Fake Images for Your Web Pages

FakeImagesPlease

Fake Images Please is a free Web tool that generates a placeholder for any graphic in your Web page design. Just add the size of your picture (in pixels) after their URL to fill your box with a graphic that indicates its size. You can choose colors, use custom text instead of the box size, and more.

Explore it at http://fakeimg.pl.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

How to Add a Shopping Cart to a Web Page in QuarkXPress

I saw this post in Quark’s user forums, and thought it useful:

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Question:

Is it possible to create a shopping cart for a web site in QuarkXPress?

Answer:

I think you need to add a website module to your site to do that. You can design the background of the store in Quark, but adding a module will handle things such as adding new items, setting prices, checking out, calculating shipping, etc. The one I use is called Zen Cart and is available to download HERE. You can design your entire site in Quark and them add the Zen Cart module to your web server and link to it from your web pages. It allows some customization so you can make it look like it’s just another page in your website.

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You can read the entire thread here: http://forums.quark.com/p/26998/107556.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Instantly Export to HTML in QuarkXPress

Most QuarkXPress users know that QuarkXPress 5 and above lets you convert a Print layout to a Web layout and then export it as an HTML document.

But if all you want to do is quickly export a PRINT layout to HTML, a shortcut is to hold down the Shift and Control keys while selecting File> Export.

Magically, the HTML… option appears. Choose it, select a destination for the HTML files, and click Export or OK. All the files necessary for uploading or viewing your document as a Web page will be exported to your chosen location.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

FREE DesignCast: 5 Secrets of Great Web Typography

Editor’s note: I’m not sure how I feel about renting fonts for my websites — I would prefer that they continue to function if I choose to stop paying a monthly fee for them.

I’ll be watching this online seminar for more info.

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Print and HOW present a FREE DesignCast:

5 Secrets of Great Web Typography

Sponsored by: Monotype

Ever wonder if there was a “rule book” for typographic success that only great Web designers were privy to? It surely seems that way. They make great typography look downright easy.

Well, there isn’t a rulebook — but exceptional typography can be a lot easier to create if you know the Five Secrets of Great Web Typography. This presentation will expose those secrets for all to see. You’ll learn how to choose the perfect font, how to create reader involvement, when a change in typographic paradigm is appropriate, how to use type to engage an audience — and many more secrets to typographic success. Even those who are typographically challenged will walk away with a new sense of font-confidence. All will learn the secrets of creating Web typography that has passion, soul and verve.

When: Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Register here.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Quark’s Free eSeminar: Creating Forms and Subscriptions in QuarkXPress

The latest in Quark’s series of free online seminars is this: “QuarkXPress 8: Creating user forms and subscriptions”. Even though QuarkXPress has let you create forms on Web pages since version 5, the feature is relatively unknown by most users. Here’s what Quark has to say about the event:

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Forms can help to gather information from any user viewing your website. In this eSeminar you learn how to create order forms and subscribe options within your website, built in QuarkXPress.

Understand the difference between the designer and programmers on when to hand off a project so that the more advanced form properties can be implemented within your website.

Register:

October 19, 2010

Session 1:

8am PDT | 9am MDT | 10am CDT | 11am EDT Register now!

Session 2:

11 am EDT | 12pm MDT | 1pm CDT | 2pm EDT Register now!

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.