Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tutorial on How to Create Template in MS Word

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
Word is a universal word management software used by tons of users all over the world. And, most of the work in the Word is repetitive and boring work. To do the boring work interesting and less time-consuming, you can choose to use templates in a Word document. Today, we will answer the most fundamental question of how to create a template in Word
There are many ways to create a template in word, but we will follow the most basic of all paths. To create a template in word, you need to first enable the developer mode in the software. By default, the tab is deactivated and can be enabled by moving to Files>Options and then to Customize Ribbon. Once you are in Customize Ribbon, you can find the "developer" on the right-hand tab of the window. Click the checkbox to enable the developer tab.
Tutorial on How to Create Template in MS Word

Once the Developer tab is active, you can begin the process of creating a template in word. The developer tab has many sub-tabs, but we will spend most of the time in Controls sub-section. The control sub-section holds the key to building  a successful template in word.

Tutorial on How to Create Template in MS Word

Inserting Date Controller.

The inserting Date controller is an easy task and can be completed in 3-4 steps. First, you have to click the Date Picker content controller, once done, it appears on the Word document. You can then choose to place it anywhere in the document. You can also beautify it by selecting Design Mode. Design mode is generally for entering manual information into the content control.
You can also choose properties to further customize the content controller. The Data Picker content controller can have a custom title and a tag. You can also choose to lock the controller so that it cannot be deleted from the template.
Other properties include choosing the format of the date being displayed. Advanced formatting is also available and can be set in the XML format.

Content Control 

The next important controller in creating a template in Word is to include a text based controller. The text based controller works similarly to that of the data picker content controller. The text controller can be pre-defined to any format you choose. The inclusion of carriage return can also be checked in Content Control. Similarity to the data picker content control, the text in the content control can be protected from being deleted.

Tutorial on How to Create Template in MS Word

Item List Control and Checkbox Control

The next two important control in creating a template in word are Item list control and a checklist control. Both of them can be accessed from the controls sub-section of Developer tab.

Inserting Document Property

The last step in our process to "create a template in word", is to insert document property hard coded into the document for the future reference. To insert the document property such as author, keywords, etc. you need to select the Design Mode and then hover to Insert tab. Once you are in insert tab, choose Quick Parts> Document Property.

Conclusion

Once all your formatting is done, you can select to save the document and distribute it as you like. Templates can easily increase your productivity and make you feel free.
Keyword: Create a template in word

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top 5 strategies to concentrate for bloggers in 2015

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
Blogging has been the bread and butter of many of us around the world. No one can deny the fact that we bloggers find our whole day writing and blogging about our favourite topics on blogging systems such as WordPress or Blogger.
But, do the bloggers earn? According to a recent survey, more than 80% of the bloggers don't earn enough from their blog. There have been recent changes in the Google Algorithm, and the bloggers should keep themselves at top of all the changes happening in the SEO and the blogging world.
Blogging is never easy; it requires constant thinking and pulling the solution out of the ether is one of the tricks that every blogger knows. Constantly coming up with unique content is a tough task, and it requires practice. So, what strategies you should concentrate in 2015? The answer to the million-dollar question is what everyone is looking after, but there is no perfect answer. We try to find the answer from the general point of view and henceforth represent top 5 strategies that bloggers should concentrate in 2015.

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Top 5 strategies to concentrate for bloggers in 2015

Content is still the King

During the early ages of the internet, there was blogging boom accompanies by the WordPress platform. Lots of blogging websites came into existence and they were earning a good amount of income. And, that was not right. Blogs with weak contents were also getting good traffic. Google came up the solution and devalued bad content.
You cannot run anywhere with bad content. Bad content has lots of interpretation, but the universal definition goes like this, "any content, which does not provide information and produce value to the readers is termed as bad content". Also, stuffing information also doesn't work and Google has made sure that amazing content always wins the race to the top of the Google rankings.

Learn to Write 6000 Words a day

I am not going to press the value of fast writing, but it is evident that fast writing can bring a lot of success to your door.. In current world, there are half chances that you will be fall apart by your slow speed. Always remember, that there are millions of bloggers writing engaging content all over the world. And, if you are stuck with an amazing idea then there is a high probability that someone else, with an equal level of expertise, has also thought about it and is planning to publish it soon.
Also, a blogger work is not only to write about different topics. They have to engage in other blogging community and constantly chip your valuable offerings and thoughts. That will sum up to 1000 words daily commenting on other blogs and your own blog addressing readers from different demographics. And, when I point the value of commenting and engaging in other communities, there is no fact denying that for small bloggers it is necessary to engage from the point of marketing and getting their articles across the community.

Use Automation

Automation is going to take over the world, sooner or later. And, it can cause chaos for some and victory for many or vice-versa. A lot of bloggers may not agree with me on this point, but using automated grammar check tools are the right way to approach the current market trends.
No one likes writing mistakes and no one is going to read your article if it is full of mistakes that are easily catchable. Native English speaker can find mistakes in the blink of an eye. And that does not mean that if you are writing for a non-native audience, you have the luxury of making mistakes.
Automation tools like "Grammarly" is highly recommended from my side. Paying for the service is completely different thing and is on personal choice rather than an impulsive buy. I, myself, use Grammarly free edition and extract as much help from the system, as I can. The tool makes sure that I don't make silly grammatical mistakes and hints me on more severe mistakes in my writings.

Never forget you are unique

Every writer or blogger on the earth is a unique person and has his own way of internalizing and externalizing any information. The art of writing is a creative field, and you will not find two bloggers whose tone of writing and engaging audience are same.
Practice more of the uniqueness, and this strategy is going to stay with you almost all your remaining revolutions around the sun. Readers love you and follow your blog because they love the way you write. Make them happy with continuous use of your quirkiness and style. Flow high with words and mesmerize readers every single time they read anything new.

Take care of the SEO

There are tons of articles that tells you why SEO is important for your blog and this doesn't change an iota in 2015. I would suggest you to read this article, which explains the top 8 strategies that you should take care of during your blogging journey in 2015.
With proper SEO, your blog can reach new heights and can even break the 100k top websites barrier. SEO is not easy and it takes time to get used to it. Proper keyword research, doing proper on-page optimization and off-page optimization are just few of the work that you should take care of while building your blog.
Other things that you can use to grow your blog
  • Create Controversies: Creating controversies can really skyrocket the popularity of the blog and in the longer run can bring more visitors to your blog.
  • Stay within your niche boundaries: There is no point in blogging about every topic you see on the internet. Always provide information within your expertise. This way, the content will be of high quality and accurate.
  • Use Social Media properly: Social Media is a powerful tool and when successfully leveraged can bring lots of readers to the site. 
  • Improve Typography: Without great typography, there are chances that readers will give heed to the content. Use large and clear font. Great readability adds value to the blog.

Verdict

Bloggers are the next generation game changers. They bring new thought to the world and tears apart old ideas. Be the best bloggers in 2015 and use the power of words to change the world around us.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

DVDFab Blu-ray Copy Review

Posted by Suhel Sayyad

A swift glance

Basically DVDFab Blu-ray Copy is versatile software. It has certain provisions of copying the Blu-ray files to various storages. Further a user is free to customize it according to the needs. It is capable of supporting different technologies like Multi core CPUs, homebrew Lightning Recording etc. But a fact which should keep in mind is that, to play this kind of format Blu-ray Player is essential.

Overview

It is the fully featured Blu-ray Copy/Burner/Cloner. It can copy any Blu-ray to hard disc, blank Blu-ray disc with faster pace. In addition, it can even burn Blu-ray to blank DVD/AVCHD disc.
The titles of the movies can be copied as per user’s choice. It supports 3D Blu-ray. It can be used to clone a BD 3D. It can also be used to compress a BD 50 to BD 25 in original 3D format. And most surprisingly it can copy and convert 3D Blu-ray to 2D Blu-ray. It can convert Blu-ray 3D to Blu-ray SBS 3D. The notable fact is that compression or conversion of a Blu-ray doesn’t affect the original effect.  It can effectively make use of conversion of DTS/LPCM Audio to AC3 to save the space for video.
DVDFab Blu-ray Copy Review

It supports NTSC as well as PAL Blu-ray. For reading a Blu-ray there is no need of installing third party driver since UDF 2.50 parser is internally included.

Key features

Copy any Blu-ray to Blu-ray/DVD/AVCHD disc or Hard disc

It is used to copy any Blu-ray to a Blu-ray/DVD/AVCHD or to a user’s hard disc. A Blu-ray can be burned to blank DVD or AVCHD disc.

Copy Blu-ray with or without compression

To save the space for video it can compress DTS/LPCM Audio to AC3. It can set to remove HD audio.

4 copy modes

I.    Full Disc: It copies whole content including menus and trailers.
II.    Main Movie: It copies longest movie title only.
III.    Customize: It allows copying desired movie titles.
IV.    Clone/Burn: It makes bit to bit copy Blu-ray or burn Blu-ray folder/ISO onto disc.

Ease of use

It has multi lingual support. It is very much easy to operate even to a new user. An experienced user can probably customize the application as per needs.

Supported formats

It can take certain formats as an input like Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder and ISO image file to generate the output as one of the following Blu-ray video disc, AVCHD disc, Blu-ray folder and ISO image file.
It is essential to keep a fact in mind that there are certain requirements of the system where you are going to install this application. It will be categorized into two categories. The categories are as follows:

Basic:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32/64 bit)
Processor: Pentium II 500 MHz
RAM: 512MB
HDD: 100GB
Blu-ray drive
Internet Connection: Needed

Suggested

 OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32/64 bit)
Processor: Core 2 Quad and above
RAM: 2GB
HDD: 1TB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 and above
Blu-ray drive
Internet Connection: Needed
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
ShapChef is a powerful add-in for the Powerpoint package. It lets you manipulate icons, pictures, charts etc. in an organized manner. The add-in is powerful and offers hundreds of options for a better experience for the users. In addition, the add-in lets you store information in the cloud. The add-in is the powerhouse of hundreds and thousands of libraries which can be used anywhere at any time. All the libraries are free to download. The only downside of ShapeChef is that it is paid add-in. But, you can try it for free. The trial version lasts 30 days.

Installing ShapeChef

Installing ShapeChef is easy. You need to download the add-in from here and save it your desktop. Run the installer once the download is complete. During the installation, it is recommended to make an account o ShapeChef site so that you will be able to use their cloud services for free. Using cloud will also let you share your work to other people.

Using ShapeChef

ShapeChef UI is intuitive and that's why it's quite easy to use. Let's go through the application once, so that you get an in-depth understanding of how to use the add-in effectively.
Once you launch PowerPoint, the ShapeChef add-in menu option will surface at the top-right menu. Click that menu option and the ShapeChef small window will open on the right side of the PowerPoint application as shown below.
Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation


The submenu option of the ShapeChef contains the following options
  • Shapes Panel - Show Shapes Panel, Add Online Library
  • Shape Library - Add Shape, Download Shapes, Import Shapes and Add User.
  • ShapeChef - My Account, Check for Updates and About.
Additionally, there will be licensing option if you are using the trial version. The option goes away once you have the full paid version.

Shapes Panel

Shapes Panel contain two options Show Shapes Panel and Add Online Library. With Show Shapes Panel, you will be greeted with the same side panel as you first open the ShapeChef. The Shapes panel opens by default.

Add Online Library

This option will let you use the online cloud feature of ShapeChef. To use it, you need to register an account with them. Once done, you can easily avail the service by adding your own library and sharing them with peers. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Shape Library

Shape Library is easy to use. You can add shape, download shapes or import shapes. Furthermore, you can additional users for using the add-in.
To add a shape, select the shape and click on add shape button. You will be prompted to choose the category to which you want to add the shape. You can also add custom shapes with the help of "import shapes." button.
Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation


To download shapes in the form of the library, use the Download Shapes button. Click on the library and start downloading. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

ShapeChef Sub-Menu option

This sub-menu option is only for information. You can check your account, look for updates or choose to know more about the software by clicking on About. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Verdict

ShapeChef is an excellent add-in for PowerPoint. It helps to manage shapes, share them and implement them in various PowerPoint projects. The add-in costs only $39.99 and is highly recommended.
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