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Briefly: Google Drive apps update, Google Web Designer released

10/01, 5:32am

Google refines Drive apps with new icons, smaller toolbars

Google has updated its Google Drive online apps with a refreshed user interface. Google Docs, Drawings, Sheets, Slides, and Forms now include a colorful icon that returns users to Drive itself, while the toolbar section at the top has been made smaller, allowing more of the screen to be taken up by the files being worked on, and seemingly brings it closer in visual style to installable office suites.

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Adobe shows preview of HTML5 design tool Edge

08/01, 4:45am

May compete with its own Flash Professional

Adobe Labs has unveiled a public preview release of Adobe Edge, the company's own take on HTML5 animation and interaction design. The free download is available now for both Mac and Windows platforms, but should be considered pre-beta software. The tool in some senses competes with Adobe's own Flash Professional, allowing web designers to create motion and interactive elements using standards such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.

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Taco HTML Edit 2.5 adds Component Library

08/26, 3:20pm

Taco HTML Edit 2.5 ships

The latest release of Taco Software's HTML and PHP editor, Taco HTML Edit 2.5, features a new Component Library. The library is comprised of 20 customizable items, which can be inserted into an HTML document; widgets include slideshows, pie charts, scrollable tables, date and time info and tabbed content. The components typically require Safari 3, Firefox 3 or Internet Explorer 7, and use HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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Freeway 5.4 adds CSS menu creation, AddThis tools

07/15, 6:25pm

Freeway 5.4 launches

Softpress has released Freeway 5.4, upgrading the website design software with an extended CSS menu creation tool and an AddThis action for social bookmarking. The upgrade also adds numerous bugfixes and several smaller enhancements to current options. The CSS menu tool adds background photo positioning, pixel-width support alignment options and undefined widths in horizontal menus.

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WebScripter 2.0: PHP, CSS tool released

06/03, 5:25pm

WebScripter 2.0

The Alchemist Guild has announced the release of WebScripter 2.0, a new release of the integrated development environment (IDE) for programming in several popular web scripting languages such as:  PERL, PHP, CSS, HTML/XML, JavaScript and Ruby. The tool offers features including: text editing, previewing web pages, testing scripts, managing projects, navigating code and FTP integration. The developer says that in this release, the original concept was scrapped and redesigned from the ground up with a modern OS X GUI using tabs for editing and split views for integrating features into a single window. The new design is "compact, concise and helps to keep the user in close contact with the experience. WebScripter 2.0 is priced at $40.

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DeIMG turns images into HTML tables

02/21, 12:40pm

DeIMG, images to tables

Satirical software and news company The Daily Grind today unveiled DeIMG, a re-branding of its software That's Not A Picture, which is designed to turn images into table data, for, as the author puts it, "browsers which support tables but not images". The largely pointless and futile app converts PNG, JPG. GIF, and PDF files into HTML, XHTML, or XHTML+CSS. Usage of the application is largely in question, as the developer proudly displays users' qualms and frustration on the product's webpage.

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IE v8.0 to support complex web standards

12/19, 10:45pm

IE8 supports complex code

Microsoft recently announced that it will support Acid2 and other industry standards in Internet Explorer 8, bringing the browser up to date with modern standards for displaying complex web code. Following in the footsteps of Safari and Firefox, which have been able to make use of the code for quite some time, Microsoft's IE development team calls the progress "a milestone". While the Acid2 test isn't an official release from a true web standards conglomerate, it is a fairly accurate test for verifying compatibility with W3C HTML and CSS 2.0 code.

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