Tech Tip Tuesday #11


Free & Open Source Software For Creatives.

Open Source software refers to software that is free to use, change, or share. Open Source projects are usually made by many people and often help push the boundaries of software development. For example the Linux kernel.

Today I want to share with you some Open Source Software to help creatives. We have all heard of Adobe, Photoshop & Illustrator, the design industry standard but this software can be a little steep for those who are just starting out or who have an idea they would like to try. Here are some free alernatives to check out

1. Gimp is an alternative to Photoshop. It will allow you to edit images and put together graphics.

2. Inkscape is an alternative to Illustrator a vector based drawing software. This means you can create scalable graphics without loosing quality.

3. Audacity allows you to record and edit sounds making it really easy to get your podcast up and running.



Tech Tip Tuesday #10


For today’s tech tip I want to share 3 of my favorite tips for getting to that elusive Inbox 0!

  1. Unsubscribe. Many times we sign up to get updates from different places around the internet. And while I’m sure we would love to have time to read through 50 of them we just don’t. So go ahead and unsubscribe from as many of those services as possible. If you notice yourself simply deleting the email as soon as you read the from line it is time to let it go.
  2. Set aside two times during the day to work on emails. One in the morning and one before you leave work. This gives you big chunks of time to deal with emails rather than fleeting moments here and there throughout the day.
  3. Get to every email and take action. Leaving emails in your inbox as a to-do reminder for later will let more emails pile up on top of it and it might get forgotten. This also puts the ball in another person’s court leaving your to-do list as small as possible.

These three tips have helped me get my email under control and keep it there. I hope they help you!