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Goodbye WYSIWYG for Web content management systems?
CMS Wire
CMS platform provider SetSeed CMS thinks it offers a better alternative to WYSIWYG-based content management in its newest version. SetSeed 8 — with an all-new interface, improved mobile experience, and new APIs — avoids problems caused by What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) CMSs, company representatives claim. SetSeed 8 also includes several APIs that allow SetSeed CMS to be used as a website builder for the first time.
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How to visually design any enterprise UI with ODTUG: Your UX questions answered
Automated Trader
The ODTUG webinar on Visual Design for any Enterprise UI was a great success with nearly 150 participants signed up. You can read more about the webinar content itself on the Usable Apps blog, but it is always fresh, now updated to include insights on Facebook colors, the Yahoo! logo, those Apple iOS7 icons, and research into usability and visual appearance. Applications user experience is all about being modern and compelling. There was also a lively question and answer session at the end of the webinar.
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10 excellent design and development tools for Web developers
WhaTech
Every professional needs perfect tools for creating master piece design for their clients. Inspiring design and development is only done with great effort and the right tools. Luckily, there are many different types of design and development tool for Web developers available that completes their jobs faster than before. Getting to that point is more difficult however.
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STC membership deadlines approaching
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The deadline for the Early Renewal Discount for Classic STC membership is coming up fast! Current members, you must renew by 12 December to save $30 off a Classic membership for 2014. That brings your base price down to $195 (regularly $225). See your recent emails from STC for your dues discount code, or email membership@stc.org. The Member-Get-A-Member deadline is approaching as well. Recruit a new member to STC by 13 December and be entered to win one of a number of great prizes. Email Megan McBroom at megan.mcbroom@stc.org with any membership-related questions.
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Brand-new online course from STC on social media
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STC introduces a brand-new online course next month, Creating a Personal/Corporate Brand. Matt Sullivan presents this six-session course on Tuesdays and Thursdays over three weeks, from 3 December to 19 December, 7:30-8:30 PM EST (GMT-5) each session. Matt shows how by establishing a solid social media plan, with a well-crafted social media ID and brand, you can make social media work for you. Learn how to let social media increase your free time and connections with others, rather than the inverse.
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Summit registration opens 1 December
STC
Registration for the 2014 STC Summit (18-21 May in Phoenix) will be opening soon! Keep an eye on your email for the announcement and be ready to take advantage of our lowest rates. The Really Early Bird rate of $835 for members is only good through 31 December. The preliminary program will be available soon to allow you to start planning your trip early. And check out our sample memo to see if your company might pay all or part of your way, too!
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December webinars from STC
STC
STC offers a half-dozen webinars in December before taking a break for the holidays. Sign up today and spend an hour learning more about qualitative research, metadata, localization, NASA and social media, career advancement, and knowledge management. Each hour is led by an expert in the field and provides education, information, and sometimes entertainment. Click the "read more" link below for full details on each webinar and to register.
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Goodbye Flash ads: Flite introduces new Web-based HTML5 design tool for building mobile ads
App Developer Magazine
Goodbye Flash, hello HTML5. So says Flite, a multi-screen advertising company, who has introduced Design Studio HTML5, a Web-based design tool for building ads that will run on all devices and screens. According to the company, when compared with competitive offerings, Design Studio HTML5 has an easier to use UI, a straightforward installation and trafficking of HTML5 content, live update capabilities without reinstalling code, multi-user collaboration in the design process, and better cross-browser/cross-device support.
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14 ways to improve the UX of on-site search results
Econsultancy
An effective site search tool is hugely important tool for ecommerce as it's a common way for shoppers to navigate sites and find products. In fact up to 30 percent of visitors will use the site search tool and these tend to be highly motivated shoppers who know exactly what they're looking for. The speed in which results are returned is very important, but there are also many other factors that influence the overall user experience and could be the difference between making a sale or losing a potential customer.
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Review of a Lucidpress Web design template
TechRepublic
The Lucidpress design app allows users to create content for the Web and print using a cloud-based productivity suite that can be configured and integrated alongside Google Drive, Skype, Dropbox, and other online tools. This article details an attempts to modify an existing Lucidpress digital template to create a website design.
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How to build your first mobile app in 12 Steps: Part 2
Forbes
Building your first mobile app can be a challenging experience. Be sure to read How To Build Your First Mobile App In 12 Steps: Part 1 to review steps 1 through 6. Now that your app has been defined pretty clearly, it is time to get started on the back end of your system.
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Powering the Web with Python Web frameworks
SitePoint
Web frameworks are primarily server-side technologies that are designed to accomplish a series of specialized tasks. As it relates, Python Web frameworks are module and package collections that enable developers to build Web applications without concern for certain details. These details, handled by the chosen framework, eliminate complexities such as performance bottlenecks. As such, developers are free to focus on Web development responsibilities, particularly application logic.

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Website usability and page speed — birds of a feather
SitePoint
The difference between good and great websites is the quality of their UX. In order to make a lasting impression on visitors, you must build engaging user experiences, and website usability is the single most important factor determining how a user will experience your site.

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Incorporate conditional loading into your design for a better UX
TechRepublic
A number of websites are falling behind the mobile usage curve by not including responsive Web design, progressive enhancement, and/or adaptive web design elements. These sites deliver poor user experiences and ultimately higher website bounce rates. If your site doesn't include RWD design yet, you should consider the idea of conditional loading for responsive designs, which Jeremy Keith first wrote about in December 2011.

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Website security should start from design
ZDNet
The breach that compromised two Singapore government websites recently could have been better mitigated if the Web developers were trained in coding securely, and if security had been a considered right from the beginning of the design and development lifecycle.
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Dramatize your portrait photography
SitePoint
It's well known that most photographers enhance their photos, whether for basic lighting changes, color correction or a full overhaul that virtually deconstructs the image to recreate a new one. Put simply, photographers rely heavily on programs like Photoshop and Lightroom. While the arguments in regards to the overuse of Photoshop come up now and again there is no denying that Photoshop is a beneficial asset. Another great thing about Photoshop is it can bring out heavy, rich tones to add drama to your photos.
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