The standard orientation of our computer screens is generally horizontal (also known as landscape) but monitors placed in portrait mode (where height becomes greater than the width) can be pretty useful for performing tasks that require lot of scrolling (like reading lengthy web pages).
Windows 7 includes a new option under Display Settings that can help you flip the screen from portrait to landscape mode (and vice-versa) without requiring additional software.
This may come very handy if you are using a dual monitor setup with Windows 7 where you want one screen in the default horizontal mode and other one in vertical mode for reading content.
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Adobe BrowserLab is a new online service that will help you test the layout of your web pages across a variety of web browsers and operating systems.
Comparing web design in Firefox 3.0 & IE 7.0
You can use the Browser Lab service to view the design of your site in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on both Mac and Windows. BrowserLab works by taking screen shots of your web pages in different browsers on different platforms and then displays these screenshot images side by side for easy comparison.
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Today’s inbox is generally cluttered with many different offers and sales pitches and so it seems strange that more people who are trying to market their blogs through an email marketing campaign or another method don’t take the time to write a great subject line.
These are the times when it’s more necessary than ever to ensure that you’ve got a great subject line to help promote your blog but that essential part of any email seems to be treated with a blas© attitude.
Remember that the subject line is one of the more important parts of any email marketing campaign and it makes the first impression that you want to give to any prospective readers. As good as the newsletter about your blog might be, it could very well end up in the trash without an effective subject line. With that in mind there are several things that you’ll want to remember about these to ensure that you get to the point directly.
* And the first point is just that. You want to keep them short and sweet. The general rule is one of these subject lines should never have more than nine words. Remember that most of the browsers that are used today don’t have capabilities beyond that anyway.
* Make the benefit to opening the letter known right away. Give the reader some kind of instant reward for opening the message immediately. Using phrases that any reader will see as beneficial are good like save time or profit from home but only give away enough so that they will need to click on your message.
*Asking a question in the first line is a good way to entice the reader into wanting to go further. It’s a technique that makes the tone of the email more friendly.
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The spreadsheet component of Google Docs provides some useful functions for importing web data into your online documents. For instance, you can use the importFeeds function to manipulate RSS in Google Docs while the importHTML function helps you fetch information from a live web page into Google Docs.
The following Google Spreadsheet demonstrates how one can use these import functions in Google Docs to convert web addresses into tiny URLs on the fly. You may have to create a copy of this spreadsheet into your own Google Account for entering new data or for modifying the cell formulas.
This spreadsheet, written by bit.ly developers, makes a call to the bit.ly API as soon as a URL is entered by the user and displays the API response in the short URL column. Internally, it uses the importData function which is normally used to display CSV data in Google Docs.
Cell A1 (input field): User enters a URL
Cell B1 (result) =importData(concatenate(“http://api.bit.ly/shorten?longUrl=”,A1))
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Creating a video slideshow from photos is easy. Import your image collection into Photo Story (or Windows Movie Maker), choose a music track to play alongside the slideshow and render. Photo Story can even add that famous Ken Burns Effect that you may seen in some documentary videos on the History Channel.
The other alternative is to use a web application like Animoto that creates impressive MTV style videos in seconds. All it requires is a web browser and, unlike Photo Story that works only with local pictures, Animoto can even pull images directly from Flickr, Facebook, and other online photo sites.
The Problem with Photo Slideshow Software
While creating slideshows from scratch is simple, things get complex when you need to edit an existing photos slideshow. For instance, it might take lot of effort if you need to make small edits like changing the transition from fade to dissolve or replacing a couple of pictures with another set and so on.
Enter Stupeflix – it’s an online service that makes the task of creating and editing photo slideshows almost as simple as writing a basic HTML web page.
To get started, first upload all the images to Stupeflix and then add text captions (optional). Click generate and your slideshow video is ready for download in QuickTime MP4 format.
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