Think2.0 – Easy Draw it Yourself Web Design Online App

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My favorite method of learning, and doing projects has always been the one where anything goes. No need for an outline given by the instructor that lets in no original work of your own. Also, I feel my blog is missing a factor, the one that creates interaction between the blogger and the reader (if I have any readers) so I decided to try a new segment where I take one of my best ideas, share it with everyone, and see how much readers add to it over time. Maybe even at some point an idea or two may become something worthwhile to make real.

Today’s topic is: Creating an online service that lets users design a custom web page using for free presets and tools that insert Divs and such. Heres an example of an application similar to my idea:

Considering the fact that users will be able to draw things using an online application, all the divs and such drawn out can be inserted using absolute positioning. Here’s some other features that I think should probably be included of mine making no prior expertise needed:

– Use a “Code” and “Visual” view so that users can edit the HTML itself as well.
– Option of using PHP for better users.
– Anybody know what programming language WordPress’ word processor is made of? Maybe the same language should be used for this. Or maybe Ajax?
– Have option of using preset border designs.
– Have option of creating and saving styles as an external style sheet instead with IDs and Classes.
– Don’t want to make it seem like myspace, but maybe there should be a blog feature, and on every other page a small box with the most recent blog posts and more could be shown.
– Upload and insert images or insert images on another server like Photobucket.
– Integration with Photobucket would be better actually. Log into Photobucket from this account and simply drag and drop or images into a div or use absolute positioning.
– Have filters to add glossiness, and effects such as those found in Picnik. Or rather integrate Picnik as well.
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Write, store, and access your documents with a great Editor on the Web. Free.

I noticed I have never done something like this before, so here goes nothing. :)First off, I want to talk about my favorite and only “real” word processor I know about, that can be accessed only on the web. Its name is “Buzzword” (developed by Ubiquity), and its easy to sign up and get into the public Beta. (That’s because it’s still getting new features added.) All you need to use it is a working Windows or Mac computer with Adobe Flash Player. It uses a very unique and simplified interface, and the usual features that let you insert and easily customize tables, spell check, and more are all there. But what really makes it so special is not just one, but several features all talked about in the list below.

1. Have Image. Will Follow. – You can upload an image quickly to Buzzword’s server, drag and drop the image anywhere into the text, and all of the text will easily flow around the image like water.

2. All files stored online – Instead of carrying around a small floppy disc, USB drive, or even your 18 pound laptop so you never have to let go of your important files, fear no longer. Now all you need to do is tattoo your email address and password to your arm to be able to access your files online. FREE.

3. Compatibility with Word – Online your Buzzword documents use their own “Buzzword” format. But when you want to download the file to your desktop, simply choose “save as”, and save it as a doc. file and you can easily open it in latr on in Microsoft Word. Easy right? Absolutely.

4. A little ruler that can easily be stored away and taken back out.

5. Document Version History – By clicking the little Greek or Roman character shown at the bottom of the screen, you can see all of the past versions of your document, and revert to it if it had something important.

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My Short Yahoo Mash Review

yahoomashbeta.png*Yawn…*

Well, its a mix between Facebook and some other social network who’s name I can’t remember, but if nobody else is around to annoy you by removing your favorite “modules” (little widgets on your profile), theres nothing left for you to do.

As for customizing it, you’re limited to changing your profile’s background, the module’s colors, and their border. The HTML used to make the web page is more organized, but I have a hard time figuring out which piece of code id which and how to customize it using CSS. Maybe people who have done CSS for 10 years might have an easier time than me though. Luckily though they teach you for free on their blog how to customize your profile page more. You can see all the posts on that here.

Other than that, you can add little “modules” to your web page and choose to let your friends add more, remove, or edit your own modules. You can also edit everything easily without having to visit another web page, just click over an area that seems like it would let you edit it, for example the area that says what country you’re from., and then type in something and you’re done.

But for now, I’m gonna say try later when its no longer in Beta and open to the public, because right now Yahoo Mash is just like a Mosh pit at the Supreme Court in the way everyone will be asleep, or just not there.

You can see a screenshot or check out the suggestion board for Yahoo Mash too.

Google also to compete with iTunes?

According to http://www.last100.com Google and Universal Music Group have created “GBox” in which users can search for a song on Google and then using Google’s text ads they will show a link to that song on GBox where you can buy the song DRM free. Over at G4‘s “Attack of the Show’s” “The Loop segment” they were talking about whether or not Google and Universal could really compete with iTunes. Personally I think iTunes is easier to use but maybe in the future GBox may be a bit of competition, unless people search for torrents with Google instead . Here are the system requirements copied straight from the site:Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Vista, Windows XP, 2000, ME

Web Browser Requirements

The gBox is optimized for use with the following browsers:

  • – Internet Explorer 6.0 +
  • Full access to gBox.com
  • Create, Manage and Publish your wishlist
  • Download gifts
  • Give gifts to other people
  • – Firefox 2.0 + FULL SUPPORT COMING SOON
  • You can continue using Firefox but only to view your friends’ gBox wishlists and gifts.
  • In order to visit gBox.com, join, create your own gBox wishlist and to download your gifts, you will need to use Internet Explorer 6.0+

Sadly Mac users can’t use GBox at all, but it might only take a few months until they can. Anyway, the site is done using mainly Flash, and lets you create a wish list and gives you the code for it so you can post your wish list on your website or myspace, and lets you know which songs you received and donate songs. And if you want to get it right away, you can buy it. The search feature doesn’t work very well though and It took me a while to find 30 Seconds to Mars songs since the search results didn’t show them, which I easily found on iTunes. GBox also has less songs than iTunes. So I’d stick to iTunes and/or torrents for the next few years. To read the full article at Last100, click here.

Random Links Part 2

Well considering the fact that Random Links Part 1 has risen to the spot as #1 post on my blog in less than a day, I’ve decided to continue with it for a while. Here is a second round of useful links that might help you find new websites you’ll like. If you feel that your website, or another website or blog should be shown here too leave a comment and I’ll check out the site and respond as soon as possible. 🙂

Project Releases to look forward to:

  • WordPress Comment Ninja – Script for Greasemonkey (Yes i am obsessed with Greasemonkey). Lets you respond to comments from the comment administration panel on your dashboard. Release: End of August. Click for more info.
  • Blueprint CSS – Create web page styles using a new type of CSS Framework that uses easily customizable grids to make it perfectly organized and aligned. Its a great idea from a tech-student, but it shouldnt be used yet for publishing websites because it is still in development. Example.

Software and Web Services:

  • Wordrackers | Keywords Type in a word and find out what related words are searched most daily. Too bad it costs money though, but theres a free trial, and you can always lie to keep using the free trial.
  • DivShare – Another file hosting service, but with this one you can even embed files on websites, show your company logo in your embedded files, get 200 MB of space, not have your files deleted after a certain period of inactivity, create image galleries, get support for a lot of your files, and much more. (Free to Sign Up)

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Random Links Part 1

Starting today I’m going to start doing “random links” posts that include links to some of the better websites that will to help you find certain things such as song lyrics or torrents, free yet very good software and even articles on how to increase your Vista’s activation deadline. Click read more to read… 🙂

Interesting Blogs:

Web Services:

Useful Articles

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Platypus! A Partner to Greasemonkey

Platypus logoA few days ago i posted an article on Greasemonkey and its features, but i also mentioned you needed to know javascript, and frankly without a good knowledge of javascript you can’t do much. But now there’s a solution. (Well, actually there has been but I’m posting it right now) Platypus is another Firefox add-on, extension, whatever you like to call it; that lets you edit a web page live and save the result as a javascript file for Greasemonkey that will let you make the web page stay the way you made it with Platypus. You only have to change the url with Greasemonkey to have it work for the entire website, but after that, you’re done!

There are only a few setbacks, such as not being able to undo your previous action and that when you are changing page styles you are limited to only about a dozen colors (that can be changed easily though by editing the javascript code afterwards. Just take a color value such as #da0000 to make the color a shade of red, or #000000 to make the color black) . But other than that it works very well and you do not need to know javascript to use Platypus. Once you’ve downloaded it and installed it, simply right click on a web page and click “Platypus!”, move around some pieces of the web page and when you’re finished click Save.

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