September 2009

My Freelancer’s Toolbox.

Every freelance designer, developer, writer or artist has his favorite tools that empower him to use his skills in the best way providing top-notch results. MogDesign decided to share with you his daily tools. He wont say “there is no other, better tool” but being a freelancer for almost five years, he has tested tons of applications, software and online tools. Here is the list of the application that he finds most useful.

Tools to help you estimate price for your web work.

In this post, AdmixWeb provides some tools to help you make price estimates for your web work. There are various methods to charge including an hourly rate and a flat rate. Those two are the two most popular ways to charge, so those are the tools included in this post. Check out lots more in our previous post.

The freelancer’s toolbox.

As a freelancer, managing your time and business is mandatory if you want to get some time for designing. All the software and websites introduced in this article can save you some precious time and money. Check out 33 useful apps & websites for the freelance designer at DesignerDaily.

Get Pro Photo Tools free.

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2.2 is available as a free download at Squidoo. This freeware from Microsoft is intended for use by professional photographers. Nonetheless, novice users will benefit from its use as well. With Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, you can view and edit metadata in a digital image and more. If your images contain GPS data, you can view their location in the built-in Virtual Earth viewer. Or, you can easily add the geographical metadata yourself. The picture file can be read by other imaging software, including Adobe products.

Tools to help you better understand user/visitor behavior.

I think we all know the importance of tracking how visitors interact with our websites and users with our applications. There are a number of tools available depending on your budget, what you’d like to track, and how you’d like to track it. BrandFreeze presents a number of tools to help you collect valuable data on your users and help make decisions based on this information.

August 2009

Free web tools to simplify your work life.

SmashingApps presents a new post covering some free web apps that can really simplify your work life. Whether you’re an office worker, manager, supervisor, designer, developer, student, home user, etc. there’s something useful for everyone. Most of them aren’t very well-known, but they are really amazing in respect to their features.

Cost of doing business calculator.

What is the weekly cost of running your business? Annual expenses (including desired salary)? NPPA presents a terrific online calculator of the cost of doing business. This is the degree of detail you need to know to run a successful business.

A guide to Google Analytics and useful tools.

Google Analytics is undoubtedly the most widely used web analysis application. In May 2007 the application was heavily edited, developed and released; the design was simplified and more advanced featured were added. Over the years, Google Analytics managed to gain popularity because of its simplicity and many advanced features for curious site owners and professional marketers. Read the full story at SmashingMagazine.

Online ColorSuckr.

ColorSuckr is a very useful tool that creates color schemes based on photos for use in your artwork and designs. Color scheme suggestions are powered by Colourlovers. Try it.

Online tools for organizing your tasks.

If you don’t have a need for a comprehensive project management tool or overall information management system, a simplified to-do list tool may be a perfect fit for you. Sitepoint has a list of 12 online to-do list tools to check out.