NEWS: Project Naptha – Chrome Extension to Copy Texts from Images

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What if I told you that you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet? Would you believe me?

For those who answered yes, thank you very much. For those who doubted me, I present to you, Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok.

Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.

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Cherry on Top: Cherry Framework Review

Posted in Showcase, Themes, Tools, WordPress3 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

WordPress theme frameworks are overwhelmingly available and famous nowadays because most designers find them easy to use, functional yet fully customizable. Using child themes that are supported by the parent framework, ‘personalized’ themes have become more attainable. There is a new framework in town- the Cherry Framework. This article is basically a Cherry Framework review.

Now, most theme frameworks come in premium versions, meaning, you have to pay some bucks just to get your WordPress site personalized. However, the spending doesn’t end there. After buying your framework, you would still be troubled by the child themes that you are going to install. Most of these child themes are not free.

TemplateMonster unleashed a new product called Cherry Framework, a theme framework that would suit all your personalization needs. The best part of this particular framework is it is free, along with some child themes!

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11 Minimalist Office Setups

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Less is more

This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.

For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:

  • It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
  • It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
  • It is beautiful to the eyes
  • You can actually make a small room bigger
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10 Scientifically Proven and Human-Tested Ways to Become Happier

Posted in Freelance, Tips3 weeks ago • Written by 16 Comments

In this growing age of technology and consumption, many people have forgotten the simple, ancient secrets of being happy. People have forgotten the simple ways to become happier. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses.

In order to solve this massive problem, more often we are reminded of the long-known principles of a happy life, like spending enough time outdoors and having a good night sleep. Perhaps they aren’t enough to make a modern human happy since scientists keep on searching more extraordinary ways to boost happiness.

Today, let’s look at the weirdest scientifically proven things that can make us happier.

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What is the Future of Online Education?

Posted in Freelance, News, Social Media, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 2 Comments

Think of the job you have now and imagine losing interest in it. I love writing, but for the sake of this example, let’s say, I’m already on the brink of giving up. I’m 24 years old, turning 25 in a couple of months, and I want to start fresh. Do something different. But at this age, enrolling in a college to earn a new degree is impractical, both money-wise and time-wise. That leads me to consider online education as part of my learning.

It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Very few people talk about this issue for the sake of keeping appearances, but everyone will encounter it at one point. Including you, no matter how much you love your job right now.

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3 Secret Steps To Dramatically Improve Your Freelance Lifestyle – Even If You’re Just Starting Out

Posted in Blogging, Freelance3 weeks ago • Written by 18 Comments

Where is the boundary between doing your work and the tasks you love? Are you doing what you always wanted to do? Do you want to do more, become more? When should you learn to become more productive and implement routines in your life? And when should you simply quit your existing job and do something else that makes you happier? This simple article will help you to be more aware about where you currently are as well as aid you to understand where you want to go. Three simple steps are all you need, three steps I am using in my own life to be more, do more and become even more fulfilled!

I invite you to participate and share your experiences, in fact, I will give away two books Play It Away and Power of Habit to the most genuine sharing in the comments. Are you ready to hack and experiment with your life, do the things you never thought possible, and question things you never questioned?! Let’s challenge the status quo!

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Why Web Developers Should Learn Web Design

Posted in Inspiration, Tips, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 8 Comments

As a web developer, you are in charge of making the website do things. You are responsible for creating interactivity on the site, which may may include jQuery and Ajax validation forms, submitting forms to database, rollovers, sliding menus or many other aspects of the site that needs programming. But how about the website’s design?

In my previous article Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler, I talked about why web designers should learn how to code and its benefits.

For this article, I encourage developers to learn proper web design process and how this will benefit them.

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QR Queries: How Quick Response Codes Can Burn or Save You

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Quick Response codes or popularly known as QR codes are slowly entering the popular mainstream market of the digital world. Nowadays, we see almost every product embedded with weird alien language-like images in their packaging and you will probably never going to know what that means until you scan it up using your smartphone’s camera.

Scanning might lead you to the product’s website where you will thank goodness you did not get kidnapped by Martians and be eaten alive.

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Crazy Egg Review: Is Your Website Hot Enough?

Posted in Usability, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 2 Comments

So, you have a website. Probably you are selling something or you want to collect people’s email addresses and it works. Or does it? As a marketer, are you satisfied with your current conversions? As a designer, do you feel like you made the right decision when you placed the search bar on the sidebar? But there is one tool that we at 1stwebdesigner.com is crazy about- Crazy Egg. Don’t search high and low about the Crazy Egg review when you can have that here!

There are many tracking tools out there that you can use to determine if your design works as intended. There are eye and mouse tracking tools out there, but they are expensive. Although admittedly, they work. Another thing that works just as well as these is click tracking with heatmap. Different processes, same results.

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22 Web Design Resources Ready for Download

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Icons, Tools, Vectors, Wallpapers, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 7 Comments

Design elements are important for a web designer. It makes his designs look more beautiful, thus, increasing its usability. Choosing the correct icons, buttons, and other elements is important because it makes your designs look trendier, livelier and more beautiful, aesthetically. Web design resources are everywhere but choosing one among the loads online can be a bit overwhelming.

It is necessary to be able to find great design elements. However, due to the massive number of resources available, it becomes difficult, nay, almost impossible to find what you need in the shortest possible time. That is why, 1stWebDesigner gathered the following web design resources for your usage.

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