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Quick Tip: Activating jQuery from Flash

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Calling a javascript function from within Flash is pretty simple. Here’s how you can use it to run some jQuery effects . I used this technique when creating the Snowberrybeauty.com website. With this website the background was entirely done in flash with the HTML elements stacked over the top. For the homepage of the site… Read more »

Site Launch: Snowberry Beauty

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Snowberry Beauty is a fantastic looking site and it’s made all the more impressive by adding animation to key components with jQuery. Snowberry Beauty originally had their website designed and built entirely in flash. The only problem was that it was horrendously difficult to manage and their original flash developer was no longer available. They… Read more »

Super simple email marketing with Mailcall.co.nz

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Most businesses could really benefit from a solid email marketing solution. It’s an extremely handy tool to have in your arsenal and its so effective and affordable that you just can’t ignore it. I’ve talked to a lot of people who agree that email marketing should be really beneficial to their business. Many of them… Read more »

3D animated clouds in Flash CS4 from a photo

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I’ve recently been putting together an opening sequence for a website I’m developing for a local architect. While I was putting this together it got me thinking that it would be quite nice to animate the clouds moving slowly through the scene. I wanted the effect to look convincing but I don’t want to have… Read more »

Motion graphics logo reveal for Sentinel

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As well as operating my bread & butter freelance web design business I have recently been devoting more time to learning motion graphics techniques and finding some practical applications. I developed the logo reveal piece that you can see below for an upcoming server and website monitoring product called ‘Sentinel’. Sentinel is primarily a web… Read more »

Web design qualifications. Do they matter?

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Not so long ago I had a prospective client ask me what my web design qualifications were. I thought about it for a moment and replied “Err none actually”. I rattled off all the years of experience I had. How I got into the internet in 1996 and went on to work with some of… Read more »

Motion graphics entry for Motionworks challenge

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Though I’m primarily a web designer I have recently become interested in motion graphics … and I have to admit it sure is a lot of fun. One of the web sites that I frequent is www.motionworks.com.au. Motionworks is run by John Dickinson and one of the many resources that he has is a great… Read more »

Cross browser testing with Adobe Browser Lab

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Cross browser testing is one the realities of creating web sites & web applications and it’s one of those things that can be a bit of a headache from time to time. My setup here is pretty standard. I have a newish iMac for my day to day work as well as a Windows laptop…. Read more »

Time tracking & billing with Harvest

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Recently I was looking for a solution to handle my invoicing, a job which we all no doubt both love and loath . Most invoicing systems that I have encountered are smaller parts of large accounting systems and designed with accounts people in mind. But for someone like myself, who is most definitely not an… Read more »

Dropbox. File syncing that works

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Forget iDisk, forget FTP, Dropbox is the easiest way to store, share and sync your files on the internet. I was pretty content with using email to send files to clients and had tried to use iDisk or a thumb drive to make my files relatively portable. All was well and good until my thumb… Read more »