WolfCMS looks really nice.

By the way, for those of you with Rails-envy, check out Heroku (http://heroku.com/), who provide free Rails hosting and dead-simple deployment for Rails projects. I've used it on a number of projects, and it makes a great staging environment.

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(0 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

I thought this was funny enough to post:

http://www.artofmission.net/articles/20 … cid-3-fail

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(8 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

The site looks great! And it looks to be a really valuable service.  I'm looking forward to trying it out.

I second tank's remark about pricing. I'm bigger than the Basic plan but there's no way I could commit $99/month. That's more than all my other SaaS subscriptions combined!

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(0 replies, posted in Water Cooler Discourse)

Anyone going to ICCM (International Conference on Computing and Mission)? http://www.iccm.org/

Yeah, Inkscape is nice. I don't really like having to launch X11 to make it work, but I'm giving it a whirl.

I am SO over Adobe. I am just about to upgrade my Adobe software to CS4 out of frustration - CS2 is so slow on my Intel Mac that I am _this close_ to throwing my computer out the window. I keep telling me that it's not my computer's fault.

I've been using Pixelmator (http://www.pixelmator.com/) for a while and love it. It's ALMOST a full Photoshop replacement. And they're moving fast, so I'm happy with it.

But I haven't found a replacement for Illustrator yet.

Can anyone suggest an Illustrator replacement for the Mac?

</rant>

Implementing JQuery should be fairly, uh... unobtrusive... if you implement it using UJS (unobtrusive JS) principles. For example, you shouldn't have to touch your ROR code to submit a form by ajax.

In any case, I've had good luck with jRails, which pretty much makes jQuery a drop-in replacement for Prototype, with all the helper methods you've come to expect. http://ennerchi.com/projects/jrails

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(2 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

My advice would be to start with a framework like 960gs or Blueprint. Makes layout much easier.

I've implemented a few of these suggestions. I haven't had time to try the analytics code you suggested Jim, but I'll hopefully get around to it soon.

Thanks again for your input - you guys saw some things that I wouldn't have seen - the site's quite a bit better off for your help!

From my POV it's not so much that *nix is free that makes it attractive, but that you can do so much MORE with *nix than you can with a proprietary system like Microsoft. Unix/Linux systems are now of extremely high quality, and the amount of available software is just staggering. With MS, you're locked into their preferred systems and patterns; with *nix the field is wide open.

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(1 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

Now the 960 grid system is fluid: http://designinfluences.com/fluid960gs/

Ok, that's it, I'm switching.

You guys are really observant! Jim & Opus, I made a couple of very minor tweaks based on your suggestions. Robert - I like the idea of a rollover for the three #segments sections.

Past couple of days I have been working on a magazine ad for Donor Tools, and I integrated some of these suggestions. Here's a peek: http://twitpic.com/18f1n . Now that the magazine ad is done, I'll have time to do some more work to the home page.

Thanks again!

I stayed up late the past couple of nights redesigning the Donor Tools home page.

My goal was to increase conversions and to appeal more directly to non-profits, churches, and small organizations.

Please take a look and give me the bad news!

http://www.donortools.com/

P.S. Related question - the page validates until I put the google analytics tracking code in it. Why is that?

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(6 replies, posted in Content Management)

Maybe StaffTool? http://stafftool.com/

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(1 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Looks great!

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(4 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

You could truncate long email addresses in the middle the way OS X does with filenames. i.e.:

ryan@artof...on.com
support@do...ls.com

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(4 replies, posted in Website Critique Area)

Looks really nice. First thing I thought of was that this site would look great with a silverbackapp.com style parallax effect for the grass.

http://www.kremalicious.com/2008/05/sho … ve-usages/
http://www.thinkvitamin.com/features/de … s-parallax

Just in case you needed a rabbit trail to follow.

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(3 replies, posted in Ajax + JavaScript)

next will get you "a set of elements containing the unique next siblings of each of the given set of elements."
http://docs.jquery.com/Traversing/next#expr

or

siblings for "a set of elements containing all of the unique siblings of each of the matched set of elements."
http://docs.jquery.com/Traversing/siblings#expr

Sounds like something from Wallace & Grommet.

Seriously though, you might look at Church Director (http://www.churchdirector.com/) or FellowshipOne (http://fellowshiptech.com/)

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(4 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

It could also have to do with color profiles. When you export from Photoshop, make sure that your images use uncompensated color instead of embedding a color profile.

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(9 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Here is what mine looks like: http://images-cdn01.associatedcontent.c … 176246.gif

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(9 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Also http://www.thegridsystem.org/

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(9 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Something else that can lend order to your website is a baseline grid:
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/settingtypeontheweb
http://topfunky.com/baseline-rhythm-calculator/

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(9 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Actually, I ususally start in Photoshop or Pixelmator with the grid in mind. Often I'll start with a blank canvas, and put down guides for a 950px wide center layout. I have my grid set up with a gridline every 100px and 10px subdivisions, which makes it really easy to measure distances in terms of pixels.

Another handy trick is to make a blank html page with the Blueprint grid.png background, which will give you a nice set of light-blue columns. Then you can take a screenshot and import that into Photoshop, and work out your design on a picture of your browser with the columns in the background.

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(9 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I almost always start with Blueprint CSS. So far it's the easiest grid framework I've found, and it makes the most sense to me. Donor Tools is laid out using the Blueprint grid.