internetTools

February 16, 2019

Mockuper

Graphical mockups are useful when to put a screenshot or photo into perspective. Simply adding a screenshot in a release note or on social media can look a bit blah and may not generate the number of likes that you want. A mockup can make the boring shot stand out.

Mockuper is an awesome site that offers a lot of interesting design choices and if you can't find the perfect layout - allow you to create your own mockup. How awesome is that! The best part is that the site is free.

Website Description

Mockuper is a free online mockup generator app built with love by an Italian web designer. I know the pain of spending hours looking for the perfect mockup and visiting paid websites trying to find a way to download a mockup for free. So I have decided to write Mockuper, giving designers across the world the chance of focusing on their artwork thanks to a faster way to generate their products mockups. Place your app design in an iPhone mockup or your client's new logo on a business card in just a few clicks.

Mockuper
https://www.mockuper.net

Sample Mockups

Mockuper Laptop

Mockuper Frame

February 9, 2019

hatchful Logo Generator

Creating a logo is never fun. Everyone has their own ideas on what the logo should look like. Plus you can spend a lot of money for someone to design one and still not have the perfect look.

Shopify Logo Generator is a cool tool that takes the guesswork out of creating a logo. You simply select the category of your business, some style types you like, add a business name and slogan and instantly you have a logo.

You can get a high-resolution version of the logo - for Business Cards and Print and Swag too. If you select the logo is for your website, you'll get a Favicon version - which is the little icon that appears in the URL toolbar.

You get 64 different logo design ideas to pick from - all for free!

Website Description

Create professional logos

High-resolution logos in just a few clicks, Ours is the logo maker built for the entrepreneur on the go. No design experience necessary.

Your logo says a lot about your brand. If it looks good, it leaves a good impression on your potential customers. If it looks bad, it could leave a bad impression, even if your products or services are top-notch.

Test out logo variations and create a one-of-a-kind logo that's perfect for your business.

Best of all, you don't have to have any graphic design experience to create a business logo you can be proud of - the logo generator makes it easy.

Hatchful Logo
https://hatchful.shopify.com/

Sample Logos

This is a very useful tool if you need a logo for a project or task that your team is working on.

QA Logo 2019

cryan Logo2019

February 2, 2019

a5 web note taking tool

Have you ever needed to take a quick note but dont want to open up an app? Use a5 to quickly jot down information.

Simple Website Description

a5 a small note taking tool.

I use it to help me remember things I'd most likely forget when browsing the web.

a5
http://a5.gg/

A5 a great site to bookmark so youll always have a place to jot notes.

Real World Uses

This is how I used a5 in the past:

  • Change a URL before pasting in an email.
  • Clean up a list of words
  • Jot down testing steps to a bug report before pasting into Jira.
  • Reformat line breaks in a text.
  • Jot down some information when talking to someone on the phone.

The nice thing about a5 is that it's a fast and easy note program. I am sure there's has to be a developer notepad type site that would add some functionalities. (I'll be on the lookout for that.)

January 26, 2019

textgiraffe

Text Giraffee has a cool logo generator that makes it very easy to come up with a logo design. There are 172 possible designs to select from, certainly, one of them will work for you. Each logo design is available for download in 5 different sizes - as transparent PNG files.

The nice thing about this site that it can give you lots of ideas on logo designs.

Website Description

Customize your own free logo. Use the logo designer for anything you want! Wide variety of logos to choose from.

textgiraffe
https://www.textgiraffe.com/

Example Logos

Q A Logo

Gus O Dog Logo

Project Office

January 19, 2019

Name Generator

The Name Generator over at Masterpiece Generator is a great way to come up with clever names based on all sorts of unique criteria. There are 24 different categories to choose from.

This a cool tool if you are looking to name your Project Sprint, or a particular testing server.

Description from Website

Generate names for characters, babies, authors or bands. Search at random or filter and sort by gender, popularity, birth year, country, personality
and many other interesting properties.

Name Generator
https://www.name-generator.org.uk/

Examples

Fictional American Towns

  • Amespor - Amespor is a small town, known for UFO reports.
  • Autar - Autar is a small town, known for theatre.
  • Annplaines Du Barrerder - Annplaines Du Barrerder is a small town, known for being the setting of a famous story.
  • Amteltor - Amteltor is a large town, known for elopement.
  • Amar - Amar is a sprawling town, known for its cheese exportation.
  • Austur - Austur is a large town, known for its nightlife.
  • Agree Du Gleur - Agree Du Gleur is a large town, known for progressive values.
  • Anver - Anver is a large town, known for its culture.
  • Amchard Du Saukyor - Amchard Du Saukyor is a sprawling town, known for conservative values.
  • Atwanster - Atwanster is a large town, known for its cheese exportation.

Obscure Usernames

This actually might be a place to come up with passwords:

  • farzan0xtkpiq45ulae
  • farzanj4racy6kbm
  • farzanz170b9ekl
  • farzanu.wxkejt6l
  • farzan93ozumvjf
  • farzan4e_bgafopw
  • farzan3txezkgnib
  • farzanzx1fn0q2r
  • farzanezu6yn4xgma0

January 12, 2019

textfx.co

If your looking for a site with lots of created text designs, textfx.co is the place to go. There are 92 different text designs to choose from. Many of the designs allow you to customize the colors and styles. It's a great place to go when you're looking for the perfect graphic for the blog or newsletter.

You can create 3 designs per day for free. If you're a big fan for just $5 a month, you can create unlimited texts anytime and unlimited access to premium effects

Website Description

**TextFX is a free logo design generator. Generate your own logo with our stunning premade effects. From 3D to Neon effects. Use it on your designs, posters, and website.**

**Take a look at the available text effects, and with more added on a regular basis, you no longer need to spend countless hours learning complicated software to create stunning effects for your logos**

textfx
https://textfx.co

Example Designs

Amazing Website

Cryan Textfx2

January 5, 2019

Chalk Board Generator

Chalk board writing can add a nice effect with some words and phrases.

What's nice about PosterGen Chalkboard generator is that you can create cool looking chalk designs for blogs, slack and social media. You can also have these same designs printed in high quality for hanging in the office or lunchroom. It's a good way to make announcements stand out.

There are lots of configuration options, but I have found the default option to be very good.

Website Description

All of our artwork is available as a gallery wrapped canvas, framed print, or a large format poster. Each of these options is additionally available in a variety of sizes to perfectly fit into your home decor.

Poster Gen
http://postergen.com/chalkboard-generator

Example Poster

Yesterday Chalk

December 29, 2018

Top 8 Internet Tools Post of 2018

This year I found a lot of interesting Internet tools. It was hard to come up with the top eight.

The tools selected were based on popularity and practicality.

Top Eight Internet Tools Post of 2018

  1. Photofunia - Great place to make a boring image a bit more exciting.
  2. engfto.com Text Effects - Create cool text effects for Social Media or Blogs.
  3. remove.bg - Simple way to remove background images to combine photos.
  4. Cool Text Generator - Quick way to generate an image from a text. Lots of practical designs to select from.
  5. Background Image Generator - Create plain background images for Facebook Ads, Social Media or blogs. Lots of patterns to select from.
  6. ShortPixel - Crush your image size without impacting the quality. Best Image Compression service of 2018!
  7. 3D Blocks Text Effect Maker - A few creative images to add a little pizzaz to your text.
  8. CamelCamelCamel - Free Price tracker that monitors millions of products on Amazon and will let you know when your item is selling at your target price.

December 22, 2018

remove.bg

Removing background from a photo can be tricky. Working around the face and hair can lead to jagged edges - not to mention the amount of time wasted trying to get the selection tool to find the right edge. Fortunately there is now a better way - remove.bg, a free service that does a great job on removing backgrounds.

This newly created site makes it easy to remove the background in an image. This works really well with photos taken using portrait mode on the latest iPhones.

Description from the Site:

Remove.bg is a free service to remove the background of any photo. It works 100% automatically: You don't have to manually select the background/foreground layers to separate them - just select your image and instantly download the resulting image with the background removed!

At the moment remove.bg only works for photos with at least one person in them. Sorry - please select an appropriate image.

Removebg
https://www.remove.bg/

Example

Richard Nixon 2018

December 15, 2018

Word Art

Earlier this year, I blogged about a cool Word Cloud service, this week I found a good alternative - WordArt.com. You can create all sort of unique Word Art Shapes. Simply provide the words, select the design and be amazed at the final output.

Description from Website

WordArt.com is an online word cloud art creator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease.

Professional quality results can be achieved in no time at all, even for users with no prior knowledge of graphic design.

The nice thing about WordArt.com, is that you can change the final output so some would stand out more than others.

Word Art
https://wordart.com/create

Sample Word Art Designs

Tree Word Art
Random Words as a Christmas Tree
Word Art Mix
Simple Cool Cloud Designs

December 8, 2018

PlayList Generator

Finding the perfect for an occasion is tough when music isn't your specialty. Finding the right songs for the reunion or birthday can be time-consuming.

PlayList.Net makes it easier to generate a great playlist for any occasion or mood. You simply type in your favorite artist or situation and you'll have a lot of playlists to select from.

Description from the website:

Playlists.net is a place where playlists can be discovered and submitted by anyone with a Spotify account. It’s the most popular playlist sharing site and has a very active community of curators and users who are keen to share and discover interesting playlists (that you won’t find in Spotify Browse) of all genres with a focus on new music.

The site has over 170,000 playlists uploaded onto it since creation, over 400,000 registered users and up to 1.5m monthly visitors.

Playlists Generator
http://playlists.net/playlist-generator

Sample Playlists to Explore

50th Birthday Party - All the music played by the guest DJs at Nicky & Gary's joint 50th birthday party on October 2017.

The Country Dance Kings " Greatest Country Line Dance Songs Ever! - Lots of good line dance songe created on May, 2012.

Happy Songs For Sad Days - A Lot Of Happy Songs For Your Sad Days created on April, 2012.

1980s Time Machine Radio - Over 1,000 of the best songs from the 1980s! Whoa, this is heavy.

December 1, 2018

WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha is the place to go when you need to calculate anything. It's a great knowledge base to explore all sorts of useful information. It's great as your taping into the power of computation intelligence.

The Pro version of WolframAlpha is $5.49 a month with step-by-step solutions, increased computation time and calculator Web Apps. The Pro version also has Image Input features - which is pretty cool if you work with images. This is where you can get a detailed analyst of any image. If you upload an image with text it will extract the text from the image.

If you do any data analyst, WolframAlpha is a great tool! Also useful for students in school, where they can learn a lot more about data.

Description from their site:

Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram's breakthrough algorithms, knowledgebase and AI technology

Wolframalpha
https://www.wolframalpha.com/

Sample Query

Disney Distance_1

Not Always able to Get Data I Want

Interestingly it wasn't able to tell me what city was 2,174 miles from Boston. I found that it's Tegucigalpa, Honduras via timeanddate.com and Salt Lake City, Utah via distancetofromto.net.

Check out WolframAlpha

I would highly encourage you to check out the "Surprise Me" feature on WolframAlpha

November 24, 2018

Squoosh

Google is on a mission to get people to shrink their images so pages load faster on mobile devices. They recently launched a new website called Squoosh to make it even easier to compress images.

Squoosh Description

Make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser.

Squoosh is an image compression web app that allows you to dive into the advanced options provided by various image compressors.

Google Squoosh
https://squoosh.app/

Four Differences Between Squoosh and ShortPixel

Back in Septemeber, I wrote about how ShortPixel is a great compression service. Here are some of the key differences between ShortPixel and Squoosh. Still a good option for many reasons.

  1. ShortPixel allows users to batch process lots of images, with Squoosh you can only do it one at a time.
  2. ShortPixel automatically sets the best compression, with Squoosh you have to figure out what compression doesn't ruin the image.
  3. ShortPixel also compresses PDF documents and animated Gif files.
  4. Squoosh allows you to play around with the settings to get the smallest possible size that works for that image, including settings for Reducing the color palette and image physical size.

Squoosh is great if you just need to compress an image for a blog or Slack. It's a quick fix tool. It would be nice if Google did offer several compression suggestions - such as "Best for Mobile" or "Image Optimized for Slack."

November 17, 2018

Dynamic Drive

Dynamic Drive has all sorts of useful tools for Web Developers, including Image Optimizer, Button Maker, Image to Base64 and lot more.

There is a section of the site where you can download script files, such as creating a dynamic calendar, snow or rain effect, the Matrix Text Effect, Mouse and Cursor effects and many more. It's a great place to get a code and some unique ideas to help spice up any webpage.

Description from the site

Welcome to Dynamic Drive, the #1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML & Javascript to enhance your web site!

Dynamic Drive
http://dynamicdrive.com/

Sample Content Listing

Check out some of these cool effects

It's Snowing - Decorate your webpage with this great animated document effect! Watch as snow gently trickles down the page, then disappear. Cool DHTML Tooltip - This is a practical, elegant DHTML tooltip script. Use it to display additional information about a link or any other element when the mouse moves over it. Tic-Tac-Toe - Entertain your visitors to a quick game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Comes with artificial intelligence and the ability to keep score. It's a good way to increase webpage time, which is a way to help SEO score. Online Image Optimizer - Image Optimizer lets you easily optimize your gifs, animated gifs, jpg, and png, so they load as fast as possible on your site. You get a preview of each quality and pick the image that works best for you.

November 10, 2018

Cheatography

Single page reference sheets - often called Cheat Sheets - are good reference guides to common tasks. Most developers have used them when researching the latest CSS styles or figuring out the proper regular expression.

A great online resource is the Cheatography website - they have a huge selection of cheat sheets in various topics. If you think you can do better than what they have, you can also create your very own cheat sheet.

Description from their site

Cheatography is a collection of 4,488 cheat sheets and quick references in 25 languages for everything from business to food!

Cheat Sheet
https://www.cheatography.com/

Cheatography Content

The five most popular Cheat Sheets:

  1. Regular Expressions Cheat Sheet
  2. Linux Command Line Cheat Sheet
  3. EQ tips Cheat Sheet
  4. JavaScript Cheat Sheet
  5. Python Cheat Sheet