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Goodbye iPhone, hello DroidX

on July 17th, 2010 at 11:35:25 PM
Why? Because I wanted to be on Verizon instead of AT&T, but the more important reason was to get better integration with gmail and all the google apps (calendar, docs, talk, etc). I compared the Droid and the DroidX and I picked the X because it has a bigger screenm, better camera, vid camera, more memory, etc. It's much easier to use the screen keyboard because it has a bigger screen, has suggested ... "text_exposed");'>See Morewords, and because it has this cool vibration feature when you touch a key - I don't know why this helps but it does. The DroidX doesn't have the iphone's beautiful UI, but it's fast and practicle. And they added a bunch of features to give you a lot of smart shortcuts (eg. when I click on my husband it calls his mobile, or click on my sister and it launches the texting screen). So far, so good. I really like it.

Design for Drupal Camp Boston 2010

on June 21st, 2010 at 8:47:58 AM

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The Design for Drupal Camp crew did it again and put on a great camp. I saw a lot of familiar faces but also lots of new people. The D4D camp is a great event for bringing new people into the Drupal community. Many of the sessions were geared for people new to Drupal, including my session which was about using Drupal Gardens as a fast and easy way to get a Drupal 7 site up and running (session video). Over 80% of the audience in my session were people who are new to Drupal, and I was stopped a couple of times by people wanting to see how to do things like move a block to a different region or hide the site name. People were glad to know that the service is free this year and when we start billng in Jan 2010, that the will be a free option as well as affordable premium plans.

A quick look at the ThemeBuilder power theming feature

on June 16th, 2010 at 10:34:43 PM

I'm not a CSS expert, so I love that I can create beautiful themes for my sites without writing a line of code. Ok, a real designer wouldn't call my themes beautiful, but they look good to me. We designed the ThemeBuilder both for people who aren't fluent in CSS and for professional designers who need to create sophisticated themes for their sites. When we released the first version of the ThemeBuilder, designers told us that the ThemeBuilder was limiting. As one designer told me, using the ThemeBuilder was like "themeing with mittens". We took this feedback and went back to the drawing board to rebuild our themes and add a lot more power to the ThemeBuilder. The latest release of the ThemeBuilder gives you the option of working in a Power theming mode to take advantage of new feautures.

Here's a quick 2 min video to show you what this feature looks like:

If you don't have time for a video, then here are a couple of screenshots of the ThemeBuilder turned off and on.

With power theming turned off, you'll click on an area of your page and the ThemeBuilder will select the regions that are most commonly styled, like the header, navigation, or sidebar regions.


When you you turn on power themeing, the ThemeBuilder gives you access to more specific areas so you can do more fine-grained styling.

To learn more about how the themes work in Drupal Gardens, read these blog posts by Jesse Beach, one of our engineers. Her first is an intro to ThemeBuilder theming, followed by one describing stacks, wrappers, and columns.

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