Make Address Labels For Your Christmas Cards

Its a basic and very simple little thing, printing address labels. It happens to be something that many people miss on their Macs, however. You can customise the look and feel and add a logo or icon depending on the holiday.

Most label packs will have a Avery number or equivalent which means you do not need to layout etc just type in the number and away you go. 9-5 Mac has posted a nice brief article on how to nail this time saving task!

 

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Learn the basics of Colour Theory

Colour is manipulative, controlling, enchanting and beguiling. It follows, then, that it pays dividends to learn the basics of what makes colour work and how to effectively use it in your design and branding projects. Not everyone studies colour theory at school nor has had the pleasure of reading Kandinsky's work notes on its psychological and spiritual effectiveness.

I just discovered, however, a rather spiffy website that goes far in visually explaining the basic fundamentals of colour theory as well as providing some links to some very useful tools.

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Sapphire to make your tech sparkle!

So according to reports it looks like Apple may be looking to replace the Gorilla Glass on its devices with Sapphire. At the moment Sapphire glass is 10-30 times more expensive than Gorilla Glass from Corning, however, it appears that Apple has invested heavily in the development of the production process of Sapphire glass (which is already used for the home button on the iPhone 5s).

Apple has made a deal with the manufacturer, GT Advanced Technologies, and together with a Solar Panel Company Apple acquired to access its Ion Particle Accelerator technology, it will be able to manufacture the thin slices of sapphire at a much lower price. This may mean that before long the entire screens of our devices will be super hard waring.

Personally, I look forward to the day that I don't have to apply one of those awful bubble blighted screen protectors.


Going Paperless

My office is far from spacious and as such the paper mountain is just simply not an option. Despite most of the world going digital, so much of our lives is still paper based.

Until companies, governments and our employers get with the programme we still have to battle against the accumulation of dead trees.

This is where technology can really play its part in simplifying your life and streamlining how you handle your paper work.

The first thing you should think about is investing in a really powerful scanner. Not the kind for scanning photos but the kind that can scan quickly and two sides at the same time. The Fuji Scan Snap range of scanners are pretty flawless.

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The Scan Snap ix500 is the latest from Fuji and packs many brilliant features but the most interesting is the ability to scan straight to you ios devices.

It is certainly not cheap but its super speed double side scanning and the fact it handles all different sizes of paper at once means you can fill it with invoices, bills, business cards and receipts and in a couple of seconds the whole lot is digitised.

 

There are lots of services and software out there for the storage of your docs. Here are some links to some that you might find useful.

Evernote - The ever useful and ever free evernote is superb for scanning to and is often integrated into the scanners software.[/one_half_last]

Paperless - I use this software as its very similar to the Finder you have on your mac and it has basic OCR (optical character recognition  what this means, in a teeny tiny nutshell, is that the documents you scan are converted into searchable pdfs, saving time in tagging and naming files as all the text is searchable.

Yep - This little gem is great for those of you that like to use tags to organise your world. You can download a demo from their website.

 

One of the other elements of my near paperless life is the ability to make reasonable scans with my iPhone. I only have an iPhone 4 and yet the camera is more than suitable enough to scan documents. There is an app that makes things very simple and that is Genius Scan.

There are hundreds of scanning apps for iPhones and I have tried many of them and this one is heads and shoulders above the rest.

The main trick for me is its ability to auto crop and size your snaps as well as converting to High Contrast black and white which means that those wrinkled up thermal printed receipts that are normally so difficult to capture are made super clear and easy to read.

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Genius Scan - An iPhone app I simply can't be without!

 

 

What do you use? do you have any gems to share? If so please leave a comment below :)


Cheat Sheet

 

Who doesn't like a little helping hand now and then?

With the tons of apps we all seem to have installed on our macs these days its no surprise that its no shortcut learning keyboard shortcuts, especially for those apps you do not use all the time.

This is where the beautifully simple cheat sheet comes in.

Simply install and then whenever you need a prod/reminder of the keyboard shortcuts just press and hold the command key et voila!

http://www.grandtotal.biz/CheatSheet


Easy Business Plan Production

Writing a business plan is one of the most daunting things about setting up a company or expanding an entrepreneurial idea into reality. Long and complex and they often are the minimum requirement for any kind of funding be it from a bank or a venture capitalist, your business plan is your rock.

This is the document that shows your direction, your ethos, your meaning, your competition, your projections and your strengths.

Plan2biz far from being the prettiest web application out there but it is free and it is terribly good at what it does and thats give you a modular and step by step method of building various kinds of business plans.

CLICK HERE


Find keyboard shortcuts fast!

A great resource for finding mac and pc shortcuts for applications and the operating systems - life saver for users of Adobe applications like photoshop and illustrator!

CLICK HERE


Excellent article on Colour Theory for Web Design and Branding.

I came across this remarkably concise and awesome article on colour theory and its application in websites and design. It serves as a great resource for anyone embarking on creating or rejuvenating a brand who wants to be clever about it.

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Telephone: Completely free incoming telephone number via the internet.

 

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Mention VOIP and many people think....complication, complication, complication.

 

Well it needn't be so.

 

Sipgate.co.uk provide a completely free service for incoming calls. Their plans and tariffs for outgoing and international calls are pretty amazing too. Best of all, there is finally a simple application from the mac app store that makes setting it up a cinch.

 

There are lots of terribly ugly "Soft-Phones" like X-lite etc and to be perfectly honest I have never once managed to set one of them up without problems or needing a telecoms expert to change something or other.

"Telephone" by Alexei Kuznetsov is a whole different story,

 

It has a beautifully minimal interface and does not complicate things with features you will never need.

 

 

Once set up it integrates with your mac address book or you can just type a number in the box. Best feature of all, though, is that via sipgate.co.uk you can set up voicemail for free. When someone leaves you a message when your either busy or do not have Telephone running, the message is sent to you via email as a sound file, so you can keep the voicemail and use it in audio applications etc (i store mine in itunes).

 

So if your looking for a communications solution for your small business this setup works beautifully for me, so it should for you too.