Saturday, July 30, 2016 Accounting , Apps , Business , Career , Converting , Customers , Education , Excel , How to , Industry , Internet , iPad , iPhone , Microsoft , Mobile Internet Experience , Online , PDF , Reviews , Services , Tools
Nowadays, managing your finances has never been easier. All documentation and information can be transferred online and you are just a click away from getting your job done. No more piles of documents, waiting in lines and dealing with “kind” bank workers. That’s history. Now you can work with your bank statements directly from your mobile device.
Unfortunately, the digital world isn’t perfect. It comes with imperfections and mistakes, as any other system. These things happen, it’s inevitable. But is there anything we can do about making bank statements easier to work with? Something like an eraser or an editor for PDF documents, since bank statements are usually in this file format?
Good news! There is an awesome app that will help you fix your bank statements quickly and efficiently.
PDF to Excel converts PDF bank statements into editable Excel spreadsheets on iPhone or iPad. It’s a free app that offers great conversion quality. Its very useful feature for all of you who usually communicate with your bank via e-mail and store files online is the option of converting Gmail attachments and files stored on Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive accounts. This is really convenient when you need to handle financial documents online, on the go.
How it works
PDF to Excel is very simple to use. Just follow these instructions to convert your bank statement:
1. Select a file you would like to convert.
2. Click on the Share button in the top right corner.
3. After finding PDF to Excel app in the OPEN IN menu, tap on it.
4. Just wait a little bit and you will find your converted file within the app.
After you get the converted file, you will need MS Office or any other Office related app that opens Excel files.
Now your bank statement is editable and you can make all the necessary changes.This is also applicable for invoices, receipts or any other PDF tables that require modification.
The only thing left is to download PDF to Excel and go back to peaceful finances management. Maybe this will increase your income, who knows?
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Saturday, July 30, 2016 Apps , Automation , Data Analytics , Devices , Gadgets , Health , Internet , Life , Mobile Internet Experience , Safety , Services , Shopping , Smart Home , Smartphones , T-Mobile , Tablets , Technology , Tracking and Billing , World
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
It won't be long before there will be an entire generation of adults who won't remember that there was a time when you couldn't snap a picture while listening to music and texting with a friend. Back then, it would take three devices to do all that. Your GPS would be another device and your handheld gaming system yet another. Watching a movie on a phone? That sounded like something straight out of sci-fi.
Fast forward to today and you can stream your favorite show on your mobile device, keep an eye on your puppy while you're at the office with a tablet, and start a load of laundry from across the globe using your smartphone.
It's pretty clear that mobile technology is one of the reasons this planet of ours feels smaller every day. Connectivity refers no longer to the person to person virtue but rather to the relationship between our mobile devices and the world around us. More and more, we are interacting with our loved ones, our homes, our workplaces and our stuff via mobile devices loaded with apps.
The Internet of everything is an evolving concept but mobile technology is already making our lives better in myriad ways. Here are just a few examples:
Taking Care of Yourself
Beyond Fitbit, consumer health monitors and lifetrackers abound – almost all of which rely on apps to store and analyze data. But even without wearables, taking care of your physical and even your mental health has never been easier.
Smartphones often come equipped with heart rate monitors and pedometers, and mood charting apps like Optimism are promoting healthier habits among their users.
Self-love also means treating yourself to the things you enjoy, whether that’s enjoying a nice night in with a bath bomb and some binge-watching, or using that promotion bonus towards a new smartphone.
There are also plenty of great ways that technology can help us relax and de-stress, such as giving us access to our favorite songs and movies with streaming services like T-Mobile’s BingeOn and Music Freedom.
Taking Care of Your Home
Thanks to fully integrated and DIY smart home systems that synch up with mobile devices, it's never been easier to stay on top of all of the tasks most adults are responsible for. Even better, affordable smart home components are becoming more common. There are now smart fridge and freezer combos that will send alerts to your phone when you're running low on staples like eggs and milk. And that's not all!
There are deadbolts that can only be unlocked via an app. TCP's Connected lighting system is a budget-friendly starter kit for those who want to see what smart homes are all about. According to Berg Insights, the market for smart home accessories is only going to get bigger and the accessories themselves are bound to get smarter.
Keeping an Eye on Who You Love
Pixies Scientific has created a smart diaper that synchs with an app. There are apps that let you track your pet's activity levels and behaviors while you're at work. Baby monitors and trackers that send data to worried parents' phones are starting to look like they wouldn't be out of place in a modern NICU. And nowadays with a tablet and a few pieces of add on hardware you can create your own security system from scratch.
Paying for What You Want
Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are just the beginning of the mobile payment revolution that will see the US become a cashless society.
With Samsung Pay in particular you don't even need to shop at stores that have NFC-enabled terminals. Your phone is all you need because of Samsung's pioneering technology that mimics a credit card swipe. And when you can settle the tab with a wave of your phone, it won't matter that you forgot your wallet at home.
Getting Things Done
Whether the always-on state of modern work is actually good for employees isn't clear but there's something to be said for having the ability to do research, take notes, dial into meetings and clear out your inbox when you actually feel like doing it. Today's smartphones are simply computers in miniature, which means the keys to a truly productive day are always in our pockets.
Living Cleanly and Comfortably
Simply living is better thanks to mobile technology and the devices controlled by it. If you wish, you can have a wakeup call that has been carefully calibrated to match your sleep patterns. Via an app on your phone, your smart car can remind you that it's time for its next round of regular maintenance. There are smart flowerpots connected to mobile apps that let caretakers know when houseplants get thirsty. And smart kettles can inquire via text message whether you'd like a cup of tea ready for you when you arrive home.
There are still some limitations to how much mobile tech can do in our lives and bugs that will need to be worked out. But right now there are so many ways mobile devices, apps and the gadgets controlled by them are making the modern world cooler and more comfortable. It's abundantly clear: our phones are getting smarter and we're reaping the rewards.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Blended Learning , BYOD , Concepts , Devices , Digital Storytelling , Education , Future Vision , Infographics , Internet , Kids , Learning , Notebooks , Online , PC , Research , Smartphones , Tablets , Technology , Webinars
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
Think about all of the ways that technology has influenced and infiltrated nearly every aspect of your life. Paying by check? You can do that online or just with your phone. Making a reservation at a restaurant? No need to call - an app will do it for you. Want to turn off the lights and lock your door? Your smart devices can help connect you.
That technological influence extends to our learning environments, too. Classrooms have undergone a centuries-long change that’s only been speed up with the advent of technology. What used to be one-room schoolhouses in the late 1800s are now redesigned spaces which invite students and teachers to engage in learning using tablets, whiteboards, and more.
One of the most prominent ways in which technology is changing classrooms is through impact on what we think of as the traditional learning environment. One classroom with one teacher standing in front of multiple students as an authoritative figure has given way to a concept known as blended learning. The latter is an instructional approach that capitalizes on the best of both worlds - education and tech.
Blended learning, is a learning trend driving education which in some form, is currently available in nearly every state. In a nutshell, this strategy or approach to teaching and learning involves the student learning through at least partial online delivery of content. In this sense, it offers both traditional instruction - a teacher in front of students - and digital or online content that’s accessible at any time.
The conceptualizations behind blended learning adhere to the notion that students are not uniform, and learning shouldn’t be either. Based on learning theories such as Gardner’s on multiple intelligences, and multiliteracies pedagogy, it is considered that students have different learning styles and come for culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds which should be taken into consideration when planning a lesson. In this respect, it is suggested that enhancing students’ learning through digital content can be a personalized response to students’ needs and desires, allowing them to learn at their own pace through means that are relevant to their lives.
In relation to the different strategies for undertaking a blended learning approach, six models have been proposed for its implementation: Face-to-Face Driver Model, Rotation Model, Flex Model, Online Lab Model, Self-Blend Model and Online Driver Model. More recently, other alternative blended learning models have been brought to the surface of educational cycles:
a) The traditional brick-and-mortar blended learning model:
An approach where the instructor uses online platforms to add resources, assign and gather homework, as well as encourage online discussions and other asynchronous learning activities beyond classroom hours
b) The hybrid learning model:
Students attend live events physically or online (for example webinars) while also work in virtual online environments. There could be an arranged schedule where some days students attend the class and others are optional however students must attend online.
c) The flipped learning model:
Teachers and other instructors record their online lectures and students are obliged to watch them before class. During the lesson, they can work on different tasks and in this sense the teacher has more time to work with challenging topics and addresses students’ difficulties.
Regardless of which type of blended learning model one chooses to adopt, there are certain misconceptions and considerations needed to be addressed. For instance, people often assume that blended learning equals all education online, but that isn’t true. It might be that the focus is on a technology rich environment, nevertheless, there is ‘hands on’ learning. In addition, unlike it is commonly believed, in blended learning students do not work individually only. The can undertake projects in groups with their peers to produce collaborative work online.
Furthermore, blended learning in contrast to the myth that it requires less work than traditional face to face instruction, doesn’t cut down on the amount of work that needs to be done by either students or educators. In fact, both sides may need to work at a more systematic basis. Instructors still need to prepare and students still need to do the work. But blended learning allows those learners to engage with information more frequently in order to fully grasp concepts that may have been more difficult with just one go-round.
Based on these characteristics of blended learning, in summary, the advantages from engaging in such practice have been identified as being:
- The meaningful combination of interactive face to face instruction and digital content through a differentiated personalized based teaching approach
- The use of digitally mediated content such as digital storytelling that has been found to motivate students’ interest and increase students’ learning and affective outcomes
- Access to the instruction such as an online session many times, with stops and pauses to the discretion of the learner.
- Researchers and practitioners suggest that blended learning can encourage students to continue learning outside the classroom. It can expand beyond the traditional school walls to connect with students’ lives.
- Blended learning can maximize the potential for acquiring 21st century skills.
Despite the promising features of this approach, the excitement about the possibilities of blended learning and the ways that technology can better prepare our students and assist our educators needs to be tempered with some serious questions about the process. It’s not a match for every person or every situation. Students need to know what the physical, in-class requirements are, and instructors need to be upfront and proactive about their availability and roles through digital means.
For instance, the technology that’s a given in a traditional classroom may not be available in each student’s home, which can impact learning and pacing. Students and instructors must have a shared understanding about assignments and work - what files are usable and which are not. And there should be practice and testing so that everyone understands the accessibility and usability of that particular online environment.
Whilst there is no fixed recipe for meaningful teaching and learning instruction, it appears that technology enhanced learning is the present and future of 21st century education. Blended learning could be a flexible and dynamic approach through the meaningful engagement with technology.
Whatever the end result, it’s important to understand how blended learning cannot guarantee success. It requires commitment on behalf of the educator and careful use of digital means. And therefore it is important to be aware of its different aspects. This graphic is a good place to start.
Conclusively, it appears that exciting times lay ahead for educators and students all together. Now, more than ever, we are in a position to offer the most engaging form of education that will empower students as dynamic and active learners. Blended learning, as it is proposed in this article, is one powerful approach which could change the education game and will be around for many years to come.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Apps , Business , Career , Converting , Customers , Education , How to , Industry , Internet , Microsoft , Office , Online , PDF , Powerpoint , Presentations , Reviews , Services , Software , Tools , Web and Desktop Apps
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
It’s highly likely that you have, at some point in your life, faced the struggles of public speaking. As you might know from general experience, public speaking is an art form in itself and is not for the most faint hearted. It takes guts, dedication, talent and a swimming pool of self-confidence just to get started and double of everything to be proficient at it. So, is everything lost for the common man?
No, because there are online tools that you can use to help you out when you’re in a one way street. This time, we are focusing on a tool that can help you prepare your presentations and save countless of hours in the process. To put it simply, it’s Investintech latest protege: PDF to PowerPoint converter.
Why Would I Convert PDF to PowerPoint, you May Ask?
Well, look at it this way: before you can hold your presentation you need to prepare it and the digitally literate person of 2016 usually prepares his work online. Since the PDF is the most popular file format on the Internet it’s only logical that you will, at some point in your prep, get a hold of a bunch of PDF documents that you will need to use for your presentation. With that in mind, Investintech created this PDF to PPT converter to save you time, money and nerves. And let’s face it, since you’re about to go speak in front of a bunch of people, you might as well spend more time preparing the actual appearance instead of manually retyping PDFs.
The tool is completely web based and simple to use. There are no limitations to the file sizes or the number of conversions at that matter, but there is one really important feature to address.
This one, unlike its competitors, enables you to convert scanned PDFs to PowerPoint as well since it has an integrated OCR. OCR is basically an Optical Character Recognition software, which reads the image, recognizes the letters and turns them into their corresponding digital values. Sounds neat, right?
Let’s see it in action as all it takes are just 3 simple clicks:
1. Select and Upload Your PDF
All file sizes are supported and you can go through the same process virtually unlimited number of times.
2. Type In the Email Address
You’ll get your converted file delivered here so make sure to use a genuine email.
3. Hit Start to Commence the Conversion
The output file is a fully editable .pptx document and all files are kept on Investintech servers for 24 hours, after which they get deleted.
If you do miss it, do not be worried as you can just re-upload your file and go through the same process again.
The tool is definitely worthy of bookmarking as it does a great job at what it says. It keeps the formatting as close as possible to the original document, while maintaining the document layout and it quickly provides you with a usable PowerPoint document. This simple web app can save you hours, believe it or not, and even though it’s something that’s used from time to time it’s great value for the fact that it’s completely free.
So bookmark, convert and go and make history.
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Monday, July 11, 2016 Apps , Business , Career , Converting , Customers , Education , Excel , How to , Industry , Internet , Microsoft , Online , PDF , Reviews , Services , Software , Tools , Web and Desktop Apps
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
Hey guys. We hope you're as excited for the summer as we are! Do you have free time for reading? If so, then what we have in store for you could be worthwhile.
In the world of most modern business professionals, a lot is depending on the everyday sharing of files among colleagues. And ever since the early 90s, the PDF (Portable Document File) is the absolute champion of file formats for this type of operation, and it still reigns supreme. The key to its decades-long success and the sole reason that differentiates it from all other file formats is that it is the only file type that can be viewed on every operating platform there is (Macintosh, Windows, Linux etc) exactly like it is and without any glitches, bugs, or other issues whatsoever.
This is why so many programs like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, AutoCad, Publisher and plenty others have the option to save the projects in PDF form (if you’ve ever wondered why). But as you probably suspected, there is a significant downside when using PDFs.
The main (and probably the only problem) with this format is that it cannot be edited. Once you’ve created a PDF file out of a Excel spreadsheet for instance, it becomes a read-only file, and the person who received it can’t implement any kind of changes to it without the use of programs and tools designed specifically for the task of converting the PDF back to its native state, in this case an Excel spreadsheet.
Most of the conversion software available on the market come at a high price, and for people who don’t need to edit at least several files a day, it is probably a waste of money. A lot of the free online tools on the other hand give mixed results, and it’s somewhat difficult to find the one that works good. Today we will introduce a tool that offers great results, and can be used for converting a PDF to Excel, a program that is used by a lot of different professionals (accountants, lawyers, bookkeepers) and also by educators, students and many more.
We should now cover how the tool functions, and as you will see, everything is achieved in a few simple steps.
1. Select the File You Want to Convert
The first part is selecting the file you need to convert, and that can be done either from your hard-drive, or from one of the cloud services listed below (Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive).
It is important to mention that you can convert regular PDFs, and also scanned ones, using Optical Character Recognition technology.
2. Click the Download Button
After you have chosen the desired file, the download button will appear.
The fantastic thing about PDF to Excel is that absolutely no user information is needed (not even an email address), and that the file that was uploaded for the conversion is kept on the company’s server for just 6 hours, and will not be used under any circumstances.
This is pretty much what we have for you today, and if you ever have a spreadsheet locked in PDF form that need to edit quickly, try this tool and you won’t regret it!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Accounting , Business , Career , CEO , Customers , Designs , Developers , Fashion , Industry , Inventors , Investing , It Pros , Life , Marketing , Office , Presentations , Services , Shopping , Social Workers , World
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
Everyone comes in different sizes. It can be hard to find the right size shirts for you, especially if you differentiate of the “standard” male. Maybe you are a tall man with long arms that don’t fit into any regular fit dress shirts for men. Or maybe you rather go with classic fit shirts. Nothing wrong with a little class.
You will need a good shirt to look good for work or that dinner, so better get one now. Want to know more on what to look for?
Regular Fit Dress Shirts for Men
Regular fits dress shirts for men are a little wider around the waist and the sleeves. They leave plenty of room for you to move around in. They are and stay comfortable, even on those long work days. You have them in all sizes, colors and patterns. A few fine choices to wear are a light blue and white striped shirt for example. Wear a regular fit dress shirt when you are up for a work day at the office.
Men’s Extra Long Sleeve Shirts
Are your arms too long for normal shirts? Time to get some men’s extra long sleeve shirts! You can find both slim fit and regular fit shirts with extra long sleeves. Regular fit shirts are by far the most comfortable, though! Just like normal regular fit dress shirts you have a very broad choice in sizes, colors and patterns for those shirts with extra long sleeves. Go for something a little bright and wear a shirt with pink, green and white in a checkered pattern. Cheerful and yet subtle.
Classic Fit Shirt
Do you like it a little authenticity? Classic fit shirts have just the right amount of class and give off an authentic feel. Making it possible for you to look your best. They are comfortable and roomy and men have been wearing this kind of shirt for centuries and they have always looked good in them. Wear a classic fit shirts when going out to a romantic dinner with your wife, a meeting with your boss or when you are meeting new clients. A classic fit shirt is also perfect if you are giving a speech or an elevator pitch. Try wearing a nice classy white shirt with a black or dark blue tie.
The Best Colors and the Best Patterns
It’s not enough to just wear the right shirt. It has to have the right color and pattern for whatever you are about to do. You can’t go to a dinner with clients in a murky green blazer with a mustard yellow striped shirt. That is just not the right choice, especially not when you are trying to dress to impress. No, what you want is something quite the opposite. Just a regular day at the office? Wear a shirt with a light color. Think pastels or white. Shirts with just one color or a pattern of either checkers or stripes are the best.
Meeting with the boss? Go classy with a white shirt and a black or dark colored tie. Don’t wear a grey shirt, as those are a little bleak, but you could definitely go for a grey blazer. When you have a meeting with your boss nine out of ten times you will want to impress him or her. Keep that in mind when picking what shirt to wear in the morning.
Got a fancy gala to attend? Go for wealthy colors like purple and red, or for the classical colors like black, white and grey. Even better is to mix it up a little. A grey blazer can never go wrong and with a beautiful bright, but subtle purple or red shirt underneath it you will steal the show. For those of us who don’t like to stand in the spotlights it is an option to go for a black blazer, with a nice white and cream colored striped shirt and a black tie.
Every shirt has a certain standard measurement. Get to know what your measurements are so you can find the right shirt of whatever type you like for you. It might be a good idea to get your shirts hand tailored for your measurements so you will be able to wear a shirt that fits you perfectly, no matter what shape or size you are. There is a perfect shirt out there for everyone. Now it’s time to find yours!
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Friday, June 24, 2016 Apple , Automation , Automotive , Driving , Engineering , Future Vision , Google , Industry , Life , Lyft , Mercedes , Motion Sensors , Remote Control , Self-Driving , Sensors , Technology , Tesla , Transportation , Uber , Volvo
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
Sadly, the flying car is still the domain of science fiction. On the bright side, self-driving cars are not only feasible, they're already here. In fact, Google's self-driving cars have logged more than 1.5 million miles of trouble-free driving (clearly those miles don't include a recent incident with a public bus), and can currently be found in California, Texas, Washington, and Arizona. Google is so confident in its self-driving technology that the company makes it easy for the public to follow along with monthly reports.
Eventually, the lessons learned – and the technology that is developed – will find its way throughout the industry. The gist of this continued development is plain to see; before long, autonomous cars will be an everyday reality. Just as smartphones and texting have transformed the world around us in just a few short years, it's entirely feasible that autonomous car technology could do the same.
But like any technology that is destined to cause a paradigm shift in the way we interact with each other and the world around us, there are still many questions left unanswered and puzzles ready to be solved. The technology may be ready, but are we? Are you willing to strap your toddler into a baby seat and then let the computer do the driving? The self-driving cars of the future are likely to evolve as we evolve with them.
The Promise of the Autonomous Car: A Personal Chauffeur
The ultimate expression of the self-driving car is likely yet to be determined. However, most people probably envision self-driving cars as mobile versions of robotic butlers. Available at our every beck and call, there for us when we need it, and able to take us anywhere we want, leaving the passengers to their own devices. Imagine if your car could drop you off in front of a busy downtown restaurant and then drive around or find its own parking space, only to come and pick you up when your meal was done. Well, that sounds terrific, but we're not there yet!
At the moment, self-driving applications (those that are commercially available, anyway; we're not counting Google's self-driving car) are limited to semi-autonomous auto pilot programs. Though far from being truly autonomous, they are helping both driver and engineer come to terms with what vehicle autonomy really is. Tesla offers auto pilot on its Model S and Model X electric cars, and manufacturers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz offer or are developing similar technologies. These technologies allow vehicles to maintain speed, steer themselves, alert drivers to potential hazards, and even park themselves. If that much can already be accomplished, perhaps the autonomous personal chauffeur isn't too far away!
Self-driving Taxi Fleets Will Provide Cars on Demand
But the question must be asked: if cars become truly autonomous, do we even need to own them? Companies like Uber, Tesla, Apple and Google think there could be a future in the shared car (as well as autonomous public transportation). Fleets of autonomous cars could be the next natural evolutionary step of a concept already practiced by companies like ZipCar, Car2Go, and Paris and London's electric share car programs. Rather than own cars, why note hire them, on demand? With a smartphone in every pocket, it's easy to see how such a program could work.
Obviously, such autonomous fleets would have to be quite large if everyone gave up on car ownership in the coming decades, but it isn't hard to imagine punching in a request on one's smartphone and having a self-driving car arrive 10 minutes later to take you to your destination. Once you get there, leave the car, close the door, and be on your way. As with Uber and Lyft's current pay structure, you would be billed automatically and that would be that. You wouldn't have to worry about car insurance or even a driver's license. Nor would you have to worry about parking. For all but the most diehard gear heads, it's an attractive idea.
But What of the Obstacles?
Self-driving cars are close. As software, hardware, and technology companies like Qualcomm continue to work on vehicle applications for mobile processors, autonomous cars will continue to become more and more advanced. In fact, the odds are good that at some point in the near future, your car could be the "smartest" thing you own. But there's still much to be determined before your car drives you to work, and not the other way around.
One of the most obvious questions is who should be responsible in the event an autonomous car is involved in a crash. Volvo has already stated that it will take full responsibility in any accident involving one of its self-driving cars, but will other manufacturers follow along? And what of vehicle insurance? If your car is driving you, and not you it, should you still be obligated to purchase and maintain car insurance? Insurance companies are certain to lobby for this, but is it fair or logical? Finally, at what point can an autonomous car be trusted completely? In other words, how far away are we from being able to sit in the back seat of our car on the way to work (rather than having to babysit the wheel and pedals in the off chance the car loses control)? Taking this concept one step further, will cars in the future have steering wheels? At what point do human interfaces in cars become a liability rather than a benefit?
These questions are mostly rhetorical, of course. There is no clear answer. But we will, collectively, need to figure out the answers to these questions and more before autonomous cars become commonplace. In this case, it might not be prudent to jump into the deep end and learn to swim - better to ease into it. The future does show promise though, there can be no denying that. We are on the cusp of one of the biggest milestones in personal transportation since the original automobile was introduced over a century ago. Exciting, to say the least.
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Monday, June 13, 2016 Apps , Arts , Business , Concepts , Customers , Designs , Icons , Industry , Innovations , Kids , Labeley , Life , Marketing , Online , Photos , Prototypes , Services , Technology , Tools , World
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
There are multiple reasons for using labels: to inform users about the product’s contents, to make the product look attractive so people would be interested in trying it out, to help people organize their belongings, to alert others about potential dangers of using an item, etc.
The most basic, simplest label would be a piece of paper applied to an item with a sticking tape. That certainly does the job of identifying a product, but it’s not the best solution if you want to sell an item or make a gift that includes a sticker. In most cases you want your label to look presentable.
Not everyone can afford to hire graphic designers when branding their products. And in many cases people need labels simply for their private purposes (labeling their kids belongings for summer camp, making stickers for a beer party or a small, intimate wedding, etc.), so paying someone to design their label is out of question.
That’s where a simple, smooth tool such as Labeley comes in. It’s a custom label maker that only requires users to have some imagination, playful spirit and, of course, Internet connection. The tool is web-based and completely free, so it’s definitely worth trying out.
Use Labeley to Create Beer, Wine, Kids, Household or Any Other Label
Here’s how to use this neat label creator:
Go to the tool’s main page (labeley.com) and first click on Start Designing. You’ll see four category options: beer, wine, kids and general. Check out all four to see different options, backgrounds, illustrations… Then choose the one you like.
Let’s say you chose the Beer category. Select an appropriate label shape from the selection on the left side of the screen.
Now click on Border and pick one whose color you like. This step is optional.
The following step is optional as well. If you want some interesting background, click on Background and choose one from Labeley’s backgrounds gallery. You can also choose the background color.
Next, click on Graphic and pick any graphic that you like. Maybe these illustrations will also give you ideas for a name for your beer brand.
If no illustration is quite what you want, you have another option: to upload any photo/design you want from your computer. Just click on the Upload tab, then on Upload Image, and then browse your computer for an appropriate photo for your beer label.
Then go to the Text option, click on the green Create Text button that will appear, and select from a wide range of fonts.
You can also choose the font’s color, style (normal or italic) and weight (normal or bold).
Finally, here’s what we’ve created for the purposes of this tutorial:
Play around with Labeley’s design options to see how the tool works, and after 10 minutes you’ll be able to create a professional-looking label for any purpose and occasion. You might even surprise yourself with your newly discovered design skills and talent!
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Monday, June 13, 2016 Customers , Designs , Entertainment , Fitness , Future Vision , Games , Health , History , Innovations , Kids , Life , Models , Offers , Prototypes , Shopping , Skateboarding , Sports , Technology , Transportation , World
Posted by Andreas Christodoulou
You may have heard rumblings in the past of companies trying to develop the first ever hoverboard. The company that manages to conquer the finer points of gravity in order to create a board that doesn't need wheels will be worth millions instantly. But any such invention could be decades away, if not longer. So why our fascination with the hoverboard?
It all goes back to Back to the Future II, a 1989 film and the second installment in a three-part series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The first film in the series has Fox's character traveling back to 1955; the second film has him traveling forward to 2015. It is in 2015 that the movie's main character, Marty McFly, sees and uses a hoverboard for the first time.
Aficionados of the Back to the Future series also know that McFly 'invented' skateboards when he traveled back to 1955. In order to get away from an unfriendly gang chasing him through the town square, McFly grabbed a homemade wooden scooter from a kid, pulled the handlebars off, and used it like a skateboard.
The prevalence of the skateboard in the film series is important from a cultural standpoint. Why? Consider the following three reasons:
1. Skateboarding Was Just Beginning
If you are younger than 40, you might assume that skateboards are a turn-of-the-century thing. They are not. Skateboarding goes back to the early 1980s; to an age when kids were looking for things to do in the absence of computers, cell phones, and most of the rest of the technology we take for granted today.
In those early days, skateboarding was about hanging out with your friends and learning to ride tandem down a steep hill without killing yourselves. Most people considered skateboards a fad the kids would outgrow. Yet the writers of the Back to the Future series thought otherwise. They saw skateboarding as something that would survive well into the future.
2. Skateboarding Technology Keeps Advancing
Introducing the hoverboard in the second film proved that filmmakers believed in the future of skateboards. And while we may not have the technology portrayed in the film yet, skateboarding technology continues to advance year after year. Boards are getting better, they are lasting longer, and skateboarding becomes more exciting and challenging by the day.
Any student of sports history knows that advances in technology tend to make a given sport better. That is certainly true in skateboarding. The things our parents were doing back in the 1980s seem so passé to us; the things we do on skateboards today they never would have considered on first and second generation boards.
3. The Skateboarding Culture Has Survived
The 2015 of the Back to the Future series is one in which punks and thugs use hoverboards to do what they do. In part, that might be a reflection of the 1980s mentality that believed skateboarders were troublemakers just looking to disrupt communities whenever they could. We certainly know that thinking is by no means true. More importantly, the skateboarding culture that grew out of our parents' love for boarding has remained intact for decades.
Today, the skateboarding culture is still about hanging out with your friends and having a good time enjoying something you all love. Futurist predictions and hoverboards aside, what many people thought was a fad has become a staple of American youth. Perhaps some of it is due to the iconic nature of the Back to the Future series. But most of it is because skateboards are just plain fun.
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