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Invites to Inbox for Google Apps Accounts are here

I've got mine yesterday and I can already say that I like it. Even though I am organized and don't feel overwhelmed by email, this app brings email to the next level. Smart filtering and contact suggestions help a lot. Now I just need to get rid of my label junk.

How to get the most out of type-ahead: Autocomplete and Autosuggest | Earley & Associates

Quick read with great impact?

How to get the most out of type-ahead: Autocomplete and Autosuggest | Earley & Associates
Many of today's ecommerce platforms offer the ability to create and curate type-ahead lists within the search box, some even including thumbnail images in addition to text. As the capabilities of the internet and Google make things easier and easier for the user, it is critical for anyone ...

"In-App Browsers on Android"

Totally agree. Not necessary
http://ignorethecode.net/2014/12/13/in_app_browsers_on_android/

ignore the code: In-App Browsers on Android
In-App Browsers on Android. M.G. Siegler likes the fact that Facebook on Android now has a built-in browser, instead of sending you to a dedicated browser app when you open a link. Me, I'm not a fan. Instead of opening links in the browser of my choice that provides the features I actually want, ...

Simple Software Test Plans | Overlook.io

Need an easy tool to create a test plan for your website - Check out this tool.
You don't know what a test plan is? Easy - if you implemented a feature you want to see if it works for all (or most) users - this tool helps you guide testers through a list of things they need to do to test if it works for them and you can see the results.

Simple Software Test Plans | Overlook.io
Build really simple software test plans and share them with your team for easy QA testing. Totally free!

Cinemagraph Timelapse Mashup in Photoshop

Just realized today that I could "stabilize" a timelapse in Photoshop by adding a layer on top of the video groud and apply a layer mask.

How to make a timelapse in Photoshop is illustrated in a lot of articles online - but I have never seen this technique. It gives you some interesting creative options - like keeping the the foreground bright while the sky goes dark.

It gives the timelapse a cinemagraph look which is quite cool I think.

 

Landing page teardown: Serial podcast | by @mijustin

Some designers think that they are better story tellers than their clients - and mostly it's true. Most designers clients are not story tellers and don't know how to tell the story of their product or their brand. But people who tell stories for a living know what they are doing.

This teardown transforms a very clear messaging to a average plea for donations you can see on every non-profit on the net, on tv on the radio. We are inoculated against the whole "messaging centered around the consumer".

The messaging of serial is very clear and straight forward - no testimonial or cheesy pictures or background. If you are intrigued by the headline you read what motivated them - and then decide if it's worth your time and money. It's not about making listeners aware that there might be no more episodes - they know that because the same plea has been made in the show.

The designer would have known that and made other assumptions if he was a listener to the show. So please - the next time you redesign something into mediocrity - at least do better research.

Landing page teardown: Serial podcast
I haven't listened to the new Serial podcast yet. But I am interested in landing pages, and their current splash page caught my attention: The producers of Serial have made a classic copywriting mi...

Design Details: Android Lollipop Pt. 1 | Brian Lovin

Comprehensive notes and videos of Android 5.0 Lollipop interactions. While I see this interactions day in day out on my devices I like this collection in it's purity and simplicity.

Design Details: Android Lollipop Pt. 1 | Brian Lovin
The Design Details Podcast is coming! I'm excited to announce the Design Details Podcast is coming in early 2015! Each show will be a 30-60 minute conversation with design leaders in the community. Twenty-three guests have already accepted an invitation to chat, including Tim Van Damme (Dropbox) ...

Creative underexposure with Nikon DSLR camera

Interesting to read an article about a technique I already use. Although I mostly overexpose to avoid noise in the shadows.

http://nikonrumors.com/2014/11/22/creative-underexposure-with-nikon-dslr-camera.aspx/

Creative underexposure with Nikon DSLR camera | Nikon Rumors
Creative underexposure with a Nikon DSLR camera is written by Deci Gallen (Website | Facebook | Instagram): With the release of the D750, much has been made

Google Analytics is hard, here is some help

A nice list of Custom Reports for your Google Analytics. Find the best traffic sources for your website, find errors and more.

8 Custom Reports from the Google Analytics Solutions Gallery - Analytics Blog
New analysts have it easy these days. Back in my day, we have to walk uphill in the snow both ways to get decent enough web reporting. My first blush with web analytics came upon me when I was a marketing coordinator for an advertising agency several years ago. I got the hand-me-down grunt work ...

How to tackle Material Design

Great short article, the most important thing in it is explaining what guidelines are and that guidelines are there to help you, not to force you.

#ftl #link #materialdesign #android

Originally shared by +Matias Duarte

Awesome post by Max Weiner of Pocket - I'm so excited to see how many developers are successfully adopting Material!

How to Not Freak Out About Material Design
A sane approach to making your app Material

"Screaming into the Canyon of Our Lives: Amazon Echo Name Review"

If you need to name something sometimes, this is a good read.

http://catchwordbranding.com/catchthis/namereview/screaming-into-the-canyon-of-our-lives-amazon-echo-name-review/

Screaming into the Canyon of Our Lives: Amazon Echo Name Review |
When was the last time you had an argument about a factual topic? Like who coached the Bulls in 1997 or why the sky is blue? The gradual advance of the Internet into every arena of our lives has made these conversations, and the knowledge itself, obsolete. But what about when your 8-year-old son ...

Visual Studio and .NET Go Cross-Platform | Visual studio content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

This is in my opinion huge ... especially making Visual Studio free for small teams and supporting iOS and Android Development (although only Javascript/HTML at the moment). This will give .net Developers a chance to reach out to new audiences and create applications for multiple platforms.

I think that this will expand the variety of apps and it will be great for small/medium firms you have legacy software developed in .net and couldn't afford to start over from scratch. With this move they can port their software to Linux and Mac and maybe also extend into mobile apps.

Visual Studio and .NET Go Cross-Platform | Visual studio content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
In a major expansion of its open source efforts, Microsoft announced today that will open up Visual Studio and .NET to developers on all major platforms. It starts with the open-sourcing of the core .NET server stack, a new free and full-featured Visual Studio edition, and preview versions of ...

Sideeffects of making Blackmagic Fusion VFX free

The newly free Blackmagic Fusion will not only give Adobe some hard times - also established VFX Artist will be faced with a lot more competition in the future.

Making this professional software free for everyone will make it a defacto standard on which most new VFX Artists will train on. Sure you could pirate the software before for training - but then you had to choose between After Effects, Fusion and others. Now you will just try out first Fusion.

This will bring down salaries for VFX artists I imagine and push them to become even better, since just knowing a tool everyone can afford to learn isn't a distinguishing factor anymore.

BTW: A quick tip if you are wondering why Blackmagic Fusion 7.5 can't import/export MP4s - you need to have installed Apple's free Quicktime Player (might seem obvious, but on my freshly installed machine it wasn't)

Blackmagic Design: Fusion

The world's most advanced visual effects and motion graphics solution! Fusion is the world's most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. With over 25 years of development, Fusion has been used on over 1000 major ...

From concept to reality: rebranding Google Squared - Jack Morgan

Want to see a comprehensive case study about a corporate design implementation - look no further. Well written, great examples and a great insight into how corporate design is a system that helps you build an identity and doesn't stifle creativity.

From concept to reality: rebranding Google Squared
2nd November 2014 Squared (often referred to as ‘Google Squared’) is an educational initiative developed and launched by Google London in 2012. It's catered to people working in the advertisin...

Add a File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without CopyingThis is an awesome trick and it works great and can be very useful for logos and other files you might want to re-use and be sure that the correct version of the file is always used

Add a File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying

This is an awesome trick and it works great and can be very useful for logos and other files you might want to re-use and be sure that the correct version of the file is always used.

A couple of things I noticed:

* if you rename a file it will get renamed everywhere - so watch out.

* You cannot see in your normal file structure if the file is the original or a clone (reference). Help your future self by adding something to your filename - like "_universal" or "_xdrive"
* You can see all the instances of the file when you look at the details panel in the web version of Google Drive and eliminate single locations at will

Add the Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying
Did you know that Google Drive lets you place the same file or folder into multiple folders simultaneously. This prevents you from creating duplicate copies of the files in your Drive.

Interesting Thoughts about "The Grid" - a new website builder

I looked into The Grid and really have the same questions and doubts as this article. Interesting also the comments, for once pretty civil ;)

AI websites that design themselves? Why I'm skeptical of The Grid
If you haven't heard of The Grid, it's a website builder that claims to have created “AI websites that design themselves.” It's been generating big buzz- including support from Jason Fried and coverage by Wired. Curiously, The Grid hasn't launched yet and their homepage shows no demo or ...

That's one use of Google Maps I can see, maping out the great vine regions.

#ftl #link

Originally shared by +Google for Work

With , +Vinous provides vineyards with location data to help wine connoisseurs develop stronger connections to the birthplaces and stories behind their favorite wines. Learn more: http://goo.gl/XUfCzK