Design215 Toolbox

Any project becomes easier with the right tool. Sometimes all you need is something as simple as a screwdriver. Here are some of the tools we have created to help with various projects. Some are simple and others are more complex. We hope you find them useful and we appreciate feedback.

For Photographers

  • File Size Chart
    Learn what determines the file size of a digital image and how to calculate it.
  • Film Size Chart
    This page lists the dimensions of various types of film and shows a scale comparison of 35mm film next to medium and large format sheet films.
  • Megapixels Chart
    Compare the number of megapixels from various digital cameras and see the maximum size print that can be made from each one. See why going from 3 to 4 megapixels is a much bigger jump than going from 10 to 12 megapixels. A second chart shows maximum print sizes at 300, 200, and 150ppi for a given number of megapixels.
  • Printing Guide
    Learn about the difference between dpi and ppi and why you need 300ppi for a photo quality print in a book or magazine.
  • 35mm Lenses Tutorial
    A beginner's guide to 35mm lenses. Learn about different types of lenses, focal length, bokeh, and other lens terminology.

 

For Designers and Artists

  • ALT Codes
    Need to enter Windows ALT codes on a Mac? This utility lets you enter ALT codes then copy/paste the special characters into any Mac or Windows application.
  • Character Counter
    A simple utility that counts characters in real time as you type.
  • Color Picker
    Experiment with different color schemes by entering RGB or Hex color values to change the colors of a sample layout. Also included is an RGB to Hex converter and a web safe color chart.
  • CSS Extreme Makeover
    This personal project of Robert Giordano invites graphic artists to create replacement stylesheets for this site.
  • CSS Quick Reference
    A handy, alphabetized list of CSS properties and values that are supported by all of the major browsers.
  • Grayscale Chart
    Check the brightness and contrast of your monitor.
  • Screen Resolutions
    An actual size pixel chart of computer monitor and video resolutions. Rectangles on the chart range from 1080p HD to 480 x 320 iPhone.
  • Instant Spell Check
    Copy and paste a document into the Spelling checker and it will instantly read through all of the text at once and mark all misspelled words in red. Options include inline suggestions and additional wordlists for HTML and slang.
  • Word Finder
    Enter any letters that a word starts with, ends with, or contains and this utility will find all words matching the input. The length of the word can also be specified. Finally, this utility can also unscramble words.
  • Word Pattern Finder
    A second word find utility with wildcards, includes, excludes, and pattern search. Designed to be a simple alternate to the original Word Finder.
  • Wordlist Maker
    Copy and paste a document into this utility and it will create an alphabetized index of all the unique words in the text.

 

For Web Developers and Programmers

  • ASCII Chart
    A simple chart showing characters and ASCII values from 0 to 255.
  • ASP Translator
    Listed on php.net, this utility has already been used by thousands of people to quickly convert ASP code to PHP using a simple web form. A simple email registration is required.
  • ASP/PHP Reference
    A convenient cross reference chart for people who are familiar with either ASP or PHP and are trying to learn the other.
  • Browser Tester
    Simply shows User Agent and Accept headers, Javascript version, and Navigator Object.
  • Browser Tester 2
    Provides a more thorough set of tests, including window events, document.onload, document.addEventListener, mouse events, onblur, onfocus, window and screen dimensions, AJAX compatibility, etc.
  • Javascript Compressor
    A simple utility that removes extra white space from Javascript code, significantly reducing the file size of the script, while adding a small degree of protection through obscurity.
  • XHTML Document Object Utility
    Test document objects and properties in different browsers. Uses XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • RegEx Tester
    This page offers a quick guide to using Regular Expressions, some examples to study, and a form for creating and testing new ones.
  • URL Encoder / Decoder
    Change encoded query strings back into plain text or vice versa.
  • Whitespace Remover
    Remove extra spaces, tabs, and line feeds from HTML (not for Javascript).