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Color Management - Creating Profiles

  • AIM - Accurate Manipulation for Desktop Publishing - How to calibrate your monitor. Free.
  • Color.com - Excellent resources on color theory, color perception, and color vision
  • MatchLock - Color management/calibration software by Horses.
  • Monaco EZ color - One of the best programs available for creating ICC profiles for all your devices.
  • Precision CPS Learn - A brief tutorial of the 4 stages of color management.
  • Test Your Monitor - Test your monitors online for exact colors.
  • The Basics of Color Systems & Color Management - A must read for all Mac users.
  • Verifi - A one-time 4-step process that helps adjust your monitor to display color accurately.

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Scanning

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Image Viewing & Management

  • ACD See - Digital image viewing and management.
  • Agave Stock Photography Solution - Excellent stock photography management & labeling system.
  • Digital Pro - Moose Peterson & David Cardinal's excellent digital management software program.
  • fotoBiz - Complete business management software for freelance photographers from Cradoc. This new software program comes with the newest version of fotoQuote.
  • FotoStation - Keep track of your digital images. A great visual tool.
  • CompuPic Pro - Advanced digital content manager.
  • NCSC Pro - Boyd Norton's slide management database and labeling system.
  • PhotoRescue - PhotoRescue by DataRescue is an indispensable Windows based software program which will recover corrupt pictures from any Compact Flash, SmartMedia or Memory Stick. This program is indeed a lifesaver and a must have for your software library.

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Image Editing

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Image Protection

  • Protec by Invisitec - This our my pick for a slick CGI image protection solution.
  • ServeSafe - Image Hosting Service, resonably priced.
  • CopySafe PBV - ArtistScope's Server Hosts your encrypted images and shields against screen capture.

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PhotoShop Plug-Ins

  • Dreamsuite - Auto FX Software has many unique PhotoShop plug-ins to choose from.
  • Extensis Products Group - These folks have some of the best plug-ins for PhotoShop including Intellihance Pro, Mask Pro & PhotoTools.
  • Nik Sharpener Pro - Comprehensive set of features for image sharpening.
  • Quantum Mechanic Pro - Camera Bits plug-in to reduce digital camera noise and artifacts.
  • Test Strip - Vidid Details plug-in for color correction.
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Web Design

  • Copywriting - One of the most important aspects to any Website is the content. In order for people to find your site, the search engines must index it. Learning how to write good copy makes all the difference. This online course is excellent.
  • Creating a Web Site - A resource for people wanting to know about Web Design. It is a step-by-step guide to creating a Web Site, from registering a Domain Name, HTML, style sheets, usability, design principles, creating graphics, using Dreamweaver and submitting to search engines. This guide provides all the steps needed to undertake to set up a web site. It's aimed at the non-technical person, who wants to learn how to do all the basics, and perhaps more.
  • Digital Media Designer - Lots of excellent tutorials and reviews.
  • HTML Tidy - Cleans up your HTML code. Also contains some great links.
  • Mastering Dreamweaver 3-Site Setup - Brief tutorial. Great site with great articles.
  • PageTutor - HTML tutorials. Online courses available for download.
  • Production Graphics - Working solutions for graphics professionals.
  • ScreamDesign - Everything you need to build, enhance, and promote a Web Site!
  • Tips, Tricks, How-to & Beyond - This Site helps you Design "a better Web Page".
  • W3 Schools Online - This is the place to go for tutorials!
  • Web Monkey - A developers resource.
  • WebDeveloper.com - Learn how to build Web Sites.
  • Web Review - Excellent online magazine for Web Designers.
  • Web Page Design for Designers - Learn how to Design Web Sites, with an emphasis on Graphic Design and content rather than on technology.
  • Web Reference - Website Design and tutorials.
  • WebToolCentral - Providing the best Web tools for everyone great tools like a site submit service, and a business card generator, all absolutely free to use, very cool articles and tutorials are available too. Great resource!
  • Web Trends - Sophisticated analysis and reporting solutions for web sites of all sizes.
  • Wordtracker - Wordtracker helps you find all keyword combinations that bear any relation to your business or service. This is a great way to help improve your rankings in the search engines.

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Java

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Flash

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DHTML

  • DHTML Shock - Great source for some nice, free DHTML scripts to spice up your web pages.
  • Dynamic Drive - DHTML scripts and components to enhance your web site.
  • DHTML Central - Another great source for DHTML scripts.

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Perl & CGI Scripts

  • The CGI Resource Index - The ultimate CGI resource.
  • perl.com - A beginners guide to Perl eXtropia - Free web applications using technologies such as client and server-side Java, CGI, SSI, SSL, JavaScript, ASP, DHTML, Servlets, and SQL.
  • OnlyScripts - Perl, Java & PHP scripts.
  • Envirolyzer - Great tool which automatically analyzes your server and client environments including paths to perl, send mail and qmail and returns an easy-to-read report in your web browser.
  • AdminPro - A must have tool for any developer who needs to perform CGI testing and remote file management tasks. What makes this script so nice is that you can do all of your editing from your web browser on any platform or any operating system.

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PHP & MySQL

  • PHP - The source for PHP.
  • Hot Scripts - Great assortment of PHP scripts.
  • PHP Builder - Learn PHP from the experts.
  • PHPMyAdmin - Tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the WWW. Currently it can create and drop databases. Nice!!!
  • PHP Wizard - Building dynamic sites with PHP.
  • MySQL - Source code & reference for MySQL open source database.
  • PHP Freaks - Provides you with information to use while learning or developing PHP and MySQL. This is a community website where folks assist others by sharing their knowledge about PHP and MySQL. Great resource.
  • SitePoint - Kevin Yank's very informative site. Covers PHP, MySQL and more.

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Cascading Style Sheets

  • Eric Meyer: CSS - Eric is the author of numerous books on Cascading Style Sheets. You'll find new and innovative information here.
  • W3C CSS Validation - Free, online site validation.
  • NPL Online Style Guide - The New York Public Library explains the markup and design requirements for all Branch Libraries web projects, along with various standards and best practices. This is a great reference for CSS & XHTML.
  • All CSS Properties List - Excellent quick reference guide.

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Printing

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Fonts & Typography

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Ergonomics

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Paper Sources

  • Pictorico - Premium ink jet paper. I especially like their hi-gloss while film (paper).
  • Red River Paper - Professional series inkjet paper. One of the best premium matte papers available.
  • Hawk Mountain Art Papers - Quality archival fine art digital inkjet paper.

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Computers & Supplies

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Create Your Own Screen Saver

  • FX Saver - Create and market your own screen savers! Excellent Tool!!
  • GraFX Saver is very similar to FX Saver in features and easy of use.
  • WallMaster Pro - A great program for managing your photo wallpaper collections!

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Slide Shows

  • SmoothShow - Written for photographers, SmoothShow stands apart from the rest with smooth transitions and the ability to sync your slides to music.

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