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A Cloudinary-Enhanced Student-ID App

I’m an instructional designer on Cloudinary’s Solutions and Training team. As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March, like other global organizations, we pivoted to set up virtual courses. As much as we looked forward to resuming in-person classes in the future, we switched gear to focus on the virtual way of learning.

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Image Formats: Getting it Right

Image formats, which are standards for digital images, can be uncompressed, compressed, raster based, or vector based. You determine the DNA of your images with the formats you adopt, each of which offering different capabilities. For example, rasters generate images with pixels; vectors, with vectors or proportional formulas. PNGs can display logos without background; JPEGs always come with backgrounds. This article explains the main properties of the various image formats, including their basic concepts and pros and cons.

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Lazy Loading: Choosing the Best Option

In today’s digital-first age, online site performance is critical for ensuring business continuity, attracting repeat sales, and gaining a competitive advantage. Lazy loading accelerates page loads of websites and apps. Many implementation techniques are available, however, so choose wisely. In particular, become familiar with the universal practices and the language- and framework-specific approaches.

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Making Images Accessible for the Color Blind

“For those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green.” (Ted Lowe)

We often laugh about snooker (think billiards if you’ve never heard of snooker) commentaries back in the days of black and white television, but for approximately 300 million people worldwide, the seemingly simple task of distinguishing colors is a daily challenge. Color blindness, or Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects roughly one in twelve men, and one in two hundred women. That's over 8% of the population - a significant percentage of your potential customers who may be missing vital information or unable to engage fully with your site. Couple that with increasing legislation promoting accessibility and it's easy to see why you should care about color.

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ImageCon 2020: All About Visual Storytelling in E-Commerce

Cloudinary’s annual conference this year, ImageCon 2020, was held online between July 27-30 with more than 18 sessions on a parade of topics that relate to visual storytelling. They focused on the strategies, tools, and best practices on how to leverage rich media, particularly images and videos, to boost user experience, revenue, and brand perception.

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MythBusters, Part 1: “Automated UI Tests Are Unstable”

Even though most people agree that testing software UI is important, many believe that automated tests are slow and unstable. Consequently, many technology companies prefer manual testing. I'll convince you otherwise in this post: even though automating UI tests and ensuring that they are fast and reliable is tough to accomplish, it’s definitely doable.

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Automating File Upload and Sharing

As computer users, we constantly upload files, transferring them from one system to another over a network. You can perform uploads on a terminal, such as through the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) or Secure Copy Protocol (SCP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP) clients, or web browsers. Generally, you upload files to move data to a server or a managed service like cloud storage, but you can also send files between distributed clients.

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