Archive for the 'Utilities and Programs' Category

Google Calculator

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Google has a calculator built into it’s search engine. I never knew that. If you type “meters in mile” for example, it will give you the answer. You can also type typical math problems such as (2*4)+9 and the answer will appear. You can also ask it to return definitions. Type “define: google” for example, […]

On-line Utility to Split Images

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This is a very neat on-line utility for splitting images. It will build the mouseovers even. It will only work with proportional images needing splitting, but if you only do one every once in a while it might work well for you.

Favicon Builder

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This little on-line utility will help you build a favicon. You can build one manually if you wish using irfanview and your image editor, but if you don’t need a lot of control, give this a try.

Find a Missing Font

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Find a missing font by answering a few questions. The bigger the sample you have, the more likely you are to find what you are looking for. Hint, if you don’t know say you don’t.

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

I am considering adding Mike Davidson to my personal list of web/html heros. He has something called sIFR (flash replacement of text so a nicer anti-aliased font can be used). Or as he puts it: Introducing sIFR, The Healthy Alternative to Browser Text. I think I will try playing with this. If I understand it […]

Picasa: how much does it cost?

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

I love Google. At the bottom of a recent Google search up pops a promo for Picasa. It said: You can find any image you want on the Web. How about on your own computer? Albums. Editing. Printing. Sharing. Try Picasa, Google’s new photo organizer. Free Download! Now I have to tell you, it looked […]

Do the sight impaired like your website?

Friday, July 16th, 2004

The world has millions of sight impaired people, Australia has at least 300,000, and other countries have an order of magnitude more. Should they be discriminated against by web designers? Most countries have laws that give an emphatic NO! In fact, there have been court cases where companies have been sued for not providing for […]

Scintilla and SciTE

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

SciTE Text Editor is a very nice text editor for syntax highlighting in many languages. Cheers Don

Rename files with this utility

Friday, April 30th, 2004

This is a great little Rename Files Utility that I have used on occaision. It allows you to preview the damage you are about to do before inflicting it. It is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/XP.

The Regex Coach – interactive regular expressions

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

Now this looks like a nice utility! The The Regex Coach will help you see the effect of a proposed regex (Regular Expression) match using a perl compatible engine. I am going to give this a try. What do you use for this purpose? Leave a comment on what you use. I have always struggled […]

Resize and Rotate Images On-line with this Utility

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 is a nice little on-line utility you can use to change your images, reduce size, rotate, etc. It seemed to work very well in my tests. It was written by a friend of a prior student of mine, but I resisted any impulse to check out the html coding :-)

Mark-up Plain Text to Valid XHTML

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

How many times did someone send you a word document complete with numbered paragraphs and ask you to convert to (x)html? It happens to me all the time. Next time I am going to try this on-line as it worked very well on a demo. Daring Fireball: Markdown Web Dingus. You can also get a […]

Browser Header Checker

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

Browser Header Checker is a nice little site to check your browser header string, remote address and other browser variables. Very handy.

Color Eye Dropper Nice for Grabbing Quick Color

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

I often am looking at something on my computer and think, now that is a nice color … what is it. In the past I most often look either at the coding (if it is CSS for example) or save the image locally and then look using my photo/image editing software. So today I said […]

Color Blender – Nice On-Line Utility to Pick Color Gradients

Monday, March 8th, 2004

One of the hardest things for those of us with limited color skills (or is it artistic skills?) is to get a nice set of colors for a site. We have many places we look when we want to find coordinating colors for example. However, one that I really like is this one that allows […]

Make PDF files from your files

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

I sometimes have documents submitted to me with a request to make them into pdf (portable document format) files so that they will display in Adobes free Acrobat Reader program. I have never had enough demand for this to justify buying the full blown Acrobat program. In the past I often use Corel WordPerfect (because […]

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