Best web sites for designer deals

There are web sites that have deals for designers and developers; a nice way to save money for who is into this job.

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Start programming with iOS and Android

Do you wanna start programming for iOS and Android? Let see all what you need.

To develop native iOS apps:

– a Mac with latest OS X version (for Linux and Windows users there are 2 workarounds, use a Mac within a cloud service or within a virtual machine)

iOS SDK and Xcode

Subscribing to Apple Developer Program you will get all tools to develop, test and distribuite your apps in the Itunes store.

The kit includes Xcode, the development environment, iOS Simulator to test/devug the apps, instruments to collect, display, and compare performance of own apps and an Interface Builder, a tool to generate interfaces.

You can also benefit of a cohomprensive documentation as well as video tutorials, a support forum and various code samples.

The projects can be executed in the development environment and also exported as runtime app (.ipa) and then published in the store.

The programming language used is Objective C.

If you wanna learn more i suggest this great article by Smashing Magazine

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Why using a password manager is useful

Often you must remember lot of passwords to access web sites and services, a password manager simplify your life with many advantages:

– only one access to remember (that one of the password manager)

– better security

– logins are not lost when you erase browser data

There are various free password managers, a list of most famous and used:

LastPass available for Windows, Mac and Linux, for various browsers and also as mobile app

KeePass is also opensource, there are also Mac, Linux and mobile ports available, it support translations and plugins

Nortono Identity Safe for Windows, sync between various devices and works in the cloud

Execute auto tasks with AutoIt

AutoIt is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general purpose scripting.

It’s mainly used to simulate keystrokes pression and mouse move, the creation of messages and input windows. AutoIt is also used to create complex Windows GUI (Graphic User Interface) from simple buttons to dropdown menus, checkbox, radiobuttons, labels and so on…

The .au3 scripts can be compiled as executable so can be used standalone in any pic without the program installed (thanks to the Aut2Exe included utility), they can be created with the built in SciTE Script Editor with syntax highlighting

The powerful scripting language offers many possibilities like download files from internet, reproduce mouse clicks, create macros and many more.

If you want to start with it there is a very good online documentation, a wiki and a support forum.

Moreover if you wanna study there are also some examples created by AutoIt forum members.

Free and opensource soft January 2013

The links to various free/opensource programs most useful and interesting of January:

Switchblade a useful portable toolkit for sys admins

LanHunt it allows to search files inside a local network

Radiotuna an application that allows to listen hundreds of radio online

DDownloads a collection of many free software divided in categories and that can be downloaded directly from the program interface

Music Download Center easily find, listen and download mp3s

EzSnap it allows to easily capture screenshots

Shoot your screen it allwos to record video from your desktop