Product Review: Paint Shop Pro

Written by Richard Lowe

Many years ago I needed to create some graphics. Nothing fancy, just some images for documentation at work. I had used several graphics programs inrepparttar past, none of which really didrepparttar 133570 job that I needed. I wanted a simple interface, a lot of power, and most important of all, I didn't want to spend halfrepparttar 133571 day waiting forrepparttar 133572 graphics program to catch up to me.

I considered Adobe Photoshop, but soon realized it was priced way over my budget. So I kept looking, and before long found a great product called Paint Shop Pro. I downloadedrepparttar 133573 evaluation version, and quickly realized that I had found a gem.

Paint Shop Pro supported everything that I needed, including layers, vector and bit editing modes, a magic wand, and dozens of other functions. The program also supports Photoshop filters, brushes, patterns and far more other things than I have even bothered to explore.

What I like about Paint Shop Pro is simple:repparttar 133574 program is very fast (even on a relatively slow machine) and it's inexpensive (less than a hundred bucks). It also has some very nice features, and I believe that PSP (as it is affectionately known by many of it's users) has a larger user base than Adobe Photoshop (this is at least true amongrepparttar 133575 webmasters with whom I communicate).

Now, keep in mind that I've never really used Adobe Photoshop much. Just a one week training class and half a dozen graphics for a manual that I had to work on (at one of my consulting jobs many years ago.) So I cannot say that Paint Shop Pro is better or worse thatrepparttar 133576 Adobe product.

Technology Strategy: Decision Making for Nonprofit Boards

Written by Philippa Gamse

Many nonprofit organizations struggle, quite understandably, with technology planning and investment. New computers, sophisticated Websites and database systems can be expensive. Staff members may be resistant to change and to learning new applications.

But, to quote a famous saying from my homeland: "penny wise can be pound foolish". Sound and well-thought out purchases inrepparttar short term haverepparttar 133569 potential to save significant resources inrepparttar 133570 medium to long term.

So, how should your Board of Directors and / or your Technology Committee approach technology planning and investment?

One technique is to start out with a "blue-sky" session. First, take an inventory ofrepparttar 133571 capabilities that you currently have, what's working in your operations, and your limitations and frustrations. Then, without consideration of constraints such as cost or staff resources, listrepparttar 133572 things that you should ideally be able to do.

I like to use "What'srepparttar 133573 One Thing" questions for this process to help you focus and prioritize:

* What'srepparttar 133574 One Thing that you're currently doing that is most valued by your constituents? (i.e. Board, members, funders, staff,repparttar 133575 general public . . .) * What'srepparttar 133576 One Thing that you currently don't do that your constituents wish that you would? * What'srepparttar 133577 One Thing that would give you maximum competitive advantage? (or fundraising edge, or whatever is your most burning need . . .)

Look atrepparttar 133578 procedures that are currently absorbing staff time and resources. Is there potential to streamline these, or to recreate them in a way that would be more cost-effective?

For example, many organizations produce small informational leaflets, brief white papers, or regularly updated research findings. These are sold for a few dollars, which may not coverrepparttar 133579 true cost of printing, mailing, and check or credit card processing.

An alternative is to provide these as downloadable e-books on your Website. Whenrepparttar 133580 buyer enters their credit card, they gain instant access to your materials in whatever format you choose - Adobe Acrobat (pdf), Word, html, etc. Once this system is set up, you should have few maintenance or support issues, and you're in business on a 24/7 basis. You can changerepparttar 133581 documents whenever you need to, without leaving stocks of outdated print copies.

Are you using e-mail as effectively as you could? There are two elements to successful implementation of e-mail:

1. Maintaining a comprehensive database of allrepparttar 133582 contacts that your organization has, including appropriate details of your dealings with each one.

This allows you to create personalized, targeted and timely e-mail messages that you can send to selected recipients, such as:

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