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The Future of Documents
2-11-09

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With all the economic transition companies are making today, one of the most beneficial can be the digital swap of the paper filing system.

There are a handful of helpful products on the market that can help you do just that.

One in particular seems to be the hype of the current digital trends, NeatReceipts. With NeatReceipts, you can scan receipts, documents and business cards to eliminate the paper pile. Not only can you scan them for digital storing, but this unique system identifies information in your scanned item to help you file properly.

For example, you can extract specific data from receipts into expense reports. You can turn business cards into contacts for your address book and scan documents to create a searchable, editable .PDF file for your convenience.

With receipts, this handy piece of equipment searches for the date, vendor, amount and the sales tax, utilizing this information to offer you benefits like expense reporting.
Business cards allow the machine to capture contact information and images including the person's name, company, title, address, phone, email, website, and fax number. It also scans a copy of the image itself.
For documents, you can scan to create a searchable .pdf document.

One great thing about scanning your documents is that the IRS will accept these scanned copies.

Your export options include .pdf files, Microsoft Excel documents, Quicken files, Quickbook databases, Turbotax files and more!

What does this all mean to me, you ask? Not only are you reducing your "carbon footprint," but you're organizing your data in such a way that is easily searchable at your fingertips and utilizing the option to integrate your tax and database software to save time and frustration.

In summary, you can utilize a digital filing system to save the earth and minimize your workload. What a deal, eh?

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Creating a Professional Portfolio
5-17-10

    Portfolios can be seen in many aspects of life.  They are used in education, in business, fashion, teaching and many other fields to display professional development.  Your portfolio can also be used as part of a job interview to demonstrate your ability.  But, what is a portfolio and how do you make one?  The process is actually very simple, and with a little work you can be on the way to creating your own portfolio for whatever purpose you need.

    A portfolio is a group of work samples that you choose which are intended to show the range and scope of your abilities.  Whether you are creating a portfolio to show off your design aesthetic, or your ability as a writer, it is important to remember that this is what you will show the world as an example of your work.  Make sure that you focus on choosing strong submissions that show your natural talent and range of abilities.  This allows any perspective client or employer to see exactly what you are able to bring to the table.  It also shows your ability to coordinate and edit, which can also make you look more attractive to employers.

    Learning to create portfolios is a fairly simple thing.  You first need to gather as much of your work as you are able to.  At this point don’t worry about editing; we are just trying to get as large a sample of your work in front of you.  Once you have everything together, you need to start editing down your choices.  You don’t want to put in that paper you wrote after an all night bender which earned you a C in your Humanities class.  You want every piece in the portfolio to say something about how strong you are in your field.  And make sure to only put copies of your work in a portfolio.  Originals should always be kept safe.  

     Once you have your best pieces, it is only a matter of combining them together.  If they are physical copies you can place them into a high quality file folder.  For e-portfolios they can be combined into a single folder.  Make sure that you include a summary sheet with your portfolio, and a resume.  It would also be good to keep copies of both your resume and summary sheet to distribute to perspective employers.

    There are many different ways that the items in your portfolio can be arranged.  This can be done chronologically, or by category, or they could even be arranged to tell a story about your professional development.  A good rule of thumb is to look at your portfolio as if you were thinking about hiring the person who was putting it together. What order would create the best impression in an interview?  And remember, the right orders can change based on the situation, so always get as much information as you can about who is interviewing you, and what they are looking for.

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Learn How to be a Flash Developer
03-10-10

LEARN HOW TO BE
A FLASH DEVELOPER


      Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform that is becoming increasingly important in today’s world.  You can find it used in a number of different ways, and for a large number of applications.  One of the biggest advantages of Flash is that it can be used on multiple platforms, from computers to smart phones and even on some smaller media devices.  Because of this, developing flash applications can be a great choice for the aspiring developer.

      The first step to learning how to be a Flash developer is to learn the language used to write applications on this medium.  The language used for Flash is ActionScript.  This is the basic language used for Flash applications from simple programs to complex interactions.  If you are interested in programming in this format you must learn the language first and foremost.  It is only after you’ve learned the basic programming language that you can begin to manipulate it. (Adobe, 2010)

      Once you have the basic programming language down, the next step in learning how to be a Flash developer is to familiarize yourself with graphics manipulation.  Flash is a very graphic friendly platform which allows you to manipulate them in a number of ways.  They can be used in animations or as part of video.  Flash also allows a number of different graphic effects.  Learning the use of animation and videos can help you create deeper and more compelling applications.

      There are also a number of scripts which allows the programmer to include preset systems in a Flash program.  This can make learning how to be a Flash developer a much easier proposition by providing you with program components that are reliable and ready to be integrated.   It is also important to remember as you develop your programming skills that Flash is an established media with any number of books, articles and programs designed to help you write better applications.  Start with a search engine and see where that leads you.  A bookstore or library can also be a good source of information to help you learn how to be a Flash developer. (Johnson, 2009)

      Flash is a versatile platform that can be used in a number of different ways and on several different platforms.  Whether your goal is to create a simple Flash based game, or a more complex script, learning how to be a Flash developer can be a rewarding experience.  The keys are to learn the basics, understand how different components can be used, and take advantage of preprogrammed scripts to help make your designing easier.  If you follow these steps you might just find yourself designing the next big internet sensation.
Works Cited

Adobe. (2010). Adobe Developer Connection. Retrieved 05 13, 2010, from Adobe.com: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/learning.html

Johnson, Z. (2009, 04 20). So You Want to be a Web Developer. Retrieved 05 13, 2010, from Zachstronaut: http://www.zachstronaut.com/posts/2009/04/20/advice-for-new-web-developers.html 
 

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