1. CSS
  2. Flash
  3. HTML
  4. Illustrator
  5. Java
  6. JavaScript
  7. Maya
  8. Photography
  9. Photoshop
  10. PHP
  11. Ruby
  12. Ruby on Rails
  13. 3ds Max


You've stumbled on the little blog for Good-Tutorials.

Betas and testing and versions, oh my!

Posted almost 14 years ago — 179 comments

Still a few more details that need hammering out, but I'm nearing the point where I'll be setting up a new box, pushing out the new version 6 code, setting up issue trackers, and being in need of a few good beta testers to help me bang on it for a bit before I do the full release to the public.

It'll be fun.

As I alluded to, the schedule's still a bit variable yet, but I'm hoping that within the next few weeks I'll be looking for a few people (and then perhaps quite a bit more) to help test things out, get impressions on the new version, and so on. I tend to sit on Twitter quite a bit, so that's a good place to start if you want to hear about it before everyone else. Feel free to follow @holman if you're on Twitter. At some point, I'm sure there will be the inevitable blog post once things gets rolling, so that's another option further down the line.

I'm really looking forward to getting this stuff live; there's a lot of cool new stuff that you're bound to enjoy.

Grab a free Photoshop book

Posted almost 14 years ago — 87 comments

Okay, I'll admit it. Tutorials are great... they're usually free, straightforward, open for support from the author, and are bite-sized help in learning a new topic, but there's also something to be said for more traditional routes of learning. Books, for example, let you get a more in-depth look at what you're studying, and they can be a real help in getting a more comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand. So yes, the owner of the leading tutorial website fully endorses books, too! (Though in conjunction with a healthy dose of online tutorials, naturally.)

So, with that said, I'll recommend one more thing to you: SitePoint is releasing their Photoshop book in digital form for free for thirty days. Since Good-Tutorials has some deep Photoshop roots (we were Photoshop-only for years, of course), there are a lot of people here that would benefit from this. I actually have the dead tree version of the book, too, which I'm quite happy with. I actually have a number of SitePoint books in my bookshelf: the JavaScript Anthology, DHTML Utopia, the PHP Anthology, and the Photoshop Anthology. (I read their first book before it went to press too.) Needless to say, I think they write good stuff, and if you're in the market for a good, free Photoshop book, you might want to look at this one before you have to buy it in a couple weeks.

Disclaimer: While I stand by everything I wrote and I am a happy consumer of SitePoint books, SitePoint is an advertiser on Good-Tutorials.

Maya Tutorials + Moving Forward

Posted about 14 years ago — 72 comments

Today we welcome Maya tutorials to the site. Requests for support of Autodesk's Maya have always seemed to flow in more than some others, and I think it will be a pretty good complement to topics like Photoshop and 3ds Max.

It's becoming increasingly less of a secret over the last few weeks and months that I'm hard at work with gtv6. It'll be the second version of Good-Tutorials built with Ruby on Rails, and let's just say there's plenty to clean up, refine, and add. New layout, new code (for the most part), lots of new features.

If you're interested in hearing more about development, I occasionally drop hints and requests for feedback over Twitter... you can find me at twitter.com/holman. Feel free to follow me if you have an account. If you have any comments or suggestions in the meantime and you're too lazy to create a Twitter account, feel free to post a comment on this blog or shoot me an email.

Regarding JavaScript alerts

Posted about 14 years ago — 85 comments

Some of you might have been hit with a JavaScript alert box on every page load at Good-Tutorials for about twenty minutes this afternoon or so. It had a really stupid message in it.

Long story short, it wasn't my doing, but it was my responsibility. The alerts came from Snaptalent, a startup that was running the job ads on the sidebar the last day or two. They tossed the code into their JavaScript include, but it's still my responsibility that such mind-boggling annoyance isn't on the site. As such, I've removed their ads from Good-Tutorials and you won't see this problem again.

In other news, there'll likely be a few additions and announcements this week—new topics added, vague talk about the next version, and so on. Stay tuned. :)

Multiple machine logins

Posted about 14 years ago — 109 comments

Just to keep you up to date on new developments at Good-Tutorials... if any of you were having problems staying logged-in to your account, you'll probably see that working as intended now. Previously logins were effectively tied to machines, so if you hit "remember me" on your laptop and logged in on your desktop, your desktop would log out the laptop. This won't be the case from now on, so if you have multiple machines (or phones or other devices) you should be able to stay logged in as intended.

I'll be back with more updates in a bit. :)