Oct 182010
 
So…What is iStockPhoto?

iStockPhoto.com provides ready-made images for your website, advertising or promotional materials created by their community members. Aside from images you can also purchase vector illustrations, videos, music and sound effects.

How do I get Started with iStockPhoto?

Visit http://iStockPhoto.com. In the search box type in the keyword of the picture, video, music, or vector illustration you are searching for.  Choose the size of the image and pay with the required credits.

What Will it Cost Me?

It depends on the plan and the credit requirement of the image.  An image may cost from 1 to 10 credits depending on the size of the image.  There are three plans available; Pay as you go, Subscription and Corporate Accounts.  For Pay as you go each credit costs USD 0.95, for Subscription each credit costs USD 0.24 and for Corporate Accounts USD 0.29 per credit.

What platform is it available on?

MAC and PC users can access iStockPhoto.com

Oct 112010
 
So…What is Go Daddy.com?

Go Daddy.com offers different internet services such as web design, web hosting and email but its mainstream business is domain name registry. It’s the world’s largest domain registrar serving 8 million customers worldwide.

How do I get Started with GoDaddy?

Visit http://www.godaddy.com and enter your desired domain name. It will display whether the domain name is available or not. It will also display other domain name suggestions.

What Will it Cost Me?

It depends. Regular priced domain costs $11.44 per year. Domains on sale can go as low as $3.99 per year.

What platform is it available on?

It does not matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC since you don’t have to download and install anything.

Oct 042010
 
So…What is Blogger?

Blogger is a website where you can write your own blog and publish it on the web. You can easily create posts and upload photos and videos. With Blogger, you can now earn money by including Adsense Ads and Amazon affiliate products on your blog.

How do I get Started with Blogger?

Visit http://www.blogger.com and create an account. Pick a name and web address (URL) for your blog. Choose a template for your website and customize it just the way you want it. On your dashboard click new post to start blogging.

What Will it Cost Me?

Blogger is free.

What platform is it available on?

It does not matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC since you don’t have to download and install anything.

Sep 272010
 
So What is Tada-List?

Tada-List is web based to-do list. You can make a list of everything you want to do and checked them off once you’re done. You can easily share you lists publicly or privately to your friends, family, co-workers or keep it to yourself.

How do I get started with Tada-List?

Visit their website at http://tadalist.com/ and create an account. Once your account is created, you can immediately start using the software.

What will it cost me?

Nothing, this is a free web based application

What platform is it available on?

Ta-da List works well in IE 6/7, Firefox 2, and Safari 2, on the Mac, PC, and the iPhone.

Sep 202010
 
So What is Copyscape?

Copyscape is an anti-plagiarism tool. With it you can check if your website content is being copied by other websites.

How do I get started with Copyscape?

Visit their website at http://copyscape.com/. Enter the URL (webpage address) of the web page you want to check and it will display any websites that have the same content as yours.

What will it cost me?

Nothing, this is a free web based application.

They also have other products Copyscape Premium and Copysentry which require payment. Visit  http://copyscape.com/products.php for more information.

What platform is it available on?

It works well with Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers, and because it’s web based it can be used by both PC and Mac users.

Sep 132010
 
So…What is Kuler Adobe?

Kuler is a web-hosted application by Adobe used for generating color themes.  You can browse and get inspiration from different color themes created by other members of the Kuler community.

How do I get Started with Kuler?

Visit http://kuler.adobe.com/ and browse for colors schemes.  Or if you want to create and share your own color pallets then click ‘Register’ to become a member of the community.

What Will it Cost Me?

Kuler is free.

What platform is it available on?

It is compatible with Mac and PC, though it does require that you have the Adobe Flash Player installed.

Sep 062010
 
So… What is Webkut Air?

Webkut Air lets you take a snap shot of your screen, allowing you to capture:

  • The current view
  • An entire page
  • A selected area
How do I get Started with Webkut Air?

WebKut Air is built on the Adobe Air technology, so if you don’t have Adobe Air already installed you will need to install that first

  1. Go to http://get.adobe.com/air/ to get the latest version of Adobe Air and install it.
  2. Go to this link http://toki-woki.net/p/WebKut/ to download WebKut Air and install it.
What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing, both Adobe Air and WebKut Air are free.

What platform is it available on?

Adobe Air is cross-platform so works on Windows and Mac, and so do the applications built on it’s technology.

Note to Mac users, even without installing WebKut Air you can use the following shortcut keys to take screenshots

  • Cmd + Shift + 4 = to select an area
  • Cmd + Shift + 4 + space = to select the current window
Aug 302010
 
So…What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is online storage for your video files. It retains the original file format and quality and allows you to share with everyone or restrict viewing by adding privacy settings.

If you are creating screen casts with tools like Jing, Camtasia, iShowU or ScreenFlow then this is a product worth looking into if you plan to share them employees or clients over the web.

How do I get Started with Screencast.com?
  1. Go to http://www.screencast.com/default.aspx
  2. You have the option to sign-up for a free account or purchase to the Pro account by clicking Buy Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • If 2GB is enough then chose the free account.
  • The Pro account costs either $9.95 USD per month or $99.95 for a year and gives you 25GB of storage.
What platform is it available on?

As you are uploading files to Screencast.com it does not matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC.

Aug 232010
 
So…What is Nitro PDF Professional?

Nitro PDF Professional is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat in that it creates PDFs, but comes with a much lower price tag ($299.00 USD for Acrobat VS $99.00 USD for Nitro PDF Professional)

Here are some of it’s features

  • Converts a variety of files formats into PDF (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc) and vice versa.
  • Combines multiple files into a single PDF.
  • Allows editing of text and images.
  • Carries out Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents.
  • Has the ability to allow the user to mark up a PDF with notes and highlighting.
  • Creates fillable PDF Forms.
  • Password protect documents.
How do I get Started with Nitro Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.nitropdf.com
  2. You have the option to download the trial version of the Nitro PDF Professional 6 software or purchase the full version by clicking Buy Now.

What Will it Cost Me?
  • There is a 14 Day free trial version available.
  • The full version costs $99.00 USD
What platform is it available on?

This software is only available for Windows users.

Aug 162010
 
So…What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free graphics tool that can be used by both Windows and Mac users. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Simple graphic functions like those found in the Windows ‘Paint’ program
  • Photo retouching
  • Image file format conversion
  • Image layering
  • Animation

And because it is open source and designed to be expandable and extensible it means plug-ins can be installed to increase functionality.

How do I get Started with GIMP?

Obtaining a copy of GIMP is not as straight forward as you might think, and going to their download page http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ is rather confusing. Therefore, you may want to use these links instead:

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. GIMP is a freely distributed software application.

What platform is it available on?

Gimp is available for both PCs and Macs.