If you’ve been following our articles for years, it’d be hard to not have heard of ZURB, the team behind a number of awesome yet simple web apps. There’s Reel for simple presentations, Axe for critiquing designs from your iPad, Chop for getting feedback on your code snippets, Strike for simple online todo lists, and more in their lineup of free web apps. Then, there’s their pro suite of Influence, Verify, Solidify, and Notable to help you present, get feedback on, and test your designs and mockups. ZURB also is the team behind Foundation, the responsive front-end framework that makes building modern sites much simpler.
With all those apps and tools already under their belt, the ZURB team decided to extend their reach a bit earlier this year when they bought out the design community Forrst. They’ve just released a private version of their fully redesigned Forrst, and it’s finally apparent how it fits into their vision.
The world’s most popular social networks sure took their time at finding revenue sources. Twitter’s managed to keep things pretty inconspicuous so far, with promoted tweets and accounts not appearing enough to be too annoying, but that may change post-IPO now that they’re going public. Facebook, though, has slowly ramped up the amount of ads they show to us.
It used to be that Facebook’s only advertisements were the small ads on the sidebar, noticeable but avoidable. Those started showing up under comments on images, then then expanded to full-sized ads in your newsfeed. Now, on mobile especially, it’s hard to read through the day’s posts without seeing at least several ads, typically for game and travel apps in my feed. And their mobile ad expansion has shown, with it representing over a third of their advertising revenue this quarter.
And hey, ads are great since they help pay for the service — we’re not against that at all. But somehow, it seems a bit too much right now. So I was wondering: have Facebook’s ads been bugging you lately? And do you have any advice for the Twitter team as they start down the same road to generating revenue?
Resizing images for your design work is a pain at best. You’ll likely need to use multiple sizes and aspect ratios of the same photos throughout your web designs, but manually tweaking each picture is too much trouble and simple bulk cropping will leave you with weirdly cut-off pictures. That’s why the brand-new sizzlepig is so amazing.
sizzlepig is a cloud-based tool that allows you to resize entire folders of images to unlimited sizes. No scripts, no guesswork. Scale, crop, name, compress, fine-tune, edit and preview, before your final images are ever created. No more excuses (sorry, but it’s not ok to cut off someone’s head in a photo because of a CMS).
Need lots of different sizes for lots of devices? sizzlepig scales to handle unlimited sizes, perfect for projects that demand pixel perfect images for mobile, desktop, tablet and more!
sizzlepig syncs with Box, Google Drive and Dropbox, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it into your workflow. Plus, if you ever need to add new images or replace old ones, sizzlepig saves all your settings. It automates your digital production projects and can cut your timelines over traditional batch script processes.
sizzlepig is the way to crop and scale photos in a way that no other desktop app can do. It lets you customize and process a lot of images in a lot of sizes quickly, with a true visual reference, in a way that’s at once totally different from and far better than the mass resizing we’ve all been forced to accept and expect.
Start Using sizzlepig This Week!
sizzlepig will save you hours of frustrating resizing and cropping — or trying to get your batch scripts to work right — and it won’t break the bank, either. You can use it to resize up to 100 pictures for free, and then get all the resizing you need done starting at $10/month.
Your designers, photographers, and everyone else who cares how images look in your designs will thank you.
Wunderlist is easily one of the greatest simple todo list apps ever made. It’s one of the few todo list apps that most computer users would have almost definitely have heard of before. But then, it took off so well because it was free — combine that with native apps for almost every platform, including PCs with less todo list app options than the Mac and mobile platforms, and it seemed unstoppable.
That was only supposed to be the first stepping stone for the 6Wunderkinder team, though. They originally intended Wunderlist to be a basic free todo list app, then to follow up with Wunderkit as their pro collaboration app. That plan got scuttled, though, and instead they doubled down on Wunderlist, adding pro accounts and team features. The pro accounts brought task assignment, subtasks, and new backgrounds back in April, but with this month’s updates, Wunderlist now makes perfect sense as a great team collaboration app without making their simple todo list app any more difficult to use.
Early last November, designer and writer John O’Nolan published his idea of a lighter WordPress fork focused on writing: Ghost. The original concept page showed a beautifully redesigned dashboard that focused on the stats and info that matter to writers, combined with a post editor that let you write in Markdown and preview the live post at the same time. The concept took the web by storm, racking up hundreds of comments on Hacker News and beyond — and even drawing interest from WordPress’ creator, Matt Mullenweg.
Nearly 11 months and a wildly successful Kickstarter later, and backers finally have the first beta of Ghost to power their blogs. It’s a Node.js and SQLite powered CMS that’s been coded from scratch instead of the original idea of a WordPress fork, and it’s already a totally different blogging experience than anything you’ve ever used. It’s attracted thousands of individual backers, as well as corporate sponsors from Envato and Code School all the way to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (of all surprising things). It’s easily the most exciting thing in blogging right now.
Most teams today use way too many apps to get their work done. And when everything each of your employees is working on is scattered between a dozen different apps, it’s next to impossible to get work done. Team members will struggle to find the contacts they need, and no one will know what anyone else is working on. That’s exactly what WORKetc is designed to solve.
WORKetc lets you manage all of your business in the cloud effortlessly. It brings together a robust CRM, support tools, project management, billing and invoicing, and more together in one app where everything works together. You’ll be able to capture leads, follow up with them, give them personalized help when they contact support, and make sure they’re invoiced on time — even with different team members working on each of those tasks.
Of course, it can be difficult to get your team to switch to a new app — but that’s ok. WORKetc already integrates with the apps your team uses. You can save notes in Evernote Business, and WORKetc can turn them into projects, tasks, and leads automatically. It works just as well with Google Apps, where it can turn your emails into support tickets and sales leads, and let you share files on WORKetc through Google Drive. And when it’s time to do the invoicing, WORKetc integrates with Xero. It’s everything you need to keep your team working together, even if they don’t want to switch apps.
Over 1200 businesses already rely on WORKetc to get their work done better. It’s the workflow tool your team needs to help everyone work together on everything. There’s no need to duplicate effort — or info — when everything’s in one place.
Give WORKetc a Try This Week!
Ready to simplify your business and get your contacts, projects, help desk, and more all in one app? Then give WORKetc a try this week! You can signup for a free 14 day trial of WORKetc to try it out, then get the WORKetc plan that works best for your team starting at $195/month.
Bookmarks are far from dead. They’re built into every browser, sync with our mobile devices, and for the most part just work. And yet, there’s more ways than ever to get around using the traditional bookmarks.
Take reading services. They’re essentially ways to bookmark stuff you want to read later, with the added advantage of automatically saving the page so you can read the article in one tap. Then there’s note-taking apps, the likes of Evernote and others, that let you clip parts of sites you come across to pull up later in your own private library of Internet wisdom. You’ve also got the various favoriting and liking in any number of apps, from RSS readers to news apps, that let you keep up with stuff you might want to come back and check later. And don’t forget the online bookmarking services, ranging from the private to the social, where you can save bookmarks in a way very similar to the bookmarks in your browser.
You know what’s the worst thing? When we’re looking for something, most of the time we simply Google it instead of checking our bookmarks or notes.
It’s all a bit too much. I use a mix of local bookmarks (mainly for bookmarklets), reading services (instead of saving bookmarks I’ll want to revisit precisely once), and note taking tools — but lately have shifted away from normal bookmarking in Pinboard since it just doesn’t seem that I’m getting much benefit out of yet another bookmarking place. Saving a note, though, often means I’ve got the info without opening the site again, and that’s nice.
How about you? How do you save online info these days, and do you still keep a meticulous list of bookmarks? We’d love to hear how you bookmark in 2013 in the comments below.
The last few months have been a wake-up call for anyone who cares about privacy. But perhaps it’s just been another headline blocking your way to the last round of sports, because I’ll tell you one truth: the generation I’m part of just doesn’t care about privacy. We all knew Google and most free services were grabbing our data and serving us ads. We grew up with that routine, so much so that some of us learned to share online before we got into math. This behavior is so prevalent that the upcoming generations have their fates sealed already, with their pictures being exposed all over the internet sometimes before they’re even born. It’s like The Truman Show, with many, many Trumans.
Yet, I didn’t leave Google due to privacy, I did so because of its use of my private data. Using Google daily and being targeted with its ads is like having a bad fight with your best friend, when he uses your darkest shared secrets against you. After a chain of events, the dismissal of Reader and the new ads in Gmail camouflaged within your inbox, I decided it was time to jump out. That’s what I did and I’m here to tell you how.
You’ve got thousands of photos sitting on your computer and phone, with obscure names that’ll be long forgotten. If you’re like most of us, it’s just too much trouble to turn them into something beautiful to share and enjoy. But that’s no longer the case with Evver, our sponsor this week.
Evver is, hands-down, the simplest way to turn your photos into an artistic creation. Just select your photos from your computer or smartphone, then choose a song from their great collection of music from indie artists, then go grab a drink. In less than a minute, you’ll have a choreographed video of your selected pictures and music ready to enjoy and share. It’s that simple — and it’s 100% free.
It’s incredibly impressive from your computer, but even more impressive from your iPhone or iPad, where you can upload, rearrange, and rotate pictures instantly in your mobile browser and turn photos into a video on the go. You’ve got to go check out their featured videos to get inspired, then go turn your own pictures into a beautiful video for free.
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For the low, low price of free, you can turn your summer videos — and older pictures from years gone by — into beautiful music vidoes with Evver in seconds. So go try it today! Just got to Evver.com, create an account or login with Facebook, and you’ll have a video ready to share in less time than it’d take you to figure out how to import photos in iMovie.
And if you make any videos you’d like to share, we’d love to see them in the comments below!
Box is one of those enterprise-focused startups that’s never made tons of sense from a consumer perspective. They’ve offered generous amounts of free storage just for signing in with their mobile apps, but that’s never been enough to get most of us to move away from Dropbox — especially since, originally, their desktop sync app wasn’t included for free. That hans’t stopped them from being the document sync tool of choice for many businesses, where the clunky UI didn’t matter as much as did the security and syncing features.
Then, there’s the apps, that great equalizer that stands to make or break any platform. Most of our consumer mobile apps are integrated with Dropbox, not Box, but on the web, Box has a solid library of apps that let it do much more than just sync files. It’s had a basic office-type app for some time now, along with a Mac and PC app that syncs Office document changes in real-time. But now, it’s going even further, with a brand new app aimed to compete in the collabortive writing space that’s taking off this year.
With Microsoft’s former Office VP Steven Sinofsky now on the Box team, it seems they’re more than ready to take on Microsoft — as well as Google and other online collaboration tools. And this time, they’ve got an app that looks nice enough, it’ll likely attract more than just enterprise customers.