Newsletter Issue No. 4

Wednesday, June 2st 2011 | Issue No. 1, Issue No. 2, Issue No. 3

Content Overview

  • Instagram Has Just Been Updated
  • Youtube turns 6 on May 25, 2011, Posted 3 Billion Page Views a Day
  • A Simple Yet Effective Tool to Check Your Loading Time
  • Gold Diggin: A Hand-Drawn Font that Reminds Us of the Gold Rush
  • CSS Menu Builder, A Tool for Building Navigation Menus in an Instant
  • 3 Tileable Bamboo Textures For Your Designs
  • Free Opencart Templates : Yoocart003
  • Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns – A Free eBook
  • Free June 2011 – Path of Life Desktop Calendar
  • Popular in Tripwire Magazine This Week
  • New in Tripwire Magazine This Week

1. Instagram Has Just Been Updated

This outstanding photo app for iPhone has been updated last May 26, 2011 which further expands the list of its functions and capabilities. It now has auto complete surname feature, double tapping for “liking” and new interactive comment screen. If you are not familiar with Instagram, it is a very simple yet very cool photography app that lets you take pictures, add preconfigured filters, and share them to your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous.
If you are a photographer who is yet to acquire the skill of a pro, then this app is for you. It has 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Lomo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Apollo, Poprocket, Nashville, Gotham, 1977, and others. If you need apps for iPad check this post out.

2. Youtube Turned 6 on May 25, 2011, Posted 3 Billion Page Views a Day

It’s been six years since Youtube has come into existence and it has now over 3 billion views a day. Since its acquisition by Google in 2006, Youtube has shoot itself to dizzying heights in terms of viewing statistics making it a towering mammoth in video sharing business. Among the factors that it says contributed to its enormous growth are increase in live streaming events, longer upload times and also faster upload processing times.
Another thing that we can attribute its great success to, although not conclusive in itself is the wide popularity of iPhone and iPad. These mobile devices enable individuals to upload videos right after they were captured. It is thus easy to suspect them as contributors to Youtube’s success. Right now, it has exceeded the number of 48 hours of video uploaded to the site every single minute which translates to 100% increase of number of visits every year.

3. A Simple Yet Effective Tool to Check Your Loading Time

With fierce competitions going on in the web nowadays, nobody wants to stay on a website that seems to load forever. Studies showed that you could lose up to 33% of your visitors if your page took more than 4 seconds to load on a broadband connection. This is already a substantial chunk of your readership that can significantly pull down the money-making ability of your website. Well, you can check your own website if it does the same with It enables you to check your loading speeds in 50 different locations around the world using different browsers.
If your website has a global reach and audience, is for you. All you have to do is to enter the URL of your website, choose the country from which you the loading test will be based, select the type of browser and click “Go.” In a few seconds, can give you the result. It is very user-friendly and it has the ability to detect errors that may arise during loading such errors in html or javascript. Get more tools for web professionals here

4. Gold Digging: A Hand-Drawn Font that Reminds Us of the Gold Rush

Gold Diggin is an authentic hand-drawn original font. It harkens back to posters from the Gold Rush Era.

Add some humor and moonshine to your designs with Gold Diggin.

5. CSS Menu Builder, A Tool for Building Navigation Menus in an Instant

As the name suggests, CSS Menu Builder helps you make Navigation Menus in an instant. All you have to do is to select from its fairly sizeable array of more than 1000 menu combinations and follow its simple procedures. This is a very ideal time saving solution for busy web developers and designers or those who are starting up in the field.
With this tool, you cannot only generate CSS and HTML codes for your menus, but also edit them and perform necessary adjustments to suit your particular design. Check out its video tutorial here and for more CSS tools go here.

6. 3 Tileable Bamboo Textures For Your Designs

This is pack is consist of three beautiful, high resolution bamboo scans, that include seamlessly tileable versions.
This is high quality bamboo used in interior design.

7. Free Opencart Templates : Yoocart003

If there is a good alternative to open source ecommerce applications like Magento, Opencart is surely one of them. You can check this free Opencart Template designed by Yoocart just for your online store.
It is compatible with all major browser like IE , Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. More Opencart themes can be found here.

8. Essential JavaScript and jQuery Design Patterns – A Free eBook

Design pattern is an area in web designing that new and intermediate JavaScript developers may not have had a chance to explore. Imbued with this idea, Addy Osmani decided to release this pretty cool eBook to help you go around with Javascript and jQuery design patterns all for free.
If you have decided to become a pro, then this is a must read for you.

9. Free June 2011 – Path of Life Desktop Calendar

Refresh your desktops this summer by using this tropical inspired wallpaper.

10. Popular on Tripwire Magazine This Week

50 Fresh And Amazing Free Photoshop Tutorial Roundup
Learning Adobe Photoshop was never easy, until tutorial blogs came into existence. Everyday there are tons of photoshop tutorials being published and its very hard to judge and try on what is the best photoshop tutorial from the web. In this post I have rounded up some of my best free photoshop tutorial picks from the web that are worth trying.  Go ahead and find out which one you like the best.

15+ Best iPad Apps For Photographers
As photographers, we can gain access to a substantial array of apps available for our iPad that replicate the way we do our job with our PC. In this post we are showcasing a set of really best iPad apps which will help to you in your upcoming photography projects. Some of these are free and some are premium apps that you can buy for just a few bucks. These are very affordable nevertheless. We hope that these best iPad apps can make a difference in your job as photographer.

50+ Incredible Sets of High Quality Free Website Buttons
In this post, we are showcasing some of the high quality website buttons in PSD Format. These are all free to download and use although some require permission from their creators if they were to be used commercially. Nevertheless, it is a nice way to speed up the design process that we follow. We hope that you will find this useful in getting the job done.

70+ Free Illustrator Brush Sets for Download
Adobe Illustrator is a pretty powerful tools and it offers some pretty unique features. Worth surfacing is Illustrator’s Paintbrush Tool (B). Illustrator brushes can be applied to paths and strokes and as you probably know they are excellent for creating unique stroked designs in seconds. I have looked all over the web to collect the best Illustrator brushe sets for you. So here you will find more than 70 beautiful Illustrator brush sets for improving and speeding you design process!

30 Mind Blowing Examples of Websites with Light Effects
Lighting effects can be fun to experiment with in Photoshop, and a number of websites use this approach for creating a unique look and feel. Some websites use bright swirls of light to show energy, while others use a dim glow to create a peaceful mood. Here you will find a mind blowing round-up of websites with Light Effects for design inspiration.

11. New on Tripwire Magazine This Week

65+ InDesign Tutorial Roundup for Graphic Designers
Adobe InDesign is a software application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. In conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite InDesign can publish content suitable for tablet devices. In this post, I will share with you an Adobe InDesign Tutorial roundup that will surely inspire you.

40 Vibrant and Juicy Examples of Orange Websites
Orange of different shades is a good choice in web design because it could give a stylish touch to your website and highlight the important elements of your design. Specifically speaking, orange connotes warmth, enthusiasm, attraction, encouragement and stimulation. Here is a showcase of vibrant and juicy orange inspired websites that will help you gain ideas on what has been done and start to think on using this color on your next design project.

20 Best Gadget Website and Blog Collection
Like any other geek I have an eternal love for gadgets, especially those shiny, slick and not so expensive ones. Over time, I discovered a number of gadget websites that I found extremely useful for my gadget mania. Some to help me decide what to buy next, and others for troubleshooting. A gadget website typically aim is to stock and review the latest in trends and availability, features etc. of hot gadgets. Here in this post, I have created a showcase oh the best  gadgets websites for your inspiration.

40+ Best Premium WordPress Themes
The best premium WordPress themes provide a splendid solution if you not only want to give your weblog an attractive and elegant look but also require high level of flexibility, support and unique features. Though there are many free themes for WordPress available on the Web there is still no manufacturer that produces new, unique designs for WordPress on a regular basis and for free. In this article you will find a large list of fresh and best premuim WordPress themes.

40 Examples of Stunning Light Painting Artwork
Light painting, also known as light drawing or light graffiti is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. Like night photography, it has grown in popularity since the advent of digital cameras because they allow photographers to see the results of their work immediately. Here i have gathered a mind blowing collection of inspiring Light painting photos.

30 Creative Global Warming Best Poster Design Inspiration
Making effective campaign ads is not easy. In this article, we are showcasing some of the best poster designs which are catchy, ridiculously creative, and simply powerful giving their audience a sense of awareness or enlightenment about their advocacy.While this showcase is a very good source of inspiration, at the heart of it, is an issue of global warming that threatens our survival. This collection of Global Warming Poster Designs therefore is like a blaring siren that loudly broadcasts its earth saving call for all of us.

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