Adobe develops some of the best software tools for web design and image editing but the licenses for these tools are often too expensive to afford for a majority of freelance designers or even small businesses who have a limited budget for software.If you have wanting to use Adobe tools but were unable to justify the high up-front cost of software licenses, here’s something for you – you can now rent Adobe software and pay a fixed monthly fee. When your project is complete, simply cancel the subscription.To give you an example, a single-user license for Adobe Photoshop costs around $700 but if you only plan to use it for a month or two, you can rent Photoshop from Adobe.com by paying $49 per month. The following chart compares the regular and pay-as-you-go costs of various Adobe software titles that are available through subscription. Regular Price Monthly Subscription Yearly Subscription* Adobe Photoshop $699 $49 … [Read more...] about You Can Rent Photoshop and other Adobe Software
If you have a contact in another country who frequently uses non-English words in her emails or if you are subscribed to an newsletter that’s written in some foreign language, here’s how you can quickly translate email messages into your native language without leaving Microsoft Outlook.Microsoft has released a tiny utility that, upon installation, will add the Live Search translation service into Outlook, Word and all other Office programs.You can then select individual words, paragraphs or the entire text of your email message and translate into any other language through the "Translate" command in the contextual menu or from the Research task pane of Office.Anything new? Language translation is available in all Office programs by default but it was powered by WorldLingo – now that Microsoft has developed their own Language translator, the above utility will simply replace WorldLingo and that may mean some addition language pairs for your Office. Hat tip Kip … [Read more...] about Translate Your Outlook Emails into Other Languages
The past few days were hectic and you have not been able to reply to the various email messages that have piled up in your Gmail inbox. The email senders are waiting for your response and you’re still buried in the overloaded Inbox.Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an automated way to let others know that you are suffering from email overload and that it would be unfair to expect an immediate response from your side?Enter Courteous.ly, a new tool for Gmail that reads the current state of your Gmail inbox – stats like how many messages you have in the inbox, how many are unread, etc. – and then estimates how busy you are.Your Inbox analysis is published to a separate web page and anyone may access that page to know if your current email load is light or high. Thus the expectations are set right.The program connects with your Gmail account via OAuth and polls your inbox every 10 minutes. You may add your unique URL to your email signature, or to your out-of-office … [Read more...] about Let Others Know You’re Suffering from Email Overload
If you type the search phrase “Digital Inspiration” on Google and click the first result, you arre most likely to land on this blog.When this happens, the following information about your visit gets recorded into my Google Analytics account: That you found the blog through a search engine called Google. That you used the query “Digital Inspiration” to find that blog.This data (also known as referrer information) is important as it helps website owners determine the exact search queries that people are using to discover their site on search engines.At the same time, as a search consumer, if you are looking for something private on the Internet, you may not always want the other sites to know the search phrases you have used on Google to reach those sites.Google does not report your search phrases to other sites as long as you were logged into your Google Account while performing the search. The search keywords for Google users who aren’t signed in will … [Read more...] about How to Hide your Google Search Queries from other Websites
When you type a few characters in the search box of your favorite web browser – be it Firefox, Internet Explorer or the Omnibox of Google Chrome – Google tries to predict your search query and offers search suggestions in a drop-down. These predictions are often very accurate and thus you rarely have to type the full search query in the browser.The problem is that this useful “autocomplete” feature isn’t available in most of the other search engines that are installed in your browser. Just look at Twitter, Amazon, or even YouTube search in your browser – none of them offer autocomplete like Google.That said, it is actually very easy to integrate Google search suggestions in any other search engine with the help of OpenSearch. To get started, just go to ctrlq.org/search and install any of your favorite search engines by clicking on their name. These are compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.Next go to your browser’s search … [Read more...] about Add Google Autocomplete to other Search Engines
How do you find out which other web sites or domains are hosted on a web server that hosts the site xyz.com ?In theory, all web servers (which are nothing but computers running software to serve web pages) are assigned unique IP addresses on the Internet. If a web server is hosting a website, the IP address of that site will be the same as that of the server. And if multiple domains are hosted on that web server, they will all have the same IP address which will again be same as that of the web server.So here’s the trick – if you know the web address (or domain name), you first need to find the IP address of the web server that is hosting that site. Then use something called “Reverse IP” to find all the other websites that share that IP address. Finds Websites Located on the Same Web ServerTo find the IP address of any website, open the command prompt on your computer (Start -> Run -> cmd) and type ping <www.web-address.com>. The output will contain … [Read more...] about Find Other Domains Hosted on a Web Server with Bing
If you have enabled keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, you may have noticed that pressing the J key selects the previous (older) message in your inbox while the K key moves you one message up to a newer conversation.The same j & k keyboard shortcuts can be used for navigating items in Google Reader, for moving between tweets on Twitter.com, and it even works with Tumblr.com.So why do developers commonly assign the k and j keys for moving up and down respectively and not any other key combination? When Bill Joy created the vi text editor for Unix, he used a ADM-3A terminal and its keyboard didn’t have any dedicated arrow keys (see illustration above). Instead the keys h, j, k and l were inscribed with arrow symbols and these keys, in combination with the CTRL key, were used for moving the cursor on the screen.The keyboard layouts have changed (they got dedicated arrow keys) but the same j & k keys are still popularly used for moving the cursor up and down inside the vi text … [Read more...] about Why do Gmail and other Web Apps use j & k Keys for Navigation?
The Wi-Fi network at your home has a public name, also known as SSID, that will often show up on your neighbor’s computer or any other mobile device that is within the range of your wireless network.The name of a wireless network (or SSID) rarely says anything about the owner of that network and that’s good because most people won’t like the idea of sharing their Wi-Fi network with others. Some have even suggested using scary and unusual names for SSIDs (like “Police Van”) to discourage Wi-Fi theft. However, if you are on the other side and want people to actually use your Wireless connection – maybe for a monthly fee – a free service like Wifis.org can be of some help.WiFis.org provides you a unique URL like www.wifis.org/labnol. You need to change your network’s name (SSID) to that URL and it will then show up under “Available Wireless Networks” on other computers that are within your wireless range.If your neighbors happen … [Read more...] about Let Others Contact You Through Your Own Wi-Fi Network
Say you are on a website example.com and would like to know which other web domains are owned by the same person who owns that example.com website. Is it possible?Yes there are some easy workarounds (and tools) that can help you find domains owned by an individual or a company though you may not be successful on every hunt. Let’s give it a try! Step 1: Reverse Whois Lookups with GoogleWhen you register a web domain, your name, contact address, phone number and other details are stored with the domain in a public registry database that anyone can access online using a Whois Lookup tool.Go to whois.sc and enter the domain name that you are trying to research. This will provide you contact details of the domain registrant and you can then use this data to perform a reverse whois lookup on Google to find other domains of that person."PHONE_NUMBER" site:whois.domaintools.com"STREET_ADDRESS" site:whois.domaintools.comReplace Phone Number or Street Address in the above search queries … [Read more...] about How to Find the other Websites of a Person?
A class teacher needs her students to submit homework at the end of the week. A company wants designers to send the mockups and design drafts for review. A news organization is asking public to upload documents to their website. An event organizer is requesting attendees to send any photos or videos that they may have taken at the event.What do you think is the easiest solution for all these use cases? Yes, e-mail. People can send you files by email and you can then use the Save Attachments script to automatically download these files to your computer. The big problem is that you cannot receive big files via email and second, it does take some work to organize stuff that arrives in email.Wouldn’t it be easier if you could create a public folder on the Internet where anyone could go and simply upload the files instead of sending them to you as file attachments. Students can upload assignments, designers can upload mockups and your friends can upload photographs. This is … [Read more...] about How to Let Others Upload Files to your Dropbox Account