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Adobe Releases Brackets 1.0 – Text Editor for Web Dev


Brackets is an Open Source  text editor for CSS and HTML. Get it here: http://brackets.io/

Looks like it currently supports Mac, Windows and Linux, but many users have said that it requires an internet connection to function (Adobe says they are working on this, but no ETA).

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Adobe Brackets Live Preview

Brackets also supports added plugins – for instance the new Extract plugin is useful for extracting CSS code from PSD files.

The Extract for Brackets (Preview) extension lets you pull out design information from a PSD including colors, fonts, gradients, and measurement information as clean, minimal CSS via contextual code hints. You can also extract layers as images, use information from the PSD to define preprocessor variables, and easily get dimensions between objects.

Brackets is new, so only a few plugins are available, but it is worth looking at. It comes with a default light and dark themes, ability to split screens, and a live preview (works only with Chrome browser for now).

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Free Online Typing Tutors


Wanna have a little bit of fun and improve on your typing speed too?  Check out these two typing test/tutor websites.

10 Fast Fingers

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Ten Fast Fingers Speedtest is a great way to quickly challenge yourself.  The site simply gives you some random works to begin typing.  As soon as you do, the clock starts ticking down from 60 seconds.  Once your time is up, you’ll be ranked among all the typists before you.
The site has support for multiple languages and claims that the most commonly used words are what is being randomly presented for you to test against.

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Accuracy counts – you get a better ranking with less of a speed penalty if you just slow it down a bit and make less mistakes.  I ranked better among the others typists and only incurred a two word per minute penalty by slowing it down.

TypingWeb

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If you are looking for something a little more advanced, you can also try TypingWeb.  TypingWeb allows you to create an account where you can store your typing data/progress (but this is not required).

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TypingWeb has lots of different activities to help you improve your typing skills,  including training courses and typing games.  If you setup an account, you can also track your stats to see how your improving.

Keep your skills sharp and head over to these sites when you get a free moment.

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Adobe Buzzword – Your Browser Turned into a Word Processor


Adobe has released Buzzword; an online word processor with an intuitive user interface and some additional features that make it worth taking a look at.

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