Posts Tagged:Microsoft

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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The Options for Programmatically Documenting CSS

I strongly believe that the documentation should be kept as close to the code as possible. Based on my experience, that’s the only option that works well in the long term. External documents, notes, and wikis all eventually get outdated, forgotten, and lost. Documentation is a topic that always bugs me. Working on poorly documented codebase is a ticking bomb. It makes the onboarding process a tedious experience. Another way to think of bad documentation is that it helps foster a low truck factor (that is, “the number of people on your team who have to be hit by a truck before the project is in serious trouble”). Recently I was on-boarded into a project with more than 1,500 pages of documentation written in… Microsoft Word. It was outdated and unorganized. A real disaster. There must be a better way! I’ve talked about this documentation issue before. I scratched the…

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Why Are Cinemagraphs Trending in Web Design?

Do you still remember the time when animated GIFs were all the rage in websites? Although web design standards have drastically changed since then, the attraction potential of moving images cannot be denied. That’s why a lot of websites continue to use animation, and one awesome web design trend these days is the use of cinemagraphs. What are Cinemagraphs? Cinemagraphs have been making significant noise lately, and are being used across several websites and social media campaigns. A lot of companies have joined the bandwagon of integrating cinemagraphs into their website, such as Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Chanel, Netflix, and Wal-Mart, to name a few. In a nutshell, a cinemagraph is a still photo but with subtle movements being looped continuously. The technique was the brainchild of American photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who set out to animate photographs starting in 2011. By Johan Blomström, CC BY 2.0, Link Cinemagraphs hit…

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New in Highrise: iOS Beta is ready, Outlook.com integration, and more…

It’s summer here at Highrise headquarters, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. We’ve got exciting stuff to announce today…iOS updates — Beta testingWe’ve been working on updates and new features to our iOS app. Today we’re announcing a public beta. If you’d like a chance to test it out, you can do so here. We expect to officially release it very soon. And don’t worry Android users. The same updates will come to you soon too.Outlook integrationHighrise has always supported any email system with the use of a ‘dropbox address’. You can BCC your Highrise dropbox address when sending an email to file it in Highrise. And if you click on an email address in Highrise, your default email service will open with your dropbox address automatically BCC’d. You can also forward or auto-forward incoming messages using the same address, so you can get both outgoing and incoming email easily into Highrise.But we’re…

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A Pretty Good SVG Icon System

I’ve long advocated SVG icon systems. Still do. To name a few benefits: vector-based icons look great in a high pixel density world, SVG offers lots of design control, and they are predictable and performant. I’ve also often advocated for a SVG icon system that is based on <symbol>s (an “SVG sprite”) and the <use> element for placing them. I’ve changed my mind a little. I don’t think that is a bad way to go, really, but there is certainly a simpler (and perhaps a little better) way to go. Just include the icons inline. That’s it. Sorry if you were hoping for something fancier. Like this: <button> <svg class=”icon icon-cart” viewBox=”0 0 100 100″ aria-hidden=”true”> <!– all your hot svg action, like: –> <path d=” … ” /> </svg> Add to Cart </button> Or perhaps more practically, with your server-side include of choice: <button> <?php include(“/icons/icon-cart.svg”); ?> Add to…

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Creating a Design System Process with UXPin

There’s never a better time to work in software. Developers and designers are among the most desired people on the market. Companies all over the world seem to have a never-ending thirst for software experts. In 2003 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the number of software engineers working in the US to be 677,900 people. In 2016, this number increased over 5× to 3,870,000. At the same time, design teams grew faster than software development. In the last 5 years, the design-developer ratio increased by an average of 2.5×. These changes put enormous pressure on designers and developers to take on more projects while delivering higher quality faster. But the challenge is that software development doesn’t scale easily. Scaling through hiring, without first putting standards in place, doesn’t usually end well. With every new hire, the technical and design debt increases. New ideas for color palettes, typography, patterns,…

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Microsoft is Paying More People to Use its Bing Search Engine by @MattGSouthern

In an effort to get more people to use its Bing search engine, Microsoft is offering monetary incentives.The post Microsoft is Paying More People to Use its Bing Search Engine by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Celebrate the web by using another browser than Google’s Chrome

I like Chrome. It’s a great browser. But it’s not so good that it deserves to be the only browser. And that’s the unfortunate opportunity we, people browsing the web, are opening for Google by so overwhelmingly choosing to use it in face of the alternatives.And this is what we get by doing so: DirecTV just announced that they’ll be turning their website into a Chrome desktop app on June 1st. They don’t actually say that, but that’s what they mean. You can’t call directvnow.com a website if it only works in a single browser.You don’t have to be that old to remember the dark days when Internet Explorer strangled the web by its utter domination. When large swaths of the web was only accessible through Redmond. Those were not happy days.Ironically, it was Google’s Chrome that helped fight back the scourge of Internet Explorer’s monopoly. Well, that plus the utter neglect…

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Is It Time to Finally Kill Off the Homepage?

As with most things in web design, the homepage has been branded dead or dying many times over the years. They’ve been replaced by magazine-style front page designs, bypassed by landing pages and cut out entirely by social media. Except none of these things killed the homepage. Instead, they joined it as part of a more intricate set of interactions with visitors – each one playing an important role in a more complex web. Now, the latest person calling for the head of homepages is Optimizely’s Cara Harsham, who wrote for the Moz blog last week, claiming her company has “successfully killed THE homepage”. Well folks, looks like it’s time to get those funeral suits pressed again. Personalization killed the homepage The crux of Cara Harsham’s article is that brands need to show users customised content based on their needs and previous interactions, thereby making the generic homepage irrelevant. Her article makes a lot of…

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HelloSign: The Industry’s Fastest eSignature API Integration

My favorite kind of software products are the ones that very clearly make life simpler. Being able to legally sign a document by clicking a button in an email and squiggling my mouse to make my signature is definitely one of those things. You can provide that to your users with HelloSign! You can set up your documents there (it supports all the formats you’d need, like PDF, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, etc) and start collecting the signatures you need very easily. Set up templates of your commonly used documents. Make sure your branding is present during the signing process. Get notifications when documents are reviewed and signed. There are a bunch more killer features you should be aware of. For example, like I mentioned, you can sign documents without ever leaving your email with their Chrome browser extension for Gmail. Same with Google Docs and Salesforce! Perhaps most importantly, you…

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What’s that mystery in your inbox costing you?

The inbox is the center of everything. Whether it’s email, assignments, messaging, chatting, IM, whatever, if someone wants you to see something, it shows up in an inbox of some kind.The design of the inbox has more impact on our daily decision making than any other part of any piece of software we use. It’s fucking important.If you use a group chat tool like Slack, HipChat, Microsoft Teams, or something similar, your inbox — and, therefore, your day — is filled with mysteries, secrets, and “Whats?”. You’re probably so numb to it that you don’t realize how much of your time and attention is being wasted.“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” -George OrwellYou’re stumbling around in the dark all day long because of a simple design pattern. The pattern is core to group chat, no matter the tool. It’s a fundamental flaw of the medium hidden in plain sight.The inbox in…

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Making Custom Properties (CSS Variables) More Dynamic

CSS Custom Properties (perhaps more easily understood as CSS variables) provide us ways to make code more concise, as well as introduce new ways to work with CSS that were not possible before. They can do what preprocessor variables can… but also a lot more. Whether you have been a fan of the declarative nature of CSS or prefer to handle most of your style logic in JavaScript, Custom Properties bring something to the table for everyone. Most of the power comes from two unique abilities of Custom Properties: The cascade The ability to modify values with JavaScript Even more power is exposed as you combine Custom Properties with other preexisting CSS concepts, like calc() . The Basics You can use Custom Properties to do effectively what variables in preprocessors like Sass provide – set a global or scoped variable value, and then use it later in your code. But…

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Bing to Integrate Chatbots into Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Microsoft will have bots on the Bing home page, and developers will be able to create their own as well.The post Bing to Integrate Chatbots into Search Results by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Microsoft Surface

These advertisements are very reminiscent of Apple… and they are really good. The sound is particularly pleasant… turn up your speakers and listen to the nuts and bolts and screws… As one person said it… There’s an Apple-esque pride in the design of the internal components as well as the exterior. Agreed. The post Microsoft Surface appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

The 5 Best Email Tracking Tools: Know When Your Email Has Been Opened

When it comes to your business or your job, being able to monitor as many factors as possible is typically a good thing. Google Analytics allows you to track how many visitors are coming to your site, for example, enabling you to know which channels are sending the most traffic to you and what content is performing best. Email tracking is another great example of a tool that can give you great insight into an important part of your business. There are a ton of tracking services available, some free and some paid for, and these are the most reliable and best email tracking tools available, so you don’t have to leave this important part of your business to guesswork. While social media marketing is growing in importance and popularity as a medium to distribute information to users, email is a crucial form of both information distribution and personal contact…

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The Many Tools for Shape Morphing

To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, there are lots of different ways to do the same thing on the web. Shape morphing, being a thing on the web, is no different. There are some native technologies, some libraries that leverage those, and some libraries that do things all on their own. Let’s look at some of the options (with demos) and weigh the advantages and disadvantages. SMIL The original, native technology for shape morphing is SMIL. We have both a guide to SMIL on CSS-Tricks, and an article talking about replacements for it, since it doesn’t work in Microsoft browsers and Blink threatened to yank it at one point. I wouldn’t suggest doing important work in SMIL but it is OG shape morphing. See the Pen Sitepoint Challenge #1 in SVG and SMIL by Noah Blon (@noahblon) on CodePen. Our article How SVG Shape Morphing Works covers SMIL shape morphing…

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Software Engineering Manager – WatchGuard Technologies – Seattle, WA

5+ years of experiences working with Microsoft solution stack as developer including .Net, C#, MSSQL, PowerShell, Windows operating system, Windows server….From WatchGuard Technologies – Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:44:52 GMT – View all Seattle jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Software Engineering Manager – WatchGuard Technologies – Seattle, WA

5+ years of experiences working with Microsoft solution stack as developer including .Net, C#, MSSQL, PowerShell, Windows operating system, Windows server….From WatchGuard Technologies – Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:44:52 GMT – View all Seattle jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Best HTML Email Design Dimensions: How Wide Should Your Email Template Be?

The template you are using for your HTML email marketing campaign can go a long way in converting your email recipients to customers. As such, you need to make sure that people who receive them can view your emails properly. The question is: What is the best width for your email marketing campaign? In this article, we will attempt to answer the question, as well as discuss important tips related to creating effective HTML email newsletters. A Brief Background on HTML Email Design Back in the day, Microsoft Outlook was considered as the primary email client during the time when the average width of the desktop monitor was 1,024 pixels. As a result, email marketers had to conform to the size to fulfill the constraints. From there, the 600-pixel width for HTML email came into being. However, times have changed since then, and screen resolutions have become bigger. In fact,…

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