Identify and fix bugs with Trac and Usersnap

Trac is a bug tracking system for software development projects. Tracs mission is to help developers writing great software while staying out of the way and should as such impose as little as possible on a team’s established development process. Its timeline shows all current and past project events in order, creating an overview of projects and their progress, and a roadmap lists the upcoming milestones. Identifying bugs and enriching tickets with annotated screenshots with crucial meta-information, that is where the Usersnap integration comes in!

Sign up for your 15-days free trial, or log in to your Usersnap account, and edit the settings for your website. To use the Trac integration, you need to enable the xmlrpc-plugin. Download it from XML RPC-Plugin, copy the egg inside your plugins-directory or install it system wide. You need to enable it by adding tracrpc.* Continue Reading “Identify and fix bugs with Trac and Usersnap”

Web Design Tidbits #5: Twitter search form

In a series of blog posts, we’ll discuss web design’s best practices when it comes to usability, responsiveness and accessibility. We care about great design and we’d love to show you that a little CSS love goes a long way. In this post I’ll look at the Twitter search form, to replicate its elegant design.

Recreating the Twitter search form

Now Twitter wraps it’s elements in a whole lot of divs and spans. I’ll drill it down to the input-element and button, to keep things accessible. Using only HTML, our search form looks a bit ‘boxy’. Continue Reading “Web Design Tidbits #5: Twitter search form”

Web Design Tidbits #4: Gmail send button

In a series of blog posts, we’ll discuss web design’s best practices when it comes to usability, responsiveness and accessibility. We care about great design and we’d love to show you that a little CSS love goes a long way. In this post I’ll look at the Gmail send button, to replicate its clear blue design for your actions.

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How to make your site navigation responsive

Following the responsive design approach for your website, at one point you’ll need to think about what to do with your navigation element(s). Since responsive web-design became a ‘thing’ a few patterns have developed on how to deal with site navigation. As the digital real estate is limited on smartphones, also the navigation concept of websites and web-applications needs to be redefined. How to make your site navigation responsive? Let’s take a look at some popular sites to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of their solution to the navigation problem on mobile devices.

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More women in tech – one PyLadies workshop at a time

Last Saturday the Viennese chapter of the international movement Pyladies kicked off what will become a series of meetups, with a beginners workshop to Python. PyLadies aims to provide a friendly support network for women and a bridge to the larger Python world. Why? Well, because we’d like to see more diversity in the tech world, and with only 17% (and declining!) of the industries jobs filled by women, we have a long way to go!  That’s why anyone with an interest in Python was encouraged to participate (and yes, that means guys too). The attendees (both students and coaches) dragged friends, boyfriends, husbands and family members along for a day of coding bliss at Sektor5.

Both because part of the Usersnap team holds office at Sektor5, and because we’re proud Pythonista’s ourselves, we were happy to (co)sponsor this event. Being one of the organizers this post might turn out a bit biased, but we really had a lot of fun. And I think we learned heaps about where to improve for a next edition!

We started at half past ten, going through the Python track on Codecademy (who happily supported the event). With so many people interested in coaching (the Python community in Vienna rocks!), more advanced attendees could ask very specific questions and we saw a lot of one-on-one coaching sessions. Continue Reading “More women in tech – one PyLadies workshop at a time”

Web Design Tidbits #3: Google+ rounded avatar

In a series of blog posts, we’ll discuss web design’s best practices when it comes to usability, responsiveness and accessibility. We care about great design and we’d love to show you that a little CSS love goes a long way. In  this post I’ll look at the pretty rounded avatar my Google+ profile is sporting.

I love how the rounded images makes practically every profile picture look nice and friendly. To figure out how Google+ went about this, I went ahead and replicated the necessary HTML and CSS and saved it on Codepen. Feel free to play around with it and use is for your own page! Continue Reading “Web Design Tidbits #3: Google+ rounded avatar”

Usersnap ‘does’ retina too

We are excited to announce that Usersnap now supports 4k ultra high definition screens when it comes to capturing and displaying screenshots. This means if you are the proud owner of one of those shiny quad full HD displays, we can cope with your high resolution and we produce Retina* screen captures.

The Opportunity

Retina/HiDPI displays (and all future high resolution screens) are designed to reduce eyestrain and should lead to more reading. Usability expert Jakob Nielsen praised the Retina iPad’s display for its more enjoyable user experience, highlighting the ‘crispness’ of typography. What does one do with the significant amount of more pixels per inch? Very little, looking at the benefits for an average consumer. For (web) designers however, it makes the difference between something looking good and it being absolutely pixel perfect. Continue Reading “Usersnap ‘does’ retina too”

Web Design Tidbits #2: Kippt gradient button

In a series of blog posts, we’ll discuss web design’s best practices when it comes to usability, responsiveness and accessibility. We care about great design and we’d love to show you that a little CSS love goes a long way. In this post, I’ll recreate Kippt’s ‘learn more’ button, that should tempt you to go for their pro plan.

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Responsive web design tips from the community

In a previous post, 6 tools to get you started with Responsive Web Design, we selected and discussed 6 tools and libraries to help you get started with – really – responsive web design. We received loads of positive feedback and additional tips and tricks from our followers and decided to collect them in another post about one of our favorite subjects. Here we go:

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Web Design Tidbits #1: WordPress.org’s notification bar

In a series of blog posts, we’ll discuss web design’s best practices when it comes to usability, responsiveness and accessibility. We care about great design and we’d love to show you that a little CSS love goes a long way. In this post, I’ll show you how to create a neat notification bar, as it’s currently in place on WordPress.org.

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