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Friday, April 03, 2015

Free Sofia Script Font Great Addition to Your Collection

Download Sofia FontWhen I first saw the name of today's free font, Sofia, I immediately thought of the amazing Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey. I'm sure there is no relation between the two, I just connected them through the name. What you will find is another great script font in OpenType format to add to your collection. Get your free copy!

Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed? Make sure you keep your fonts managed. All the details on the process are in the Fonts, Font Management, Typography and OpenType Success Kit.
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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Graphics Unleashed Blog to Undergo Makeover and Move

I explained a couple of days ago in Makeover Web Sites For Mobile Devices or Lose Search Traffic how sites that don't adapt to mobile devices will see a decline in search traffic from Google. Later in the post was a list of sites that have been built in the past six months as new members of the Unleashed family. We've also done makeovers or built sites for other businesses so that they will be mobile friendly.

The last part of the post indicated that performing a makeover on the main Graphics Unleashed Web site or on the Graphics Unleashed Blog would be very difficult because of the number of pages involved. Since the most important pages from the main site have re-emerged on the new sites in the Unleashed family, focus will now turn towards a makeover of the blog site.

We are already hard at work on a new site for the blog. We'll transition most of the posts from the existing site to the new site. If we deem there is no value to an old post, we'll delete it. Posts about dead products aren't helpful to anyone.

The new site will be especially nice for those of you visiting the blog on mobile devices. In the Commenting on Posts Can Be Made in Multiple Places post, I mentioned that we had little control over how comments were handled on each post. I'm making sure this will be addressed on the new site so that it will be easier for you to leave comments.

I think you'll find the end result is well worth it. The new site looks amazing. There will be a number of new features you'll enjoy and other new features are beneficial to our business. I'll give you all the details after the transition. Tomorrow's font post will be the last regular post on the existing blog and our next post will be from the new site.

Those of you who receive either posts in your mail reader daily or as part of the weekly newsletter won't have to do anything. If I hadn't told you a transition was in progress, you may not even know it happened.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Charge Your Smartphone or Tablet Wirelessly With Choe Qi Wireless Charger

I last updated my smartphone a full three years ago. My HTC Evo 4G LTE has served me very well in that time. Since that update, screens and memory have gotten bigger and processors have added speed. So I've pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S6 and I'm excited for its arrival in ten days.

One of the features touted in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and other newer models is the ability to charge the phone wirelessly. Is it a big deal to not have to plug in your phone or tablet? Probably not. Though I have to admit the idea of simply setting down the phone and having it charge is very intriguing to me.

I've included a photo of a phone sitting on top of the Choe Qi Wireless Charging Pad. Yes, you'll see a wire in the photo. It is connected to the charging pad as the pad does have to get electricity from somewhere.

CHOE Qi Wireless Charger Charging Pad
There are other charging pads available, though this one seemed the most elegant to me. It is available in four different colors and strangely enough there is a slight price difference depending on the color chosen. All of them are currently selling on Amazon between $21-24. All in all, that's not a bad price to pay for a little extra inconvenience.

Does it work with your device? The best suggestion I can give you to is look at the product page as compatible devices are listed. If your device is not directly compatible, you may be able to get a wireless receiver so that it would work with the pad. The "Qi" standard is gaining in popularity so I won't be surprised to see the list of supported devices grow quite a bit in the next year. I still haven't decided if I'm going to get one, but I think the geek in me will win out and I'll soon have one under my new phone.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Makeover Web Sites For Mobile Devices or Lose Search Traffic

When we go to Google and perform a search, there are many criteria used behind the scenes to give us results that Google feels will best answer our query. Often Google will update the algorithm used to modify the criteria used and the amount of importance assigned to the criteria. We're about to see a big change in the next month that could have a huge impact on the search results you get when using a mobile device.

Some Web sites adapt when viewed on a mobile device. The terminology for that adaptation is a "responsive Web site". Other sites do not adapt to mobile. Google has announced that responsive sites will perform better on searches performed on mobile devices starting on April 21, 2015. More importantly, sites that are not responsive could lose a chunk of the traffic they get from Google.

This change has been in the works for quite a while and Google has sent notifications to sites that didn't adapt to mobile that changes needed to be made. The only big news to come out recently is the date that it will be implemented.

Loyal readers already know that we have added a number of new sites to the Unleashed family in the past six months. They include CorelDRAW Unleashed, Seamless Textures Unleashed, Vehicle Templates Unleashed and Web Design Solutions Unleashed. Part of our motivation for building these sites was to make sure we had mobile-friendly sites for our most popular products.

In the same time we've made over small sites such as Alan's Classical Guitar, Loreto Bay Home Rental and Sun Visors Etc. There have also been makeovers of bigger sites like GarmentPrinter.com and Walman Eye Center.

Some might ask why we haven't made over the Graphics Unleashed Web site or the Graphics Unleashed Blog. It is very simple, those sites have thousands of pages and it will be a massive undertaking in terms of time and money to make them responsive. The better answer was to build the new sites for our most popular products. We are planning to update the blog in the near future and I'll post more about those plans when are are ready for the makeover.

If you have a Web site for your business, you need to find out if it will adapt responsively on mobile devices. Should you need help giving your site a makeover, I'd be happy to work with you on that makeover. It could be very expensive if you do nothing and don't update your Web site. Google will send fewer people to your site from search and you'll lose the opportunity with those mobile visitors.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

RingCentral Provides Much More Than Savings on Phone Service

RingCentral Voice, Fax Text and ConferencingIt was almost eighteen months ago that we switched our office phones from landlines provided by Centurylink to VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) supplied by RingCentral. I detailed this decision and how it dropped our costs by 75% in Upgrade Your Phone Service and Save Money With RingCentral. In that post, I only discussed how it replaced our regular phone service and the cost savings. In this post I'm going to discuss all the other benefits.

Let's continue the discussion with the additional phone functions that are available. A desktop app is available that allows you to make calls, send texts and check voice mail through the computer. There is also an app for smartphones and tablets with the same functionality. Imagine that you are far away from your home or office and you can still make and receive calls at the home/office number through your smartphone or tablet. You can even do this in other countries. All you need is an Internet (typically WiFi) connection.

Last summer I took a vacation outside of the United States and just brought the office phones with me. Since I knew I wouldn't have service on my smartphone, I forwarded that number to my home number and got all my calls on my smartphone using the RingCentral app.

One of my favorite RingCentral features is the ability to share my computer screen and/or see the computer screen of others. This is something I often use in conjunction with the Hire the Geek service so that I can show someone how to complete a task or I can observe what they are doing so I can provide a better method. This functionality is available from other services, but having it included with my phone service at no extra cost is great for me (and those who hire me).

Overall, I've been thrilled that the decision was made to switch to RingCentral. We've already saved a lot of money plus we have a lot more features than we had in the past.

Friday, March 27, 2015

See Inside Your Designs With Xray Ted Free Fonts

Download Xray Ted FontsI've been very lucky that I've had very few Xrays in my life. Most of them have been of my teeth. Today free fonts are Xray Ted and they feature very narrow characters making them perfect for a long headline that needs to fit in a tight space. Get your free copy!

Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed? Make sure you keep your fonts managed. All the details on the process are in the Fonts, Font Management, Typography and OpenType Success Kit.

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Xray Ted

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saving CorelDRAW Files to Previous Versions May Introduce Problems

I heard from someone who was using two versions of CorelDRAW. On the laptop, CorelDRAW X6 was being used. The desktop computer had CorelDRAW X3. I'm not sure which one was used at home and which at the office, but that was the reason given for the two different versions. The goal was to create some artwork in CorelDRAW X6 and save backwards to CorelDRAW X3 for more editing on the other computer. Let's examine why this is a recipe with potential for failure.

First, the two versions of the software were created six years apart. In the world of technology, that's an eternity. Let's go over two specific types of objects in CorelDRAW and how they were handled in the two versions. The differences in these two objects illustrate how things can fail when saving backwards.

A rectangle seems to be a really simple shape and it is a special flavor of object in CorelDRAW. Since the early versions, we could round the corners of a rectangle. With CorelDRAW X5 (if memory serves me correctly), two more types of corners could be specified. Even better, no longer would corners be distorted if the rectangle had been resized disproportionately. So a rectangle created in CorelDRAW X6 and saved backwards to CorelDRAW X3 may have to be converted to curves to look exactly the same. That's great, unless you want to edit it.

For most users, every file with contain some text. Often files will contain quite a few pieces of text. CorelDRAW X6 added support for OpenType and therefore a lot more characters. If you save a file to any previous version, the text will be converted to curves if the look of the text needs to be maintained. If you do that, the text isn't editable. Sure, you can leave the text editable, but the look could change.

Moving files from older versions to newer versions typically works well. Remember, the new version knows what was possible in older versions. The older versions didn't have a crystal ball to know of features that would be added in a future version.

I've only discussed two very basic types of objects. Expand this discussion to the many types of objects you can create in CorelDRAW and I hope you realize that files may not go backwards very well, especially when you save so many versions backwards. If it works well for you, it is cause for celebration. Just don't be surprised if you run into some glitches.

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