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CSS TRICKS

1. Build Web Layouts Easily with Susy | CSS-Tricks

"Susy provides you with the tools to build your own grid layouts that match the needs of your website. She gives you the freedom and flexibility to build any design that you can imagine. It doesn’t matter if your design has 5, 14 or 48 columns. Unequal width columns? Susy’s got you covered.

Why would you pick Susy over the million other frameworks out there on the internet? You may never even heard of her before. What if her beauty is only skin deep?

Susy is one of the best things that happened to me in terms of my front-end development workflow over the past few months. She has helped me out so much that I decided to write a book about her to share her merits with the world. It’s an in-depth guide on Susy and how you can use her to easily create any website design you want."


Smashing Magazine

2. Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients | Smashing Magazine

"As mobile designers, we have a stark decision to make: do we spend time learning new tools and changing our design processes to create our own transitional interfaces, or are the tools that we’ve been using good enough?

There’s an old writing adage that advises writers, whenever possible, to ‘show, don’t tell’ when bringing characters to life. The goal is to reveal the story through the character’s experiences instead of the author’s.

When designing mobile products, we share a similar burden. Dammed up inside our heads are creative waterfalls of fresh interactions, transitions, and animations. But how are we supposed to communicate them to our teams, our developers? How do we get them out of our heads? Through a game of charades?"


Smashing Magazine

3. Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design | Smashing Magazine

"When designing interaction with any type of navigation menu, we have to consider the following six aspects:

  • symbols,
  • target areas,
  • interaction event,
  • layout,
  • levels,
  • functional context.

It is possible to design these aspects in different ways. Designers often experiment with new techniques to create a more exciting navigation experience. And looking for new, more engaging solutions is a very good thing. However, most users just want to get to the content with as little fuss as possible. For those users, designing the aforementioned aspects to be as simple, predictable and comfortable as possible is important."


Webcredible

4. Google Analytics second page reporting – Webcredible blog

" find it’s the simple, but useful Google Analytics reports that are often overlooked. On this occasion I will show you how to set up, and make the most of, the Entrance Paths report.

To view said report go to the Behaviour tab > Site Content > Landing Pages. On this page you’ll see the ‘Entrance Paths’ tab.

Google Landing Pages

Once you’ve selected this tab and choosen a landing page from the drop down menu Google Analytics displays the top 10  next pages a user visited. It’s a wonderful report, but there’s a problem: you can only see 10 rows of data. How do you get around this conundrum? Fear not my Google Analytics friends this is where custom reporting can help."


Tidbits

5. TidBITS: Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9

"Rogue Amoeba has updated several of its audio applications, including Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9.

All three restore the capability to capture audio from the recently released Safari 7.1 on OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks (see ‘Safari 7.1,’ 18 September 2014).

Airfoil also has been improved to limit the latency of processed audio during long audio device capture sessions, as well as prevent static and skips and better support the Cocoa standard suite of AppleScript controls.

Additionally, Audio Hijack Pro and Nicecast fix a rare bug that lost audio from iTunes when watching video and toggling between full-screen and windowed modes.

If you’re a TidBITS member, you can purchase all these Rogue Amoeba products, as well as Fission and Piezo, at a 20 percent discount. (Audio Hijack Pro, $32, 9.1 MB, release notes; Nicecast, $59, 8.5 MB, release notes; Airfoil, $25, 15 MB, release notes; all are free updates and require 10.7+)"


Apple Insider

6. Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

“Apple’s decision to move to an all-new — and larger — form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the market for new cases. AppleInsider rounded up a selection of compatible cases from the usual suspects as well as some new entrants.”

IPhone 6 cases


Apple Insider

7. Goodbye, Camera Roll: Where to find your photos in iOS 8

“Apple has reimagined the way photos are stored on your devices with iOS 8, but it has become a source of confusion for users and causes compatibility problems with some third-party apps. AppleInsider took a look at where your photos have gone and how to find them again.”

My Photo Stream


Sixcolors

8. Six Colors – Jason Snell on Apple, technology, and other geeky stuff

"’A MacGyver in the Making’ ↦

Not every podcast I do is about technology. This week on The Incomparable I talked to John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, Steve Lutz, and David J. Loehr about Pixar’s first feature film, ‘Toy Story’. It was a lot of fun to revisit this modern classic.

Wind the frog and acquire more monkeys! It’s time for us to discuss the very first computer-animated feature film, 1995’s ‘Toy Story.’ We ponder the rules of when toys can reveal themselves to people, question the physics of the Pizza Planet claw, and speak in defense of Sid (but not of Randy Newman). Also: Is this the end of Slinky Dog?"

Jason Snell is bouncing back from Macworld.


The Shape of Everything

A website about Mac stuff, written by Gus Mueller

9. Whoosh, an Amazon SES Emailer

Sep 20, 2014
Whoosh is an OS X app for sending out emails via Amazon SES.

If you’re not familiar with SES, it’s a simple service and API from Amazon that makes sending out mass emails (like newsletters) to thousands of folks super easy. I’ve been using it for a couple of years from a custom Python script I wrote, but it looks like Woosh would have been a better solution.

Why use SES over anything else? It’s amazingly cheap, and it was well worth my time to switch from Campaign Monitor to it.

I’m not a fan of services – particularly overpriced services.


Tuts+code

10. Seven Plugins to Help Your Mobile Users – Tuts+ Code Article

"As web designers and developers, we’ve been living in the mobile era for a few years  now. In this tutorial, we’re going to review seven plugins that help to make your website look good and perform well for mobile visitors.

Mobile visitors usually refers to those who are visiting the site via tablet or smartphones. Naturally, we have to build websites that respond and adapt to mobile devices, or we won’t be reaching many of those who are visiting our sites and/or our applications.

But how do we catch up? By making our websites mobile ready, of course. In this tutorial, we’re going to review seven plugins to help you make your website look good and perform well for mobile users."