UITest.com is a nice resource of online tools for web designers and site owners. The “Analysis” section has a collection of useful tools covering areas such as accessibility, linking, SEO and page validity. Read More
Tools & Resources
A Couple of New Web Tools
A couple of interesting web-based services have recently launched.Read More
Free Stock Photography Web Sites
I’m always on the lookout for good free (or cheap) stock photography sites. If you’ve done any searching for free photos, you’ll know that there are a lot of free photo sites on the web, most of them with a small selection of fairly poor quality images.Read More
Tools for Communicating with Clients and Developers
Many web design companies have a widely distributed development team and often a geographically diverse client-base, including international clients.Read More
An Email Search Tool: Plugin for Outlook
I’ve been using Lookout – a plugin for Outlook that acts like a search engine for your email – and I can honestly say that it rocks!Read More
Email Newsletter Software Review
There are lots of tools and services available with which to create email newsletters. This is a review of one of them, Constant Contact, a web-based email newsletter service.
Color Pickers and Color Scheme Pickers
I was looking to find a nice color scheme for a site the other day and a quick search of the web brought back a number of useful online tools. I thought I’d make a list of them (in no particular order), more for my own benefit really.Read More
Text Field Spell Checker for Internet Explorer
One of the problems with blogging and entering information into text fields in general is that it’s a hassle to spell check what you’ve written. Of course, if you’re posting a comment on a bulletin board or a blog, or writing an entry, you can preview what you’ve written, but it’s easy to miss typos.
Fortunately, there are a couple of free IE plugins that solve this problem: Hot Lingo and IM Translator.
I’ve tried both but have settled on Hot Lingo as IM Translator (as the name implies) provides a lot of additional translation functionality which I have no need for. Although on the Hot Lingo site it calls the free version an ‘evaluation’ version there’s no time limit to how long it works and no limitations on its functionality. How handy is that?!
Tabbed Browsing for Internet Explorer
I’m one of those people who likes to surf the web by opening up multiple windows when I find something of potential interest. That way, I can keep the current page open if the content in the new window turns out to be a false lead and I can click on a whole bunch of links and get to them when I’ve finished reading the page I’m on.
I’ve always hated the fact that IE doesn’t support tabbed browsing and have grown extremely tired of ALT+TABbing through multiple browser windows. Of course, I love Mozilla and Firebird, but I think it helps to be using the same browser as 90%+ of web users.
Well now, thanks to the excellent Avant Browser, I can. Avant is based on IE and so it operates in exactly the same way. However, it has practically all the functionality of Mozilla, in particular, tabbed browsing. If you’ve never surfed the web in this way before, try it. You’ll thank yourself (and improve your productivity to boot).
I’d love to get Avant deployed as our default browser at work (we’re a Microsoft shop so Mozilla would never fly). I’ve been using it for a while at work and haven’t found an internal app yet that it fails on. I’m sure that with a little education employees could make more efficient use of their time on our intranet or on the web.