Photo editing is a Picnik

Picnik is an online photo editor , right in your browser. It helps give people photo editing skills without the learning of complex programs. Picnik is fast, easy, and offers users loads of powerful tools, artistic effects, touch-ups, frames, stickers, scrapbooking and many more tools. And it’s All for Free!

In March of 2010, Picnik was picked-up by Google and is now part of the family of consumer apps, just look in the Google App Store.

If you are looking for a Fast online photo editor and don’t want to have to pay for the service or even sign-up if you choose not to, then Picnik is the App for you.

Here is a photo I edited with Picnik and it took less than 5 minutes to complete the process and that was with my upload from my PC and saving it back to my PC when completed.

They have been very thoughtful of users and deliver a range of browser plugins called ‘Tools‘ which you can easily add to your browser so that all you need to do most of the time is click the bookmarklet or right-click in your browser to choose the options you want.

This is truly a great program for those of us that are technologically challenged and just want to get some good effects added to their photos before they share them either with friends or are more serious and need a fast way to get photos onto their website to show what it is you are discussing.

Try it now, it’s FREE remember?
Yes, they do have a premium version and it will cost you $24.95 a year, but like everything else, if you are seriously using it then you should also be making money because of it’s use.

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Getting An Offline Local Business Found Online

Many ‘Offline’ local businesses have no idea about how to get found on the internet and even more are not sure if they pay someone to get them ‘Found Online’, if they will actually be receiving a positive return on their investment.

I have been speaking with many small business owners and most are just clueless about what it takes to get found online today. The first thing many of them think is “oh, that’s gonna’ cost some serious money – isn’t it?”.
Well, in a word, no. Not necessarily. There are hundreds if not thousands and yes, maybe even millions of websites available that are able to be used to get your business noticed.

I’m sure you know most of the social sites that are growing in popularity today. And there are many more up and coming social sites that have had users on them for years, which for the most part are specific to a certain area of interest.

If you do a search on our friend Google, for let’s say – business, Norwich, UK – It will return listings of all the most relevant sites and GooglePlaces listings it finds, you then just have to take some action.

Look to see where your business can fit in on those sites as well as making your FREE GooglePlaces Listing optimised for your target market to see about what you offer and where to visit – plus contact information.

You can do a search for classified advertisement websites that are specific to your local area (where you trade) and create some Free listings on those too.

I’ve had comments left on this site about how difficult it can be to get a certain business found online just because they felt that the business in question was in a niche that was difficult to market.

Do you have any videos working to get you noticed on the many different video sharing websites? I know, video is too hard to do or cost too much to get someone else to do it for me!

Well, you are just making excuses, the truth is that anyone with just a small pocket video like a Kodak zi8 or an iPhone or any other half-decent phone can create a video that you can upload to your PC or Mac and with Free software will make it able to be shared ALL OVER THE WEB!

I will no doubt be getting more comments about the false beliefs people have about getting found online when you have a small local business, but I’ll answer them when they are received.

For now please trust that if you have the need to get your business found online, and frankly, who doesn’t, then try some of the tactics listed here and see your results, you may be happily surprised by what happens to your business.

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QR code means Quick Response code-Do You Need Them?

I have been reading loads about this QR code technology recently and the more I find out, the more information I’ve been looking for.

What is a QR code? Simply put, it means Quick Response code. You may have seen them and not taken any notice, or maybe you thought what the heck does that do?

You should be thinking about ‘How to get QR codes working for me and my business’, because they are the coming storm along with all the mobile devices that are taking over the world!

Here is the 2D QR code for the Download page on this website:
Download page link use QR code readerthey’ve been used widely in Japan for many years, because that is where they were first developed and used to full effect, so much so, they are as common there as the blue underlined hyper-link we are all used to using and seeing in the West.

You will see these codes in magazines, on envelopes and parcels, on products like canned drinks, packaging, on television, online, and in store windows, just to mention a few of the places you might find them. To get a QR Code reader you can visit this URL http://percentmobile.com/getqr with your mobile device.

They are your best friend when you are targeting the 30% of consumers (and growing) in the USA that have access to this technology with their mobile devices. The best part is, if you use them to direct customers/prospects to your offer, you are not having to teach these users how to use these to get to where they want to be.

The Big marketing giants like Amazon and eBay, Google and many others have been using them for a long time.

People already know how to use them! In 2010, eBay reported that mobile users had spent 3 times more than in 2009 to the tune of $2B (two billion dollars) according to Forbes Jan. 5, 2011. Amazon is experiencing the same type of trend.

I am checking out several different apps to create these 2D codes and there are some good and some not-so-good, so I will be posting about the ones I find that seem to fit into the good category.

Keep an eye out for my updates about this exciting technology that will soon become everyday use for you and your business.

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Free Slider for Your Website

[SlideDeck id=’678′ width=’100%’ height=’370px’]

Easy to use and quick to learn how to implement into your website or blog, SlideDeck offers a great visual experience for your visitors by allowing you to direct the visitor to the content you choose to “Feature”.

You can choose to download the plugin for WordPress or the jQuery code to add directly to your pages.
SlideDeck was built by Digital-Telepathy while trying to simplify their own message and process, what they came up with is an extraordinary way to get your message understood in a quick, easy and fun way.

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New Version of Firefox Available

Firefox 4.0 is out and you can download it and install over your old version of Firefox Browser. I installed it and have been using this browser alongside Google Chrome and I cannot tell which is faster.

Download the New Faster BrowserI was having issues with Firefox 3.0 – 3.6, but since then this has not suffered any of the problems that were happening prior to upgrading to Firefox 4.0. My system was crashing the old browser and it was very slow when it did work, the pages could hardly load and then if there were any graphics or video on the page, well, forget it!

My computer is a 64bit Windows 7 build with 4Gig of memory, so I know that it was not that which was having issues, just the old version of Firefox. I even tried to run it in Windows XP mode to see if that might help, but no way man it just had a nervous breakdown.

I converted to using Chrome from Google and am glad that I did as they (Google) have built a great browser and they deserve to be recognized to for that. I won’t go into the severe issues that Internet Explorer has and has had for years, they will never get me to use that piece of crapola again.

It looks as if the new Firefox has taken some tips from Chrome in their building of FF4.0 with the look and feel of Chrome too.

Sync your desktop and mobile using the new feature built with FF4.0, I don’t know about you, but I tend to use a lot of websites that require a login so I don’t want to have to look-up a password on some list buried in a pile on my desk somewhere. So, the sync to mobile is very useful when I’m out of the house and need to login to a page that I never remember the password or username for.

The most important aspect of Firefox is the add-ons like the one below:

Awesome Screenshot – Capture and Annotate by Diigo Inc.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

83,656 weekly downloads

Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.

 

That’s just one of the thousands of add-ons available from such categories as these:

So, what’s the downside?
Well, I haven’t found a way to import all of my passwords back into FF4.0 from Chrome like I did when I exported them to Chrome From the older version of Firefox. That is the ONLY thing that has kept me from going back to using it fully, so for now I’ll be happy to use both Chrome and FF4.0 and hopefully find a way to get my details imported back into Firefox.

If you happen to know how to do this then please leave a comment below or shoot an email over to me, I will even give you a Free piece of software for your trouble!

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