pretty handy sites

The Internet has some pretty cool tools to help you do an assortment of tasks (sometimes weirdly specific). Here is a collection of sites that I* use at least semi-regularly, hopefully you’ll find something useful that you can use in the future!

*Save for one that’s courtesy of Jill

smallpdf / ilovepdf – for when you need to do things to your PDFs

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Smallpdf is the one that I found first and use most (admittedly because of how nice it looks) but there’s a limit of two documents per hour in the free version. They do have a paid version if you need to use the tool more often than that. I normally don’t need to use it more than that except when I was putting my applications together for Jobmine this last week. In which case I turned to ILovePDF which is still perfectly functional (just a little less pretty).

rasterbator – for when you want to make a poster out of anything

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Okay let’s take a moment to chuckle at the name – and now moving past that. If you ever need to print an image across multiple pages this is a great tool! You can print things into poster format in Adobe Reader but I haven’t found a way to save it as a PDF. This tool does just that!

printmygcal – for when you want to print your Google Calendar

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It’s a very basic tool, you just import the calendars you want, and there are a few font options available so you can customize it a bit! (This one comes recommended from Jill.)

canva – for when you want to create cool graphics

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I used this tool to create graphics for social media and also to redo my resume! There are some really nice templates in the tool that serve as a good base if you want to take your own direction with it.

bitlyfor when you need to shrink your links

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I used to use it to save Tweet real estate but Twitter has that covered soon!

wetransfer – for when you need to transfer really big files

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I found out about this tool during my last co-op when our agency needed to transfer some large creative files. It’s good to keep in mind for when your email refuses to send a file because it’s too big.

unsplash – for when you need some fantastic and free photos

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They’re all licensed under Creative Commons Zero so you can do whatever you want with the pictures without needing to ask permission or crediting the artist or the site!

trello – for when you need to organize some projects

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Granted, my example screenshot is for when Jill and I were researching places to live, but what a good way to show the multiple uses of Trello! My other groups use it to manage projects and events and it’s a pretty cool site! Also, there’s a Gantt chart add-on!


I’m always on the hunt for more cool sites, so please let me know if there are some that I’ve missed!

– Vicky

 

 

 

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