Discover The Best Of The Web In April 2008

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We are always in the search of great free resources, tips and tricks etc for our readers. Everyday, we works hard to find new resources and show them here for you. Today, we are starting another great‚ section Discover The Best Of The Web on SmashingApps.com. In this we will find and make a list for the best of the web for the whole month. Maybe, we can not cover all of the best from around the web but we will try our best to cover as much as possible.

So, this is the first post to Discover The Best Of The Web for April 2008.

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Artwork, Digital Photography and Inspiration
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