Explaining all those terms regarding images: A guide to file formats

How to choose the right image format for your Web or print project:

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December 12, 2006

If
you've ever worked on an image for your Web site, blog, or
printed materials, you've probably found yourself confronted with
multiple acronyms when it came time to save the file. Staring at the
options, you may have wondered if it really makes a difference whether
the file is saved as a JPEG, a TIFF, an EPS, or other format, as long
as it looks good on screen.

In
short, yes. For although it might seem like an inconsequential detail,
different file types are best suited to different uses. While some
formats are optimal for saving Web-navigation icons, for instance, they
may not be the best choice for high-resolution photographs. And just
because a certain format works well for online graphics doesn't always
mean it is ideal for print jobs.

To
help you understand the alphabet soup of image formats, we'll discuss a
few basic factors to consider when choosing a file type, provide an
overview of some of the most common formats, and explain when you might
choose each one. That way, you'll be better equipped to make the right
decision the next time you find yourself staring at your image-editing
program's Save As prompt.

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10 GREAT findings to build your better website.

Smashing Magazine has amazing articles on web development and doing business online. I learn from this site every time I visit.  Here's a bit about them: Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and
innovative information to Web designers and developers. Their aim is to
inform their readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web
development. They try to convince you not with the quantity but with the
quality of the information they present.

They posted a 10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines article a few days ago.  It has some very helpful and revealing tips.  Time to update some of my sites again and implement these tips.

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Bid and Quote Etiquette – Take 5 Minutes

If you are the one asking companies and contractors to bid on projects, please have the courtesy to let them all know, even through a BCC, that they were not selected. It’s a simple courtesy to thank them for their time in submitting the bid or scope. It also allows these companies to cross it off their list of potential projects.

Use the BCC option, it’s there to keep you from ticking people off.

I admit it, I do it – I find some terribly funny item that must be shared.  But, I clean it up first.  PLEASE if you forward emails – remember to remove all of the other lists of those who it was sent to in the thread.  It's an issue of privacy and respect for those in your lists.

Golden Rule applies here:  Do unto others….

Would you want your email forwarded, and forwarded around and around to strangers?  Remove it.

When you send your humor, prose, advice and weekly updates, use the BCC field in your email client.  If you don't know what that is – FIND OUT. If you use Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, various SmarterMail and webmail programs, do a search in the help area to find how to have it ALWAYS visible when you compose a new message, forward or reply.

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6 Tips For Creating a Memorable Landing Page

Many times we get so caught up in features, exact font sizes, how it matches to the mock up, we forget to focus on how the visitor will experience your site and how much of over-thinking of one pixel here and there can prevent you from truly having a memorable home page that is worthy of being forwarded.

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So who really owns your website design, anyway?

From Ivan Hoffman on the topic of who owns the copyright to your website: “You’ve gone to the trouble and expense of searching out and then paying a professional website designer to put together your piece of the electronic universe. Now you can tell everyone whatever it is you want to tell everyone. The question is: who owns what everyone is going to see? Does this piece of your heart actually belong to you?”

What is an xml feed?

A format for content distribution, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

RSS is a system that allows a user to get automatic updates from multiple web sites whenever new content is published on these sites. It acts like a personal web reader by checking your selected sites regularly for new content. If you set up an RSS feed from the New York Times Sports section, for example, you would be notified whenever a new article was posted. The notification takes place in an RSS Reader.

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