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Etsy Built a Website-Making Tool For Its Sellers

Making handmade goods might be the easy part when you consider all the work that goes into selling those products online. Now Etsy is giving its sellers a new tool for building a standalone website that easily populates with data from Etsy’s own online marketplace, making launching and maintaining an e-commerce site a whole lot easier.

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Alissa Walker

April 6th

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7 New Yorker Tech Stories That You Can Now Read For Free

7 New Yorker Tech Stories That You Can Now Read For Free

The New Yorker debuted a breezy redesign of its website today, part of a larger overhaul of print and digital offerings that the publication has been rolling out over the last six months. But perhaps even more exciting is the fact that the magazine's archives dating back to 2007 will be free for the rest of the summer.

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Alissa Walker

July 21st

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Review: Font Studio provides affordable custom fonts for all of your creative needs

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Font Studio from Paulo Quadrani is a Mac app that allows you to modify and customize fonts. It provides you with the ability to create a range of font styles. It also includes in impressive collection of fonts that can be customized, saved and organized. In this article we will discuss scenarios in which this app can be useful, how the app works, and what you should expect if you purchase it.

OS X Mavericks ships with 248 fonts, which are stored in an app called Font Book. When you launch Font Studio it opens to a list of 598 fonts, and displays the message “Welcome in Font Studio” in each of the included fonts. When you mouse over a font, the name of the font and the number of times it has been used is displayed. To the right of that, there are 3 controls; five star icons for rating, the letter “i” icon which brings up information about the font, and an “eye” icon which hides or shows the font.

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If you hide a font, you can click the larger eye icon at the top of the app, and all hidden fonts are displayed. If you click on the eye icon next to the font again, it is no longer hidden. Clicking on the information button shows the specifications of the font, including whether it was imported or came pre-installed with the app.

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Clicking on the wrench, or Style Editor, icon allows you to change the size, outline, kerning, and expansion and skew factors. If you place the cursor in one of those fields and scroll up and down on a mouse or trackpad, the font is adjusted, and the range of values for that field conveniently becomes apparent.

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The app has three tabs at the top that allow you to organize the fonts by name, rating, or frequency of use. Additionally, they can be searched by category, tag or using custom search criteria.

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Overall, I would say Font Studio is a fair value at $4.99 as long as you have a need for custom fonts, and understand the capability of the app. For example, the app does not give you the ability to control ligatures like Pages and Keynote do. (Notice the differences between the “t”, “h”, and “s” first image below from Pages.) However, Font Studio does give you much greater control with kerning, which controls the distance between the characters.

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The latest update of the app gives you the ability to import fonts from custom directories, and drag and drop customized text into the latest version of Pages. It’s also possible to drag and drop text into Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop. It seems like a good fit for people who build websites frequently or do occasional graphic design and want more font options.

The customizability of the app gives one the ability to create a logo for a new brand, or a truly unique text style that can be used in personal and marketing situations.

Paulo Quadrani is an individual developer from Bologna, Italy. This is his debut app in the Mac App Store.


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March 8th

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What Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ Breakup Means for the Future of Type Design

What Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Breakup Means for the Future of Type Design

Chances are you've looked at the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones at least one time today. The type designers are behind many of the world's most-loved fonts, like Gotham, made famous by Obama's 2008 campaign. But according to a nasty legal document making the rounds today, the duo has parted ways.

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Alissa Walker

January 17th

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Barley Trades Creative Control For Ridiculous Ease Of Use

You might be building a website because you want to. You have a vision. You're in the zone. But you might be making a website because you need to, even though you have no idea what you're doing. Services like WordPress and Weebly offer prefab options for this basic user, but even then it's easy to get lost in the weeds.

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Lily Hay Newman

May 5th

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Why This Simple Government Website Was Named the Best Design of the Year

When was the last time you tried to find a government form on the Internet? For me, it was a few months back, trying to track down an absentee ballot. And while I love American flag GIFs as much as the next patriot, I was amazed at the labyrinth of independent sites I had to visit before I found what I was looking for. Bringing the web presence of an entire government under one roof is a Sisyphean task, and the UK is one of the only countries that's managed to do it, with Gov.uk, a one-stop-web-shop that launched earlier this year. More »
    


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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 16th

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Why This Simple Government Website Was Named the Best Design of the Year

When was the last time you tried to find a government form on the Internet? For me, it was a few months back, trying to track down an absentee ballot. And while I love American flag GIFs as much as the next patriot, I was amazed at the labyrinth of independent sites I had to visit before I found what I was looking for. Bringing the web presence of an entire government under one roof is a Sisyphean task, and the UK is one of the only countries that's managed to do it, with Gov.uk, a one-stop-web-shop that launched earlier this year. More »
    


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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 16th

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Why This Simple Government Website Was Named the Best Design of the Year

When was the last time you tried to find a government form on the Internet? For me, it was a few months back, trying to track down an absentee ballot. And while I love American flag GIFs as much as the next patriot, I was amazed at the labyrinth of independent sites I had to visit before I found what I was looking for. Bringing the web presence of an entire government under one roof is a Sisyphean task, and the UK is one of the only countries that's managed to do it, with Gov.uk, a one-stop-web-shop that launched earlier this year. More »
    


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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

April 16th

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Why This Simple Government Website Was Named the Best Design of the Year

When was the last time you tried to find a government form on the Internet? For me, it was a few months back, trying to track down an absentee ballot. And while I love American flag GIFs as much as the next patriot, I was amazed at the labyrinth of independent sites I had to visit before I found what I was looking for. Bringing the web presence of an entire government under one roof is a Sisyphean task, and the UK is one of the only countries that's managed to do it, with Gov.uk, a one-stop-web-shop that launched earlier this year. More »
    


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April 16th

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Adobe releases public preview of Edge Reflow, updates Edge Animate, Dreamweaver & Edge Code for Creative Cloud members

Adobe announced updates on Thursday to many of its HTML5 design tools for Creative Cloud users. Among the updates, we get new features for Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, and Edge Code. Adobe is also releasing the first public preview of its Adobe Edge Reflow responsive web design tool. Head below for all the details:

EdgeReflowPreview_Responsive_021413Adobe Edge Reflow: After giving us a look at its new responsive design tool Adobe Edge Reflow in September, Adobe is finally releasing the first public preview free of charge to all Creative Cloud users. Adobe said the tool provides designers with the ability to create responsive layouts and high-fidelity web designs using CSS, a resizable design surface, and real-time previews with Edge Inspect. Users will also be able to extract the CSS for use in Dreamweaver, Edge Code, or another editor. Adobe detailed today’s public release in the video above.

EdgeAnimate_UI_021314Adobe Edge Animate: Today’s update to Edge Animate brings new features, including: “gradients, CSS filters, and enhanced font support.” Adobe highlighted new CSS capabilities that consist of the ability to style and animate linear and radial gradients, new CSS filters such as blur, greyscale, brightness, contrast, sepia, and saturate filters, and a visual web font selector to add typography and live preview web fonts.

Dreamweaver_EdgeWebFonts_021413Adobe Dreamweaver: As for Dreamweaver, Adobe has updated the app exclusively for Creative Cloud members to bring integrated access to typography and a new fluid grid layout. The fluid grid layout feature was first introduced in Dreamweaver CS6, but it now includes “class tags in addition to ID tags” and a new editing UI. Users will also be able to preview and select Edge Web Fonts in Dreamweaver.

Adobe Edge Code preview: Adobe also highlighted new features of the latest Adobe Edge Code preview:

This preview release of Adobe Edge Code includes features such as Live Developer, which allows users to see changes in the browser immediate as they made code edits, and also Quick Edit, which lets users edit code in context instead of switching between files. This latest update adds code hinting for CSS properties and HTML tags and attributes, making this release an even more product code editor for web designers and developers working with Web standards.

Adobe said the updates above are available to Creative Cloud customers immediately. Another video showing off new features in Edge Animate and screenshots is below:

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February 14th

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