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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Business phone launched by Nokia




Nokia announced the launch of a high end business phone E71 to meet the needs of the corporate world. E71 has a 320×240 screen which is very clear and a 3.2 mega pixel camera. E71 supports GPS navigation, Bluetooth 2.0, Edge and GPRS. E71 contains single speaker which is clear enough for ring tones and supports loud music. The battery used in E71 is a 1500mAh battery which does not go down even if constant phone calls and emails are done.

The weight of E71 is just 120 grams and is very convenient to carry and also has a metallic finish which adds to the look of the phone. I feel that this phone is better than the Blackberry.e.

The weight of E71 is just 120 grams and is very convenient to carry and also has a metallic finish which adds to the look of the phone. I feel that this phone is better than the Blackberry.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Web Marketing Where Content Is King

Real estate brokers tell us of three important factors in appraising a particular piece of property. They are, in this order: location, location, location. Translate to marketing your business on the Web and these become content, content, content. For business Web sites, it usually means information.
Pocket Change
Benjamin Riggnor wants to move his small coin collecting shop (don't bother looking this up, you won't find it) to the Web, so he can reach a global audience, rather than just people in McLean Co., Illinois. On a limited budget he hires a web designer and ends up with three webpages:

  • Welcome page which also tells about his business
  • A list of 60 coins he feels would be of wider interest
  • An order form

He advertises his website to the basic search engines, and after a few weeks, if he searches hard, he can find Riggnor Coins under the words "coin collector". He gets a few hits, sells a few coins. But mainly he wonders: What's wrong? The answer is found in a word: Content.

To differentiate yourself from the hundreds, perhaps thousands of competitors, you somehow need to develop compelling content -- information -- which will draw the coin collectors of the world to your website. There are several options, most of which could be adapted to your particular business, and all of which take some work.
Developing Content One Page at a Time

Benjamin, why don't you develop a photo gallery of rare coins with a brief history of each specimen. Why don't you call it "100 Rare Coins of the World for Serious Collecting." What a mouthful, you say. Purposely. Web search engines will index on words in a title as well as other words on a page. What words might someone type in to a search engine to find coins? Rare, coins, collecting. You get the idea. If you don't have 100 yet, do what you can and tell people you are working toward your goal of 100 by next summer, and then keep at it.

Now you begin to develop this one webpage for each coin. Make sure your web designer creates a template page you can use to create new, similar pages yourself with an HTML editor such as Microsoft FrontPage.

One hundred Web pages is a lot, you protest. Yes, but it increases dramatically your chance being seen on Google under "coin collecting." It becomes an increasingly valuable resource which is both visual and written. While you're doing this, why don't you begin a free e-mail newsletter your Web visitors can sign up for. Each week or two you include the text of your latest Rare Coins, plus a list of coins for sale. Now your work is doing double duty: it is will increase your sales as well as attracting new coin collectors to your site.

Riggnor is giving too much away, you say. Yes, but he's attracting a growing stream of people who never would have noticed him before, people who have a strong interest in what he is selling.

This kind of plan takes a while to execute, but once you develop some momentum, you find that more and more people come to visit. There's a great line about patience in the classic film "Casablanca" where Humphrey Bogart says to Ingrid Bergman: "Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life." That's the way you have to look at building content. You may not see the results today or tomorrow, but ....
Create a Center
Years ago Richard Soos created the "Electronic Money Tree," a marketing e-zine created entirely from free articles written by marketers who get exposure for their services on his site. Mention in Yahoo Magazine and others brings lots of traffic -- and people return to read the next issues, since he renewed content monthly and reminded former visitors via e-mail.

Nancy Bargine, President of Impressa, targeted business people who are also do-it-yourself webpage developers. She has assembled a variety of tools and information for promoting a website.

  • Articles she had written
  • Links to websites offering related software tools
  • Lists of linking sites on the Web
  • A new, reasonably-priced software tool which enables small business people to do ongoing website promotion from their desktop.

Her carefully-built "center" attracted increasing numbers of visitors. Note that she gave a lot away. That is what brings visitors. She also sold a product related to the content which she was giving away, but adding to it.

What should you offer in your center? First, define demographically who are the best customers for your products or services. Then ask yourself, what do these people enjoy? What do they do with their spare time? What do they need which I could provide them? The better handle you have on your prospective customers, the better you can design content to attract them. Note: content does not have to be closely related to your product, but to your prospective customers' needs and desires.

Why don't you set a goal to build a "center" designed to attract increasing numbers to your website. Hey! If it can work for Benjamin Riggnor, it can work for you.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Convert video files to Apple iPhone MP4 video


Step 1. Download Free Video to iPhone Converter

This is the clearly free program. There are no spyware or adware. It's absolutely safe to install and to run!
Step 2. Launch Free Video to iPhone Converter



Follow Start > All Programs > DVDVideoSoft > Free Video to iPhone Converter or just click the program icon on the desktop.

The interface is very simple and self explaining. There are the field for an input file, the field for an output path, and lists with preconfigured profiles.



Step 3. Select Input Video File

Click the upper Browse... button to select an input video file from your computer.

Input file formats are: *.avi, *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mpe, *.wmv, *.asf, *.mov, *.qt, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.flv, *swf.







Step 4. Select Output Location

Click the bottom Browse... button on the right. Choose the location where you would like to save your converted video file. Click Save.









Step 5. Select Output Format Profile




In the list of Presets select one of the available pre-configured preset.











Step 6. Trim Video

Click the Trim video... button along the bottom of the interface to open the new window.

Use navigation line and special buttons to set start and end selection markers position.

Click Apply & Close to switch back to the main program window.










Step 7. Switch to Batch Mode

Click the Switch to a batch mode... link to convert several video files.











Step 8. Add More Files

Then click the upper Browse... button to add other video files to convert.

Note: If you want to return to a single mode click the Switch to a single mode... link.










Step 9. Convert Video

Click the Convert button along the bottom of the interface and wait the conversion to be completed.














Step 10. Transfer Video to iPhone

Open Apple iTunes and drag the newly converted video file to the library window. If you have selected "Automatically update all videos" for the video preferences for your iPhone, the new video will automatically transfer when you connect the player. If you have selected "Automatically update the selected playlists only," make sure that you drag the new video to one of the selected playlists.

Note: You'll probably want to update the information of the video when you move it to the iTunes library. To do this, select Videos from the left-hand column and go to list view. Then, click the file for which you want to edit info and select Get Info from the File menu (or simply right-click). You can edit the boxes found under the Info tab.






Sunday, June 22, 2008

LimeWire 4.18

Publisher's description of LimeWire

LimeWire is the world's fastest P2P file-sharing application for all types of computer files, including music, video, pictures, games, and text documents. Other features include dynamic querying, file previews during download, advanced techniques for locating rare files, and an easy, clean user interface.

LimeWire's new spam blocker gets rid of junk results, and automatic updates will keep you sharing faster than ever with the latest version. You can search for Creative Commons and Weedshare licensed files, and publish your own creative works with Creative Commons licensing. LimeWire continues its guarantee of no adware or spyware. Includes a built-in bittorent support. Version 4.18 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Advance mp3 sound Recorder 1.2

Advance Mp3 Sound Recorder,record sound and audio from any source : mp3, online stream audio,cd,VCR,movie,microphone, Game. capture sound from sound card digital mixer,record sound as CD quality sound.Include wave mp3 encoder and convertor, easy to convert wave to mp3, has include a mp3 ID3 tag Editor.Support multi-file capture and multifile convert to mp3.support capture sound from realplayer,winamp,windows media player,dvd,quick time or any other media players, it's a useful tool to build your own mp3 audio library.


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Friday, June 20, 2008

Mobile Ringtone Converter - 2.3.116

Mobile Ringtone Converter 2.3- Powerful function for editing wav form, convert/mix multiple tracks to mobile ringtone format MP3, OGG, AMR, MMF, AMRWB+, WAV.




provide AVMini WEB/WAP Server to transfer ringtone to phone.

  • Convert audio to Mobile Ringtone as MP3, OGG, AMR, MMF, AMRWB+, WAV.
  • Can import WAV, MP3, OGG, MPEG, AMR, AMR WB+, AIFF, AU file.
  • Can add recording track to audio. Input source is from Microphone, CD Player, Sterte Mix, Line In.
  • Can edit Wavform. (cut, copy, delete, silent...).
  • Can convert by selected part. ( version 2.3.7)
  • Can set MP3 sample rate/ bit rate. (version 2.3.8)
  • Can set OGG quality. (version 2.3.8)
  • Can set AMR quality mode. (version 2.3.8)
  • Support customer builder. (version 2.3.9)

Product Description:

  • Provide AVMini WEB/WAP Server to transfer ringtone to phone.
  • Convert audio to Mobile Ringtone as MP3, OGG, AMR, MMF, AMRWB, WAV.
  • Can import WAV, MP3, OGG, AMR, AMR WB+, MPEG, AIFF, AU, WAV file.
  • Can add recording track to audio. Input source is from Microphone, CD Player, Sterte Mix, Line In.
  • Can edit Wavform. (cut, copy, delete, silent...).
  • Can convert by selected part.
  • Can set MP3 sample rate/ bit rate.
  • Can set OGG quality.
  • Can set AMR quality mode.

Operating System Requirements:

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  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 98

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2. Building a website

Once you've done your research and selected an online business, you'll want to build your website. This is a huge topic, with plenty of information available on the Web. Instead of telling you the nuts and bolts of website construction, I stress the importance of business design so that the site is effective. See my free article:


I regularly write shorter articles on aspects of website design for Web Marketing Today. You can browse the Site Design articles.

Are You New to Internet Marketing?


Are you brand new to e-commerce and want to figure out how to make money online? The Web Marketing Today site is huge (2,500 pages plus) and it's easy to become overwhelmed. The basic tasks are:

1. Researching to see how to make money online
2. Building a website
3. Creating content for your website that will draw people
4. Getting traffic to your website
5. Using e-mail to keep your existing customers
6. Earning money from your online business

Use the guide below as a jumping off place for each of these areas.

1. Researching how to make money online

I truly believe that the most important thing you can do first is research. (If you have an existing local business you want to take online, you may have done this already.) Many people rush to build a website that is doomed to fail. Why? The Internet is very cluttered and competitive. The best way to succeed is to find a niche that you have researched where you (1) can add value from your own knowledge and experience, (2) don't have too many serious competitors nationally, and (3) can earn money (see point 6 below). Here's an article I've written to help you understand niche marketing -- no charge.

People make money on the Internet in a number of different ways. One way is to build websites that attract traffic, and then send visitors to other sites through an "affiliate link" where they make a purchase -- and you earn a commission. If this is your approach, you'll want to research to see which keywords get the most traffic vs. how expensive it is to purchase those keywords through Pay Per Click ads on Google or Overture. There are now several tools available that help you do this kind of research (available on other sites):

  • Site Build It! from Ken Evoy developed the first tool of this kind. It is just one of about a dozen tools available on Site Build It! to help you research, build a site, optimize it for search, purchase keywords, and sell online. Highly recommended!
  • The Market Research Wizard from WorldWide Brands. Includes a component to search eBay listings and bids.
  • Product Idea Evaluator from Activo Software.

You'll also want to look at your competitors' sites and see how you can "build a better mousetrap." Many competitor sites are mediocre. Yours must be excellent!

Step 1. Define a Unique E-Business Niche

Standing at the base the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and looking up, the immense stone blocks laid one upon another seem to reach to sky. This most holy site to Jews is all that is left of Herod's Second Temple. It is a place of prayer for the nation. Herod built the Western Wall as part of a retaining wall around the temple mount, formed of massive limestone blocks, some weighing over 100 tons each.

But when you look more closely at the Wall, you see the crevices between the massive blocks. In the first two tiers of stone they are filled with papers inscribed with the prayers of the faithful. But above them the crevices are alive. Plants, rooted deeply in the cracks between the stones, abound far above the heads of the worshippers, and add character and life to the Wall.

When you move from the sacred to the secular, the Wall has a lesson for us. If your company doesn't have the mammoth clout of a Fortune 500 corporation, then you must find a niche between the immense players and adapt yourself to thrive there. The English word "niche" comes from a French word that means, "to nest." And that's what small companies can learn to do very successfully, filling small voids left by the big players.

Thriving in a Tiny Niche

How can small businesses thrive if the niches seem pretty narrow indeed? You can purchase kitchen knives at Safeway and KMart, at Macy's and a restaurant supply outlet, as well as a gourmet cooking store. But a shop that specializes in kitchen cutlery? It would take a major metropolitan area of one or two million people to support such a store, and still it might struggle. But so long as you can deliver your goods or services across distances, on the Internet your marketplace is the nation, and, if you have the vision for it, the world. Here are user projections for year-end 2000:


A kitchen cutlery shop might die a town of 10,000 or city of 100,000. But on the Internet, the market is so huge that even a small slice provides a large number of shoppers. Let's take a country like South Korea, where more than half the population surfs the Web at least once a month, and nearly half accesses the Internet daily. Where travel time once prevented shoppers from getting to downtown Seoul's specialty shops, on the Internet, the nation is like one very accessible city. With Korea's 14.8 million Internet users, even a very narrowly-defined specialty business can thrive because of the huge number of potential shoppers. Think of the market as 15 cities of a million people each. That many potential shoppers can support nearly any specialty business.

After nearly six years of intimate involvement with the Internet, I am still awed by its vast potential. To succeed you must be able to see the Internet's hugeness as a market, and at the same time comprehend that even the narrowest kind of business can find enough customers to thrive. The wall is so big that the niches between the huge corporate blocks are quite adequate to support a lively small business marketplace.

Differentiating Niches from Blocks

The phone rang and the caller wanted to set up an online store. "I want to sell something on the Internet," he told me.

"What do you plan to sell," I asked.

"Books," he said, "and consumer electronics."

I can see him competing head-to-head with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Good Guys, and Best Buy. With his puny resources, he doesn't stand a chance against the big players. None. Nada. Zip.

I've been asked a dozen times, "What would it cost to build a book store just like Amazon.com?" I grind my teeth. With all the opportunities begging to be explored, why would you want to challenge the top dog? I answer that question by saying, "It would cost you the millions and millions of dollars Amazon spent to build its store." Look instead to the niches.

The Elusive Holy Grail of the "Ideal" Product

I'm sometimes asked, "What is the best product to sell on the Web?" The answer is pretty straightforward; here are the characteristics:

  • Enables a high profit margin,
  • Offers exclusive sales rights,
  • Delivers by digital download,
  • Offers customers more value via Internet sale than through traditional channels,
  • Fills a universal need, and
  • Must be purchased regularly.

If you can score with majority of those parameters you probably have a winning product or service. But, frankly, few fit. I strongly recommend that you don't let your mind wander aimlessly looking for the perfect product.

A better way is to look to yourself or to your company. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? On what subject are you considered the "local world's authority." What are you strong in? What do you have to offer that is fairly unique? How can you leverage your present strengths? Instead of fantasizing about the "perfect," take what you know and let it empower your vision to see clearly the niches out there.

Unfilled Niches

These days it's hard to find a niche that nobody is filling, but occasionally I run across one. The classic path to success is "Find a need and fill it." So look to the customers you know best. What are they asking for? What would they like? What keeps them from fully realizing their own success? Since you're an "expert," you may have some key insights. You may be able to develop a new or improved product, service, or business process that, coupled with the Internet, can make a big difference. It's your interest and training that give you the vision to see these opportunities. Look closely at the niches.

Poorly Filled Niches

While unfilled niches are rare, poorly filled niches are exceedingly common. I've come to expect so much from the Internet, that I'm often frustrated by what is NOT available online.

Recently I was in the market for a camcorder. I knew practically nothing about them -- and I found that the average salesperson at my local stores didn't know much either. I had lots of unanswered questions. I needed information, opinions from people who really knew something about the trade-offs between one recording format and another. But I couldn't find what I was looking for.

There have to be other people like me. What kind of site would make this selection an easier task? The Active Buyer's Guide to Camcorders was very good, but called on me to make decisions about which I didn't have enough knowledge. Nor did it provide expert opinion or consumer feedback on questions of format pros and cons, answers to my stupid questions, etc. http://www.camcorders.activebuyersguide.com/ Amazon's new Camera and Photo store had a camcorder buying guide, but no individual comments except at the product level. And nothing offered a chart that showed the differences between the models available from a single manufacturer. I was also ready to buy an extra battery pack and a carrying bag, as well as a supply of recording tape, but none of these sites made it easy. I find that http://Camcorder.com while good, is a subsidiary of Amdex and Unbeatable.com. They're not really the premium camcorder source; it's only a department in a larger consumer electronics enterprise.

Camcordia.com

I conclude there is no single "greatest place" online to buy camcorders. Maybe I ought to build it myself. In addition to a excellent shopping cart system and check-out procedure, these are the elements I would include:

  • Buying Guides
  • FAQs
  • Honest reviews of each manufacturer's product line contrasted with other manufacturers' offerings
  • Easy comparisons within a manufacturer's product line
  • Live chat that allows shoppers to ask questions from a knowledgeable person 8 to 10 hours per day
  • Competitive prices, if not the very lowest
  • Carrying all major manufacturers' products
  • Inventory of best sellers, drop-ship arrangements for less common requests
  • Shipping at a variety of speeds and costs
  • A no-quibbling guarantee
  • Links to help areas on manufacturers' websites
  • Addresses, phone numbers, and URLs of repair stations
  • A full line of accessories
  • A full line of recording media
  • Information and cables to connect camcorders to TVs, VCRs, and computers
  • Online forums where camcorder aficionados discuss detailed questions
  • An affiliate relationship with camcorder dealers in regions of the world where I don't want to risk shipping a $250 to $1,500 item.
  • A monthly newsletter, The Camcorder Comrade :-)

And I'm sure once I got immersed in the process of building I'd find more to do. We could call it camcordia.com or camcording.net or cambug.com. (All these names were available at this writing.)

Isn't this a lot of work? You bet.

Of course, you could build a "good" camcorder store fairly easily. But not an excellent one. Excellence takes high standards, sacrifice, great effort, and a drive to achieve the best you can possibly do. If the project isn't worth doing with excellence, my friends, it probably isn't worth even beginning. Life is too short.

It would probably take six months of work and several thousand dollars to get it fully ready, and a year or two to get it functioning at full potential. Is it possible? Of course! Would it succeed? I have no doubt! Am I going to build it? No. This one needs someone who lives and breathes camcorders. But camcorders is a poorly filled niche just begging to be filled with excellence.

Partly Filled Niches

I've often toyed with the idea of setting up a firm that helps small businesses market their websites. One that considers each company's needs carefully and recommends a marketing plan tailored to each company's needs and budget. One that offers exceptional value and a personal touch. One that doesn't rest until the customer's need has been fully addressed. Aren't there plenty of firms that specialize in online marketing already? Yes, indeed. But I believe I could make one succeed, since there are hundreds of thousands of small business website entrepreneurs out there, and only ten or twenty thousand marketing companies, many of which aren't being very effective at all with small businesses. Many excellent businesses exist, such as Webster Group International http://wilsonweb.com/go/to.cgi?l=wgi but there is a tremendous need still. Do I plan to do this? No, but it could be done quite profitably. This is a partly filled niche longing to be filled more completely.

Creating New Niches

We haven't nearly exhausted the subject of niches yet. How about creating a new niche where one didn't exist before. I love what JustBalls.com did when they began a couple of years ago. They didn't pump themselves up to think they could tackle the whole sporting goods sector. They weren't a Big 5 or a FogDog. So they sliced sporting goods in a brand new way that it had never been sliced before -- balls only. They don't sell bats and first-baseman's mitts. They sell balls. Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, golf balls. If it's a sports ball of any kind, they have it. Now they offer laser-engraved sports balls for gifts and presentations. Two years later they are still in business because they created a brand new niche, found a catchy, memorable name, developed a customer-centered approach, and opened their doors. http://www.justballs.com

Brick-and-Mortar vs. Internet Niches

I need to say a word to you who have an existing brick-and-mortar business already. Should you put your business on the Web? By all means, do so! (Unless you're a barber, or something inescapably local, of course.) The stability of your traditional business will give you the time to find your way online. But don't put your entire business offerings online, only those that are unique and especially adaptable to the Internet.

Several years ago, Jeff Greene, called me for help setting up an online store. Jeff is the longtime owner of The Office Market, an office and art supplies store in Conway, New Hampshire, an area of about 20,000 people in the White Mountains. This was before OfficeDepot.com, OfficeMax.com, and Staples.com had developed a strong presence online. He asked me if he should sell both office supplies and art supplies. I pointed him toward the niche market and away from the mass market, and he has since done well with Discount Art Supplies http://www.discountart.com offering a full line of top brand, high quality brushes, paints, and other supplies. If Jeff had tried to put his whole office supply inventory online, the e-business would have lost focus and he wouldn't be able to carry a full enough line to compete with the big companies (though in his local region The Office Market is the leader). By putting all his energy into the art supplies part of his business, he has succeeded admirably on the Web and he can compete with others in this field.

Determine what aspect of your current business is best for the Internet and put that online; don't load your website with generic products and services that diffuse your focus.

Finding and Filling Your Niche

The promise of the huge Internet market is there for you, too. While it is intensely competitive, the size and lack of geographical barriers is especially suited to small business people who are blessed with niche vision and a dose of creativity and determination. Look closely, now -- not at the massive blocks but at the niches between them
-- and find niche with your name on it.

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Product Description:

Super Video to Audio Converter is a easy and flexible tool used to extract audio from AVI, MPEG, VOB, WMV/ASF, DAT, RM/RMVB, MOV format medium files to MP3, WAV, WMA and OGG format. It can batch extract audio from video files such as AVI, MPEG, WMV/ASF, RM/RMVB, files to MP3,WMA,OGG and WAV files, So you can listen them with your mp3 player or extract audio from video files to CD quality WAV files for burning your own audio CD. You can setup output audio bitrate, frequency, and channels. Support VBR of MP3 and OGG.It has user-firenldy and easy-to-use interface. Converting in high precision and no quality is lost. is a tool to help you join or merge AVI/DivX,MPEGI/II, VOB,DAT,WMV,ASF files in one large file in various format. You can add an unlimited number of video files to the list and easily rearrange their order if needed ,then merge the videos files to a large movie file in AVI/DivX ,MPEG I/II,WMV/ASF format. You even can use it to convert a single file. You can change the framerate, size etc as you like. The program does not require any technical experience and is very easy to use

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Abacre Antivirus 1.0

Abacre Antivirus is new generation of antivirus software. The antivirus reliably protects Windows-based computers from internet viruses, worms and Trojans spreading via email and local networks, macro viruses and old executable viruses. It’s strictly based on the five main principles: 1. Reliability of healing viruses due to novice virus detection algorithms and regular updates; 2. Stability of work; 3. Fast scanning speed, because of intelligent and sophisticated algorithms with optimizations; 4. It does not disturb: extremely low load of CPU; works in background; completely automatic and self-awareness; it disturbs a user when it’s really needed; 5. Reasonable price. Our tests showed that even some well-known anti-virus software with automatic updates still miss in finding and healing some new viruses. That it’s why we recommend you to use at least two antivirus programs on your computer. Abacre Antivirus is perfect addition to your security pack.


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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Right PPC Campaign Management Brings in A Lots of Cash!!

How to make some money on the side through your online ads.

Do you have an online business that markets a hot product that you are selling on your website; but you are having trouble bringing customers into your site. So instead of gaining money, you are actually losing money because of the monthly rent that you’re paying to have your website hosted in cyberspace. The best solution to this problem is to advertise. Let people know that you are here and ready to do business. One of the quickest and most effective ways to advertise your website on the net is to come up with a great PPC campaign management plan.

Certain keywords or phrases that people type into a search engine lead to hundreds and hundreds of search results that pertain to that specific keyword. Businesses that want to advertise on the net using a PPC campaign have to come up with a plethora of keywords that is associated to the business that they are running; so when potential customers type in these keywords, it will lead them to their business site.

This is how a PPC campaign brings in traffic to your site, with the selection of the right keywords that people can search through the net. Some keywords tend to be more expensive than others, especially popular ones. It is vital to select the right keywords, in order to get your money’s worth. This is why it is important to manage you PPC campaign wisely. Sometimes you are better off opting for the less popular keywords that are not so expensive, especially if you have a limited budget. Some businesses even hire the help of a consultant to manage their PPC campaigns.

This is why big online businesses seek the expertise of a professional to run their PPC ad campaign, because the right set of plans, can potentially bring in a large amount of profits. The more keywords you have, the more you increase the chances of customers clicking these keywords that would lead them to your website.

If you are running a business online, and are planning to run a PPC campaign, it is advisable to purchase keywords that are extremely related to the theme of your business. This way, people know what they are getting, and don’t get confused about the content of your website. The secret is to use keywords or phrases that are searched frequently, but cost very little.

This is why a lot of entrepreneurs spend a large amount of their budget on advertising, because they know that the right advertising campaign can start the ball rolling.

Also, you should do some research before you start your PPC campaign. There are a lot of PPC search engines to chose from. The great thing about PPC campaigns is that you can reach a worldwide audience. Advertising online means global marketing.

The potential earnings that can be generated by starting a pay per click campaign is significant. That’s why a lot of online businesses now are trying to get in on the act. Now, with the right set of keywords, and a smart PPC campaign management plan, more than ever, online businesses are bringing in the big bucks.

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GRSoftware Email Robot 1.6.0 - Free download

GREmail Robot is an email automation tool that can receive pop3 email messages and do a specified action on it without your intervention. You can define a list of Jobs to do. Each Job defines what field of the email message to check: None (disabled), Subject, From, To, Body, Attached file name. You can define two checks that are in logical AND. The check can be one of: No check (all), Contains (case), Contains (no case), Equal (case), Equal (no case), Not Equal (case), Not Equal (no case), Starts with (case), Starts with (no case), Ends with (case), Ends with (no case), Is Empty and Not Is Empty. If an email message satisfies these checks then you can specify one action: Unzip attached file (overwrite existing), Unzip attached file (NOT overwrite existing), Save attached file (overwrite existing), Save attached file (NOT overwrite existing), Save the message and Do Nothing. After the action has been executed the program can execute a specified program with supplied parameters to allow you process the saved files with an external application. Each Job has an associated comment that let you better explain what you are doing, a check box to enable or disable it and a date after which the Job is active. GREmail Robot can check a list of pop3 accounts (each one can be enabled or disabled and tested) and you can define every how much minutes to check them all. You can also define the program priority in order to make the program really transparent to all your other computer activities. GREmail Robot offer you detailed log report of all its activities. GREmailRobot also support message Macros that are expanded when the message is processed. This is a really flexible automation tool you need to have in your software.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Create superior Vista-style web buttons and html menus in a few clicks!


Create superior Vista-style web buttons and html menus in a few clicks!

Vista Buttons helps you create Vista/XP/Win98/Mac rollover html buttons and html drop down menus with ease.

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Vista Buttons provides 500+ web buttons, 100 submenu designs, 50 ready-made samples, so you'll create really nice looking website html menus and html buttons with little or no design skills at all! Vista, XP, Win98, Mac, Aqua buttons, round, glossy, metallic, 3d styles, tab menus, drop down menus will be a breeze!

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You don’t have to know HTML, JavaScript, CSS or any other coding languages to make multi-state rollover web buttons, professional cross-browser, search engine friendly DHTML menus. All you have to do is make some clicks and adjust buttons as you wish for them to appear. Vista Web Buttons will generate all necessary images, html, javascripts, css styles automatically!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Audio Software - IMS - Telephone On Hold Music and Messages Player


Product Listings & Details

The IMS plays telephone on hold messages using a Windows computer with any standard sound card or voice modem. The software runs in the background using the CPU idle time and the buffer on the sound card or voice modem which connect to the MOH port on your PBX or your telephone line. The computer can still be used as normal.

If you have a Windows computer in your office, this is the most advanced and most affordable way to play on hold messages to your callers when they are on hold or being transferred.

Features:

  • Real time mixing of messages and music to create an endless presentation.
  • Message scheduling to commence and expire on certain dates and to play only on certain days of the week or times of day.
  • Fully digital audio ensuring that your messages sound good, are clear and are easy to listen to.
  • Almost unlimited message and music capacity.
  • State-of-the-art 'fuzzy logic' formula achieves the optimal message rotation rate.
  • Direct user control over messages and message scheduling. You can control the scheduling directly at your computer, or it can be set by the studio that produces your messages.
  • User recorded messages. The software is usually used with professionally recorded messages but the software also allows you to record your own messages directly and simply by plugging in a microphone.
  • Automatic Online Internet Updates or updates on a 3.5" disk or on CD-ROM. The automatic Internet connection ensures that if you are using a studio to produce your messages regularly, your messages can be uploaded automatically by your production studio.
  • Voice Synthesizer function to synthesize speech from text if required.
  • For use with Telephone PBX systems with message/music on-hold feature or single line operation with a voice modem.
  • Free download for use with free generic packages and free music
System Requirements

  • Window 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.2 and above
  • Sound Support (check for a speaker out socket on the computer)
  • Either:
a) Traditional Office Telephone System (PBX) with and 'onhold' option; or
b) For VoIP systems a VoIP PBX (eg. Axon VoIP PBX).

If you don't have an telephone system or PBX you can use the TRx Recording System to link to an ordinary telephone line directly. You should also compare the Express Talk VoIP Based Internet Phone which incorporates on-hold and lets you connect to real phone numbers using a VoIP Service Provider.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Free YouTube Download - 2.2.1.3

Product Description:

Free YouTube Download. Download video from YouTube to your computer hard drive with one mouse click. Video from YouTube will be saved as AVI file. You'll be able to play it with any video player on your computer.

It is as easy as never before.

This free program contains no spyware or adware. It's clearly free and absolutely safe to install and run.
Operating System Requirements:

This product is designed to run on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 95

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Free System Scan

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The Problem

Have you noticed that the longer you have your computer, the slower it runs and the more it crashes? Often this phenomenon is caused by problems in the registry that accrue over time. Installing and uninstalling programs leave behind fragments — stray files, orphaned startup tasks, corrupted drivers. Over time the registry starts to get bogged down and conflicts emerge. Left unchecked, your system will become increasingly unstable, run more slowly and crash more frequently.
The Solution

RegistryBooster is the easy answer to registry problems. It conducts deep scans of your registry to check for errors and conflicts, then repairs and optimizes the registry to peak performance and stability. Periodic scans will keep your registry "clean" and will greatly enhance your system’s performance and stability. You’ll see immediate increases in speed and decreases in system conflicts.

2 minutes can save you months of frustration and crashes

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3GP Converter

Guide: How to convert AVI to 3GP, WMV to 3GP, MPEG to 3GP?

Xilisoft 3GP Converter allows users to convert AVI to 3GP, MPEG to 3GP, WMV to 3GP (Guide). This Powerful 3GP Converter supports converting various video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, ASF, VOB, RM, MP4, SWF, GIF, MPG, DV, YUV, h264 to 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2, MPEG4 for mobile phone.

The 3GP Video Converter is also a 3GP to MPEG, 3GP to AVI, 3GP to MPEG4, 3GP to MP3/WAV Converter.

Xilisoft 3GP Converter can convert video files to MPEG4, such as AVI to MP4, MPEG to MP4, WMV to MP4.


Features

* AVI to 3GP Converter
The Powerful 3GP Video Converter is an AVI to 3GP converter. You can use the 3GP Video Converter to convert AVI to 3GP, 3GP to AVI.
* MPEG to 3GP Converter
The 3GP Video Converter is an MPEG to 3GP converter. It can convert MPEG1 to 3GP, MPEG2 to 3GP, MPEG4 to 3GP.
* 3GP to MP3, WAV or WMA
This multifunctional 3GP Video Converter can also extract audio from various video formats, such as 3GP format, and save as MP3, WAV, etc. The converter's quality is excellent.
* All-in-one 3GP Converter
The 3GP Converter can convert most popular formats to 3GP, such as DVD to 3GP, VCD to 3GP, SVCD to 3GP, MOV to 3GP, RM to 3GP, WMV to 3GP.
* 3GP to AVI MPEG Converter
Besides supporting batch conversion, The 3GP to AVI MPG Converter can convert 3GP to AVI, 3GP to MPEG, 3GP to MPG easily.
* Support multithreading
You can convert some files at the same time.
* Support preview
Users can choose to preview the input files before conversion.
* Convert any clip or segment
The software allows users to choose start point and duration at will.
How to convert AVI to 3GP, MPEG to 3GP with the 3GP Converter?

The 3GP Converter can convert AVI to 3GP, convert MPEG to 3GP, and convert WMV to 3GP. It supports convert 3GP video file to other popular video formats like 3GP to AVI, 3GP to DivX, 3GP to MPEG. Also, the 3GP Converter can convert audio-only 3GP files to MP3, WAV and vice versa.
Now let’s focus on how to convert video files to 3GP with the 3GP Converter.

Step 1
The first step you need to do is load the video file. Press “ADD” button in the main interface or in the File menu to add the video file you want to convert. Note: press Ctrl to select multiple files.


Step 2
By highlighting the loaded file, the file info including the audio and video codec will be showed the middle area of the window.


Step 3
Now it is to start selecting output format. In “Profile” drop down list box, all supported output formats are listed, you can select any of them. Tip: different files are allowed to select different output formats.

Step 4
If only need to convert a clip or set special parameter, double-click corresponding setup in right column to set. Tip: different files are allowed to set different output parameter.

Step 5
Finally, select the path where the file will be saved, click “Encode” button to convert.
What is 3GP?
3GP is the MPEG4 based video format used mostly in mobile terminals, such as mobile phones. This file format is designed for 3rd generation mobile devices.

3GPP is defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project and 3GPP is defined by 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2. They are the worldwide standards for the creation, delivery and playback of multimedia over 3rd generation. These standards seek to provide uniform delivery of rich multimedia over newly evolved, broadband mobile networks (3rd generation networks) to the latest multimedia-enabled wireless devices, such as cell phones.

System Requirements
Operating system: Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP
Hardware Requirements:
* Intel Pentium II 350MHz or above, or any Athlon
* 64 MB RAM or above



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INTSPEI P-Navigator 1.0



P-Navigator brings the power of search and navigation to your fingertips. Running from your desktop, P-Navigator memorizes your searches, shows relations between resources, displays incoming and outgoing links, and allows easy narrowing searches




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Thursday, June 12, 2008

putting the writer back into technical writing

In the introductory piece for Web Ware, I took quite a few potshots at the field of technical writing, damning most technical pieces as being obtuse, jargony, and pretty much useless. I think, my summation of the situation was, "...most technical writing out there bites the big one and there's no sign that the situation is going to get any better in the near future."

Well I'm here to say that when you publish your opinions in the public eye, you had better be prepared to back up your position!

Scant hours after the piece went online, I received a very valid and useful criticism of the article which I wanted to share with all of you. Cyril Vidergar, a documentation writer for a large computer company, wrote me saying, "What would you want to see in software manuals/technical writing to further disassemble the mystery?"

Well, that is a big question of course, and difficult to answer. However, it is absolutely the right question to ask.

After all, it is one thing to complain about the shortcomings of technical writing but quite another to actually set forward a reasonable solution.

I am grateful that Cyril provided the slap in the face which I deserve for only taking on the easy part in my editorial. So thanks Cyril, and here is my best attempt at an answer. (1)

As I see it, the way to produce better documentation is a three part process:

  • recognizing that the customer is king,
  • recognizing (on the part of corporate resource management) that good documentation is as important as good code and that good documentation demands a full time partnership between writers and programmers, and
  • recognizing that technical writing is a teacher/student relationship.

I'll discuss these three aspects in just a moment. But first a small but important disclaimer.

Like any art form (and writing, be it the writing novels or the writing of specs for a large software application is certainly an art form) there is no "right" way to create. So, read on. But read on with this thought in the back of your mind: "This is what Selena Sol has learned while writing technical pieces. Many of the observations may not be appropriate for me!"

More importantly, if you are writing technical pieces, take time to really work through this problem for yourself. Define your own voice and your own style. The crucial thing is that you take time to make your writing better. After all, it is not enough to write code that works. You must also write code that is easy to modify later; by you, or by the next programmer filling your cubicle and code which is easy to use for the user. Take time to add knowledge to our computer culture, not noise.

You might even try writing down your own observations about technical writing and publishing them on the web like I have done so that we as a community can learn from each other's experiences.

But let's get on to the argument.

The Customer is King

The success of software is not about bug-free code. Take Microsoft Office '97 for example, buggy as hell, but everybody's got a copy

Neither is the success of software about the production of the most advanced and powerful algorithms or the utilization of the most cutting-edge user interface philosophies. How about Windows 3.1? A behemoth, but still installed on PC's from Cambodia to Calistoga.

Bug free design and cutting edge algorithms are things software engineers care about. But they have very little to do with the success of software.

The true success of software, is based on the relationship you build with the customer. This relationship is built upon five factors and if you get an "A" for all five of these factors, you have an application which solves problems for people, making their lives easier and their work more efficient. You may also make some money in the process.

NOTE: Documenting your code and documenting your product can be seen as one in the same. In the case of documenting your code, you can think of your customers as all the programmers who must build upon, maintain, and modify your code after it has been written (this could include you yourself).

Specifically, as a software producer, you must provide the customer with:

  • a software package they can afford.
  • the functionality they require (and nothing more).
  • an easy to use, invisible interface.
  • answers to their questions.
  • steady improvement based on their feedback.

In this article, we will mainly focus upon the fourth factor, answering the customer's questions. But, why should we give a damn about customers with their strange demands, irrational tastes, and limited knowledge?

The reason that we should care is because the ultimate goal of writing software is not to show off your knowledge of arcane and complex algorithms. And, truthfully, though you may not want to hear this, the ultimate goal of software is not to create bug free code. Bugs are the unavoidable result of software and fine tuning is an endless process (which very often introduces new bugs).

The reason that we should care about customers is because software is created for them, not for us. Software is created to solve their problems; problems they define and redefine.

This is a crucial mind set which must be understood by the people who write code and the people who write about code. The customer is king. If an algorithm does not support the customer, it should be removed. If documentation does not support the customer it should be rewritten.

Putting Resources Where They Belong

So how do most companies and software engineers go about writing or rewriting documentation. Well, the sad fact is that most companies don't. My favorite quote on the topic from my experiences in Silicon Valley is, "Well, we will deal with documentation if we have time at the end." No joke. Someone really said this to me.

The fact is that most software companies relegate documentation to the back of the bus.

Of course it is easy to see why. The software industry is vicious. The only way to stay alive and to make money is to be first to market and first to innovate. That doesn't leave much time for real, quality documentation. The goal is to crank out working, or semi-working code as fast as humanly possible in order to beat the other twelve companies at your heels. If any stage in the process of software development (design, development, quality assurance, documentation, marketing, sales) is going to be shaved out of the picture, it is going to be documentation.

Further, even when companies allot time for documentation, they very often use the programmers themselves as the primary authors. Sometimes this can be great. But most often, the programmer is the worst person you can get to write documentation. For one, programmers are not necessarily good writers. Like we said before, technical writing is an art form. The programmer may be a brilliant logician, but that has no bearing on whether or not they can teach.

Further, the programmer is typically biased about and probably fed up with the code already. That is, by the end of the development cycle, the programmer knows the code like the back of her hand and what may not be obvious to the average Joe is certainly obvious to the programmer. Thus, the programmer will usually not give adequate explanations of difficult ideas because to them, they are simple ones because they are so familiar. The programmer will have no perspective.

The result of all this of course, is that documentation organizations are last on the list of high priority employees or projects and that development is king and documentation is...well...last minute.

This, of course, is a very serious problem. Bad documentation is not just bad for the company or the individual producing it. Shoddy documentation has profound ramifications on the development of cyberspace, and thus, is bad for everyone.

Every "newbie" that is bored, intimidated, or frustrated is one more newbie that supports the stereotype that computers are hard to use and not our friends. The longer that stereotype pervades, the longer it will take to really apply the power of computers to the betterment of human society.

Granted, this is a pretty abstract idea in the middle of a piece on technical writing, but it is one which must be in the back of the mind of every software engineer. Progress must not occur for the sake of progress, but for the sake of making life better. We are all responsible for this goal in our own little, but important ways.

Documentation is more than simply a crucial way to support the customer. Documentation is a crucial foundation upon which we will build the information revolution. Documentation is about generating knowledge and meaning, not about data and information. Documentation MUST have quality.

More specifically, companies must invest in documentation departments which contain both technically- oriented staff as well as English and psychology majors, maybe even a graphics designer or two. Documentation must be given a high priority and the ability to integrate closely with engineering during all phases of software development from the definition of requirements to the bug testing of quality assurance.

Writing as Teaching

Of course, once we have a group of writers working on documentation, we must make sure that they are comfortable with the medium they will be working in. Technical writing, as any art form, has many quirks which separate it from other forms of writing such as poetry, novels, short stories or news articles. Technical writing has its own styles, tools, and tricks which make it a unique process.

So, how can we help support the customer with our documentation? How do we answer their questions about using our products? How do we go about actually doing technical writing?

Let's get one thing straight. Technical writing is not a speaker/audience relationship. It is a teacher/student relationship. Technical writing is about teaching people how to use your product and your code. This relationship comes with a few aspects which we should understand if you are to write successful docs.

Understanding the Characteristics of a Student

The first thing that we need to understand before we start writing about some technical issue is that our reader has a few general, stereotypical qualities which we would do well to incorporate into our documentation strategy. The following list reviews some of the characteristics which will greatly direct your writing.

* Students think that what you have to say is boring
  • o Incorporate pictures into your text. If it looks fun, it is fun.

* Students are intimidated by what you have to say
  • You may be extremely familiar with your product, class library, or code base, but that is because you've been working with it for the last few months. Remember that your reader is probably coming at this for the first time.
  • Tell some jokes. Get things off on the right foot. Make the reader feel as if you appreciate the struggle she has agreed to undertake.
  • Use lots of metaphors to explain things. It is likely that the ideas and theories you want to get across correspond to some daily activity that your reader can instantly feel empathetic with.
* Students are unfamiliar with terminology

  • For goodness sakes, make sure to include more description than seems reasonable to you. The advanced reader can skim through it and the beginning reader cannot live without it.
  • Make sure you leave enough time to compile a good index, table of contents and glossary. If you've been a reader of technical documentation you'll know that these "extras" are sometimes the most utilized resources. Nevertheless, most authors skim through them at the last minute before printing.
* Students are insightful, give them a way to send feedback

* Students learn by doing.

  • Only in theory do people learn by theory. In reality they learn by example and participation. Make sure to give them a lot of code to work through. Include the theory in between the lines. Sneak it in so they don't realize they are learning abstract concepts.
* Students have a problem
  • Your readers did not pick up the documentation to learn about the product. They picked it up because they needed to do something with the product. Thus, make your examples useful. Make them cut and paste problem solutions. Takes some time to predict the types of things that your customers will be doing with your code and solve those problems as examples.

Style Guidelines

Once you have developed a positive relationship with the reader, you have fought most of the battle. However, there are still some things which you can do in order to make the teaching process even more smooth. Specifically, you can develop clear standards which make reading through the documentation easier.

Let's take a look at an actual bit of documented code to see what types of standards can be applied.

* Indented comments
* README FILES

Footnotes
Of course, there is a huge body of literature regarding technical writing at your disposal. I suggest that you supplement this piece by taking some time to go to your local library and looking for some good stuff.

The Power of Social Shopping Networks


Looking for ways to get people talking about your products? The new social shopping trend can help you build buzz.

With the vast majority of Americans researching products on the internet before they purchase them in stores or on the web, it’s no surprise that a whole new form of shopping is emerging. “Social shopping” is the intriguing offspring of social networking and online shopping, and it can offer your growing business just the marketing leg up it needs.

Unlike the many retail sites that display products for sale, many increasingly popular social shopping sites (some still in beta testing stages) consist of product listings from site users who recommend their favorites, often with a strong emphasis on what’s hot, new and exciting. And insiders know that listing their own products on the right social shopping sites can build buzz that leads to sales.

This accessible form of word-of-mouth marketing offers a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited budgets. To help you navigate these new waters, let’s take a look at why and how social shopping works.

1. Online research leads to sales. Almost 90 percent of respondents to a BIGresearch “Consumer Intentions and Actions” survey conducted in June 2006 said they occasionally or regularly research products online before buying them in a store. When it comes to online purchasing, a study released by Yahoo! and OMD found that nearly three-quarters of the people surveyed use trusted, familiar websites when purchasing online, and the majority (54 percent) say the internet is their most trusted shopping information source. So no matter whether you sell exclusively online, through a brick-and-mortar store or both, influencing online shoppers can have a profound effect on sales.

2. Peer-to-peer recommendations deliver credibility. Social shopping websites allow for word-of-mouth marketing at its best. The internet empowers consumers and accelerates the flow of information. Product recommendations that come from peers may be more trusted, so site visitors may return more often and be more likely to spread the good word and purchase the products they learn about on the sites. Social shopping sites reflect users’ personal tastes and allow for online conversation. Visitors can learn what’s popular, get shopping ideas and follow links to products they wouldn’t necessarily find on their own.

3. Sites have distinct personalities. Here’s a sampling of the hottest social shopping sites.

  • ThisNext.com: Users can browse recommended products, add them to their wish lists, recommend or find out where to buy them, and create themed lists of their own.
  • Crowdstorm.com: This site measures the buzz around products based on user recommendations. Popular items go to the top of the list.
  • Kaboodle.com: Users create wish lists with photos and links to products for sale online. It’s easy to post a summary of anything found on the internet.
  • Stylehive.com: This is the hot site for women’s fashions and interests.
  • Wists.com: Users tend to focus on interesting new products and share links to the ones they want to buy.



4. Social shopping sites are An open door for entrepreneurs. Right now, any business owner can use them to build positive word-of-mouth that leads to sales. But you’d better move quickly. Some sites are testing free-use models as they build traffic and will likely adopt paid structures as they reach critical mass, perhaps through revenue generated by marketing agreements with vendors and retailers or by selling the trend information generated by users.

As with any marketing campaign, your first step is to get to know the media. Bookmark your favorite social shopping sites and learn how they work. Test the waters by posting one or two products with their URLs, taking special care to send your click-throughs to specialized landing pages so you can measure your results. Then have fun and stay active--and keep your postings interesting by sharing products others will want to buzz about.

Kim T. Gordon, author ofMaximum Marketing, Minimum Dollars: The Top 50 Ways to Grow Your Small Business. Her new e-book, Big Marketing Ideas for Small Budgets, is available exclusively from Entrepreneur atwww.smallbizbooks.com.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Video motion, Multimedia, Navigation. Tell your visitors your story. Excellent portfolio site. Excellent use of Flash.




Open up the containers to navigate. Beautiful.



Simple, but extremely clean and calm. Showreel is just stunning.


Impressive visual experience.


Would you like a guided tour through this building?

Outstanding effects with videos and camera lenses.


Listen to what the suitcase says.


OK, this is a shop. But what is happening here, the models are interacting.


This is the visualization of a single by the band SWOD. It is called Waltz 57; the noise is also included in the single. Beautiful graphic motion. Built only with Flash and takes time to load. Better take a look at the video in small resolution.

Excellent graphic motion.

Flip the book to navigate. Impressive 3D-effects.

65 Excellent Flash Designs

With Flash you can do more than just displaying videos. You can create stunning visual experience and offer your visitors incredible user interaction. Although Flash is definitely not the favourite medium for usability and accessibility advocates, it has its advantages and it empowers the Web with functionalities which make it an incredibly interactive medium. With Flash designers can achieve results which simply aren’t possible with (X)HTML and CSS.

The results can be creative, impressive, beautiful and fascinating. Under two conditions: 1) if designers find the right mixture between graphics, animation, video and sound and 2) if designers follow the guidelines of usability and user interaction.

However, since there is a number of things that can go wrong in Flash, it’s easy to get it wrong. In fact, there are thousands of examples where it is the case. In Flash any experiments with navigation and layouts are possible and in most cases it’s extremely hard to find a creative yet intuitive approach. Flash is commonly used by designers, agencies, advertisers and interactive web sites, and not on the sites where simplicity and quick access to information are important.

In this post we present 65 examples of outstanding Flash designs with excellent use of graphics, visual elements, interface design and graphics motion. This showcase (mostly) presents “pure” web designs; we’ve tried to avoid Flash-based games and advertising.

Mistake #1: Use Of Flash To Imitate (X)HTML/CSS

Flash shouldn’t be used if the designer tries to imitate (X)HTML/CSS-presentation. Long texts shouldn’t be embedded in Flash movies, because it’s harder (if possible at all) to work with the embedded text once you need to. Cubamoon is a perfect example of how this is done wrongly. The completeness of the design is enviable, its beauty irresistible, Flash-effects are stunning. However it’s really hard to work with the content of the site. Visitors can’t open links in new windows and the text can’t be selected and copied.


Flash’s strength lies in its ability to showcase unusual visual solutions, including graphic motion, videos and sound. Make use of them if you really want to achieve a stunning visual design, instead of imitating “conventional” web-presentation.

Mistake #2: Navigation Is Unintuitive

Whatever decisions developers make for the design of their navigation menus, the result has to fulfill three significant requirements: it has to be intuitive, easy-to-use and work properly. Whether the design is Flash-based or not is not that important


The navigation is possible with the wheel which needs to be dragged. That looks easy, but it isn’t. Where is the grey zone between usability and creativity?

Using too creative approaches designers risk to confuse or even disturb visitors. The freedom for experiments with Flash may lead to unusual solutions which aren’t necessarily understood by all visitors.

Therefore designing in Flash never assume that the navigation can be arbitrarily complex and that visitors will take time to explore it. Users don’t like to wait. And if they don’t understand how the site works they leave. This is simple. And may cost you your money and your efforts. Be willing to compromise. Use creative approaches, but always take your visitors into consideration.

Mistake #3: Pop-Ups Are Still Used


That’s just wrong. Flash designers need to understand that pop-ups shouldn’t be used any longer. Almost every browser blocks opening windows. Tricks and convincing arguments don’t help any more. Use the screen size your visitors use. In most cases you don’t need more.

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What is your favorite?
3D-Experience, Video-Effects


3D, motion.


Outstanding 3D-experience with informative and clear content.


Visiting the agency’s web-site you actually visit their agency. Clean images, great use of video features.

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