Second Occasional Bookmark Issue

August 23, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, once again it's time to clean out some of the backlog of sites I've bookmarked as fodder for DesignGeek articles. If you're a relatively new subscriber, you might have missed the first time I did this:

The First Occasional Bookmarks Issue (#32, 11/24/04):
http://designgeek.com/designgeek32.php

The basic idea is that instead of spending a lot of time developing a DesignGeek article on one or two of these sites, I'm just going to list a bunch of them with a few notes explaining why I thought it was bookmark-worthy. Then I can delete it from my bookmarks utility and move on.

Lots of readers wrote back after that first Bookmarks issue went out, many more than usual, all expressing delight at one or another of the interesting little back corners of the web I had discovered. Hope you find a gem in this listing too.

  

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Color Palette Generator
http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette/index.php
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If you're developing a new web site and having trouble coming up with a color palette to use, try this page. You can enter the URL of a main image that'll be part of the home page (or any image for that matter) in the field provided, and it will instantly generate a useful color palette derived from the image. You see color swatches and hex numbers good to go for CSS.

Tip: The hex numbers (how you specify colors in HTML) are in 3-digit format, which is all CSS needs. To call up those colors in Photoshop or any program that lets you choose a color by entering its hexadecimal code (which is usually 6 digits or letters), double each letter/number in the 3-digit code. For example, if one of the colors is #36a, enter #3366AA in the hex field in your graphics program.

  

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Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw Shortcuts
http://photoshopnews.com/?p=225
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All the hard-to-find/barely documented keyboard shortcuts for Bridge and Camera Raw in one handy PDF, for Mac or Windows. Scroll down the page to get to the links. Also, full listings of ALL Photoshop shortcuts for CS2, CS1 and ver 7, in PDF format, some formatted for easy laminating, are available here: http://user.fundy.net/morris/redirect.html?photoshop01.shtml

  

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Free XTensions for Quark 6.X
http://www.badiaxt.com/freebies.html
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Free is always nice, and free things for QuarkXPress 6 are even nicer. Badia has some interesting free XTs including ReplaceInPlace (replace an image with another one but retain its scaling, offset etc.) and Vista (page navigation palette). Sorry, Windows users; Mac only.

  

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Photoshop Tip: Raw Files as Smart Objects
http://www.outbackphoto.com/bens_ps_tips/bt_002/essay.html
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At the recent Creative Suite Conference, I saw Ben Willmore and Russell Brown each demonstrate how using Camera Raw files as Smart Objects (new feature in Photoshop CS2) gives you the optimum amount of flexibility. This page explains how and why.

  

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I Heart Disk Utility
http://www.powermax.com/articles_reviews/iheartdiskutility.html
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The only time I open OS X's Disk Utility (in Applications/Utilities) is to repair permissions. I had no idea Disk Utility could do so much more!

  

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A Visit to Adobe
http://photoshopnews.com/feature-stories/a-visit-to-adobe/
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If you haven't seen this yet, check it out. Chicago-boy Jeff Schewe, Photoshop/digital photography guru, visited Adobe Photoshop engineers at the mothership (HQ in San Jose, California) in June and took his camera with him. Primo gawking opportunity inside the halls, lobby, lunchroom, etc. of Adobe Systems Inc., and great shots of surprised Adobe honchos at work in their cubicles when Jeff poked his camera in and said "Smile!"

  

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HotOrNot + GoogleMaps
http://hotmaps.frozenbear.com/
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I don't know why I bookmarked this for DesignGeek, but it seemed ripe for something at the time. If you're not a 20-something (or have a 20-something kid) you might not know that HotOrNot.com is a site where you can upload your picture and have a million visitors anonymously rate your looks on a scale of 1-10. The URL above shows you HotOrNot volunteers/victims mapped to your locality. See who's hot (or not) on your block.

If you liked that, you should check out http://www.housingmaps.com/, which merges craigslist.org classifieds with Google Maps. See what's available for rental or purchase near your house, or where you're planning to move to.

  

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Illustrator Rasters
http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/319423.html
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This Adobe Tech Note is about problems separating linked DCS files from Illustrator 10/CS. I never use DCS files, but I bookmarked this because lower down on the page is a handy cheat-sheet: a list of which Illy features generate rasters (as opposed to native vectors)… useful for troubleshooting, and there's some surprises in there.

  

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Apple Font Tools (World's Cutest Icons)
http://developer.apple.com/fonts/Tools/index.html
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Now, don't get all excited, this has nothing to do with fonts in OS X. It's an old, old document (circa System 8.5) for font developers listing various utilities for them to "add exciting new capabilities" to their fonts. I saved the URL because I loved the icons! Scroll down and look at those cute little dump trucks and dinosaurs (the UnMIFfer is my favorite). I miss those little drawings — I'll take a brontosaurus over a leaf any day.

  

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CSS Cheat Sheet
http://www.ilovejackdaniels.com/css/css-cheat-sheet/
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Can you tell I'm a cheat sheet addict … this is one of the best I've found for CSS.

  

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OS Shoot-out: OS X Tiger vs. Windows XP
http://www.xvsxp.com/
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Involved in an OS struggle at your workplace? Check out this listing of the two operating systems and how they rate on various items, from how they handle file copying and printer setup (about even) to more esoteric things like voice recognition (Tiger wins) and advanced conferencing (XP wins). Extensively detailed and commented upon (complete with how-to's) by experts from both sides of the fence. An amazing site.

  

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XML Tutorial
http://www.w3schools.com/xml/default.asp
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Nicely-designed, step-by-step lessons to get your head around XML. I can't believe this is free.

  

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Milton Glaser Movie
http://av.adobe.com/studio/miltonglaser/miltonglaser.html
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One of the most popular stories I've ever included in a DesignGeek issue (judging from the amount of positive feedback) was also one of the most Un-geeky: A link I included to a sweet little Quicktime movie about Firefly Press, a letterpress shop in Massachusetts.

So I thought it'd be fitting to close out this issue with another interesting link to a design (but not geek) related movie. "Milton Glaser: Art is Work" features the graphic design legend in an intimate look at his studio, his philosophy, and his body of work.

By the way, the Firefly Press movie is still available: http://elsa.photo.net/video/firefly-small.mov

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