Montly post about the best web design related resources links selected by me:

Premium Pixels many free PSD resources

Creattica inspiration, UI elements, wallpapers, photography, etc…

Designers List a big lists of designer’s links in one place

Lava 360 design, resources, web design, photography

With modern browsers and operating systems you can turn web sites into desktop apps.

For example with the new Windows 8 you can pin any site in the Metro interface, you just need visit the site with Internet Explorer (run it from Metro interface) and click the button to pin

Windows 8 pin

windows 8 pin

With Google Chrome click on the wrench icon on the toolbar, select Tools, and then Create application shortcut. The shortcut choices are slim: you can only specify where your shortcut lives (desktop, start menu, or pinned to the taskbar).

With Internet Explorer (from version 9) you can pin a specific Web site to the Windows taskbar, just drag the tab to the Windows taskbar and the shortcut will be created.

pin Internet Explorer

There are also third party tools for this purpose:

Fluid (for Mac) available both as free and commercial version allows to create apps in an easy way, you just need to specify url, name, location and icon.

WOW Slider

WOW Slider is a fully featured jQuery image slider and gallery available both for Windows and Mac.

In the program you can set up the images and various parameters available in an easy way within an intuitive interface, in few steps you can create your own slider and publish it to a local folder or ftp server, or insert it in an HTML page or as Joomla module or as WordPress plugin, so it can satisfy any user needs.

Without coding and image editing you can create fantastic sliders in seconds with a point-and-click wizard and the interface support 25 languages.

WOW Slider

WOW Slider has many features, the main ones are:

– responsive slider (so optimized also for mobile devices)
– many cool effects transitions
– fancy templates that can be used
– lightweight (few kb) and valid and clean code
– doesn’t require Flash and graceful degradation to CSS only
– you can add descriptions, prev and next controls, bullet navigation
– you can set speed, delay, size etc…

You can see some nice demos of the slider in action and the great customizations that it offers!

You can download a free versione both for Windows and Mac or buy the commercial version.

CONTEST:

WOW Slider developers have been kind enough to offer us 1 license of WOW Slider to be given away to Simo blog readers. It can be activated in 2 computers and both for Windows and Mac. The Business License is for life, it also includes 1 year of free upgrades.
After the free upgrade period will expire, user will be able to upgrade the license for only the 50% of the current license price or continue to use version received as a last free upgrade.

In order to partecipate to the contest and have chance to win follow carefully the rules, good luck!

Simo blog respects your privacy: your email and Twitter/Facebook account addresses will not be used for any other purposes.

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Zoolz is a new cloud service that has interesting features like Cold Storage, an extremely low cost storage that builds on the Amazon Glacier technology.

Other Zoolz features are:

– backup everything: computers, servers, external and network drives

– schedule, pause and resume backup

– step by step backup configuration wizard

– rename files and folders on fly

– users can filter by type, size, date and expression

– lightweight client

– high security level with 256-AES encryption

– advanced user management features

– share files privately and securely via email, link generation

– password protection

– ability to expire links after one download or by days

– mobile apps

and many more, you can see the full list of features.

You can sign up and try the service free for 14 days.

The pricing is very flexible, you pay based on your needs: you can set how much GBs for instant and cold storage, number of users and servers. There is also a very interesting comparison table with other services.

In conclusion Zoolz can satisfy any business needs thanks to his reliable and scalable infrastructure with the support of big data.

Small review of free/opensource scripts for web written in various languages (php, javascript, etc…) – December:

Stadtaus many PHP scripts like disposable e-mail address, news, URL shortening, image gallery, mail form etc…

Ja2BU question and answer script written in PHP, MySQL and jQuery

Photobox CSS3 and jQuery image gallery

phpMyFAQ PHP software that allows to create FAQ (many database supported)

LemonStand PHP+MySQL shopping cart software

Vegas jQuery plugin for creating fullscreen backgrounds

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