In our continual quest to improve our creativity skills, free resources are always an added bonus, and as such, we continue to furnish you with the latest offerings in online free resources:
THE BEST PLIGG CMS THEMES
Astuteo featured an article concerning the Web Development Project Estimator that allows web designers and site developers to thoroughly estimate the costs of web projects.
CHINESE NEW YEAR DESIGN REFERENCES AND HIGH-QUALITY SOUNDS
Festivals are fun and should be celebrated with creative cards and other festive merchandise. Hong Kiat compiled a few Chinese New Year creative designs for designers’ reference.
Downloaded the best sounds of Sound Snap
We have encountered various sites for design free resources, today we discovered Soundsnap, a site where you can search and download high quality sound effects and loops.
EXTREMELY USEFUL PHP TOOLS, NECESSARY PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES, HIGH-QUALITY ICON SETS AND SOME EXTREMELY COLOURFUL TEXTURES
Cool free resources can sometimes be hard to find, but Smashing Magazine have some of the best articles that feature some of the best downloadable resources available. Here we take a look at some of its massive contributions to the world of creativity.
50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools
Compared to Python and Ruby, PHP is widely more favoured through the examples of Facebook, Digg and WordPress. Smashing Magazine posted an article featuring 50 useful PHP tools that drastically improve programing workflow.
Here are but a few of the 50 PHP Tools that are features in this article:
1. Debugging Tools: Xdebug, Gubed PHP Debugger, DBG, PHP Debug, PHP Dyn
2. Testing & Optimization Tools: PHPUnit, SimpleTest, Selenium, PHP CodeSniffer
3. Security Tools: Securimage, Scavenger, PHP-IDS, Pixy PHP Security Scanner.
50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop is a testiment to the designing world. Its constant introduction of various brush effects offer designers the ultimate variety for creativity. Smashing Magazine made a compilation of 50 must-have Photoshop brushes to enhance designing capabilities. Here are a few of those brushes:
1. Paint Splatters: Splashes of Paint, Photoshop Set Brushes, Gradient Splats
2. Brush Strokes: Simple Smudges, Watercolour Brushes, Messy Spraypaint
3. Textures: Paint Peel Pack, Grunge Brushes, HI-RES Dirt Brush Set
50 Free High-Quality Icon Sets
Beautiful icon sets are the best freebies to have online. Smashing Magazine has made a special compilation of links to free High Quality icon sets perfect for web applications and other creative ideas.
31 Most Colourful Collection of High Quality Free Texture Packs
Backgrounds, patterns and quality textures are some of the most demanded freebies in the net. And here, Smashing Apps featured an article of 31 most colourful collection of these beauties.
DESIGN RESOURCE: 30 PLUS FREE DOWNLOADABLE QUALITY PSD FILES
If they say leaving your mark so that others can learn, then some designers are generous in their offerings. Dzine Blog made a compilation of 30 plus PSD files for free downloads.
SHUTTERBORG, A NEW ONLINE WORD PROCESSOR
This unique tool allows you to open any URL on the Internet and edit it pretty much like an Office document. Read Write Web made an article to help us understand this new tool thoroughly.
The word processor itself is rather rudimentary. There are some basic options for formatting your text, aligning it, highlighting it, etc. You can also choose to insert photos and links from the “Insert” menu or create bulleted and numbered lists.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST BUSINESS MIND
You have a great business strategy and want to start somewhere. The World’s Greatest Business Mind by The Message Group is a free online Viral Marketing Campaign provider is your best option.
Do you know somebody who qualifies as the next “World’s Greatest Business Mind”? Submit their details to the right then click “Preview” to personalise the news report with their name. Click “Send” to surprise them with the good news in their inbox.
THE FLUID 960 GRID SYSTEM
Design Influences featured a wonderful collection of a resource templates for Rapid Interactive Prototyping. A remarkable reference for starting from scratch.
THE STRIP GENERATOR
Ever wondered in creating a comic strip online? Strip Generator can help you as a sprigboard to create some cool comic strips using its free templates and image collection.
FREE LANGUAGE RSS FEED ICON SET
What good is an RSS tool if it is not found in the language that you are familiar with? CSS Glance made an announcement in one of its posts about the Language RSS Feed Icon Set, in which these icons can be used to differentiate multilingual RSS Feeds.
FREE CSS / XHTML THEMES
Solucija: The Internet Encyclopedia is a site that offers a selection of some of the hottest web templates available for your designing needs.
Speaking about free templates, CSS Templates Market: CLEO Studio is another freebie plus premium based site that helps you find the best template for your designs.
ENHANCING YOUR BLOG WITH TAGGIFY WIDGET
We discovered a post by Taggify Blog that demonstrates how its widget can be used to enhance a blog with cool functionality through popup tooltips for posted photos.
Step 1: Install Taggify Widget on Your Site
Step 2: Add Taggify Editor bookmarklet to your Favorites
Step 3: Authorize with Taggify Editor
Step 4: Mark Out Persons on the Photo
Step 5: Add Textual Notes for the Person