Unless you are one of those people who uses flowcharting software on a regular basis, it is hard to justify spending money on Visio, SmartDraw, or CorelDraw. So I set out to find some free flowcharting software alternatives.
Gliffy is a free web-based diagram editor. It has been referred to as the online visio killer. Gliffy is a great tool that makes it easy to create, share, and collaborate on a wide range of diagrams.
You will need to register to begin drawing and must have a Flash plug-in installed in your browser.
draw.io is online diagram software / flowchart make
Sifting through the mass amounts of articles I receive each day, I occasionally find some amazing little gems that can really help you learn new skills or improve your efficiency. Here I share 5 of my most recent finds. Enjoy them now or keep them in mind for future use.
Thank You Notes 101
Thank you notes are just as important in business as they are in your personal life. But when is it appropriate to send a thank you note? Should it be handwritten? What should you say? All these questions and more are answered in this informative post from thesimpledollar.com.
Crash Course on Photoshop
There are so many great articles that can really teach you a thing or two - but unfortunately they seem to be lost amongst numerous other "less-meaty" ones. Here are 5 recent postings that may help you do your job or run your business more effectively.
How to Kill CSS Bugs
Have you ever been frustrated because your CSS layouts are rendering differently between browsers? Or are you still trying to figure out how to achieve a certain look with CSS? This Noupe article covers more than 20 fixes for issues relating to fixing IE bug, positioning block elements, creating columns & tables, work
Want to work faster, smarter & with style? Check out these 5 articles that reveal some tricks of the trade.
Email Spring Cleaning
If the IT department is constantly asking you to free up space in your Outlook account, you need this tool. Windows users can use the Outlook Attachment remover to detach documents currently attached to emails in your inbox and offload them to your hard drive. Even better, you can specify which document type and sizes.
Attention all SEM (Search Engine Marketing) workers
Want to get an idea of your competitors' link building strategy, understand what people
Drop.io is a website that allows you to create a private chunk of space that you can use to store and share anything (pictures, video, audio, docs, etc) privately, without accounts, personal registration, or email addresses.
Only people that know the URL of a drop can access it. You can create as many "drops" as you want and password protect access to your "drops". You can also select whether visitors can add files to your drop and when the drop should expire.
Drop.io recently added FREE faxing to their services.
To send a fax from your drop to a recipient:
1. Click on â€˜send'
PDF documents are becoming more and more prevalent in the business world and the documents are no longer just text. They also contain "fields" that need to be filled in...name, date, address, email, digital signature, etc.
Adobe Acrobat has a $299 dollar solution.
Here are some FREE and low-cost PDF editors
Price: $19.99. Windows Only
I have been using PDFill for the past six months and I'm loving it. The sofware allows you to insert new formatted Text, Check, Image, Hyperlink, Whiteout and Highlight accurately anywhere inside PDF even if there is no inter
With so many web sites out there, how can your make yours stand out? One way is by adding voice to your website.
A human voice adds a personal touch to your website and allows you to connect to your customer and build trust faster. Also, according to mywebsitetalks.com, "The human voice has overwhelming sales appeal, twice as much selling power as simple text."
Where to Add Your Voice
Homepage - As soon as someone enters your website, you can welcome them and direct them to an action....i.e. subscribe to our newsletter, try our new product, get a free sample.
Why is your computer sluggish? The reasons are countless...it may be a clogged Registry or unnecessary files within your applications or your overall windows system.
Washington Post published a great article that describes free or inexpensive tools that you can download to improve your PC speed. The tools are divided into three categories, Optimize for Speed, Internet Boosters & Application Boosters.
Below I summarize the "Optimize for Speed" tools and provide links to where you can download them:
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner (free) - scans your Registry for problems, reports on
Taking a screen shot of information is no new task. We are often looking at web pages and want to share what we are looking at with our comments right on the page. Screen capturing and customizing your screen with your comments is a pretty long process and if you are on a PC, you will have to follow this process to capture and share your ideas (see instructions below). However, if you are on a Mac OS X, there is a better way...Skitch.
The Easier Way of capturing and sharing your images (Mac Only)
Skitch is a screen capture and sketching application for OS X. Theyâ€™ve been in privat
Almost everyone I know is always looking for ways to "save time".Â A great time saver that I use is search replacement software.Â This software allows you to create shortcut strings and associate them with blocks of text.Â It is perfect for signatures, addresses, salutations and any repetitive text.
If you use a Windows operating system, download Texter (Lifehacker gives a great orientation of how to use the software). Â For all the Mac users, I would recommend TextExpander.
Both of these software work in a similar fashion and will save you from typing a lot of keystrokes in
As more and more businesses are supporting their own online needs, it has become imperative for businesses to own Creative Suite applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Dreamweaver. While all of these softwares are great and have very powerful features they can also break a small business owner's budget. Seth Rosenblatt of CNET suggests some great alternatives:
Alternatives to Photoshop
First, Paint.NET utilises the Microsoft .NET Framework to create a stable, lightweight program with nearly every major function the average user could want, from a Lasso tool to Gaussian b