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December 21, 2019

Ugly Sweater Generator

Ugly Sweaters are now all the rage. Companies are having Ugly Sweater contests just to spice things up in the office.

Thanks to Coco Bongo, you can generate an online graphic version of the Ugly Sweater.

The site is fun, and you can come up with a lot of crazy ideas. The images are the perfect size to announce the Ugly Sweater contest on Slack.

Website Description

You are Christmas lover? Or you hate it? Anyway, here is our personal experiment for these Christmas where you can generate and customize as you like your ugly Christmas sweater.

We have created a pixel editor that combines animations, patterns, typographies, and colors, resulting in more than 200M different designs. A GLSL shader transforms each pixel into a sewing knot and thus achieve the most realistic look possible. Finally, we can export the WebGL canvas in animated GIF format to download and share.

The CocoBongo team wishes you a Merry Christmas! …or not.

Christmas Sweater Generator
http://merryxmas.ccbng.com/

Sample Gif

gifmas_cryan

December 14, 2019

ReSmush.it

Compress images is critical for any website project. One of the most popular services is ReSmush.it.

ReSmish.it is a viable replacement for the old Yahoo Smush.it.

This isn't an online drag/drop feature at reSmush it. It's actually integrated into other services such as Wordpress, Drupal, Magento and other CMS tools. The most popular access is via JSON Webservice calls.

If you don't have those services, you can download the command line client from GitHub. It's a quick command line install. However, if you're not familiar with Homebrew, it may not be for you.

Website Description

reSmush.it is a FREE API that provides image optimization. reSmush.it has been implemented on the most common CMS such as Wordpress, Drupal or Magento.

Moreover, reSmush.it is the most used image optimization API with more than 2.7 billions images already treated, and is still totally Free of charge !

Our competitors are Kraken, ImageOptim or ShortPixel, but they're not free :(.

Re Smushit
https://resmush.it/

Notes on Testing

The CLI client install from GitHub was very easy. Any missing libraries files were auto-installed - as I didn't have the latest curl or jq. After installing, I moved the resmushit-cli.sh file to /usr/local/bin so that I could run the command everywhere.

The `resmushit-cli.sh` doesn't support HEIC format and files have to be less than 5MB. This is a free service, so I am not complaining.

I am working on writing a Python script for Dropzone so that I can just drag and drop images to be compressed. Once completed, I'll upload the Action here.

December 7, 2019

Download Facebook Video

Facebook is becoming a popular place to find videos. There are all sorts of creative videos to be found. Facebook does a good job suggesting videos for you to watch.

Every once in a while, you'll find a video that you may want to watch offline - that's why Facebook Video Download from Getfvid comes in handy.

Simple past in a Facebook URL and then download the video to watch offline on your computer or phone. You can also download the video to your DropBox to get at a later point - useful if you're on a mobile and want to watch later.

Website Description

Getfvid is one of the best tools available online for convert videos from Facebook to mp4 (video) or mp3 (audio) files and download them for free - this service works for computers, tablets and mobile devices.

All you need to do is to enter the URL in the text box provided and use the button labeled "Download" to download the video in the available format.

The usage of our website is free and does not require any software or registration.

Facebook Downloader
https://www.getfvid.com/downloader

November 30, 2019

How Big Is My Browser

An easy way to figure out your current browser size, without having to install an extension is to use HowBigIsMyBrowser.com

This is an easy site that gives you the current viewing size of your browser window. It's handy to have when trying to debug an issue. Also useful when creating websites and determining the best default size to target to.

Website Description

Because you have to allow for the scroll bars and window chrome. If you're specifically targeting mobile browsers, then 320 pixels wide might be a good choice, although mobile browsers typically scale content to fit the view width, so 950 or 960 pixels wide can be great.

Big Browser
http://howbigismybrowser.com/

Check it out right now to see what you're currently viewing this site as!

November 23, 2019

imgplaceholder.com

Placeholder images are essential for QA and Designers. There useful for QA to make sure website uploads are handling certain image sizes. Graphic designers find them useful to show image size targets in certain designs.

imgplaceholder.com is a great site to generate all sorts of images. You can have any color type, message, and icons in the generated graphic.

Website Description

Placeholder.com is a free image placeholder service for web designers, serving billions and billions of images each year.

You can specify image size & format (.GIF, .JPG, .PNG, .WEBP), background color & text color, as well as the text.

Image Placeholder
https://imgplaceholder.com/

ImgPlaceholder

November 16, 2019

I need A prompt

I Need A Prompt is a cool site where you can get a random phrase generated. It's unique from other sites because you can select if the phrase should contain adverb, Adjectives, noun or location.

Ineeda Prompt
https://ineedaprompt.com/

November 9, 2019

blocklayer.com

BlockLayer.com is great place to go to get all your printable diagram templates. Then have templates for everything imaginable, there's Gable Roof Framing Plans, Deck & Floor Board Spacing & Gap Calculator, Angle Calculator, Posts and Rails - Spacing and Material and so much more.

Yes, they also have Graphic Paper and printable rulers.

Block Layer
https://www.blocklayer.com/

There are 140 different designs to pick from. Lots of good choices, and certainly a good site to bookmark for when you need designs with calculated settings.

November 2, 2019

Thanksgiving Menu Maker

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it's time to start the early planning the biggest meal of the year.

You may have a traditional meal planned out or you may want to experiment this year with something new.

Checkout the Food 52's Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker. It's a great place that breaks down all the main parts of the meal - Such as the Meat, Stuffing, Potatoes, drinks and so much more.

It's a good place to look for ideas on what to bring to a Thanksgiving invite. (The Perfect Cheese Ball looks good!)

Website Description

Answer a few questions, Select your own recipes, Come away with a custom Thanksgiving menu (plus all the tips you need to start.)

Food52 Thanksgiving
https://food52.com/thanksgiving/menu-maker

October 26, 2019

Sprout Social Image Layout

Nowadays you need to change your images so they look good on computers and mobile. Mobile users like to see images as a reverse landscape.

One source to help to create the proper image for different layouts is Spout Social. You can create sizes for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Pinterest, YouTube or any custom layout.

Website Description

Landscape is a powerful image resizing tool designed to help social media marketers, content creators, and business owners develop a standout presence in an increasingly visual social world. Our tool offers social media professionals an efficient way to produce multiple image sizes optimized for social media profiles, messages, and campaigns - ultimately giving them more time to focus on what matters most: fostering engagement and authentic conversations through social.

Sprout Social
https://sproutsocial.com/landscape

October 19, 2019

DriveMeInsane.com

One of the first Internet Webcams was at the University of Cambridge looking at the coffee pot to see if it was empty. That was 1991.

We have come a long way.

Today you can view just about anything on webcam. One of the funny ones is the "Drive Me Insane" by Paul Mathis. You can turn on/off lights, and display messages on the computer screen.

Website Description

This site allows you to use home automation to have fun at someone else's expense. Turn on the lights, play with the sign, and get visual feedback on all of it. And yes, it's all real. Time:07:08 Current Insanity Level: 9840.30%

Drive Me Insane
http://www.drivemeinsane.com/

October 12, 2019

Space Type Generator

The Space Type Generator is a cool website where your phrase can look like animated art.

There are 8 main categories to select from: Cylinder, Field, Stripes, Coil, Flag, Morisawa, Cascade, and Ribbon. Within each style, you have the option to change the presets and style.

The person behind this is Kiel Mutschelknaus, who also runs kiel.com. He's a very talented artist, and I highly recommend checking out his page and Space Type Generators.

Space Type Generator
https://spacetypegenerator.com

Sample Design

Pretzel Space Type Cryan

October 5, 2019

haveibeenpwned.com

Just about every week you hear about a major database breach where hackers are stealing personal data.

A couple of years ago, Troy Hunt put together a website to see if your email address has been compromised in a data breach. Making it easy to see if your "personal" email is accessible to hackers.

Website Description

This site came about after what was, at the time, the largest ever single breach of customer accounts " Adobe. I often did a post-breach analysis of user credentials and kept finding the same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords which then put the victims at further risk of their other accounts being compromised.

The FAQs page goes into a lot more detail, but all the data on this site comes from "breaches" where data is exposed to persons that should not have been able to view it.

pwned
https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Why Check Your Email?

If you use your personal email for logins, then it might be useful to check the database. Especially if you use the same password through most accounts.

I checked some old work emails, and I was surprised they were in the database. I know that it doesn't belong to anyone else because the company isn't in business anymore.

September 28, 2019

PhotoVisi

Creating Collage can be tricky. If you don't have the right template - it can look boring and lose the appeal of the pictures. Thankfully there are sites online that can make it easy to combine photos.

One site to consider is Photovisi. as they have a lot of design options to pick from. In fact, there are more than 250 designs to choose from. Thankfully there are broken into 19 categories, so you can search for the design that works best for you.

Photovisi has templates for YouTube Channels as well as Facebook covers.

Photovisi is free to check out - even the editor is free. However, if you want to remove the watermark it cost $4.99 a month. Which isn't a bad price if you do a lot of collages.

Website Description

Making photo collages with our easy to use editing tool is the simplest way to get stunning results. Giving you total freedom over the way your photos are displayed by cropping, resizing or adding effects to them.

With our unique photo editing tools it's never been easier to create great-looking photos. We got you covered with filters, frames, stickers and tons of other image editing capabilities!

Photovisi
https://www.photovisi.com/

Sample Designs

Photovisi Example1
Clothesline Layout Example

Photovisi Example2
Inkblots Layout Example

September 21, 2019

ezgif.com

Animated Gifs are all the rage, and there's no better place to create and touch up GIfs than ezgif.com. It's the one stop shop for all your basic GIF editing.

I like to use their optimize feature to better compress GIF files that have been created using different applications.

Website Description

Ezgif.com is simple online GIF maker and toolset for basic animated GIF editing. Here you can create, resize, crop, reverse, optimize, and apply some effects to gifs.

ez G I F
https://ezgif.com/

Sample GIF Images

Here's a couple of images that I converted from H.264 to GIF:

M B T A Window
Boston's MBTA Commuter Rail. Using ezgif.com I was able to convert the original 2.9 MB MOV file to the 732 K GIF

School Locker
This Movie was 1.8 MB, but using ezgif.com I was able to get it down to 652k.

September 14, 2019

Spot the International Space Station

NASA has a cool site that shows you when you can expect to see the International Space Station. This is a fun thing to look for when you know when it appears.

You enter in your street address and the site will tell you when and where to look up at the sky.

Website Description

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.

Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!

Spot The Station
https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/home.cfm

Bonus Video

Did you know that there's a live video feed from a camera on the International Space Station? If you time it right, and the camera is pointing in the right direction, you may see your area from Space!

Check out the Live ISS Stream video cam and see the view from the International Space Station.

Next time the International Space Station is over your house, check out the video feed from the space station. Miss the live feed? Don't worry there's a 6-hour replace video available.