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Fun with CSS – In whole new way!

5 Oct

Hi friends,

You know that how much messy (not that difficult though) CSS is when it comes to write/edit the code for it. Without any tools, it simply a pain to use CSS, but it’s strengths cannot be neglected and it’s use is guaranteed if a good web page is to be made. Hence, good CSS tools comes in to the picture.

Today I’ll tell you some online tools to help you through various CSS related works tad easily. Just go through these tools and use that suits your needs.

1. CSS Load: It’s simple tool that creates custom CSS spinners and bars for AJAX and JQuery. Quite useful if you want to display these kind of animations in your web page as it just takes few seconds to create very good spinners/bar. It’s completely WYSIWYG interface and you just have to select type of spinner, their colors, width/height and animation speed and a visual output displays the output right away. Once you’re satisfied with your code, just click Get Code and use it any way you want. Simple!

2. WebPutty: If you want more control over CSS files and want to store the output over the cloud as well, then CSS Load is not a sufficient tool. You need more powerful tool that can handle more than just simple CSS animations. Welcome WebPutty! It’s great tool which uses your Gmail as login and provides yo with handful of features. It’s a 2-pane window, with code on right and output on left. Just modify the code and the output can be seen right away. It’s requires more skill than CSS Load is it’s not completely WYSIWYG but still it’s quite powerful and it supports HTML5 as well. An example page is thrown in so that you can learn before creating your own pages. Very good tool for professionals!

3. XEO CSS Editor: Now it’s the tool which charms newbies and professionals alike! It’s not just very good CSS/HTML editor but it’s very good learning tool as well. The User Interface is quite intuitive and provides you with lots of features. The output page is displayed in main interface, left to which is all CSS tags applied to the page. The top contains various sections like CSS editor, HTML editor, CSS code (the output file), and preview (the main interface that opens up when you load the page first time). Though HTML editor is not a WYSIWYG but it’s not it’s purpose as well. CSS Editor is WYSIWYG and it gets the job done very well. You can create a new page here or open existing file which contains HTML and CSS in it, or just HTML file. Now you can apply CSS the way you like and the get the output CSS right away or alternatively you can save your work which requires a (free) registration.

Just choose any of the CSS tool as per your liking, and enjoy CSS like never before!

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Run your applications without installing them!

5 Aug

Yet another day, yet another post.

Have you ever wanted to try some application but don’t want to install because of any of the many reasons (being office PC, don’t want to bloat Windows registry, security concerns, etc.)? Many of us have and there is no simple solution to it as well.

Many of you people argue that there is portable apps do the same, but then you cannot avoid registry for good or the local storage as a matter of fact, right? Especially if you’re in some organization with strict application use policy, you don’t want to leave any clue that can trace back to you. Also, since application creating companies usually don’t create portable version themselves, chances are that you end up in having malwares with portable applications. So, portable application is neither fool-proof nor that secure which we’d have imagined. What to do here?

Now there is a simple solution for this – Welcome the Spoon!! It’s a web app that allows you to run various desktop application without installing it at all. Since all the applications are cloud boosted, there is absolutely no registry or local storage (except if you explicitly create some) made. Spoon makes sure that applications are safe and can be used just by browser and very small, non-nagging plugin.

It’s painless process to get started on Spoon. Just head over to it’s website and create an account, which is tad simple even for novice. Now, all you have to do is to install a small plugin for running the app, which being browser plugin doesn’ affect the system in any ways. Now, simply launch the app you’re interested in. Spoon, also stores the name of the apps you’re using in it’s quick launch, from where you can restart your apps fast. Spoon free gives 1GB of free data storage and for anything extra you can always buy it’s premium plans, which also gives you access to premium apps.

Here is my hands on Spoon.net webapp:

After creating my account and installing the required plugin, I went to Spoon library. First thing I felt that premium apps are not worth money to spend at least for me, but it’s subjective. Also, I added space is really worth spending for. I simply tried launching Skype app from there, which is quite a resource hog and most of the times just make my system crawl. I’s quite expecting it to be far slower experience for what I saw on desktop, knowing my previous bad experience with app of same genre (read cloud based app). But to my surprise, Skype works really smoothly and there’s almost no visible issues. I can easily log in to it (it’ll auto login you, if you’ve the setting in installed Skype though), and chat or video was quite a good experience. Spoon here, really scores on other web apps trying same solutions.

The bottom line is the Spoon is a must try app, at least for some scenarios mentioned earlier.

Do try and let me know your experience.

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