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Tools for Bloggers: Photoshop Touch

 

If you have an Android tablet or iPad, you will appreciate being able to edit photos (layers and all) with this affordable tablet version of Photoshop, save them, and upload directly to Facebook or Twitter.  For bloggers, timing is everything.  Waiting until you have time to get back to your laptop or PC to upload and edit a photo taken with your tablet is time consuming.  For what most bloggers need to do to a photo, this tablet version is perfect.  If you have a tablet, and just need to do simple (and complex if you want) editing to photos before you upload them, tweet them, post them, or blog them, this solution is great for around 10 bucks.

Here's what they say in the Android Market:

 

Transform images with core Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets.

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your tablet.

  • Use Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
  • Use your tablet camera to fill an area on a layer with the exclusive camera fill feature.
  • Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
  • Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
  • Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
  • Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
  • Sync projects with Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop.
  • Image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels
 
Granted Media Blogger Interviews Celebrity Chef, Dana Herbert, Winner of TLC's Cake Boss: Next Great Baker Competition

Granted Media Blogger, Dave, interviews the award winning celebrity chef, Dana Herbert winner of TLC's Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, cookbook author, and owner of Desserts by Dana, at the Delaware Auto Show - just after he created a life size Fiat cake to benefit the Blood Bank of Delmarva. Learn how the cake was made, what cars Chef Dana loves, and what is next for the famous culinary artist. DavesCarShow.com is managed by GrantedMedia.com.

 
Tools for Bloggers: Canon Digital SLR, T3i

Looking for a hardworking SLR camera with video?  Produce high quality interviews, video diaries, and take gorgeous stills for your posts with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera.

 

 

It is about $800 new, $650 refurbished.  Here are the features:

 

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor.
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for movie shooting options.
  • Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction using multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
  • New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System to capture beautiful scenes with ease.
  • Advanced imaging features like Basic+ function, Multi-Aspect function and Creative Filters.
  • Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures, and 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
  • 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
  • Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen.
  • Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

The EOS Rebel T3i has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).

 

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor  up the entire EOS Rebel T3i DSLR's camera operations and offers both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR's CMOS Image Sensor.

 

Find more information on Canon's website: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_t3i_18_55mm_is_ii_kit

 
Tools for Bloggers: ASUS Transformer Prime

 

 

The ASUS Transformer Prime is an Android tablet that is an alternative to the well known iPad.

For bloggers, it has several features that you may find useful.  The optional keyboard has a USB port.

With the keyboard, your tablet becomes a notebook.  Here are the official specs:

Screen

10.1" LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi-touch, 
Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Operation System

Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)

Platform

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core CPU

Memory

1 GB

Storage

32GB / 64GB EMMC + 8GB life time ASUS WebStorage

Wireless

802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Camera

1.2MP (front), 8MP Auto focus (rear) with flash / F2.4 large aperture

Interface

PAD: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in); 1× micro HDMI port 
1 × Micro SD Card Reader; Internal Microphone & Stereo Speaker

Mobile Dock: 1 × USB2.0 port ; 1 × SD Card Reader

Sensor

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass

Flash Support

Yes

Multi-tasking

Yes

Special Apps

ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, 
ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone, Polaris Office

Battery

12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery 
18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(docking) Li-polymer Battery

Size and Weight

263 × 180.8 × 8.3mm ; 586g (pad only) / 263 × 180.8 × 8~10.4mm ; 537g. (dock only)

 

For more information, visit the ASUS website: http://eee.asus.com/en/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/

 
Pinterest: Even If You Don't "Get It" - Get It.
Friday, 06 April 2012 20:40

 

"I just don't get it."

 

That is what we hear the most from buyers, brands, and some bloggers about the latest social media sensation, Pinterest. Pinterest is an online PIN board that members use to share things that they are interested in. Users share everything from how to graphics to beautiful images and inspirational messages.  Where do the images come from?  All over the internet.  If the user has a "pin" button on their browser, they can stick a pin in images that appear on the website that they are viewing.

 

What does this mean for brands? One - they have to add another sharing button to their web pages for those who do not have a "pin it" button on their browser.  Two - their customers can now share images from their website yet ANOTHER way!  Images link back to pages that they come from. For example, if a customer is searching for a new pair of shoes, they can not only pin the items to their pin board and compare them with others, but they can also open their pin board up to friends and they can help decide, add other shoe images from your site and others, make comments, and quickly and easily pin items from the customer's board onto their own... and the cycle of sharing begins all over again.

 

Brands are using Pinterest to showcase new items in hopes of getting their most amazing images repinned on as many boards as possible.

 

How are bloggers using Pinterest? Bloggers are using Pinterest as an extension of their blogs.  Pinterest is already integrated with Facebook, so bloggers are using it as a quick micro blogging opportunity.  It is a chance for bloggers to share their favorite brands and products as soon as they post about them or run across them on brand or other blogger websites.

 

What about buyers? This is where brands and buyers alike are getting the most out of Pinterest.  Buyers follow boards of other buyers, friends, and bloggers whose interests they share, and even if they don't purchase it immediately, or act right away, the idea is "pinned" to their board, so they will revisit it each time they are reminded of other items that fit into that category, and they return to Pinterest to "pin" it.

 

Pinterest is still by invitation only.  Granted Media regularly sends invitations for new clients who are looking to join.  Clients and bloggers, to request an invitation, complete the contact form on the right of this page.