Internet Tools Blog Posts

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/