Fresh from passing 1 million users in Singapore — or 20 percent of the country’s popular — LinkedIn has announced another milestone in Asia, after it reached 20 million registered members in India, it’s second largest market worldwide. Its presence...
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Robin Good: Vengage is a new web app which allows anyone to created, edit and personalize professional-looking infographics by utilizing ready-made elements and an easy-to-use interface.
From the Carlispina blog: "The newest tool for creating interactive infographics online is Venngage from the Vizualize.Me team.
Building on the concepts that are at work in the Vizualize.Me infographic resume tool, Venngage allows users to create infographics on any topic with great simplicity.
Despite this simplicity, Venngage is also extremely versatile, offering 14 different infographic templates, each of which is highly customizable, including the ability to resize the overall infographic to meet your specific needs.
... a wide range of data types since it offers more than a dozen different types of charts, a host of symbols and shapes and the ability to add your own images.
Unlike many other infographic tools, Venngage also includes the ability to link to other web content directly in the infographic’s text."
Venngage offers the option to export a .png file, to share your final work on social media, to keep private, or to embed it on any website or blog.
"Unlike image-based infographics, Venngage's infographics are pure HTML elements and 100% search engine optimized."
Robin Good: ProShow Web is a free web app which allows you to upload your preferred images and video clips to create fancy-looking video slideshows.
The free service provides hundreds of music tracks that can be used without additional cost to score your visual creation.
You can customize the slideshow visually by utilizing one of the many ready-made templates already available, and by selecting the order of images and clips, adding transitions, effects and text information.
The final video (which remains always "editable" in your account) can be easily uploaded to YouTube, shared on Facebook or downoaded in your preferred format and video resolution.
A "Pro" version is available that provides more features and higher quality outputs.
Robin Good: Here is a useful guide to 25 free audio editors, both for PC and Mac, which can solve most of your problems when it comes to audio editing, conversion and recording.
The mini-reviews are not super, but the collection per se is quite useful indeed.
The guide also includes some nifty digital instruments and tools like Hydrogen (for Linux) fro drumpad programming, the Kangas Sound Editor to create music and sound effects, AudioCutter which is very useful to split large MP3 files.
P.S.: Unfortunately the short reviews (some of which are a bit incomplete) fail to specify which apps are for PC and which for Mac, but you can derive - in many cases - it by looking at the screenshots
Robin Good: WalkMe.com is a new app which allows web site and app publishers to easily create step-by-step, interactive on-screen instructions that help users to complete specific tasks or lern how to use a new software tool.
Walkme works both as a browser add-on as well as a mobile app for your iOS device.
Robin Good: Dropr is a new visual curation and presentation platform which allows you to easily import / upload any type of content, from text to sound clips, video, images and more, to your online creative space.
Multimedia contents can be organized into Portfolio, Projects and Collections. (Frankly I was a bit overwhelmed by all these levels and by their effective role, but it looks like by browsing other people collections, that this is not an issue limited to me.)
To get an idea of the type of things you can do with Dropr go to the home page here: http://dropr.com and click on the Explore button on the top right corner. Then click on one of the three buttons (Portfolios, Projects, Collections) and see what a fantastic world of stunning visual portfolios can be set up with this tool.
Once you are in a collections or portfolio the visual browsing, navigation and experience is great. I'd recommend it to any visual artist wanting to set up rapidly a visual portfolio of his best work. The hard part, at least from a conceptual viewpoint, is understanding how to organize these different levels and how to take best advantage of them.
Robin Good: Presentate is a new web-based HTML5 presentation builder which promises flawless compatibility across operating systems and devices, integrated interactivy and some integrated design and editorial guidance.
From the official site: "Exporting your deck to a PDF, or uploading it to a Flash-based player shares a low-fidelity snapshot of your presentation. The accompanying narrative is lost, and your readers are left with pull quotes, sound bytes, or a bullet point summary.
Presentate does things differently. As you create your presentations right in the browser, they’re immediately ready to be shared with people, and the fidelity and value of all your hard work remains intact — no exporting process, no hassle."
"Unlike your current tools, Presentate helps you engage your audience — not with effects and gimmicks, but with a high-fidelity, immersive experience that works across all platforms."
Email has the potential to deliver a strong ROI for marketers, though the precise response rates depend on a number of factors including the subject line, type of offers and the time of day the email is sent.
The best way of accurately finding the optimal time of day to send your emails is to run tests, taking into account fluctuations around pay day and annual events such as Christmas and bank holidays.
According to the Econsultancy/Adestra Email Marketing Industry Census 2013 only half of businesses (49%) are currently testing the time and day of their email messages, so either the other 51% already know the optimum time or they're working off a hunch.
So to give some food for thought on where to start looking and testing, here are six case studies and infographics that look at the best time and day of the week to send emails...
Keeping Google’s constant and ever-changing algorithm upgrades straight is no easy task even for the most capable SEO technicians and marketing gurus. A visual representation of Panda’s perturbations in timeline infographic form is helpful when trying to wrap one’s head around the rationale behind Google’s algorithm decisions.
Due to the extreme nature of Panda, Google actually went out of their way to assist users in improving their websites to rank highly once the dust had settled.
Frightening reputation aside, Panda only reinforced the importance of putting out top notch content that delivers value.
We all know that marketing strategy is a very important part of any company growth because only great marketing strategy and team can fly the company in the sky.
This infographic of social media marketing will help to understand the latest social media marketing strategy. Check out the Infographic and share which social media marketing strategy you use the most for your project at the article link.
Robin Good: Wink 2.0 is a free downloadable presnetation tool that works both on PCs and Linux computers.
"Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc).
Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users."
Key features include:
-> Audio: Record voice as you create the tutorial for explaining better.
-> Input formats: Capture screenshots from your PC, or use images in BMP/JPG/PNG/TIFF/GIF formats.
-> Output formats: Macromedia Flash, Standalone EXE, PDF, PostScript, HTML or any of the above image formats. Use Flash/html for the web, EXE for distributing to PC users and PDF for printable manuals.
-> Multilingual support: Works in English, French, German, Italian, Danish, Spanish, Serbian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified/Traditional Chinese.
-> Smart Capture Tools: Capture screenshots automatically as you use your PC, based on mouse and keyboard input (great time saver and generates professional captures).
-> Performance/Quality: Creates highly compressed Flash presentations (few kbs to few hundreds of kbs, much smaller than competing commercial products) ideal for using on the web.
Robin Good: Microsoft Research has recently released its own authoring tool to create cinemagraphs, by utilizing short video clips in which, only an element is kep "alive", while all others are rendered as a traditional still photo.
From Wikipedia: "Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.
The term "cinemagraph" was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011."
My comments: Cinemagraphs / cinemagrams is a new emerging visual art form with great potential. It captures "moments" in a unique way, providing a new exciting and infinite exploratory space for the artist/author creating it. I'd recommend it as a "core" topic in all visual communication courses. Start experimenting with it yourself on your PC with this very tool from Microsoft, or on your iPad/iPhone with Cinemagr.am
Robin Good: SlideBook is a presentation template available to SlideRocket users, which allows the creation of beautiful looking flipbooks.
You can copy this full SlideBook with all its contents and edit it from start to finish with your own stuff.
SlideRocket is a paid, web-based presentation software with many great features (I have been a paying user in the past) but you need not pay to try out this new template and the possibilities it offers. Just sign up for a free account and check inside the Inspiration link.
All of the templates inside the Get Inspiration area are of the highest quality and offer a great opportunity to create some visually stunning material.