If you get an error message while using a program you may find it really useful to copy the error message word-for-word into the clipboard, then paste the error message into Google. You might be surprised to find out how many people have had to deal with the exact error and have solved the problem.

It's amazing how many seemingly esoteric topics have been indexed by Google. There are of course other search engines that do a good job of locating information about software error messages, but Google seems to work best.


Image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks are indispensable tools for the professional web developer or graphic designer. However, these tools are expensive, and are overkill for certain image editing tasks. There are now a number of excellent online tools to handle basic image manipulation and editing, and these tools are not only free, but they are easy to use.

The best overall online digital image manipulation tools are listed below:

Below are some text editing and selection tips that can save you a lot of time as you use your computer on a day-to-day basis. Try them out and practice them until they become habit and you will help reduce your likelihood of repetitive stress injuries while improving your overall productivity.

Double-Click Words

Instead of click-dragging across the letters in a word to select a word, try double-clicking on the word. This can save a lot of repetitive hand and wrist movement that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Double-clicking a word is also much faster and more accurate than click-dragging.

Digital storytelling takes many forms. There are stories that are audio only and rely on words, sound effects, field recordings, and music. Hypertext environments facilitates the interactive story in which the "reader" chooses optional paths to explore. Web-based media facilitate not only stories with words, but also movies, stills, sounds, and graphics.

 Every project has a goal. But clearly stating that goal is one of the principle stumbling blocks for producers seeking funding according to Morrie Warshawski author of "Shaking The Money Tree: How To Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video". What is a goal statement? A goal statement clearly defines the purpose of a project - or its reason for being.

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