I have been frustrated as of late, it comes down to the price of cheep ‘Twisted nematic’ (TN) flat panel monitors. Because of the low price and acceptable quality for 90% of users these TN monitors have become the standard.
But for designers, digital artists and webmasters, we require a higher level of colour accuracy on our panels. The problems has always been the price tag that meant that many home users and small offices were priced out of the better quality panels.
Good news is the Dell has now launched two ‘In-plane switching’ (ISP) panels at consumer prices. ISP panels give a high higher level of colour accuracy and consistency across the panel so no more moving your head to try and work out what the colour should look like.
Enter the Dell UltraSharp U2211H (21.5-inch) and UltraSharp U2311H (23-inch) both panels offer:-
10000:1 Contrast Ratio
8ms Response Time
one VGA connectors
a 4-port USB hub
resolution of 1920×1050
They are priced on the Dell website as U2211H – £292 ($279), U2311H – £351 ($319).
Look out for other manufactures following with their own consumer priced ISP panels over the coming months, watch the space.
So for those of you who are think of trying Diigo out, this makes things better. As well as all the normal import option you can link Diigo and Delicious so when you add bookmarks to Diigo it adds to Delicious automatically.
To do this scroll down to the bottom of the page (in Diigo) and click “Save to Delicious” enter login and password and they are linked.
So I have been using Ctrl+D (Transform Again) in illustrator for many year now and love to be able to quickly copy and repeat. I had throught that it was not posible in photoshop due to its pixel nature but today I found this on planetphotopshop.com:-
It talks about step and repeat which sounded like what I was after. So it turns out there is a transform again in photoshop and it is:-
Shift-Command-T (Mac) or Shift-Control-T (Windows)
For more info check out the link to planetphotoshop.
So last year Photoshop.com brought out a Mobile App on your iPhone. While still quite basic in it functionality it seems to be quite a nice start. Bellow are some images of the app.
Two years back I was at Adobe live in a lecture about the changing internet. During what was an excellent talk I was introduced to the idea of heatmaps. They are a way of showing traffic trends via mouse movement and clicks. For me they are clearly a great tool for showing hotspots.
Recently I was reading a blog on a similar subject and it reminded me of heatmaps. I have been doing some searching and found an interesting article here which talks about how times are changing with regards to how people use google, they use a heatmap very interesting have a read.
How to use them
So I thought how do I use a heatmap, they are so handy I want to use one for my blogs. Searching around I have found some solutions:-
these guys work on the first 5000 clicks being free and then you pay £2.50 – £1000 depending on the quality of clicks required.
Crazyegg offer more than just heatmaps they do full stats. They charge from $9 to $99 depending on the quality of clicks needed.
I found this add-on which is now out of date but maybe it will get updated.
Feng-GUI creates a heatmap of your website of an image and delineates which areas get the maximum attention. You can either enter your web page address or upload an image and make a heatmap in a few seconds.
this site has a DIY solution to heatmaps.
Another solution for the coders out there.
Bellow are some examples of heat maps I found on the web.
I will look to test some of the service above and repost when I can give you more info on the subject.