So we just had our “spring break”, though really, it was just catch-up time for me. I had some time to think about my classes this semester and am very glad that we are approaching the end. I don’t know if it’s burn out or what, but I can say I’m taking the summer off because this just isn’t any fun anymore. I have decided that although I know what I like and what I don’t like as far as the design of web sites, I don’t personally find any satisfaction in the actual designing process. It may be that I just don’t feel comfortable because I don’t have a good grasp on it, and maybe I need to learn this in a classroom environment where someone can be there to clarify and help me, but this just ain’t for me, babe. I think part of the problem is the fact that I didn’t grow up with computers and don’t have that innate affinity for them, like my kids do. In any case, I think this is the last of this type of class for me, at least in a distance learning environment. The classes I have already chosen for the fall do not fall into any IT category, which suits me just fine! My decison should make all of you that love web designing happy since I am officially taking myself out of the competition for clients! Yeah!
In the meantime, there is still work to do to get to the end of the semester. I have some websites to critique so let’s see…from where I left off last time. We were looking at Scripts so take a look at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ . The first thing I notice is that it’s FREE – yum. I like the fact that they give information right up front, in your face, on the first page. All the links work. If you need software to record and edit sounds, here is a good option.
The next site: http://musicovery.com/ is just strange looking at first glance. I already don’t like it. There is a note to roll over the pad and make some noise – ummmm….not liking that. There is a search bar that asks for an artists name…ummm, not interested. OK, moving on!
So, next is PANDORA at: http://www.pandora.com/. I think this is just going to be one of favorites for the rest of my life! How much fun to be able to just put something in and just listen away without any “crap”! I love this!
So, now we’re going to move on to some free web editors –
First up is http://www.w3.org/Amaya/Amaya.html. This I like right up front because you get the “what is this” information right up front. Given the fact that I don’t know what “a complete web browsing and authoring envronment” is, the overview is critical. So, all the links work but I still don’t know if I would find it useful, but you may. Moving on…
Next is http://www.trellian.com/webpage/. The first think I notice is that the first line states this is free and will remain so. OK, good. Apparently, there is a heavy relaince on advertising to pay for Trellain. Still can’t see that this would be useful for me, but you may like it.
Finally, in this section: http://www.seamonkey-project.org/ , which promotes itself as an “all-in-one internet application suite”. This may be of particular interest to students who use Firefox. Since they are both under the Mozilla umbrella there is probably less likelyhood of conflict. The Add-ons link didn’t work when I visited, but all the others I tried were fine except when I tried the shop, I had to back out to get back to the main page. I didn’t like that too much.
Next time, we’ll be looking at http://www.smashingapps.com/2008/10/20/27-best-places-you-should-visit-to-get-incredible-web-design-inspiration.html. See you then!