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Date: 18-26 Mar 2004 From: Bob Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: VisiBone Announcement #11 -- Ten New Products!
http://www.visibone.com/newsMarch2004.html No popups. No banner ads. No carbohydrates. -- Bob Stein, VisiBone
P.S. What's next? PhotoshopCS, SQL, PHP? Talk to me: visibone.com/survey
P.P.S. If you don't find these points riveting, please nail me on it.
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4 laminated pages, or 3 large-print foldouts 516 tested examples 681 Document Object Model properties, methods, and events 133 bugs, diversities, tricks, gotchas and other issues 94 regular expression tools to validate, search, extract, and replace 325 color-coded browser, OS and standards variations:
* Internet Explorer * PC * W3C * Netscape * Mac * ECMA * Opera * Linux * Mozilla * AOL
10 US dollars is all I ask those frugal fingertips of yours to fork over.
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Card and Foldouts:
Date: Mon 15 Apr 2002 From: Bob Stein <email@example.com> Subject: VisiBone Announcement #9 -- "Unsafe" Color Chart, with 1068 Colors
Have you contemplated breaking any color laws lately?
The VisiBone Web Color KiloChart http://www.visibone.com/color/kilochart.html 1068 color triangles with decimal codes
Indulge in hundreds of illicit pastels and earth tones.
-- Bob Stein, VisiBone
P.S. More at http://www.visibone.com/mailings.html. Also, a new, free online HTML tags reference. P.P.S. To live a life devoid of VisiBone Announcements, please reply with a dissuasive emoticon, e.g. :-( :-P 8-O
|If you're one of those unscrupulous designers who flagrantly strays from the web-safe color palette, flaunting the special needs of innocent users with color-challenged computers (all 4* of them), here's some gleeful encouragement (bwa ha ha).|
Color chips from two of the 42 hue groups:
*Actually it's more like 4%
of internet users have 256-color computers now.
HTML Tags reference
for free online, based on
the HTML Card and
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Date: Fri 14 Sep 2001 - Tue 09 Oct 2001 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Bob Stein <email@example.com> Subject: VisiBone Announcement #8 -- New Large Print HTML Foldouts
New HTML Foldouts:
50% larger type than HTML Card Compact 3.5 x 8.5 fanfold shape http://www.visibone.com/html/foldouts.html
New Edition of the HTML Card:
Non-glare lamination Updated for latest browsers standards http://www.visibone.com/html/card.html
-- Bob Stein, VisiBone
P.S. Some donation options for the WTC/DC disaster: http://www.helping.org Search engine for survivors and victims: http://www.elbnet.com/wtc/
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Date: Thu 21 Sep 2000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Bob Stein <email@example.com> Subject: VisiBone Announcement #7 -- HTML Card Shipping!
The HTML Card is available:
4-page laminated reference. Tags, attributes, style sheets, characters, examples with bubble help, color-coded browser support, bugs and clashes (thorough details online), SSI, URLs, and an HTML-to-XHTML checklist. The HTML Chart is a blow-up of the tags & attributes page.
(Announcement #7 went to 3555 addresses)
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Bob Stein <email@example.com> Subject: VisiBone Announcements #6, 6/6/00 -- Mouse Pads, HTML Card
o MOUSE PAD color references are available: http://www.visibone.com/color/ o HTML CARD is delayed again, target 10 July 2000. o Color Card is on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com (search "web color card")
Mouse Pads are available. Both designs are now shipping. An informal poll by Computer College Silicon Valley discovered even consensus among the students, except for a slight gender bias: ladies tended to prefer hexagons and gentlemen squares.
HTML Card July 10th. I'm wrapping up some software consulting (my day job) and should have most of June to complete the HTML Card. Profuse apologies to all who have waited so patiently. Hope you find it worth the wait. Profuser thanks for the great suggestions that continue to pour in.
The Color Card is now listed on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Will you just look at what the miracles of modern techology have done to delivery times? If you act now, there's still time to get yours this Holiday Season.
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Bob Stein <email@example.com> Subject: VisiBone Developments #5, 3/30/00 -- Color Card, Color Chart, Mouse Pads
Dear Friends of VisiBone,
It's a heck of an honor that you've expressed interest in VisiBone developments. This mailing is going to 965 people. The main point is to announce four new color reference products:
COLOR CARD: An 8.5" x 11" laminated color reference card is now available for $10 quantity 1. The colors are laid out in a square grid matching the free downloadable swatch libraries for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and others. Same-hue colors are all touching on the card, so this reveals patterns in the swatch libraries if you've gotten used to using them. This is the most portable color reference. Price breaks at 2,5,10,20,100. Instructor packages available.
COLOR CHART: This new 18" x 24" poster is a blown-up version of the card. This reference has the biggest color and the biggest codes -- I can read the decimal codes easily from 3 feet away, and the hex codes from 5 feet.
Both the Color Card and the Color Chart include a visual index to help you find colors by their code (hex or decimal) and a simulation of the web-safe palette viewed in color blindness, to help you avoid inadvertently making your site hard to use by about 8% of men and 0.4% of women.
COLOR PAD, COLOR HEXAGON: Two color reference mouse pads I hope to have available by the 1st of May.
COLOR CODE TABLE: I made this compact online color reference for Dave Raggett's online HTML guide at w3.org and he has graciously included it there. It's also installed at bignosebird.com and websitetips.com. Hex and decimal versions are available. http://www.visibone.com/swatches/hex.html
All color references use the same custom 8-color process to match screen colors. The color chips show both hex and decimal color codes and are grouped by hue.
HTML QUICK REF UPDATE: To be announced in the May issue of Webdesign magazine, I hope to resume work on this product in earnest next week and have it available by mid-May. Thanks very much for the suggestions so far. I will study them all very closely. Please do keep letting me know whenever you look up something in HTML.
-- Bob Stein, VisiBone, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 To: email@example.com From: Bob Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: VisiBone Developments #4, 12/15/99 -- New Posters, HTML Quick Reference
Dear Friends of VisiBone,
What a marvelous compliment that you asked to hear about VisiBone developments. The last mailing in March went to 80 people. This one is going to 437.
SECOND EDITION POSTER: The first edition of the Webmaster's Palette Poster has sold out. All 2500 posters were shipped to people in 30 countries. The second edition is now shipping. It has decimal RGB codes on all the color chips and much better color matching. I keep staring at the two posters next to each other. I can't get over how much brighter and crisper the new color chips look, like glazed ceramic rather than dull plastic. This resulted mostly from improvements in the 8-color separation algorithm to account for how inks really mix in offset printing. Had to break some rules, but I'm sure you'll be pleased. www.visibone.com/color
COLOR LAB: The online color lab now has tiny x's so you can remove color choices and home in on a great color scheme. www.visibone.com/colorlab
COLOR SWATCHES: VisiBone color tables are included by permission in Photoshop 5.5, The GIMP 1.2 and BBEdit 5.1.1. VisiBone color wheel arrangements can now be downloaded for Fireworks, HomeSite, Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro and Painter. www.visibone.com/swatches
HTML QUICK REF: I've started research for the VisiBone HTML Quick Reference and would love to have your feedback. I believe I can make the World's Handiest HTML Reference Tool in the form of a 4-page laminated guide:
o all elements and attributes on one page, with browser support, popularity, and other practical info o one big annotated example with the most popular features and common tricks o style sheet properties o special characters o country codes, language codes, character sets o web-safe color codes (but of course)
More details at www.visibone.com/htmlref.
I have a favor to ask: over the next few weeks, whenever you go to look up something HTML-wise, whether simple or complex, mundane or sublime, would you drop me a note and let me know what you were after? I REALLY want to make something that would have answered your question in a tenth the time.
-- Bob Stein, VisiBone
P.S. May all your digits roll over peacefully and joyfully this holiday season.
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Date: Thu, 04 Mar 1999 To: email@example.com From: Bob Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: VisiBone Developments #3, 3/4/99 -- Color Lab Automatically Resizes
Dear Friends of VisiBone,
Thanks so much for requesting info on VisiBone developments. VisiBone is about visualization technology, currently focusing on the 216-color web-safe palette. Besides the free online color lab there are free downloadable swatches for Adobe software on PC and Mac, and the GIMP on Linux, plus posters for sale.
C O L O R L A B A U T O - R E S I Z E
The Online Color Lab is about to get its biggest improvement since going on the air. An experimental version now online for testing will automatically adjust the size of the palette image to available screen space so that all colors are always visible. Make the browser window small, the image gets small. Make it large, the image gets large. Sizes adjust to 50%, 70% or 100% of the original. There's a catch: version 4 browsers only. Others are fixed at 70%.
I hope this will please all the folks who've politely pointed out that with low-resolution 640x480 monitors, a whole fistful of blue colors are chopped off the bottom of the palette. On high-res monitors, the Color Lab can now be a compact little window in the corner of the screen.
You're welcome to try it out:
Y A H O O
The ponderous Yahoo search engine cogs have begun to turn, bringing over 400 new visitors to the Color Lab this week:
P O S T E R S
Oh, and in case you weren't on the poster mailing list -- posters are shipping! Close to 500 have been sold to about 400 people in 17 countries. Info & ordering: www.visibone.com/color Customer feedback: www.visibone.com/colorlab/kudos.html
-- Bob Stein
P.S. Sign-up for this mailing list is on the home page, (www.visibone.com). It's my intention to send notices only to folks who've asked for them. Please let me know if you'd like to unsubscribe. All VisiBone correspondence is strictly private.
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 To: email@example.com From: Bob Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: VisiBone Developments #2, 1/20/99 -- Web Palette Poster goes to press... AGAIN!
Dear Friends of VisiBone,
Thanks so much for requesting info on VisiBone developments. VisiBone is about visualization technology, currently focusing on the 216-color web palette.
Back in December I thought I was going to press with the 216-Color Webmaster's Palette Poster, but the widely used 4-color process gave disappointing results, washed-out and bland. Just last night I've finally gone back, this time with a custom 8-color process. The scary part starts now. The only way to discover if my color formulas are right is to print them. The extra inks will require two press runs, as the presses at MOR Printing are only 6-color presses. The good folks at MOR will let me be present while it goes to press and tweak and tune the thing until we get it right. Picture Scottie in the Star Trek engine room, only noisier and with more knobs, letting a passenger in to help out.
In the interim I've been able to make corrections for several problems in the screen-to-paper transition: blue hue distortion, bevel hue distortion, red ink overwhelming yellow, printer "dot gain," and a bizarre offset I first saw in my monitor but appears to be universal. Actually I would appreciate some feedback on this from you folks if you're inclined: if you would try clicking on the four reddest reds in the Color Lab, (www.visibone.com/colorlab) and see if they don't all look the same, or darn close, even when side-by-side:
FF0000 R FF3333 LHR (the two brightest hex-shaped chips in the red triangle) FF0033 RRP FF3300 RRO (the two tear-drop-shaped chips on either side of the red triangle)
On all monitors I've checked, Mac and Windows alike, they all but run together. Would appreciate your feedback if you get the chance to try it out. What this implies is heretical: the alleged 216 web-safe colors are really, practically speaking, a 125 color set. I must have visited a hundred web color sites and I've never seen mention of this. Funny how a quest uncovers the seeds of its own futility isn't it?
Fawning fan mail continues to pour in about the Color Lab. Having people actually use things I've made has always carried the greatest intangible reward for me and it's only getting better. MacUser UK has asked me to write an article about the physics of colour (note the UK-ified spelling). Adobe has requested permission to include visibone.aco, the swatches collection based on the Color Lab (www.visibone.com/swatches/), with their ImageReady product. They warned up front they're not offering any money, but the glory is more than enough. I replied "yes" with joy.
-- Bob Stein
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Date: Wed, 02 Dec 1998 To: email@example.com From: Bob Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: VisiBone Developments #1, 12/2/98
Thanks so much for requesting info on VisiBone developments. VisiBone is about visualization technology, currently focusing on the 216-color web palette. It's just me working out of my home in South Florida. I'm having more fun pursuing this labor of love than just about anything I can ever remember doing that remotely resembled work.
Today I went to the printers with the artwork for the poster. They're promising 1 week. New samples are online at www.visibone.com/color/. Hope you like! Working on credit card validation. I'll probably not use my first choice because they won't ship outside US. Also gearing up for mail-order fulfillment with some great folks at Mail Boxes Etc.
Expecting to charge US$15 for the poster (down from $20). What do you think?
Record-breaking visits from a glowing mention at WPDFD: http://www.wpdfd.com/editorial/wpd1298.htm#review Topping the record set by the mention on Jerry Pournelle's site: http://www.jerrypournelle.com/VIEW/view23.html Which topped the record set by reallybig.com: http://reallybig.com/graphics.shtml
Thanks, and I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas, especially on things in need of visualization.
-- Bob Stein, Chief Color Spelunker
P.S. I hope you'll pardon the immodesty but here's my shameless feedback page: www.visibone.com/colorlab/kudos.html
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