Thinking you need spend an arm and a leg to get the best graphic design software? Think again. Like many of the best webmaster resources in the internet world, you can get a surprising amount of quality tools absolutely free.
For any individual that is just trying to do some basic things when it comes to graphic design then they can be a wonderful resource and considering you are not going to be spending any money, then it is worth exploring them in greater detail.
1. Serif Draw Plus Starter Edition.
This software is rather impressive in what it can offer you and in some ways it is certainly comparative to a number of the features on various Adobe products. It comes with a range of brushes and templates and is pretty good at 3D objects as well. It also has a number of features that are similar to Adobe Illustrator which may prove to be useful to you.
Gimp is actually pretty amazing at what it can offer you as a free piece of software. You can also have an interface on it that largely copies Photoshop if that is something that you are more used to. However, the most important thing with this program is the ease of use and you do get access to a full suite of tools right from the get go. It can be used for design as well as photo editing and works with a number of different file formats as well.
If you are looking to do something in 3D then Blender is probably the best free software that you are ever going to come across. It has been around since 2002 but it has been updated a number of times to the point where you are able to do almost anything that you can imagine in 3D. This means you can render, do compositing, animation and so much more.
This is a free program that is primarily aimed at creating and editing vector graphics. As it is free, it is seen by many as being the best alternative to the rather expensive Adobe Illustrator and it certainly has a number of features that will be familiar to you. It has a very clear and easy to understand interface and has more than enough tools to allow you to produce some pretty cool graphics although there are several restrictions with the free version.
The main reason for easel.ly to exist is to help you to make infographics without getting too stressed about it all. Infographics are extremely popular at this moment in time and this free piece of software is going to just allow you to include the information that you want and produce something that is eye catching just by basically clicking on a few boxes. Choose a theme, select the shapes of the boxes, and get the end result.
This is one resource that is perhaps not as well known as some of the others, but that should not be something that then puts you off using it. Instead, this is a program with an easy to use interface that allows you to create some rather stunning graphics even if you are an absolute beginner at it all. It has a number of tools and is quite impressive at what it offers you considering it is free. However, it may take you some time to get used to all of the different options but it is certainly worth persevering with it.
As you can see, there are a number of options when it comes to free graphic design software and it all depends on what your own personal requirements are as to which one is going to work best. However, what these examples show is that it is not always necessary to go and spend a lot of money on some program by Adobe because there are certainly other alternatives out there that can be just as good and they are at least better on your bank balance. Try them out, see how you get on with them and perhaps at least one of these options will become your go-to tool of the future.
To use Greasemonkey first you need Firefox then Greasemonkey (install) simply click on install script and Greasemonkey will do rest of the job: simply enjoy changing the web your own way.
According to BlogsDNA
Whenever you will download any Greasemonkey script, your Greasemonkey Firefox add-on will automatically detects site for which that script is applicable and applys that script to the site as soon as you open it.
As promised the following are 21 most useful and best of the best Greasemonkey scripts which can change the whole user experience of any specific web application. (i chosen them from best lists out there worth 2 hours i found some new and better ones)
This script is so useful when you always want to see videos in bigger size still not full screen but moderately large so pixel don’t explode in the video. This greasemonkey script makes youtube more look like Google Videos making the video area covering most of the screen (which is obviously a user concern on that page) striping comment area and video suggestion all together on the left just like a sidebar image reference available below.
Do you hate auto playing of youtube videos like i do? when I am searching for some videos i open 3 or maybe 4 videos at once then i have to manually pause them to see any one of them which is totally un acceptable. we have another option with this script, it replaces the stock Youtube Video Player with one that keep the video paused until ‘Play’ button is pressed but it keep buffering the video without playing them so when you press play you get already loaded video.
3. Download Youtube Video III (Install Script)
If you are everyday youtube user you must came across videos that you badly want to save on your hard disk for future usage. If yes give this script a try it will fulfill all your video downloading needs very nicely when you click on download video icon (that appears with icons under video after installing script) the download pop up will come up from where you can take video to your download manager if you want faster downloads. Linux users need to Right Click and choose ‘Save as’.
4. Youtube “Lights Out” (Install Script)
This script is eye saver I say sometimes video is too dark or too light that you literally want youtube page’s base colour to be black so you can concentrate on video and watch it properly without hurting your eyes. well now you can do something about it this script gives you a little button to switch the lights off and watch the video easily when you click on ‘Lights Out’ button everything on the page (except video) turns dark gray when you click again everything turns Black. When it’s too dark and you can find ‘Lights Out’ button don’t panic clicking anywhere on the page will turn lights on.
5. Flickr “Lights Out” (Install Script)
Flickr Lights Out works same as ‘Youtube Lights Out’ so you can watch pictures easily when lighting condition is not all good matching with picture the only difference is ‘Light Out’ button is on top of picture.
6. Text Areabackup (Install Script)
Remembering everything you write on the web is not as easy as it sounds this script gona ease your mind. Text Areabackup work as a remembering machine while you browse the web and putting your emails, website addresses in short everything you write will be save in a virtual memory of this script. (Note: this script don’t work with Gmail)
7. Google Image Relinker with Mouseover (Install Script)
This is one of my favourite script because of its function and how much ease it gives when you searching for images in Google Image Search. Normally you when you search for images you have to do a lot of mouse clicks to get to the actual image but now things are a little bit interesting when this script is installed you just ‘Mouse Over’ or we say ‘Hover’ over any image thumbnail and see the image preview first then click on it and you get to the image directly instead of clicking again for ‘full size image’ its mean only one click and you get the image. How sweet!
8. Google Account Multi-Login (Install Script)
I am using more than two gmail accounts one for work purpose and one my personal so i had to find this script for multiple account usage at once because signing out and signing in again isn’t as easy as it sounds and waste bit of time too. After installing script your ‘Sign Out’ will turn into drop down box with a couple of options there you can add as many accounts as much you want and switch them with a single click of mouse.
9. GoogleTagCloudMaker (Install Script)
GTCM is really very useful script when you can’t decide proper keyword of your desired search result. It makes a tag cloud at your right pane with suggestion of many relevant keywords to choose from this also help you finding related search results of what you are looking for.
10. Google Ads Remover+ (Install Script)
Sometimes ads are really annoying specially when your connection is slow and web page stuck when it’s loading ads. Now you can remove Google ads from any website you want for faster browsing as a side note I won’t recommend disabling ads because sometimes you really find good resources and considerable product offers out of them so if you have no problem with them then leave as they are. Other usage of this script is to configure it to disable ads from a specific url not the whole web just like i did it with my website so I don’t accidentally click them and penalize for click fraud.
11. Google Image Auto Pager (Install Script)
This is another script for google image search to make searching images easier. Google image auto pager makes ‘image search page’ advance by giving you option to load next set of images on the second page loads on the very same page where you start. When you search for some image you get a lots of results when you are done with first page simply ‘Double Click’ any where on the page to load next set of images doing this again will stop the loading process.
12. Disable Text Ads (Install Script)
I know I know sometimes text ads (Contextual ads) are so much annoying that you badly want them not to disturb and make hurdles during browsing. This script work simply you install it and get rid of text ads forever. Currently this script is removing ads from following Advertisement networks “Vibrant Media (IntelliTXT), AdBrite, Infolicious (lingoSpot), Kontera, Linkworth, EchoTopic, Targetpoint and MediaText.”
13. Pre-fill Comments (Install Script)
Pre-fill Comment is really a life saver script because the one’s who comment on blogs, products or webpages will love this script for life. I know no body likes to write his name, e-mail and url everytime he want to visit a new blog then how about just pressing ‘Alt+C’ and the fields will be filled automatically sounds very easy, yeah obviously it is.
14. LookItUp2 (Intsall Script)
This script is more than just a greasemonkey script because when i first saw this i never believed just a script can do this much. You can add whichever website in it to look up what ever you want to just like add wikipedia and search for ‘Al Pacino’ now you get information without exploring all over the website. Many search sources comes when you install the script and you can add many more according to your choice i prefer you to visit this script’s homepage so you know all information about it because features are vast and I can’t review it all here.
15. Digg Friend Easier (Install Script)
Making your digg profile healthy is all about friends, and users becomes friends when you regularly digg their submissions. This script make things a lot easier than you can ever think now you can digg your friend’s submissions in bulk you do it everyday and they’ll consider making you mutual friend someday. When you install this script submission pages ‘/friends/submissions’ and ‘/friends/shoutsin’ will be having ‘digg it’ shortcut under every submission so you just click on it and ajaxly it will be dugg instantly. Keep on digging ‘easily’
16. Always Open New Windows in Digg (Install Script)
If you are a regular digger spend hour or two just digging then your your left hand always picking up CTRL key (there are also other ways to open new window except holding CTRL key while clicking link) to open external links in new window well now you don’t really need to worry about this problem just install this simple little script and click the links in digg they’ll open in new window always.
17. Advanced Search Options on Digg’s Search Forms (Install Script)
Sometimes while searching on digg you get a lot of irrelevant results but now that wont be a problem any more with this tiny script search forms are advance more than ever and have a lot of options that a search form needs. you can also customized the way search results show look the following screenshot for reference.
18. SU Visual Editor Plus (Install Script)
This script enhance the way your text editor of your stumble upon page looks and works. Installing ‘SU Visual Editor Plus’ won’t do such any wonders but it can increase functionality such as increased width, increased height, background colours matched of the editor etc
19. Stumbleupon Avatar Bubbles (Install Script)
This script works so simple yet interesting and i thought every stumbler would loving using it. After installing SU Avatar Bubbles you get option to see Avatar images bigger when you hover your mouse over them so you dont need to open profile then click profile image to see actual size of the avatar.
20. AJAX Twitter Refresh (Install Script)
If you use twitter from web then you won’t be able to see new tweets unless you refresh the page. After installing this script your twitter page will be automatically refresh every after a minute (70 times per hour) this twitter page refresh scripts is better from others because you won’t notice when page refreshes actually its ajaxly refreshed.
21. Endless Tweets (Install Script)
If you are a die hard twitter and use to tweet everyday and explore people twitter timeline then this script is surely for you. The script automatically loads next set of tweets when you scroll the bottom of the timeline page unlike you click ‘Older’ button and read the tweets on second page. Endless Tweets saves a lot of time and preloading of tweets is also very fast.
Some other resources for the betterment of human kind 😉
If you are interested in making your orkut profile more interesting you should visit this post at BlogsDNA where he tells you how to theme your orkut profile and some good orkut themes too.
If you don’t like using Firefox (i doubt though) you should visit this post at Techie-Buzz where you know how to use Greasemonkey Scripts with IE, Opera and Safari.
Portable Applications are incredibly easy to use: you don't even have to install them! Just double click and start using your app. The other great use of portable apps is that you can carry them in your USB thumb drive or mobile hard disk and use them on which ever pc you want directly from your device. This saves time installing software on a PC which you are only temporarily using.
In this post I’ll be putting all the portable apps which I think are best and most useful keep on reading and download the ones you like 😉
1. Notepad++ Portable
Not any programmer, developer or webmaster can live longer on earth without Notepad++ it’s a must have app to edit a lot of types of files such as C, C++, HTML, ASP, Java, Pascal, CSS and many more in fact notepad++ is a lot more than just text editor because syntax highlighting feature and simple interface makes it special and the best of all its freeware. Attention webmasters: You'll be able to set up your open source WordPress website and do web development without spending a penny! Well, you do need to host your website. But use an Arvixe coupon (Update: we now recommend Hostgator)and you can keep your domain and hosting under $12.
Pidgin is a very versatile instant messaging client which supports many IM platforms under one window. Now you do not have to take a lot of pieces of different messaging clients just take pidgin portable with you and chat on the go. With pidgin portable you can chat on AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber networks the best benefit is that you can take your IM settings and buddy lists with you anywhere you want.
When you are using public pc all your passwords and confidential information is at risk there might be key logger or password snatcher running in the background process. With this great and little piece of software you are safe to use your passwords on any public PC. This simple software is password manager where you place all your e-mail internet and other passwords and use them safely and only you can access stored data incase you lost your usb drive no other person than owner or password keeper can access the stored data.
CalmWin is a very professional and free antivirus now it comes portable to save your computer from viruses. Whenever you plug-in your USB drive into some public PC or PC which is already infected you put your USB drive and indirectly your own PC at risk to reduce the chances of data loss because of virus infection you can take CalmWin Portable antivirus on the go and before copying any data to your USB drive scan it with CalmWin antivirus just by double clicking, sounds safe.
Audacity is very popular and handy audio editing and mixing software. Now Audacity comes portable so you can edit and mix your song files on the go its best when you are a music fanatic and loves playing with sounds just hook it up in your ipod or music player.
Imgburn is highly stable and professional yet freeware utility to burn CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray Discs it supports many file types such as BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. This portable version fulfil your burning needs on the go just download the package, unpack it and put into your mobile device.
Download ImgBurn Portable (ver 2.4.2)
7. Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition
Who in the world does not know about Mozilla Firefox?! (if still there is someone who do not know, welcome to 21st century please read this ) If you are in an internet cafe or your friend’s home who do not use firefox and you badly need firefox to finish your work or browse web with your own bookmarks and saved passwords then download this portable version of firefox and copy to your USB memory stick just like you carry First Aid kit with you.
Gimp is freely distributed image editor which can be used as simple paint program or professional level image retouching software. It has many features such as photo retouching, image composition, image authoring and image convertor, image renderer which makes it best free image editing software. The portable version of GIMP let do all these tasks on the go.
The best media player on earth its VLC now portable version is here just a standalone .exe file which can run hundreds types of media files on the go. You can run various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, WMV, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols on the go.
When firefox is on the list i wont leave chrome behind we never know if its the best internet browser of future. Still too many people are using chrome even if it’s in early beta stages. Google Chrome already proven fastest and light weight web browser. This portable version can be taken anywhere into any mobile storage device such as ipod, usb hard disk or thumb drive. Two plugins Gears 0.4.24.0 & Flash 10.0.12.36 are already installed and embed in this package. Download Google Portable (ver 0.3.154.3)
11. Google Earth Portable
Another fun to use and informational product from google. Google earth let you fly over the globe by watching satellite pictures all the locations in fact the whole world is in 3d view you can search places hotels, restaurants, driving directions, parks, schools, hospitals, airports, retail this software is a life saver if you are out of your own country or city or any place you are not familiar with just put in your USB drive into any pc and start searching new places.
This little and free software is very useful for many little kind of jobs such as downloading videos from many video sharing websites such as youtube.com, google video, meta cafe, porntube, myspace video and many others. you can download several video files at a time you can also convert download videos for iPod, PSP, PDA, iPhone, Mobile Phone format and change format to .avi, .mpeg, .wmv Other great feature which i found useful is that you can strip audio track out of video file and save it as mp3 and wav format. This portable version of save2pc let you do all these job on the go just copy it in your usb and take hold on your videos.
With AnyTV Portable you have a portable TV with you totally free. AnyTV let you see over 2630+ TV channels from over 100 countries, 6910+ online videos, 4750+ Online Radio Channels all free. You can watch news, entertainment, documentaries, music, sports, shopping, languages, cartoons, learning, culture, religious channels, live cameras etc .. from all over the world. Application interface is simple and easy to use just download copy double and start watching free TV on the go.
For iPod users this is a breeze of blessing normally when an iPod user want to share songs on some pc without itunes he face a lot of desperation because there is no way you can share songs without an external software well now with this free little tool you can share songs with any one anywhere this portable app is free just download put it in your ipod and take it with you.
Recuva is a free utility that let you recover deleted files from hard disks, usb drives, ipods, cameras, mp3 players, mobile phones memory cards. This portable version of recuva let you recover accidently deleted files which you may want to use again but you already hard deleted them. It also recovers files deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses or worms. Download Recuva Portable (ver 1.20.361)
I recently installed new version of linux (Ubuntu Intrepid ibex) on my secondary computer and i wanted to customize it like i am used to customize windows. I tried a lot of gnome themes and found many beautiful and elegant looking themes which enhance your desktop with different colors, corners, buttons and scroll bar styles. I filtered some of the best looking gnome themes to share on TechieSouls. After downloading themes you have to install them, the following screenshot will guide you how to install theme in ubuntu and gnome interface. Install apply and enjoy!
Simple and elegant changes to Ubuntu's default theme give it a clean interface. It doesn't look like a Windows desktop or an Apple one. It's simply Ubuntu: classed up.
Lexis is cool in that it cleans up the top bar from Ubuntu and gives the dock a simple look. If you're installing Ubuntu or Gnome for someone that's never used the interface before, this is the theme with the most intuitive and simple interface.