When you're working online 10 hours a day as I do, you appreciate all the help you can get. Here are four great tools I've discovered over the last six months that make my job a lot easier. Have one of your own I probably don't know about yet? Feel free to enlighten all of us in the comments below.
As freemium slideshow tools go, this is the best I've found. Long before my 30-day free trial expired, I was hooked and ponied up for a monthly membership. It's always better to show rather than tell, so here's just a small sample of what you can do with Sliderocket:
They've also got superb customer service and have called me on my cell whenever I've needed them.
My pal Alexis Ohanian, founder of reddit.com, turned me onto Dropbox. It's another brilliant freemium model that gives you 2GB of free cloud storage. Best part is: once you install the Dropbox folder on all your computers, whatever you place in that folder is automatically synced on all devices, even on your phone. No more emailing files to yourself or plugging in flash drives to transfer stuff! I use it often throughout the day.
3. Search Free Fonts
Just as the name implies, this great site let's you not only search, but test free fonts before you download them. Once you find a font that looks interesting, you can type on the page and voila! they're transposed in real time. Check out how I did this sample here.
4. iPhone iCon Maker
This one is just plain fun... You know how sometimes you get a lame icon when you "bookmark" a Safari page into your phone's app collection? Well this nifty site lets you upload any old image you want and turn it into an iPhone app icon. Try it out and have fun with it!