Shirnk O’Matic | PhotoBulk

As I found a good tip about sleeping on a YouTube interview I was watching, I thought about doing a quick screenshot so that I could post here as a reference because the screenshot would have the exact time of the video.  Not that I don’t know how to share a video with a specific timeline.  But, I wanted to have that screenshot.

In any case, I realized I’ve been resizing manually a lot of screenshot since my computer would have a very big resolution, therefore not making images I upload small in file size.

And this is how I thought again about a tool I’ve used for a few years now called Shrink O’Matic.

And as I tried grabbing the download link to that Adobe Air program (only for Mac, sorry Windows users), I noticed it is only available in Download sites like Softonic.  And since I don’t like it when you go to sites that try to entice you with other links for sponsors and the like, I decided to find an alternative.

Enter: PhotoBulk

And again, the problem I find is that this one is also a paid application although they have a free version on the website.  But still, it took me some clicks to go to the app store, try to download it only to find that it is $9.99.  And once I was there, it says there is a free version on the website:

Download your free Demo version. Download Now

I think I’m actually going to stick with Shrink O’Matic

 

Automation: The Future of WordPress Development

I’ll be attending another WordPress meetup this Wednesday, this time the presentation is SASS, Gulp and WordPress and it promises to be a good one for expanding my possibilities as I continue to get more engaged with developing using WordPress.

Since someone shared a post on the meetup group titled Automation: The Future of WordPress Development, I found some interesting things there that relate to the future of WordPress development.

You simply can’t avoid it. The standards for Web Development have changed significantly over the last few years. Just as an example, not too long ago, relying on JavaScript completely was considered a bad practice. Nowadays, you can easily find countless websites embracing JavaScript libraries like it’s the new norm.

Not only that, but JavaScript has proved itself as the leading language for the web, and the term “full stack developer” in the context of JavaScript has finally bridged the gap between front-end and server-side, bringing massive change and innovation to the web development world.

Inevitably, with that crazy wave of change, a handful of fresh and game-changing technologies have showed up in the recent years.

I have heard about Gulp and Bower, but I guess I need to dig in more on these tools.

TripIt

I always pay attention to detail and specially when it comes to UX.  These days of so much distraction, it is a challenge to present information in a very simple way that guides the user’s attention to the right places.

As I was trying to figure out an order way for a 2 day trip to SFO for a WordPress meetup, I figured there was a tool for that, therefore: TripIt

WordPress Code Editors

As I progress in a project that involves creating a web application using WordPress, I have the need now to be able to edit code that within the WP-Admin.

I know that ideally I would just be editing from my text editor (TextMate being my favorite).  But, I think it is good to know what options are out there about editing code.  After all, some projects don’t require so much custom coding, so here is the list I found about plugins for editing code:

Improve Your Writing Style

I found this online tool by accident as I googled Espresso editing program that is mainly used for coding. Instead of typing Espresso I typed Expresso.

In any case, this may be helpful also for my writing endeavors because as they say:

Expresso is a little tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging.

Snippely

As I am refreshing my WordPress development skills, I came across Snippely which is a tool that allows you to save snippets of code/text that you can easily use later.  Turns out I still have it installed.  Pretty handy!

This tool is similar to Snippets and TextPander

Email WordPress Posting

I think it is very practical to be able to post by email.

I’ve recently encounter people who get easily overwhelmed with yet another thing to learn as to where to click and then post on a website.

The setup is pretty easy if you use either a self hosted WordPress install or if you have your site hosted at WordPress.com.

Great feature by JetPack plugin!

Custom Linux, Fast and Simple

Suse_studioIf you’ve always wanted to create your own custom Linux distro the simple way, here it is: SuseStudio

Thereis a lot of potential with this type of tool, either if you just want adistro with your favorite colors or you want to create an entire newopen source project, this is a great start, I’ve always wanted to beable to do this and I am sure many more have been also.