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What is a DMS and are they Web design's future?
Forbes
PageLines' new product, DMS (for Design Management System) is installed in WordPress just like any theme, but that's where the resemblance to a standard WordPress theme ends. Instead of specifying what your finished website will look like, DMS creates an interface for building your site with drag-and-drop components right on top of your live site. In effect, DMS transforms the design and construction of a WordPress site from a back-end process to a front-end experience.
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Macaw will bridge divide between print designers and Web developers
Elevation DC
Macaw, a Mac-based tool for Web design currently in private beta, is getting closer to a public launch. Though Tom Giannattosio, co-founder of Macaw, won't give a firm timeline for the product's release, he says that the tool is about "80 percent there." Macaw is a native single application for Macs that exports print design code for Web development.
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SPE announces best paper winners for 2013 ACCE
Composites World
The organizing committee for the Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition has announced Best Paper Award winners for the group's 13th-annual show, Sept. 11-13, in Novi, Mich. Three winners — all in the Virtual Prototyping & Testing of Composites technical session and who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 90 contenders — will be honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies.
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Renewal season starting soon; STC Tryout continues
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STC renewal season is coming! Stand by in late September for more information on what's new for 2014 and a reminder of all the great benefits you receive with your membership. Not a member yet or want to show someone everything STC has to offer? Check out the STC Tryout! Get Classic membership for the rest of 2013 for just $75, now through 15 September, and explore STC without paying a full year's dues. For additional information click "more" below or contact Stacey O'Donnell at stacey.odonnell@stc.org.
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2014 STC Summit call for proposals is open
STC
The Society for Technical Communication is excited to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for the 2014 Technical Communication Summit. The Summit will be 18–21 May in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The core content of the Summit’s education program address topics that span the profession, such as content strategy and design, content development and delivery, mobile content, professional development, user experience, usability, accessibility, education, and training. Proposals are due by 5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4), Monday, 16 September 2013 and the Call for Proposals is open to all practitioners in the field. Registration for the Summit opens on 1 December with the Really Early Bird rate of $825 (members only). This rate will expire 31 December, so plan now to take advantage of the lowest rate possible.
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Webinars for September include a free, members-only webinar and communicating with LEGOs
STC
STC has five live Web seminars scheduled for September, including a look at how we communication with LEGO Lean Process for Communication on Thursday, 19 September, from 4:00-5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4), and a free, members-only, webinar on Friday, 20 September, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4), sponsored by Kinetic theTechnologyAgency. Scott Carothers of Kinetic presents Establishing a Simplified Translation Process: How Translation Management is Evolving to help you simplify the translation process, allowing more control with less effort. Also coming up in September are Lessons Learned During CMS Rollout, presented by Rhyne Armstrong on Thursday, 5 September, from 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4); Plain Talk: Get the Marbles Out of Your Message, presented by Eric Koup on Tuesday, 17 September from 10:00–11:00 AM EDT (GMT-4); and Modeling Information Experiences: A Recipe for Consistent Information Architecture, presented by Alyson Riley and Andrea Ames on Thursday, 26 September from 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). See the full schedule at the link below.
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September certificate courses from STC; TechComm 101 and 201 also added to schedule
STC
STC has three online courses starting in less than two weeks. These multi-week courses are perfect to help you take the next step in your career. Choose between Writing for Localization: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 9 September-14 October; Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Carol Barnum from 10 September-29 October; a brand-new course, How to Build a Business Case and Influence Change, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 12 September-10 October. We've added the next editions of our popular TechComm 101 and TechComm 201 courses as well; 101 begins on Monday, 30 September, and runs for seven weeks, while 201 starts Tuesday, 1 October, and goes for six weeks. Also scheduled in the coming months are Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton from 2 October-30 October; and Writing Effective User Documentation, also presented by Sharon Burton, from 6 November-12 December.
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Responsive design has tech considerations
iMediaConnection
Responsive Web design has been spreading through the Internet like wildfire, and the trend is easily understood. However, a move towards RWD is not the immediate no-brainer that many would make it out to be. The technology itself is quite powerful, and because it is built around modern-day Web standards, it is an overwhelmingly positive step in the right direction for the industry. However, there are definite business-oriented caveats, the first in terms of preserving the integrity of quality content, and the second in evaluating mobile apps as superior value proposition.
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Canva attempts to bring Photoshop-like design power to the Web
PandoDaily
Writers have got free online publishing tools like Medium and PressBooks. Photographers can use PicMonkey and Pixlr. But what have graphic designers got? Photoshop still sets the standard for graphic design, but it's expensive, and there's a high barrier to entry. But an Australian startup launching into private beta out of stealth thinks it can offer something almost as good that's totally online and free.
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Advanced CSS3 animation effects
SitePoint
Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered the majority of CSS3 animation properties. This third and final installment covers another that few developers are aware of: pausing and restarting animations.
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Hype 2.0 is a solid WYSIWYG tool for HTML5 animation and interactive graphics
TUAW
Hype, created by two former Apple engineers, is a low-cost, yet powerful tool for creating keyframe-based animation in HTML 5. Version 1 made its debut in May 2011, and 2.0 was released on August 20. If you've ever used Flash, Hype will look very familiar.
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Impact of DevOps on mobile app development
Technology Digital
The fast-paced world of mobile apps may benefit from a software development method that aims to boost efficiency and flexibility. DevOps, which borrows concepts from the Agile software movement, seeks to pull together the development and IT operations sides of an organization. That can prove difficult, since developers tend to favor change while operations personnel strive for stability. The DevOps approach tries to get everyone to meet in the middle.

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The future of Web: Pageless design
iMediaConnection
Most people would agree that a balance of design, aesthetics and functionality are important. With pageless design, you can have this balance. Pageless design, in short, is a single webpage that encapsulates an entire site's data into one fluid page.

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Investigating the state of UX and UI design in tech
O'Reilly Radar
The last major shift in design arguably occurred in the 90s as print design gave way to Web design, and designers suddenly had to deal with Web-safe colors, alias fonts, and the information design challenges of a non-sequential medium. Two decades later, design is approaching a similarly monumental shift as designers move from designing for the Web to designing for systems.

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Some ways ActiveSupport helps Ruby developers
SitePoint
Ruby is an object-oriented, interpreted language invented by Yukihiro Matsumoto in 1993 that is heavily inspired by Perl and Lisp. Since its inception, Ruby was designed with a strong focus on readability and elegance. Ruby on Rails is an open source Web application framework, which runs on the Ruby programming language. Rails uses various gems, many that are frameworks in their own right, to give you abstractions that help write clean and DRY code. One of those gems is ActiveSupport, which extends many of the core Ruby classes to give the syntactic sugar that Rails uses.
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Is it time for app developers to declare 'game over'?
FierceDeveloper
It's not like Peter Relan doesn't like mobile games; in fact, it would be ridiculous to think he doesn't like mobile games. He just sees the big money happening somewhere else. Relan, based in San Francisco, has been a mainstay on the incubator scene for years, helping startups in the gaming space like CrowdStar find success. Recently, however, he launched an effort that seemed to contradict his earlier approach to the market.
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