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17 Free WordPress Themes for Your Local Business

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If you are a business owner and you are not on the web yet, you seriously need to consider getting yourself on the map and reach your ideal prospective clientele, because this is where they are at.

In this post we take a very brief look at 17 of the very best free WordPress themes, that you will be able to do in-house, so you won’t have to pay a cent apart from hosting and time, yay! Let’s get started straight away, shall we?

1. Illdy

This theme from colorlib allows you to customise your site the way you want it. It is compatible with Yoast and other key WordPress plugins that will ensure your site will perform well. This theme is also fully responsive – that’s an A+ in our books.

2. Allegiant

Whether you are an agency or flying solo and need to put your profile online, this theme is definitely for you. Add plugins like sliders, Yoast SEO, contact forms and the like and you are on your merry way and have a beautiful website set up in no-time.

3. Affluent

Very similar look and feel of the Allegiant theme mentioned above, give your website a sleek and professional look with this awesome free WordPress theme. With features like woocommerce integration, you will have your online shop setup easy peasy.

4. Dazzling

This free WordPress theme is just what the name states – dazzling. With responsive design and retina display, there is nothing else that you need but many more features that you get, for free! Access to a featured slider and icons but to name a few. You’ll love it.

5. Sequential

Don’t let its toned down look and feel fool you at all. Sequential is a professional website perfect for corporate companies and offers fully responsive design, meaning your prospective clients will be able to visit your site from whichever device they use.

6. Ascent

Based on HTML5 and CSS3, Ascent will definitely promote your local business in the most professional way and you will be able to customise it easily, without hiring a developer. The theme is fully responsive and features multiple functionalities and extras that you will definitely find difficult to say no thank you to.

7. Goran

Customise your site’s colors, themes, fonts, headers, you name it. Goran is just perfect for any local business wanting to leave a memorable impression. It’s sleek and modern design will keep your site visitors engaged, and integration with multiple plugins will allow you to easily manage your site.

8. Edin

With features like a slider bar, sliders, parallax, multilingual support, and galleries, you will ‘wow’ site visitors as soon as they land on your homepage. All features are fully customisable to portray your local business brand in the most professional way. The theme is also fully responsive.

9. Customizr

This beautiful theme is fully customisable and offers super fast loading times – everything your site visitors will love. Add threaded comments for your blog or news section and you should be well on your way to creating the best online presence for your local business.

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10. Customizable

This theme is exactly what its name says – fully customisable! You are able to customise your menus, headers, backgrounds, colors, fonts, you name it! The theme is based on Twitter Bootstrap framework which means you can use it for business and personal purposes. It is also fully responsive.

11. Ward

Ward is an HTML5 based theme that will definitely leave a lasting impression on site visitors. Its bold design is aimed to impress, and you are able to customise and incorporate your brand’s touch at your own discretion. Make your site your own with any type of content like video to engage site visitors.

12. One page

This single page WordPress theme might seem a bit simple, but less is more in some cases, right? Reach your ideal client in the most striking way with this WordPress theme that offers you full control, you are able to customise it to your liking and, as the most important feature to any website nowadays, it is fully responsive.

13. Bisnez Lite

Upload your own logo, use your brand’s color scheme, make Bisnez Lite your own. This site’s simplicity is its strong point. Add widgets and social streams with the peace of mind knowing that your site will be optimised for SEO and look and feel great, with fantastic user experience.

14. Hathor

Wow – what’s not to like about this WordPress theme? Its modern, sleek design will keep your page visitors engaged while they are using their tablet, smartphone or desktop. This theme is fully responsive and integrated with extra features such as SEO. It offers 2 header styles and 2 service block styles. Upload your own logo and make it your own.

15. Vantage

The flexibility of Vantage is what sets it apart from other free WordPress themes for local businesses. A drag and drop page builder makes it super easy and fast to get you started and on the web in no-time. You are able to customise the theme to such an extent that you can use your brand’s fonts, colors, logo and so on. The site is of course also fully responsive.

16. Klasik

Chic just got a new face – introducing the Klasic free WordPress theme, everybody! This theme offers SEO optimisation, is fully customisable, has multiple options for you to make it your own, is Multilingual ready and functions with HTML5 or CSS3. Another benefit of using klasik for your local business web presence? It is (drumroll) fully responsive.

17. Asteria Lite

Choose your favorite from 3-page templates and start from there. Asteria Lite is a very popular choice for business owners starting out their own websites. It is translation ready, fully responsive, fully customisable, a maintenance mode feature, and more than 600 Google fonts to pick and choose from.

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We hope you can find a favorite from this list of the best free WordPress themes for local business for your own local business! If you like reading about everything web and development related, be sure to check out this article. We wish you all the best in building your brand new local business website.

Aperture vs. Lightroom – Which One Should You Choose? An in-depth comparison of two photo editing greats

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Are you a professional photographer looking at the best photo editing software to use as your digital lightroom? Things sure have changed in the past couple of years. Do you remember when every photographer needed a dark room to develop their photographs? Those days are far gone and we have moved into an age where we live, shop, do everything but breathe online.

In this post, we give an outline of the differences between Adobe’s Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture, and what the best should be for you. Not to give anything away at the beginning of the post, but essentially this is just a guide to make your decision a little bit easier, we can’t make the decision for you! Let’s get started, shall we?

Workflow and Functionality

Both Aperture and Lightroom offer photographers a streamlined approach to editing photos. Even though Aperture might have a more iOS-like workflow, that is a bit more relaxed and less structured than Lightroom, this software is designed to make workflow a lot easier, for editing on the go.

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Tools

When we talk tools, you are probably imagining a complex system of tools that you should use when editing your photographs. This is however not actually the case. Both Lightroom and Aperture have endeavored to simplify things by only incorporating tools you will need for photo editing. You are however to integrate Photoshop with Lightroom if you need to do some extra tweaking.

Safety and security

If you have made an edit, or let’s say you’ve made multiple edits, and you go back to the original image and think to yourself ‘Oh golly, that actually looks worse’, don’t panic. With either Aperture or Lightroom, you will be able to access your original image after you have made changes – their filing and saving systems are so secure that you can just go back, no matter how many edits you have performed!

So which should you go with? Both software systems are very intuitive and easy to use, and if you should hit a snag, you will easily find resources to help you find your way around, like these here, or here. The key difference between Aperture and Lightroom is functionality. Where Apple has a loose approach to storage and filing, Lightroom has a lot of layers, as is expected from Adobe.

Whichever software you decide on using, we are sure you are going to create amazing snaps. We hope that we could provide some insight and that you will be able to make an informed decision on which software to use for photo editing.

How to Build a Meme Website in 2018 with HTML5 canvas

Blog9 - How to Build a Meme Website in 2018 with HTML5 canvas

Do you love memes? We don’t know anyone who does not enjoy a good meme. Do you like creating your own? There sure is a huge market for it right now. There are literally tons of websites out there right now that allows users to create their own memes, at no cost.

But how would you go about getting a website launched that allows users to create memes? In this post, we give you some basic steps on how to do just that using an HTML5 canvas.

Needless to say, we’re assuming you know the basics of code or web platforms such as WordPress and that you have an existing site to publish your meme generator on. So we are just going to skip right ahead to the part where you create the meme generator and add it to your site.

Things you need for the meme generator to function

Downloading functionality
Image uploading functionality
Image transformations functionality

Now, you will need to set your canvas up using this code:

<canvas id=”memecanvas”>
Sorry, canvas not supported
</canvas>

Next, you will need this JavaScript for extension to fit with the screen size:

var canvas = document.getElementById(‘memecanvas’);
ctx = canvas.getContext(‘2d’);

var deviceWidth = window.innerWidth;;
canvasWidth = Math.min(600, deviceWidth-20);
canvasHeight = Math.min(480, deviceWidth-20);

canvas.width = canvasWidth;
canvas.height = canvasHeight;

Then, to test it add an image to canvas using this code:

1  <img style=”display: none;” src=”/files/lenna.png” alt=”” />

And center it, of course, like this:

//  Grab the image
var img = document.getElementById(‘start-image’);

// When the image has loaded…
img.onload = function() {
// Work out where to center it
x = canvas.width/2 – img.width/2;
y = canvas.height/2 – img.height/2;

// Draw it
ctx.drawImage(img, x, y);
}

Now that you’ve got your image loader setup, let’s jump into the added extras like transformations.

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Firstoff, you need to add code for scale and rotation:

Scale: <input id=”scale” max=”4″ min=”0.1″ step=”0.01″ type=”range” value=”1″ />
Rotate: <input id=”rotate” max=”180″ min=”-180″ step=”1″ type=”range” value=”0″ />

Of course these will be editable, so you need to add a listener when this transformation is requested:

scale = document.getElementById(‘scale’);
scale.addEventListener(‘change’, doTransform, false);

rotate = document.getElementById(‘rotate’);
rotate.addEventListener(‘change’, doTransform, false);

doTransform() is going to take the values into consideration and be responsible for transformations to be implemented, like so:

function doTransform() {
ctx.save();

// Clear canvas
ctx.clearRect(0, 0, canvas.width, canvas.height);

// Translate to center so transformations will apply around this point
ctx.translate(canvas.width/2, canvas.height/2);

// Perform scale
var val = document.getElementById(‘scale’).value;
ctx.scale(val, val);

// Perform rotation
val = document.getElementById(‘rotate’).value;
ctx.rotate(val*Math.PI/180);

// Reverse the earlier translation
ctx.translate(-canvas.width/2, -canvas.height/2);

// Finally, draw the image
ctx.drawImage(img, x, y);

ctx.restore();
}

Now that it is up and running, you probably should allow whoever to upload whichever they want to use. You are going to do this using this code:

<input id=”fileInput” type=”file” />

loadImage() Should be used to trigger the functionality and upload the image:

// Trigger the imageLoader function when a file has been selected
var fileInput = document.getElementById(‘fileInput’);
fileInput.addEventListener(‘change’, imageLoader(), false);

This function will use HTML5 FileAPI to load the information successfully:

function imageLoader() {
var reader = new FileReader();
reader.onload = function(event) {
img = new Image();
img.onload = function(){
ctx.drawImage(img,0,0);
}
img.src = reader.result;
}
reader.readAsDataURL(fileInput.files[0]);
}

Now, we get to the final part, namely downloading the file from the website! Do this by adding a download link in the HTML file:

<a id=”img-download” download=”mobiforge-canvas.png”></a>Download image

Once the link is clicked it should allow a user to download the image that was generated. To add this functionality, prepareDownload() is used:

var download = document.getElementById(‘img-download’);
download.addEventListener(‘click’, prepareDownload, false);

function prepareDownload() {
var data = canvas.toDataURL();
download.href = data;
}

And that is a wrap! For more information on HTML5, follow this link. If you like content like this, you are probably going to love this article. Good luck and happy coding!

How to Generate a PDF with PISA in Django

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So, you need to generate a PDF in Django with PISA? No problem! Here at 20 Seven, we have had to do it many times and we came up with a simple easy-to-use guide anyone can use! Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

What you need before you get cracking

A copy of PISA
A copy of Reportlab

Download the files and install both on your device. Done? Cool, now we can move on to the next steps.

The inner workings

Now that you have PISA and Reportlab installed, you need to create a standard HTML template for your view. Here is a handy sample:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN”
“http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd”>
<html>
<head>

</head>
<body>
<div>
<h2>{{ article.articletitle|upper }}</h2>
<div>{{ article.content }}</div>
</div>
<div id=”footerblock”>
{%block pager %}
<pdf:pagenumber>
{%endblock%}
</div>
</body>
</html>

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Keep in mind that the pager block is going to paginate your pdf. Other users should use the instructions below (article functionality will grab the article from the database and send it to write_pdf in order to generate the pdf from the HTML created in the previous section).

import HTTP from Django
import get_template from django.template.loader
import Context from django.template
import ho.pisa as Pisa
import cStringIO as StringIO
import CGI

def write_pdf(template_src, context_dict):
template = get_template(template_src)
context = Context(context_dict)
html  = template.render(context)
result = StringIO.StringIO()
pdf = pisa.pisaDocument(StringIO.StringIO(
html.encode(“UTF-8”)), result)
if not pdf.err:
return http.HttpResponse(result.getvalue(), \
mimetype=’application/pdf’)
return http.HttpResponse(‘Gremlin’s ate your pdf! %s’ % cgi.escape(html))

def article(request, id):
article = get_object_or_404(Article, pk=id)

return write_pdf(‘dtd/pdf/template.html’,{
‘pagesize’ : ‘A4’,
‘article’ : article})

We would suggest using UTF-8 as ISO-8859-1 may blow up on coding.

Note: Standard page size you will get when generating a pdf via PISA on Django is A4. If you want to change this, write_pdf can get a template that works with your specific context and encode it.

The Reportlab API will allow you to customize and prettify your pdf easily with awesome canvas capabilities.

And that’s a wrap! We hope you have found this guide very helpful. If you love coding and building and learning new stuff, check out this article. Have fun playing around!

Emacs Series – Everything Your Need to Know About GNU Emacs

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Okay, so you are bogged down, and you have to keep toggling from one window to the next while coding. That is no way for anyone to work! In this post, we discuss the benefits of working on GNU Emacs, and in the process maybe we’ll convince you to switch over.

But before we get started, let’s just answer the question, what exactly is GNU Emacs?

In the plainest way of putting it, it is a family of “text editors characterized by their extensibility” (Wikipedia).

What it does is it allows you, the developer, to insert characters with correlating keys and move the editing point with your arrow keys. The display is very different from other text editors, in the sense that you don’t have to move around from one window to the other the whole time, which is fantastic for productivity. It really doesn’t come as a surprise that it has been called the most powerful text editor.

This text editor has a layered architecture that uses a Turing complete language that runs on a small central core. The majority of GNU Emacs is written in Elisp, which means Elisp features are present as soon as the C core has been ported. This is a key feature of GNU Emacs as this makes it very simple to port Emacs to another platform. When you have ported the core the portions that are put in place in Elisp is very easy to do.

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GNU Emacs is able to display files in multiple character sets, and most noticeably known for its place in the free software movement.

Display
What you see when looking at your screen and seeing data structures is referred to as buffers. These are accessed either via an Emacs Lisp program or user interface. You can create new buffers and reject the ones you don’t need. The only limitation on buffers is your hardware’s memory capacity.

You can also see other forms of data, for example, dired directory listings, output commands, and notifications. The difference between Emacs and other text editors, in this case, is the fact that notifications are displayed in the same window or buffer, and not in a dialog box.

You are also able to utilize a buffer as input or an output area for a shell or REPL.

What you see when you have your GNU Emacs window open is a full screen, where you are able to divide the screen or editing area between different areas or windows.

Modes
You are able to see and edit different text types and GNU Emac will change behavior and automatically start add-on modes. You will find different kinds of modes on Emacs, such as major modes, minor modes, and batch modes.

In major modes allows the developer to easily navigate between different types of texts and fonts and allows functionality such as automatic indentation.

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Minor modes are specifically for more detailed work and customisation. When in major mode, you will only be able to have one open at a time. Minor modes, however, allow you to have more than one running at the same time. A specific example is the ability to do syntax checking.

Platforms you are able to use it on
Now that you have a basic idea of how GNU Emacs work, you are probably wondering which platforms are compatible with this text editor. You’ll be very happy to know that you are able to use it on almost every operating system out there, for example, DOS, Microsoft, Solaris, Linux, and MacOS.

So you see, this user-friendly, completely free text editor is probably something worth checking out if you haven’t already. Not only is it conducive to productivity, it is also easy to deploy and just as easy to run on an operating system you are probably using already.

We hope that you have enjoyed this short introduction to GNU Emacs and that you will be able to get started working on it in no-time. In the meantime, you can also download a comprehensive manual on GNU Emacs here. If you are interested in reading more content like this, be sure to keep an eye out for other articles on our blog, like this one.

The Complete Pinax Setup and Deployment Guide for Dummies

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If you are building your website using Pinax, and you want to know how to deploy the data, look no further. We’ve compiled this handy guide on how to do just that!

Here is a very simple introduction to setting up Pinax and how to deploy using it.

Setup

Get the code you need for setup, it should look something like this:

svn checkout http://svn.pinaxproject.com/pinax/trunk/ pinax

Pinax has a dependency on the Python Imaging Library – which is not a problem to you at all, especially if you are already familiar with Python.

Next, get to know and copy the directory structure. It looks a little something like this:

pinax/                          this contains a Django project and templates
external_apps/            external re-usable apps brought in via svn:externals
local_apps/                  re-usable apps that aren’t yet externalized
core_apps/                  non-re-usable apps that are pinax – specific
external_libs/               this is external libraries

The manage.py script of pinax links apps up correctly, so you don’t have to worry about it at all. Now, all that is left to do is navigate over to pinax/ and let the ./manage.py syncdb. run.

Then, you need to run ./manage.py runserver.

If you have followed these steps, you should be on the welcome page.

Deploying to Heroku with Pinax

Now, if you have completed your work and you want to deploy, simply follow these easy steps:

Create the Heroku app with this code:

heroku create

Next, you need to set the buildpack for the site to use Python:

heroku buildpacks:set git://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-python.git

You have to set up the buildpack for the detection ordering – Pinax includes a package.json file that tricks Heroku to see your project as a Node.js app. It has to be identified as a Python app.

Now you have to set up your project

Go to your project and add the text below to your requirements.txt:

django-toolbelt

Add a file to your project, name it Procfile and add the content below:

web: gunicorn –log-file – mysite.wsgi

Go to your settings.py and change the following:

DATABASES = {
“default”: {
“ENGINE”: “django.db.backends.sqlite3”,
“NAME”: “dev.db”,
}
}

to:

import dj_database_url
DATABASES = {
“default”: dj_database_url.config()
}

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Go to your mysite/wsgi.py and change:

application = get_wsgi_application()

to:

from dj_static import Cling, MediaCling
application = Cling(MediaCling(get_wsgi_application()))

Now you have to commit to git

Add everything you need to deploy and commit:

git add .
git commit -m “added Heroku support”

Still following? Good. Now you are ready to deploy to Heroku!

You need to use git in order to deploy to Heroku:

git push heroku master

The last and final step is running migrations:

heroku run python manage.py migrate

And that is a wrap, ladies, and gentlemen! We hope you have found this step-by-step guide helpful. Remember that we write about all things web development and design, so keep an eye out for other related articles if you have found this particular one of help. If you would like to add some of your skills to our blog, be sure to contact us and submit some of your own work!

For more Pinax related content, be sure to visit their handy documentation site where you will find more helpful how-to guides.

Here’s What to Expect From SXSW 2018

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If you are a serious web developer or a trendy designer, there really is no reason why you should not attend SXSW 2018. Whether you want to get up close and personal with some of the industry’s leading innovators, or want to network and have meaningful, informative discussions with some of your peers, this event is a not-to-miss and it is right around the corner!

We take a closer look at what you can expect when you attend this year’s SXSW, we give you some details on some of the speakers, and highlight what you can look forward to.

Here we go!

Code and Programming

For all you serious developers and programmers out there, you will be happy to hear that this year’s event will delve deeper into interactive coding and programming. Perfect for hardcore programmers, developers, engineers and the like, you will be able to join multiple conferences and talks held by industry leaders such as Chen Shay, a software engineer at Google, Rashi Khurana, director of engineering at Shutterstock, Tod Beardsley, director of research at Rapid7, and many more! You are able to join in on a mentor session, a solo session, a panel session or even a workshop where you will be able to learn practical skills that you will be able to take home with you and apply straight away. That’s right – don’t miss it.

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Design

SXSW is known for its awesome design conferences and you can expect to learn everything design-related at this year’s event with a star-studded list of design thought leaders ranging from artists, musicians, to corporate designers. This specific track of the conference focuses on the responsibilities and how it changes with tech developments. This year you can expect to attend talks by Tim Allen, a partner of Microsoft, Stephanie Dinkins, an artist and professor at Stony Brook University, Belmer Negrillo, UX design lead at Facebook, and many more. So whether you want to join a mentor session, a solo session, or a workshop session, you’d better be there or you’ll be, sorry to say, square!

This year’s event will take place from 9-18 March 2018 and is sure to be one to remember for years to come. Make sure to book your place and be ready to head on down to where it’s at and happening. Not only will you have a unique opportunity to learn everything you’ve ever wanted from inspirational industry leaders, you will do so with millions of others who will also be attending the event. Ideal for education, networking, and so much more.

We hope that you are as pumped as us about SXSW 2018 and that we will be able to connect and meet there. If you enjoy reading about programming and design topics, you will love this post. We also have a dedicated page on other events worldwide. Be sure to check out our events page too.

We can’t wait to see you all at SXSW 2018!

The 7 Best Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Cheat Sheets of 2018

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Are you a noob and find yourself looking for tool shortcuts the whole time? Isn’t it frustrating not just knowing everything – and doing the job takes double the time it would. Luckily the web is flooded with all types of resources where noobs and experts alike can find little tips and tricks and even cheat sheets on how to master software in seconds.

The software is updated frequently, and keeping up-to-date with all the latest developments can become frustrating when you need to focus on getting work done. That is why we have done the legwork for you, we’ve scoured the web and found some of the very best resources of tips and how-to’s, and a whole lot of cheat sheets.

In this post we list 7 of the very best cheat sheet resources for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, just to make your life a little easier. These cheat sheets have been compiled by expert Adobe Photoshop Lightroom specialists and, wait for it, we even feature one cheat sheet compiled by Adobe.

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Let’s get started and you well on your way to mastering Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Cheatography
If you need some help with anything code or design, this is a great resource. Cheatography has loads of cheat sheets available to download. Here, we’ve found two separate sheets for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom that focuses on the tricky shortcuts that will make the difference when you are busy editing an epic photo for an awesome website.

Adobe
Yes, Adobe loves sharing hints and tips to its loyal customers and clients. We’ve found an awesome easy to use, downloadable cheat sheet that will definitely help you with your editing and design skills in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in no-time.

SLR Lounge
This website is an amazing resource for anything Adobe Photoshop related questions you might have. Some neat tips and tricks with awesome tutorials, this is any photo editors heaven. Here we have found unique Adobe cheat sheets that will guide you whether you are on an iOS device or using Microsoft. Very handy!

First Site Guide
Even though it is an Adobe Photoshop cheat sheet only, this resource is super handy and easy to understand, anyone can use it! Whether you are only starting out in Photoshop, or have been using it for years, you’ll definitely learn a thing or two when using this helpful cheat sheet. The sheet is organized for quick reference, so you will be able to find whatever you need in a hurry.

Dummies
Are you a complete newbie and need someone to take your hand and guide you all the way? This resource is definitely one for you! Even though it is not illustrated, the cheats are explained in easy-to-follow instructions, your 3-year-old would be able to become a Photoshop pro!

Lifehacker
For a complete Adobe cheat guide, this is the best resource out there, we bet! As a designer, you are probably using a wide range of Adobe products including Illustrator, InDesign, and so on. On these cheat sheets that they sourced from setupablogtoday.com you will find cheats and shortcodes for almost all Adobe’s software products, for Mac and Microsoft.

envatotuts+
This resource focuses on educating photographers, photo editors and designers and so on. This may not be a cheat sheet per se, but what a guide! Here you will learn 10 quick and easy tips and tricks that you simply cannot live without in your day-to-day using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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We hope that you have found these resources very helpful or at least interesting. Perhaps you will be able to use them for other things in and around your office.

If you enjoy reading and learning, our blog is updated regularly with top-notch content including how-to’s to make your life a little bit easier. We love hearing from our readers and would like to encourage you to inquire about contributing if you would like to add some more knowledge to our blog. You are also more than welcome to get in touch with one of our team members if you would like to discuss any web development or design query that you may have – our lines are always open!

Enjoy testing out your new skills on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!

The 5 Best Apple Aperture Cheat Sheets of 2018

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Not such a big fan of Adobe? No problem, if you are an iOS fanatic, simply switch to Apple’s unique photo editing program where you are able to easily edit and enhance photos, just like you would in any other photo editing program, only, way better.

Not sure how to get started? Hold onto your hat because we are about to share 5 of the very best Apple Aperture cheat sheets and resources with you. So whether you are already rocking at Apple Aperture, or only starting out, you should have no problem in creating stunning photographs.

Let’s jump right in.

This cheat sheet, aimed at ‘dummies’, or beginners, if you will, is very handy in the sense that it is packed with loads of extra information such as apps that you can use for iPhone photography apps available in the market today.

This one here is specifically from Apple and is a cheat sheet for using a DSLR Photography app. This educational app should help anyone discovering the beauty and ease of taking amazing photos with their iPhone without any hassles.

This cheat sheet is actually a wallpaper that shows all the Aperture shortcodes that you need to get down and jiggy with when you start using this photo editing software. You’ll be on your feet in no-time and be producing awesome photos with top-notch effects.

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In this resource, you will find very handy tips on how to edit your iPhone landscape photos to look like it’s been taken by a professional photographer. If you want to learn more about iPhone photography in general, this is the spot you want to be. This site offers anyone with an eye and passion for photography the very best in educational material specifically geared towards iPhone and iOS users.

Another cheat sheet straight from the developer, here you will learn exactly how to merge iPhoto libraries and have your photos and albums available to anyone who wishes to have access to it. And over here, you can learn how the software takes care of photo edits done in synced albums on other platforms.

Bonus tip: Navigate over to this page where you will have a wealth of Aperture-related information at your fingertips.

Even though Apple discontinued their photo editing software some time ago, those of you who purchased the software is still able to use it for your photo editing. We hope that this guide has provided you with some handy information and resources to look up for those times when you have to scratch your head not sure how to get the job done. Be sure to read our article on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom cheat sheets too, if you should consider switching over to Adobe.

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How to Share Your iTunes Library with Multiple Macs in 2018

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Sharing is caring, we believe this to be true. And why wouldn’t you want to share your awesome iTunes library with family, friends, or colleagues?

In this post, we take a look at exactly how you do this. So, if you are keen on sharing the love and sharing your iTunes library with other Mac devices, keep on reading!

Before we continue, we have to mention that in order for you to share your library, you need to have your account open on your mac for other devices to pick or ‘see’ the library. According to Apple’s standards, terms, and conditions, sharing is for personal use only and will only work on devices on the same network.

Let’s get started!

Firstly, you need to open ‘Music Sharing’, this is how you do it:

Navigate to iTunes on your menu at the top and select iTunes, then, from the dropdown you will be able to select ‘preferences’.

In the preferences tab, select ‘Sharing’.

In the main option, “Share my library on my local network” should be selected. If not, you won’t be able to share your library at all. Ensure this is selected before continuing to specify what you want to share.

If you would like to share your entire library, select ‘share entire library’ in the sub-menu just underneath the main option.

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iOs is very attuned to security and safety, and you are able to protect your data with a password. If you want users to log in to your library using a password, simply select ‘Require password’ and specify what the password should be.

Once you are happy with your selection and settings you applied, select ‘OK’.

Now, you can also customise everything and name your library whatever you would like to name it, for example, “Public”, or “Awesome Library”, it’s up to you. Here’s how you do it:

Navigate to iTunes on your Mac device and select “Preferences”

Go to ‘General’, and type in whatever you would like to call your library. Remember, keep it clean, this is the name that other users will be able to see when they connect to your library as well.

Now that you know how to setup your device to share your iTunes library, let’s see how you get connected to others’ shared libraries and how to disconnect from them.

Pro Tip:  How to connect or join other libraries and how to disconnect from them

On your iOS device, navigate to iTunes.
In the iTunes window in the right corner, select ‘Music’.
Select ‘Edit Menu’, and then select the ‘Shared Library’ icon.
You can now see other users libraries or disconnect from libraries by selecting the icon that looks like an eject button.

We hope you are now able to share and join networks without a hassle. If you have any other iOS related queries, be sure to visit their very handy help center here. If you would like to read more on tech and coding, and need a guide on how to convert a pdf in PISA using Django, read this article for a step-by-step guide.