In theÂ two previous entries I mentioned commercial Dreamweaver extensions that create CSS-based layouts that are standards compliant. If you are not a Dreamweaver user or you don’t want to spend money on a commercial product, check out Dynamic Drive CSS Layouts.
WebAssist has introduced Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor, a Dreamweaver extension that generates Web standards compliant, CSS-based layouts. The regular price of the extension is $149.99, but it is on sale until September 11th for $99.99.
Take a look at CSS Sculptor and CSS Layout Magic which was mentioned in a previous entry. They are both excellent products, and I own and use both extensions.
Whether you are just starting to learn CSS or are a seasoned CSS “pro”, CSS Layout Magic is a tool you should consider. CSS Layout Magic is an extension for Dreamweaver MX or later version, and the extension is compatible with both Windows (including Vista) and Mac OS X systems.
With CSS Layout Magic you can automatically generate one of 12 stable, cross-browser, CSS layouts in one, two, and three columns, and the multiple column layouts utilize a Faux column technique to render all columns equal height.
You can learn more about CSS Layout Magic and purchase the Dreamweaver extension here.
I recently received an e-mail from Sothink Software announcing the release of Web Video Downloader, a $19.95 add-on for the Firefox browser. According to the announcement, the program provides the following features:
- It allows you to quickly capture and download Web videos and Flash files from web sites.
- It can capture and download a wide variety of different formats, including flv, swf, wmv, asf, avi, mov, rm, rmvb, streaming Flash videos, embedded Flash videos, Flash files, Flash games, etc.
- It can capture and download videos from sites such as YouTube, Google, and video blog downloader.
- It includes a free FLV player so that you can easily play FLV videos offline.
I have had good luck with other Sothink products, so I purchased Web Video Downloader, and I’m happy to say that it works as advertised. If you download videos, even occasionally, Web Video Downloader should make the process easier and more enjoyable. You can learn more about the product and download a free trial here.
Firefox may be your default browser, or you may use Firefox to test your websites. In either case, you have probably been frustrated by the fact the Firefox could not handle Windows Media Player content, either because you didn’t have a plug-in or you had a plug-in that didn’t work properly.
Here’s some good news for you: Microsoft has released a new Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox that works on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP (with SP2) and Windows Vista, and it’s downward compatible with Windows Media Player 6.4. You can download the new plug-in fromÂ the Port 25 Web site.
HTML GOODIES has an interesting article about using CSS instead of table layouts.
I don’t want to start a discussion about whether it’s a good idea to open links in a new window. Some people want to open external links in a new window to keep visitors on a site. The traditional method of opening a link in a new window is to use target=”_blank”, but the target attribute has been deprecated.
You can see the script in action and download a free copy here.
According to the author of this free PHP form mailer script, you can:
“Add an email form to your website within a minute with my PHP mailer script so that your customers can contact you by email quickly and easily. The script is fully customisable by editing a simple configuration file – even a chimp could do it!”
You can learn more about the script and download a free copy here.
The other day I read an article about KompoZer, a free open-source WYSIWYG HTML editor.Â It sounded interesting, so I downloaded and installed the program.Â I’m not going to leave Dreamweaver for KompoZer,Â but it’s a pretty good program, especiallyÂ since it’s free.Â You can download KompoZerÂ here.Â