Posts Tagged:Mac

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


More Gotchas Getting Inline SVG Into Production—Part II

The following is a guest post by Rob Levin and Chris Rumble. Rob and Chris both work on the product design team at Mavenlink. Rob is also creator and host of the SVG Immersion Podcast and wrote the original 5 Gotchas article back in ’14. Chris, is a UI and Motion Designer/Developer based out of San Francisco. In this article, they go over some additional issues they encountered after incorporating inline SVGs in to Mavenlink’s flagship application more then 2 years ago. The article illustrations were done by Rob and—in the spirit of our topic—are 100% vector SVGs! Wow, it’s been over 2 years since we posted the 5 Gotchas Getting SVG Into Production article. Well, we’ve encountered some new gotchas making it time for another follow up post! We’ll label these 6-10 paying homage to the first 5 gotchas in the original post 🙂 Gotcha Six: IE Drag &…

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Someone Who Finishes

This is neat little tidbit of news (although it feels “big” for me, personally): Both MNML App and Desk App are featured in the Apps for Writers category in the Mac App Store. And, as far as I know, I believe I’m the only one to have two apps simultaneously featured in a perennial category like this: Apps for Writers! I haven’t done any serious research about that possible fact so I’m probably wayyyyyy off, but regardless I am very grateful and humbled that they would put both of my indie projects in an area that has some very nice visibility. But I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about a creative dilemma. I want to talk about starting and finishing. You see, both MNML and Desk were and have been serious labors of love, as they say. My brother asked me the other day what I thought the total amount…

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What’s new in Basecamp for iOS

Basecamp 3.5.1 is now available in the App Store. If you’re already a pro with Basecamp on your iPhone and iPad, you’re going to love this release. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is a great time to start taking advantage of these new time-saving features. While you’re installing the latest update, read this quick look at what’s new…Swipe for your next unreadWhen you’ve got a bunch of unreads on Hey! and you’re cranking through them, it can feel like a chore to tap an unread, read it, then go back and tap the next one. Now you can simply tap an unread and when you’re done reading it, swipe-left to go to the next one! Repeat until you’re done. Here’s how it looks:1. Tap an unread, 2. Tap OK, 3. Swipe-left to load the next one!Search inside BasecampYou probably already know you can swipe-down or swipe-left from the Home screen on your iOS…

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A Year’s Work

Much of my life can be measured by domain registration dates and renewals. If that hits too close to home… well… then you know what I’m talking about. So much of my life has been on the internet… building things and creating and viewing and consuming and it’s been the former that’s been a huge part of how I give and extract value. It’s how I’ve financed a growing family and the many adventures that I’ve had professionally through many, many geographical moves. It’s how I’ve gotten a lot of pleasure in and out of life and I think I’m only getting started. And I’m reminded of all of this when I get emails in my inbox about the domains and registrations that I’ve made along the way, some of which I continue to keep and some I let go of. Domain Renewal A year or so I decided to put together MNML…

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5 Awesome Sublime Plugins you Won’t Find in Top Plugin Posts

I am a huge fan of Sublime text editor and whenever I go and try other text editors I come back to Sublime crying: “Forgive me I’ll never, ever, leave you again!” But I’m not here to praise Sublime. In this post I’m rather going to share some of the Sublime plugins I’ve been using a lot and which are really helpful and fun to work with. You may find them for your favorite text editor as well. Let’s dive into the first one. 1) Text Pastry How many times have you had a markup and all you wanted to do was to add incremental numbers to it? For example if you have a list with a heavy content, of course you can’t use Emmet or similar tools to add those incremental numbers because the markup is already there, unless you use some tricks. However there is a faster way…

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Poll Results: Local WordPress Development

We kicked a poll off three months ago asking y’all what kind of local development environment you set up for running WordPress locally. At the time of this writing, we got 2,623 votes, so a decent amount of significance here. Especially because the question was phrased: If you’re running WordPress locally (i.e running PHP, MySQL, and a web server), how are you doing it? Presupposes that you are running a local environment. (Please do that.) Here’s an image of the results: (If you can’t see that, don’t worry, we’re about to go through the results.) The winner, at 61%, was using some kind of software-with-a-UI to manage it. WAMP / MAMP / AMPPS were mentioned, but it also said “Similar software with UI”, which I think is relevant as we’ll see in a second. This option was more than 3 times more popular than any other choice. Vagrant was in…

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👋🏼 Teeny Tokyo

I shared recently the release of MNML App which has had the good fortune of being Featured in the Mac App Store, which, of course, is fantastic. But I also shared in that post that I’ve been in the process of focusing my efforts and time into just a few things now… and when I mean “a few” I’m being quite literal. Right now my life is centered around my family and my startup. There’s this vlogging project that I’m working on as well but thankfully I’ve managed to create a daily workflow that has reduced the total number of hours per day to just a few, if not less than an hour total. What I’ve done, essentially, is reduce my own personal expectations of myself which has psychologically reduced the anxiety and stress around this personal creative project and allowed me to just execute against original goal: Produce one video a day. It…

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MNML: Featured Worldwide

Yesterday I quietly launched MNML App to the Mac App Store and it was featured in the main carousel worldwide! Check it out: Honored and humbled! And yesterday on the vlog I captured some visceral and candid thoughts about this app and where it sits in the changing seasons of my personal and professional life: You see, this is how I’m built. I go in and out of seasons where I have a lot going on, project-wise, and then I pare back down to only one singular focus. Ready for sale! Right now, I’m ending a creative season of building many different things and have decided to focus all my professional time and energy in my exciting new venture, Pinpoint. Obviously, I’d love to have you follow along there and I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about it (daily) on my vlog… so, you should subscribe. If anything, it’s just a…

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Adobe XD vs. Sketch Comparison For The Best UX Design

In the world of UX design, using the best software can make a huge difference. In the past, Adobe Photoshop has been lording it over other graphics design software as the go-to app for making amazing UX design. However, Mac-based app Sketch is steadily gaining ground as a powerful UX design software. Adobe has made several improvements to make it useful for UI designing. Now, Adobe Photoshop has Artboards, Smart Guides, and an overall improved export workflow. However, the main drawback of Photoshop is that it’s primarily a photo editing tool. This is the reason why Adobe Experience Design CC (or Adobe XD) was born: to offer a purely UX-generating tool. In this article, we will look into the two popular UX design apps and what their respective strengths and weaknesses are. Comparison of Adobe XD and Sketch OS Compatibility Sketch is only available for MacOS users. Adobe XD, on…

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mnml app: Almost Done

Just a few missing (but important) pieces to put together before this one will be done and shipped and out in the wild. MNML builds (so far) It’s been along time coming for mnml app and it’s taken nearly a year to get from the initial concept to something that will ultimately land in the hands of writers and publishers who love Medium.com. To be honest, version 1.0 would have shipped a lot sooner if life hadn’t gotten completely in the way. Not bad things, of course… just many other things that have taken up the very limited time that I have to put things together. Waiting for me to finish… But, very soon, mnml will sit besides Desk in its rightful place in the Mac App Store and it’ll be exciting to see other folks finally be able to use it. And, of course, I’m excited to start getting a little…

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A Few Thoughts on Indie Projects

I’ve spoken on the topic of “indie projects” quite a few times on the blog but I’ve never done it via the vlog and so yesterday I thought I’d capture a few candid thoughts. I mention mnml app (releasing soon) and Desk App (v3.1 was released recently)! This is also the longest vlog that I’ve ever put together, coming in north of 22 minutes. Yikes. You can read a few of my other thoughts here: On Being an Indie Developer The Indie Developer and the Mac App Store What Type of Apps Do Indie Devs Work On? Indie Apps and Inspiration Career Development as an Indie Developer Indie-Serious…? Full Indie? The Part-Time Indie…? Building an Indie App is Work The post A Few Thoughts on Indie Projects appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Debugging Tips and Tricks

Writing code is only one small piece of being a developer. In order to be efficient and capable at our jobs, we must also excel at debugging. When I dedicate some time to learning new debugging skills, I often find I can move much quicker, and add more value to the teams I work on. I have a few tips and tricks I rely on pretty heavily and found that I give the same advice again and again during workshops, so here’s a compilation of some of them, as well as some from the community. We’ll start with some core tenants and then drill down to more specific examples. Main Concepts Isolate the Problem Isolation is possibly the strongest core tenant in all of debugging. Our codebases can be sprawling, with different libraries, frameworks, and they can include many contributors, even people who aren’t working on the project anymore. Isolating…

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The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Ads Interest Targeting Research (Advanced Methods Exposed)

I often get asked how I find good interests to target for my Facebook ad campaigns. So I’ve decided to write a super in-depth guide that you can bookmark and use whenever you need. It’s right here, free of charge. I’m covering interest-based targeting and specifically how you can reach your audience more accurately than your competitor by spending less money and get better performance at the same time. My aim is to make targeting research easier than ordering a delicious taco! Feel hungry? Please, be our guest! Interest-based targeting is generally used for cold audiences – when you want to introduce yourself to people who haven’t heard of you before. Facebook is an amazing resource for that Can you imagine how much work it would take to uncover most of your market around random websites and market to them if Facebook wasn’t available? First, you have to figure out EVERY…

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Drupal Global Training Day on March 18 at Valuebound

Start:  2017-03-18 10:30 – 15:00 Asia/Kolkata Organizers:  neerajskydiver Event type:  Training (free or commercial) https://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Drupal-User-Group/events/237899913/ Drupal Global Training Days is an exciting initiative from the Drupal community to introduce new and beginning users to Drupal and we at Valuebound are excited to announce a session on 18th March to welcome newcomers to the Drupal community and empower them to start great work. This is an initiative coordinated by the Drupal Association as a part of the Global Training Days to introduce new people to the wonderful world of Drupal. You will build a live website yourself , be a part of the Drupal community and explore career opportunities in Drupal Difficulty Level: Introductory Proposed Session: Get started with development in Drupal 8. Learn about the main features and concepts of Drupal with live practice sessions. By the end of this training session you will know about the terminologies associated with…

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How to Find Out Everything Facebook Knows About You

If you’re deep in the weeds of Facebook marketing, you probably think a lot about ad targeting at the granular level. You’re trying to juggle everything you know about your product, your advertising goals, and your target demographics to answer the question: How I can be sure that I’m showing this ad to the right people? A great way to reverse engineer that question is to investigate your own Facebook feed! Finding out what Facebook knows about you (and how they know it) can help you to refocus your targeting efforts and understand why some methods of building and targeting an audience can be more effective than others. What Facebook Knows and How As you comb through your Facebook feed, you might see an ad or two and wonder, how could Facebook possibly think I’d be interested in this?! Well, Facebook can put together an incredibly detailed image of you…

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What six weeks of work looks like

Basecamp 3 saw a flurry of updates over the last 6 weeks. Here’s what a few small teams working together were able to ship.A few months ago I wrote up a post sharing the details of how we structure our teams and work in six week cycles at Basecamp. It turned out to be very popular article.Now let’s take it one step further and show the actual work itself.Six weeks , 8 people, 40-hour work weeksHere’s what our core product team of 4 programers and 4 designers were able to start, complete, and ship to Basecamp 3 customers over the last six weeks. Note: This is for the web/desktop app only. The iOS (4 people) and Android (3 people) teams shipped entirely different work over the last cycle.Many Basecamp 3 customers still prefer receiving notifications via email, but they can experience email overload quick on busy Basecamp accounts. So now we’ve fixed that for them. Now…

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D8 Site Building: Intermediate Drupal 8 training in site building

Start:  2017-03-18 10:00 – 14:30 America/New_York Organizers:  sfelder PDay jbylsma ghalusa bart atlas lizardata Event type:  Training (free or commercial) In this class we will cover more advanced topics of site building. Target Audience: Drupal 7 builders and themers who want to know more about Drupal 8 Relative beginners to Drupal who already knot the very basics of installing Drupal and creating nodes. Decision makers who want hands-on practice building sites using Drupal 8. Technical and non-technical project managers. Prerequisites: -Have downloaded and installed Acquia Dev Desktop on your laptop (PC or Mac) -Know how to navigate Drupal’s admin interface (create nodes, access Views, etc.) -Understand how to build a basic View Course Learning Objectives: – Learn how to build a fully functional website with advanced features, using no custom development. What to bring: -Laptop computer with Acquia Dev Desktop installed -Food and drink will be provided. Additional Information: The…

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D8 Site Building: Intermediate Drupal 8 training in site building

Start:  2017-03-18 10:00 – 14:30 America/New_York Organizers:  sfelder PDay jbylsma ghalusa bart atlas lizardata Event type:  Training (free or commercial) In this class we will cover more advanced topics of site building. Target Audience: Drupal 7 builders and themers who want to know more about Drupal 8 Relative beginners to Drupal who already knot the very basics of installing Drupal and creating nodes. Decision makers who want hands-on practice building sites using Drupal 8. Technical and non-technical project managers. Prerequisites: -Have downloaded and installed Acquia Dev Desktop on your laptop (PC or Mac) -Know how to navigate Drupal’s admin interface (create nodes, access Views, etc.) -Understand how to build a basic View Course Learning Objectives: – Learn how to build a fully functional website with advanced features, using no custom development. What to bring: -Laptop computer with Acquia Dev Desktop installed -Food and drink will be provided. Additional Information: The…

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Bing Ads Editor Now Available for Mac Users by @MattGSouthern

Bing is honoring what is said to be its most requested Bing Ads feature with the release of Bing Ads Editor for Mac.The post Bing Ads Editor Now Available for Mac Users by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

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