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The Importance of 2nd Opinion

November 22nd, 2009 Comments off

I have realized that asking people for their critics about my website has been very helpful. Looking at your own website and looking at another’s is a completely different experience. As much as one may want to deny it, there is a bias when looking at your own website. It is your own creation–something you took a lot of time and effort to make. Therefore, looking at your own website may not be as clear as someone else looking at it.

When another person looks at your website, he or she takes it at face value. In other words, their opinion of your website is formulated when they first see your website. It is a more accurate representation of what your website means to the outside world. To you, your website may seem easily navigable, easy on the eyes, and comprehensible. However, after a couple of outside perspectives, you realize that it isn’t the case. This has happened to me on several occasions. I have considered these critiques seriously and made the decision of whether or not to edit my website based on what the person said. At times, I disagreed with the critique. At others, I had a clear realization.

I would advise not to be shy and to show your website to others. The worst that can happen is your website improving. Also, it is important not to take the critiques personally. Although, your website might be a personal project, bristling at criticism will not allow room for growth and improvement. Good luck!

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Photoscape: user-friendly/free/fun photo editor

November 15th, 2009 Comments off

I found this awesome editor a couple years ago and have not stopped using it since. Unsurprisingly, I have used this editor to edit photos on my website.  It is extremely easy to use, available at no cost, full of cool features, and more. This is a great alternative to Photoshop. Personally, I found Photoshop a bit overwhelmingly complicated.

Photoscape has the basic tools such as brighten/contrast, crop, etc. It also has a ton of fun filters and features to use on your photos. One great feature is the batch editor which edits multiple photos in batches. Also, I use the Page feature on many occasions. This effortlessly merges multiple photos into one photo. Animated GIF  is also another interesting feature which animates multiple photos to make one animated one. This free editor is a lot of fun to experiment and play around with. Try it out!

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