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20 Must-Have Apps + Tools for New Remote Workers

Software / 8 Apr 2020

20 Must-Have Apps + Tools for New Remote Workers

If you are new to this whole work-from-home thing, don’t fret. The right tools and apps can make it a lot less stressful, and we’re here to help with everything from productivity apps, to office plants!

Working from home might be a little different for newly minted remote workers, but you can do it.

Here’s a guide packed with resources to make it easier, and help you cope with this unusual transition that so many people are having to go through.

Sketch vs. Figma vs. Adobe XD: Which Design Tool Is Best for Beginners?

Software / 7 Apr 2020

Sketch vs. Figma vs. Adobe XD: Which Design Tool Is Best for Beginners?

There comes a time when every designer needs to decide which design tool they’re going to settle down with for the rest of their career. If you’re in the process of finding your perfect design tool or looking for a replacement, this guide is for you.

Sketch app used to hold the throne as one of the most versatile design apps out there. That’s until two new contenders surfaced to challenge the throne—Figma and Adobe XD.

Both Figma and Adobe XD apps are not only developed by industry leaders but offer some amazing features that managed to steal many users away from Sketch. Of course, Sketch is still one of the best UX design tools available today as well.

For beginning designers, it can be frustrating to find the right tool for their work. In this article, we aim to provide a solid answer to that problem, by comparing Figma, Sketch, and Adobe XD against one another. Let’s dive in.

10 Best Prototyping Tools for Designers 2020

Software / 24 Mar 2020

10 Best Prototyping Tools for Designers 2020

Prototyping is part of every designer’s creative process. It’s an integral part of your work that helps win projects and clients. We believe every designer should have a proper prototyping tool. And today we aim to help you find one.

Whether you’re a user experience designer or an interface designer looking for a good prototyping tool, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we take a look at the best prototyping tools for UI and UX designers of all kinds.

You’ll find both free prototyping tools as well as paid apps and even online prototyping tools to suit your budget and needs. Let’s get started.

15+ Adobe XD Tutorials (Beginner to Advanced)

Software / 24 Feb 2020

15+ Adobe XD Tutorials (Beginner to Advanced)

Adobe XD is a Photoshop-to-prototype tool that’s part of the Creative Cloud Suite (and our Adobe XD 101 intro is a good place to start!). It’s a robust tool with a lot of functionality, but you might need some help learning how to use it. Today we’ve collected some of the best Adobe XD tutorials to help you get started.

Adobe XD can be a little intimidating at first glance. What are the best learning resources? We’ve picked best Adobe XD tutorials for everyone from beginners to advanced users (and we’ve sorted them, so you can jump in at the right place for your experience level).

40+ Web Tools & Services You Should Check Out for 2020

Software / 19 Feb 2020

40+ Web Tools & Services You Should Check Out for 2020

With so many new apps and tools releasing every year it’s hard to keep track of the best tools. But with this list, you can easily have all the greatest tools in one place.

For this article, we curated a list of over 40 different web tools and services. Including a remote collaboration tool, a complete service for WordPress that can do for you everything you need, as well as tools related to design, development, SEO, WordPress, and much more.

Have a look and see if you can find any tools useful for your work. And make sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

10 Presentation Design Mistakes to Avoid (With Examples)

Software / 11 Feb 2020

10 Presentation Design Mistakes to Avoid (With Examples)

One of the most important aspects of a successful presentation is designing an effective slideshow. Unfortunately, it’s also a part most professionals often neglect or don’t pay attention to.

This is why most of the bad presentation designs share a pattern. They are usually made using the default PowerPoint templates. They use the same default fonts as every other presentation. They also include terrible stock photos. And try to stuff as much information as possible into a single slide.

We noticed all these mistakes and more while exploring some of the most popular presentations on SlideShare. They were slideshows with thousands and even millions of views. But, they were riddled with mistakes and flaws.

In this guide, we show you how these mistakes can be harmful as well as give you tips on how to avoid them. Of course, we made sure to include some examples as well.

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2020)

Software / 10 Feb 2020

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2020)

Looking for a faster and better alternative to Adobe Photoshop? While Photoshop has been a standard for years, that’s starting to change with plenty of new tools for Windows that make easy work of photo editing. Many of these new tools include smart functions that will speed up workflows.

The best Photoshop alternatives pack in just the features you need without a lot of fluff you won’t use. Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Windows in 2020.

Take note of special features to find the one that’s right for you.

Product Hunt Year in Review for Web Designers: 20 Picks

Software / 3 Feb 2020

Product Hunt Year in Review for Web Designers: 20 Picks

Product Hunt recently released its giant list of the best featured products of 2019. It’s packed with plenty of neat tools and resources, for businesses, freelancers, designers and developers alike.

To help you find the best tools for working as a designer, we’ve narrowed down the list to the 20 best items for web designers (in no particular order).

We’re covering everything from colours and fonts, to CSS and grids. You’re bound to find a few incredibly helpful tools that you haven’t come across before!

Lightroom vs Photoshop: Which Is Right for You?

Software / 21 Jan 2020

Lightroom vs Photoshop: Which Is Right for You?

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are both amazing apps that designers and photographers can’t live without. However, since both apps have similar qualities, it can be confusing to decide which app is best for your work. We’ll help you make that decision.

Adobe Creative Cloud offers a special “Photography” plan that gives you access to both Photoshop and Lightroom apps for a single price. But it only comes with 20GB of cloud storage.

These two apps have very different functionalities when it comes to editing and composing photos and graphics. It’s important that you choose the right app depending on the type of work you do to make the most of the software. Plus, if you choose to buy a single app, you get 1TB of cloud storage and more great features as well.

Needless to say, there are many benefits to finding the right tool for your work. In this guide, we look at some of the key features of both Photoshop and Lightroom. And find out which app is right for you.

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2020)

Software / 18 Dec 2019

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2020)

You don’t have to use Adobe Photoshop on your Mac to edit images like a pro. There are plenty of Photoshop alternatives for Mac that you can download or use in-browser to create just the right images and graphics for your projects. And some of them are completely free!

None of these are necessarily one-size-fits-all solutions. Each tool tends to serve a specific purpose; Do you want to edit online or on a desktop? Are you editing photos or multiple file types? Is all the work for web or will images get printed?

Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Mac in 2020, but not in any particular order. Have a read through to find the one that’s right for you.

Zenscrape: Extract Website Data Visually

Software / 17 Dec 2019

Zenscrape: Extract Website Data Visually

Almost anyone can pull information from websites using the code-free, visual tool, Zenscrape. The tool is probably one of the easiest of its kind and has plenty of practical applications for website owners.

Here, we’re going to take a deeper look at Zenscrape, what it is, how to use it, key features, and pricing.

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2020

Software / 11 Dec 2019

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2020

Do you need a portfolio website right now? There are a variety of online tools and templates that can help jumpstart the process so you can feature your work online quickly.

This list is packed with options that provide free plans to help you get started. (Note that many do also offer paid options with the ability to customize or add premium features.)

Here are a few tools that can help writers, designers, photographers, artists, or pretty much anyone get their portfolio online this week.