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Normally, to create text animation in Flash we either use timeline Motion Tween or ActionScript coding. Motion tweening is very time-consuming and not practical because the text must be broken apart and converted into Symbols. ActionScripting is a better solution, but it will require advance coding skills. Fortunately, now we have TxEff! It is a Flash component developed by Jump Eye Components, for web designers who need to create text animations in a fast and reliable manner. This article will show you how to create video-like text effects with TxEff in just a few minutes.

Last year I did a free Christmas icon pack for fun. They are still looking fresh and cute. So, I just want to announce again in case you missed it last year. The pack included 49 icons in various formats: GIF, PNG, ICO (favicon purpose), and vector EPS (print purpose). It is free. You can use them for any purpose — commercial or personal. Only restriction is you can not resell/redistribute them (ie. upload to istock or offer download on your site). If you like my icon design, you can check out my stock icons.

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What do you think of the recent PayPal redesign and the new PayPal branding? In my opinion, I think the new design is very unprofessional and lack of consistency. My very first reaction to the new PayPal redesign was "What happened to PayPal? Got hacked!?" PayPal has made such a drastic change that it doesn’t even look or feel like PayPal (the PayPal that we used to). I think it will take us a while to adapt to the new design. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying change is bad. Changes are good if the results are positive. Here are my thoughts on the new PayPal design…

Don’t miss out the hottest upcoming design event, Future of Web Design 2007, New York, USA. It will take place November 7, 2007 at the Javits Convention Center, New York (read the venue page for details). There will be numbers of great web designers sharing their thoughts on the future of web design. Some of the speakers include: Joshua Davis, Jeffrey Zeldman, Andy Clarke, Khoi Vinh, David Martin, and Elliot Jay Stocks (see the speakers page for more). The conference pass is $195 and student pass is just $50. Visit the Future of Web Design official site for more information.

There are several thousands of WordPress plugins in the WordPress community and new plugins are coming out everyday. However, not all plugins are useful, in fact some are very bad written that will mess up your site or harm your WordPress installation. So how do you know which plugins are right for you? Well, here is a list of plugins that I have used or played around before. Hopefully you will something useful here.

Next2Friends combines new and exciting services with an enriched online social experience that will rival all existing social spaces. Each quarter they will give away a new Dell Laptop; and each month they will give away an iPod Touch. All you have to do is pre-register (it is free) and be the first to experience the fun and innovative web technology. Next drawing for the laptop is Dec 15th. Next drawing for the iPod Touch is November 15th. For more details, visit Next2Friends.com.

Note: Web Designer Wall does not host the draw.

Based in Geneva & Lausanne, Switzerland, David is the founder of dache – a creative studio specialising in creating high-class logos and concepts to local, national and international clientele. Taking inspiration from his surroundings, David focuses on creating designs which are contemporary, innovative and unique, in line with his "out of the box thinking" philosophy. His work has received numerous recommendations from design websites and is showcased on a global scale. David’s other interests include music, sculpture, the suprematism art movement and the works of painters such as Picasso and Mondriaan. He intends to travel in the near future to increase his inspiration.

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