Tip of the Day: Creating Image Maps with GIMP


There are actually a lot of cool online tools to aid with creating image maps but for those users of GIMP you have a pretty easy to use and configurable image map tool right at your finger tips!

In this video I show how easy it is to use GIMP to create image maps for web sites.

Make sure you check out the Image Map Plugin Page to learn more about this cool feature.


Best site for online file (XML, JSON, HTML, SQL) formatting

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Do you ever need to format some encrypted, auto-generated XML, HTML, or JSON? Well, I do this a lot to debug compressed JSON, HTML, and XML files and I found this great site that not only does formatting for some basic file types but also does a heck of a lot more. Some great things FreeFormatter.com does:

  • Formats files with different indents
  • Validators
  • Encoders/Decoders
  • Minifiers
  • Converters
  • Cryptography
  • String escapers

Check it out and let me know what you think!



Tip of The Day: Mobile Simulation With Chrome

chrome-os-2odl-800Quick Tip of the Day – don’t have a mobile device? Then use Chrome to test your responsive design on many kinds of devices! I have used this technique specifically to test what the site will actually look like on a mobile device. Even though responsive designs “work” when  you resize the browser, sometime it’s not perfect.


Readers from around the world with the WordPress Stats Map

One of the things I really love about WordPress is the statistics feature it gives me for the where readers from my blog are coming from. This is the map from the WordPress.com site that shows a “heat map” of where the visitors to this blog came from within the last 90 days. You don’t get this map in the JetPack stats screen, you have to go to the actual WordPress.com to see this map:

Readership Map

Tip Of the Day: Modifying and saving CSS with Google Chrome

chrome-os-2odl-800This has really changed the way I work and doing mockups and proof of concepts. Check out the new Tip of Day video to see how you can edit the CSS for a website live using Google Chrome and the developer tools.


IBM Commerce Composer for WebSphere Commerce Demonstration

marco-commerce-composerThe one and only Marco Deluca from the IBM WebSphere Commerce development team walks you through the very cool Commerce Composer tool now included with WebSphere Commerce.

IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014: All Star Moments Challenge

ThrowdownStarting at Pulse, IBM started doing an “App Throwdown” to encourage developers to create the “next cool” application based on IBM technology. IMPACT and now the Smarter Commerce Summit now have the same opportunity.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Smarter Commerce: Moments Matter”—every interaction, every experience is a moment of truth; the most exceptional ones are All Star Moments. This is your opportunity to showcase your app success and how you created exceptional customer solutions that deliver All Star Moments!


Watch this video to learn what App Throwdown is:

Read the rest of the article here and make sure you scroll down for the Smarter Commerce piece – link