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Studiodaas Magazine Webdesign Category

Original Article on Smashing Magazine

It’s 2015 and your choice of browser has proven to be as important as your choice of operating system. Dedicated apps may be competing against browsers on mobile devices, but that is hardly the case in the desktop environment. On the contrary, each year more desktop browsers appear, and some of them can change the way you browse the Internet for the better.

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera dominate the world’s desktop browser market. Whichever statistics you check (NetMarketshare, StatCounter’s GlobalStats or W3Counter), you’ll notice that they often contradict each other in declaring which browser is leading the race. However, no matter which method is used to determine usage share, all sources agree that those five browsers do not own 100% of the world’s desktop browser usage. They may be the most popular, but they are not the only options available for accessing the Internet. So, what about the remaining share?

Meet the “alternative browsers” — an unofficial term for all browsers other than the Big Five. These browsers, in most cases, follow the lead of Opera, which is based on the open-source Chromium project (as is Google Chrome). Anyone can take the Chromium code and build their own browser from it, adding and removing whatever functionality they wish. A similar case is Firefox, which is also an open-source project.


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Keep in mind how often the Chromium engine is updated. Chromium, like any other software, has bugs. The developers behind it strive to eliminate those bugs, introduce performance fixes and minimize security threats. This is why Google Chrome has a six-week update cycle. It’s also why other Chromium-based browsers should follow suit. Most browsers try to keep up with Chromium releases, but some fall behind by six or seven versions, which is damaging to the user’s online security and browser stability.

So, since alternative browsers are basically tweaked copies of bigger browsers, does that mean they are bad tools for productive web browsing? Absolutely not! Alternative browsers aim to deliver improved performance and extra features to enhance the user’s online experience. They are a quick way to get a tool with all of the functionality a user needs right after installation.

Below are 15 desktop browsers that are worth considering if you’re tired of the browser war champions. This list isn’t comprehensive — several hundred browsers are available online — but these are the ones that regularly receive updates and provide a new web surfing experience.

We won’t delve into the development aspects behind each browser. Instead, you’ll find a quick overview of the most interesting features and of functionality that isn’t available in the popular browsers by default or even with add-ons. We’ll also mention the rendering engine used in each browser to give you an idea of how you will experience the web in them: Blink (on which Chrome is based), Trident (Internet Explorer), Gecko (Firefox) and WebKit (Safari). Let’s start with those that have the most features and move towards more single-purpose browsers.

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  • Operating system(s): Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Java
  • Rendering engine(s): Blink
  • Key feature(s): most cross-platform, distinctive UI

UC Browser is the undeniable king of platform-compatibility — you can even make it work on an old Symbian device. This isn’t the only reason to check it out. The well-rounded design and smooth animation of all elements make UC Browser feel fresh and modern. An up-to-date Chromium engine contributes to browser’s security. To begin, you choose how a new tab will look: a bubble-like speed-dial UI or a more traditional layout. UC Browser offers a cloud account for all of your settings, bookmarks and extensions from the Chrome Web Store, a decent alternative to the whole Google ecosystem.


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Downloading files is another notable aspect of UC Browser. The downloads manager isn’t advanced (you can’t download torrents or online video), but it’s rather unique. It is the only browser that sorts downloads by category, helping you navigate gigabytes of files. The browser can even download files to the dedicated UC Cloud Storage. Although its capacity is small, 2 GB, this is a useful feature for mobile devices because you don’t have to wait for downloads to finish.


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UC Browser doesn’t focus only on security, file downloads and social networks. This browser aims to appeal to a wide audience, without dictating how it is to be used. Most Chromium browsers can be considered an improved version of Chrome somewhat, whereas UC Browser is more of a new Chrome.

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Source: WDL

As a web designer or developer, it’s nearly impossible to remember multiple programming languages, frameworks, and keyboard shortcuts to various applications. This is where cheat sheets can be a life saver. Most cheat sheets are designed to be printer friendly, so you can have them laying around on your desk as quick reference cards. So to make your life easier, we’ve rounded up a selection of cheat sheets that you will surely find useful.

The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet 2.0

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Bootstrap Cheat Sheet

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

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8 Free Fonts for your Designs
8 Free Fonts for your Designs


8 Free Fonts for your Designs

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Source from: smashingmagazine

Designing and developing can be time-consuming, especially when the project involves a new challenge, putting the team or freelancer into unknown territory. Moreover, time is a key factor in productivity. Working efficiently enables us to deliver better value at a competitive price.

However, some steps can be repeated for every project. These are steps we know and should make as quick as possible in order to have more freedom to experiment with new solutions.

This article presents a collection of toolstips and tricks that will make your standard workflow as fast and practical as possible, so that you have more time for the exciting parts of the project.

Ready? Here we go!

Tips And Tricks


My Secret for Color Schemes
Erica Schoonmaker shares her trick for matching up colors and creating a nice color scheme. Read more…


Useful Aligning and Spacing
Kris Jolls creates squares for the various spaces he has between elements. This cuts down time and makes sure everything is aligned and spaced properly. Read more…

Creating squares for various spacings between elements

The Ultimate Photoshop Web Design Workspace
Jacob Cass shares his set-up for the ultimate Web design workspace in Photoshop. Read more…

The Ultimate Photoshop Web Design Workspace

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100 Top Tools for Graphic Designers

While the Adobe Creative Suite of tools is pretty much the industry standard software for graphic designers, there are plenty of other tools available online, as web apps, mobile apps, or even desktop software, to meet the specific needs of artists and designers working in any niche. Typography is one of the most useful design elements on the web, and there many font builders, font compares, and font identification programs for designers seeking the perfect look and feel for the type on their online or printed product. Color comparison, stock imagery, textures, and Photoshop brushes are all assets that visual creatives use regularly, and there are many available online for cheap or free. One of the best parts about the online community of graphic designers is how willing they are to provide feedback and even build free tools for other designers to use.

The sites listed here aren’t ranked in order of quality, they are all amazing! They’re categorized and numbered for ease of use. Happy designing!


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Some of the most powerful tools at a graphic designer’s disposal are also the most basic. From stylistically matched icon sets to small code library to make it easier to design data-driven documents, even the smallest tools can make a job a thousand times easier. On the other end of the spectrum are the widely used, taken-for-granted, must have programs like PhotoShop, without which many designers would be out of a job.

  1. Adobe Creative Suite

    Adobe Creative Suite

    Adobe Creative Suite is one of the highest-regarded programs for designers, producers, and photographers. Adobe Creative Suite is an entire portfolio of programs, ranging from Photoshop and Dreamweaver to After Effects and Encore.

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  2. Dribble


    Dribbbble is an online community where artists and designers of all stripes can get constructive feedback from other.

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  3. Forrst


    Forrst is a community of developers and designed who upload their designs for feedback to make improvements.

    Explore: Discover

  4. deviantART


    One of the largest online art communities, deviantART has over 200 million artist-uploaded pieces including fan art, skins, and other unique drawings and photos. Users can save, share, and shop for art as well as support other local and aspiring artists.

    Explore: Film and Animation

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40 Excellent Free Fonts For Minimal Web Design Creation

Minimal web design has become a big trend in 2010. You won’t find large pictures or glossy buttons in minimal designs, but fonts are some of those rare accents they can have. Carefully chosen fonts can really enhance your design. Usually minimal web designs tend to have clean, light fonts, but not always it’s the best solution. You can, instead, pick a nice bold font to give your design a niche. That’s not true that you have to pay for the good-looking fonts.

There are plenty of free, great looking fonts around the web. In this article you’re going to find 40 clean, crisp and, of course, free fonts for your minimal web design.

1. Raleway


2. Extravaganzza


3. Caviar Dreams


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Were You Always Looking For Top PHP Frameworks? Here Is A List Of Some Of Them

In today’s world, your website isn’t just mere online catalogue but an important element of your marketing strategy. Whenever individuals get to know about you, their first response is to look up your website. Hence, this can be just the perfect complementing tool for your other marketing media.

Were You Always Looking For Top PHP Frameworks? Here Is A List Of Some Of Them

Take for example; you launched a Newspaper advertising campaign. While you would have given your contact details there, not everyone would be so interested to immediately call or mail you. Most people would want to know more about you, and telephone / mail can be limiting at times. That is when they would visit your website and extract all the information about you from there.

Moreover, if one’s business is reliant on one’s website (like an Ecommerce store and social networking sites) then the emphasis on intriguing websites escalates all the more. Not only should the website be visually appealing, but it must be robust as well. Its functionalities should be user friendly and must have some other necessary features too. However, there are times when people avoid getting a robust website developed. This might be either because of some cost constraint or also because of the lack of knowledge they have in the field.

If gurus in the field of web development have to be believed, the use of an ideal scripting language is imperative. This can not only add robustness but also make the development process cost effective, at times. A robust language can bring with it a range of other advantages too. Most recent trends suggest that PHP tops the list of the preferred scripting languages by developers. It is prompt, robust and cost efficient.

Introduction to PHP

PHP is a server side scripting language. For anyone who belongs to the sphere of web development, PHP is one of the preferred choices of scripting languages. The language was created way back in the year 1995, and it was then called ‘Personal Home Page’. With time, though, it came to be renamed and is now known as PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. If one was to delve further into the history of this scripting language, one would realize that its original objective was to support the designing of dynamic yet interactive web pages. However, with the progression of time, things have advanced, and it is now being used for the development of web based applications too. Such transition has been due to the enhancement of features that have been introduced with PHP, from time to time.

There are many benefits that PHP proposes. Following is a brief account of the same:

  • By the virtue of being an open source scripting language, it assists in bringing down the overall cost of the project. This can be helpful, especially during times of recession when people are being made to cut corners to make ends meet.
  • From what the expert developers in the field say, PHP is highly user friendly too. When compared with some of the other languages as C, ASP or even, PHP can be considered to be simpler to use and execute.
  • This scripting language also helps in cutting down on the overall development time. This is firstly because of its ease of use. Secondly, because of the large community of PHP, you can promptly find solutions to problems that you might face during the process of development.
  • It can work well with all major operating systems. Given that web users are dispersed across various browsers today, this feature can be helpful.
  • It is directly embedded into HTML coding. This makes the life of developers simpler and they can breathe easy about the process of development.

PHP Frameworks

If you are involved in PHP development, you would know about the various frameworks that are available. These coding structures and methods can simplify the development process. If there is a specific requirement that one has, the right framework can be chosen to add an element of robustness and success to the process. In the above sentence, the phrase ‘right framework’ is very important. This is because there are numerous frameworks that are available, and all of them have their own unique approach and benefits for developers. It is the prerogative of the developers to choose that particular framework which can best suit the need.

Once the right PHP framework has been chosen, though, you will be able to explore many advantages. These include:

  • Quicker Development
  • Standardized Application Architecture
  • Code Compatibility
  • Easy Debugging
  • Code Modification Functionality
  • Online Help
  • ……..many others.

Below mentioned are some of the highly acclaimed PHP frameworks. This list has been compiled on the basis of market sense and conversations with industry experts.

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