Valentine’s Day cards

Original post by Peter Butler

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Creating your own Valentine’s Day cards with commercial design software like Adobe Photoshop or CorelDRAW will provide you with a wide array of options for tweaking your images, text, and other graphical elements. Those programs also offer instructional assistance and templates to help you through the process. But if you’re willing to use a little elbow grease and your imagination, you can create a fantastic Valentine’s Day card using free design software.

For this tutorial, I’m going to use Paint.NET, a top-rated download that offers many of the important features that you’ll find in commercial image editors. GIMP is another great free program that actually offers a bit more power in terms of third-party plug-ins and online tutorials, but I find that Paint.NET is an easier program for new users to learn.

Also, I’m going to create a basic Valentine’s Day card that includes an image with overlaid text and the date on the front, and some graphic elements and romantic sentiments on the inside. If you’re the artistic sort and can create your own graphics, more power to you. One good free app for doing so is the vector-illustration software Inkscape. I’m artistically incompetent, so I tend to focus on using cool pictures and injecting some wit into my text.

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Free Icons for Developers

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Jonas Rask Design has created a set of beautiful 32 x 32 px toolbar icons. He has decided to release these free for developers and private individuals alike. You can use them in your applications, in your toolbar, on your website. It’s entirely up to you. A credit or backlink is not required but appreciated. Package includes ICNS,PNG, TIFF, Mac Icons and Pixadex iContainer versions.

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5 Important Rules in Website Design

When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are seven important rules of thumb to observe to make sure your website performs well.

1) Do not use splash pages

Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like “welcome” or “click here to enter”. In fact, they are just that — pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your visitors have a reason to click on the “back” button! Give them the value of your site up front without the splash page.

2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements

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eBay’s Desktop App, San Dimas, Enters Public Beta

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EBay Inc. will significantly widen the beta test for San Dimas, its PC application designed to let buyers interact both offline and online with the company’s marketplace.

Until now San Dimas has been available to testers selected by eBay, but it can now be downloaded by eBay buyers for use with the U.S. marketplace.

The application, which has been rebaptized eBay Desktop and was built on Adobe Systems Inc.’s AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) platform, will be shown this week at Adobe’s Max 2007 show in Chicago.

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