Daily Blog Post 05/13/2008

  • The patterns & practices: Documentation Tools project includes a Word 2007 template and tools that you can use to convert Word documents to HTML, Help 1.0 (CHM), and Help 2.0 (HxS). It also includes a tool that helps you manage your table of contents for large documentation sets. You can use these tools to create your own documentation guidance or take existing patterns & practices Word documents, modify the content, and then convert the content to your desired output.

    The Documentation Tools include three binaries that you can install:

    * Content Template. This is a Microsoft Word 2007 add-in and template that provides the p&p Content ribbon bar and pre-defined styles to create and format content.
    * Master TOC Tool. This tool allows you to specify one or more Word documents to be converted by the conversion tools.
    * Conversion Tool. This tool consists of transforms and Powershell scripts that convert your content (written in the Word template and specified in the Master TOC) to HTML, Help 1.0 (CHM), or Help 2.0 (HxS) format.

    tags: documentation, tools, codeplex, opensource, software, freeware

  • Do you freak out if someone asks you to match print colors to Web colors? Or, maybe you just can’t decide whether the orange would work better with the blue or the green. Either way, many designers may not realize how easy it is to choose a palette for that new Web design. Additionally, many designers might be surprised to learn that they can stay on top of color trends with a few visits to fashion design Web sites.

    All those tips and more are listed below in this list of 101 color resources for Web designers. The categories are listed alphabetically as are all the links contained within each category. Although the sites are numbered, this does not mean that one site is better than others. Visit them all and bookmark the ones that will help you become the most color-savvy Web designer around.

    tags: color, linklist, blogarticle, overview, colormanagement, webdesign

  • tags: wcf, sharepoint, article, blogarticle, howto

  • Window Animations app to bring some life to ur windows Experience
    Has good amount of options and settings to set
    Read the that comes up after installation to know all that u can do

    tags: software, gui, freeware, effect

  • he WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

    Choose from a growing number of guided tours of the sky by astronomers and educators from some of the most famous observatories and planetariums in the country. Feel free at any time to pause the tour, explore on your own (with multiple information sources for objects at your fingertips), and rejoin the tour where you left off. Join Harvard Astronomer Alyssa Goodman on a journey showing how dust in the Milky Way Galaxy condenses into stars and planets. Take a tour with University of Chicago Cosmologist Mike Gladders two billion years into the past to see a gravitational lens bending the light from galaxies allowing you to see billions more years into the past.

    tags: microsoft, googleearth, universe, software, freewware, cool

  • tags: blogarticle, pdf, linklist, onlineservice

  • tags: gtd, onlineservice, commercial, todo, selfmanagement

  • tags: guitar, blogarticle, overview, linklist

  • IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8 beta 1, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.
    New in v0.2.1 : Improved stability and multi-lingual interface !

    This is an alpha release, so feel free to post comments/bugs on the IETester forum or contact me directly.
    Minimum requirement : Windows Vista or Windows XP with IE7 (Windows XP with IE6 has some minor problems and IE7/IE8 instances do not work under this config)

    Download IETester v0.2.1
    Known problems and limitations :

    * When resizing, the content may disappear. I am working to correct it on the next version.
    * The Previous/Next buttons are not working properly
    * Focus is not working properly
    * Java applets are not working
    * Flash is not working on IE6 instance.

    tags: testing, browser, software, tools, freeware, debug

  • Post2Blog 3 is a FREEWARE handy blog editor with live spell-checking support for pro-bloggers


    FREEWARE (and no tech support, sorry);
    WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor with complete hot-keys support;
    Built-in „Live“ spellchecking (check screenshot);
    „Portable Mode“ support (check instruction);
    Images are uploaded automatically (supported uploading types: Flickr (see example), file area of your blog, imageshack.us, picturelli.com, custom FTP server);
    Post text and/or images from Firefox or Internet Explorer to your blog with 2 clicks only using plugins for Firefox (check example) and Internet Explorer (check example);
    Compose new posts in MS Word and post them to your blog using Post2Blog toolbar for MS Word;
    Integration with RSS Bandit (rssbandit.org) and Sharp Reader (sharpreader.net) – you can post selected items from these RSS readers using Post2Blog plugin;
    Post files, images, documents from Explorer or any other program using „Send To -> Post2Blog“ command;
    Add Technorati, Del.icio.us, Buzzwords, 43 Things tags to your posts;
    Automatically send trackbacks, ping web-services to notify about updates in your blogs;
    Earn money using „Insert Amazon Link“ feature;
    Use built-in smiles for use in your blog;

    Available with English, Spanish, Russian interfaces

    First Step:

    * Your First Post
    * What is a Blog?

    Connecting to a blog:

    * Blogger
    * WordPress
    * Typepad
    * Movable Type

    How To

    * Upload images to Flickr
    * Post from MS Word
    * Post from Firefox
    * Post from Internet Explorer
    * Inserting smiles
    * Post images from Explorer
    * Post documents from Explorer
    * Insert image
    * Create hyperlink
    * Insert tags (Technorati, Flickr etc)
    * Spellcheck your post
    * Setup FTP uploading


    * Inserting Amazon link
    * Adding Adsense to the post
    * Inserting Chitika eMinimal
    * Collecting snippets from web-pages
    * Link selection to online dictionary
    * Configuring Post2Blog as an external tool for other applications
    * Highlight selected XML code (for programmers)
    * Creating easy-to-update news section for your site
    * How to make a portable version

    * online documentation
    * documentation in PDF format

    tags: post2blog, freeware, blog, editor, software

  • There are hundreds of things that Firefox can do. Extensions can enhance your Firefox, but browsing through hundreds of extensions can be time consuming and some of them are useless.

    tags: firefox, linklist, addon, overview


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