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Diving into Acrobat: A Preflight Profile of Your Very Own
By John Deubert
Nov 16, 2011
Adobe’s list of default preflight profiles is extensive, well thought-out, and useful. Still, if you create lots of PDF files in your life, you’ll want to make your own preflight profile that does just exactly what you want, neither more nor less. Happily, that’s an easy task, if a bit tedious. Adobe expert John Deubert shows you how.
AJAX-Like File Uploads with jQuery
By Jay Blanchard
Nov 14, 2011
Web developer and designer Jay Blanchard shows you how to create AJAX-like file uploads with jQuery and a very simple, and very small, script that can be modified to use in any website or web application project.
Introducing HTML5: Video and Audio
By Bruce Lawson, Remy Sharp
Nov 14, 2011
HTML5 provides a competing, open standard for delivery of multimedia on the Web with its native video and audio elements and APIs. This chapter largely discusses the video element, but most of the markup and scripting are applicable for both audio and video.
Aesthetics: Enjoy the Ride
By Maggie Macnab
Oct 19, 2011
Fundamental pieces of "memory" are embedded from the earliest experience of your ancestors and from your personal experiences collected during the first years of life. These experiences join with the unique composite of your genes to give you an individual perspective of beauty, teach you how to assess and respond, and advise you on how to make decisions based on what you believe to be right or wrong. This chapter will help you remember what you already know.
Design by Nature: An Interview with Maggie Macnab
By Peachpit, Maggie Macnab
Oct 17, 2011
In this interview, Maggie Macnab, author of Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, talks about using the principles and processes of nature in your design work, why patterns found in nature are so effective in design, and what inspires her as a designer.
Diving into Acrobat: Examine and Fix PDF Files with Acrobat Preflight
By John Deubert
Oct 17, 2011
Preparing a PDF file for some commercial purpose—in particular, for professional printing—can be a serious test of your aggravation gene. Are your fonts all embedded? Are all your colors and images CMYK? Are your line widths thick enough to reproduce on a four-color press? Are you sure? Acrobat expert John Deubert explains how Acrobat X’s preflight feature can minimize the number of sarcastic messages you get from the printing company. Not only can it look for common problems in your PDF file; in many cases, it can fix those problems!
The Mobile Future of UX
By Robert Hoekman
Oct 14, 2011
Robert Hoekman, Jr. talks about the profound impact PC Free and the mobile revolution in general will have on web designers.
Introduction to MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Oct 6, 2011
In this chapter you'll see how to define a simple table using MySQL's allowed data types and other properties. Then you'll learn how to interact with the MySQL server using two different client applications.
CSS3 Is Here! Browser Extensions in Depth
By Jason Cranford Teague
Oct 5, 2011
Because the process of developing Internet standards can take years and is cumbersome between different browsers, browser extensions were implemented to set off officially approved CSS code from code being tested by the browser manufacturers. Expert web designer/developer Jason Cranford Teague shows you how to use and implement these extensions.
What’s New and Improved in Adobe Flash CS5.5
By Brian Wood
Sep 29, 2011
Adobe Flash just keeps getting more powerful as the versions roll on, and CS5.5 is no exception. While those services are very useful, Adobe expert Brian Wood shows us how the latest version of Flash has something for everyone, and walks us through his top ten list of new features.
Turning Web Pages into Apps with Dreamweaver CS5.5
By David Karlins
Sep 14, 2011
David Karlins, author of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques, concludes his three-part miniseries on how to get mobile with Dreamweaver. This article walks through the relatively easy process of turning a mobile-friendly web page into an app that runs on iOS or Android. Amazingly, Dreamweaver does most of the work, and no coding is needed!
Applied jQuery: Being Effective with AJAX
By Jay Blanchard
Sep 13, 2011
jQuery simplifies using AJAX with several shorthand methods for the basic AJAX methods. For most developers and designers, these shorthand methods will be all that they ever need to use. The jQuery AJAX shorthand methods post, get, and load are featured in this chapter.
CSS3 Is Here! Selling Progressive Enhancement
By Jason Cranford Teague
Sep 7, 2011
Expert web designer/developer Jason Cranford Teague shows you how wanting the next greatest thing for your website isn’t necessarily learning about HTML 5 but understanding progressive enhancement, a new web philosophy that will allow you to push the boundaries of web design, while not excluding large segments of your potential audience.
Using PayPal Shipping Services
By Michael Miller
Sep 7, 2011
Did you know that PayPal offers services to help expedite shipping your product? Michael Miller shows how to use PayPal to ship your products quickly and efficiently.
Adding PayPal Payment Buttons to Your Site
By Michael Miller
Aug 31, 2011
For many individuals and small businesses, the easiest way to sell on their websites is to use PayPal payment buttons. But how do you add these buttons to your site? It's easy, as Michael Miller explains.
JavaScript: Visual QuickStart Guide: Working with Images
By Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Aug 31, 2011
One of the best (and most common) uses of JavaScript is to add visual interest to Web pages by animating graphics, and that’s what this chapter is all about.
(Serious) Fun with Web, Mobile, and Dreamweaver CS5.5
By David Powers
Aug 30, 2011
With the rapid spread of smartphones and tablets, responsive web design has become the order of the day. No problem, argues David Powers, author of Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Studio Techniques: Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3. Dreamweaver CS5.5 puts the necessary tools at your disposal, and formerly dreaded chores, like rounding corners on elements, or adding drop shadows and transparent backgrounds, have become a real pleasure.
Choosing the Right PayPal Payment Solution
By Michael Miller
Aug 24, 2011
PayPal offers a variety of payment processing solutions for merchants of all types and sizes. Which of PayPal's various solutions is best for your business? Michael Miller helps you choose the right payment solution for you.
John Deubert’s AcrobatiX: Two Exotic Annotations
By John Deubert
Aug 23, 2011
Are people ignoring your sticky notes? Do your spreadsheet files invariable become separated from your financial reports? Acrobat supplies two annotation types that fix these problems and are strangely underused: The Sound and File Attachment tools are well worth knowing about!
Adobe Flex 4.5 Fundamentals: Using Simple Controls
By Michael Labriola, Jeff Tapper
Aug 22, 2011
The Flex framework has many tools that make laying out simple controls easier. In this lesson, you’ll become familiar with simple controls by building the basic user interface of a sample application.

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