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How Do You Share Photos Across the Web?


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Yesterday, I bought some interesting things at the grocery store. I had to snap pictures and upload them through Instagram. This site gives you an interesting and unique way to share photos taken with your mobile device on the web in a simple manner. All you have to do is take your picture, select your preferred visual style through the presets and upload it to the web. By doing this, you can share your images across networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

The problem is that until now there was no easy way to browse everyone’s images on the web. If you weren’t connected to a person in some way, you’d miss out on all the great shots they were sharing. With the introduction of Extragram, though, all of that is about to change.

Extragram uses Instagram’s API to create a new and simple way for people to browse through photos. Instead of relying on the mobile app or even direct links, you can log in and browse Instagram photos within your browser.

Yes, I did just take a picture of the Extragram logo to upload through my Instagram account. If you would like to follow me on the site, just search for my l0ckergn0me username and add me. I tend to take a lot of pictures… I’ll snap shots of silly thing, beautiful things and shiny things. I love to share bits and pieces of my life through photographs, and you never know what you’ll find each day.

The challenging part of using Instagram is choosing which filter to use for any given picture. You have to add exactly the right one to get your point across! Once you’ve done that, it’s time to finally share it out and let others discover what you’ve done through Extragram.

How do you share photos across the web?

Burn ISO Images to Disc Using ISO Recorder


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Bowman is back to tell you about a simple and free ISO burning program called ISO Recorder. It’s one of the best ways to burn an ISO image to a disc.

ISO Recorder allows you to burn CD and DVD images, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder. It is recommended by MSDN download site along with Easy CD and Nero and is used by a number of companies around the world.

When you open up the record function, the controls are simple to set up. Choose where your image file is or to copy directly from another CD. Decide which recorder you want to use, your recording speed and whether the disc should automatically eject after burning. That’s all there is to it. It’s honestly that easy to use.

You can also use the program to record an ISO image from a disc. This tiny piece of code is quite powerful and an excellent addition to your software arsenal.

Thanks again, Bowman, for the excellent screencast.

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How to Convert Files Using Format Factory


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Trying to convert things from one file format to another can be a royal pain, as we all know. There are many programs out there that will do the job for us, but most of them will cost you an arm and a leg. Format Factory is a piece of freeware that is quite powerful. Matthew’s first screencast for us is going to show you how to use Format Factory to manage all of your file formats, conversions and more!

Not only can Format Factory convert video files, it can handle audio files and image files as well. Use it to reduce your file size, repair damaged files and even rip DVDs! It supports more than 50 languages, so you don’t have to wonder whether you’ll be able to fully understand the English version if you aren’t from the US.

Matthew says that the amazing thing about this program is the huge number of file types that are supported. Videos can be converted to: MP4, 3GP, MPG, AVI, WMV, FLV or SWF. Audio files can convert to: MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, or WAV. Last – but not least! – image files can convert to: JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF, or TGA! Best of all, MP4 files support iPods, iPhone, PSP and BlackBerry format!

As you can see from the screencast, it’s exceedingly easy to use, and it won’t cost you a penny! Grab Format Factory for yourself and start managing your files more efficiently.

Thanks, Matthew, for an excellent first screencast!

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How to Create a Seamless Tile Background Image


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Sure, you can take a small picture and turn it into a tiled background for a web page or your desktop. It’s not difficult to do. What is difficult, though, is creating a background that is seamless out of that small image. Not every image will work for this. It can be really tough to create something that flows together and looks right.

I have a tool for you that works from within your web browser. You can use it to create some kind of seamless image to use wherever you may need it. Repper is really easy to use. Just press “Start tool now”. It will give you a basic image by default. While you’re moving the skin around, it will show you a live, dynamic preview of what you’re doing. It’s the easiest tool I’ve ever seen that will help you accomplish your goal.

I’ve seen plenty of tools over the years that will help you do this. They’re expensive, and hard to figure out. Not only is this easy – it’s also free! Repper is a free-to-use pattern creator that turns your images into eye-catching designs. You can start playing right away: just upload an image and start dragging!

You can use Repper to create unique background patterns for your social profiles or your personal webpage. Or use it for posters or business cards, to design textile patterns or whatever you can think of; your imagination is your only limit!

Make sure you send me your cool ideas and websites! How else can I share them with the rest of the World?

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RSS, OPML, Tag, Bookmark Icons

We have a “standard” RSS icon and a similar working OPML icon, but I’d like to work with the graphics community on creating a “standard” Tag icon and a “standard” Bookmark icon – in a similar square style. These icons would tie into the functionality of my first two WP plugin ideas – where the user would only need to display one icon, and when the visitor hovers over it, would receive a nice callout to selected services. We could eliminate a massive amount of confusion and save page space at the same time. I think it’s time we started thinking about this – but I’m not a graphic designer. Help?

OPML Icon

OPML is great – and for feed organization, it’s equally awesome. Just about every news aggregator supports importing and exporting OPML, but there hasn’t yet emerged an OPML icon design that is equally as appealing as the “standard” feed icon set forth by Firefox and subsequently adopted by the industry. In working with information architects on TagJag, we decided to dedicate some cycles to designing an OPML icon for use on the site:

OPML Icon

Before you ask, I did float this past Dave (who didn’t like it much, but suggested I ask others what they thought of it). We’re certainly open to suggestions, but as it stands – this is the design we’re gonna use for linking to OPML files. It’s pretty much like the “standard” feed icon, but it’s… different. Check out OPMLIcons.com.