Creative Placeholder Text

REPLACE LOREM IPSUM WITH USEFUL TOPIC-BASED WORDS

Tech-385

If you’ve ever created a document using lorem ipsum placeholder text and thought the meaningless, Latin-inspired gibberish was distracting, here is some inspiration you may enjoy.

Designers at the digital agency Boom created a free, easy-to-use text generator that replaces lorem ipsum with useful, topic-based words that you can build in list or paragraph form, and generate in plain text or HTML. For example, if you’re creating a document for a veterinary clinic, you can quickly generate text about dogs.

To generate custom content, it skims Wikipedia pages related to your search, copying-and-pasting information, and reformatting it just for you. While you would never want to claim this text as your own, it’s a fun way to create a layout that looks more realistic at a glance. To give it a try, visit: Boom Online

Or, if you’re looking for creative and humorous text generators, check out: Lorem Ipsum. They offer a variety of options that may appeal to a wide audience, ranging from bacon fans to wannabe pirates and cat lovers alike.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your next printing project give us a call, we would love to help: 856-429-0715 or visit http://www.sjprinter.com.

 

Remove Third-Party Access on Social

STOP THIRD-PARTY APPS FROM ACCESSING YOUR PRIVATE DATA

Tech-383

When signing up for something online, it may be tempting to click “Sign in with Facebook” rather than fill out a form. However, when you choose this option, you are giving third-party apps access to your account data, such as your profile information, status, location, contacts, and shared content.

If you have ever used your social media or Google accounts to sign into a website or online service, here are easy instructions on how to stop third-party apps from accessing your private data:

    • Facebook: Go to Settings > Apps & Websites. To revoke access, click the X to remove.
    • Gmail or Google: Go to My Account > Sign-in & Security > Connected Apps & Sites > Manage Apps. Click on apps you want to remove and click the Remove button.
    • Twitter: Go to Settings > Apps. Click the Revoke Access button on the apps you want to disconnect.
    • Instagram: Go to Settings > Authorized Applications. Click the Revoke Access button to disconnect the apps.
    • Pinterest: Go to Settings > Apps. Click Revoke Access to remove them.

We know the importance of keeping private data confidential. When you work with our print shop, we promise that if you need copies or reproductions of confidential documents, your sensitive files will be in secure hands.

Sharing Photos with Family and Friends

SHARE PHOTOS PRIVATELY

Tech-363

While it’s fun to share photos across social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, sometimes you want to share photos privately with individuals or a select group of people. Rather than sending multiple emails with large attachments, here are a few easy solutions:

    • If you and your friends/family are already avid Facebook users, create a private group on Facebook. Click groups on the left side of the page, then choose “Create Group” and set your privacy setting to “Secret Group.” This option is great for families and friends sharing photos of special occasions, such as weddings, babies, parties, and more. It’s also ideal for groups that enjoy leaving comments you may not want to be shared publicly.
    • Amazon Prime Photos is a photo-storage site for Amazon Prime members. It lets you store and share unlimited photos on your desktop, smartphone, or tablet. Users can invite up to five friends or family members to receive unlimited photo storage and collect photos in a Family Vault, and you can show pictures on Echo Show or Fire TV.
    • If you already use cloud-storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, or Microsoft OneDrive, you can simply use these programs to create shared folders. The people you invite will have exclusive access to view and add photos in these folders.
    • Apple’s iCloud service integrates with its own Apple Photos software on Macs and iOS devices, although you can use the basic features on a Windows PC. You can upload photos to the free 5GB of space and share them in an online photo stream that can be viewed in Apple Photos or as a web page. Photos can be tagged with names and locations, and other iCloud users can also add their photos.

No matter which platform you use to share photos, always remember to use your best judgment, since someone else can always reshare it without your permission.

Office Printer Hacks

SAVE MONEY ON YOUR DAILY PRINT JOBS

Tech-357.jpg

 

While we hope you look to us for all your professional printing needs, here are a few helpful tips to save money on your daily print jobs:

 

 

  • Choose your fonts wisely. According to data from Printer.com, different fonts use different amounts of ink to print. Here’s a tip: Century Gothic delivered a 31 percent savings in your inkjet and toner cartridge printing costs over Arial.
  • Print your documents in grayscale (black and white) to ensure your document is printed using the black cartridge only and not your color cartridges. Your document will print faster with nearly half the ink.
  • Always use print preview to save time and avoid annoying reprints. If you have issues with line breaks, page breaks, placement of graphics, etc., convert your document to a PDF file and print from Acrobat.
  • Change your default resolution setting. Most high-quality printers default to 600DPI or higher, which can waste a lot of ink. Lower your settings to save on ink and printing speed.
  • When you get a low toner alert, remove it and shake it over a garbage can to loosen up the powder and extend the life of your cartridge.
  • Beware of buying cheap bargain paper, which is often not cut evenly, and can cause printer jams and has a lot of dust which can build up and create issues with your printer.
  • Never let a printer (or ink cartridge) sit in a hot or cold car all day. If you must transport them long distances, take your ink cartridges out and store them in a sealed bag.
  • Clean and dust your printer often and keep out of direct sunlight. Also keep them away from heat sources like a furnace or radiator. You may also consider using a humidifier in the room with the printer if your home or office has low humidity.

If you let us help with your important printing projects, we’ll guarantee quality that is sure to make your office printer jealous.

 

 

Smartphone Tricks

TRICKS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PHONE.

Tech-355

Here are a few useful things you can do with your smartphone:

    • iPhone users can download the Night Eyes Lite – Night Camera to turn your phone’s camera into night vision goggles to help you see in the dark.
    • Android users can use the Gmote app to avoid storage issues by streaming music from your PC to your phone using Wi-Fi and the app.
    • You can turn your smartphone into a remote desktop device by installing VNC Viewer Remote Desktop from Google Play on your phone and the computer you want to have access to. You can reach any Mac, Windows, or Linux device and use your phone to control the mouse and keyboard.
    • iPhone or Android users can download the Bubble Level app for an easy-to-use level for hanging photos.
    • iPhone users can use the buttons on your headphones to take pictures (they should be standard wired headphones with actual buttons and not sliders). Just tap the volume up button to take pictures.
    • Use the TimeLapse app for iPhone or Lapse It for Android to create amazing time-lapse videos without buying expensive, high-tech equipment.
    • Android users can use the Google Lens app to get information on photos, your surroundings, and image searches. To access the feature on your iOS device, launch the Google Photos app, select a photo, then tap on the Google Lens icon.
    • iPhone 8.0 (and later) users can use Surveillance App to turn your smartphone into a wireless surveillance CCTV system. Simply buy a cheap, off-contract phone, connect to Wi-Fi, and plug it in, so it doesn’t die. You can set up both video and sound alerts that allow the device to notify you and start streaming video to your guardian phone if there is any motion or noise near the surveying phone.

If you need fun tips for your next important printing project, our team of experts is full of creative print tips and ideas and would love to help! Call us today at 856-429-0715!

Easy Apps for Visual Storytelling

Tech-352.jpgCREATE SHORT AND ENGAGING VIDEO SNIPPETS

Here are a few apps that make it easy to create short and engaging video snippets for social media and marketing content:

    • Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app which allows you to create beautiful images, videos, and web pages easily.
    • Lively enables you to convert live photos to GIFs and video.
    • Canva Animations adds animation to simple design. Just create your design, go to “Download,” and select “Animated GIF/Movie” from the drop-down menu. From there, you can choose an animation style and download it as a GIF or movie. Note: the app works best with the simple Canva templates. If your design is too complicated, Canva may not offer the option to animate it.
    • Ripl can be used to create animated, eye-catching posts and short video snippets. Choose from 200+ animated designs to easily create posts that fit your unique brand. You can add your photo(s) and text, choose a design template, customize the post for your business, and share in one tap to your social media accounts.
    • Apple Clips (available on iOS only) is a basic video tool for making short videos with added text, effects, graphics, and more.
    • Quick is Go Pro’s super simple video creation tool which allows you to create cool videos quickly.
    • Videorama makes editing video easy and will enable you to add transitions, use stock videos and images, edit the video length, add transitions, add music, slow or speed up video, and more.
    • Boomerang is a short video snippet that repeats.
    • Rewind is an app that shows your video content in reverse.

If you’d like help creating stunning print marketing materials to complement your social efforts, give us a call today at 856-429-0715!

Create Custom GIFs

EASILY CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM GIFS

Tech-346_001.gif

Animated GIFs have become a popular way to communicate on social media, blogs, and even texting. While many people download pre-made GIFs, you can also easily create your own custom GIFs. Here are a few examples of popular iOS and Android apps that allow you to turn almost any video clip into a GIF:

  • Giphy is not only the internet’s largest GIF search engine, but the Giphy Cam app enables you to film videos directly through the app, create animated stickers, and more.
  • Gifx is a creative and customizable app that allows users to apply more than 200 GIF effects to photos and videos, as well as add music, adjust opacity, size, etc., and add creative masks.
  • GifLab (iOS only) offers one of the easiest ways to create GIFs from your own videos. It has minimal effects yet the essential features for beginners.
  • Gifs Art (iOS only) enables users to create and customize GIFs from almost any type of media (photos, videos, existing GIFs). It also features a built-in library of masks, stickers, and creative effects.
  • Tumblr features a GIF tool directly in its mobile app so users can easily create GIFs from videos or photo bursts from their camera rolls.

If you’d like other tips to stay ahead of the creative curve for work or fun, check out the tips on our website or give us a call today!