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How to use free software tool Paletton online to match colors perfectly

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

If you’re naturally good at picking colors, be thankful for your special gift. For the rest of us, I recommend a free online software tool such as Paletton. (formerly known as Color Scheme Designer)

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Tags: Free Software, Website Design

Compress pdf with Smallpdf for easier upload and download

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, May 02, 2015

Reduce the size of your PDF online with This app compresses your PDF in the cloud for free to a perfect size while maintaining quality.

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Tags: Free Software, Content Marketing

Instant Eyedropper to pick, capture and copy the exact color

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, Mar 14, 2015

What color is that?  How do you copy the exact color to avoid looking like a kindergarten marketer? Memories are short, notes are overwhelming and creative entrepreneurs make quick decisions that may appear to be irrational but in reality are genius. Later though, when it is time to replicate a few of the details such as the color scheme, it is difficult to remember the exact color match.

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Tags: Free Software, Graphics. Design

Create your own infographics free with

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Here is an online software program to create an infographic which touches the heart and mind simultaneously.

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Tags: Free Software, Graphics, Landing Pages

Namebird for unraveling the puzzle to pick a domain name

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

While you struggle with crossword puzzles and avoid domain name research because the "they are all taken", you might find Namebird helpful for picking a domain name.

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Tags: Domain Names, Free

Canva - Now you low-techie designers can design like a pro!

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, Aug 02, 2014


Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, by bringing together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than 1 million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts.

Canva is an online, graphics-tool service. It enables people to create beautiful designs in a fast, easy, and inexpensive way.

One of the design categories is Kindle ebook covers because I know what a challenge and expense this is for self-published authors.  Here is a collection of covers:

People can create from scratch or use Canva designs as a starting point. Canva is free unless people use a stock photo -- then the charge is $1/photo.

This video explains how to create Kindle covers with Canva:

If you like what Canva does, please tell people who need to make Kindle covers or need to create graphics for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, eBay, Etsy, LinkedIn, blogs, and presentations.

And if you like Canva, you will appreciate how Hubspot, the all-in-one-marketing software, has a brand new photo editor built inside. 

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Tags: Design, Free Software, Graphics

Free Audio Editor Ocenaudio, is it better than Audacity?

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Tue, Jul 08, 2014

While Ocenaudio may not be "better" than Audicity, it may be simpler for you to use if software is not your thing.

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Tags: Free Software, Audio, Editor

PicMonkey - Editing photos online free and easy

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Jun 08, 2014

PicMonkey is an option for editing photos and embedding them into your website.

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Tags: Free Software, Photo Editing

Free Firewall Software

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

Before you consider a free firewall software option, what is a firewall?

A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets. All messages entering or leaving the intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and blocks those that do not meet the specified security criteria.

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Tags: Firewall, Security, Free Software - Where you get the scoop on unwanted 800 numbers that call

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Jan 08, 2014

What do you do when the phone rings and your caller ID tells you it's an 800 number?  I hope your first inclination is NOT to pick up.  There is a website where you you can find out who’s behind those 800 numbers.

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Tags: Free Software