Web Development

Image Maps

Image Maps is quite ancient technology (1993!) to create “clickable” areas on images. Sometimes there is just no other way to handle some some images. Recently I found quite useful tool to create them.

Send and receive emails via API

Send and receive emails via API

It’s coming with experience. On the beginning you always trying to do everything by your self. No frameworks, no libraries – bare bone solutions written from the scratch. Later – you realising than your time is to expensive, and start using some libraries. After another period of time you are getting to the point, that you are willing to use as many existing solutions as it’s possible.

Really typical problem – sending and receiving emails from the apps. Of course – you can send emails using simple mail () command or using more sophisticated libraries like Swiftmailer but… if there is an option to use API, you can chose from couples:

Cut and slice Photoshop files really easy

Cut and slice Photoshop files really easy

This is one if these rare plugins which make my live lot easier. Actually can’t imagine my work without it.  Cut&Slice me  is able to export your assets to different devices in seconds. Whole idea is really simple – name objects, or groups in special way. Click one button – and all assets will be exported in proper file names. It’s getting event better – his plugin is able to export all assets in multiple dimensions (retina images). So… if you ever dreamt about perfect tool for you work – this is it.

CSS Sprites online tools

CSS Sprites online tools

CSS Sprites  it was a very popular technique for a long time. Biggest benefit from it: reduce number of the requestes to the server, and speedup whole website / loading image assets. Working with CSS slides is really painful  Usually you are starting from PSD then you have to decouple them to separate images, then merge them again to one image, and then mark position of each element in the CSS file.

Couple useful tools to work with: