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HTML entities (character references) which are used to define reserved characters or to express characters that cannot easily be entered with the keyboard are generally hard to remember.

EntityCode is a website that lists HTML entities in an easy-to-find format. Rather than a long list of entities, they are simply grouped like currency, math, direction, etc.

A must-bookmark for every web designer & developer.

HTML Entities

ColoRotate is a free web-based service that helps to work with colors in 3D, in real time & offers an unique experience.

Using the application, you can quickly see the multidimensional nature of colors and the relationships between colors.

3D Color Tool

With ColoRotate, you can create color palettes & save them. Its quick drag-and-drop interface to adjust hue, brightness & saturation helps you customize the colors with ease.

And, palettes created can be imported & exported in Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE).

ColoRotate is also a color community where it is possible to browse & search themes created by other users.

P.S. You may also want to check "Learn About Color" menu of ColoRotate where it is possible to find valuable information on color like:

Web Do’s & Don’ts (WebD&D) is a fresh website that presents links to tips, tricks & best practices for web designers/developers.

The website comes with an easy-to-read interface where you can find the do’s on one side & don’ts on the other.

WebD&D

Links are categorized as levels (beginner, intermediate & advanced) & users can vote on the tips. Also, anyone can submit new links.

Considering new links are added frequently,  WebD&D will be a handy resource-link pool for web designers/developers.

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  • Well-categorized design patterns are great resources for inspiration. You can easily see how "others" found a succesful way for common design problems.

    UI Patterns is an online library which shares design patterns in various categories like:

    • image zoom
    • input feedback
    • password strength meter & many more.

    UI Patterns

    There are 3 main categories in the website:

    Also, you can easily contribute to the content & check out the UI Patterns blog which has informative posts.

    Styleneat is a free web service that helps having "easy to read/update" CSS files.

    It organizes and standardizes CSS – selectors, sub-selectors and properties – in a structure that makes it easier to define page areas and see how they relate to each other.

    Styleneat - CSS Organizer

    The service can be used in 3 ways:

    • by pasting the CSS text
    • by uploading the CSS file
    • by providing the URL of the CSS file

    It offers several options like "sorting properties and selectors alphabetically" or "single/multiple line formatting".

    Mastering frequently used applications increases the productivity significantly.

    Controlling these applications via keyboard is a part of this "mastering process" which helps you use an application with 2 hands = much faster.

    Also, knowing the tricks of tools inside these products definitely opens new doors for creating.

    Specifically for designers, here is a list of cheat sheets for the most popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, Fireworks & more..

    Photoshop CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

    Photoshop CS4 Cheat Sheet

    Keyboard shortcuts are very well organized, both by menu & alphabetically.

    Also, shortcut presets that add lots of extra shortcuts are provided too.

    Keyboard shortcuts for previous Photoshop versions:

    Photoshop Black And White Cheat Sheet

    Photoshop Black And White

    There are many different way & settings for converting images to black and white with Photoshop.

    This is a Photoshop file presenting different filters/presets. Just update 1 file & see the various outputs.

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    StatOwl is a website presenting internet usage statistics in a comprehensive way.

    There are various reports that will be helpful to anyone into web design & web marketing like:

    • web browser's market shares
    • percentage of Flash, Quicktime versions installed
    • operating systems used
    • screen resolutions & much more..

    Internet Usage Statistics

    The data provided is valuable to web designers / developers to better analyze internet users.

    All data presented can be displayed for custom date ranges & as different chart types.

    Sendn is presenting 10+ well-designed free newsletter templates which you can find handy for using them in your own web apps, e-mail marketing processes..

    Several different types of templates exist like 1/2 columns or with/without menus.

    Free Newsletter Templates

    Templates come with .zip files with the image & HTML files.

    They are free to be used in both personal & commercial projects.

    INSPIRE is an online publication of Adobe Experience Design Team which will attract anyone into software, web & graphic design.

    The team shares valuable, real-life experiences both written & via videos.

    Inspire by Adobe

    To give a better idea about the resource, here are some of the recent content published:

    INSPIRE is updated regularly & you can find something new almost everyday.

    Filament Group is sharing a method of "creating CSS tooltip pointers with no images" that we’ll probably see in the upcoming jQuery UI widgets.

    It uses Polygonal CSS, a trick to display non rectangular shapes, for creating the tooltip pointer (a triangle).

    CSS Tooltips - Polygonal CSS

    Although the method looks experimental, it is cross-browser & provides ease for creating flexible solutions by not requiring an image.

    The website explains how it is achieved in detail & the solution will probably become more popular once we see them in the jQuery UI widgets.

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