Last week, I installed a great browser extension, ColorZilla, and have been using it extensively because it saves me a lot of time. ColorZilla is a feature rich extension for web designers. Here are some of my favorite features:
Get a color reading of anything in your browser.
Easily copy RGB or Hexadecimal color you selected to any other application
Tweak the color you selected using the built in color palette browser.
Enlarge pages with zoom feature so it is easier for you to sample the color
Here are instructions on how to download, install, and use Colorzilla Firefox exten
I have recently discovered Palette Grabber, a really neat Firefox extension for web designers that grabs all the colors used on a website and exports them to "color palette" file that can then be used in a wide range of image editing applications.Â Â This tool makes it really easy to see what color combinations work together and tweak them for your own designs.
Palette Grabber is a free download and works with any version of Firefox.Â Â It supports Photoshop, Flash, PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Adobe Fireworks, and Mac OS X Color Picker palette formats.
Here are instructions on how to do
Speaking and presenting is a great way to showcase your expertise and a great marketing strategy for yourself, your company, and your products and services.
Having sat through many un-engaging presentations and lectures, I have incorporated the Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Accelerated Learning Technique (ALT) into my speeches and presentations to engage with my audience as I am presenting.Â I found that ALT & NLP techniques help the audience stay engaged with the information resulting in quicker learning and higher information retention rates.Â As a presenter you want yo
Search engine optimization (SEO) is extremely important to any website or blog. The higher the search engines rank your website the more website traffic gets directed to your web site, which you will hopefully be able to convert into loyal users.
Although SEO can get quite complex, there are simple things you can do yourself to ensure that your business website ranks higher in search engines for specific keywords. The first thing you need to do is to define the keywords and phrases you want to optimize for.
1. Define Keywords
Use a keyword research tool such as Overture to find the be
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
Looking for meaty, practical articles that will help to improve your work performance? These 5 links provide some amazing tips, tricks and tools.
Do Business with Style
Are you a small business owner that could use professional looking designs for your presentations, letterheads, invoices, or business cards? Microsoft has published a number of gorgeous templates for its Office 2007 package (older versions may also work for some of the designs). You can choose from 6 different designs and 9 customer colors to create a professional looking template that matches your companyâ€™s style. B
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'
I often talk on the subject of website usability and the importance of designing your web pages with your user in mind.
In the blink of an eye, web surfers make their judgmentsâ€¦they instantly judge your websiteâ€™s "visual appeal." If your website is appealing they will look further, if it is appealing and easy to navigate and readâ€¦you will have the chance to build trust with your reader and only then can you influence them to take the action that you want â€¦whether it is to click on your ad, call you for a consultation, or just simply come back.
Here are some tool
PC World published free online tools that can help you organize your life.Â It is a great list of smart tools you need to organize your life using any device that has a Web browser or an e-mail client, be it PC, Mac, or smart phone.
1. Track Your Tasks With Remember the Milk
2. Store Notes and Research at Backpack
3. Get a (Virtual) Personal Assistant Named Sandy
4. Make Sense of Your Dollars With Wesabe
5. Find the Perfect Gift With Amazon Gift Organizer
6. Stay Organized by Phone With Jott
7. Capture Web Clips With Google Notebook
8. Organize Your Itinerary With TripIt
Have you ever wanted to have your own image of your signature that you can use to "sign" documents, emails, and letters but did not get around to it because the process of creating a digital signature was too long and tedious?
Well, now there is a faster way...use mylivesignature.com to create an online signature image in minutes.
The process is very easy:
1. Type in your name
2. Select your signature font
3. Select your signature size
4. Select the color
5. Select the slope
6. Save the image as a .png document on your desktop.
If you want a more sophisticated signature that i
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
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