Thursday, 29 August 2013

How to Get a Free and Legal Version of Photoshop

Photoshop has been around for over 10 years now and is acclaimed as one of the champions in the image editing software world. Allowing users to carry out simple functions such as cropping and resizing while also offering a hefty selection of more advanced features, Photoshop has been installed on millions of PCs, and not always in a legal way.

But since Adobe shut down its activation servers for CS2 in January, Photoshop CS2 is now essentially available for free and legitimate download to everyone. All you’ll need is an Adobe account and a stable internet connection. CS2 may be ancient by today’s standards but you’ll still be able to do some editing without paying a dime.

Digitaltrends put together a guide on how to set up an Adobe account (in case you don’t have one) and how to download the CS2 version of Photoshop. Click HERE to hop to the guide!

Monday, 19 August 2013

A Very Handy Google Chrome Ad-On

Turn Chrome New Tab Page Into An RSS & Social Feed Reader

Onefeed is a Google Chrome app that turns your New Tab page into a place for combining your social media accounts including Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram with RSS in order to let you keep a tab on all your important content in one place. In short, the extension provides you a seamless way to access RSS and social networks from Google Chrome.


Onefeed is incredibly easy to setup; you simply need to head to the website (via the link at the end of the post) and click ‘Get Onefeed’ to install the extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once ready, open new tab and you will see Onefeed has taken over it and turned it into a stylish dashboard. You’ll be asked to log into your desired social media accounts right from the starting page

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

How to Manage All Your Email Accounts with Windows 8 Mail

With the Windows 8 Mail app, Microsoft introduced an application that actually makes managing emails very easy and convenient. The interface is visually pleasing, simplistic, intuitive, and yet the app is surprisingly comprehensive. When was the last time you heard so many good things about a Microsoft product? For those of you using Windows 8 and looking for an application to manage multiple email accounts, give the native Mail app a try and consider the following tips&tricks to save time wile managing your emails.


Managing multiple accounts from one app saves time because you have everything in one central location. Switching between email accounts in Windows 8 Mail is very convenient and more pleasant than jumping back and forth between browser tabs. To add accounts, go to the Mail app, bring up the Charms bar on the right, go to Settings, open Accounts, and Add an account. Select the account and proceed with setting it up. Repeat these steps for any additional accounts.


When you have added several email accounts to the Windows 8 Mail app, it makes sense to individually pin them to the start screen. Each tile will show the number of read emails for the respective account. A large tile will also display sender, subject, and an excerpt of unread emails. The advantage of having separate tiles for each account is that you can go straight to each mailbox from the start screen. To pin a mailbox to your start screen, open the Mail app and look for the list of your email accounts in the bottom left. Select the account you want to add to the start screen, right-click or press & hold to bring up the menu, and pick Pin to Start.


When you use the Mail app on a desktop without a touch interface, there are three keyboard shortcuts you must know to work more efficiently.
  • [CTRL] + N to compose a new email
  • [CTRL] + R to respond to an email
  • [CTRL] + D to trash an email
As you are composing an email, you might want to save the draft, add an attachment, or format the text. You can quickly bring up the Options bar at the bottom of the screen by clicking the [Menu] key — that’s the often neglected key between [ALT GR] and [CTRL] on the right-hand side of your keyboard. The Options bar also comes up when you highlight text. Use the [TAB] key to switch between items.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Turn your iPad into a powerful mobile office for a minimal outlay

Excellent Aricle in the Irish Independent on how to make your iPad more business friendly, however the prices they are suggesting for quality  iPAD keyboards are way over the top. You will get top quality keyboards here for 1/3 of the price, some even have built in battery support which will keep your iPAD going even longer

Turn your iPad into a powerful mobile office for a minimal outlay

For examplle check these out

 Robust leatherette case for iPad 2 and new iPad 3
Spillproof keyboard resist water, coffee, soda etc. Just €43.05 incl VAT

Or the more expensive but still not as dear as the reommendations in the Irish Independent article but with way more functionality. Remeber these all have 1 year return to base warranty in Temple Bar,Dublin

Foldable Bluetooth keyboard for iPad 2 / 3 features a 65 Qwerty keyboard and a detachable phone handset, ideal as a mobile office accessory.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

3D Home Interior Design App for Android & iOS

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Decorating a living space involves more than just placing furniture along the walls and matching the carpet with the curtains; it has a lot to do with finding the right furniture, lighting fixtures, curtains, carpets, and what not. It takes a lot of work, and there’s no ‘try room’ for furniture like there is for clothes, so unless you know what you’re getting will work for sure, you might end up buying the wrong design, style or color of furniture, fixture or decoration items.


Autodesk’s Homestyler is a multiplatform app  that lets you plan how you’re gong to furnish a room and share your design with other users. You can choose empty rooms to furnish with virtual furniture by picking items that you can actually buy, or using mock ones that don’t have a real-life replica but that you can perhaps get made by a designer or a carpenter. The app is equipped with all types of rooms, furniture pieces, fixtures, electronics, and even a large selection of paint colors for your walls. Homestyler started off as a web app, was brought to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch a couple months ago and now finally has an Android variant as well.
Homestyler lets you create a room in one of three different ways: taking a picture of an actual room, choosing an existing room (furnished or empty) from the app’s gallery, or starting with a blank, empty room and furnishing it from scratch.