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How "to animate" a product? Lettering

2 years, 9 months ago

Watching movies about the future we very often see such picture: identical, as if cloned, people in identical clothes. They are surrounded by identical cars and houses on identical streets. People work for the benefit of huge corporations, performing monotonous gestures in front of computers or shifting pieces of paper from place to place. All around heartless and sad, prevail blue, gray and white shades with small inserts of bright colors for key heroes of the movie. For certain it is made for giving of bigger irony to a plot of the movie. And, of course, I realize that it is a utopia and in the near future it does not happen. But I know one precisely. I and the vast majority of people would never want to live in such world.

But some echoes of such picture can be observed and today. At a solution of many tasks we use templates: frameworks, designers, sample websites, interfaces, logos, household items and other. Everything is directed to reduction in cost of production and fast entry into the market. Benefit from the economic point of view, of course, is obvious. But from the consumer it becomes boring and uniform.

There are many methods "animate" a product: to think up an animal character, to use images of people, photos, illustrations. I will tell you about a lettering. Carefully — there are a lot of pictures!

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400 tremendous free services

2 years, 11 months ago

I am glad to provide addition of the original list from 300 tremendous free services. The author of the original article Ali Mese added +100 more new services which will help to find all — from sources of inspiration and photo editors before creation of polls and free icons.

A. Free websites

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Converting of fonts on

2 years, 11 months ago

Hi everyone!

There was one and a half years ago article about testing of converters of fonts in which we told that we will do the converter. And a week ago it was successfully started.

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Fonts in the conditions of extreme economy

2 years, 12 months ago
Very long small bitmap fonts were KolibriOS scourge. But relatively recently one more developer — Pathoswithin joined the project. Having quickly oriented in the project, it undertook a solution of this problem. You can observe results of its work in the last night assemblies. And this article is the narration about work on fonts, written to Pathoswithin.

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Transfer. I left the system fonts in San Francisco

3 years ago
Both the new iOS 9 version, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and even watchOS 2 were issued. And all of them are integrated by new font — San Francisco. And as young the developer's web, I was interested by opportunity to use this font for web of the sites. So this transfer of the article "I Left My System Fonts In San Francisco" was born.

At me as the developer, very often has cases when on web pages it is necessary to use system fonts. And, often, these pages are embedded in our applications, as remote settings or documentation. In this context it is very important that at the ultimate user the contents matched its environment.

Well, all of us will face content displayed in San Francisco soon and we need to specify this font in our CSS somehow.

By tradition we can try to specify the San Francisco font obviously, something in this style:

body {
  font-family: "San Francisco", "Helvetica Neue", "Lucida Grande";

Unfortunately, in svezheustanovlenny OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) no, this font.

But how it is possible, after all same system font?

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Why Apple was thought up and have entered the new San Francisco font into iOS?

3 years ago

Apple used font set of Helvetica as system font for iOS from the moment of release of the first iPhone. They have also replaced with it Lucida Grande in Mac OS X, starting with version 10.10 Yosemite. So why now Apple has decided to get rid of darling in the world of font?

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Small guide to ZPL

3 years, 1 month ago

Good afternoon, Habrakhabr.

Thanks to warmly accepted last publication, I can publish this article here. Thanks to all who put pluses.
As obliges I quite often should create reports for label printers of Zebra family.

Zebras they such
The mechanism of forming of labels looks as follows: at first from the user's machine (the computer, the data collection terminal) on the printer the issued line goes in a special way, then the internal processor of the printer processes this line, and prints it. But language in which the line for the printer forms (ZPL is called) at first sight causes at uninitiated nervous hiccups and nervous trembling.
I ask under kat, all who wants to understand the matter.

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Byl about printer

3 years, 1 month ago
There was time when each web developer wrote the printer or thought of it. I  did not become exception and have written printer for PHP. But how to make printer without normal support of UTF-8,  at that time I  did not represent, as a result have thrown idea.

Has passed time, but the idea of creation of printer did not leave, and I have decided to write it already on JavaScript.

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Tags on social networks and synthetic (inflectional) languages

3 years, 2 months ago

I. In what a problem

Many computer technologies developed initially in the world of analytical language at transfer in community with a synthetic language will come across additional difficulties.

For example, search taking into account morphology in the English and Russian texts demands the different level of complexity. Branching of the Russian inflection became a subject of ordinary jokes about tortures of the foreigners studying the Russian grammar with all regulations and exceptions for a long time.

One of examples of how the technology will come across a difference of languages, tags in the English and Russian blogs and social networks show. So far tags are selected in the separate block (as it is implemented on Habrakhabr or in LJ), there are no problems: in both languages initial forms of words, sometimes plural are used (and here even English shows a remaining balance of a former sintetizm). But as soon as tags are included in the text, the difference becomes aggravated. Also it seems that, for example, hashtags of Twitter become a powerful factor of the amplifying analytism in Russian. Continually you will come across phrases it seems:

We with #муж at restaurant.

From tomorrow in #Москва.

Returned with #море.

There is very strange feeling, some language dizziness and bifurcation.

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"Thoughtless" use of fonts

3 years, 2 months ago

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