WPDFD Issue #43 - October 01, 2001

Hot New Products

News of the latest new products for Web designers - with a particular emphasis on Web graphics - as usual. StyleMaster 2.0 CSS Editor Style Master 2.0 brings the ease of use of a WYSIWYG editor and now, the power and flexibility of hand-coding, to the CSS standard. Xara 3D headline maker Try this free online Xara 3D headline maker to create your own logos – works straight from your browser.

It's About Time!

by Joe Gillespie Time plays strange tricks. How is it that some Web pages seem to load almost instantly and others take an age? It could be something to do with the page file size and the amount of data that has to be downloaded from the server to your computer, or it might be that the designer has not managed the downloading efficiently. From my dim and distant schooldays, I remember one particular day.

AutoFX Dreamsuite

DreamSuite is the latest offering from effects specialists, AutoFX. As the name suggests, it is a suite, or collection, of effects and are accessible from either a stand-alone application or from a Photoshop compatible plug-in. They are available for PC and Mac including native support for Mac OSX. The current program is called Series One which suggests that it is the first in a range and offers what AutoFX describe as "photo realistic" visual imaging solutions and includes effects such as 35mm Frame, Chisel, Crackle, Crease, Cubism, Deckle, Dimension X, Focus, Hot Stamp, Instamatic, Liquid Metal, Metal Mixer, Photo Border, Photo Depth, Photo Tone, Putty, Ripple and Tape.

Back in February , I reviewed "New Masters of Flash" from publishers, Friends of Ed. The 2002 Annual is a follow-up to that book and goes deeper into the philosophies and principles underlying the use of Macromedia Flash. This is not just a "how to" book like some others, even though it gives excellent tutorials at every stage. More importantly, it examines the thinking behind the examples through written, (and some video) interviews with the seventeen authors and designers.

The most obvious indication that text on a Web page is hyperlinked is that it is underlined . This is the default in HTML and is fairly unambiguous. The underline is usually accompanied by a difference in colour too – one colour for an unvisited link, another for a visited link and there can also be colour changes on rollover or mouse click. Typographers dislike underlining as a means of emphasis.