Find the fonts you’re looking for with WhatFontIs.com

whatfontis-iconDesktop publishing isn’t easy, even with today’s advanced tools. Finding the right look and feel for your publications as well as your web pages and other projects isn’t always easy, and quite frankly, matching unknown fonts can be really difficult. Thankfully, WhatFontIs.com provides you with some interesting alternatives when you don’t have the typeface you need. WhatFontIs.com is a web app that works in just about any web browser on any PC, any platform.

I’ve heard many people say that desktop publishing is more art than skill, and I believe them. When it comes to laying out pamphlets, fliers, programs and other kinds of collateral, if you don’t understand design life can get challenging quickly. Completing projects can also get difficult when you don’t have the right typeface or font to help you get the job done. Thankfully, WhatFontIs.com can solve that problem quickly and easily.

All you have to do is follow a simple process:
1. Take a screenshot of the font you wish to identify
2. Open your browser and surf to www.WhatFontIs.com
3. Register on the site
4. Upload the screenshot you took in step 1
5. Allow WhatFontIs.com to suggest a matching font

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If you can’t take a screen shot, WhatFontIs.com can also use a URL with the image you want to use, but that can take a while, especially if you don’t have a fast broadband connection

I like WhatFontIs.com. It’s a great resource as it suggests both free and for purchase fonts, or just one or the other, if you wish. I had some problems with the screenshots I uploaded, however.

I found that the simpler the shot, the better chance you have of the site finding a matching font. The best shots were one line of text. Multi-line screen shots just confused the site, especially if you were using exotic fonts. Best to use the KISS principle here.

I also found that the site’s didn’t recognize or match up all the letters in the screen shot, even after it required you to type them in next to the broken down screen shot. That confused me a bit.

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TweetDeck – Take complete command of your Twitter account

Take complete command of your Twitter account with this easy to use Windows app.

Social networking is huge and hot right now. If you active on any major social network, you’re likely active on more than one. Part of being social requires that you broadcast to as wide an audience as possible. This is why I like tools like TweetDeck. It’s a social networking tool for Windows.
TweetDeck is a social networking tool for both Facebook and Twitter. It shows you everything you want to see, all at once, so you can stay on top of the happenings within your social networks. Its social media dashboard helps you manage all of your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Like other Twitter apps, it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets, view profiles as well as update and view your FB Status and Timeline.

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TweetDeck changed from an Adobe AIR application to native apps for both Windows and Mac OS X. there’s a web version of TweetDeck for WebKit-based browsers. The app’s most drastic update dropped support for other social networks like LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and MySpace. Clearly missing still is support for Google+. TweetDeck is a decent app, and you can’t beat its price. However, earlier versions were clearly more popular with users; and it would be nice if it included support for a few other networks.

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Have fun creating graphics with Livebrush

Livebrush is a delightfully unique drawing program, which can be downloaded for free and will operate on pretty much any computer system. The software does require Adobe AIR for launch, but both packages can be downloaded and installed in a matter of moments.

On launch the Livebrush interface opens the six main elements of the program on the workspace. Centrally is the main drawing area, or “paper,” at the top of the screen you will find the traditional Tool Bar with the Project Bar set in a subsection just below. On the right are the main control panels for organizing Styles, Tool Settings and Layers.

This is a highly practical application and to learn how it works it is best to just dive straight in. In the styles menu you can select from a vast range of brush types and then you can begin your creation on the paper. The brushes will respond to the pace and motion of the strokes made with the mouse. For the keen artist the package is probably best used with a drawing pad like a Bamboo, but it will work equally well with a standard mouse or laptop mousepad.

When a drawing is created each stroke of the brush generates a new layer and these can be locked, turned on/off, or deleted. The colour of each panel can be adapted through the swatch panel in the toolbox. The effect of the strokes can be further adapted in the tool settings panel which will allow you to adjust the velocity and friction of the strokes.

The software comes with a range of useful drawing tools like the Deco Tool, which adds flourishes to lines as they are drawn. The Pen Tool can be used to create or modify different lines within the drawing. There is also a transform tool which can be used to scale or rotate elements with an image.

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XnConvert – batch image-converter and resizer

XnConvert is an image converting program that supports over 500 image formats for easy single and batch image editing and converting. The software has all the standard tools for image editing, whether it’s cropping and watermarking, or adding slick effects to your images. The interface makes for a simple approach to your image editing and converting. Crucially, XnConvert’s interface allows for multi-image editing simultaneously and for the most part, the program is convenient to use for the these tasks.


There’s an easy ‘Clear All’ button for getting rid of your changes and starting fresh on the image but the lack of an ‘Undo’ button is a little testing at times. However, the simple ‘before’ and ‘after’ tabs above your image editing make for quick comparisons as you work. Similarly, there are arrow buttons below your work screen to move easily between each of the images you’re working on. XnConvert’s ease of use is definitely its greatest strength.

XnConvert isn’t an essential program but would be more useful for slightly more casual image editing and not for frequent, more in depth image editing. Other free programs like GIMP are better equipped for that.

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Make, Edit and Export professional looking icons with IcoFX

IcoFX is the ideal all in one tool to make, edit and export professional looking icons and cursors on your Windows and Mac.

Whether you want to make a cursor or an icon, for Windows or for Mac, the IcoFX allows you to make a professional looking image quick. The IcoFX software comes packed with a wealth of tools to turn any idea into a cursor or an icon quick.

If you’re a beginner, the software allows you to produce an icon or cursor with basic editing skills. The IcoFX allows you to convert any image into an icon or cursor, or edit previously made products to suit your design.

If you’re an experience designer, the IcoFX has a full assortment of tools to unleash your creativity. The product allows you to produce animated as well as static cursors, transparent icons and more complex ones, easily with its layers and soft selection features.

When you’re done creating your design, the IcoFX exports the icon or cursor as a high quality, ready to use file. Installing your cursor or icon couldn’t be simpler.

The IcoFX is easy to use but still has a wealth of features to allow you to make technically complicated icons and cursors. When you install this software, there is very little you won’t be able to do.

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Format any USB stick with the desired file system using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Where would we be without our USB flash drives? Our music, pictures, work files, personal data, and just about our entire life’s history are often stored on the modern day equivalent of the floppy disk.

We love their portability, file space, and universal compatibility, and so too does Hewlett-Packard’s USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

What is it and what does it do?

The HP USB Storage Format Tool is a little godsend for those who use USB flash drives as recovery devices because it is capable of formatting virtually any USB flash drive in a diverse range of systems. And here’s the best bit. Not only does it install and run very smoothly, the interface looks exactly like the standard format which is built into Windows. The key difference being where the Windows version does not have the option of selecting USB drives to format, the HP USB Storage Format Tool does. Big difference huh?

This funky piece of software also offers users the option of creating a DOS start-up disk, by either using the internal MS-DOS system files, or the ones located at a specific path.

Oh! and before we forget, this format tool also allows you to rename all your USB flash drives in any way you want and offers a NTFS volume label for format which enable you to create a FAT32 volume which is bigger than 32GB. Cool hey?

The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool blows us away because by deleting space used on flash drivers that cannot be removed in the traditional way, and creating bootable USB drives it brings enhanced power and functionality to your system without costing you the earth. If you use flash drives, then don’t delay and get it today.

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Pull video from just about any website or streaming service with All Video Downloader

Viral videos are all the rage. Ever since “Charlie bit me,” finding the cute videos and keeping them before they’re lost to obscurity and time hasn’t been easy. This is one of the reasons why like All Video Downloader. It’s a multiplatform, video downloading tool.

All Video Downloader is freeware that allows you to download your favorite videos from all the major streaming websites. You can easily download videos from Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, PureVid, Metacafe, and both Google video and Yahoo video. All Video Downloader lets you download and extract audio from video or encode videos in format of your choice for your computer, iphone, ipod, ipad, or android phone. With its built-in download accelerator, you can grab your favorite videos from YouTube in just a few seconds.

All Video Downloader is a great program that’s easy to use. The videos that it pulls down can be viewed on your PC, Mac or any compatible mobile device. The controls are easily understandable. While the price is right, its support for adult sites may not make it the tool of choice for everyone.

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Recording, mixing, editing, and mastering – Adobe Audition CS5

When it comes to internet audio, clean, clear and well balanced sound is now the standard, regardless of what you’re doing. Podcasts, internet radio and other streamed audio needs to sound like it was done in a real sound studio, or getting consistent listeners may be difficult to do. This is one of the reasons why I like Adobe Audition. It’s a platform independent audio editing tool.

Adobe Audition CS5.5 delivers the professional tools you need to make your audio and video productions sound their best. It handles a wide range of audio production tasks efficiently, including recording, mixing, and sound restoration. With native support for OS X and windows, you can record, mix, edit, and master your audio with a powerful audio toolset.

Adobe Audition CS5.5 has an improved audio processing engine. With it, you’ll experience greater speed throughout the audio production process whether opening and saving files, processing multicore effects, or simultaneously editing multiple sessions. With roundtrip editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, the audio in your video clips will be greatly improved. You can pass individual clips and multi-track mixes from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 software to Adobe Audition for editing, or send Adobe Premiere Pro sequences with a reference video to Adobe Audition for complete soundtrack creation.

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