Archive for May, 2011


PDF resources online

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PDFs are a great way to send out a document knowing that it anyone will be able to see the document as you indented and won’t be able to make their own changes to it.  But, if you loose the original document and want to make some changes to your PDF yourself you’ll find yourself in quite a pickle.  Thankfully there are some free PDF converters available online, the one I’ve had the most success with is PDF-to-Word.

http://www.pdftoword.com/

Also, there’s another useful online application that will let you quickly merge two PDFs together

http://www.mergepdf.net/

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QR code generators

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QR codes are bar codes that can hold secret messages or URL’s that you can create and then read with a smart phone.  All someone needs to read a QR code is a smart phone with a camera and a free app like Red Laser.  QR codes can be a convenient way to transfer a long URL to a cell phone.  They can be used on print advertisements or can be scanned directly from a computer screen.  Best of all QR codes are free and easy to make!

QR Code Generators:
http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
http://invx.com/

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Make photos look miniature

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I found a very cute application called TiltShift Maker that will make your photos look like miniature play-set versions of themselves.

It’s very simple and easy to use, you can upload any photo to your computer and you’ll get an instant preview of how it will look miniaturized.  You can adjust many aspects of the blurb and designate where the focal point of your image is.  After adjusting the settings click on the preview button to see what they’ll look like before getting your final photo.  You can get a  480×640 and 720×960 size of your miniaturized photo for free or pony up some cash to get larger sizes.  I plugged in a photo I took from the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and here are the results:

That’s pretty gosh darn adorable if I do say so myself!

http://tiltshiftmaker.com/photo-editing.php

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Hourly Rates

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It’s always pretty hard to quote someone for a project, which made me pretty happy when I came across this article.  BuildInternet.com took a survey of 107 readers and asked them what they charge as an hourly rate.

They break down the results into a nice and simple pie chart and discuss some of the reasons for those rates and give you some tips on how to quote your work.

A Discussion on Hourly Rates in Web Design

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