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Well there is a cool solution for publishing your videos on the web.

A nice tool to create / convert your movies to flash FLV Videos to upload onto the web server.

Sothink Video Encoder for Adobe Flash 


Video Encoder for Adobe Flash is a feature-rich Video to FLV and video to Flash encoding solution. It can convert any video to Flash FLV, and help you perfectly publish FLV movies and family videos on blog, forum, website like YouTube. For that, it fast encodes video to Flash and makes skinable Flash video player, HTML, thumbnail image, etc. This video to FLV converter is also a Flash video player maker, which pre-designed some stylish and customizable Flash video player skins for you to directly choose. With the Flash video player skins you may perfectly publish Your FLV movies and family videos on blog, forum, website like YouTube.

If you want to convert AVI to FLV, make FLV player, or whatever video to FLV jobs, you may definitely choose Sothink Video Encoder for Adobe Flash to delight everyone in sharing video clips on the web.

Love the Interface and very easy to product your online video gallery.

Enjoy !!



Stock Photography Sites

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Tools

Here is a great list of stock photography sites I thought I would share with everyone – Offers 1 million+ Stock Photography Photos, royalty free photos and images searchable under one site. – picture library specializing in surf and beach images, including waves, surfers, landscapes, flowers, portraits, sunsets, kids and beach culture. – Rights Managed and Royalty Free Images – Hard to Find Rights Protected and Royalty Free Images from all the main photo stocks. – The Designer’s Stock Resource! We offer affordable royalty free stock design elements. – ArtLex is a dictionary of art for everyone interested in art production and its history. You will find articles on thousands of art terms, along with terrific images, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and links to other resources on the Web. – Beautiful, royalty-free, low-cost stock photography for web developers and graphic design professionals. Use our photos on your websites, templates, marketing, sales or practically any use at all. – Unique Royalty Free Images – site has a nice look, a little hard to search. – Private collection of high quality Royalty Free Stock Photography available in both high-resolution for print and low resolution for web based projects. Specializing in Oregon, outdoor, scenics, and floral photography. Commercial license high resolution images to 2400 x 3600 pixels. Secure online ordering with electronic delivery. – Specialize in commercial stock imagery, especially model released “Lifestyle” and “Business” imagery. Comstock sells both Royalty-Free and Rights Protected images. – Enjoy over 1.6 million images online – the largest digital collection on the web. Enjoy royalty-free or traditional licensing of images. – This site currently contains almost 200mb of free abstract digital photos and backgounds ready for you to download. – Creatas provides high-quality, royalty-free stock photography, illustration, and footage, as well as design tools such as Pantone, Linotype, and FontHaus. Its vast library brings together the world’s most highly recognized and highly-regarded brands, providing innovative, compelling, and thought-provoking images. – Supplier of professional hi-resolution and super hi-resolution royalty-free digital images. – Deadline Pictures is a photostock agency, launched on March 2000, with the purpose of making alternative photography available for designers. As a new-born company we only use the ideal medium for distributing pictures: the Internet. Fast, cheap, 24 hours a day. – A supplier of hard to get, experimental, world-class photography. – Digital Vision is a leading producer of digital content for the creative community. Our goal is to help creative people create more easily. – Photographers and designers using film or digital equipment are enabled now to sell their portfolio of images online. aims on creating a powerful photo community, providing royalty free images and royalty free stock imagery or photos to DTP designers, web designers, photos for printing brochures, advertisements, magazine or newspaper ads, and electronic use on websites or Flash interactive animations. – Online searchable library of royalty free images. Collections of CDRoms and instant download of high resolution, ready to use photographs and illustrations. – Rights-managed and royalty-free, plus a whole extravaganza of other exotic treats. – Search royalty free and rights managed stock photos, medical clipart pictures, royalty-free illustrations, royalty-free motion stock video clips, royalty free vector maps, and background clip art imagery. – is the largest collections of free photographs for non-commercial use on the Internet. – FREE digital photographic images for web, dtp, and design. Royalty and cost free stock photos. – Free pictures for websites, newsletters and documents etc. For commercial and non-commercial use. – The leading provider of imagery and film to communications professionals around the world. – 500 000 royalty free images online, 30 000 character fonts, more than 7000 video – Highway Images offers 50,000 35mm stock photos depicting interstate transport and specialized hauling by Class 8 tractor-trailers in settings throughout the U.S. – premier royalty free stock photography and images for the advertising, design, corporate, publishing and new media professional. – A market leader in Royalty Free photography. Image Source offers instant access to thousands of contemporary images ready for creative use. – Welcome to the new – today’s imagestate was once a number of image libraries such as Adventure Photo, Pictor, John Foxx, Images Colour Library and Zephyr. – An expanded collection now includes Advertising and Commercial color, Editorial color and B&W, Vintage B&W, Retro color. – Known for its original, stylish imagery and the professional way the company always incorporates the latest digital techniques into their products, John Fox Images has more than 15,000 professional royalty-free stock images. – Buy unique high resolution images at affordable prices. Quickbuy and instant download single photos for only $5.95 ! – iStockphoto members buy/sell high resolution, royalty-free stock photos for just $3.00 or less each. – Check out the exciting new royalty-free images from IT Stock Free, one of the world’s prominent independent picture producers. – LiquidLibrary is the refreshingly different design resource that includes unlimited access to over 75,000 high-quality, royalty -free photos and illustration, and a Media Mix consisting of lively, energetic music tracks, attention-getting motion, and professional PowerPoint templates. – Stock Footage and Image Library. A Luna Blue provides highly creative royalty-free stock footage and photography. Digitally produced for broadcast, desktop video and all new media. Available on QuickTime CD, DVD and file download. – Media Bakery provides royalty free content and media licensing services to businesses around the globe. Combining an aggregated collection of Royalty Free publishers, broadband and internet technologies with one of the world\’s largest royalty free publisher sources. – A place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use. – OzImages offers a comprehensive range of stock photography and photographer research services to genuine photo buyers. – Select from thousands of high-resolution royalty-free images, including premium quality model-release assignment photography. – PhotoSphere Images provides royalty free digital stock photos on cd and online downloading – Subscription based royalty-free photos, illustrations, fonts, film and sound. Pay annually and get unlimited downloads of over 100,000 available images. – Filled with digital content including stock photography, pictures, illustrations, maps, graphics, royalty free photography & other design images, PictureQuest stock photography agency has a photo research service to find digital photos & specific graphics. – We both love the web, photography, and design. One day we just figured that web pictures are numberless, but rarely reasonably priced. Hence we started Picturestation. – Images of London fro the design and editorial markets. Small but effective library – digital stock photography of people and lifestyles on CD-ROM. : Royalty free stock photography – Thinkstock is a vibrant community of stock web sites. Each site in this community is dedicated to providing exceptional imagery within specific content niches. – Vintage illustration and stock photography for the graphics professional; Specializing in fun, royalty-free collections of pinup art, pulp and comic book cover art, vintage labels and textiles. – UK based royalty free stock library. All UK models in UK locations. All images exclusive to the site and available for online purchase.

Do you have problems with your website? Is it loading slow or is not loading at all?  With this tools you can evaluate your site starting with the loading speed and all the way to fine tuning your javascripts. Online website review

2. Check browser compatibility, cross platform browser test

3. Firebug. Find problems in real-time.

4. YSlow . YSlow analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages.

5. uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files.

6. The online version at is an industry collaboration with various companies providing the testing infrastructure for testing your site from across the globe.

7. CSS Compressor Test the load time of a web page

9. JavaScript Compressor

10. Console². Console² let’s you display errors filtered by type (Errors, Warnings, Messages), language (JavaScript, CSS, XML) and context (Chrome, Content).


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Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.


Compared to the other major web browsers, Google Chrome is still relatively new. However, it’s popularity continues to grow rapidly.

Below are some of the tools offered to integrate in google chrome.

Enjoy !!

Web Developer

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The Web Developer extension adds a toolbar button to the browser with various web developer tools. This is the official port of the popular Web Developer extension for Firefox written by the same person.


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BuiltWith is a web site profiler tool. Upon looking up a page, BuiltWith returns all the technologies it can find on the page. BuiltWith’s goal is to help developers, researchers and designers find out what technologies pages are using which may help them to decide what technologies to implement themselves.

Eye Dropper

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Eye Dropper is extension for Google Chrome and Chromium. It allows you to pick color from any webpage or from advanced color picker. It is great tool for web developers.


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MeasureIt! allows you to draw out a ruler that will help you get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.

Window Resizer

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This extension resizes the browser’s window in order to emulate various resolutions. It is particularly useful for web designers and developers by helping them test their layouts on different browser resolutions.


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Inspired by the Firefox Extension CSSViewer, this Chrome extension allows you to easily scan an element’s basic CSS properties without having to delve into the inspector window.


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Whenever you have the need to simply switch between development, test and productive hosts you should use MultiSwitch.

Speed Tracer

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Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs.

Awesome Screenshot

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Awesome Screenshot lets you capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share. Support PNG and shortcuts.


10 Time Saving Google Chrome Extensions

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Tools

Google Chrome is quickly becoming a popular browser due to its speed and now its growing collection of extensions. Extensions are a great way to add functionality that doesn’t come packaged with the browser.

There are extensions for just about everything, but in this post we’re focusing on helping you save time in your everyday tasks. Web workers have to do a lot of little things throughout the day that seem to add up and take up a lot of time. So here are 10 Time Saving Google Chrome Extensions that can hopefully help you streamline your daily work flow

Session Manager

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Based on what kind of task I’m working on, I normally keep a set of websites and web apps open at all times. Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like.

Google Mail Checker

google chrome extensions

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time flipping over to check my GMail. Google Mail Checker displays the number of unread messages in your Google Mail inbox. You can also click the button to open your inbox.


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DayHiker lets you check Google calendar from the toolbar. Check and schedule tasks. Manage content on the fly. Soft reminders, plus an alarm clock. URL Shortener

google chrome extensions url shortener is an extension which allows you to shorten the current website URL with the new Google URL Shortener service Once compressed the url is automatically copied to clipboard and you can share it with Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Delicious, Digg, MySpace, Google Reader, Gmail or your default mail client.


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Brizzly is a reader for Twitter and Facebook. It simplifies your browsing and updating experience, while adding a few nifty extras.

Pixler Grabber

google chrome extensions

Sharing screenshots can be time consuming. Pixler Grabber allows you to edit, save and share screen grabs all from the browser.


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FastestChrome helps you save time and enhance your productivity. Key features include:

  • Endless Pages automatically loads the next page just before you reach the end so you don’t have to click “Next” or wait
  • Look up definitions instantly by highlighting a word
  • Better Google: shows you relevant results from real-time and shopping search engines such as OneRiot and Amazon
  • Search more conveniently: select text then click on a search engine to search
  • Automatically turns text URLs into links
  • Adds related articles to Wikipedia


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It never fails. Every morning, after I’ve been working for a couple of hours, my tabs are out of control. TooManyTabs helps you manage your tabs, improve your browsing, and maintain your sanity when you have many tabs open.


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This extension lets youconvert any webpage to PDF including most SSL based sites. Key features include:

  • Includes a direct link if the process is taking too long.
  • Allows you to view the converted PDF using Google Docs.
  • And of course you can download it to your computer.
  • Easy Options section.

Auto Copy

google chrome extensions

Auto Copy streamlines the process of copying text. It automatically copies selected text to the clipboard and has options for copying as plain text; including the URL in the copied text; etc.