Tech Tuesday

Check out our new Tech Tuesday Page. This will be a separate page in our blog with a convenient tab at the top of the page for quick and easy access. We hope to add more Tech Presentations in the near future.

Below are some links to power point presentations that were done for our Tech Tuesday program this year. Most of these slide shows are without audio, but the Social Bookmarking is an exception, and does have audio. We hope to produce more of these types of presentations in the future. We hope you enjoy them and hopefully learn something in the process.

Social Bookmarking

Getting Started With Blogs

Instant Messaging

Online Options for Storing, Organizing Editing and Sharing Your Photos

Who Needs Photoshop?

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Trendwatch By Mark Raby

The online photo pioneer Flickr has announced a new suite of online image editing tools, powered by Picnik. With wifi camera cards now available, the Flickr Picnik editor theoretically makes it possible to go straight from your camera to a well polished image shared on Flickr all without ever involving desktop software.

Okay, the editing options in Picnik aren’t going to have anyone ditching Photoshop completely, but for basic edits like red eye reduction, exposure tweaks and cropping and rotating photos, the new editing options will likely do the trick.

To use the new features just login to your Flickr account and head to a photo you’d like to edit. Above each of your photos you’ll see a new “edit photo” icon, click that and once you’ve given Picnik permission to edit and save your photos, the Picnik editor will load. Depending on the size of your image it can take a little while to load the Picnik interface, but once it does the editor is quite snappy and intuitive to use.

Editing tools in Picnik include all the basic photo retouching options — crop, resize, adjust exposure and colors, apply effects, add text, and more. There’s also a set of clip art you can overlay and some custom borders. Most of the features are free though some of the special effects filters, like the very-popular-on-Flickr “Lomo effect,” will require a Picnik premium account ($25/year). Premium features are all clearly labeled as such in the Picnik interface.

Flickr’s core users take their photography seriously (or at least take themselves seriously) and while the Picnik editor is nice, it isn’t going to satisfy everyone. However, even if you’re a hardcore Photoshop snob, Picnik is still a handy way to touch up mobile phone images, which are often uploaded directly to Flickr — making online retouching a logical way to improve those images.

Many users may wonder why Flickr didn’t opt to wait for the somewhat more professionally geared Photoshop Express, which is a fair question. But given that even Express still probably won’t satisfy more demanding users, the reason seems obvious — the target demographic here is the casual Flickr user and for them Picnik’s drop dead simple interface more than fit the bill.

Social Book Marking

 

 

Educate yourself on three of the most popular social book marking sites on the web.

Social bookmarking is a way for Internet users to store, organize, share and search bookmarks of web pages. In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, but depending on the service’s features, may be saved privately, shared only with specific people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, via a search engine, or even randomly.

Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags. They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.

Many social bookmarking services provide web feeds for their lists of bookmarks, including lists organized by tags. This allows subscribers to become aware of new bookmarks as they are saved, shared, and tagged by other users.

As these services have matured and grown more popular, they have added extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and groups or other social network features.