We normally don’t review new versions of the same theme here on Theme Guide (as most updates are just incremental improvements), but the latest version four of the SImple Webcomic Theme is a massive shift from the original Simple Webcomic Theme we reviewed. In fact, it has even been given its own separate page on the Tumblr Themes site.

Simple Webcomic Theme now packs a fresh design, providing a “clean, highly customizable blog layout with extra care given to typography and usability.”

Like the first one, it’s still fully-responsive and clearly designed for your very own comic on Tumblr. Be sure to check out the theme options page, which has webcomics-specific features in bold.

Overall, version 4 is an essential, and free, upgrade worth getting if your comic site needs an extra punch of features.

Google Chrome - A Fast, New Browser By Google

Many browsers surround today’s web. Browsers let us access web sites, at a glance. But today’s browsers mean so much more than that. We’d like to introduce to you, our personal favorite, Google Chrome.

If you know Google, their products are fast, secure, and simple. That’s a brief explanation of Chrome.

Chrome has bragging rights for being the fastest web browser today. And it’s not just an opinion. Here’s some proof (lower load times are better, because that means you can wait less for pages to load):

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The oldest versions of Chrome (the current version is about Version 30) are taking less time to load and process webpages, compared to the popular browsers’ latest versions. This is surprising, as Chrome is only about 5 years old, and most of these browsers are much older. Chrome uses the V8 Javascript engine, which is a Google-made engine that lets the app run web apps at “lightning-speed”.

Chrome is also an amazing browser, even when we’re not looking at it’s awesome web-app applicability. It has it’s own app store, with “Chrome Apps”, Extensions, and Themes that are filled with productivity, and make Chrome Life even easier than what it already is.

Google Chrome even boasts to be a very secure browser. It supports the highest levels of SSL, and has NEVER had a security bug/virus/hack in the public version of Chrome. It also warns you when you go to insecure webpages. 

The only incapability of Chrome that some of us might HATE, is that it can’t process Microsoft Silverlight correctly MOST of the time. This is something Microsoft and Google themselves admitted, that Silverlight does not work on Chrome, and only a few lucky users can actually play Silverlight video on Chrome. You may be thinking, “I don’t care”, but you probably do, because without Silverlight, you can’t play Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and many other amazing video services (except YouTube and Vimeo work fine in Chrome!). 

If you’ve got Chrome, and want to watch a Silverlight (Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu, and a few more) video, just open your system built-in browser (Safari for Macs, IE for Windows), and make sure you have Silverlight downloaded from Microsoft (if not, Google search “silverlight plugin download”). It should work (unless you are on a Chromebook).

In conclusion, Google Chrome is an amazing browser, and if you didn’t know that already, we bet you’ll find out.

HTML 5.1's picture element now on Chrome

Hello everyone, sorry for the hiatus, been busy with moving and stuff. Looking at some tech blogs today, I noticed that there’s information on Chrome 38 will soon add support for HTML 5.1’s picture element.

Here’s a look at what the tag looks like:

<picture>
  <source media="(min-width: 45em)" srcset="img-lg.jpg">
  <source media="(min-width: 18em)" srcset="img-sm.jpg">
  <img src="img.jpg" alt="This is a test image.">
</picture>

As you can see, similar to the audio and video tags, this is a container tag. The interesting thing when compared to the img tag though, is that it allows us to use media queries in order to load a different image depending on a user’s device width (or screen resolution too). 

If you’re a front-end developer, this is great news, since it allows us to natively serve device-specific images without the use of JavaScript or other solutions the front end. If you’re a back-end developer, this is good news too, since now server code can be simpler (in case you were serving the images in the back-end) and faster.

In case that isn’t enough, there’s another solution that will (hopefully) be supported soon too, which is using the srcset attribute in the img tag. Here’s the example:

<img srcset="small.jpg 1x, large.jpg 2x" src="small.jpg" alt="A responsive image" />

As you can see, it’s similar, but the code is much simple, since it can all be done in one line.

The downside at this moment is current support though. At the time of this writing, the picture element will be added in the upcoming Chrome 38 and will also be added to Firefox and Opera in the future, but there’s no word on when it will come to mobile browsers (which could benefit the most from this), Safari and IE. srcset has a bit more support right now, and is supported in Chrome, Chrome for Android and Opera, with upcoming Safari support (OS X and iOS), but there’s no word on when it’ll be officially added to Firefox or IE.

Whenever they fully come around though, these features will be very welcome by developers I’m sure. And although most users might not know what’s going on behind the scenes, I’m sure the improved loading times and reduced downloaded data (and therefore, better user experience), will be a welcome change for them too.

Info links:
Chromium Blog
The picture element
Caniuse for picture
Canisue for srcset

Update: it seems the IE team has the items at least “under consideration" for the future, but let’s hope they make implementation fast.

Rebloom - Creative responsive multi-purpose theme (Corporate) has been published on Themeforest

New Post has been published on http://themeforest.minipillar.com/2014/08/rebloom-creative-responsive-multi-purpose-theme-corporate/

Rebloom - Creative responsive multi-purpose theme (Corporate)

Live PreviewPurchase $43.00

Features

  • Sophisticated, creative layout concept, but still multi-purpose
  • Every page can use a different layout
  • Unique navigation
  • Responsive stylesheet, that adapts to the screen size
  • Retina ready, including custom made icons
  • Fully styleable via theme panel
  • Unlimited colors
  • All Google fonts
  • Many layout variations with different background types (slider, video, map…)
  • BBPress theme included
  • Custom made user popup for BBPress
  • Portfolio with multiple views, backend and frontend
  • Visual Composer included
  • Slider Revolution included
  • Translation and WPML ready
  • Custom language switcher for WPML
  • PSD included
  • Responsive can be deactivated in the backend, or by the user in the frontend
  • Child theme ready
  • Multi site ready
  • Sample content included
  • Unique ‘chapters’ feature that can be used for software documentation
  • Infinite load on portfolio and blog summary pages
  • Blog and archive summary as grid or list view

Support

All support is handled in our support form at bloooming.com/forums

Credits

Premium
Visual Composer • 
Slider Revolution • 
MixItUp

Open source
TinyNav • 
Modernizr • 
Slitslider • 
Cond plugin • 
Equal Heights • 
jQuery Lighter • 
jQuery Browser Plugin • 
jQuery One Page Nav Plugin • 
outerHtml • 
infinite scroll • 
SlickJS • 
JVFloat.js • 
FitVids • 
Parallax-Scroller • 
Flexslider • 
imgLiquid • 
retina.js • 
animate.css

Photos

The fotos shown in the demo are not included in the download. Some of them very purchased at bigstockphoto.com,
and some can be downloaded for free form graphicburger.com

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Big Guy

"A responsive theme for wide pictures, really wide pictures."

Many tumblr users ( me for sure) were waiting for a full screen theme suitable for big pictures and probably Big Guy is the answer to our prayers.

This theme has a simple flat layout with one column, optional infinite scroll, 3 types of Audio players and it is perfectly socially integrated.

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