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InkyDeals is a daily deals website, shared previously at WRD, focused on offering design resources for much lower prices.

They are regularly featuring items like vectors, Photoshop actions, PSD templates, brushes and more.

InkyDeals Winter Bundle

They have packed a new and huge set of design resources named Winter Bundle which includes:

  • 100 floral vectors
  • 270+ vectors of fashion items and silhouettes
  • 10 vector t-shirt designs
  • Japanese art vectors
  • Tillable paper textures pack for Photoshop
  • 100 winter-themed vectors
  • 100 spring-themed vectors
  • 54 hand-drawn, colorful sugar skulls and 14 floral elements
  • 30 vector trees
  • 9 Heraldry Photoshop brush packs
  • Photoshop actions for cinematic 3D effects
  • A set of seamless floral patterns
  • 100 valentine-themed vectors

InkyDeals Winter Bundle Screenshot

The pack would originally be priced $500+ if items were purchased separately but offered for $29 as a bundle.

InkyDeals Winter Bundle's license is royalty-free, can be used over and over again and the pricing is valid until 24 Jan 2012.

Almost every website owner tracks the statistics of their websites with the free and powerful Google Analytics.

The service has made a huge step forward with its "live stats" feature which shows the instant activity.

There are very few reasons left to use another solution to track stats where one of them is the lack of "live overall stats" (as Google Analytics still displays the overall stats with a delay) and the other is the need for using an open source system.

ChiliStats

For anyone looking to see the overall stats in real-time and needs a simple/lightweight solution (compared to other options like Piwik), ChiliStats is an alternative.

The application is free, open source, built with PHP and uses MySQL for storing the data.

It presents a snapshot of the statistics -supported with charts- in a "OneView" page and sub-pages for viewing top-referrers, visited pages or referring keywords exist. And, a "History" page allows digging the statistics of past months.

ChiliStats also offers a stats counter widget to be integrated inside web pages.

There are many ways a website owner can choose to communicate with visitors: e-mail, contact forms, forums are the widely used ones.

ClickDesk is a live-help application that enables website owners to be in contact with visitors much tighter.

They are giving away 5*annual Lite Plans/1 agent ($120/each) to WRD readers and details of joining the giveaway can be found at the bottom of this post.

What is ClickDesk?

ClickDesk

It is a hosted live chat system where visitors can see the online status of the website operator, choose to chat with them if online or leave a message to be contacted later if the operator is offline.

A very nice feature for customers looking for a more personal touch is the ability to make voice calls directly from the browser with a built-in browser-phone app.

ClickDesk also provides global access number in 40+ countries where they can reach you free of cost.

All these great functions (chat and VOIP) are integrated with your favorite IM application (Google Talk or Skype) which also make it possible to keep in contact with your visitors from mobile phones.

ClickDesk Screenshots

The chat can also be initiated automatically/proactively once you think the visitors needs a hand (on using your service, choosing the right pricing plan, etc.).

Once a chat is initiated, the application collects any useful information about the visitor (like chat history, browser and details, country..) that can empower the operator in helping the visitor.

Operators can chat with multiple users at the same time and/or choose to transfer chats to other operators.

Each ClickDesk account can have unlimited departments and the same account can be used in any number of domains.

It is a plug 'n' play service, just insert a few lines of JavaScript code to your website for activating the widget (whose design can be customized) and that's all. For Magento, OsCommerce, WordPress and Joomla users, plugins exist for an easier installation.

The application works as a social bar with the display of social services like Facebook or Twitter.

And, integrations exist for 3rd party services like SalesForce, Zoho, SugarCRM, Zendesk and WHMCS.

How to join the giveaway?

In order to get a chance to win one of the 5*annual Lite Plans/1 agent, you can do one (or both to increase the chances) of the following:

  • tweet: "Just joined the @2desk ClickDesk giveaway at WebResourcesDepot – http://bit.ly/w3YQ5a" RT to join & win annual accounts #contest  (click to tweet quickly)
  • comment to this post

Winners will be selected and announced on 23 Jan 2012 and good luck to all.

And the winners

Here are the lucky commenters for the giveaway

  • Olivier (comment #497548)
  • Livne (comment #497637)
  • Kevin (comment #494805)
  • @asacarter
  • @uiliw

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for joining.

There are various PNG optimizer apps for Mac OS X (check this WRD article for them) but only a few for Windows.

PNGGauntlet is a free Windows application for squeezing each and every byte in PNG files.

With a very nice drag 'n' drop enabled user interface, the application can optimize any given number of files pretty quickly.

PNGGauntlet

It combines the algorithms of PNGOUT, OptiPNG, and DeflOpt for creating the smallest file and generates a lossless output.

The image to be minified doesn't need to be in PNG format, other popular formats can be used as well for converting them to PNG.

There are also several settings for anyone looking to fine tune the compression process.

There is always a new challenge for web designers and developers.

One of the latest is definitely responsive web design; the art of serving the same web page to multiple devices which look good on all of them.

Responsive Web Design

It is a getting-popular approach. As always, there are questioned parts (like the increasing number of screen sizes and the difficulty in setting breakpoints) but these are minor and creating a responsive website is nothing difficult.

Thanks to talented people out there that there are great resources simplifying development of such websites. Many tricky stuff can be handled easily with the right tools.

For jQuery users, there are a good number of responsive design plugins and here is a carefully collected and well-categorized list to bookmark and hit back when you are about to design responsively : ).

 

Layout & Tools


Response JS

The plugin has the mobile-first approach and enables us to dynamically arrange code blocks based on breakpoints + serve media progressively using HTML5 data attributes.

It also offers useful methods for easily testing screen properties that are important for creating responsive websites.

jquery responsive web

jQuery Responsive Web Plugin

This plugin adds dynamic classes to the <body> depending on the operating system, browser and window size so that you can use a single CSS to change every aspect of your design.

When you resize the window, it automatically changes the window size related class. There are also two functions called, one on init, and the other on resize, so that you can make design manipulations accordingly.

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