos instead of using a desktop application like Photoshop.
Trevor Morris Photographics
Has information on creating scripts for Photoshop, to help you automate Photoshop tasks.
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PHP training
Aptana studio
"The leading IDE for web app development"
Coding Horror
A handy article describing different kinds of SQL JOIN statements, with Venn diagrams to make it easier to understand.
Develop PHP
Has courses in CSS, PHP, mySQL, ActionScript3, etc. — PHP / MySQL Tutorial
Learn how to use PHP to interact with the free MySQL to make fully dynamic and database-driven sites.
The future of MySQL in a post-Sun world
InfoWorld article, April 7, 2010
"The net's largest PHP, CGI, Perl, JavaScript and ASP script collection and resource."
Some nice tutorials for beginners in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and more.
MySQL Gotchas
"This is not an 'anti-MySQL' list, although it does contain critical comments."
"MySQL: The world's most popular open source database." This is the official MySQL site.
MySQL mailing lists and User Groups
Mailing lists are a good way to ask a question and get a quick answer from another user, also, to read others' questions and answers.
PHP & MySQL for Dummies
PHP & MySQL for Dummies (3rd Edition) — Companion site
PHP Builder
"The best resource for PHP tutorials, templates, PHP manuals, content management"
PHP Freaks
PHP help forums, resources and tutorials
PHP Help
Help for PHP programmers
PHP News
PHP newsgroups can be accessed here.
PHP Programming for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
PHP Programming for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (3rd Edition) — Companion site
This is the official PHP site.
Professional PHP Blog
One PHP programmer's interesting blog regarding PHP, software design and other topics.
PHP Tutorials. W3schools is a popular site. "The largest web developer site on the net".
SQL Tutorials.
Web Programming CD Bookshelf, O'Reilly
Handy online books, including PHP, JavaScript, and more.
PHP and MySQL Code examples, articles, classes, etc.
Webucator — PHP Tutorial
Free PHP tutorial
Wikipedia - PHP
Wikipedia is a handy site for reading about most any topic.
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One of the up and coming alternatives to Photoshop. (Mac software)
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Adobe Bridge Cache Must Die
Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy
A search engine that claims not to store IP addreses.
A search engine that claims not to track you like Google does.
A social networking site that claims to respect your privacy.
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Regular Expressions:

Regex Buddy
Software (current price about $40) that assists with regular expressions
Regex Pal
A free online regular expressions tester


Share / Bookmark Button, Email Button, Subscribe Button Widgets
Feed Validator
Feed Validator for Atom and RSS
How to Create an RSS Feed
"How to Create an RSS Feed with Notepad, a Web Server, and a Beer"
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Ruby on Rails:

Aptana RadRails
they offer a Ruby on Rails development environment
Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails official site. "Ruby on Rails is an open-source web framework that's optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. It let's you write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration."
Ruby on Rails Intensive 1-Day Course — Part 1 — Hello World
This is an intensive one-day overview of the fundamental concepts of the Ruby on Rails Web programming framework, presented by the UC Berkeley RAD Lab.
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Search Engines and Site Search: - Search engine examples
This page lets you try out various free or low cost internal site searches. - Searching your site
Searching Your Site - Adding Search Functionality to Your Web Site
A popular search engine.
A popular search engine.
The most popular search engine.
Google Guide
An independent site that has helpful information about Google's capabilties, features, and services.
Fagan Finder
Search engines, reference, tools, and more.
A popular search engine.
A popular search engine.
Zoom search engine
Add search to a website, intranet or CD.
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SEO (Search Engine Optimization):

Google Analytics Subdomain Tracking
The ROI Revolution blog
Is your Google Site Map Working
Google Site Map generator
Better let a tool like this create it, because hand-coding it often results in errors, for example, the "lastmod" tag format is very finicky.
Syntax for creating a Google Site Map
Google ranking factors and other webmaster help
This YouTube channel has Google's official take on the subject.
Google ranking factors
a big list of possible factors that Google cares about in ranking pages
Free web traffic metrics, top sites lists, site demographics, hot urls, and more.
Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you're more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.
Google Analytics help forum
Google Website Optimizer
Put your website to the test. Test which layouts, headlines, images and more convert the most visitors into customers.
Google Zeitgeist
Includes Google Trends, which shows the relative popularity of search keywords, the fastest rising searches in popularity, etc.
Competitive intelligence, Search intelligence for online advertising and search marketing.
Internet Marketing Software by HubSpot - Inbound Online Marketing to get more website visitors and leads in search engines (SEO), blogs, social media.
Net Mechanic
Webmaster help, HTML validation, online Web site tools.
Search Engine Genie
Also has some helpful tools.
Search Engine Watch
Search Engine Marketing Tips & Search Engine News.
SEO Traffic Spider
"Affordable SEO Services"
backlink analyzer
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Apache Software Foundation
Open source server software. "Since April 1996 Apache has been the most popular HTTP server on the World Wide Web.", according to Wikipedia.
BitNami makes installing wikis, blogs, CRM systems a simple and enjoyable process. Get your favorite open source apps in ready to run packages.
Search Engine Genie - Check Server Headers
Use this page to see if the server for the specified web site is Windows or Linux.
Sun Microsystems
Products include computer servers and workstations, storage systems, and a suite of software products including the Solaris Operating System, developer tools, Web infrastructure software, and identity management applications. Other technologies include the Java platform, MySQL and NFS. Sun is in the process of being acquired by Oracle.
Windows Server
Internet Information Services (IIS)
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Sharepoint tools available within Visual Studio
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Microsoft Silverlight
The official Microsoft Silverlight site.
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Social Media:

Facebook Developers
Facebook's portal for developers who wish to add functionality such as the "like" button to their site.
Niche Social Networking Sites
A large list of social networking sites, including reviews.
Top Twitter-related Sites
Lists 23 interesting Twitter-related sites
"Live Twitts [tweets] all over the world"
Twitter: Why It's So Great and How To Effectively Use It
A good overview of the benefits of using Twitter, how to get the most from it, and it has some links for further reading.
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Online survey software, enterprise feedback management.
Survey Monkey
Tools for creating web surveys.
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Templates, Portfolios, Do-It-Yourself Web Sites:

FolioSnap: Customizable, Editable Portfolio Websites for Creative People - doesn't use Flash
Free CSS Templates
A collection of over 200 free CSS templates (no html tables are used).
Survey Monkey
Tools for creating web surveys.
Templae Monster
Flash, Joomla and other other templates
Free website builder
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Text editors:

A popular and free text editor for Windows
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Trends, Future-related:

Future Vigil
all things future
Survey Monkey
Tools for creating web surveys.
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Usability (see also: Accessibility):

A List Apart
Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Advanced Common Sense
The online home of Web usability consultant Steve Krug, author of best-selling usability book "Don't Make Me Think".
Steve Souders - High Performance Web Sites
Some very technical stuff relating to loading pages faster. — usable information technology
Jakob Nielson on Usability and Web Design
User Interface Engineering
UIE — Usability Research, Training, and Events
Web Pages That Suck
Site by Vicent Flanders. Learn good web design by looking at bad web design.
Web Style Guide
Established design principles, covers all aspects of web design, from planning to production to maintenance. The guide also shows how these principles apply in web design projects whose primary concerns are information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation.
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FlowPlayer - Flash video player
It can play MP3s too. Has a lot of configuration options, but the vanilla version is pretty easy to set up.
ffmpegX a DVD, SVCD, VCD, CVD, VOB, DivX, XviD, H.264, PSP, iPod, MP4, MOV, FLV encoder for Mac OSX
"Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks."
Handy info on video embedding on web pages.
Perhaps the leading video editor used by professionals. Currently (March 2010) available in Windows only. Their flagship video editing solution, Media Composer, costs $25K, but Avid Xpress is now available for $1700, or $300 for students.
Creative Cow
Tutorials, forums etc relating to AfterEffects, video, etc.
Steve Garfield's Video Blog
"Featuring Trusted Citizen Journalism, The Carol and Steve Show - 'Real' reality TV, and Vlog Soup - a free video tour around the vlogosphere."
Sorenson Media
Platform for video content and encoding
"Learn Video Production, Digital Video Editing, Camcorder Reviews, Videography" (they sell a magazine)
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Web 2.0:

Free. Premium WordPress Themes and Resources
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Web Design companies and related:

Business Pro
AweSpark Productions
Video production, editing, and animation. Somerville, Massachusetts
"We design and develop web sites, internet mareting programs, creative advertising, business collateral (brochures) logo identity and branding for small business." Mike Ciolino - founder and creative director
Needham Newton Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce
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Web Design for ROI:

Web Design for ROI
This is a good book: "Your web site is a business — design it like one. Billions of dollars in spending decisions are influenced by web sites. So why aren't businesses laser-focused on designing their sites to maximize their Return on Investment (ROI)? Web design can do more than make a site look good — it can be a powerful strategic weapon that enhances financial returns and creates competitive advantage."
Make Millions and Make Change! by Mike Mann
Secrets to business and personal success
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White Space Problems:

It's main suggestion is to fool IE by setting line-height to zero for the problem element. Table-layout:fixed sometimes helps. If your div or table row is 900 pixels wide, and you have a 900 pixel wide image taking up the whole width, followed by some text with no "br" tag, that could push the width beyond 900 and break the format. So either shorten or delete the image, or add a br tag.
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Windows / PC:

Tech Support Guy
"Free help for Windows XP, Vista, 98, and more!"
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Liquid XML Studio
Liquid XML Studio provides the ability to author, edit, transform, debug, and validate XML documents.
Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver validates XML: from menu click File / Check Page / Validate as XML
Altova XMLSpy
"Altova XMLSpy 2009 is the industry's best selling XML editor with powerful support for working with all XML-based technologies."
Cooktop — XML editor
"Cooktop is an editor and development environment for XML, DTD, and XSLT documents. Cooktop is a Windows application. Best of all, it's free!"
Tutorials and reference material on XML, PHP, JavaScript and more. XML Tutorial
XML Tutorial
XML Tutorial
w3schools XML Validator
"To help you syntax-check your XML, we have created an XML validator." I tried this page in IE7 and it gives me a JavaScript error. It worked fine in Firefox 3.6.6
XML Visual Quickstart Guide
Companion site for XML Visual Quickstart Guide — 2nd edition
XMLmind XML editor
"XMLmind XML Editor allows to edit large, complex, modular, XML documents. It makes it easy mastering XML vocabularies such as DocBook or DITA."
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Top Links:

Google Code University
"Sample course content and tutorials for Computer Science (CS) students and educators on current computing technologies and paradigms. Google Code University (GCU) does not require registration and materials are free to use."
Tutorials in many areas of web development. Click on a subject area, then click a topic for that subject from the left nav.
Looks like one of the better tutorial sites for Flash, PHP and other subjects
"ASP, JavaScript, CSS and HTML made easy"
Web Developers Notes - home page
Free online tutorials, Tips, Tricks, Resources, Graphics, Designing, Web promotion, Web page design, Templates
Web Developers Notes - specific tutorial
Using an image as a submit button
Tiobe Programming Community Index
Each month an updated chart shows which programming languages are rising and falling in popularity. As of March 2010 the top 6 were Java, C, PHP, C++, (Visual) Basic, and C#.
The Code Project
Developer's resource for various top languages
This gentleman has a lot of blog post on advanced programming topics.
A programmer's blog relating to ASP.Net, JavaScript, etc.
Academic Tutorials
Free Tutorials in HTML, XML, JavaScript, .NET and more.
Big Resource
ASP, PHP, JavaScripts directoy
"Community for technology professionals. Topics include programming, web, software development, IT and technology. Ask, contribute and network with IT professionals."
Coding Forums
"Web coding and development forums"
Coding Horror
"Programming and human factors". A lively blog with many comments from readers.
Ask Me Fast
A chatroom where people who are logged on will hopefully be able to help answer our questions, and where you can help others out.
Experts Exchange
A paid service, one of the leading resources on the web for solving technology problems.
Info Qu
Get answers about computers and programming.
Lots of Code
Free PHP, Javascript & AJAX, CSS Online tutorials and open source code
Tutorials and online training. Costs money, but has a lot of subjects.
Programming Forums
A moderated forum for posting questions and answers to programming questions. They have an infraction system for people who don't follow the rules, but as with all forums, it can potentially be a helpful place to get help with a problem. Make sure to sure search existing posts first, and read their FAQ and rules before posting a question.
Site Point
New Articles, Fresh Thinking for Web Developers and Designers.
Stack Overflow
"A collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers — regardless of platform or language."
Tek-Tips forums
"Intelligent work forums for computer professionals"
The Site Wizard
Website design, promotion, CGI, PHP, JavaScript scripting, and revenue earning.
Tutorials in HTML, CSS, MySQL and more.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards.
W3 Schools
Free online web tutorials. "The largest web developer site on the net".
Web Design Library
One-stop Web Design Resource
Web Reference
Web Development and Design Tutorials, Tips and Reviews.
Forums and articles in many client side and server side areas
News and Discussion for the Web Professional
Web Design Tips, Web Page Design Tutorials CSS HTML Tutorials Website Design Tips - Web Site Resources.

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