Facebook Debugger

Have you ever shared a link on Facebook and battled with it displaying the right image? Sometimes, you don’t get a thumbnail at all… frustrating, right? That’s when the Facebook Debugger can save the day. This tool lets you preview how the link will look when shared, detect if there are any issues, and force it to scrape the latest data from the site. It’s a very handy and FREE tool! 

To try it, visit: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

Enter the link you want to test into the field and click DEBUG. After that, I usually like to click on “Scrape Again” which forces it to pull the latest data instead of any cached images. 

The preview lets you see if there any things you need to fix. Run a test after making changes to make sure it updates the data again. Once you are happy with how it looks, you can share it on Facebook!

Thoughts on Blogging

There is so much I love about blogging. It allows us to engage with potential and existing clients. It helps to get more traffic on a website. It provides us with a way to inform, teach or impact our followers! What are your thoughts on blogging? Do you blog? Do you follow any interesting blogs? Have you checked out the San Antonio Chamber Music website blog? They are one of my oldest clients, and they publish beautifully written music related articles!

Disable the Content Preparation Progress Dialog Box

Have you ever opened an Adobe Acrobat document and had a pesky little dialog box appear over it? You know the one… it’s titled “Content Preparation Progress,” and it pops up every time you open a new PDF file, especially if it has multiple pages. And if you’re working with PDF files all day long, closing that window over and over again can inevitably start to get annoying. But today’s tip will help you get rid of it once and for all! The best part, the solution is simple:

1 Open Adobe Acrobat

2 Go to Preferences

3 Click on Reading

4 Under Screen Reader Options, select “Only read the currently visible pages”

5 Click OK, and you are done!!!

Beautiful Ambient Sounds

I could list a few things that help me stay focused throughout the day, but right now I’d like to talk about just one: ambiance. That’s right! I work best when I have tons of natural light coming through my window, the temperature is more warm than cold, the air smells of sweet cinnamon inspired candles, and… when there is noise. Yup, I am one of those people who cannot work in total silence. Most days, I either have the TV on, music streaming or a record spinning—but all three can eventually become distracting when I switch from designing to writing. 

So here’s today’s tip: If you’re like me, and need some background noise while you work, you might want to try this neat little app called Noisli. I discovered it a while ago, and I just love their sound options. My favorite is their Coffee Shop one, but I also like mixing a few different nature sounds together. It has cool features, like the ability to save your mixes, a timer, and even a distraction-free text editor. It’s the perfect solution for when I need something to fill the silence while still letting me think. So if you decide to try it out, let me know which sounds you liked best!

Have you heard of Picular?

I recently discovered this tool myself and was really impressed! Picular is a primary color generator that uses Google’s image search. Here’s how it works: 

You just enter a search term, and it provides you with color tile options based on the top image results that come up on Google for that term. Each tile comes with the Hex color code and the ability to see which image it’s drawing the color from. Cool, right? 

This is a handy tool to get color inspiration for your next design project. You can also use it to analyze which colors are getting linked to specific terms… Try it and tell me what you think! 

Improve Your Writing Skills

Want to know a secret? I have terrible grammar! I misspell words all the time, and I type so fast that sometimes I skip words altogether. And there is nothing more unprofessional than sending an email to a client and realizing a little too late that it’s filled with typos. So, for today’s tip, I’d like to tell you about a great tool I use every day to help improve my writing skills: Grammarly!

Grammarly is a top-rated writing software that you can use online through their web editor, as an extension on your browser, and through an app on your computer or your phone. I personally love the browser extension because it checks anything I’m doing online in real time. It helps me when I write emails, compose blog articles or post comments on social media.

Grammarly offers a free version, but the best features are only available through their Premium option. Here is a list of other benefits the Premium level offers:

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It not only corrects grammar and spelling, but it also checks for context and sentence structure.

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It explains grammar rules and provides you with examples to better understand them.

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It can help enhance your writing by suggesting replacements for overused, redundant or repetitive words.

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You can tell it what type of intent, audience, style, and emotion you want your writing to follow so it can make better suggestions.

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It has a plagiarism detector that checks your writing against 16 billion web pages.

Let’s face it, in any professional business excellent writing skills are essential so their Premium version would be worth the investment. If you want to learn more about this great tool, visit their site at grammarly.com

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