Microsoft Paint Alternatives

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Microsoft Paint has existed for 32 years and recently it was rumored that it will be killed in the next Windows update. Windows denied those rumors and it turned out MS Paint will still be available but moved to Windows store. There won’t be new versions for sure, at least not in the near future. Since existence of MS Paint was put in question, it is better you get familiar with its alternatives.

Here is a list of free MS Paint alternatives:

Gimp is an open source software that can be used on Windows, Linux, Mac (10.6 and newer) and it other less known operating systems. It supports different file formats such as tiff, jpeg, gif, png, psd, bpm and others. Gimp is perfect solution for photo retouching, cloning objects, enhancing the quality of the photo.

Photoscape is an easy tool for photo editing and enhancing. The tool can remove red eyes, crop, filter or add objects or text, resize the photo or adjust colors. It even has a possibility to merge multiple photos in one or to create an animated gif from multiple photos. What is interesting, the tool has an option to find a similar face online, by using the existing photo.

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MyPaint doesn’t look so attractive when you visit their website, but the tool itself is functional. It works on both Linux and Windows. The tool has three main settings categories, painting tools, brushes and the paint mode which you can change. For the start you can choose what kind of painting tool you want to use, such as ellipses and circles, connected lines, inking or freehand. Then you choose the brush and the paint mode

Krita is another tool that you can use for editing images. It has a very easy interface and you can even customize the side working panels, by choosing the features you use the most. Krita has a brush stabilizer that is especially convenient for users with shaky hands. It also has pop-up palette which makes choosing colors and brushes very easy.

Pinta makes your painting even easier- it has over 35 available adjustments and effects that will make your images look just the way you need. Pinta works in a way it offers multiple layers in order to group elements of the image for easier editing.

These are some of the most used Paint alternatives, have you tried any? Shoot in the comments what is your favourite painting tool and for what purpose do you use it.

Three Ways to Save PDF As JPEG

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Being cross-platform files as they are, both PDF and JPEG are very popular. They can be open on any computer, no matter what operating system in question. It is highly recommended to use PDF files, when you deal with text documents or documents with vector images. Otherwise, you can use JPEG format. JPEG files take less space comparing to other image formats, but their quality suffers as well. Anyway, JPEG files are good to use then you need to upload images to a website or when you deal with non-textual documents. If you want to extract an image from your PDF and use it elsewhere, just save PDF as JPEG and edit JPEG file with any image editor.

 

How can I convert PDF to JPEG

Here we will present three different ways to convert PDF to JPEG, for every situation. When you at home, you can use your desktop computer and the program PDF Converter Elite to convert a PDF to JPEG, when you are on a business trip with your laptop and you don’t have the required program installed on it, you can use online tool and lastly, use mobile app when you are on the go and need urgently to convert a PDF.

 

  1. Desktop: For this first way to save PDF as JPEG, you will need to download PDF Converter Elite. Once you’ve installed PCE on your desktop computer, run the program and click the Open file to locate a PDF. The next step is to click on Image button and from the right side panel, choose one of three selection options. You can select the area, the whole file or specific pages only. In the mage format section, choose .jpg as the Output file. Finally, click the Convert button.

Advantage: there is a set of options you can adjust, such as image dimension, scale and image quality. You don’t need to have internet connection.

Disadvantage: if you are far away from your computer, you won’t have access to this program.

  1. Online: Tools that don’t require any installation are very convenient, especially for simpler files and conversions. If you don’t have too much space on your computer, to download a desktop program or you take a lightweight laptop with you on a business trip, this online PDF to JPEG solution will come in handy.

 

Advantage: You don’t need to have a program installed on your machine. You can use it on any computer.

Disadvantage: You don’t have an option to set up the image quality, size and scale. You need internet connection.

 

  1. Mobile: If you prefer mobile apps and if you enjoy using your mobile phone for business-like activities, try PDF to JPG app that has pretty much the same functionality as previous two solutions.

 

Advantage: It’s pretty remotely, you can use it anywhere as long as you bring a phone with you.

Disadvantage: You need to have internet and if your phone is out of memory you won’t be able to install the app.

As you can see, all these options have some advantages and disadvantages. Lastly, it’s up to you what solution you will choose, depending on the gadgets you possess and the situation you are in.

Types of Excel Charts Used in the Classroom

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Although there are many education technology tools that teachers use, and a vast number of them is tailored for any imaginable occasion, most teachers still don’t want to leave MS Office behind. It is widely known that PowerPoint and Word are the most popular programs among teachers because they can use them for research papers, essays, lesson presentations and handouts. However, a widespread use of Excel cannot be ignored. Some people think that Excel is only for accountants and auditors but the truth is, even teachers can use it. For instance, Excel charts can be very well employed into daily activities of one teacher. There are different types of Excel charts and each of them has different purpose in the classroom.

Most Used Types of Charts

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Anchor Chart

Anchor chart is not a default Excel chart you can add in your spreadsheet but there are tons of Excel templates of anchor charts in Excel. Anchor charts are actually a powerful learning tool that help teachers not to lose track of the lesson and to help students remember the most important things. Anchor charts are usually printed out and displayed in the classroom for future revision and they can be used for all subjects.

Treemap Chart

These kind of charts can be used by students to present their family teachers or they can help language teachers with vocabulary lessons. Generally, they can help to any kind of writing.

Pie Chart

These charts are one of the most popular because of their visual look. They are usually colorful and represent the percentage. In elementary classroom it is especially convenient to use the pie charts when learning kids math basics and fractions.

Flow Chart

There is no default flow chart you can just insert into Excel spreadsheet but you can learn how to create a flow chart in Excel here. Flow charts are explanatory charts that give step-by-step guide to the students. Teachers can use them to further explain complex processes in physics, biology, history etc. Flow charts improve students’ organization skills and the learning process.

Bonus chart for busy teachers: Learn how to create bullet charts in Excel. Bullet charts are also necessary for teachers but not available in Excel. In other words, you need to make them by yourself.

Online Tools for Millennials that Want to Invest Money

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Have you already heard of the term millennial? Maybe you haven’t, even though you are a part of it – the generation of those born between 1982 and 2004, in the era of digital. That’s why millennials are often closely related to technology and social media. Technology is a part of every aspect of their lives, both personal and business.

Given the fact that millennials rely on technology so much, they certainly benefit from the fact that over the years numerous tech tools have been created for practically every task you can imagine. Whether you need a tool for teachers, students or for personal finance, you can find a wide range of suitable programs. With so many tools on the market, tools for investment make quite a portion of them.

Millennials interested in stock market also use technology for their money investing activities. So here are some tools that can help millennials in investment monitoring. Continue reading >>

Online Teachers Tools that Make Lectures More Creative

Being a teacher today is not an easy job. It was almost certain that with the rise of technology some parts of the traditional educational system would change, and they have. In today’s digital world, teachers need to constantly engage their students to attract their attention since they are spending more time on mobile phones, tablets and are generally not interested in classical lectures. It is harder than ever, and teachers need to struggle to keep the students’ attention during lectures, because old methods of teaching are simply not interesting any more.

The reason this is happening is because students nowadays rather spend time using gadgets and software tools than writing and reading in a traditional way, and what is more important, they love the new technologies. Since they can get an answer to any question with a single tap on their phones, listening and paying attention to the same old classes can be exhausting.

As an answer to the students’ needs and wishes, teachers need to adapt to these changes, to find new and interactive ways of teaching that students will find amusing and stimulating. If teachers want to remain memorable and pass on valuable knowledge to their students, they need to modify their lectures to make them engaging and effective. And that can be done easily.

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Here we present a list of online tools that will help teachers create more interesting lectures.

Animate Your Students with Video Lectures

 

Animoto: helps teachers easily create amazing video lectures that students will love. It is convenient for the classroom or any other presentation meeting.

Go!Animate: is a video creation tool that can help you easily create custom, fun, personal or professional animation videos that will hold your students’ attention. It enables you to create videos in a safe online environment, to limit the video distribution to specific student groups, and to moderate the video before it becomes visible to the group.

PlayPosit: is a tool for embedding questions and comments in Youtube videos for students to answer as they watch.

 

Create Compelling Presentations

 

Prezi: A very neat presentation tool that helps you create, edit and share your unique and visually stunning presentations. If you are too busy to make presentations, there are multiple Prezi templates you can reuse.

Office Mix: is an add-on for PowerPoint, perfect for teachers who want to make interactive presentations by adding polls, questions, simulations, and much more.

Piktochart: is a powerful tool for creating infographics that can captivate the students’ even more. It also has pre-made templates to use if you are too busy to create templates from scratch.

Timeline JS is an easy-to-use open-source tool that enables, both amateur and professional users to make astonishing and visually appealing interactive timelines. You can combine several ways how you wish to create your timeline, but at the end, the final result will always be breathtaking.

 

Have Better Communication with Students

 

Socrative: An Interactive tool that teachers can use to get in touch with their students, prepare educational exercises, track progress or give grades. This tool is also ideal for making polls and quizzes.

Padlet: is an online school backpack you can use to create a welcome board where students can introduce themselves, or to create a whole lesson which you can share with a restricted number of users. The process of sharing or restricting access and editing text is similar to working in Google Drive, but interface is more school-friendly.

 

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15 Excel Templates for Small Business Budget Management

excel templatesMicrosoft Excel has long been known as one of the best office tools for organizing information and analyzing data. It has long been a staple of every business, big or small, and continues to be one of the most popular tools that companies use to balance their budgets, keep track of expenses and profits, and a whole slew of other important data related functions related to not only organizing relevant business data, but also presenting it to others. There is a variety of Excel templates that conveniently help you organize the data you need to store, present or calculate, and many of them can come in very handy to small business owners who don’t have time to waste or workers to spare.

Here are 15 excellent Excel templates that will help any small business owner keep track of expenditures, income and all other budget-related data.

1) Business Budget Template is one of the more basic, but still very effective ones for organizing your company’s budget. Enter all expenses and income by category to know at all times how you are doing financially and whether you need to make any adjustments.

 

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How to Use Excel: Tips, Resources, Tutorials for Every Level

We can trace Microsoft Office to the beginnings of the digital age. And it has grown since then. In the past, being skillful with MS Office programs was considered an advantage and today it is compulsory to know at least how to use Excel and Word. That’s why there are tons of Excel tips and tricks on the Internet, which makes searching for helpful material very time-consuming. But don’t give up before you have started. It is just a matter of patience and time before you learn how to use Excel in everyday and business operations. To do so, you just need to know what to look for and where.

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Excel Tips and Tricks – Solutions to Specific Excel Problems

If you already know how to use Excel but you are looking for specific Excel tips and tricks, these are some of the blogs that give you the best insight into what you need.

My Online Training Hub is a treasure trove of free Excel tips and tricks, and tutorials on all topics from Formulas, PivotTables, charting and dashboards.

Contextures explains how to copy numbers only in Excel, how to make an interactive dashboard chart in a drop-down list or how to compare Excel worksheet values and formulas.

The Spreadsheet Guru has a wide range of Excel tips and tricks, from basic things on how to password protect your Excel file to very advanced VBA Excel functions. Here you can learn how to make your own functions or add-ins with VBA and totally extend the Excel functionality.

Clearly and Simply explains difficult things the easy way. It helps you with data visualization and data analysis by showing you how to present data in Excel. For instance, it shows you how to create Excel choropleth maps, motion charts, animated charts like gapminder, or how to make cartograms in Tableau.

Chandoo is a true gem when speaking of advanced Excel tips. If you want to become an Excel pro, this is the right place. You can learn to apply conditional formatting, perform better data analysis by making pivot tables, write and debug advanced formulas etc.

Excel y VBA is a Spanish blog for Excel users of all levels. It provides you with Excel tips and tricks, VBA exercises and different functions examples. It also provides good tips on how to use Excel in data analysis. Continue reading >>

How to Write a Research Paper with Help of These Tools

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One way or another, all students need to write a research paper. Choosing the topic is the easiest part but when it comes to putting that topic on paper, it becomes tricky. From doing research and making notes, through literature management and team evaluation, to writing the thesis statement and headline, and finally checking grammar and spelling, it’s easy to conclude that it takes much time and effort to wrap up a research paper. Luckily, there are tons of tools that can help you out, so let’s get started and learn how to write a research paper:

Start with the research

Research is the most important part of every research paper. It implies a lot of creativity and consistency. There is no tool that can do the research for you, but at least some of them can help you save time and better organize the materials and information you come across. Internet libraries such as World Digital Library or ipl2 are historical databases with a lot of knowledge treasure you can find. Once you’ve found everything you need to start writing, it’s wise to have Evernote to organize your collection.

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Evaluate and prepare collected data

Okay, you found everything you need, so now it’s time to sort things out and see what can be used and how. Mendeley is a good reference management program for managing your literature. It makes every literature review process easier and your research more organized. Once you have sorted out your literature collection and organized your data, the next step is evaluation. For this you need team collaboration tools, because you need to get feedback from someone else, your college peer or a professor. There are really tons of such tools but Dropbox is maybe the most reliable. Dropbox keeps your research paper safe and at the same time easily accessible to other people you want to get involved in the evaluation. Sometimes you will have to make historical charts, statistical tables or any other form of data that implies using spreadsheets. In that case, Microsoft Excel is the number one choice. There is no better tool than MS Excel for organizing data, but if you prefer to put your data in the cloud, you can use Google Sheets and still do excellent work.

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Flashback into the 80’s Office

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“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

If you remember this quote and its author then, you’re most likely an 80’s fan. The epic“ Wall Street” movie and Michael Douglas’s Oscar-winning role of Gordon Gekko, a greedy Wall Street con artist distinctively portrays the office environment and business style of the well-known decade.

The era of emerging technologies, first yuppies and spectacular financial frauds has, for better or worse, left a huge impact in history and a nostalgic sentiment in our hearts.

In the last few years, several movies following the same thematic have been released causing many of us reminisce about this time. The first thing that rings a bell is the 80’s corporate fashion which was so over the top – fluffy hairdos, suits with shoulder pads and suspenders as a must have men’s accessory. From today’s perspective, it is safe to say that 80’s may have gone but they’re certainly not forgotten. When it comes to generating new ideas and competing in creativity across industries, this retro epoch is often used as an inspiration.

For now, let’s stay on technology path and take a look at what has really changed.

Probably the most popular item in the 80’s business world was the brick phone. The first portable cellular phone, known as “the brick” was Motorola DynaTAC, a revolutionary and statement-making accessory.  At time when most people talked via landline telephones, owning this bulky device was a trait that separated business sharks from other fish in the pond. Now, 30 years later, with smartphone technology advancing each day one would consider a brick phone a toy or a collector’s item. Well, UK’s Binatone is obviously taking it seriously since they produce their own “Meet the Brick” and let you travel back in time – 80s technology world.

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Another great accessory from the 80s technology was the well-known Casio calculator watch. As its name says, it was basically a digital watch with a built-in calculator. Everyone used to wear it, from academics to musicians. Aspiring businessmen preferred more advanced models that had additional functions such as phonebook and appointment reminder. The frenzy about this watch was very similar to the one about Apple Watch we are experiencing today. You can still find it on Amazon and Ebay or if you already own an Apple Watch or any other iOS device, you can download Geek Retro Calculator Watch application and  have the best of both worlds.

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First Apple’s personal computer Macintosh 128k that appeared in the 80s was considered a milestone in the success of the Apple brand as we know it today. However, at that time the competition was strong since Commodore 64 was already a big hit among offices around the world as well as Epson’s first notebook and handheld computer which had advanced features and could perform intricate operations for that time. Epson HX-20 was in fact, the closest to what MacBook stands for today.

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80’s business affairs were all about flamboyance and making a statement to impress the other party. Probably the best scene that captivates this is from another awesome movie called “American Psycho” where Patrick Bateman and his co-workers are fighting the “silent war” over who has the best designed business card. Believe it or not, business cards were extremely important part of business etiquette and could tell a lot about person’s status and success. Today, with social networks such as LinkedIn, you don’t have to go so deep into presenting yourself to potential associates.

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What is your favorite 80s technology and what do you think were the quirks of that time?

 

 

 

 

 

Top 7 Motivational Quotes for Work

We have all heard the saying “words have power”. Nowadays, we rely on technology to help us get through our work day, forgetting that sometimes all we need is a few inspirational words. Here are seven motivational quotes you should remember next time you feel blue.

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“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”  Aristotle

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”  Audrey Hepburn

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