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Jan 14 2012 10 Awesome Free Tools to Pimp Your Content
Free website tools

Whether you’re writing a blog, putting a Power Point presentation together, or want to take your Facebook page to the next level, there’s some awesome free tools out there to give your content the professional edge.

Stock.xchng

If you’re looking for royalty-free pics for your next blog, Stock.xchng has thousands of photos to select from. Some contributors have specific conditions, but generally all that’s required is photo attribution.

Publish with confidence knowing you’re not infringing any copyrights.

Dropbox

Sometimes we need to collaborate on a project, but if everyone’s not in the same office on the same computer network, sending files back and forth can be death to your inbox. Dropbox allows you to upload files to a central online location which can be accessed from anywhere, from any device, by anyone with access to the nominated file.

With any changes automatically updated across the board, Dropbox is a super quick and simple way to share and collate your information.

Photoscape

More than just a photo manipulation tool with a number of neat photo effects, this tool will also allow you to create animated gifs, combine pics, capture screenshots and plenty more.

It may lack some of the more sophisticated options that come with the big-dollar packages, but for a free tool, it’s pretty awesome.

Shortstack

Ever landed on Facebook page that had a really cool welcome page with mini-websites, contact forms, live links and more? If you don’t have a spiffy welcome page for your Facebook account, or your page is just a static picture, Shortstack is a fantastic way to engage your fans from the get-go.

With 30-odd widgets to choose from and customisable CSS (for those who are a little cluey), the possibilities are endless.

Jing

This neat little tool lets you take still screenshots, or up to 5 minutes of live screenshot video. You can record narrations as you capture, or mute the sound recording all together.

While the free version does have some limitations, it’s easy to use and there are enough features to make it worth a look.

Zamzar

Don’t you just hate when you get a file you can’t open? This application lets you upload that pesky file and convert into a format you can use.

With several other options for downloading videos and sending large files, this is a handy one to have on your toolbar.

Photobucket

This photo manipulation tool gives you a number of options to tweak and edit your photos, as well as various links for posting your pics online, including direct links, html links, image links, and sharing for social media.

A great tool to help you build customised web pages or for sharing pics in forums and around the web.

Html Colour Codes

If you like tweaking html code so your widgets or screen colours match your brand, look no further. Not only do you get the html code, but the colour picker also gives the RGB and HSV values for other applications.

With a “pin board” for recently used colours, you’ve always got a handy reference for those you use the most.

Wordle

Not sure if your freshly written content contains the right density of your desired keywords? Simply copy and paste your text into Wordle and it creates a pretty graphic with the most commonly used words represented as the largest, while automatically removing everyday words (like: the, and, if, you, was, etc.) from the mix.

TIP: For some reason, Wordle will treat words starting with an upper-case letter differently to the same word starting with a lower-case letter. To get a true representation of density, use the Layout option to make all words either upper or lower case.

Task Coach

And to make sure you don’t fritter away your day playing with all these awesome free tools, Task Coach lets you put a timer on your projects.

Enter budgets, rates, dates and lots more to keep track of exactly where your projects are at.

Obligatory disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of these programs. I’ve simply found them to be incredibly useful and easy-to-use and wanted to share my finds with you.

Found an awesome free tool of your own? Don’t be shy… tell us all about it!

Posted in Marketing, Tools, Websites by 12 comments

12 Responses to “10 Awesome Free Tools to Pimp Your Content”

  • Reply Yolande Pritchard January 16, 2012at 9:23 am

    I use some of these too, they are fantastic, I can highly recommend them.

    • Reply Anna Butler January 16, 2012at 9:30 am

      How wonderful that we can access such great tools for free. Love the internet!! 😀

  • Reply Belinda Weaver January 16, 2012at 9:59 am

    Great post Anna! I’d never heard of a few of those and will definitely be giving them a look-see. Especially Shortstack. I like to give most things a whirl but Facebook coding has left me out in the cold for ages! 
      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Anna Butler January 16, 2012at 10:11 am

      You’ll love Shorstack! It really is so easy and customisable. Meanwhile, thanks so much for the FB shout out 😀 

  • Reply Dan Norris January 20, 2012at 1:34 pm

    What a list great stuff Anna!

    • Reply Anna Butler January 20, 2012at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Dan. That’s why I thought I share 🙂

  • Reply Bridie Jenner January 23, 2012at 11:06 pm

    I love Dropbox, I use it to share files with my contractor and it’s fantastic! Haven’t heard of some of these but will definitely be checking out Jing and Task Coach.

    • Reply Anna Butler January 24, 2012at 8:12 am

      I had the opportunity to discover the benefits of Dropbox when I was part of The Shift last October. There were several of us from various businesses helping put it together, so having easily accessible & up-datable files saved SO much time and hassle.

      I hope you find some of the other programs every bit as useful 🙂

  • Reply pervezalam March 16, 2012at 4:13 pm

    Yeah, all the above mentioned tools are indeed very useful. I have used them myself and my personal favourites are stock.xchng and Dropbox. Anyway, thanks for sharing Anna.

    • Reply Anna Butler March 16, 2012at 4:35 pm

      They’re certainly two fantastic tools and ones I use with great regularity. Thanks for your comments.

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