Those who love street photography and who always perceive the world around as if they’re tourists in the city will surely enjoy our today’s round-up of fabulous candids being shot on street. Guess when shooting street, people perform this urban magic simply relying on the passer-by’s moods to fill each peculiar shot with a special sense. They try to capture the subjects being far from mundane, imprint uncommon visions which is though achieved through habitual approaches. Sometimes, it even seems to be a cheating – strangers just go about their daily lives or walk nonchalantly in the streets, and they don’t expect someone to capture them, yet this particular aspect helps to fully convey what kind of person they are and what feeling they give you as their observers. Spotting the right subject is not so easy as it might seem, however often there’s something that just so naturally stand out of the crowd and almost demand attention. So you should be ready to seize the moment.

As for the tips for this sort of thing, firstly you should understand that you do not have a whole lot of time for planned photography, there’s simply no time to think, get settings right compose. Everything is constantly changing, so your shot should be a spur of the moment – set free your mind, and literally do not let your camera leave your hands because you find the picture not the picture finds you. Because candid shots come across as quite random, you have no ability to influence the scene, so position yourself strategically, switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and shoot in bursts of images. Besides, it’s better to lose the flash, set the camera to a smaller aperture (between f 4.8-8) and to ISO 400 so it uses a fast shutter speed, and use a telephoto lens or long zoom. Note that people doing things make the best candid photos, so try capturing the very essence of their activity, possibly framing the image with foreground elements. For the time being enjoy the showcase and good luck with your candids!

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Web designers and developers often use such terms as mockups, wireframes and prototypes. There is a slight difference between them, but it still exists. All of them are used in the process of creating a certain project (a website or an app) in order to get the general idea about this project and show it to the client before the final result. Mockup is a full-sized structural model of the design that often features color, typography and even photos. Of course, it is not the final result, but it helps to present the future look of the project to the client. Wireframes are used when it is necessary to show the space, the navigation and focus the clients’ attention on the structure of the project. Prototypes are more complex things that provide the functionality (almost all the interactive details) of the future website. Today we are going to present you a short list of free online wireframing, mockup and prototyping tools for creating your designer’s projects and hope that this list will become handy in your work.

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Cacoo

 

You need a user-friendly tool for creating diagrams? It is relatively simple to draw sitemaps, wireframes and network charts using Cacoo. It’s strong point is that several users can be engaged in the process of creating a diagram and complete it simultaneously. You can order free plan of Cacoo.

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Gliffy

 

The list of things that you can create using Gliffy is a big one: process flow diagrams, org charts, floor plans, business processes, network diagrams, technical drawings, website wireframes… It is known as the best wireframe software for a team, ‘cause it helps to create website wireframes, share and collaborate with anyone, on any platform, in any location

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Upon the former blog post about seriously useful eCommerce modules for Drupal, now we’ll bring our focus on arguably the leading Drupal eCommerce suite – that’s Ubercart. It’s currently one of the most popular shopping cart options to create fully-functional online store integrated with the Drupal CMS.

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Apart from being free, open-source software created and maintained by volunteers, Ubercart is known as well to be easiest to set up and highly flexible with site admins having control over the product catalogue, payment gateways, and email notifications. It allows website owners to sell virtually anything online, including shippable physical products, file downloads, and event admissions. The following Ubercart features also help enable complex interactions with Drupal:

  • configurable product catalog: includes catalog pages and a block to display product categories;
  • flexible product creation system: create normal products by default, add fields to store additional product information using Drupal’s CCK system;
  • flexible product attributes system: create user selectable attributes for your products that modify the price, SKU/model, and/or weight of items as the customers add them to their cart;
  • single page checkout: all checkout information gathered on a single screen composed of configurable checkout panes;
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From time to time your project needs something fresh and creative. Even the small catchy element can add the new tone to the whole concept and make it more attractive. You can use, for example, simple and effective illustrations to decorate your project. Today we want to share with your this cool free vector illustration of the week that shows funny amused dog in front of a sausage isolated on a white background. Feel free to use it for your designer’s purposes and inspiration!

Feel free to choose among three formats of this image (.PNG, .CDR, .EPS) and the following possible resolutions: 765 x 539, 1593 x 1123, 3185 x 2246. Being a vector image, this free vector illustration keeps its high quality while printing in different formats. The download is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free! With the help of this free illustration you can lay special emphasis on various online projects.

Please note: This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You can download the particular free illustration only during one week, the next week it will be changed for another one.
! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

Make your project creative with our free stuff! Download this free vector illustration just now!

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The starting of your online project is the key moment that demands fresh ideas and good execution. For those who have a number of great ideas and huge experience, beginning is a captivating process. But what can be done when you lack inspiration and don’t have enough time to work out the design concept? It is not a problem when you use professionally done ready-made solutions as the starting point. They give clear directions and the ideas about the design concept of your online project, save your time and efforts. Today we present the fresh freebie from our friends TemplateMonster.com – Free Website Template for science project website. Feel free to download it and customize according to your needs.

And now, let’s mention the general characteristics of this theme. It is presented in 5 pages: Home, Services, Researches, Press, Contacts. Its resolution is 1024 x 768. This one and larger resolutions are statistically in great demand among users. It can be delivered in two packages – with PSD source files included and without them. If you need PSD source files, please go to the template download page at TemplateMonster to leave the e-mail address that you want the free template ZIP package to be delivered to.

Free Website Template for science project:

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and here is 3D Model from this template:

jQuery 1.5 Release: Highlights


The jQuery 1.5 has been rolled out a few weeks ago and now we can state the fact that this release has caused a huge media buzz all around the web. Well, it was easy to predict such positive and massive reaction for this event because since the very first jQuery release in 2006 web developers are going crazy about this add-on library for Java Script. Getting back to the jQuery timeline, we want to mark out that 1.4 version was officially released about a year ago and had 207 bugs fixed. The current 1.5 version has 83 bug fixes and though you may argue that this number is also not very small, we believe that this is a sign of jQuery becoming a more mature and stable tool. Plus, we should give jQuery team of developers the credit – they truly demonstrate us positive dynamics in creating reliable and powerful software.

First of all here we want to inform you that some DOM traversal methods have been improved. These are the .children(), .prev(), and .next() methods. Here is some graphical information about this improvement.

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Who haven’t heard about the “Transformers” movie that has gained the tremendous popularity among people of all ages? Cool computer animation has brought into reality the dream about the life of machines and has presented the toy line of this film in the expressive way. This interest goes back to 80s when the complete obsession with the virtual reality and transformers turned out to be longed-for present for every child. Time changes, but the tremendous interest for this theme still remains, children still enjoy playing with transformers, teenagers and grown-ups prefer online games and movies. Today I offer you this collection of powerful CG transformers that combine the features of awesome vehicles and robots. Enjoy them!

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Title: Transformers: Bumblebee
Author: DevinePliskin
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Title: Transformers: Sideswipe
Author: CrossDominatriX5
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In case you’re building eCommerce website on Drupal and want your customers to have a seamless shopping experience, you’ll ultimately come to the question of a decent Drupal eCommerce module to be integrated into your website. It’s known that browsing through trying to find which modules to use may be very confusing; thus and so we’ve made a compilation of really great Drupal modules you can use along with highly popular now Drupal shopping carts – Ubercart and e-Commerce. These modules will allow you to extend, build, and customize Drupal’s core functionality. Besides, they are currently used on thousands of Drupal-powered eCommerce websites for better page optimization.

In addition to the range of Ubercart and Drupal e-Commerce related modules, we’ve even managed to make a bonus list of highly usable Drupal eCommerce modules which you can seamlessly deploy without a particular reference to the shopping cart you’re using. Go ahead and give them a browse.

Ubercart

Ubercart is an exciting open source e-commerce shopping cart that fully integrates your online store with Drupal. It has been designed focusing on usability in three key areas: store configuration, product and catalog creation, and order administration.

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UC Google Checkout
This module enables a checkout process that you provide in your store to let your customers to buy from you quickly and securely, using a single username and password. You can use Checkout to charge customers’ credit cards, process their orders, and receive payment in your bank account, once they make a purchase.

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FedEx Shipping Quotes for Ubercart
Shipping quote module for Ubercart that uses the FedEx Web Services API to get rate quotes directly from the FedEx server.

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This module allows to include PayPal Buy Now or Subscription buttons or to replace the ‘Add to Cart’ button on products. Such PayPal buttons will then redirect the customer immediately to PayPal for payment, bypassing the standard Ubercart checkout process.

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St.Valentine’s Day is ideal for making presents for your near and dear people and telling them about your feelings, but it is not the only day in a year when you can do it. You can make each day special and wonderful for the people around you. There is a number of opportunities to make your near and dear happy and we are sure that you know how to do it. Today we continue the romantic theme and present you this Free Vector Illustration of the week displaying a stone heart with a plant shooting through it. This eye-candy image will bring the desired romantic tone to your online web presence, be sure.

You can download this image in two formats (.PNG, .AI) and the following possible resolutions: 633 x 647, 1319 x 1349, 2638 x 2699. Being a vector image, this free vector illustration keeps its high quality while printing in different formats. The download is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free! With the help of this free illustration you can lay special emphasis on various online projects.

Please note: This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You can download the particular free illustration only during one week, the next week it will be changed for another one.
! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

Don’t miss a chance to make your project expressive with this free vector illustration!

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35+ Mobile Emulators & Simulators


Recently we’ve told you about 10 Efficient tools to test your website on mobile devices. A few days ago I’ve stumbled upon a nice source which brings us excellent choice of similar tools and now we are glad to share this useful stuff with you. This list contains 35+ applications that are mostly emulators for mobile devices OS – and they’re all desktop versions, unlike the online tools presented by us several weeks ago. Here you can choose and download desktop applications that will help you to test your apps on almost any mobile device or tablet. Of course, testing a website on a standalone emulator may seem not as much convenient as testing it online, but in case you’re going for a serious website and you need to test it for every environment – this set of emulators is vital for you. Why? Because there’s just not enough online tools out there to help you test it all on any platform. You’ll either have to forget about some platform or install standalone emulator and test it.

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The whole list is visualized in the table which presents useful information about each tool for the developers and web designers. For example you can check the official/unofficial status of the OS for every particular device, name and type of a platform, compatibility, native and browser testing information. We believe that this awesome list would be a real treasure for all web designers and developers that appreciate their time and efforts and that are serious about browser compatibility of their websites. Good luck and Kudos to the guys who compiled this list!

Besides, our partners from TemplateMonster have recently published an article exploring the most conspicuous mobile web design trends for 2011. You might be interested to have a look at them and find some graphic approaches to consider for your custom mobile designs.

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