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Copyright-free image archives

You inevitably need images for something, a new design or a blog post, and while the web is full of photos, most of them aren’t for reuse or only in limited ways. This is a collection of places to find copyright-free imagery you can use however you need.

  1. The British Library’s Flickr collection

    The British Library’s Flickr collection

  2. The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections

    The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections

  3. pixabay

    pixabay

  4. Photos Public Domain

    Photos Public Domain

  5. SplitShire

    SplitShire

  6. freerange

    freerange

  7. PD Photo

    PD Photo

  8. free stock photography

    free stock photography

  9. Gratisography

    Gratisography

  10. PDPics.com - Public Domain Pictures

    PDPics.com – Public Domain Pictures

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New Old Stock

Sepia image of sailboats

There are numerous archives of vintage photos but combing through them to find good ones can be take a lot of time.  New Old Stock is a tumblr of large photos (copyright and beer- free) for easier browsing.

How to test responsive designs for free | Webdesigner Depot

Screenshot of Creative Librarian on an iMac, iPad, Macbook, and iPhone.

Screenshot of Creative Librarian using Am I Responsive.

Stop resizing that browser, you’re gonna wear it out! How many times have you heard that one? Well okay, maybe not so many times, but if you develop responsive design web sites, you know what I’m talking about: with every DOM or CSS edit you’re dragging that browser edge back and forth, testing your changes and looking for anything broken.

Ultimately, most of this effort is an attempt to emulate the screen size of different devices.

So what is a developer to do? Thankfully, there is a growing number of browser-based tools available that emulate the screen sizes of a wide variety of devices. Different tools come with different feature sets and varying levels of utility, of course. We’ll look at several of them here.

A very useful list of services for fast side-by-side comparisons at different sizes. Am I Responsive is particularly nice in that it works with localhost so you can use it on projects still in development.

MonstaFTP: FTP-Client as Cloud-App

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Trying to work on a website when you’re switching computers every couple of hours can be a pain.

MonstaFTP is open-source FTP software for the browser. You already use an FTP client to update files if you use Dreamweaver. This is just the part that uploads files in a format you can install on your webserver and use from any modern web browser (Chrome works best).

It only works on Unix servers which lets out a lot of academic libraries with Windows-focused IT departments but for the lucky ones it can be a real time and stress saver.

Copy

A blue and orange origami crane on a black background.

Copy.com is one of the multitude of free cloud document storage services with a couple of key differences.

  1. It’s very well designed to to be simple and easy to use.
  2. It was built with the intention that you would use it for collaboration so there are file-sharing options missing in other services.
  3. You start with 15GB of storage for free compared to the 5GB offered elsewhere.

I’ve been using it for a couple of months and have been very happy with the service and the interfaces. While the website is nice, Dropbox-like software is available for Windows, Mac and Linux as well as IOS (iPhone) and Android where it creates a folder on your computer that links directly to their servers.

If you want to give it a try, you can use this invite link and we both get 5 additional gigabytes.