Dec
17
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | Comments Off on WordPress 2.7 Launched: Coolest Version Yet!

WordPress 2.7 Launched
We at Candid always likes to keep ourselves updated about new online tools, WordPress themes and other upgradations in the industry. The amazing features of WordPress 2.7, codenamed “Coltrane” has made us talk about this newly launched open source tool. We are so excited about the new version that we have already started developing WordPress themes and integrating plugins with WordPress 2.7.

WordPress 2.7
The first thing you will notice about WordPress 2.7 is its interface, which is completely different. WordPress team listened to all the users’ feedback, figured out the innovations they could include and came out with an incredible 2.7. The fully customizable dashboard makes it easy for users to drag and drop menu items to manage the admin. Plus, the WordPress 2.7 gives a flexibility to choose the options you want to show on dashboard.

There is a new feature called “quick post”, where you can do quick blogging without wasting time. Users can also complete bulk actions like moderating and replying to comments, writing a new post through the interface.

The amazing features of WordPress 2.7 have now set high standards for other blogging platforms. Most striking thing about the product is that it’s offered for free.

Posted in Developer's Den
Dec
10
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | Comments Off on Top 5 CSS Layout Generation Tools

CSS Layout Generation Tools
It is true that coders prefer to write the CSS manually, but at times they look for alternatives to finish the task quickly. And this is where the use of CSS layout generation tools comes.
Apart from these professional coders, many of us also want to code website in CSS, but don’t have any idea how to do it? Let’s discuss some of the simple and easy CSS generation tools that have been of great help in Candid’s project accomplishment process and will definitely be helpful to you.

So, enjoy exploring these Top 5 CSS Layout Generation Tools.

Page Maker – The Generator Form v2.90

Page Maker
The page maker is a user friendly web form designer tool. You don’t have to acquire any graphic or technical knowledge to work on this tool. With the help of the Generator Form provided in the tool, you can easily change, create or delete any form from the web page. This will help in easily sorting and slicing the viewed information and designing the page as per your choice.

CSS Rounded Box Generator

CSS Rounded Box Generator
This is the most appropriate tool for generating a basic box that has rounded corners. When you will use this tool, it will create four images as well as necessary HTML and CSS codes to put the rounded corners around your content. While using this tool, make sure that the background color matches the background color of your web page.

Website Template Maker

Website Template Maker
It is a PHP-HTML-CSS template generator, which can create a two column layout along with a header and footer. The PHP/ CSS style sheet template generator provides a full featured table less code with the column layout. The template derived finally is the combination of different files, which makes it easy for you to control multiple pages at single website. Some of the files generated by template maker are:

  • Cascading style sheet
  • Header file
  • Left column
  • Main right column
  • Footer file
  • Basic template shell

By changing input values and viewing the source code, you will get to learn a lot about HTML, CSS and PHP column layouts.

Scriptomizers

Scriptomizers
Scriptomizer is a tool for generating a link button on the page of a website. Therefore, whenever a visitor clicks the back button, it links the page to the previous page or link. By using the scriptomizer tool, you can create customized cut and paste Java script alert messages.

QrONE CSS Designer

QrONE CSS Designer
QrONE is a really helpful tool in doing online CSS generation and editing. With the help of this tool, you can choose the border width, its color and suited style for the website. There are many more options of selecting the type of font, its weight and line height in the tool. Users also find it easy to attach an image and select the background image of their choice for the web page by using this tool.

Dec
04
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | Comments Off on Must-have Online Collaboration Tools Available for Free


With the increasing collaboration of outsourcing, distance learning, telecommuting and complex projects, it is necessary to have tools, which assist in accurately accomplishing the tasks assigned to teams dispersed all across the globe. Here is our list of essential free web tools, which we at Candid been using to help us and our team to a common assigned project in proper co-ordination while sitting at different locations.

Virtual workspaces, project management tools, customer service application and online conferencing tools are available for Free. Just look at these tools, you might find most of these tools useful in connecting and collaborating with others.

Whiteboard, Bulletin Board and Workspace Tools

Writeboard

White board
Writeboard is a pretty simple tool, which has only one function but does it quite well. It is a kind of document management and collaboration tool, which works hand in hand with the Backpack tool. You can edit, do versioning, change track and roll back to previous versions by using Writeboad. The tool has a feature of sending an email to somebody else along with a link to the document, so that the receiver can also collaborate. You do not need an account to get this tool and you can also subscribe to all the documents through RSS.

Dabbleboard

Dabbleboard
As suggested by name, the tool helps you in visualizing, exploring and communicating ideas. The tool detects basic shapes automatically as you draw them. It is very easy to use and have the feature of allowing the user to get back to the previously made drawing. Images can also be uploaded on Dabbleboard drawings as well as exported to be used in desktop applications.

Twiddla

Twiddla
Twiddla is based on a new concept called co-browsing. The tool enables a team of people to get together on twiddle page, browse a site as well as participate in discussions, sharing files, adding annotation and chatting with everyone in the group at same time. Using the tool is just like adding a whiteboard layer over other uploaded image or website. An audio and a real time chat feature are also incorporated in the tool to make it more interesting. It provides you freedom to mark up websites, images and brainstorm from scratch. You can also save all the twiddla sessions in your computer in the form of an image or a widget, which could be used in later Twiddla sessions. There is no particular limit on how many people can participate in a session and the tool is totally free.

Project Management Tools

ProjectPier

ProjectPier
It is a free, open source, self hosted PHP application, which is used for managing tasks, projects as well as teams all the way through an intuitive web interface. The project Pier tool will help an organization in communicating, collaborating and getting things done in a smooth and more organized manner. It functions just like commercial group ware/ project management products, but has the freedom of self hosting.

Basecamp

Basecamp
By focusing on communication, this tool helps teams in managing projects. There are options for managing to-do lists, file sharing, message boards, scheduling/ assigning milestones and time tracking in the tool. An API for developers is also present, which builds up add ins and allow the internal applications to utilize Basecamp too.

XPlanner

XPlanner
It is a special kind of project planning and tracking tool made for eXtreme Programming (XP) teams. In order to summarize his XP planning process, the customer picks some features that are to be added to every development iteration. Total efforts in completing the story either at story level or by decomposing the story into tasks and estimating them is projected by the developers.  An estimation of information about team development velocity from the previous iteration is made to find out estimate if the teams can complete all the stories suggested by the customer. If it is find that the team is overcommitted, negotiations are held with the client.
In order to overcome the issues related to long-term real life XP project, XP planner tool was developed. The tool has features like virtual note cards, recording support, project/ iterations/ stories/ tasks tracking option, online time tracking and timesheet generation, charts for velocity, metrics, PDF aned iCal, SOAP API, TWiki style editing and more.
Collaboration Tools – Intranet Style

Central Desktop

Central Desktop
The tool has much more to offer even if it touts itself as just an online collaboration and workspace tool. It has document management feature, which leads to import and export of excel spreadsheet, charts and has more than 500 formulas and functions. The tool has calendar integration, task management, RSS feeds of workspace activity, reminders, personal dashboards and many other features. You can also do real time web meeting with free integrated audio conferencing via central desktop.

Backpack

Backpack
Backpack is a web based service, which organizes all the information in an incredibly easy way. It gives you the freedom to make pages, which have combination of notes, to-dos, files, images and many other features. You can even share these pages with everyone or keep them with you. The tool provides a great home base to all the teams for managing their day to day activities. Along with all this, you can also send email and SMS reminders to all your team mates by using Backpack.

Social Networking and Information Sharing Tools

Wetpaint

Wetpaint
Now anybody can make a free website about anything by using Wetpaint. You can even add stories, videos, photos to the website and have multiple members who contribute to the site. This tool is actually an out-of-the-box idea of social networking site.

Nexo

Nexo
You can select a group name and personalized URL from different layouts, add forums, bulletin boards, showcase videos/ picture, participate in the daily updates by email, manage a to-do list as well as handle all the private settings. The main reason behind launching this version is to connect people more tightly by improving the group interaction quality.

Ning 

Ning
For many of us, Ning is the absolute favorite amongst other instant social network sites. Groups like Greeks.Pirillo.com and Twittermoms.com are built on Ning. It is better than MySpace as you have more freedom in creating a group on whatever topic you like. The group can set a custom look and feel, while individual group members are free to set their own profile page along with a customized layout.

You can have features like blogs, comments, email notifications, photos, slideshows, announcements, forums, polls and many more in your group. A Facebook integration is also featured in the tool. You will find it incredibly easy to set up the tool as all behind the scene things are automatically done for you.

Bug Tracking and Source Control Tools

Bugzilla

Bugzilla
An easy to use, open-source Bug tracking system, the tool allows software teams to track bugs and code changes, submit and review patches, communicate with other team mates as well as manage quality assurance. The best thing about Bugzilla is that it is free, still it has so many features that are not even offered by many paid systems. Some of these features include time tracking, reports and charts, request system and scheduled reports. Administrators will also find some great features in the tool and there are tons of add-ons, which prove to be really good in getting most out of the tool.

Scarab

Scarab is an open source java bug tracking/ artifact management system, which is hosted on your own servers. The tool is multi-lingual and support easy migration in comparison to other systems like Bugzilla. Even though the system is stand-alone, but it is fully customizable by a set of administrative pages. Integration into larger systems is also supported by the tool.

Freepository

Freepository
It is a system of secure hosted and on-demand software development infrastructure. The system provides hosted CVS, Trac, SVN and even offer consulting services in the designing and implementation of related automation and software build systems. Freepository has a complete free plan for simple CVS hosting and other highly reasonable plans for features like release planning, bug tracking and SVN.

Customer Service Tools

Get Satisfaction

Get Satisfaction
Get satisfaction is a tool that establishes direct connection between people and companies, leading to solving problems, sharing promotion and building up relationships. There are thousands of companies, who use this particular tool to support customers, exchange ideas and get a proper feedback about their products and services. The tool is open, transparent and free. You can ask questions, give answers as well as start a new conversation. Company as well as customers can give opinion and answers here. You are free to set up your company’s or product’s page to invite people for providing feedback, sharing ideas, communicating directly with your own representatives and reporting bugs.

UserVoice

UserVoice
The tool has functions similar to that of Get Satisfaction but the only difference is that it provides the ability for users to vote on given ideas. Therefore, the best suggested idea gets placed at the top. You have freedom to implement the idea if you find it really good. RSS feed is also available for your site in this tool downloading site.

Web-Conferencing Tools

TokBox

TokBox
The tool has simple video calling feature, which does not require any download. You just have to sign up in order to get the link. After signing up, users are free to share the link with anyone. A single click can enable you to do video chat. You can use this tool with any website. Facebook plugin is also available.

Dimdim

Dimdim
Dimdim gives you freedom to deliver synchronized live presentations, web pages and whiteboards while sharing video and audio over the internet. There is nothing to download and the free account you open will allow you to have 20 people in the group. The paid offering of this tool is also very competitive. If you want to use the tool within the intranet, you can also get a self hosted open source version of the tool.

Yugma

Yugma
You can host web conferences, schedule meetings, send invites and share desktop files by using Yugma. The word Yugma is derived from Sanskrit and stands for meeting or state of togetherness. The tool gives you freedom to record you webcase and share or play it back at a later time.

Mind Mapping Tools

Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us
It is a multi lingual and easy to use brainstorming site, where branches and ideas can be included in the form of bubbles. You can also drag these bubbles all over the place and save them as sheets. The bubble sheets can be included in other websites, shared with friends or you can even get their print out.

Mindomo

Mindomo
Mindomo is somehow similar to MindMeister but the only difference is that it offers a more simplified user interface. The basic account is straight forwards, easy to use and free of cost. You can also get desktop solutions to work on maps even if internet is not available. The desktop version of the tool runs in multiple operating systems on Adobe Air and synchronizes back with the Mindomo on the web.

MindMeister

MindMeister
MindMeister is based on the concept of mind mapping to the web while using facilities meant for real-time collaboration. The tool gives space for a global brainstorming session, where users can create, manage and share their mind maps online or access them while sitting at any place of the world. In the brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters sitting at any place of the world can concurrently work on same mind map, while seeing each other’s changes happening.

Nov
17
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | Comments Off on ScreenToaster: An Open Source Online Screen Recorder!

Screen Recorder
The ScreenToaster is an online screen recorder. The software is completely free and enables you to make tutorials, demos and even screencasts. One can record all the proceedings on the screen without any download. The application is compatible with all major operating systems, such as Windows, mac OS X and Linux. The software also enables one to share videos on the Internet through Flash as well as embed them on blogs/webpages. You can even send the recordings through e-mail.

ScreenToaster
The software is operated by Iteria, SARL, which has its offices in Paris, France. Iteria is a competent team of skilled web engineers who are developing web 2.0 services that have a high degree of functionality. Be on the lookout for more developments of ScreenToaster.

Posted in Usability King
Nov
17
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | Comments Off on The Free Site Validator: Validate Your Entire Website!

Free Site Validator
The process of validating the markup of a website is now quiet easy and quick. One can do the same by either installing the HTML Validator Extension or using the Tools– Validate HTML option present in the Web Developer Extension. However, the trick question is how to validate an entire website in order to spot errors that are causing problems for the visitors of the website.

Free Site Validator
When you attempt to upgrade a website to the latest version of Movable Type, it is imperative that you would also want to find and correct any errors in the site, be it caused by your own mistakes or through the comments. Now, instead of wasting hours while manually checking every single page in the website, you would definitely prefer a tool with which you can index and validate an entire site.

One could set up the W3C validator locally and make it check the entire website, however, the process is a bit complex. Instead, you could use the Free Service Validator. This free service can essentially do two things for you:

  • Crawl your entire website and validate all the present pages with the W3C Validator.
  • Check all the links and report the ones that are broken.

The service can help you detect a bunch of validation errors and broken links to other websites. With it, you can fix up almost any validation error in your website.

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