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27 March 2008
Become a Freelance Designer - Bid For Projects
Topic: General
Student Freelance is a web service where students can bid for projects posted by buyers in categories that include Graphic Design and Multimedia, Web Design and Development. Students can create their portfolios at the service for buyers to search. Read this article if you are interested in becoming an international freelancer.

Posted by tonywh2 at 7:50 AM NZT
Updated: 27 March 2008 7:54 AM NZT
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19 March 2008
Sound Effects for Your Pocasts
Topic: General
SoundTransit is a directory of short downloadable audio files of situational background noise recorded by enthusiasts from around the world. All the mp3 files are covered by the Creative Commons license and can therefore be freely used to add ambience to your podcasts. The search engine makes it simple to find an appropriate clip. For more ideas on how to use SoundTransit, have a look at the Nik Peachey's post Soundscapes from SoundTransit.

Posted by tonywh2 at 9:16 PM NZT
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Text To Voice Converter
Topic: General

This is a tool with a variety of possible applications.  The steps involved are >>Say what you want to be read - anything from an uploaded document to some cut and pasted text >>Choose a reader - up to 15 to select from including male and female voices as well as French and Spanish speakers >>Sit back and listen - either online or downloaded as a MP3 file or embedded in your blog/website. Go to the website and do a quick test with some short text and have it read by 1 of 2 readers OR register for a completely free account.


Posted by tonywh2 at 9:11 PM NZT
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2 March 2008
Add Your Signature To Your Emails
Topic: General
MyLiveSignature offers a FREE service for creating personal signatures.Spice up your emails, blogs and other digital content by adding your own signature. You can either scan the real thing or create  a signature from a wide range of fonts.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:35 AM EADT
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Google's New Wiki Application
Topic: General

Some time ago Google acquired the wiki site, JotSpot, and has been developing it ever since.  Now it has been re-born within Google's new application, Google Sites, which makes "creating a team site as easy as editing a document". "People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization.


Posted by tonywh2 at 8:30 AM EADT
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13 February 2008
Design Resources
Topic: General
Here is a designer's website that provides links to the designer's own and recommended resources that include General Design, CSS Design, Blogs and Blogging, Web Design Color Studies, Freelance Web Design, Web Standards, Other Neat Design Things - check out the free stock images section.


Posted by tonywh2 at 11:29 AM EADT
Updated: 13 February 2008 11:32 AM EADT
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11 February 2008
Find, Play and Save Music From the Web
Topic: General
Songbird enables you to find, play and save music  from the web using a browser interface. Check out this video to see Songbird's features and then download for free.

Posted by tonywh2 at 4:30 PM EADT
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8 February 2008
Create Your Student's 'Business' Card
Topic: General
A good business card is an essential tool for any designer but students can also create a 'business' card that demonstrates their creativity and design skills and provides contact details for prospective employers and colleagues. It’s important to think about what your business card says about you, as well as what to put on your business card,  You can find over a thousand inspirational logos, cards and website designs over at FaveUp.com. If that’s not enough, check out CreativeBits for more cool business card designs. Also at PSDTUTS we have two card tutorials - Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop and Using the Vanishing Point Filter to Mock up a Business Card.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:41 AM EADT
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7 February 2008
Instructional Videos and Wikis
Topic: General
Three ex-Google employees have just launched a new site called Howcast that provides high-quality instructional videos and wikis that explain how to do just about anything. This site is incredibly well done. The videos are fun and entertaining. The design of the site is fabulous. Expect Howcast to get huge. This will be one serious distraction.

Posted by tonywh2 at 9:11 AM EADT
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6 February 2008
Put your Videos on TV
Topic: General
A neat little web app that makes videos look like they are in a TV .Quickly and easily enhance your profiles and blogs. With Moonk you can create a slideshow from your favorite pictures; a videoshow from your best videos; and a jukebox from your greatest music hits. These players can then be integrated into pages like MySpace, Hi5, Friendster, Yahoo360°, and Blogger.com or used for your own personal website.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:19 PM EADT
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18 January 2008
Create Your OpenID
Topic: General
With OpenID, you don’t have to sign up and create a new account for each site that supports OpenID – you can just use the identity you already have. OpenID lets you use a web address (URL) that you control to sign in on other sites. An OpenID is a URL. An example OpenID URL would be ‘http://bob.myopenid.com/’, and when asked to sign in to an OpenID-enabled site I would type “http://bob.myopenid.com/” into the sign in box. You enter your OpenID on the login page of any site that supports OpenID (look for the OpenID logo OpenID Logo Med.), authenticate with your OpenID provider and surf on.

 


Posted by tonywh2 at 8:00 AM EADT
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17 January 2008
Customised Music Player
Topic: General

Jango is all about making online music easy, fun and social. Just type in an artist - and your first station starts playing right away. Customizing your stations further is just as easy. Just add more artists and rate songs that you want to play more or less. You can also tune in to other people's stations - and they can tune in to yours! In your player, you'll see who's listening to the same music as you, who's listening to your stations, and what your friends are playing.


Posted by tonywh2 at 7:29 AM EADT
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16 January 2008
Desktop Recording
Topic: General

Freecorder Toolbar is a revolutionary new browser-based audio recording program, combining state of the art recording technology, ease-of-use, and some great browser enhancements. You can use Freecorder Toolbar for:Recording Songs.Extracting Audio from Videos.Recording Internet Radio.Recording from your PC's Microphone or Line-in ports.


Posted by tonywh2 at 6:51 PM EADT
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Image Colour Analysis
Topic: General

Whats its color is an image-color processing utility that will evaluate an image and give you the image's primary and complementary dominant colors of an image, how many visually unique colors are in an image, and the top ten visually unique colors in an image. Extremely useful when creating any type of designs around an image. The more colorful the image, the better the results. Results will display your image on the best suited background for that image.


Posted by tonywh2 at 7:53 AM EADT
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15 January 2008
Web Site Creation
Topic: General
Webnode is a new free service that brings you a brand new innovative way of creating and editing advanced websites by just using a web browser. The system is very easy to use and is fully interactive. Real-time fast editing as you see it in the browser. By using Drag-and-Drop from the toolbar you can add new content such as polls, forums, articles, catalogues, widgets . Webnode contains more than 40 beautiful templates or you can make your own.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:10 AM EADT
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11 January 2008
7 Ways To Start Your Business
Topic: General
Here is an article from Freelance Switch with 7 suggestions for starting your own business in the digital media industry. For example Create a Name and Logo, Start a Web Portfolio, etc.

Posted by tonywh2 at 7:52 AM EADT
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1 January 2008
Text To Voice Converter
Topic: General
SpokenText.net allows you to record (English, French or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, ,RSS news feeds, emails and web pages, and converts them to speech automatically. You can download your recording as an iPod book or mp3 file. And every member gets a personal podcast URL , which you can use to download recordings to iTunes or your iPod. You can also easily share your recordings on your web site or blog using SpokenText Badges or individual recording players. And best of all it's COMPLETELY FREE!

Posted by tonywh2 at 3:52 PM EADT
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30 December 2007
Digital Media Tips and Resources
Topic: General

FreelanceSwitch is a website that provides advice and resources to people working in the digital content industry. Highly recommended for students thinking of running their own business - freelancing. Here are 3 great articles:
1.  A Beginners Guide to  Freelance Business  Processes.
2. Accounting Basics for a Freelancer
3. A Copyright Casestudy (RECOMMENDED) 


Posted by tonywh2 at 10:14 AM EADT
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23 December 2007
Image Enhancement
Topic: General
Here is an online version of Apple iPhoto's Enhance tool or Google Picasa's I'm Feeling Lucky button but essentially better than both of those. All you do is upload an image from your system or give it a URL to get it from and it automatically restores true original colours, corrects colour temperature and adjusts for poor lighting. There's nothing else to do and all you get is the option to download the improved image.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:45 AM EADT
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9 December 2007
Online Word Processing
Topic: General

Adobe's Buzzword is a new online word processor that looks great.

"It's probably the freshest approach to word processing in a generation.", "The user experience it promised was truly breathtaking. Buzzword made google docs looks like your grandpas word processing app."


Posted by tonywh2 at 8:59 AM EADT
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