**PROGRAMS TO WORK WITH**

Monday 24 March 2014 at 17:37.

Dear everybody,

Lately I’ve been doing some research into different programs to work with for not only Crosslab, but also Design Research. I’ll put my thoughts and ideas in the comments with the programs, but if you have any questions about specific matters, then please approach me in class :) .

Adobe Edge Reflow (+Edge Inspect)
This program is a basic program to help you set up a responsive web-page so that for example the layout of the whole page changes as soon as the size of the screen gets smaller than let’s say 600px wide. It is very basic and easy to use, you don’t need to know coding to be able to use this program, and on top of this, when you save the project you’re working on, it also saves it as an html and css file so you can add or modify stuff in Dreamweaver of Coda 2 for if you do know something about code. Edge Inspect is a little app you can download so that if you see the changes you make on your computerscreen, live on your iPhone or tablet!

Coda 2 (Comparable with Dreamweaver)
Coda 2 is like Dreamweaver but more basic. Before I continue I must say that in order to use this program you do need to know a little bit about html and css, but if you don’t then this program has the perfect solution for it! It offers digital books within the program about all kinds of coding methods and if you need to know something, you just open a book, type the code or word you’re looking for and the program gives you a description about how to use the code.
Sketch 2 (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop combined)
The program sketch 2 is a minimal and basic combination of the two Adobe programs, and is optimized for sketching websites or applications. Build in the program are all the templates you need for any device or screen size. Maybe not the best program for the assignments we have running atm, but defiantly something to look into.
Adobe Muse (making websites)
I have not fully tested this program yet, but it’s a sort of InDesign for creating websites. For this you don’t need the knowledge of code, but I can not tell you what it’s limits are and possibilities.

codeacademy.com
This is a website I can strongly suggest if you’re not that familiar with code. In my opinion coding is becoming quite necessary in the near future, and this website offers an easy and playful way to learn code. I’ve been having some fun with it and learned html and css in no-time. (also html5, sass, jQuery, JavaScript, etc.)

Calibre
This program is specialized for e-books and epub files, to make your own e-books or decode them. Lot’s of possibilities that you’re all familiar with since we had that workshop last Friday. This is just a reminder.

Websites:
- http://ia.net/blog  (interesting blogs about digital publishing and web-type-rules)
- http://blog.weare1910.com (Interesting approach to readability of e-mail and reduction of items on the screen)
- http://w3schools.com (for references to coding, or if you need to do/learn specific things with code for web, et. responsive stuff)

Ok doei!  xoxo

Jeroen Pronk,
Classmate

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