Solar Charging Tips

TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHARGE

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Solar charging can be a great solution for powering your cell phones and other mobile devices when on the go. The angle of the panel toward the sun, cloud cover, and time of year all affect the quality of the sunlight that reaches the panel. Here are a few tips to maximize your charge:

  • Bright sunlight at a 90-degree angle to the panel will convert the most light into electricity and charge devices the quickest.
  • Keep your phone cool and in the shade. If your phone is in the direct sunlight, it can overheat and be difficult to charge.
  • Windows may affect your charge. For example, energy efficient windows block sunlight.
  • Charge when the sun is strong for best results. Heavy cloud overcast may not provide enough sunlight to create a strong charge.
  • Avoid moving around when charging. If your screen turns on and off again, it could drain your battery quickly.
  • Check the wattage rating to see which devices you can effectively charge. For example, a small handheld charger may not be powerful enough to charge a laptop.

If you need help ensuring print materials are powering at full strength, our creative team is here to help! Give us a call today at 856.429.0715.

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Google Map Tips

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH GOOGLE MAPS

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If you’ve only used Google Maps to get directions or locate an address, you’re missing out on many other useful features. Here are just a few examples of other things you can do with Google Maps:

  • Find available ride-sharing services (such as Uber) that are available at your location. After entering your destination in Google Maps, swipe right on the transportation options on the top of the screen and click the stick figure holding a briefcase. This will prompt a pop-up screen on the bottom showing price estimates and wait times.
  • Add multiple stops on your journey. Start by entering your starting point and final destination. Then, click the three dots in the top right corner and “add stop.”
  • See a street view image (where available). Search for a place or drop a pin. Click on the thumbnail image to enlarge and rotate your view.
  • Search for things nearby. For example, type in “pizza near me” to see the closest options, or enter “pizza near XYZ” to find something near your upcoming destination.
  • Edit your directions by dragging and dropping any part of your route to go around or through specific locations.
  • Access Google Maps offline, which is great for limited or non-existent coverage. Go to Google Maps menu (in the upper left) and choose “Offline maps” to get started. Remember, offline maps expire in 30 days, so you’ll need to update them if you have it downloaded longer than a month.
  • Remember where you parked. After parking, tap the blue dot of your location to prompt a pop-up screen, and you can mark your parking location on the map.
  • Share your location. Click on the Google Maps menu, and choose “Share location.”
  • Easily save your home and work addresses under the Google Maps menu, so you don’t have to type them in every time you want to navigate around them, find local restaurants, etc.

If you’d like time-saving tips for your next printing project, stop by or give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Tips to Create a Zap-Free Zone

REDUCE STATIC ELECTRICITY IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE

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While the chances of you being injured from static electricity while using electronics (such as a computer, phone, or other office equipment) are very low, static discharge is not only shocking, but it could damage or shorten the life of your electronics. Here are a few tips to reduce static electricity in your home or office:

  • Climate control is important. If you do not have a humidification unit built into your HVAC system, consider using a humidifier to increase indoor humidity, especially during colder months.
  • Try an anti-static carpet spray, which essentially adds tiny particulates and conductive substances to carpet fibers to help in dissipating static charges.
  • Consider placing anti-static mats in places with high static, such as carpeted work areas.
  • Plug your devices into surge protectors, which limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

If you’re looking for creative marketing ideas that are sure to shock your competitors, give us a call today at 856.429.0715!

7 Ways to Screenshot in Windows 10

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SCREENSHOT

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While anyone can take a screenshot by pressing the Print Screen (prt sc) button, did you know that Windows 10 offers additional ways to screenshot, which may better suit your needs? Here are a few alternate ways to take screenshots using Windows 10:

  • Alt + Print Screen captures only the active window. This is a great way to capture only the content you want to show when using multiple monitors with several windows open.
  • Win + Print Screen not only takes a screenshot of your screen, but it saves it directly to your drive in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder, as PNG files.
  • Win + H not only takes a screenshot of your active app, but it also brings up a sharing panel to easily insert and share the screenshot in other apps, including email.
  • Win + Volume Down is ideal for tablet users, and will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to the Screenshot folder (similar to Win + Print Screen)
  • The Snipping Tool provides flexibility to choose what is captured in the screenshot and allows you to make notes on or highlight content using the built-in tools.
  • To create a Snipping Tool hotkey (keyboard shortcut), navigate to Start > All apps > Windows Accessories, right-click on Snipping Tool entry, click More, and then click Open file location to open Windows Accessories folder. Right-click on Snipping Tool shortcut, click Properties. Under Shortcut tab, click the field next to Shortcut key, and then enter a keyboard shortcut that you would like to use. Note that Windows automatically adds Ctrl + Alt as a prefix, but you can certainly go with something as easy as F7.

Our print team can offer you a lot of creative tips when it comes to your important printing projects, too. Remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close!

Awesome Keyboard Shortcuts

A GREAT WAY TO STAY FOCUSED AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

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Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to stay focused and increase productivity. Here are a few of the most popular shortcuts that we recommend you memorize if you haven’t already.

Windows:
Ctrl + A will select all
Ctrl + C will copy
Ctrl + X will cut/remove (rather than copying it)
Ctrl + V will paste the text or object stored in the clipboard
Ctrl + Z will undo changes
Ctrl + Y will redo changes
Ctrl + F opens the find field
Alt + Tab switches between open programs
Ctrl + Tab switches between browser tabs
Ctrl + S saves your file
Ctrl + Home moves the cursor to the beginning of the document
Ctrl + End moves the cursor to the end of the document
Ctrl + P provides a print preview

Apple:
Command + A wills select all
Command + C will copy
Command + X will cut/remove (rather than copying it)
Command + V will paste the text or object stored in the clipboard
Command + Z will undo changes
Command + Shift + Z will redo changes
Command + F opens the find field
Command + Tab will switch to most recently used open app
Command + N opens a new window or document
Command + O opens a selected item
Command + P prints the current document
Command + S saves the current document.
Command + W closes the front window
Command+Option+W closes all windows of an app¬

While using the internet, spacebar (or the “pg dn” key) moves the scrollbar down a page, Shift + spacebar (or “pg up” key) moves the scrollbar up a page.

Speed Up Your PC

REVIVE YOUR PC’S PERFORMANCE

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A sluggish computer can be very frustrating. If you’re running a Windows PC, here are a few easy ways to revive your computerБ─≥s performance and increase its speed:

  • Close numerous browser tabs. Having too many browser tabs or programs open at once will put a strain on your computerБ─≥s RAM and could cause your PC to slow down.
  • Uninstall programs you rarely use. To uninstall these programs manually, visit the Add/Remove Programs section of your Control Panel and uninstall any programs you did not order with your computer, such as trial versions of anti-virus or games. Or try a third party program, such as PC Decrapifier.
  • Disable unwanted startup programs. To do this, click Ctrl-Shift-Esc and disable those that donБ─≥t need to be running all the time.
  • Remove web browser extensions or add-ons you donБ─≥t need, which can slow down your web browser and use more memory. Simply go to your web browserБ─≥s Extensions or Add-ons manager and remove add-ons you donБ─≥t need.
  • Defrag your computer hard disk, so it works more efficiently. In Windows, go to Start > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup > Disk Defrag
  • Turn on automatic system updates, which can improve the speed and lifespan of your computer. Automatic updates load in the background whenever you are connected to the internet and wonБ─≥t slow you down or interfere with your work. Click Start >Control Panel > Automatic Updates and choose Automatic.
  • Periodically clear your browser history to avoid a build-up of cookies and help it run faster. Go to the History menu on your browser and then click Б─°Clear browsing data.Б─²

We know speed is important when it comes to your important printing projects too. We specialize in impossible deadlines, and our team works fast, so you donБ─≥t have to!

Reduce PNG File Size

EASY SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE PNG FILE SIZES

There are many benefits of using PNG image formats, including transparency, animation, and lossless compression. However, PNG file sizes can get large quickly, which can dramatically increase load times. The easiest way to reduce PNG file size if you’re working with a number of images is to use an online tool, plugin, or script. Here are a few quick and easy solutions to reduce PNG file sizes:

If you’re using a WordPress site, you can install the Optimus plugin to optimize your PNG images automatically as you upload them.

TinyPNG is a website designed to help you optimize images with a perfect balance of quality and file size. You can also install the TinyPNG Photoshop plugin, which allows you to scale, preview, and save compressed PNG and JPEG images straight from Photoshop.

PNGGauntlet is a batch conversion tool which takes advantage of PNGOUT, OptiPNG, and DeflOpt. It shows you the original and final file size as well as the percentage it was reduced by. The program can also convert JPG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to PNG.

CompressPNG allows you to compress up to 20 PNG images at once quickly, and download them in a ZIP archive or individually.

ResizeImage.net is a free, easy to use website which enables users to crop and resize any image to your exact pixels or proportion and reduce the file size significantly without losing quality.

If you have questions or need help adjusting image files, our creative experts are just a phone call away. We look forward to hearing from you!