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Adobe launches tool to link design and development
VentureBeat
Adobe's been building a lot of bridges between development and design lately. Adobe Generator is the newest addition to the company's Creative Cloud; it links Photoshop to Edge Reflow, a mobile responsive design tool, in a way that streamlines creative and technical workflows and improves productivity for the entire team, especially when it comes to responsive mobile/Web design.
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The 10 best coding websites
The Independent
From Codeacademy to Hackety Hack, these sites offer free and paid courses in everything from programming and Web design to music theory and graphics.
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Google debuts Chrome Web Apps
InformationWeek
Five years into the development of Google Chrome, Chrome Web Apps have broken free of the browser and landed on the desktop. Chrome users visiting the Chrome Web Store can now install Chrome Web Apps that behave as if they were traditional, locally installed applications. These apps, written using Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, command their own windows, outside of Chrome. They have the ability to function offline, to work with connected devices, and to update themselves automatically.
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2014 STC membership season opens 16 September; check out important changes
STC
Get ready to renew or join! The 2014 membership season for the Society for Technical Communication opens on Monday, 16 September. Members, keep an eye out for an email Monday morning with the official announcement and information on the early renewal discount. We have a couple changes to note. First, we've combined the Gold Education membership with SIG Value membership to form the Gold Value Package. Members at this level receive five free webinars, half off one certificate course, the Really Early Bird rate for the Summit (no matter when they register), plus one chapter and any desired SIGs. Second, all Student Members now also receive membership in the Academic SIG. For additional information click "read more" below or contact Megan McBroom.
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Announcing an STC/UXPA virtual conference on usability and accessibility
STC
STC and the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) are cohosting a new virtual conference, Technical Communicators Applying Usability and Accessibility Skills to Their Work. This unique, three-day, online event takes place from 24-26 September, 12:30-2:30 PM each day, and includes presentations on many aspects of accessibility and usability and how they fit into the bigger picture of technical communication. With the application of usability and accessibility skills, the products of technical communicators become more welcoming and inclusive and become part of a successful content strategy in general. The virtual conference speakers will cover a wide but important variety of topics in a short and convenient time frame. Click below for more information, a list of currently scheduled sessions, and to register.
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2014 STC Summit Call for Proposals closes Monday
STC
The Call for Proposals for the 2014 Technical Communication Summit closes on Monday, 16 September, so get your proposals in soon. 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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3 online courses starting soon
STC
STC has three online courses starting in less than three weeks. These multi-week courses are perfect to help you take the next step in your career. Kick-start your career with TechComm 101, presented by Leah Guren starting 30 September and running every Monday through 11 November, from Noon-1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4). Or advance your career with TechComm 201, every Tuesday from 1 October through 5 November, Noon-1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4). Finally, we also offer Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton on Wednesdays from 2 October through 30 October, 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4). And don't forget about our one-hour live Web seminars! We have five webinars scheduled through the end of the month, with many more to be added over the rest of the year.
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7 portable applications for Web developers and designers
WhaTech
As we all know that web development is one of the most important parts of Information Technology that requires special expertise and skills to develop a fully-functional website. There are lots of portable applications that can be used to develop different websites, but Web designers and developers need to learn the use of these applications if they are looking to get most out of these apps.
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Apps, tablets, and usability
SitePoint
The current trend towards flat design presents a real threat to the usability on tablets, a recent study from researchers at the Neilson Norman Group has found. The latest study was one of six to be carried out on usability and, while it was found that tablet usability is improving, there are still issues such as poor gestures, rescaled design, and workflow.
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Bringing Unicode to PHP with Portable UTF-8
SitePoint
PHP allows multibyte variable names like $a∩b, $Σxy and $Δx, mbstring, and other extensions work with Unicode strings, and the utf8_encode() and utf8_decode() functions translate strings between the UTF-8 and ISO-8859-1 encodings. Yet it's widely acknowledged that PHP lacks Unicode support. This article covers what the lack of Unicode support means, and demonstrates the use of a library that brings Unicode support to your PHP application, Portable UTF-8.
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CV keyword bingo: HTML5, Hadoop, and MongoDB
Computer Weekly
Job search website indeed.com has compiled a job trends report with a supporting graphical analysis to detail to the top keywords that job hunters submit and employers look for when it comes to evaluating curriculum vitae's (CV) or résumés, if you prefer the Franco-Americanism. "HTML5" is the #1 job trend — the fastest growing keyword found in online job postings — ahead of "MongoDB" in second place and "iOS" in third place says the company.

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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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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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The eyes (and voice) have it: The age of voice-controlled image editing has arrived
Allvoices
Our eyes are the best cameras ever created. Today editing is equal parts artistic eye and technical knowledge. But what if we could shoot the photo or video and then tell the editing software what we want it to do with our voice rather than futzing with a set of controls via our mouse, keyboard and stylus? What if those who can articulate, in words, how the photo or video should look could be the best editors?
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Wireframing is out, prototyping is in
memeburn
A few years ago, the standard process for building a decently complex website involved an initial stage of producing wireframes. These were generally static, greyscale "blueprints" for the layout of the website, illustrating where content would be positioned, what kind of UI elements are to be used, and how data will be input by users and displayed when output. Fast forward a couple of years to the present day and there are a few reasons why this process may not cut it anymore.
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