By Jeff Carlson | Friday, April 24, 2015
When major software updates come out, we want to know what’s new to determine whether we should upgrade or not.
In most cases, the stakes are pretty low: Will a new spreadsheet program work faster? Will that new note-taking application sync with my phone?
But when we’re talking about photo management software like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the stakes are higher:
This week Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom CC, and I’m happy to report that the answers are yes; no; and surprisingly, no.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 23, 2015
A lot of designers are picky about hyphens. (I know I am!) Especially hyphens in words that break across lines.
We can control how InDesign hyphenates on a document level by editing the Hyphenation options in our paragraph styles, including the minimum length of words to hyphenate and the acceptable number of hyphens per word.
But what about words you don’t want hyphenated, regardless of length?
Some designers enter soft returns, aka line breaks, to force the word to the next line, but this really only solves the problem if your project is finalized. If you need to edit the layout or text, the word will move and the line break will look out of place.
In this week’s InDesign Secrets, I’ll show you three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating and breaking across lines—without using soft returns.
By Mark Niemann-Ross | Thursday, April 23, 2015
Programmers and musicians have similar brains. We’re good at recognizing patterns. We’re persistent. We savor the graceful expression of an idea.
And … we spend a lot of time talking about our tools, rather than the craft. Guitarists will talk for hours about the perfect set of strings or the merits of a ’69 Telecaster. Programmers argue (vehemently!) about the perfect language or where to place a closing brace.
None of that is music or code. Music and code come from thoughtfulness and appreciation of the art. For programmers, this is where computational thinking and the concepts taught in Code Clinic become important.
This year, we’re releasing four new Code Clinics. Let me explain why…
By David Powers | Wednesday, April 22, 2015
PHP powers more than four out of every five websites that use a server-side language—yet it has attracted a huge amount of criticism as being “badly designed.”
Certainly PHP has frustrating inconsistencies, but it owes its enduring popularity to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it lets you get the job done without needing a degree in computer science. I would also argue that PHP is constantly improving.
Here are five underused features that make PHP a really useful language.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
In his new course, Creating and Adapting a Logo, Deke shows how to reconfigure a logo for many different types of projects—from web-based banner ads to printed business cards.
However, when you transition a logo from a digital format to print, you can’t only adjust the design. You also need to optimize the colors for print. RGB and CMYK colors simply won’t survive the transition to real-world inks.
So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, he’ll show how to take a logo with text and photographic details and render it with spot colors in Photoshop.
By Simon Allardice | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
This month, Stack Overflow announced the results of its 2015 Developer Survey. As part of the survey, nearly 30,000 software developers were asked which programming language they most want to continue using. At the top of that list—called the “Most Loved” category—is Swift.
That’s impressive for a language that’s not even a year old. But it doesn’t surprise me at all.
In a 30-year career, I’ve needed to learn, use, and sometimes discard many programming languages. And Swift is the most fun I’ve had with any of them.
If you think you might want to become an app developer, here’s why you should be looking at Swift.
By Todd Dewett | Monday, April 20, 2015
Employee engagement matters. It improves morale, productivity, and retention. Stronger engagement means stronger performance.
Many factors influence engagement, including the quality of the leader-follower relationship, trust in management, and the use of recognition and rewards.
Career-development activities—especially training—are another strong and sometimes overlooked contributor to engagement. This is particularly true in the managerial ranks. While we know that management-related training produces better managers, companies still don’t always provide it.
One reason has always been cost, but that simply isn’t an excuse with today’s online learning options. In fact, it’s now possible to add more value than we did back in the classroom—at a fraction of the cost.
By Doug Winnie | Sunday, April 19, 2015
When I was learning how to code as a young child, I didn’t realize that that it would affect the way I see the world and tackle problems for the rest of my life.
When I look back, I realize there are three ways that coding teaches you to think—all of which prepare you for challenges far beyond coding.
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