I use many of these plugins on a daily basis and would recommend them to any web developer.
Firebug allows you to inspect elements on a web page and see the associated attributes. You can edit in real time allowing you to quickly make changes to an elements colour, position, border or behavior.
Firebug has a number of extensions that will be covered later on in this article.
Clicking display alt tags under the images menu is a quick way to see if you have missed any. The resize menu lets you test your site in different resolutions.
Extended statusbar is useful to way to see how large a page is to download and how long it takes to load. I often use this to help monitor slow loading pages.
Colorzila allows you to mouse over elements on the screen to see the colour. Its very useful if you need to match a colour or check a colour is correct.
(Note US spelling 'color').
MeasureIT simply allows you to measure elements on a screen and gives you the measurement in pixels. Very useful for checking the height of objects, text spacing and the overall width of the page.
An easy way to take screen shots of a page. Especially useful if the page includes scroll bars as it saves you copying and pasting multiple screen shots together.
YSlow shows you various options on how to speed up your website. Clearly not all are suitable/cost effective for a website such as ImAFish however many are very relevant. Each item is given a rating from A to F and a full explanation on how to implement. YSlow is developed by Yahoo.
8. Page Speed
Linkification is a simply little plugin that converts any URL on the screen into a clickable link. Quite useful for those times someone has forgotten to turn a URL into a link.
10. IE Tab
IE Tab is a nice plugin to test your page in Internet Explorer without actually having to open the Browser. It's also useful if you want a fresh session for a website without having to open another browser.
Its been a tough year for the AOL owned Nullsoft, with the release of Winamp 3 (here) a year ago then the abandoning of it has set back the media player quite some way. Nullsoft then took on the task of putting together the best parts of Winamp (here) 2 and 3 into what has become Winamp 5. The player features an updated look along with being able to support a large range of skins. An updated media library allows you much more freedom in browsing and ordering music.
The launch of Winamp 5 also brings a Pro Player which costs $14:95 (?11) which gives you faster ripping speeds, MP3 music encoding and CD burning up to 48x. While this may not be enough to tempt you there are rumours that more will be available on the Pro Player in the future.
Winamp 5 includes better support for video and makes good use of Nullsoft's Streaming Video (NSV), this works well for Internet TV which is found in the media library. Currently there are only a few channels available (mostly either music or porn) however I'm certain there will be more in the coming months.
"Winamp continues to be a popular player for digital media enthusiasts who want a lot of flexibility and control over their media experience," AOL said in a statement. Over the past years Winamp has become less popular against its rivals such as Microsofts Windows Media Player and Real One Player.
In May 2003, Winamp reached 5.5 million users, lagging far behind Microsoft Windows Media's 43.1 million, RealNetworks' 26 million and Apple QuickTime's 13.5 million, according to online measurement firm Nielsen/NetRatings.
Winamp 5 may be a step forwards to undo some of the damage caused in the last year but it is unlikely if Winamp will ever become as popular as it once was. However I still find it to be the fastest, nicest and easiest media player to use and there is no doubt that I will continue to use Winamp.
Winamp download: here
It's that time of year again when I round up the best of the year in my yearly review. 2007 has been the best year ever for ImAFish with over 250,000 visitors! The year started out strong with our Vista in Virtual PC review and part two of our highly successful Cashback article series.
ImAFish went from strength to strength and in May we stormed the web with an article about tweaking OS X. The story hit the front page of news sites all around the world including Digg.com where we got 1629 diggs. In one day the article received 33,000 hits and by the end of the week over 100,000. Fortunately our hosting survived and I used a whopping 50gigs of bandwidth in one week.
In June we partnered with the newly started Health Harm EMR website with two articles about the health effects of electric magnetic radiation. I covered my two holidays this year, the first to Egypt and the second in the Autumn to Hong Kong (check out some of the awesome photos I took).
Over the year we've had visitors from almost every country in the world.
In November I refocused the advertising efforts on ImAFish experimenting with PayPerPost and TextLinkAds. The result tripled the monthly income of the site. The year has ended with a number of successful posts including my trip to the Good Food show where I met Levi Roots.
Apart from ImAFish everything is going well too, I've had my first full year of working. We have some interesting projects in the coming months and are moving offices in March to the Pump House.
Was walking into the Bullring in Birmingham last weekend and saw this out of the window. Yes it says HAZ MAT!!!!! As in what they use for chemical weapon explosion and nuclear radiation contaminations.
As you can imagine we all pondered our fate but we had to keep shopping knowing we could be infected by some deadly agent!
A week later I
In an attempt to try to get people to download music legitimately a range of companies and organisations to do with the music industry have come up with ?Digital Download Day?. The European day starts today and allows users to sign up until the 15th of April. Once signed up the user can access ?3 worth of music in 3 different ways:
1. Download up to 30 tracks. (store able for 1 month)
2. Stream 300 tracks.
3. Burn 3 tracks to CD.
A choice of 170,000 tracks from over 7,500 artists is on offer. Bands and artists include Christina Aguilera, Linkin? Park, Norah Jones, Eminem, Coldplay, Miss Dynamite, Robbie Williams, Jennifer Lopez, The Streets, The Coral, Michael Jackson, The Raveonettes and Gareth Gates.
The idea of the day is to try to promote awareness of legitimate music subscription services however how effective do they expect it to be? With free services such as Kazaa becoming increasingly popular how do they expect people to stop downloading music when they can get it easily and free.
As soon as restrictions such as a making the tracks available on your PC for 1 month only are put onto music people would much rather download the MP3 rather then some strange format.
?Currently an estimated 4.5 million people are accessing a total of almost 1 billion pirated tracks at any one time. But the tracks are often of dubious quality and contain viruses. ?
From the organisers press release. I would just like to point out the point about viruses and how this is not true, the MP3 is made so it cannot contain viruses. I'm not too sure what they are trying to say with this point. As for the tracks being pirated is another point not proved either.
The fact is that the music industry is in a mess and in my view digital download day does not give the end user any real reason to stop using free sharing programs and use subscription services. Until people have a good enough reason to need to change to legitimate services why should they?