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In-depth reviews of different online services, website builders, themes, and tools that can help you in your work as a designer.

PhotoWorks: An Affordable Lightroom Alternative for Beginners

Reviews / 28 Jan 2020

PhotoWorks: An Affordable Lightroom Alternative for Beginners

Adobe has the industry leading suite of software for designing and photo editing. However, not many designers can afford its hefty monthly subscription.

Thankfully there are many affordable alternatives out there. PhotoWorks is one of them. It’s a simple and beginner-friendly photo editing app for PC that comes with a one-off price tag.

Whether you’re a photographer looking for an app to improve photos or someone looking to optimize their everyday photos without an expert level of photo editing skills, PhotoWorks can be a great option for you.

Geocode and Embed Maps in Minutes With Positionstack

Reviews / 12 Jan 2020

Geocode and Embed Maps in Minutes With Positionstack

Mapping and geocoding can be a challenge when it comes to website and app development. But if you have the right tool, it’s a lot easier. That’s just what you get with positionstack, an accurate forward and reverse batch geocoding REST API that manages these tasks for you.

Forward geocoding is searching for a plain-text address or place name, and reverse geocoding uses latitude and longitude values.

Here’s a look at positionstack and how it can be useful for your projects.

Aviationstack Provides Real-Time Flight Data

Reviews / 5 Jan 2020

Aviationstack Provides Real-Time Flight Data

Never miss a flight again! Or at least help your website visitors ensure that they don’t. Aviationstck is a real-time flight status and global aviation data API that makes integrating airport information into your website or app a breeze.

This helpful API scrapes all the right data so that your website outsmarts the competition, and saves you a huge amount of work with queuing different datasets and locations.

Here’s a look at aviationstack and how you can make use of it in projects.

Geocoding and Geoparsing With Geocodeapi

Reviews / 26 Dec 2019

Geocoding and Geoparsing With Geocodeapi

Do you need geocoding or geoparsing data for your website or digital application? An API is the solution.

Geocodeapi allows users to perform these tasks in a scalable manner using worldwide data. Here’s a look at the tool and how you can make the most of it for your projects.

Sell Merch: How to Design, Print and Sell Custom Merchandise

Reviews / 12 Dec 2019

Sell Merch: How to Design, Print and Sell Custom Merchandise

Do you have a stellar idea for a shirt or water bottle design? Not sure how to get that idea into the hands of people who want to buy it?

You might need Sell Merch, a collection of tools and resources that are designed to help you get from idea to sales with advice on everything from how to get started to understanding printing and shipping.

Here’s a look at Sell Merch with some ideas for getting started with merchandise sales.

Vectornator Pro Review: Create Illustrations, Logos, and More

Reviews / 5 Dec 2019

Vectornator Pro Review: Create Illustrations, Logos, and More

Looking for an alternative when it comes to vector design software? Vectornator is a solid, new option for Mac users with a robust collection of tools that also work on iPads, iPhones, and desktop computers.

Today, we’ll take a look at this tool with the new Vectornator Pro release, which has even more features than the already-functional Vectornator X version.

Find out what this app has to offer, explore a few key features, and learn about how to take it for a spin yourself!

Scrape Search Results in Real-Time With Zenserp SERP API

Reviews / 28 Nov 2019

Scrape Search Results in Real-Time With Zenserp SERP API

Do you need to scrape search engine results quickly and reliably? A search API can do the trick. Today, we’re taking a look at Zenserp’s SERP API and how you can make use of it.

SERP, or a search engine results page, data can be a useful tool for website owners. You can pull information into your project to provide a more robust user experience.

But completing this process manually is close to impossible. You need a tool to pull this data out for you, to help you move ahead with the important task of analyzing the information, and learning what it can tell you.

The Best Black Friday Deal Yet: UX Design Education

Reviews / 27 Nov 2019

The Best Black Friday Deal Yet: UX Design Education

There’s a trend this holiday season to opt-out of a lot of the chaos and consider alternative gifts that have more meaning or create greater experiences. To choose something that can benefit yourself, serve a bigger purpose, and not just be another gadget that’ll wind up in the trash six months from now.

The gift of a UX education fits perfectly for anyone with a design background. The Interaction Design Foundation is offering a stellar Black Friday deal with 25% off UX courses for Design Shack readers.

It’s the perfect way to choose to spend money on something meaningful, that will bring you long-term value.

Want to know more about what you can give (or get) with this deal? Read on.

Handy Collaboration & Site-Shipping Tools for Creatives From SiteGround

Reviews / 26 Nov 2019

Handy Collaboration & Site-Shipping Tools for Creatives From SiteGround

Many creatives and developers would agree that building and managing websites for their clients is fulfilling, yet quite time-consuming work. It can become increasingly difficult when many people are involved in such projects for handling different tasks like coding, preparing content, design, and in the end, shipping the final product to clients.

Luckily, our friends at SiteGround Web Hosting now offer a useful set of website management tools in one simple interface that help freelancers, developers, and web agencies work more efficiently and conveniently. Here is how these tools can help you streamline your work.

Designers, Get Your Custom Domain at Hover

Reviews / 5 Nov 2019

Designers, Get Your Custom Domain at Hover

Looking for a way to make your design portfolio – or any other website, for that matter – stand out? A custom, top-level domain is the start.

Hover is a leading provider of domains and mailbox services for you or your small business.

You can snag a new domain or transfer an existing one to their platform.

Not sure how to get started? Here’s everything you need to know about Hover and the services and tools they provide for individuals and businesses.

Serpstack: Search Result Data Made Easy

Reviews / 28 Oct 2019

Serpstack: Search Result Data Made Easy

Collecting real-time and accurate search results just got a whole lot easier with the serpstack API. The lightning-fast JSON REST API pulls search data.

serpstack was built by parent company apilayer out of an in-house need to keep track of search engine positioning with ease. That grew into what is one of the most trusted SERP APIs on the market.

Here’s a look at the tool and how you can make it work for you?

10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Business / 17 Oct 2019

10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Let’s face it, not everyone has the time or energy to design a pixel-perfect PowerPoint slideshow for every presentation they make. This is where professional PowerPoint templates can be a live-saver!

Whether you’re in charge of designing a slideshow for the weekly team meeting, or a freelancer pitching to clients, designing unique and attractive PowerPoint presentations for each meeting can be a painful task—even for a pro.

Well, let’s change that, shall we? In this post, we’re going to show you a very simple way you can make stunning presentations using professional PowerPoint templates that will knock your client’s socks off.