Mar 15

10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

1. Form Labels Work Best Above The Field

A study by UX Matters found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. On many forms, labels are put to the left of the fields, creating a two-column layout; while this looks good, it’s not the easiest layout to use. Why is that? Because forms are generally vertically oriented; i.e. users fill the form from top to bottom. Users scan the form downwards as they go along. And following the label to the field below is easier than finding the field to the right of the label.

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Mar 14

A New Way to Trigger hasLayout on Elements in Older Versions of IE?

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t given this too much thought, so I admit there could be some drawbacks I haven’t considered, but I thought I’d throw the idea out there and see what my readers think.

Suppose we have an element that, for design and flexibility purposes, has no set width, and no set height. But obviously it has content, so in most browsers it expands to hold its content. We want that element to have a linear gradient background using CSS3, and we add a Microsoft proprietary filter to cover all versions of IE.

Here’s the element, demoed live on the page, with the aforementioned characteristics:

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In every browser except IE6 and IE7, the above box should appear just fine with its gradient background. In IE6 and IE7, it looks like this: Continue reading

Mar 11

HTML5 And Flash: Why It’s Not A War, And Why Flash Won’t Die

With all of the buzz going on in our Web community about HTML5 and Flash, I’ve decided to dive into the fray and offer my thoughts as a 10-year veteran of both Web design and Flash development. Let me preface by saying that this article is opinion-based, and that information is certainly out there that I am not aware of, and that none of us truly knows what the future holds.

Use Of Flash Till Now

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When Flash broke on the scene, it was a fairly revolutionary tool… and much simpler to use than it is today. I first started using it in 1999, when it was being produced by Macromedia. The current version then was 4. The simple benefit was that it allowed the average computer user to design graphics and create simple user interactions with almost no skill: quite a feat in the messy and over-complicated world of Netscape and IE4. Continue reading

Mar 10

SWF Easy 6.5 Brings You More Wonderful Flash Banner Templates

Good news to all users of Sothink SWF Easy! A new free upgrade version 6.5 is available now and up to 20 new well-designed Flash banner templates are added. It is a perfect Flash banner maker for web designers to easily create attractive Flash banners, Flash presentations, e-cards, etc, and it is so flexibly designed to suit for both beginners & experts:

For Beginners: This Flash banner maker offers abundant useful resources for quick Flash banner making, such as multi-style templates, hundreds of resources, 60+ animation effects, etc.

For Experts: You can find FULL customization features that totally exceed the common online banner generators. This Flash banner maker also enables you to extract resources from existing SWF files for convenient re-use and therefore greatly simplify your own design work.

Let’s see some of the new added Flash banner templates:

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Mar 07

Get Optimized Stability and Efficiency from Sothink SWF Decompiler 6.1

decwin2Sothink SWF Decompiler 6.1 is released in March 7, 2011. It is a professional Adobe Flash CS5 compatible SWF Decompiler for you to convert SWF to FLA or Flex SWF to Flex project. It is also the first Flash decompiler that enables you to get XFL file from Flash CS5 SWF. You can easily extract Flash resources like images, sounds (mp3, wav), videos (flv), ActionScript, etc. into separate folders for convenient re-use. This latest new version is aimed to provide better user experience; therefore, the stability and efficiency are greatly enhanced.

Download and try Sothink SWF Decompiler 6.1 >> (30-day free trial)

Mar 04

Web Design Resources: Designer’s #1 TO-DO list (Domain, Hosting, SEO and SNS)

In this article, I will guide you on what you need to do as a web designer to be on the road to success. This guide will take you from choosing the right domain name, to getting the most traffic and clients to your website. If you’re new to web design, you may be thinking “Where do I go now? What do I do now?” Even if you aren’t new to web design, with this to-do list and my other guides which I will mention throughout this article, you can be on the right road to becoming a successful web designer. Make sure you take action as you read through or you will find yourself a month down the road and you still haven’t started! If you run into any trouble, please post a comment and I will guide you. I will add more things to this page as time goes by, so please check back for updates.

Update: thanks to your support, my to-do list has received an astonishing 1300 tweets! This inspires me even more to keep giving you quality articles and tutorials : )

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Mar 03

15 Must-Have Marketing and SEO Scripts

A range of web scripts put the ability to create, monitor and optimize your marketing efforts directly at your disposal, offering you tremendous opportunities to connect with your customers and ultimately drive business. For this month’s roundup, we take a look at 15+ must-have Marketing & SEO Scripts categorized in different areas of marketing. Categories include SEO scripts, link exchange scripts, mailing list manager scripts, traffic analysis scripts, sitemap scripts and A/B split testing scripts. This practical guide will give you all the scripts you need for a successful marketing and SEO campaign.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is one of the most flexible and cost effective marketing channels. By sending targeted email campaigns, you can build relationships, promote your services and projects, increase your brand awareness and make sales. Here’s our selection of popular free mailing list manager scripts: Continue reading

Mar 01

Important Feature Enhancements in SWF Decompiler for Mac 6.0

Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac 6.0 is an ultimate Flash Decompiler Mac software for you to convert SWF to FLA or Flex. The most important new feature in this latest version is the capability to decompile Flash CS5 and get XFL files. Furthermore, it greatly optimized the interface and added many appealing assistant functions to improve user experience. Let’s see the following detailed introduction.

1. Able to Decompile SWF as Flash CS5 Format

SWF Decompiler for Mac 6.0 supports Adobe Flash CS5. It enables you to convert SWF to FLA of CS5 format, and then get Flash XFL file from the decompiled FLA.

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Mar 01

Easily Decompile Flash CS5 SWF to XFL with Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac 6.0

screenshot1I am glad to announce that Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac 6.0 is released! This powerful new version adds the compatibility to Adobe Flash CS5, which means from now on, you can adopt this Flash Decompiler Mac to decompile Flash CS5 SWF to XFL format. And it is the first Flash Decompiler Mac to have this capability of decompiling Adobe Flash CS5.

Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac is an essential Flash Decompiler Mac software that converts SWF to FLA/Flex and extracts elements from SWF into variable formats. It converts SWF files to FLA format, and converts Flex SWF back to Flex source code, so that you can easily make further alterations in your native Flash or Flex environment. It also enables you to extract almost all SWF elements like shapes, images, sounds (mp3, wav), videos (flv), texts, sprites, ActionScript, etc., and store them into separate folders for your convenient re-use. Continue reading

Dec 15

Sothink SWF Decompiler Mac 6.0 Is Coming Soon – Decompile Flash CS5 SWF to XFL

Good news to all users of Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac that the latest V6.0 is under testing and will be released soon. It is the first Flash Decompiler Mac which can help you decompile Adobe Flash CS5 SWF to XFL file. Moreover, as an essential Flash Decompiler to recover lost FLA or Flex project on Mac, this new version will also offer many other useful assistant features!

Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac enables you to convert SWF files back into FLA or Flex project with high quality and high speed. This Flash Decompiler Mac offers an ultimate solution when your original FLA or Flex project is lost or corrupted. Within seconds, you can convert the SWF to FLA or Flex project, and then make those basic changes you planned to without exhausting restoring of your work. In addition, this Flash Decompiler Mac supports batch conversion, so you can leave a bunch of different tasks to it and do any other things while Flash Decompiler Mac is working.

The most important new feature of the coming SWF Decompiler Mac V6.0 is the compatibility to Adobe Flash CS5, which means that you will be able to decompile Flash CS5 SWF, and convert it to XFL format. You also will find many other new features and improvements. Continue reading