Category: Web / Software design

Drawter

I think this is going to be the last “new tool of the day” – Drawter for planning page layouts and then generating the HTML/CSS to support them. It’s not an end point – for example, the max width would seem to be c. 640 px – and not possible to use % for layout….

The Gif Format is Finally Patent-Free

Slashdot has a discussion about the fact that all of the patents that covered gif have now expired. I suspect that it won’t have much impact on the graphics world – especially as .png is finally becoming more used. It’s going to take a long time for people to stop using .gif in favour of…

Screen Sharing

Robin Good reviews Citrix’s GoToMeeting. It seems to be a pretty impressive tool, though not Free, so perhaps not ideal for students to experiment with. He also links to a post he made a few days ago, which has an overview of what he feels are the differences between “Screen sharing” and “application sharing” –…

Screen Resolution and Page Layout

Jakob Nielsen’s in his alertbox looks at the current statistics for screen resolution and recommends that designers should optimise for a 1024 screen, while still ensuring that it works at lower and higher settings. He points out that while 60% of users have a screen set at 1024, not all users (especially as the resolution…

DrawDoc

DrawDoc While this is also going to go in the tools section I’m just creating, I’ll also post about it here. I was reading about this in one of Scott Leslie’s posts, and so I thought I’d have a play. In another tab I had Josie’s post about Blog.ac.uk 2006 open, so pasted the first…