Useful Tools for Web and Graphic Designers

Graphic Design
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As a graphic designer, we surely don’t have to ask you whether you have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. Because you have. These programs or any other similar software of your choice that helps you to design, are almost standard for every graphic designer.

However, there are other things you may not even knew you needed for designing. These tools are not only handy, but also sadly unknown by quite a number of graphic designers – and yet they are quite essential if you want to create a design not only effectively, but also appealing to your customers.… Read the rest

Windows Media Player File Types

If you use the Windows operating system on your computer, you have some version of Windows Media Player installed on it. In today’s world, many people install other types of software that will play music and videos, but there are still a lot of people who stick with the old-school WMP for their needs. In the current version of WMP, it can play many different types of audio formats. However, if you have an older version, you might need to know about Windows Media Player file types in order to get your audio to play.… Read the rest

Google’s Open Standard File Formats

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There are many different kinds of file formats out there, most of them associated to certain programs or developers. Take for example Adobe’s PDF or PSD (Photoshop) files; all the different document files by Microsoft, Apple, and the open source equivalents; or eBook files that are solely linked to the Amazon Kindle. Many of these files and especially their skeleton or insides are protected or even secret.… Read the rest

YouTube Video Format Error

It can be very disheartening to go through all the work to get a video ready to post to YouTube and then have it be rejected because it’s the wrong video format.  But the good news is this, if you get a YouTube video format error, it is typically something very easy to fix, and we’re going to show you how.

YouTube video format error
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Getting the format error from YouTube can be scary if it’s the first time you’ve ever seen it.… Read the rest

Camera RAW Image Formats

When using a modern camera, especially a DSLR camera, there are a few image sizes and qualities you can choose from. Most store images in quite good quality and resolution by using the JPG format. However, every good camera also has the option to store images in a so-called raw format which allows for even better quality, a very high solution, and no compression of the original shot.

Camera Raw Files
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However, if you try to open such files in your computer’s native image viewing program, it is highly likely that you get an error message.… Read the rest

The Difference Between PPT and PPTX Files

All of the products in Microsoft Office products are wildly popular. Everyone knows about Word and Excel, but the reality is that Microsoft is also responsible for PowerPoint, which is a powerful presentation tool. If you’ve used it, at one point over the last several years, you likely wondered “what’s the difference between PPT and PPTX files?”

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If you work with presentations much, you have either used PowerPoint, or worked with someone on a project where they used PowerPoint.  … Read the rest

Hacks for old Digital Photo Frames

Digital Photo Frame
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At one point over the last year, almost everyone of us has gotten a digital photo frame – either as a give or some spontaneous impulse purchase. The hopes were high, that these futuristic pieces of photo display would modernize our homes, giving them a futuristic and up to date touch.

By now, however, many may regret this purchase or getting this gift. If you actually use the digital picture frame instead of just having it lying around in it’s original box, you are even paying constant money for it.… Read the rest

Why Do You Need to Convert to RTF

While Microsoft Word is the most popular type of word processing software, that does not mean that it is not without its problems. A few of those problems are the exact reason you need to know how to convert to RTF when you’re working with word processing documents.

What is RTF?

RTF is a type of word processing format.  The RTF format (Rich Text Format) was first developed by Microsoft in 1987.… Read the rest

Best free Picture Viewers for Windows

Picture Viewer
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More often than not, there are better open source and otherwise free software alternatives to native Windows or Apple products. In this article, we want to have a look at the Windows picture viewers and the alternatives that offer you more and better features.

When browsing the help forums on the internet, you quickly come across some problems with the native Windows 7 and Windows 8 image viewing options.… Read the rest

How and Why You Need to Know How to Convert eBooks to Other Formats

eBook converters are really easy to use, but if you aren’t already well versed in what they can do, it can be confusing.  Most people are becoming more familiar with document converters, but eBook converters still seem to have a lot of questions surrounding them.

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We’re going to explain everything you need to know about why you need to know how to convert eBooks and how to do it.… Read the rest