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'Ecommerce' has become the latest mantra to success when it comes to online business. Nothing can beat the prospects that this established yet prospering industry has to offer. Almost every store we know of has opted for creating a virtual presence of it and so, there's really no end to the all new 'Ecommerce' that we see today.
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If you're looking to get into the web design/development industry there are loads of resources and courses to help with your education, but deciding which route to pursue is not easy. There are two basic approaches: going to a university for a formal education, or taking a self-taught approach and learning on your own. In recent years a growing number of colleges and universities have added degrees specifically for web design and development, and of course a graphic design/arts degree is also an option.

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ents for both approaches, and we'll also provide information on plenty of resources to help you get started with learning on your own if that is the route that you choose. If you're considering a career as a web designer/developer, you'll want to take some time to educate yourself on the options that are available and see what is the best fit for you personally. There is no right or wrong approach, but following a path that isn't the right fit for you can result in a lot of wasted time and money.
Pros of Being Self Taught
When it comes to web design and development you'll often read or hear of someone being "self taught". What this usually means is that this person did not receive a formal education in the field of design or development. In reality, being "self taught" typically involves things like reading books, following online tutorials, watching videos, and plenty of experimentation. The self taught designer still learns from others who are willing to teach, but it's usually by way of informal articles and tutorials rather than a classroom setting. So don't be intimidated at the phrase "self taught" as it does not mean that you will need to figure everything out on your own. With that in mind, here are some of the most convincing reasons why you might want to skip the formal education and just learn on your own.

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Are you using the power of PPC to get the international traffic you deserve? This sort of advertising can put a brand or service in front of global customers who would otherwise be out of reach.Even if you already benefit from PPC (pay-per-click) advertising, using the English language will only take you so far in the rapidly changing online landscape…
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Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the highly anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of

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innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.


Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today (see separate press release) deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels. Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.


As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe's history, also available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation(tm) CS4.


Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency

A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.


Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.


New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration

Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services* for online collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of Acrobat.com, allows real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler(tm). Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.


Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium is US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. To reward customers for staying current, Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions. For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200 off their actual upgrade price. For more detailed information please visit www.adobe.com/creativesuite.


Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8) from www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.



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Pros: Vastly better picture previews, lots of feature improvements.


Cons: Performance can suffer with lots of high-resolution pictures.


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p1">When an application as mature as QuarkXPress gets a new version number, you can expect a few big improvements and a whole lot of smaller ones. For big improvements in version 10, Quark chose to take on graphics display and handling, and a complete rewrite of their code for Mac OS X. Then they tackled a long list of user-requested smaller improvements, and added a few surprises.



Here’s a partial list of improvements:


• An entirely new “Xenon” graphics engine, which provides crystal-clear, pixel-accurate previews of all page items, including imported graphics such as PDF, EPS, PSD, AI, TIFF, JPG, PNG, and more.


• Full PDF transparency (“pass through”) support.


• Support for HiDPI displays, such as Apple’s Retina display.


• Rewritten for Mac OS X as a native Cocoa app, with dramatic speed improvements and access to special OS X features such as Recent Items, Dictation, File List in Dock, etc.


• Master pages can now have Layers!


• Palettes that automatically dock to the edges of the display, and automatically show/hide.


• Full-screen display of your document.


• An improved Measurements palette that completely replaces the old Modify dialog.


• A Quick Response Code (QR Code) generator.


• East Asian typography in all editions of QuarkXPress 10.


• Import pictures and hyperlinks from Microsoft Word documents.


• Maintain QuarkXPress formatting when updating linked tables from Excel.


• Copy and paste items while retaining Layer information.


• A new Print Preview with thumbnail page previews.


• Select a Key item for Space/Align to align to.


• Highlight missing fonts.


• Easily join, extend and close paths created with the Pen tool.


• Apply a style sheet to the current paragraph as you create the style.


• Flip shapes horizontally or vertically.


• Set default tool preferences from existing objects.


• More than 50 additional productivity enhancements.


Any one of the features above can justify the upgrade cost, depending on how you use QuarkXPress.


Quark claims that QuarkXPress 10 has a “Native and deep understanding of image and vector files: PDF, AI, TIFF, JPG, PNG, PSD, and more.” To demonstrate their improved image preview, here’s an example of a photo in the standard display quality in QuarkXPress 9 vs QuarkXPress 10:


 


Some additional benefits arrive with the new Xenon graphics engine: other page items such as gradients, blends and patterns also now look pixel-perfect, and QuarkXPress 10 can manipulate TIFF color channels and clipping paths directly.


When you need to precisely position elements on the page in relation to a graphic, you’ll appreciate the vastly improved imported PDF display — unlike InDesign, when you move a PDF graphic it remains sharp and detailed. Also, because QuarkXPress 10 now understands PDF at a deep level, QuarkXPress objects can now interact with transparent objects in imported PDFs.


Here’s an imported PDF file as seen at the standard display quality in QuarkXPress 9 vs QuarkXPress 10 (high-resolution previews are always on in version 10):


 


Unfortunately, if you work with a large number of high-resolution pictures in a lengthy document, moving around can get a bit sluggish (depending on your hardware, operating system, color management settings and so forth). I tested performance by importing about 200 high-resolution TIFF images into picture boxes on 16 pages (12 per page), and found that the first time I scrolled from page to page, it took from three to six seconds to view the new page. Also, the first time I clicked to see page thumbnails, it took 27 seconds for them to display. Subsequent scrolling was faster, possibly due to some kind of image caching. Quark plans to release a fix for this behavior in October.


The Measurements palette also received an overhaul, finally eliminating the old Modify dialog box. Now, everything you could formerly do in modal dialog boxes is available under these reorder-able tabs:


 


While some users will cheer at having everything in one place, some old-time users are likely to squawk about having to learn a new way of interacting with page items.


Working with color swatches in QuarkXPress is now a lot easier, due to the GIANT color swatch picker:


 


The Print Preview dialog now not only shows actual thumbnails of your pages, it also shows how the page will fit (or not!) onto your current paper choice:


 


Those who work with east Asian languages will be thrilled that all editions of QuarkXPress 10 now support advanced east-Asian language features. Here’s an example of using Chinese characters alongside western characters in a book I’m working on:


 


If your clients or co-workers use Microsoft Word, importing their work into QuarkXPress 10 is a lot smoother because QuarkXPress can now import inline pictures and hyperlinks. That’s a huge improvement.


Quick-Response Codes (QR Codes) are all the rage, so QuarkXPress provides a simple way to create one right on the page. Just type in a URL, a phone number, a mailto: or any other text (or a complete address VCard containing name, phone number, email and website) and QuarkXPress fills a picture box for you: 


 


The QR Code picture box contains native QuarkXPress rectangles, so you can resize the QR Code without losing clarity, and you can change its color by using the standard color controls in QuarkXPress. Unfortunately, when moving the QR Code on the page you’ll experience the same delays as when moving picture boxes (see above), but Quark promises a fix will be released in October.


For several versions now, QuarkXPress has let you add complex interactivity to page items. Previously, it output to Flash format, but QuarkXPress 10’s interactivity features are now all about HTML 5: 


 


If you use QuarkXPress with App Studio to create apps for mobile devices, you’ll enjoy several new features, such as “Page Flip”:


  


If you’re not familiar with App Studio, here’s a diagram of what you can give it, and what it can export to (click to enlarge):


  


Some important things got left behind:

With this rewrite of the code base, QuarkXPress 10 will only open QuarkXPress files back to version 7. If you have documents last saved in version 6 or earlier, you’ll want to keep a copy of QuarkXPress 8 or 9 handy to open and re-save those. QuarkXPress 10 also drops support for exporting to Flash, Blio and HTML 4 (HTML 5 is SO much more capable!).


Bottom line:

I’m not going to get into the question of whether QuarkXPress is “better” than its competition — that totally depends on what kind of work you do. If you use QuarkXPress, you’ll find that version 10 has a giant number of large and small improvements that will make your work more efficient, and open up additional project opportunities for you.


 


System Requirements:


Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later (including 10.9 Mavericks)


Windows 7 and 8


 


Hardware requirements: 


Mac: Intel processor, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB hard disk space


Windows: 2GB RAM, 1GB hard disk space


 


Price:


$849 (upgrades: $349 from version 8 or 9)


Discounts for non-profits and education


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major role, Today a lot of creative professionals have realized this and use Word Press as the engine for building an online site. The ease of use of WordPress, the high number of portfolio styled themes and plugins available for building a professional portfolio web site makes the decision easy. 


1. Extensio ($40)

Extensio is a clean, modern and Powerful Professional Premium Word Press Theme suitable for any kind of corporate / business website. It comes with an impressive jQuery homepage slider with unlimited possibilities and options.


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2. Pure Vision ($45)

Pure Vision is a very powerful theme which suits both, users with no programming background as well as advanced developers. It will help you build your site in no time to your liking with minimal effort.


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3. TryMee ($40)

Try mee It’s a responsive word press theme you’ll love! Try it now on your devices. Clean and stylish corporate design is what you need to create perfect websites.


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4. Classy ($45)

Classy is a premium Word Press theme created to meet your client’s needs. It’s a very clean and elegant business style theme that is super easy to use and customize.


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5. Tre Anni ($37)
Tre Anni Business Theme is clean, elegant and professional Word Press theme that can be used as personal portfolio, business or for a blog website.

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6. Cruz ($45)

A blend of clean and minimalist design style, exclusively crafted for modern business requirements and corporate web sites. You can equally use this theme for personal blogging, portfolio and freelance business ventures.


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7. Adapt (Free)

Ultra is a theme that is ideal for businesses  that want a very clean, elegant and professional website, however, with the custom portfolio and blog templates it is also an awesome website for personal portfolios and blogs.


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8. Display ($45)

Display is a Word press Theme, best suited for Business and Portfolio sites. It comes with a fantastic 3D Image slideshow that can be controlled from your backend with a custom tool.


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9. Ecobiz ($40)

Ecobiz is clean,elegant and modern corporate and business Word Press theme that can be switched as eco/green business and portfolio theme.


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10. Envision ($49)

A top of the line business Word Press theme for any company owner that wants to be one step ahead the competition when it comes to their online presence.


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11. Barely Corporate ($45)

Barely Corporate is a clean Word press theme that couldn’t be more easy to use. With a beautiful exterior and a backend that gives you ultimate versatility and freedom, Barely Corporate will have your website up and running in no time.


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12. Chameleon ($39)

Chameleons are known for their ability to change the color of their skin. The patterns and color combinations you find in chameleons are almost endless, and our new theme is no different! Chameleon was created to be a simple and professional theme with loads of customization options that do not require web development experience to utilize.


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13. Ellora ($37)

Ellora is a simple and clean Word Press Theme for any type of business or portfolio website. It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify styling and fonts directly from within the backend theme option panel.


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14. Fabseries (Free)

Avenue is the very best free real estate theme you will get your hands on. This theme is fully loaded like any premium real estate theme out there.


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15. WPExplorer (Free)

Complete is another Word Press theme created by me! I’ve built it with a very clean, modern and professional design that is very simplistic and content focused. Using custom post types, an advanced admin panel and meta boxes, the Complete theme will allow you to easily set up a business, portfolio and/or blog website.


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16. Thiel ($37)

Thiel Word Press theme comes with elegant responsive design (adaptable to the visitors screen size), unique Elastic slider and takes advantage of new Word Press 3+ features such a custom post types (Portfolio, Slider, Services) or custom taxonomies.


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17. Studium ($40)

Studium is a powerful business corporate portfolio theme based on the custom Vam Tam framework and fully compatible with Word Press 3.3. It presents two subsets of features suitable to users with zero programming skills as well as advanced developers. Studium is the perfect match for your business with predefined styles, theme integrated short codes and widgets, multilingual support and flexible and awesome sliders.


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18. T Studio (Free)

Thao Studio is a clean Free Business Word Press Theme suitable for company, corporate and business sites. Coming with featured posts option and theme options page, this free word press theme would be perfect for you website.


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19. WP Zoom ($69)

Prime is a professional Word Press Theme, that suits perfect for your Business and Portfolio website.


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20. Shelf ($68)

Shelf is a unique tumble log style theme featuring a fluid and responsive design with an original horizontal layout.


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21. Corporate ($40)

RT Theme 9 is best suited for business, corporate, service or portfolio websites.


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22. Powered ($40)

Powered is a modern business and portfolio Word Press theme that serves as a simple yet powerful solution for all sorts of corporate/agency websites. Whether you are looking for a theme for a small business with just a few services or a larger business with many more services/projects, Powered is a good solution.


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23. Infocus ($45)

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24. Duotive ($45)

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25. Maya Shop ($60)

Maya Shop is a fresh Word Press theme that utilizes the powerful Jigo Shop and Woo Commerce plugins to create a versatile Word press powered shop, with unlimited layout options and unlimited skins. Make this theme your own.


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26. Flexum ($40)

Flexum is a beautiful, flexible and responsive Word Press Theme targeted on users without programming skills and also for the experienced developers.


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27. Flagship ($45)

Flagship is a responsive Word Press Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for business websites and users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site.


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28. Karma ($40)

Karma is a Premium Word press Theme built on a highly intelligent framework. It’s the only theme on Theme forest to feature the amazing new CU3ER v1 3D slider. Whether your a word press pro or just a beginner, you’ll have absolutely no problems at all working with this theme.


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29. Greatio ($35)

Greatio is a Premium Word press Theme, best suited for Business, Portfolio, Interior and Architecture sites. It comes with some JQuery scripts which makes it better view.


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30. Full Screen Template ($50)

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