Monday, June 1, 2015

TA: Online goodies

It's been awhile since I've shared new (at least to me) online goodies that look to be useful to nonprofits and DC government agencies.   Let's see what I've found!
  • Free stock photos via Pexels 2.0, described by Product Hunt as a tool with the "best free stock photos in one place."   Pexels has committed to adding 70 hi-res pics a week and they currently have more than 2,000.   Even better is the license; all the photos are Creative Commons Zero (CC0).   This means
    you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

    The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about the license on the official license page.

  • Code for DC's http://www.opendatadc.org/ provides a wealth of DC data, free for the using.
  • Use cardette for free to create business cards, invitations, and postcards.
  • Get the most out of Excel by using the instructions in ExcelMagic (PDF).
  • Paste with or without all the formatting: How to Change the Default Paste Setting in Microsoft Word 2013 explains how to change paste settings.
  • Use PowerPoint to remove image backgrounds.   Seriously.   Learn how in Remove Image Background In PowerPoint.
  • Shorthand Social is a beautiful storytelling tool.   While you can use photos, video, and text, it's very different from my favorite Storify.Shorthand Social is an elegant storytelling tool.   I can see an organization use it to tell client stories, for example.

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