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Enjoy the following helpful hints, suggestions, links and cool stuff

We’ve tried to think of everything our current and future clients might find useful when it comes to our world. We hope you find them as useful as we have. If you need help finding something that is not listed here, please contact us and describe what you are trying to find and we will do our best to help.

*Please read and check all software before installing.

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Featured Software

Grasshopper – Phone System

Grasshopper.com lets you connect your business with all of your partners and suppliers. This cloud based software allows you to manage your phone system online and on your mobile device. Some features include:

  • Keep your existing number – Maintain your brand
  • Get a toll free or local number – national or local presence
  • Multiple extensions – for everyone on your team
  • Call forwarding to mobile phones – work from anywhere
  • Voicemails transcribed – delivered to your email
  • No new hardware – use your existing phones
  • Send business text messages – from your toll free or local number

Resource Library

Software, Apps. Links & More

SOFTWARE

Computers were supposed to make our lives easier. 

They still can, when you have the right software.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Your computer is a great tool but not when its not working it can be very frustrating.

The following links will help yo support your own problems or help you help those that support you.

COMMUNICATIONS

For us, working via email and or instant messaging works best.

We know it can be easier to phone, but then we need to try and write down everything said on the phone. That;s when mistakes can happen. Here are some free Email Programs and Instant Messaging applications you can use.

Notes, To Do Lists & more.

The software options below allow you to install in on all of your electronic devices, including computers, tablets and phone. Then you can access all of your notes, to-do lists and more. The software automatically syncs all files to all devices. If you share folders with co-workers or family members, you can collaborate on the same documents.

Evernote

Go to Evernote

Microsoft OneNote

Go to OneNote

Google Keep

Go to Google Keep

Web Browsers

Keeping your web browser up to date is the best way to guarantee that what you are supposed to see on a website is accurate. If a website doesn’t load or looks odd, chances are the browser needs an update or the web site code is really old. Sometimes a web site will load differently in different browsers. Use this handy website to Update your OUTDATED Browser.

The most common browsers are:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge (formerly Internet Explorer)
  • Apple Safari
  • Opera

 

Cloud Software / Storage

Storing your files ‘off-site’ is a great, almost mandatory idea. There are a lot of choices out there. We have listed the 2 most common ones below. If you want to compare the top 10 for yourself, check out cloudwards.net.

Dropbox 

Google Drive

Microsoft OneDrive

Sync (Canadian based)

 

 

 

 

Business Software

Storing your files ‘off-site’ is a great, almost mandatory idea. There are a lot of choices out there. We have listed the 2 most common ones below. If you want to compare the top 10 for yourself, check out cloudwards.net.

  • Open Office – Free Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  • Google Docs – Free Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and more.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader Keep up with this Free software update to be able to view PDF documents.

 

 

 

Accounting Software
Website down? Or is it?
  • When you browse to a website you know you have visited before and it’s not working, you don’t know who to blame, Is it your internal system? Is it the web hosting company, or is it the internet down? Check out this site and type in the domain. It will tell  you right away if the site is down for JUST you or EVERYONE.
What is my IP Address?
How to clear cache?
  • Your internet browser’s cache stores certain information about webpages you visit, so that they’ll load more quickly in the future. Here are instructions with screenshots on how to clear the cache for all major browsers.
What software am I running?
  • Find out what Operating System, Internet Browser and What your IP Address is one step.
Instant Messaging Programs
Phone System

CLOUD STORAGE

Cloud Storage is almost mandatory in this day and age.

Having the ability to access your files from anywhere is very useful. From not having to carry around CD’s or remembering those USB memory sticks (thumb drives) to emailing things to your work or home so you can work on them later.

There are many forms of cloud storage, here we will introduce the most common 3 resources.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

Paint.net

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Microsoft OneDrive

Get to your files from anywhere, on any device, with Microsoft OneDrive. Share and work together with anyone in your work and life

PHOTO EDITING

When adding photos to any website starting with a large image is good. Keep in mind that the average screen resolution is 1366 pixels wide by 768 pixels tall. This means that when you go to a website on your computer, before you have to scroll down to see more information on that website, the screen size is about 1366 x 768.

So if you upload an image that is 800 pixels wide, then it will take up over half of the screen width. Web browser code can make the image smaller, but you shouldn’t rely on the browser code to do this because this will cause the website to load slowly as the computer will have to do this more often and thus slow the overall loading of a website.

The free software below will get you started to start resizing your images and reducing the overall file size so they load quicker on websites.

Paint.net

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

FastStone Photo Resizer 

FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. Drag and Drop mouse operation is well supported.

 

Fotor

Fotor is an excellent photo editor for making quick enhancements. If you want to do a quick spot of manual retouching with a clone brush or healing tool you’ll need to opt for one of the more powerful tools above, but Fotor’s high-end filters that really do shine. Fotor offers and excellent selection of filters for one-click photo enhancement, as well as advanced manual controls