Adobe Soundbooth CS3

What is Soundbooth CS3?

Adobe® Soundbooth™ CS3 software lets you take command of your audio in film, video, and Adobe Flash® software projects. Use on-clip controls to make fast edits and intuitive, task-based tools to clean up recordings, polish voice-overs, customize music, modify sound effects, apply high-quality filters, and much more. Tight integration with Flash CS3 Professional and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS3 software and an intuitive, visual interface mean you can get the job done quickly without sacrificing creative control.

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ONLINE STORAGE - File Hosting and Sharing Sites

Online Backup

Allmydata.com - Unlimited storage and automated backup for $4.99 a month.

Angelbackup.com - Prices as low as $1.95 for 2GB of automated backup.

BlogBackupOnline.com - Automatically backs up your blog for you with up to 50MB of storage.

Carbonite.com - Backup your entire hard drive automatically, no free version.

CrashPlan.com - Automated backup plans as low as a one-time $20 fee, unlimited space.

Datapreserve.com - Automated, managed off-site remote backups, focusing on businesses.

Egnyte.com - Backup your files, store them securely, export them back to your computer in a crash. Share with co-workers for collaborative work.

ElephantDrive.com - 1GB of free storage, automated backups; up to 1TB in subscription form.

File123.com - 1GB of space for free, up to 10GB of backup for as low as $4.95 a month.

gDisk - Turn your Gmail account in to an online storage space for free.

GoDaddy.com - All paid plans, as low as $5.99 a year for 50MB, sync between multiple computers.

IBackup - Anywhere from 5GB to 300GB of storage, no free services.

iOmega iStorage - Automated backups for personal or business users, file sharing available.

Ironmountain.com - Focusing on professional backup solutions from small business up to government agencies.

MediaMaster.com - Unlimited storage of your music collection.

Mozy.com - Automated online backup of your selected files with versioning.

Mp3Tunes.com - Unlimited free storage of your music collection, streaming play of the songs from anywhere.

MyOtherDrive.com - Store up to 5GB of files, use as backup or share.

Omnidrive.com - Backup anywhere from 1GB for free, use as backup you can access from anywhere, or use as a file host to use on other sites.

Orbitfiles.com - 6GB of storage for your files, automated backup, ability to share with family and friends.

SOSOnlineBackup.com - Automated backup of your essential files.

Steekr.com - Online backup of digital media, free up to 1GB, subscriptions for more. Stream your stored music for listening anywhere, share files with friends.

Strongspace.com - Minimum of a 5GB subscription package, files are shareable with other registered users.

Textive.com - Backup your documents for free. Choose to publish some or all of your files, get paid for them.

Titanize.com - Online backup that allows you to snyc with other devices and share links to your files.

Trueshare.com - Secure off-site data backup, packages as small as 3GB up to 1TB.

Yuntaa.com - Sync your hard drive with your online storage, restore, or share. Free up to 1GB.

Sending Services

Arunalabs.com - Send large files to anyone on the net.

Bigfilez.com - Send a file up to 500MB in size to multiple recipients.

Bigupload.com - Send files up to 500MB in size, up to 2GB for premium members.

BoxCloud.com - Up to 1GB of free sending, more space with paid plans.

Driveway.com - Send an unlimited number of files up to 500MB each in size.

DropSend.com - Email files up to 250MB in size, subscriptions get you larger files and more storage.

FileFactory.com - Send up to 25 files at a time at 300MB per file.

JustUpIt.com - Send a file up to 120MB to up to four email addresses.

Jagbox.com - Upload a file up to 100MB in size, share the link, set an expiration time.

LeapFILE.com - Send files of various sizes, 7 day trial, subscription thereafter.

Localhostr.com - Upload a file up to 50MB in size, share it with friends.

MailBigFile.com - Send up to a 100MB file to one recipient, up to 2GB to 5 recipients if you subscribe.

MoveDigital.com - Store and deliver large files easily with a drag-and-drop interface.

Pandafile.com - Send a file, no limitations mentioned.

Send6.com - Send up to six large files at once for free, private branding available.

Sendspace.com - Send files up to 300MB in size, unlimited downloads.

SendThisFile.com - Subscription only, size and bandwidth vary with plan.

Sharebee.com - Upload a file, share the link, no mention of limitations on size.

YouSendIt.com - Email files up to 100MB in size for free, bigger limits by subscription.

YouSwap.com - Upload and send up to 1GB of files to multiple email addresses.

Storage/Sharing Services

4shared.com - Share a file or an entire folder for free, up to 1GB. More space available for annual subscription plans.Badongo.com - Unlimited file storage, inactive files files deleted after 45 days for free members, never for premium members.

BigFilebox.com - Free storage up to 100MB, more space available for a fee.

BooMP3.com - Free unlimited storage of audio files.

Box.net - Up to 1GB of storage of files up to 10MB size each, more space for monthly or annual fee.

BOXSTr.com - 10GB of storage of files up to 250MB in size each, 10GB of bandwidth.

DivShare - Upload a file, store it forever, embed it anywhere you want. Premium service allows you to brand your embeds.

Ewedrive.com - Store up to 1GB for free, more available at a fee.

Exaroom.com - Upload files, make a profile, let friends browse and download your files, access your files from anywhere.

FileDEN.com - 1GB of storage, files up to 50MB each, hotlinking allowed of all file extensions.

FileHo.com - Unlimited storage, you can choose to share your files or keep them private.

FileNanny.com - Store up to 500MB of files and share them with anyone.

FilePanda.com - Upload files up to 200MB in size, share them with others.

Flypicture.com - Unlimited hosting of pictures, audio or movie files, free use for blogs and auctions.

Freefilehosting.net - Free hosting of files up to 3MB in size, use anywhere.

GigaSize.com - Store up to 1.5GB, share files for up to 90 days.

I2drive.com - Plans as low as $4.99 for 500MB of storage.

In.solit.us - Upload your files, keep them private or opt to make them public so anyone can download them.

Jumbodir.com - Upload without even registering, up to 2GB of space and no time limits if you do register.

Mediafire.com - Upload up to 10 files of up to 100MB each at a time, unlimited storage, link and share if you like.

MediaMax.com - Up to 25GB of free storage, 10MB per file, more space and size limits available by subscription.

Megaupload.com - Up to 50GB of free storage and sharing capabilities for free.

Mofile.com - Up to 1GB of sharing storage.

MyDataBus.com - Upload up to 5GB of files for free and share, can integrate with Facebook.

MyFabrik.com - 1GB of media storage you can share and embed.

OneDump.com - Free hosting and sharing of up to 10 files of 5MB each.

QuickSharing.com - Up to 500MB per file, deleted after 30 days of inactivity.

RapidSahre.com - Share an unlimited number of files up to 100MB in size, an unlimited number of times.

Supload.com - Unlimited image hosting for use with sites such as eBay and MySpace.

TagAndFile.com - Store up to 100MB for free, more space available for a fee.

Tilefile.com - Upload and organize your files, share them with friends.

Upfordown.com - 20GB of storage with 50GB of bandwidth the first month for free.

Webcargo.net - Mail files up to 100MB for free, stay online for up to 7 days. More paid options.

WOOfiles.com - Up to 1GB of storage, share with friends.

Xdrive.com - Up to 5GB of storage, access from anywhere, share with friends and family.

zUpload.com - Share files up to 500MB in size, unlimited downloads.


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7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing

Below I have compiled a list of 7 clever Google tricks that I believe everyone should be aware of. Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks. Although there are many others out there, these 7 tricks are my all-time favorite. Enjoy yourself.

1. Find the Face Behind the Result – This is a neat trick you can use on a Google Image search to filter the search results so that they include only images of people. How is this useful? Well, it could come in handy if you are looking for images of the prominent people behind popular products, companies, or geographic locations. You can perform this search by appending the code &imgtype=face to the end of the URL address after you perform a standard Google Image search.


2. Google + Social Media Sites = Quality Free Stuff – If you are on the hunt for free desktop wallpaper, stock images, Wordpress templates or the like, using Google to search your favorite social media sites is your best bet. The word “free” in any standard search query immediately attracts spam. Why wade through potential spam in standard search results when numerous social media sites have an active community of users who have already ranked and reviewed the specific free items that interest you. All you have to do is direct Google to search through each of these individual social media sites, and bingo… you find quality content ranked by hundreds of other people.


3. Find Free Anonymous Web Proxies – A free anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other third-party websites by channeling the browser’s connection through the proxy. The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web browser and the third-party website you are visiting. Why would you want to do this? There are two common reasons:

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet cafĂ© and you want privacy while you browse the web. You don’t want the admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side ban on your IP address. Content filtering is common practice on college campus networks. This trick will usually bypass those restrictions.

There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing. However, this trick is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google. All you have to do is look through the search results returned by the queries below, find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want to browse anonymously.


4. Google for Music, Videos, and Ebooks - Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos. Open web directories are one of the easiest places to quickly find an endless quantity of freely downloadable files. This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie! Why thousands of webmasters incessantly fail to secure their web severs will continue to boggle our minds.

Examples:

5. Browse Open Webcams Worldwide – Take a randomized streaming video tour of the world by searching Google for live open access video webcams. This may not be the most productive Google trick ever, but it sure is fun! (Note: you may be prompted to install an ActiveX control or the Java runtime environment which allows your browser to view certain video stream formats.)

6. Judge a Site by its Image – Find out what a site is all about by looking at a random selection of the images hosted on its web pages. Even if you are somewhat familiar with the target site’s content, this can be an entertaining little exercise. You will almost surely find something you didn’t expect to see. All you have to do is use Google’s site: operator to target a domain in an image search.


7. Results Based on Third-Party Opinion - Sometimes you can get a better idea of the content located within a website by reading how other websites refer to that site’s content. The allinanchor: Google search operator can save you large quantities of time when a normal textual based search query fails to fetch the information you desire. It conducts a search based on keywords used strictly in the anchor text, or linking text, of third party sites that link to the web pages returned by the search query. In other words, this operator filters your search results in a way such that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages, but instead bases the search relevance on the keywords that other sites use to reference the results. It can add a whole new dimension of variety to your search results.

Bonus Material:

Here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses:

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word
  • More info.
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Google Releasing Anti-Piracy Technology, Coming soon!

Google is looking to release its long-awaited anti-piracy technology on YouTube this September.

The news came out during a hearing today, regarding the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit that Viacom has filed against Google. The hearing was for setting the schedule of the case, including choosing a date for the trial. An attorney has stated that the company is working intensely on a video recognition, fingerprinting technology that is supposed to rival that which is used by the FBI. This will allow content owners to provide a digital fingerprint that will trigger a block from YouTube when someone else tries to upload the copyrighted clip without permission.

Google hopes to have testing completed by this fall, and says to be collaborating with media companies in this testing phase. Will this solve all of Google/YouTube’s legal problems? Maybe. Several have speculated that the amassing lawsuits against Google have been largely filed as a way to spur its development and release of digital fingerprinting technology.

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Google Earth Enterprise Version Update Released

Google Earth has released the latest version of Google Earth Enterprise, incorporating some new geospatial tools, among other things.

Some of the new features include browser integration with the Google Maps API AJAX, allowing maps to be embedded in web-based applications. There’s also a new serch framework for integrating geocoding and other search services, including Java plug-ins. Use the regionator to make Super-Overlays with Regions, and publish them with other Google Earth products. Security and support has been stepped up as well. Overall, a good portion of the upgrades involve some better integration options with other Google Earth services and web-based services.

In other Google Maps news, Google has acquired Image America, and its project with NASA has been completed.




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The Human Brain Cloud "Game"

The Human Brain Cloud is a terrific simple (and superbly implemented) idea to create word associations. It’s one of those games that is aggregating human intelligence on big scale, making the fun end up in something useful. In this case, you see a single word, and you enter another word that comes to mind which is associated with that word (e.g. the first I got was “Divine” and I entered “Google”, just because that came to mind). Whatever word you entered can then also be displayed to other people playing this. The more of the same words people entered when seeing a particular word, the stronger the association between the two words.

Using this methodology, and by only starting with a single seed word – “volcano” – creator Kyle Gabler now manages to display nice networks like the one above. “This isn’t academically rigorous or anything,” Kyle disclaims on the About page, but it might well be one of those “80% working” things that end up being extremely useful (like the concept of Wikipedia is an “80% working” thing, and it nevertheless turns out great).

What might be nice is if in the future, when the site has grown, one could start to work in a “neighborhood of expertise” (e.g. I could pick “Google” and then start out with the 1000 closest terms in that field).

NB:Some times you will see “This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota” message, so I’m not sure it will load right for you...

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Zimbra Desktop Version - web-based email client

Zimbra, the web-based email client, has been working hard on a Zimbra Desktop tool, which is an offline, AJAX option for the Zimbra service. The latest version is now available for download, for Linux, Mac and Windows, though Windows users must re-sync.

The offline access for calendars is a new development that has been included in the most recent version of Zimbra Desktop. The batch message syncing tool has been improved, as well as any mailbox changes on the server side, as they’re now reflected faster in the user interface. Overall, Zimbra Desktop mimics the web-based tools more, and switching from offline to online is more seamless. The search tools have also been improved, and the mail inbox will self-organize in a useful manner.

In other Zimbra news, the company has recently released its iPhone-optimized version.


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Google Wants Your Videos to Create a GMail Ad

The Gmail team wants YOU to create a promotion video for them. Sounds lame? Well, actually the idea behind this is really neat, I think: you’ll print out a PDF of the red Gmail envelope showing the “M”, and then record a funny/ cool/ creative way in which this envelope is passed from the left to right. You then upload the result to YouTube, submit it with the Gmail team, and if they like it your clip ends up being stitched together with the clips of many others into a longer, semi-coherent video.

(And why the passing from left to right? The Gmail blog explains that “you can see this as a symbol of how email connects people from all over, making the world feel a bit smaller. Or you could think of it as a metaphor for mail exchange servers, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and all of the technical steps involved in getting a Gmail message around the world from one inbox to another.”)

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Firefox Add-ons For Security and Privacy


SECURITY

AI Roboform Toolbar for Firefox - Works as a toolbar with RoboForm to manage and protect your passwords.

Dr.Web anti-virus link checker - Check files for viruses before you download them, and pages before you visit.

FirePhish Anti-Phishing Extension - Anti-phising toolbar that works with the Open Phishing Database.

Controle de Scripts - Adds a more advanced JavaScript control panel.

eBayCaptcha Populator - Automatically fills in the eBay Captcha image input for you.

FormFox - Hover your cursor over a form box, see where the information you are entering is going to.

iTrustPage - Anti-phishing tool that prevents you from filling out a suspicious form and suggests the legitimate alternative.

KeyScrambler Personal - Encrypts your keystrokes to protect you from keyloggers.

Link Alert - Changes the color of your cursor to indicate visually what the link you are hovering over does.

Magic Password Generator - Enter a master password and generate unique passwords for each site from it. Will also auto-fill in email addresses and name.

Master Password Timeout - Set the timer for a predefined amount of time of inactivity, when time it expires, it locks down your stored passwords.

NoScript - Guards against scripts running except from trusted sites. Won the “2006 PC World Class Award”.

Password Exporter - Allows you to import and export your passwords between different copies of Firefox.

Password Hasher - Automatically generate strong passwords, quickly upgrade passwords, change passwords on sites plus much more.

PasswordMaker - Helps with password encryption and storage.

Personal Anti-Phishing Sidebar - Combines multiple extensions in to one to help fight phishing and spoofing attacks.

PhishTank SiteChecker - Works to bring the functionality of PhishTank.com in to your browser to help fight phising.

PopupMaster - Adds a popup blocker to the status bar.

QArchive.org web files checker - Install this, and with a simple right click, you can scan a file for malware, trojans, and viruses before download.

QuickJava - Gives you easy to access buttons to enable and disable Java.

Remove Cookie(s) For Site - Adds a right-click option to remove all the cookies for the currently viewed site.

Secure Login - Store login information and fill in forms with a click.

SecurePassword Generator - Helps you generate strong passwords.

SignupShield Passwords - 1-Click Password manager, form filler, spam control and anti-phishing toolbar.

SplitLink - Removes special symbols in URLs so you can better see where exactly a link is taking you.

TrustWatch Search by GeoTrust - Gives you realtime results from TrustWatch while searching with Yahoo, Google, and MSN.

VeriSign EV Green Bar Extension - Verifies the secure certificate information and turns the address bar green to let you know.

PRIVACY

Add N Edit Cookies - Allows you to add and edit cookies.

Anonymization Toolbar - Toolbar that lets you surf anonymously, also will clear your history and cache with a click.

BrowseAtWork - Allows you to view selected pages anonymously, can help you get around school or work filters as a bonus.

CookieCuller - Protect or unprotect your cookies.

CookieSafe - Gives you control of sites setting cookies on your system from a convenient location on the status bar.

CookieSwap - Allows you to maintain multiple cookie sets you can swap between.

Distrust - Turn on this extension while you surf, when done, turn it off and it will delete all the cookies and history collected while it was on.

Extended Cookie Manager - Gives you quick access to cookie controls and lets you change permissions on demand.

FoxTor - Allows you to “mask” and “unmask” yourself at will as you cruise around the web.

FoxyProxy - Completely replaces the built-in Firefox proxy system giving you more complete control.

Gish It! - Create a GishPuppy disposable email address via right-click or Tools menu.

MailNull Now! - Create MailNull addresses from the same window, once done, the address copies to your clipboard for easy pasting.

my-spambox - Create a temporary email address for 12 hours to use when signing up with websites.

Page Title Eraser - Will remove the title and favicon from a tab so someone looking over your shoulder can’t see the pages you’re on.

ProxySel - Lets you choose a proxy from a drop down list and even import new proxys.

RenameTabs - Change the names of any open tabs you have.

SafeHistory - Restricts sites from seeing your previous surfing history.

ShowIP - See the IP of the current page, look up its host name and do a whois query.

Spamavert.com - Right click on an input field of a webform, select spamavert from the menu, and it will insert a disposable email address from their site.

Stealther - Temporarily disables features such as cookies, browsing history and much more so that you leave no trace of your surfing while it’s active.

SwitchProxy Tool - Allows you to easily switch between proxy configurations and keep your surfing more anonymous.

TabRenamizer - Can set to randomly rename the tabs in your browser so no one can know what is open in all your tabs.

Temporary Inbox - Create an email address from temporaryinbox.com without leaving the page, keep spam out of your main account easily.

Torbutton - One-click button for enabling and disabling Firefox’s use of Tor for safer surfing.

TrashMail.net - Quickly create disposable email addresses.

Unhide Passwords - If you are secure in your physical environment, get rid of the **** you see when typing in passwords.

View Cookies - Adds a tab to the Page Info, shows all the cookies used by the current page you are viewing.


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Dashes vs. Underscores in Google

Following on from Matt’s post a couple of years ago, in which he said that he “would always choose dashes instead of underscores”, it looks like things are about to change at Google as they’ll soon be recognizing underscores as word separators:

One key development that Matt shared with the audience [at WordCamp 2007] was that underscores in URLs are now (or at least very soon to be) treated as word separators by Google. That’s great news, because<>

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10 Tips for Choosing a Domain Name

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but if your business name isn't followed by a dot-com your customers may never find your business.

Does your choice of domain name for your website really matter?

I’ll say it does!

Your domain name is like your street address. How will customers find you if they don’t know where to look -- or worse, if they go to what they think is your address only to find your company is not there? Here are ten tips to choosing a domain name for your business:

1. Make it a dot-com -- Henry Ford is rumored to have said about his Model T Ford that you could have it in any color “so long as it’s black.” That same attitude pretty much sums up one naming philosophy: choose any domain name, so long as it’s a “.com” extension. In the United States, most people typing in a domain name will type “.com” by default. With over 70 million registered URLs, the “.com” extension is by far the most popular, with “.net”, “.org”, and ”.info” lagging far behind in popularity, according to the ICANN Wiki.

2. Short and easy to spell -- Shorter is better. A short URL is easier to remember and less likely to be misspelled than a long one. For obvious reasons, avoid any domain name that by its nature is hard to spell or confusing.

3. Company names and brand names -- Whenever possible, register your company name as your main URL. It’s what people usually try first when looking for your business website. You might also consider registering your product/service names as additional URLs. The reason? Some companies now create mini-sites specifically for products and services -- think Jif.com or Tide.com. Or they point the product URL to a section of their main website that features that product.

4. Keywords and household words -- Some companies register industry-specific terms, common words or short phrases that your customers or prospective customers may commonly type into a browser. According to Monte Cahn, CEO of Moniker.com, “Seventy percent of people type directly in the browser address field, while the other 30 percent go through a search engine.” This has increased the value of domains that are household words, easy-to-remember phrases, or keywords. Domain names such as Autos.com and Seniors.com sold for more than $1 million each, he says.

5. Personal names -- Register your own first and last name as your URL if you are a consultant, writer, or other professional whose reputation in your field is critical to drawing customers. Think TomPeters.com. You have several options here. For instance, you can use your personal name as your business domain. Or, you can point your personal-name URL to a separate company website. Either way, people looking for you are more likely to also find your business website.

6. Be defensive with misspellings -- Buy up common misspellings of your domain name. That way, you don’t leave traffic on the table -- and competitors won’t be able to buy the misspelled domains and siphon off traffic intended for your site. According to Cahn, try this method to find misspellings: Get a number of people in your office to type in your domain name 100 times each in a browser. If you don’t have employees, get your family and friends involved. Keep track of every mistyped URL. Those are the URLs you want to buy and point to your site.

7. Protect your brand with other extensions -- While the “.com” extension is the most popular, as a defensive measure consider also snapping up other extensions of your domain name. Secure the .net, .info, .biz and similar extensions. If you do business internationally, think about securing country extensions, also (such as .co.uk).

8. Don’t forget mobile -- With mobile devices becoming more popular, big brands are starting to register and develop their .mobi sites specifically for mobile users. So do what the big boys do and register that .mobi. You may have no plans to build out a .mobi site today. But as mobile usage grows you may be glad you have that domain in two or three years.

9. Avoid long hyphenated URLs -- Ochool of thought in vogue a few years ago was to register domain names with strings of keywords separated by hyphens. The reason? It was thought that you could get higher rankings in the search engines if these keywords were in your URL. This approach led to some ridiculously long URLs prone to misspellings and confusion. This approach has fallen out of favor in most camps, as it is not clear that search engines give any preference to hyphenated keyword URLs.

10. Register domains for as long as possible -- A final word of advice: secure your main domain names for a minimum of several years so they don’t expire out from under you. Ten years is best. What’s $89 (the current cost of a 10-year registration through GoDaddy.com) when your company’s entire Web presence is at stake?

The larger domain name registrars will send pre-expiration reminders or even automatically renew on your behalf. Sign up for these protections whenever available. Be especially careful when using smaller resellers of domain names, as they may not offer these expiration-avoidance features. More than one small business owner I know has been rudely surprised by an expired domain.

Anita Campbell is a writer, speaker and radio talk show host who closely follows trends in the small business market at her site, Small Business Trends.

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Microsoft to Launch Google Analytics Competitor

There are reports of a new Microsoft web analytics tool being in the works. It would compete directly with Google Analytics. There is no confirmation of these reports, as Microsoft has not made an official announcement regarding the project.

The reports indicate that a beta version of this tool, code-named “Gatineau,” is scheduled for this summer, and will enable users to filter web traffic by age and gender demographics. This specific data will be coming from users’ Windows Live profiles, and will remain unconnected with users’ personal information such as name or email address. Nevertheless, some privacy issues could come into play, regarding the manner in which demographic data is acquired and utilized for statistical purposes.

Ask.com is looking to avoid discussions around privacy issues, and has recently announced that it will soon offer complete privacy control settings for people that use its search engine. Google has also released its analytics tools for Facebook developers.

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Web Design Toolbox: 50+ Tools for Web Design

explosion of new web based tools: so many that even we have trouble keeping track. Web designers haven’t escaped: there are now scores of tools that turn ordinary folks into designers (for better or worse) and plenty of new toys for the pros, too. We’ve gathered together more than 50 such tools and resources.

BEGINNER RESOURCES

SiteKreator - You can instantly design, build and host a fully-branded website for personal or business use.

Leafletter - Allows you to create a “little web site” that you can then distribute anywhere (social networks, blogs, other websites).

SynthaSite - Browser-based website creation tool that allows you to collaborate with friends or colleagues. Also has lots of widgets, templates and other components you can use.

Weebly - With Weebly you can create a fully branded website using a drag and drop interface, and change your design any time.

FolioNow - A web-based tool that makes creating websites affordable and requires little effort.

Zinadoo - Lets you create and share a mobile website.

mobispirit - An online platform for creating mobile applications.

siteMighty - Web based platform for creating affiliate websites in minutes.

CreataPlace - Create a professional portfolio website without programming. And it’s affordable.

weebox - Flash-based website creator with a drag-and-drop interface. You do have to host through them.

freewebs - Fast and easy website creator with hundreds of available templates and customizable widgets.

Built Smarter - Tons of templates available, depending on the price you’re willing to pay, built-in modules and customization also available.

sampa - Free website creation and hosting. There is an ad bar that runs across the top of your site.

Wufoo - Online form builder with full CSS and XHTML integration.

formspring - Another online form builder. This one lets you get all of the form submissions through an RSS feed or single spreadsheet instead of hundreds of emails.

RESOURCES FOR MORE ADVANCED USERS

inserit - A codeless CMS that lets you freely design your pages and integrate live content anywhere. Host your website anywhere (Linux or Windows).

BrowserShots - Test your site in different browsers.

tweak - Tweak is a CMS that allows you to design your way, and make it conform. You can also save pages in just about any format (HTML, PHP, ASP, JSP, etc.).

formatpixel - Create an online magazine, fanzine or catalog that you can then share on your website.

RoundedCornr - Generates HTML/CSS code and images for rounded corners.

GRAPHICS AND DESIGN TOOLS

ColorSchemer - I use the color scheme gallery on this site all the time for inspiration when creating just about anything.

COLOURlovers - Tons of color theory inspiration and color schemes as well as color trends.

Color Mixers - Color Mixers creates color schemes for you, and has an easy-to-use slider interface.

ColorBlender - A free online tool for color matching and palette design. You just choose a color using the color picker and a 6-color matching palette will be automatically created.

Kuler - Make color schemes that are compatible with Adobe Creative Suite products.

colr - Another color scheme generator.

Color Tool 2.0.8 Alpha - This is a pretty cool color scheme generator that allows you to save and then link to your color scheme.

Vecteezy - Get free vector graphics from top artists around the world.

BlogFlux Button Maker - The Button Maker allows you to make 80×15 and 88×13 buttons with a few clicks and without needing to know how to use a graphics program.

Button Browser - Button gallery and button maker.

Brilliant Button Maker - Another 80×15 button maker.

Background Image Maker - You can make slash, strip, dot or gradation backgrounds with this free online tool.

Brusheezy - Very cool Photoshop brushes available for download.

Tartan Maker - Create your own tartans with this easy-to-use web-based tool. Use for backgrounds or other images.

iconfinder - An icon search engine.

Stripe Generator 2.0 - Create striped backgrounds for your site.

FamFamFam - Silk icons, 1000 to choose from. There are report icons, picture icons, XHTML/CSS buttons, hardware drive icons, feed icons, and more.

IconBuffet - Professional icon collections.

Web 2.0 Badges - Create Web 2.0 badges for your site.

The Icon Factory - They offer freeware icons as well as a shareware IconBuilder.

Colr Pickr - Pick a color and Colr Pickr will show you a bunch of images that consist primarily of that color from flickr.

terra IMS mapicons Dynamic Generator - Create PNG format images to use as icons on Google Maps or Yahoo Maps.

pic2color - Create color palettes from images, and recolor your graphics.

TypeTester - TypeTester allows you to try out different web fonts to see how they’ll look side-by-side.


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iRazoo Latest to Launch Human-Powered Search Engine

iRazoo is a new social search engine that is looking to promote human-powered recommendations the foundation of its service.

As a registered member, you can perform a search and recommend (yes or no) a site that you’ve checked out. iRazoo aggregates search data from the top engines and provides a thumbnail preview image of each result. Once you click on a search result, the webpage will be pulled up within an iRazoo iFrame. This is where you choose whether or not you recommend the site, and can leave a comment as well. Any recommended sites will appear above the regular search results when you perform a search, along with any comments a user has left. You can also browse through the recommended sites, though it doesn’t appear as though you can do a specifi search within recommended sites just yet.

iRazoo seems a very concerned with encouraging site activity, as you earn reward points for performing searches and commenting on sites. These points can be exchanged for merchandise such as an iTunes gift card or a digital camera. You can “shop” through prizes and add them to your wish list, reminding you that you’re working towards a goal in using iRazoo’s search engine. You can also add an iRazoo banner to your website, or install the search plugin into your browser toolbar. With your iRazoo account, you can keep track of your prizes as well as your recommended sites. While you can see sites that have been recommended, along with the number of users that have recommended it, you cannot see the username, or view others’ accounts.

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Microsoft "Windows 7" Expected to be Released in 2010

Sources close to Microsoft have revealed that the next version of Windows, code named "Windows 7", is expected to ship in around three years. The new version was a topic at a recent field sales force meeting.

Few details are known about plans for the new operating system other than it will have 32- and 64-bit versions and come in consumer and business editions like Vista did. A subscription mode is also being considered.


"Microsoft is scoping Windows 7 development to a three-year time frame, and then the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar," said a spokesperson for the software giant.





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Ask.com to be the First Major Search Engine to Offer Complete Privacy Options

Ask.com is preparing to launch a new service called AskEraser, which is a a privacy settings option that ensures that no search records will be retained by the company. This will make Ask.com the first major search engine to offer such a high level of privacy options for users.

Many have expressed concerns with privacy options, or lack thereof, for people performing internet searches. AskEraser will guarantee that a person’s search records won’t be saved by the company in any way, shape or form, for any period of time. The privacy status for a search session will be prominently displayed for users as well.

The Center for Democracy and Technology, an organization that promote civil liberties online, has helped to prompt Ask.com to create the option for users to not have their activity recorded. Google’s actions in response to privacy advocates, which included the shortening the time which search preference cookies were saved and anonymizing its server logs after 18 months, also helped spur Ask.com’s efforts in providing more privacy options for users, obviously as a more desirable option for some seeking additional protection. This may prove to be another way in which Ask.com hopes to compete with Google, after launching an AdSense-like system earlier this year.

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Google to launch 'AdSense for Games'

In May, 2006, Microsoft bought Massive, an in-game advertising company. At the beginning of 2007, Google bought AdSpace, an in-game advertising company. See the pattern?

It should, therefore, come as no surprise to learn that Google is expanding into the world of video games. Bernie Stolar, Google’s Dean of Games, is adamant that Google won’t be publishing its own games or building its own console, but that they do have plans for a new system, called “AdSense for Games”.

For Google, in-game advertising was always on the cards. On its acquisition of AdScape the search engine giant said, “Over the past few years, the video game experience has become richer and more interactive. We think this rich environment is a perfect medium to deliver relevant, targeted advertising that ultimately benefits the user, the video game publisher and the advertiser.”

“AdSense for Games” will enable advertisers to purchase ad space within games and game publishers can integrate the system to monetize their products. Text and video ad formats will be on offer. Initially the system will only be available on web-based games but there are plans to include PC and console games in the future.

It will be interesting to see how Google manages the relevancy of displayed ads and whether they are environment, or player, oriented.

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Firefox Add-ons for High Speed Blogging

Firefox works great on its own, but it’s the thousands of extensions that make it excel. Here are some nice add-ons for Firefox that provide quick access to handy blogging tools. But whatever you do, don’t install them all at once.

Blog Publishing

Blogger Bar - Search Blogger, “Blog This” function for any page you’re on.

Clipmarks - Clip any portion of a website to save, email or put on your blog.

Deepest Sender - Blog to multiple platforms from one window.

JustBlogIt - Just right click, and you’re blogging about the page you’re viewing.

LiveJournal Addons - Notifies you of friends updates, messages and more.

LiveJournal Hook - Gives you quick access to many LiveJournal commands and tags.

MySpace Blog Editor - Post directly from Firefox, drag and drop clips from sites.

Scribefire - A blog editor that integrates with your browser and allows you to drag and drop items from a web page into a blog post.

Twitterbar - Post to Twitter directly from the address bar.

WordPress.com Sidebar - Adds a quick access sidebar to get to your WordPress.com account.

Uploading Photos and Media

Fireflix - Sidebar extension to upload, browse, and manage your Flickr photos.

Firefox Companion for Kodak EasyShare Gallery - Upload photos directly to your Kodak EasyShare Gallery.

Firefox Universal Uploader - Universal program for uploading to sites such as Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, and Facebook.

FireFTP - An integrated FTP system that syncs and checks versions.

Flickr Sidebar - View the pictures in your account in a sidebar.

Fotofox - Select, tag, and upload images to popular sites such as Flickr.

ImageBot - Lets you upload photos to ImageShack or Photobucket.

OakFlickr4PFF - Allows uploading to your Flickr account.

Blog Tools

Adsense Notifier - Displays your current earnings from Google Adsense in the status bar.

Copy as HTML Link - Copies the address of a page to the clipboard as an HTML ready link.

Create short URLs - Right click an address, click wrapURL, and create a shortened URL for your use.

Dict - Highlight a word, right click it, select define and get a definition in a pop-up window.

DictionarySearch - Similar to Dict, but the result appears in a new tab.

FastDict - Add quick access to any number of dictionary sites to spruce up your blog entries.

ShrinkThisLink Link Shrinker - Use the ShrinkThisLink service without leaving the page.

Tiny.pl - Shortens an address via the tiny.pl service.

Blog Design, Customization and Development

ColorZilla - Get a color reading from any spot in your browser.

DT Whois - Adds a button for Domaintools.com whois service for the site you are currently viewing.

Firebug - Look under the hood of your favorite websites and take a peak at their code.

Greasemonkey - Allows you to run small java scripts to manipulate the way a page displays to you.

HTML Validator - Checks the validity of a page’s HTML and tells you the results in simple graphics.

IE Tab - Lets you view a webpage in an Internet Explorer tab without leaving Firefox.

iWEBTOOL Webmaster’s Toolbar - Allows you quick access to services and tools from iWEBTOOL.

JavaScript Debugger - In browser Java script debugging.

KGen - Allows you to see the strongest keywords for a given site.

LinkChecker - Checks the validity of all links on a given page.

Load Time Analyzer - Allows developers to measure how long a page takes to load.

MeasureIt - Draws out a ruler to get a pixel dimension of any element on a page.

MetaTags - Checks the meta information of a site and features an automated search engine submission tool.

RankQuest SEO Toolbar - Quick access to over 30 SEO tools.

SearchStatus - Keyword density analyser and checks backlinks.

SEOHAND - Tracks a site’s standings and creates graphs over time.

SEOQuake - Ever wonder why a page gets good search ranking? This will help you figure it out.

Web Developer - A highly regarded debugging tool for designers.


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Google Opens Print Ads To Marketers

Google’s opening up its print ad service to any Google AdWords advertiser.

After several months of testing print ads in various newspapers across the country, Google has decided to offer up this service to its larger customer base. The search company has partnerships with several newspapers, covering more than half of US daily newspaper circulation, growing from 70 daily newspapers to 225. Launched in November of last year, Google’s move into print ad sales nearly coincided with its move into radio ad sales as well, indicating Google’s larger intentions of providing a well-rounded advertising distribution network for its customers.

Always looking to continually foster partnerships with traditional media companies, it seemed like a good way to further penetrate the media market. The time was right for Google to approach print media, as the industry is seeing an ongoing decline, and Google’s offering introduces new advertisers extended opportunities for marketing across platforms. Google’s primary competitor in this particular market is Yahoo, who currently has 260 newspaper titles within its ad network.

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Latest Harry Potter Wallpapers

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Wallpapers




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Now Google Adds SiteMaps in robots.txt of All Blogger Blogs

Google is continuously improving the Blogger platform - their latest feature discussed below may help get your blog content on search engines more quickly.

For non-geeks: Sitemap files enable you to let search engines know about the new or updated content on your blog that should be indexed by their crawlers. Earlier you could point Google to your Blog's SiteMap file through the Google Webmasters control panel but that's no longer required.

Now whenever your publish a new blog post on Blogger or update some previous post, that information will automatically become available to Google and other search engines - you don't have to do anything at your end. How cool is that.

For geeks: Google has now added the Sitemap: directive to the robots.txt of all blogspot blogs which actually points to the default xml feed of that blog containing the 25 most recently updated blog posts. Here's an example:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Sitemap: http://abc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated


This is an excellent development because the Sitemap: sytax is supported by all major search engines including Google, Yahoo! and Windows Live - their search crawlers can therefore auto-discover your new or updated blog content based on the sitemap file.

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Google Announces Cookies to ‘Auto-Delete’ in 2 Years

Search engine giant, Google, has announced that its cookies will delete themselves within two years, in an effort to protect Google users’ privacy. The lifespan of the cookies, though, will re-set when the user visits a Google web site.

Google services install cookies on a surfer’s computer so that their Web sites can be shown in the user’s native language, or the language of the country the user is utilising Google in. Currently, Google cookies will delete in 2039.

In the statement, Google also points out that cookies can be deleted manually at any time.

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Intel Signs on to $100 Laptop Project

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) foundation has formed an alliance with chip maker Intel after the two reached an agreement following a public war of words. The OLPC said in May that Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for undermining the project.

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte accused Intel of selling the Classmate PC below cost in an effort to drive the $100 laptop out of the developing world. Google, Red Hat and AMD are already partners of the initiative.

Intel stated that: "What happened in the past has happened. But going forward, this allows the two organisations to go do a better job and have a better impact for what we are both very eager to do, which is help kids around the world."

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Test Your Web Design in 20 Different Browsers + More for FREE!

Preview your website in 20 different browsers for Linux, Mac, Windows, Terminal, and Mobile. Customize screen resolution (tiny to huge), JavaScript (yes/no + version), Flash (yes/no + version), color depth (4/8/16/24-bit), Java (yes/no + version), media plugins (QTP/WMP/SVG/PDF), and maximum wait (15 min to 4 hours). FANTASTIC WEB DESIGN TOOL!

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101 Photoshop Hidden Tips & Secrets



  1. Press Tab will hide tool bar and palette, Shift+Tab will hide only palette.

  2. Hold Shift + click the top blue bar for toolbar and palette will move them to the nearest edge.

  3. Double click the top blue bar, on any palette window, to minimize it.

  4. Double click the gray background will bring up open file option, Hold Shift+double click will open up the browser.

  5. Sick of the default gray background around your image? Select paint bucket, hold shift and click on the gray background, it will change to whatever color you have in your foreground color box.

  6. In Photoshop, all "Cancel" buttons in a window can be changed to a "Reset" button by holding Alt.

  7. Caps lock will switch your cursor for accuracy.

  1. Press F button, it will switch between 3 different screen modes and give you more working area.

  2. To draw a straight line, click then move to the end point and hold shift + click.

  3. Hold Ctrl will temporary make any tool into move tool until you release Ctrl.

  4. Ctrl + Alt and click drag the image, it will make a duplication of the current image over lay on top.

  5. Hold Space bar, it will make any tool into "Hand Tool" until you release Space bar.

  6. While in Zoom Tool, Ctrl+space = zoom in, alt+space = zoom out.

  7. Hold Ctrl and press "+" or "-" it will change the % for image in navigator window.

  8. When Using eyedropper tool to capture foreground color, hold Alt and click, it will instantly capture the color for background.

  9. With Measure Tool, draw a line then hold Alt and draw another line from the end of the first line, it will measure the angle.

  10. Ctrl+Alt+Z and Ctrl+Shift+Z will go back and forth in the history.

  11. Alt+Backspace and Ctrl+Backspace will fill in the whole screen with foreground color or background color, Shift+backspace will bring up option window, Alt+Shift+Backspace and Ctrl+Shift+Backspace, will fill the image with foreground or background color but will leave the alpha transparent area alone.

  12. When free transforming with Ctrl+T, hold Alt to keep the original image and then to transform a duplicated layer of it. Ctrl+Shift+T to repeat whatever you did in the last transform.

  13. To make sure your Crop is on the edge of the image, hold Ctrl while cropping.

  14. Ctrl+J will duplicate the current layer.

  15. Ctrl+Shift+E will merge all visible layers to one layer, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E will make a copy of the original and merge all visible layers.

  16. While using Marquee Tools, hold Alt it will make the starting point as a center of the selection.

  17. Ctrl + D to deselect, Ctrl+Shift+D to reselect what you deselected.

  18. While selecting with Marquee tool, pressing the space bar can allow you to move the selection.

  19. Hold Shift and press "+" or "-" it will switch between the layer mode:

    N = Normal
    I = Dissolve
    M = Multiply
    S = Screen
    O = Overlay
    F = Soft Light
    H = Hard Light
    D = Color Dodge
    B = Color Burn
    K = Darken
    G = Lighten
    E = Difference
    X = Exclusion
    U = Hue
    T = Saturation
    C = Color
    Y = Luminosity
    Q = Behind 1
    L = Threshold 2
    R = Clear 3
    W = Shadow 4
    V = Midtones 4
    Z = Highlights 4


    ***The shortcut works even for following situation:

    ***Alpha turned off, Indexed Mode, Line tool, Bucket Tools, Dodge and Burn Tools.

  20. While using Brush or any other tools, change the opacity by typing the number.

    *** type one number for % of it's ten times [4=40%]

    ***type two number for exact % [press 7 then 2 will get 72%]

  21. Hold Alt while clicking on the eye icon beside the layer, it will hide all other layers.

  22. Hold Alt while clicking the pen icon beside the layer, it will unchain this layer from all layers.

  23. Select a layer, hold Alt and click the top edge of another layer, it will group them.

  24. Hold Alt and click the button "Create a new layer", it will create a new adjustment layer.

  25. Select a layer and hold Alt, then click on the garbage can button. It will instantly delete the layer, marquee where you want alpha and Ctrl+click the "Create new channel" button, it will create an alpha only on the area you marquee.

  26. File> Automate > Contact Sheet: this can create a small thumbnail for every file, this can save you some time from searching.

  27. When Move Tool is selected, toolbox on top can be useful from time to time, these are "Auto select layer" and "Show bounding box".

  28. While Move Tool is selected, hold Shift (Alt+Shift+Right click) and allow whether or not to make a current layer chain with your upper layer.

  29. With grid on, click the top left corner of the grid and drag to anywhere on the image to set the pivot, double clicking on the icon again reset the pivot.

  30. After, draw a path on the image with pen tool, Ctrl+shift+H can hide/show it.

  31. Control Navigator with keyboard sometimes can be more time efficient than mouse.

    ***

    Home = move to top left corner
    End = move to right bottom corner
    PageUp = move up one page
    PageDown = move down one page
    Ctrl+PageUp = move left one page
    Ctrl+PageDown = move right one page
    Shift+PageUp = move up 10 pixel
    Shift+PageDown = move down 10 pixel
    Ctrl+Shift+PageUp = move left 10 pixel
    Ctrl+Shift+PageDown = move right 10 pixel



  1. Ctrl+Tab allows you to switch between different image files you are working on.

  2. F12 = Revert to how the file was the last time you saved it.

  3. Shortcuts for Channel: RGB, CMYK, indexed color...

    ***

    Ctrl+"~" = RGB
    Ctrl+1 = red
    Ctrl+2 = green
    Ctrl+3 = blue
    Ctrl+4 = other path
    Ctrl+9 = other path
    Ctrl+"~" = CMYK
    Ctrl+1 = light green
    Ctrl+2 = pink red
    Ctrl+3 = yellow
    Ctrl+4 = black
    Ctrl+5 = other path
    Ctrl+9 = other path
    Ctrl+1 = Indexed
    Ctrl+2 = other path
    Ctrl+9 = other path



  1. hold Ctrl then you can draw a red box in the Navigator thumbnail for viewing.

  2. Hold Alt and click on any of the history steps, that step will be copied and become the most recent one.

  3. Alt drag a step from a serial action can copy it to another action.

  4. Alt-click the flare preview thumb, and you can fill in numerical co-ordinates for lens flare.

  5. Holding Shift + Alt while transforming an object will do it proportionally, from the center.

  6. If you have the move tool selected and you want something duplicated just hold the alt key and move the image, holding the Shift + Alt while doing this, it will move it along one axis.

  7. If you want to straighten an image that is crooked (maybe from scanning), click on the eyedropper tool or hit the I key 3 times to get the ruler. Click on the left side of the straight edge, then the right side of the straight (but crooked) edge. The choose Image> Rotate Canvas> Arbitrary, Photoshop will give you the degrees of rotation you just click ok.

  8. If you create something in Illustrator, copy and paste it in Photoshop, it will ask you if you want this to be a pixel, path, or shape layer.

  9. If you have a mask on a layer and you want to place a image in there and keep the mask. Simply open the image, say copy, and then Ctrl click on the layer to select the mask and use Shift + Ctrl + V to paste it into the mask which will also put it on a new layer as well.

  10. To center an image, Ctrl + A , Ctrl + X, Ctrl + V, I think it also puts that image on a new layer.

  11. Ctrl+E will merge the highlighted layer down to the next.

  12. When you have a brush selected, using [ or ] will scroll up or down that brush list.

  13. Double clicking the zoom tool will make the image 100%, double clicking the hand tool will fit the image to your screen resolution.

  14. Typing Content:

    Ctrl + H will hide the highlight on your selected type.

    If you click once while your type is selected on the font list, you can use your arrows to scroll up and down and see the fonts change on the fly!

    Alt + Left or Right arrows will change your tracking in increments of 10
    Ctrl + Alt + Left or Right arrows will change your tracking in increments of 100
    Ctrl + Alt + Up or Down arrows will change your leading in increments of 10 pts
    Shift + Ctrl with < or > will change your font size in increments of 2 pts

  15. Ctrl + Alt + T to make a copy of the layer in which you want to transform.

  16. Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow. duplicates the layer you are on.

  17. Change the active layer : Alt + [ or ].

  18. Move the active layer up and down : Ctrl + [ or ].

  19. Link 2 layers: with move tool click in the first layer hold Shift and click in the second one.

  20. Ctrl+[plus key] will let you zoom in on an image anytime while Ctrl+[minus key] zooms out. Ctrl+Alt+[plus key] will zoom in AND RESIZE the window to fit the image size... same for Ctrl+Alt+[minus key] as well.

  21. When using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, click backspace to undo a lasso step.

  22. Pressing X will switch the selected foreground and background colors.

  23. Pressing D will reset the foreground and backgrounds colors to black and white.

  24. If your image has multiple layers, create a Marquee selection and press Ctrl+Shift+Cit won't work if you selected a hidden layer) will copy the image into memory as if they were flattened! Paste it on a new document to see the result.

  25. Ctrl+Alt+Z will do multiple undo, versus just one.

  26. Ctrl+click a layer thumbnail to select the layer transparency.

  27. To see what your layer mask looks like (and edit it), Alt+click its thumbnail in the layers palette.

  28. Press and hold Ctrl+Alt and click the Help bar with your mouse, drag it down and highlight "About Photoshop" and let go of the left mouse button for a different About Photoshop splash/screen.

  29. When using Polygon lasso tool hold Shift to make a perfect line, it goes every 30 degrees.

  30. Photoshop CS2: Group many layers by clicking the layers you want to group by clicking it while holding the Shift key down, and then press Ctrl+G to group them into a folder for means of better organization.

  31. Ctrl+Shift+N creates a new layer with a dialog box; Ctrl+Shift+Alt+N gets you a new layer without the hassle.

  32. Back to brush, [ and ] will increase/decrease your brush size, Shift + [ or ] will soften or harden your brush edge.

  33. Still in [ and ], Ctrl + [ or ] will move your currently selected layer up and down the hierarchy and Shift + [ or ] will select upper layer or lower layer.

  34. Stamp Tool (s) is used to copy an area of image (defined by alt+clicking and area) and paint it somewhere else (cloning). It also works when you have multiple images open at the same time. Alt click an area of any opened file image and paint it anywhere else.

  35. After you created a text you can click on font type tab and tap "down" key over and over to scroll through the font list and see the changes in (relatively) real time. A feature that I am tired of waiting to happen in illustrator.

  36. Still in text mode, a trick from Microsoft word to apply hi-light to your text hit Ctrl+Shift+ < or > to resize your text, to your preferred font size. Pressing Ctrl key while you are typing also gives you a free transform box temporarily and will go if you release it. Resizing text also works by pressing Ctrl+T (on selected layer, not when you are typing). It still retains as an editable text layer after.

  37. And remember, pressing enter when you type will take you to a new line just like typing a letter but pressing Ctrl+Enter or Enter on numeric key will finish what you type.

  38. You can drag a layer on to any other opened images in Photoshop and it will copy it as a layer (better than copy and paste image). Holding down Shift while moving it will snap the image right on the center of the other opened image.

  39. If you are working with sets....

    Click on the set, in the blending mode it shows pass through by default... if you have an adjustment layer within a set and you want that adjustment layer to effect those layers underneath it within the set only, set the blending mode of the set to "normal" instead.

    CODE


    Mentioned before with more explanation:

    - Pressed F to switch to 3 different viewing mode... when I first try it I said "wtf? what it's for?" Well, if you are sick of painting your image on the corners just to find yourself resizing your current image window, with F you can pan way outside your image. Happy corner painting!!


    - Create a new file, 500x500 px, create a new layer, get a standard brush and paint a dot on the top center of your image (like the number 12 position on a clock). Press Ctrl+Alt+T, it will duplicate your original layer and free transform the new one. Move the pivot point (the circle with little dot in it found when you are free transforming something) to the center of your image, rotate your image 30 degrees to the right and hit OK to confirm the transform

    now.........


    Be excited..........


    Hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T 10 times and see what happens!

  40. When using the "move tool" you can select any layer by holding down the CTL key(CMD on a Mac) and clicking on the part of the layer on the canvas with your mouse. This way you won't have to go to the Layers palette every time and you don't have to keep checking on or off the auto select options for the move tool.

  41. You can link up layers without going into the layers palette, by selecting the layer (how I just mentioned above) and holding down CTL + Shift(CMD + SHIT on a Mac) for each additional layer you want to link up. You can unlink them by clicking on the layer again.

  42. You can delete more than one layer at a time.......by linking up all the layer you want to delete, and holding down CTL(CMD on a Mac) while you click on the garbage icon to delete the layer.

  43. When using the type tool you can ok it by pressing CTL + Enter(CMD + Enter on a Mac) instead of clicking on the check mark on the options.

  44. If you have more than one type layer, and want to make any of the following changes color/font/size/alignment/initializing to all of the type layers at the same time.....All you have to do is link up the type layer, hold down the Shift key and in the options for the type tool make your change i.e. color, size, etc.

  45. You can use your number pad to change opacity for a layer.... I.e. type 5 and the opacity will be 50; type 55 and the opacity will be 55. You can use the number pad for any tool that uses opacity...like the airbrush tool, stamp tool, brush, gradient, etc.

  46. Pressing Tab key will hide the Tools palette and any other palette that you have on the stage. Pressing "F" will change between Full Screen modes. Using these two tips you can view your work Full Screen without any palettes.(You can press CTL+Alt+0 to fit your work to the screen, or you can press CTL+0 to zoom to 100%).

  47. Pressing the "+" and "-" keys while holding down CTL+Alt will resize the whole document window, not just the work area.

  48. You can delete a layer by holding down the "Alt" key and pressing "L" twice......actually now with Photoshop 7 you got to press "L" three times. It's not actually a keyboard shortcut, but it's a quick way to do it....don't know if it works on a MAC.

  49. Pan documents with the space bar.

  50. Ctrl+click a layer (in layers palette) to select it's transparency.

  51. Ctrl+Alt+click between 2 layers in the palette to group them.

  52. Alt + click in “add layer mask” button to add a black layer mask (instead of a white one).

  53. When you select something, pressing Ctrl+J will copy the selected area and add another layer with the copied area - opposing copying the layer, making a new layer, and pasting it.

  54. To glue the palettes together (all palettes combined into one strip), you just drag & drop a palette onto the end of another palette (watch the rectangle that indicates where the palette will get attached to).

  55. Hold down Alt while Burning to Dodge instead, and vice versa.

  56. Ctrl-click a layer to select an objects; alternatively, you may select more than one object/s in more than 1 layer by holding Shift while using the method just mentioned (Ctrl-click). To deselect, just press Ctrl+D.

  57. If you have a mini scroll on your mouse, you may use that to zoom in (scroll up) or zoom out (scroll down).

  58. Need to locate a layer quick? Use the Move Tool (V) and right click on the area the object lays. There should now be a “cursor-menu” with all the layers that is in that particular area. Now take a good guess and see which one of them fits the shoe; select a layer and Ctrl-Click the layer in the Layer Palette - see if the selection traces the object you desired to edit/find. Useful for those messy people (i.e. me!).

  59. Need to get rid of a background quick? Assuming you at least know how to crop around an object, do so. Now press Ctrl+I or Shift+Ctrl+I for Inverse Selection. Press Ctrl+X to %@#!* that part out, and you should be left with the object!

  60. Want to save the time from loading All your Photoshop brushes, when your Photoshop accidentally forgets to load them up (happens to me sometimes)? Select the brush tool, and click the little arrow pointing right (located at the top toolbar), next to the Master Diameter tick. Go down to Preset Manager and now there should be a menu of all the brushes currently loaded. Click on the first brush (top left) and scroll down to the bottom. Now hold Shift and click the last brush (bottom right). This should highlight all the brushes. See the “Save Set” to the right in the menu? Click that and name your brush set whatever you want, for this matter I just name it All (so I remember that this brush set contains all the brushes I currently have loaded, and is located near the top when loading the brushes up).

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