Archive for October, 2008

Free Website Creation Tools

create a free website

If you want to create your first or your 50th website and want to do it easily and for free, SmashingApps.com has a review of 13 free online tools that will help you create and host a website for free.

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Table Border Style Wizard

Table border style CSS wizard

Choose and click your selections to design the look of your table, then copy and paste the dynamically generated CSS and HTML code.

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What version of flash?

what version of flash is it swf

If you want to use a freeware Flash element, video, script, etc and want to know what version of Flash plugin it requires, this webtool will give you all the info you need.

 

Just enter the URL or upload the swf file and you will get a report telling you all you need to know.

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Free Photoshop Like Image Editor Online

free photoshop online

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking this is PhotoShop, but instead it’s the free online image editor Pixlr. Full of features and fast as well it’s a  great option for those situations when you need a free image editor in your back pocket
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Firebug

debug and edit CSS live

If you are a Firefox user and a web developer you will get a lot of use out of Firebug. With this addon “You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.”

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Inspect and edit HTML

Firebug makes it simple to find HTML elements buried deep in the page. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, Firebug gives you a wealth of information, and lets you edit the HTML live.

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Free Fonts – An Enormous List

Find a font

Before I get into the free fonts themselves I have to mention a very useful tool called What The Font. If I ever need to find out what font was used in a particular design I go straight here. For the record, I wish I did, but I have no association with this site whatsoever.

Upload a Jpeg image and Whatthefont will give you it’s best guesses as to what the font is. It usually gives you 4 to 10 good suggestions, which is useful if the original is out of your budget and you think you can get away with another more affordable font. Best of all, it also tends to be very accurate.

identify a font

In the example above, it may not have gotten the exact font but it was close enough for my purposes and a lot faster than I would have been had I searched through my available fonts.

If you want to identify a font in ’20 questions’ style, try Identifont which will ask you a series of questions about the font characters.

While all the fonts listed below this top section are free (check the license to be sure) You can’t always be assured of their quality and most only come in one flavour (No lowercase, no Italic, etc) If you want to be sure you are getting a good quality font that will behave as you expect it to, MyFonts.com is a great place to purchase professional fonts, as are Fonts.com, ITCFonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com

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And now…. Links to TENS of thousands of fonts…

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free fonts hand designed

9 Beautifully designed professional fonts by Jos Buivenga free for commercial and professional use. Highly readable and very useful multipurpose fonts.

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free fonts from font squirrel
Font Squirrel aims to be the best resource for high-quality, commercial-use, FREE fonts. They search out free fonts on the web and hand pick the quality fonts.

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Free fonts from font diner

The Font Diner has a Nice collection of free Mac and PC fonts as well as quality pay fonts.

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Free fonts 2

34 Free Fonts from Jason Ramirez

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free fonts urban[4]

Nice free chunky fonts from Nils von Blanc

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Free fonts 3

16 Free Fonts from Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute

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free fonts from fontbros

20 Free fonts from fontbros.com

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free fonts dafont[5]

Currently offering 8316 fonts. Sorted by style, look, dingbats, etc. Also searchable.

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free fonts by category

1001 Fonts has, well, probably a lot more than that. Nicely sorted into about 40 categories including:

Brandname,Calligraphic, Gothic,Caps Only,Comic, Cartoon, Decorative, Fancy, Digital, Pixelated, Dingbat, Symbol, Dingfont, Letterbat, Foreign Imitation, Frames, Border, Graffiti, Scribbled, Grunge, Eroded, Handwritten,Hard to Read, Holiday, Seasonal, Horror, Scary, Hot, Cold, Monospaced, Movie, Television, Music, Outlined, Retro, Romantic, Cute, Sans Serif, Science-Fiction, Script, Serif, Shadowed, 3D, Stenciled, Techno, Futuristic, Typewritten, Warped, Distorted Western, New & Fresh, Most Popular, Top Rated, Most Talked About

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free fonts grunge

63 hand picked Grunge Fonts

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free quality fonts

A selected collection of nice free fonts

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free comic fonts

Free Christmas themed fontsImage themed fonts (Animals, Cartoons, Comic (some seen above) Christmas Fonts (also above) Decorative, Easter, etc)

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free professional fonts

3 nice and free, professionally designed fonts from Fontshop.com for Mac and PC

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Free fonts to download

9,000 free downloadable fonts from Fontspace

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Free fonts from fontstock

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Free font from vtks 1 Free font from vtks 2 Free font from vtks 3

28 Free Fonts from Douglas Vitkauskas of VTKS design

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free hand drawn font 1

4 Hand Drawn fonts designed by Eric Wiryanata
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Test your site in Internet Explorer 8 Beta

test your site in IE8f you want to see how your website fares in IE 8 Beta without installing it this is the tool for you. It also has a nice ‘ruler’ above the image of your site, showing standard screen resolution sizes. It also does ‘renders’ in versions down to 5.5.
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