Need to make a quick graphic for your blog, social media site or a presentation? Canva lets anyone create graphic design layouts quickly, with minimal design skills. It won’t replace a bona fide graphic designer, but it’s great when you need something easy and cheap.
Canva features a lot of predetermined graphic sizes ranging from social media graphics to blog graphics, Facebook covers, cards and more. It also has many free stock images, fonts and background images. Canva also offers over 1,000,000 premium graphic files that you can purchase cheaply (around $1/graphic).
After you create a graphic in Canva, you can easily download the file or share it on Twitter and Facebook.
Cost: Free and premium graphics available for your layouts
Good new tool for Mac users. CheatSheet let’s you get a list of active short cuts in any open application.
Break The Routine
I haven’t blogged on here in months. The reason? I got mad at myself for being lazy and just repurposing content from my Cool Tech Tools newsletter.
My tip today is two-fold:
- Don’t be lazy
- Save value for your email subscribers
I want to blog more, but just not with rehashed content.
Running an event? Sched is a premier application to make it easier for event organizers.
With Sched, you can provide attendees with an event website, your own mobile web app (IOS and Android), as well as a social network, sponsor directory, registration/payment, wait lists and an agenda builder.
Additional features of Sched include:
Email updates: During your event, send attendees email messages
Digital displays: Present your event schedule on monitors and projectors during your event
Event payments: Sync with Eventbrite to sell event tickets
Printable event schedules: Get print-ready versions of your event schedules
Participant profile pages: Give your participants their own profile page and allow them to view friends from their social networks who are attending
Cost: Free, unlimited trial; Sched Event for $99 per event ($399/year for unlimited events) and Sched Pro for $499 per event ($999/year for unlimited events)
ant to create one of those cool 2D or “flat” graphical icons? Use Iconion
. In just minutes, you can choose from dozens of icon fonts and turn them into amazing .PNG icons. Customize the look of your icon with colors, shadows, backgrounds, gradients, strokes and other elements.
Below are some icons I recently created for a blog post I wrote called The Ultimate Guide to Incorporating.
Cost: Free (Mac and PC downloads available)
If you have ever wanted to see what something looks like on a mock device or even the side of a building, Placeit is an awesome tool. With it, you can upload an image or copy and paste a URL then place it (get it?) in over 500 photorealistic formats—from desktop screens to Apple and Android devices, billboards, stationery, smart watches and more. There are even more than 20 options to place videos.
Placeit is fast, easy and fun to play with and requires no Photoshop or design skills.
Cost: Free download options (small images); premium subscriptions available for hi-res downloads ranging from $12-$299/month; single purchases are also available for $8 or $59 along with discounted “download packs”
Make it easier for users to navigate your website with InlineManual.
This tool helps you create simple step-by-step instructions that appear on various screens you designate. These can guide users through a setup process, for example, or explain where to find information within your site.
Cost: Free (1 site with three tutorials) and premium versions starting at $21/month (for three sites and seven tutorials)
If you are not using Slideshare, you should be! It allows you to upload and share any PowerPoint presentation or PDF.
Now you can turn your Slideshares into animated GIFs with GifDeck. It’s easy to then embed that GIF into an email, blog post or tweet.
Here’s an example from a presentation I did on Big Data and PR. It captures a handful of the slides from the presentation, which makes for a much more compelling graphic vs. a single static image.
Got Gmail? FullContact will help keep all your contacts in sync with your Gmail address book.
Use FullContact to pull in your contacts from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook address books and then sync them back to your Gmail Contacts. It will also find and merge duplicates. You can take a picture of a business card and upload it to FullContact; they will transcribe it and add the information to your Gmail Contacts.
Cost: Free (up to 5,000 contacts) and premium ($9.99/month or $99.99/year) for 25,000 contacts and 50 business card transcriptions per month.
How good is it—really? How does it stack up to others in your industry?
Get a score on your resume by submitting it to Rezscore. Within 3-5 days, you will get a critique back with high-level recommendations. For a fee, they will provide a resume makeover.
Cost: Free ($39.95 for the resume makeover service)