5 Best Adobe Premiere Alternatives of 2017 (So Far)

Adobe Premiere is a cool video editing software with all its interesting features. However, this subscription-based tool is also quite expensive, especially for individuals and small businesses. But why do you worry when there are so many other vidoe editing tools available out there.

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In this post, I’m sharing video editing tools that can be the best alternatives to Adobe Premiere. These tools offer most features you need for creating and editing videos. Not convinced enough? Take a look at the following list and decide for yourself.

Final Cut Pro X

The first and best alternative in my list is Apple’s Final Cut Pro X – a fast, feature-filled, non-linear video editor with an intuitive and streamlined interface. It works on several formats, organizes media using metadata, and offers superb performance.

This video editor brings Magnetic Timeline 2, supports Touch Bar for automatic color coding and for creating 3D titles, making 360-degree edits and adjusting clip sequences.

Magnetic Timeline 2 in Final Cut Pro XMagnetic Timeline 2 in Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X handles 4K video files like any other resolution and offers fast rendering and multi stream playback for quicker editing. And it offers an easy media handling panel and optimizes exports for Blu-ray, DVD, podcasts, QuickTime and YouTube.

Strengths:
  • Offers a powerful yet usable interface with new and improved functionalities that are almost comparable to the interface of Adobe Premiere.
    Clean interface of Final Cut Pro XClean interface of Final Cut Pro X
  • A collaborative workflow with access to media from shared libraries using Adobe Anywhere, while it’s only available for enterprise users of Creative Cloud.
Weaknesses:
  • Supports MacOS only while Premiere works on both Windows and MacOS.
  • Reduces user’s control and automates the task when clips auto-snap on one place in the timeline, which expert users may find restrictive.

Price: Free for 30-day trial and $299.99 for pro version.

Platforms supported: MacOS X 10.11.4 or later.

Vegas Pro

As a primary Windows user, I find the interface of Vegas Pro smooth and intuitive with a flexible layout to edit videos but it’s not as simple as that of Final Cut Pro X. It’s perfect for you if you wish to create stunning videos without a high-end computer.

Intuitive interface of Vegas ProIntuitive interface of Vegas Pro

Just like Final Cut Pro X, Vegas Pro supports working on HD-enabled ProRes codec videos to produce high-quality results. And the tool avails impressive title templates along with animation schemes and smart zoom and upscaling features for easy editing.

Smart Upscaling in Vegas ProSmart Upscaling in Vegas Pro
Strengths:
  • Offers built-in support for 3D video manipulation that’s almost as good as Premiere.
    3D manipulation in Vegas Pro3D manipulation in Vegas Pro
  • Allows automation of tasks using its scripting technology, and these scripts helps you to create a simple and straightforward workflow for greater productivity.
  • Only powerful video editor that allows running multiple instances simultaneously for working on various projects at a time, thus improving multitasking.
Weaknesses:
  • Supports Windows only while Adobe Premiere also works on MacOS.
  • Quite expensive for a basic video editing software as you can use Adobe Premiere Pro for 25-30 months in the same price.
  • Few tools like motion tracking are not available and its multi-cam editing feature is weak and slow as compared to Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro.

Price: Free for trial version and $599.00 for full version.

Platforms supported: Windows 7 and above.

Lightworks

Lightworks is one of my favorites because of its cross-platform availability that helps me work on my videos on different systems. It has a customizable and intuitive interface, which is used by professional filmmakers to edit large-scale feature films like Pulp Fiction.

Free-flowing windows in LightworksFree-flowing windows in Lightworks

You will find Lightworks to have a decentralized canvas of free-floating windows, which lets you customize the interface along with the keyboard controls. And like others, it supports multi-cam editing with “Auto Cam” and more useful features.

Lightworks also supports macros to automate tasks and speed up editing. You can create macros and then use them to automate a set of tasks in multiple projects. It’s fast at rendering videos as well as importing or exporting them, and supports exporting to web formats for sharing or uploading to networks like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Strengths:
  • Offers enhanced VFX with enhanced effects that customizes transitions with many preset animations and supports independent media layers.
  • Effects in LightworksEffects in Lightworks
  • Allows project sharing for groups or teams with true real-time collaboration and access control for the users [like Final Cut Pro X].
  • Supports dedicated hardware console and keyboard for professional video editing.
Weaknesses:
  • Free version limits resolution for export formats including formats for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo.
  • Advanced features are not available in the free version like project sharing, timeline rendering, etc. and are available only in its professional version.

Price: Free with limited features and £14.99/mo or £249.99 for pro version.

Platforms supported: Windows, MacOS and Linux.

DaVinci Resolve

A free cross-platform video editor, DaVinci Resolve impressed me with its responsive interface, responsive playback engine and advanced color correction tools. It’s capable of handling large files including 4K footages and exports to web formats for YouTube and more.

Responsive interface of DaVinci ResolveResponsive interface of DaVinci Resolve

Its latest release brings awesome features including Fairlight audio tools for working with 3D audio formats and supports real-time mixing, routing, bussing and much more. And the new collaboration toolkit supports multiple people working on a single project simultaneously and avails multi-user features like chat, bin locking, timeline comparison and more.

Like others, Resolve supports multi-cam editing and offers all basic editing tools like transitions, speed effects, facial recognition and many more. I also noticed fast import and export with this tool, especially for high-res web formats. Moreover, its projects can be migrated to other video editing suites like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere.

Strengths:
  • Avails powerful Fairlight Studio for working with audio streams like a professional, which can handle up to 1000 audio tracks without affecting performance.
    Fairlight Studio in DaVinci ResolveFairlight Studio in DaVinci Resolve
  • Offers superb multi-user collaboration so that video editors, colorists and audio mixers can work together on different parts/tasks of a single project.
  • Supports dedicated, creative hardware control panels for absolute professionals.
    Hardware control panels for DaVinci ResolveHardware control panels for DaVinci Resolve
Weaknesses:
  • Limits multi-cam editing to 16 sources but Adobe Premiere supports unlimited.
  • Requires high-performance computers with high-end graphics to work efficiently.

Price: Free limited version and $299 for Studio version.

Platforms supported: Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Kdenlive

Last but not the least, I present to you Kdenlive, an open-source video editor that does not cost a dime. It has a simple, customizable and theme-able interface, which is not as good as its costly competitors but it does get the job done for newbies and professionals.

Theme-able interface of KdenliveTheme-able interface of Kdenlive

Its performance is somewhat comparable to its competitors, for example, its latest three-point editing speeds up inserting clips on the timeline. The latest version of Kdenlive supports effect rendering and pre-rendering in the timeline, creating videos with numerous effects and transitions, and also features fast, real-time playback like DaVinci Resolve.

Effects and transitions in KdenliveEffects and transitions in Kdenlive

The free tool avails almost all the must-have features for a video editor such as multi-track video editing, support for numerous audio/video formats, audio and video scopes, timeline and much more. However, I found the interface to be sluggish as compared to the above editors and I personally think that a better interface will improve productivity of Kdenlive users.

Strengths:
  • It’s the only open-source video editor in this “top 5 alternatives” list.
  • Supports proxy editing the videos, which makes use of low-res copies to allow fast editing on any computer, and then renders those editing to its original copy.
Weaknesses:
  • Doesn’t offer team collaboration features as provided by few others, which is especially crucial if you’re a small or medium business with a team.
  • Being an open source product, you can’t expect innovative features or advanced tools from Kdenlive as readily as available from its premium competitors.

Price: Free

Platform supported: Windows, MacOS and Linux.

To Conclude

Which will I pick? DaVinci Resolve if I’m looking for a free but powerful alternative to Adobe Premiere. And I’ll choose Final Cut Pro X or Lightworks Pro (per the platform) if I’m looking for a superb video editor for doing big, professional video projects.

DaVinci Resolve is also the right choice if I’m an heavy-duty video or audio professional. And for creating or editing simple or basic videos, I can also work on the freely available Kdenlive. It is also beneficial for businesses who wish to create their own video editors.

Can I offer an advice? Please do check out the trial or free version of these before going for a pro version. It will ensure you’re buying the right product per your requirements.

What’s your favorite choice among above video editors? Do you use any other video editor? Don’t be shy and tell me via the comments below, please.

11 Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives (Softwares)

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Add Popular GitHub Projects in New Tab with this Chrome Extension

It seems like every day there are tons of new tools and libraries published online. But, there’s so much data out there it can be almost impossible to keep up.

The GitHub community is one such example where new repos get added all the time. Projects gradually gain popularity and trickle around the web but it’s still tough to find them.

With the free Githunt extension, you’ll have a much easier time finding the latest repos for whatever language(s) you like.

Githunt demoGithunt demo

Once you install Githunt, you’ll get a list of popular repos every time you open a new tab in Chrome. It’ll look similar to the screen above. It lets you sort by a set time (weekly, monthly, or yearly) and it also lets you sort by coding languages.

GitHub offers dozens of languages, so it can be tough knowing what to settle on. If you’re a frontend developer then CSS or JavaScript would make the most sense. Backend developers may go with their favorite language like Python or Ruby or PHP.

One thing to note is that GitHub has a set limit on the total public API requests. This plugin does cache everything but you can increase the rate limits by getting your own GitHub access token for the extension (totally free).

You add this token by right-clicking on the Githunt icon in Chrome, then selecting “Options” from the context menu. On this new page, you can add an API key to increase the API quota and ultimately browse more projects per day.

For most users, this won’t be necessary because the Githunt plugin is simple enough to operate on its own.

Just install the plugin from the Chrome Web Store and open a new tab. You should see a big list of repos with some dropdowns. Now, pick a language you like and dig into some of the newest repos. You may be surprised what you can find!

Githunt Chrome extensionGithunt Chrome extension

Source: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/githunt-add-github-repo-chrome/

21 Google Maps Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Google Maps is my go-to app as soon as I step out of the door. Not just for knowing my way, but for the invaluable information it provides regarding my route. I get traffic information, learn more about nearby places, keep tabs on time and distance, plan my full trip, and much more.

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From styling Google maps to zooming in really close, as my companion app for over 5 years there are a lot of tricks that I’ve learned. So for today, I’ll share this useful information with you so you too can get the best out of Google Maps.

Let’s see how these 21 Google Maps tips and tricks can help you with your daily life.

1. Measure distance

Google Maps allows you to measure the distance between two points. You can either create a full point-to-point custom route and measure its distance, or simply see straight line distance of two points.

How to do it:
  • Press and hold on a location to drop a pin, it will be the starting point to measure distance. Afterward, tap on the “Dropped Pin” button below to open its options. Here tap on “Measure distance” to start the process.
  • A crosshair second pointer will show up that you can move by dragging the screen around. You can use the + icon button on the right to add points and create a custom map.
  • The total distance will be shown at the bottom left corner in miles or kilometers based on your preferences.
  • measure distancemeasure distance

2. Share real-time location

Google recently added the feature to share your location in real-time. You can use this to let others know exactly when you’ll be at your destination, or simply let someone know if you are on the right track or not.

How to do it:
  • Tap on the main menu on the top-left corner and select “Share location” from the menu. On the next page, you can select a total duration for which you want to share your location, and how you want to share the location.
  • Here tap on “Select People” to select a friend from your Google contacts. If they don’t have a Google account (or are not in your contacts), then you can tap on the “More” button to select a messaging app.
  • share location in realtimeshare location in realtime

Note: Google Location services must be enabled on your phone to be able to use this feature. When you tap on “Share location” you’ll be asked to enable it if it’s disabled.

3. Google Maps Lite Mode

Google Maps has a Lite Mode that is lighter on system resources and uses lesser internet data. I didn’t get a chance to use this feature often, but as far as basic navigation is concerned, it works perfectly.

However, this feature can only be used in the web version of Google Maps, either on your PC or from your smartphone’s browser.

How to do it:

Simply visit this Lite mode link using your browser and Google Maps will load in Lite mode. A lightning bolt at the bottom-right corner will confirm that you are in Lite mode. The same icon will allow you to switch between full and Lite modes.

lite modelite mode

4. Google Maps Street View

You can also see Street View right inside the Google Maps if it is available for a specific place. A really cool feature for quickly viewing the surroundings of an area.

How to do it:
  • Tap and hold on your desired location to drop a pin. Next, tap on the location name at the bottom to view options for it.
  • In the options tap on the Street View thumbnail image of the location and Street View will open up. You can drag to move around in the Street View.
  • street viewstreet view

5. Download maps

You can download a map of a specific area to navigate and get location information without any internet connection. I have used this feature many times for my trips to remote areas and apart from real-time features like traffic updates, almost all of the navigation and information features work offline.

How to do it:
  • When you search a location or drop a pin in any of the locations, tap on the location name/address to access its options. Here tap on the blue “Download” button to start the process.
  • A square will come up indicating a total area that will be downloaded. You can zoom in or out to tell the exact area you want to download.
  • The download size of the map will be shown below, the larger the area; the more space it will take. After highlighting the area, tap on “Download” to start the downloading.
  • download offline mapdownload offline map

Google will automatically update the downloaded map after every 15 days (sometimes earlier).

6. Add multiple stops

If you need to go to multiple places in your trip, then you can add them as stops to get directions accordingly.

How to do it:
  • Search for your first stop and tap on the car icon to create a route. But before entering the navigation mode, tap on the menu at the top-right corner (three vertical dots) and select “Add stop” from the menu.
  • Now, tap on the second stop and select the location or place. Repeat the process to add as many stops as you like.
  • add multiple stopsadd multiple stops

You can tap and hold on a stop to drag it up and down to manage priorities.

7. Find required stops

You can search for required stops in your route while navigating, such as gas stations, banks, restaurants, ATMs or even bakeries. And then manage your trip accordingly.

How to do it:
  • While in the navigation mode on your route, tap on the “Search” button on the right side.
  • Here you can either select a category from the given categories or enter your own in the Search bar above.
  • When the category is selected, you will see all the places that come under that category right on your route.
  • find stop in routefind stop in route

You can also tap on the place you want to stop in your route, and then tap on “Add stop” button to add it as a stop.

8. Add custom labels

To easily find places that Google hasn’t added to Maps, you can add custom labels. These labels will be shown on your maps and you can also find them from the search bar. For example, you can add a label for your favorite hangout place, your friend’s house, or even where you first met your spouse.

How to do it:
  • Add a pin to the location by tapping and holding. Next, access the pin menu and tap on the “Label” button.
  • Enter the name of the label and confirm it. Now you will always see this label whenever you will navigate to the area.
  • add custom labeladd custom label

9. Check the typical traffic

It’s one of my favorite Google Maps features for planning trips. Apart from the live traffic updates, Google Maps also allow you to see typical traffic condition of an area at a particular time. You can use this information to plan a trip just at the right time and day. However, this feature is only available on the web version of Google Maps.

How to do it:
  • From the main menu at the top-left corner, select “Traffic”.
  • You’ll see a bar at the bottom showing the traffic condition with color indication and a drop down menu to select “Live traffic” or “Typical traffic”. Select “Typical traffic” and you’ll see a time and date changer bar.
  • You can adjust this bar to see typical traffic conditions at a particular time or day.
  • typical traffictypical traffic

10. Add parking location

If you have set “Driving” as your usual method of commuting in Google Maps, then you may see cards to save parking location when you get out of the car. If you don’t like this feature (it can be pushy) or it doesn’t work accurately for you, you can also manually add parking location to easily find your car.

How to do it:
  • Tap on the blue dot (your current location) while you are near your car and select “Save your parking” option.
  • This will mark the location with a P icon indicating your parking location.
  • To manage your location, tap on the P dot and you’ll see all the options, including the ability to change the parking location manually or take a photo of the location.
  • add parking locationadd parking location

11. Avoid tolls, highways, and ferries

Tolls, highways, and ferries can cost you time, money and resources. If you want to avoid them in your route, then Google Maps can easily help you find a route that doesn’t have ferries, tolls or highways.

How to do it:
  • Search for your destination and tap on the Car icon to see the fastest route to it.
  • Then, tap on the three vertical dots menu at the top-right corner and select “Route options”.
  • Just check the checkbox next to highways, tolls and ferries option and tap on “Done” to re-route.
  • avoid ferries highways tollsavoid ferries highways tolls

12. Contribute to Google Maps

Google Maps largely depends on contributions from locals to improve information about nearby places. You can also easily contribute to Google Maps and make information about your local area better.

You’ll earn points for doing so (I only earned 11 points so far) and get rewards if you earn enough points, such as free Google Drive storage or invites to beta tests.

How to do it:
  • Tap on the main menu at the top-left corner and select “Your contributions” from it.
  • On the next page, you’ll see your name, current earned points and ways to contribute.
  • contribute to google mapscontribute to google maps

There are many ways to contribute; you can review places you have been to, add photos, correct information, or simply answer basic questions about a place.

13. Add a missing place

This is another way to contribute to Google Maps, but the “Your contributions” section doesn’t offer an easy way to add missing places. However, you can easily add any missing place on the map and it will be officially added after passing Google Maps verification.

How to do it:
  • Tap and hold on the exact location where something is missing and drop a pin. From the pin options, tap on “Add a missing place”.
  • You’ll see a page where you can add location name, category, opening/closing time and other key information.
  • Add as much information as you know, and tap on the “Send” button at the top-right corner to send the edit to Google.
  • add missing placeadd missing place

Such edits will add to your overall contribution to Google Maps and you will earn points for them.

14. See location history

It can be a bit scary to know that Google Maps tracks every move you are making and keeps a complete record of it. However, Google is nice enough to share this information with us so we could see a complete history of where we went and when.

You can see the places you’ve visited on any particular date along with route that you took to reach there.

How to do it:
  • Click on the main menu and select “Your timeline”.
  • Your timeline will show you all the places you ever visited along with handy suggestions, such as frequently visited places, or recent places.
  • You can also click on the “Calendar” at the top-left corner to select a date and see your activity on that specific day.
  • timelinetimeline

15. Call a ride

Google Maps also allows you to call a ride such as Uber, right from the app. It will search for all the ride hiring services in your area and then recommend you to hire one along with the information about nearby cars and fares.

How to do it:
  • Search for your destination and check the fastest route.
  • On top, you will see options to select how you want to reach your destination.
  • Select riding services here, the one with the man with a briefcase icon.
  • You’ll see all the available ride calling services along with their estimated fares and nearby cars.
  • hire ridehire ride

For Uber, you can hire the car right from the Google Maps app. However, for others, you will have to use their official app.

16. Zoom with one hand

Usually, you have to use two fingers to zoom in or out on the map, which requires two hands to easily do it. But there is a trick that lets you do it with one hand only.

How to do it:

Double tap on the map and hold. Now simply move the finger down to zoom in, and move it up to zoom out.

17. Directly enter navigation mode

Another very simple but handy trick. When you need to navigate somewhere, you usually have to select commute method or best route, etc. However, in most cases, the default settings are perfect for navigation and you just tap the navigation button.

If you trust Google Maps for offering you the best route every time, then you can skip this check and directly enter navigation mode.

How to do it:

Search for your destination and tap and hold on the “Directions” button. After a second, you will directly enter navigation mode with the best route and default commute method selected.

18. Speed limit of an area

Currently, Google doesn’t offer any way to check the speed limit of a route and measure it with your current speed. However, you can get this cool feature with the help of a third-party app.

How to do it:

Velociraptor is an Android app that lets you add speed limit widget on Google Maps or any other maps app. It uses data from OpenStreetMap and HERE Maps to offer this service.

Now whenever you will open Google Maps, a widget will show up showing your current speed and max speed limit of your route. You will be notified if you will break the limit.

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19. Check CO2 emission

If you care about environment and want to minimize emission of CO2 from your vehicle, then there is a Chrome extension that can help.

How to do it:

Carbon Foot is a Chrome extension that shows you how much CO2 your car will emit when you will drive it on a specific route. After installation, as soon as you get direction for a location in Google Maps, the extension will show total CO2 emission in the details.

You can hover over the value to see how much trees and time it will take to capture that much CO2.

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Knowing this will help you make a better decision about how you want to commute and may even motivate you to plant trees.

20. Create custom maps

Adding custom labels on the map might be handy, but for ultimate customization, you’ll need some extra help. There is a handy tool for this purpose that will help you create custom Google Maps using hundreds of markers and drawing tools.

How to do it:

Go to Scribble Maps and it will open up Google Maps in its interface. You will see multiple editing options in the top bar, including drawing tools, lines, shapes and text adding tools. You can use these tools to edit the map and then save it as an image or embed it anywhere you like.

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Most of the required tools are available for free, but for access to advanced tools and editing options, you will have to upgrade to the pro version.

21. Open Yelp links

If you click on an address in Yelp, it will open up in Yelp Maps. This can be really annoying if Google Maps is your go-to maps app. This issue can be easily resolved with a Chrome extension.

How to do it:

Install the Yelp to Google Maps Chrome extension, and whenever you will click on a Yelp address it will automatically open in Google Maps.

Rounding up

These easy to follow tips and tricks make my everyday trips hassle free. I will recommend you to check the Google Maps contribution section to help make your surrounding better.

I have recently started contributing and it feels great to contribute to a service that helps you with your trips in so many ways for free (leaving the data tracking debate aside).

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Facebook Location Services – What You Need to Know

Users of Facebook’s mobile app are probably well aware that the social media app offers certain location-based services. It allows you to share your location with your friends and more recently, find Wi-Fi spots around your area.

So how does Facebook manage to do this? Well, the answer lies in a feature called Location Services.

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What is Location Services?

Certain Facebook features such as Nearby Friends and the Find Wi-Fi rely on location data for it to be effective. With Location Services, these features are able to receive the required data in order to be operational.

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How does Location Services get the data required?

Getting data on your location from your smartphone isn’t exactly difficult considering the fact that most smartphones have GPS-capabilities built into them. As such, all the Facebook app needs to do is to receive authorization from the user to access the location data.

Once the data is available, the Facebook app could then proceed to use the said data to track your location as well as enable certain features that require location data. The aforementioned Find Wi-Fi feature is one of them as it does not run if Location Services isn’t active.

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How to tell if Location Services is active?

The easiest way you can tell if Location Services is enabled on the Facebook app is when you attempt to write a new post. When you try to post a new Status Update, you’ll notice a field above the post box that highlights your location.

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Alternatively, the other way to know if Location Services is working is through the notifications. As mentioned above, Facebook tends to give certain suggestions that rely on location data. If you’ve received these notifications before, it means that Location Services is active.

How to turn off Location Services?

Understandably, having your social media app tracking your every move isn’t exactly a comforting thought. Thankfully, there is a way to disable Location Services altogether.

To do so, you’ll need to access your Facebook app and follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the “More” menu, and access the “Account Settings” page.
  2. Once there, tap on the “Location” option to access the “Location Settings” page.
  3. Toggle the “Location Services” setting off.
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Alternatively, you can disable the Location Services by revoking the app’s permission to access location data. If you’re an Android user, you’ll need to go to your device’s Settings menu, tap on the Apps menu and select the Facebook app.

Once done, tap on the Permissions option and toggle the “Location” setting off. Once that’s done, Location Services will automatically be disabled on the Facebook app.

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Disabling Location Services is a great way to prevent the app from tracking your movements or giving away your current location. However, do note that some features cannot be accessed once Location Services is down.

If you’re someone who values your privacy, it is probably a good idea to only make Location Services active when necessary.

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My Business – Google’s Very Own Website Builder

Starting up a simple web-based business can be intimidating, considering the fact that you’ll need to create a website of your own. Thankfully, this particular problem can now be remedied rather easily as Google has launched its My Business website builder to the public.

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Available as part of Google’s My Business suite, this particular website builder is available for all to use. However, before you’re able to construct a website of your own, you’ll first need to register your business on the My Business platform. Doing so is just a matter of filling up the provided form with your business’ particulars.

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Once the form is submitted, you’ll be brought to the website builder page. From here, you’ll be given the option to select your website’s theme, edit the text on the website, and add photos to it in order to make the website look more personable.

Once the website has been modified to your liking, you can “live” it simply by clicking the Publish button located at the upper right hand corner of the screen.

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There is no denying that Google’s website builder is rather simplistic. Considering the fact that the tool is actually meant to be used by small businesses rather than large corporations, it isn’t too surprising that websites created by this tool tend to be rather basic.

While the tool may not be the most sophisticated, startups that are looking to establish an online presence of their own shouldn’t pass up on this particularly handy tool.

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Code Typing Text Animations with jQuery TypeIt

The combo of jQuery and text holds no bounds on the web. You can build almost anything with a bit of creativity and the right JavaScript libraries.

One such library is TypeIt, built as a free jQuery plugin. It lets you create dynamic typing animations that look incredibly realistic. You can even define custom pauses between keystrokes to build your own easing for the animation.

TypeIt is 100% free and open-source, built as a text tool for the jQuery community. All of the documentation is available online and incredibly easy to follow.

However, just note that while TypeIt does come with a free personal license, commercial licenses do, unfortunately, cost money. But, you can use the free personal license forever and it never expires, so it’s a great resource for all your personal projects or even your personal website.

You can get started by adding the raw TypeIt JavaScript file via CDN right to your page’s header. Then add jQuery, write some text, and connect it all together. Simple!

Typically, you’ll target a specific div on the page and use it as a container for the text animation. Here’s a sample code snippet to show you how this works:

$('.type-it').typeIt({
     strings: ['This is my string!']
});

By passing custom options to the typeIt() function, you can slow down the typing speed, add pauses at certain intervals, and even reset the settings at certain intervals to change the typing speed mid-animation.

You can even test these options on the plugin page if you’re willing to spend some time toying around with the settings.

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This text animation builder is the perfect example of what you can do with this plugin. You get so many custom options that you can even build a web app, using this plugin, to create animations on the fly!

On the main plugin page, you’ll also find more advanced options towards the bottom with code snippets you can copy.

So, download TypeIt and give it a shot! Once you get it working it’s really a lot of fun. And, if you have any questions or suggestions for the developer you can connect with him on Twitter @amacarthur.

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How to Change & Replace Facebook Page URL

When you sign up for a Facebook account for the first time, the service will assign you a numerical ID for your homepage. Needless to say, sharing your Facebook page with others using said numerical ID isn’t exactly what anyone would consider convenient, so why not replace it with a custom URL instead?

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Prerequisites

Before you start thinking of the URL you would use for your Facebook page, you might want to look at the guidelines below before to make sure that your URL would be accepted:

  • You can choose only one URL for your Facebook Page or Profile.
  • The URL shouldn’t already been claimed.
  • URLs can only contain alphanumeric characters or a period, be at least 5 characters long and do not contain generic terms or extensions such as .com or .net.
  • Periods and capitalizations do not count as part of a URL. This means that johnsmith55 and john.smith.55 are considered the same.
  • If you’re looking to change the URL of a business’ Facebook Page, you’ll need to be the admin of that page.

Creating your Facebook page URL

Now that you know the limitations of the system, here’s how you can change the URL of your Facebook Profile.

  1. Go to Settings menu on Facebook
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  3. On General Account Settings page, click on the “Edit” button found next to the “Username” option
  4. Input your preferred username into the provided field. If a check mark with the description “username is available” appears, click on the “Save Changes” button to confirm the change.
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  6. Facebook will prompt you for your password. Once you’ve entered it, your profile will be updated with the new URL.
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Replacing current Facebook Page URL

In the event that you’re unhappy with your current custom URL, or maybe you think it’s time for a change, all you have to do is access the General Account Settings page and edit the “Username” option once again.

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While there are no limits as to how many times you’re allowed to change your URL, do keep in mind that every time you update your profile or page’s URL, it would cause any old links to be invalid.

If someone were to try and access your older links, they would be greeted with the “Page Not Found” error. As such, it is highly inadvisable to change the URL frequently, lest it invites confusion.

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