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We are used to controlling/navigating websites with mouse, keyboard and “touch” afterwards.

Voix.js is a JavaScript library that allows us to add another layer to controlling them which is “voice”.

Voix.js

It has functions to start and stop listening through the microphone and we can set events to be fired when a given keyword is detected.

The library is pretty easy to use and it currently works in Chrome.

Selling goods and/or services through web is great and there are lots of tools to accomplish that.

However, it is hard to analyze sales, revenues, expenses, refunds, etc. if we accept payments through multiple providers and multiple sites (anyone searched for a transaction at PayPal probably experienced this).

Putler, an Adobe AIR-based application, is a powerful sales analytics companion to anyone selling through web.

Putler

It is integrated with all popular payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, 2Checkout..) and e-commerce softwares (WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce..).

Additionally, with its API, any other gateway can be integrated pretty quickly.

The app provides you a quick snapshot of the sales, revenues, best selling products and more for a given period.

Also, you can easily see the trend, all transactions of a customer and even estimates in a chart-supported interface.

Putler Sales View

Putler is not all about viewing but can perform actions like issuing refunds or managing subscriptions which would normally take a time from the payment provider’s web interface.

Although a connection is required to pull the data from payment providers and e-commerce apps, after that, working offline is possible too. And it works fast when offline.

They are also working on a new mobile app and the web version will be released next year.

Additional free month to all

When you sign-up for a paid plan, using the coupon code wrdfreemonth, you get an additional month for free. Thanks to the guys at Putler for offering this.

P.S. The offer is valid until 31 Dec 2013

The giveaway

3 Annual Premium plans are being given away and, in order to join, please comment to this post.

Winners will be selected with the query below and announced a week later (16 Dec 2013).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4957 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • Steven Taylor (comment #1284316)
  • Spencer Spencerh (comment #1284220)
  • Darren Miller (comment #1284243)

Congratulations.

LeWeb, one of the oldest (10th year) and largest conference for web entrepreneurs and startups is starting tomorrow in Paris.

There is an exciting line up of speakers and sessions and the 3-day-event will be held around the motto “The Next 10 Years“.

LeWeb Paris

It’ll definitely be inspiring (which I think the conferences are usually all about) to listen Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Fadell, Jesse Richman and others.

There will also be a start-up competition running parallel to the conference where winners will be set the last day and it’l be interesting to experience the process.

I was planning to go to LeWeb Paris 2013 since months, had applied to their official bloggers program, accepted and actually writing this post from the airport, my way to Paris.

LeWeb Paris Speakers

Like mentioned, there are lots of sessions and I’m specially excited about the ones with the founders of Parse, Uber, Nest, About.me and also crypto-currency discussion.

You will probably see some more posts this week about LeWeb at WRD as I plan to share the exciting stuff.

Also, If you will be there, don’t forget to say “hello” : ).

When working as a distributed team or meeting remotely with clients, video chat is used frequently.

Appear.in is a free and web-based app that provides group video chat for up to 8 people.

The application doesn’t require sign-up, a room with a unique link can be created instantly and shared with others.

Appear.in

It is built with native web technologies, no download is needed and works on all browsers except IE.

There is also an API which may simplify integrating it to the project management cycle with ease.

Allofthelights.js is a jQuery plugin that can change the opacity of the whole webpage but leave the video player.

This is for helping the user to easily focus on the video and there is built-in support for YouTube, Vimeo,  DailyMotion.. and custom players can be added too.

Allofthelights.js

It works with multiple players on the same page and supports responsive layouts/players with no issues.

The animation speed, background color and opacity can all be customized an callback functions exist.

When sharing designs with teammates or customers, sending them via e-mail or other ways is usually a bad way of presenting and hard to track

WebProjector is a free web-based tool that is built just for this. We can simply upload images via drag ‘n drops, send a link via e-mail and the images are presented in the order we prefer.

WebProjector

The tool also notifies us when they are viewed or number of views and it can wrap our designs in mobile, tablet or desktop frames for a more realistic view.

Additionally, it is possible to get comments on each design too.

We probably all experience the easy-to-use style-guides of front-end frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation.

Such guides help a lot when it comes to reaching the “how-to” quickly and they are a common source of information to make sure that every designer consumes the code in a similar way.

Kalei Styleguide

Kalei Styleguide is a project that can auto-generate such (Bootstrap-like) style-guides from the “live” CSS files so it is always up-to-date.

It works on the client-side and uses the comments in stylesheets for creating the titles + navigation.

Simply, it is a less-effort, almost instant generator that enables us to get organized with our stylesheets.

If you have a product or service and receiving support requests regularly, using a support ticket application is a “must” to handle them nicely.

Brimir is a free and open source support ticket app that is built with Ruby on Rails and makes use of the Foundation front-end framework.

Brimir

The tickets can be received via e-mail and they are auto-piped to Brimir. It is multi-user and tickets can be assigned to selected team members.

There is support for attachments, tickets can have different statuses and also priorities to categorize them easier.

Brimir is optimized for mobile devices and has various other options for customization.

When an image will be used on a web page, editing is usually performed at applications built for it (like Photoshop).

For advanced editing and cropping, that is required but for simple ones, using JavaScript can be good choice. And, that leaves the original image un-edited so we can always change the filters applied.

photoJShop

PhotoJShop is a jQuery plugin that enables us to apply such simple effects/filters to images.

These filters include blur, sepia, emboss, lighten, darken, b&w, sharpen and more.

The plugin works on canvas + images and the filters to be applied can be chained for easier usage.

When you think of winter-time, several recurring images pop into memory, including snow, a Christmas tree, presents, Santa Clause, and fireworks.

If your job entails working with images (as a designer, blogger, advertiser, etc), this is a rare opportunity to increase traffic to your website and attract new clients.

Any of the following 10 stock image agencies are ready to welcome you in this season.

YAY Images

YAY Images

YAY is labeled “Spotify for images”, and for a good reason. Let’s say you search for ‘winter’- based items, plain and simple. Not only does the database offer over 150.000 results in this case, but it’s never been more convenient to look for similar images to the ones that you love the most. Besides, 50% of the first month’s worth is now discounted for all three subscription plans with code “XMAS_GIFT”.

Speaking of subscriptions, YAY’s major plans are Print, Digital, and Streaming. In any instance, users benefit from an in-browser filter and editor for the images they acquire, as well as a limitless number of downloads per month.

On top of everything, the images intended for use on the web are hosted for free, so that the user doesn’t necessarily have to download and then upload everything on their blog/website. As you can see, the perks of buying images from YAY are plenty.

Digital and Streaming hold great promise because they have so much to offer in exchange for a very small price. In other words, for a monthly $49.90, subscribers to a Digital plan can take any number of images as large as 3 megapixels, to use in apps, PowerPoints and e-books.

Alternatively, Streaming delivers 700 pixels wide/high meant to be used on web pages, only for $9.90-a-month.

Mostphotos

Mostphotos

Mostphotos is really special, particularly around the holidays.

You see, right now it would be perfect to use images that hit as close to the target as possible, and Mostphotos has a predilection of publishing authentic and local images after they’ve been submitted by contributors who are either professional photographers, or practice photography as a hobby – and happened to have a strike of genius in an inspiring setting. In this respect, anything goes as long as it is valuable.

Make haste and take advantage of the discounts instated for “Mini 10” and “Mini 20” subscriptions: 10% off for signing 6 months, or 15% for enlisting a whole year right from the beginning.

At present, 5 and a half million stock files are at your service, not to mention that 10.000 new ones are usually included on a daily basis.

So, if you go ahead and start up a search with the keyword “winter” for instance, then 100.000 photos and vectors will greet you on the results page.

See anything you like? If you want to make sure, feel free to zoom in down to the last pixel, and check the quality before you finally buy.

Last but not least, Mostphotos lets your co-workers reap benefits, too: once you create an account, your colleagues get to set up theirs for free.

Stocksy

Stocksy

You’re going to love what Stocksy has to offer. Stocksy United is a co-operated agency, ran entirely by its photographers, and this can make quite a difference when you’re looking for top-grade images to use during the holidays.

For starters, only the best submissions are published, and everything is individually assessed according to aesthetic criteria.

Since the selection team handpicks fresh stock images, you no longer have to sort the good from the irrelevant (like you used to do with other agencies).

Stocksy is special and they know it: as far as microstock agencies go, you rarely get to meet such impressive, 100% exclusive content.

Don’t take my word for it: just check the “Holidays” and “Celebrate” categories, and you’ll get my meaning. Loads of gorgeous seasonal images are waiting to be bought, at a price starting with $10 for individual royalty-free licenses.

Check out Stocksy and you will feel like you somehow landed on the online portfolio of a professional photographer.

However, if you look at the prices, you’ll know for sure that you’ve encountered a cost-effective source of unbelievably beautiful holiday images.

Depositphotos

Depositphotos

Depositphotos found its way in my top ten for several good reasons.

First of all, it has 19 million superb stock files to browse through, and secondly, its users are gifted every week with one free item from the Vectors Collection.

However, it is the third reason that carries the most weight: Discount Lightboxes. Depositphotos instated a permanent practice that offers 20% discount to season-specific photos and vectors; at present, no less than 925 such images are placed in the Christmas Lightbox.
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