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Unemployment is a global problem as many countries still find themselves in the midst of a recession (or are just crawling out of one). That means, competition is high for open positions in almost every field.

Managing a profitable business during a recession is not easy, especially for the self-employed. However working from an office is not the only safe option. Despite the dim outlook, many opportunities for home based businesses still exist. Any task that can be accomplished at home can become a home based business.

Online Businesses

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Many home based businesses choose to start an online business. Online businesses are no longer limited to virtual storefronts selling a product. Today, home based businesses include blogs about product reviews, political commentary or humor, and are created and owned by a single individual, working from a home office; also, they are pretty easy to make using a free website maker. Social networks have expanded the reach of the party business, allowing the party organizer to sit at a desk while reaching out to potential customers across the globe. Freelance workers are no longer only writers and journalists, but include programmers, web site designers, graders for university courses, editors, publishers and artists. Consulting services for making green choices for the home and business, help organizing and removing clutter, or public relations can also be home based businesses. While sales of physical products are still the most widespread home based business, new ideas are constantly being explored. A quick search will yield pages of results for websites dedicated to ideas for home based businesses and the tools to manage an online business. The possibility of generating income from home is not declining, but growing.

Revisited Idea

The idea of a home based business has been in existence for centuries. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most businesses were managed from the home. Farming was not only for subsistence; excess crops would be sold or bartered. Homes produced goods for commercial sale including cloth, lace, medicines, baked goods, toys and other necessities. Workers in skilled trades such as furniture making or blacksmithing worked out of their homes or a nearby shop. Writers would sit at home putting pen to paper creating novels, poetry, newspaper and journal articles.

After the Industrial Revolution, the home based business declined, as machine made products were less expensive and produced more quickly. Yet families still lived above the stores operated on the ground floor, and clothing alterations were still carried out by individuals. In the 1950s, the party plan (or Tupperware Party) opened a new type of home based business, that has expended to the cosmetics and kitchen goods industries. Today, home based businesses still include farms selling their produce, crafters with handmade goods ranging from clothing to home decorations and artisans producing custom work with more detail than mass-production machinery. The methods by which products and services are bought and sold may change, but the home business opportunity will always have a niche in the marketplace.

The exact number of home-based businesses today is unknown. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor report, there are approximately 18.3 million home-based businesses, while other reports have that number at close to 38 million. Either way, millions are taking the plunge back into home-based businesses, thanks to the ease of working from home through Internet opportunities.

Choosing the right e-commerce platform for your website is now easy task. There are hundreds of different options available with options in all different price ranges and with varying features. If you're overwhelmed at the process of choosing the right platform for your site, or for the site of a client, the decision usually becomes much clearer once you've determined what is most important for your site. In this article we'll look at some specific questions to ask yourself, or your client, to help lead to the right choice. Make sure that you take the time to make a wise and informed decision,
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because changing platforms down the road can often be a time consuming and costly experience.
General Categories of E-Commerce Options
Before we look at the factors that you need to consider, let's first take a look at the general categories of e-commerce platforms. Most of the hundreds or thousands of e-commerce platforms out there will fall into one of these six categories.
1. Enterprise E-Commerce
Enterprise e-commerce systems like Magento's Enterprise Edition are feature-rich and robust systems that are typically used by large or fast-growing companies. Of course, with the advanced features and capabilities comes a higher price tag.

Magento Enterprise

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We’re big fans of patterns here at CreativePro. They’re fascinating, fun, and useful. And in the case of David Blatner’s awesome vector patterns, free.

And now there’s a new resource where you can grab patterns galore.

It’s simply called The Pattern Library, and it’s home to a growing collection of cool seamless patterns that you can download and use for free.

The designs range from geometric

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shapes and halftone dots to subway lines, postage stamps, and sushi.


The patterns consist of of jpgs, gifs, and pngs that you can access by clicking a download link.

And if you like to craft your own patterns, you can also submit them to be included in the site. Check out for details.

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My previous CreativePro post looked at the FujiFilm F900EXR, the only uber-compact (roughly the size of an iPhone), super-zoom, 20x camera, with manual controls that shoots in RAW and RAW+JPEG. However, if you’re willing to consider a camera without RAW (you’re likely already doing that with your iPhone or smartphone, right?), or are willing to wait and spend a bit more money, then there are three other uber-compact, super-zoom cameras that might be a better fit for your photography and video needs: The Canon Powershot S

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X280 (currently $189 at; discussed below) and the Panasonic DMC-ZS30 (TZ40), and its 2014 upgrade the DMC-ZS40.


Before a closer inspection of the Canon, it might help you to differentiate the similar-looking cameras choices by considering the original focus for each of the companies.

FujiFilm was originally a film company, and as a result, it’s not surprising that the F900EXR provides the most “film-like” experience. Panasonic’s strengths have been as a leader in television, video, and electronics technologies. The Panasonic DMC-ZS30 (TZ40) incorporates best what Panasonic knows best, delivering the smoothest on-board video as well as the most impressive list of connectivity options, which even support remote camera operations from your smartphone or tablet. Contrasting with both FujiFilm’s film and Panasonic’s electronics innovations, Canon has been at the forefront of digital camera innovation for decades. Not only are Canon’s digital SLR cameras (the EOS line) considered amongst the best in the professional class, but for almost as long, Canon has led the market in super mini cameras with their ELPH series. The Canon Powershot SX280 combines some of the best of both the high end and of the miniaturizing technologies, making this camera a great fit for the digital camera enthusiast hoping to upgrade the miniature or smartphone experience.

Back before digital technology, there were a number of professional camera systems, and one of the undisputed leaders was Nikon. Even in the early days of digital, Nikon led the way with a digital camera back. According to my photographer friend Michael Bronfenbrenner, during the transition to digital, Nikon spent most of its resources to support existing analog lenses, while Canon jumped in and reinvented its cameras with faster digital-only technology.

As a result, the Canon SLRs are often considered the top of its class, with fast lenses, rotating viewfinders, and of course support for RAW format. While developing their SLR lines, Canon has also long dominated the compact digital market with the ELPH series of miniature cameras. Although not quite as mini as the ELPH, this relatively new line of cameras represented by the Canon SX20, represents a robust mid-range—between compact and professional. Although I think it’s a shame that this otherwise stellar camera doesn’t save images in RAW, but in many other ways this camera benefits by both Canon’s high-end and its miniaturized consumer-level digital technology.

Canon Design

I’m one of those people who has stayed loyal to Apple despite many frustrations, often just because I get joy from their superior industrial design. Though Canon’s industrial design isn’t quite at the level of Apple’s, I did find almost everything about the design and feel of the Canon to be satisfying. With uber-small cameras, where everything is and how it works is really important, and I found that I liked the locations and sizes of the camera buttons, zoom, and dials. I also appreciated the little things as well, like the way the battery was labeled so its arrows aligned to both the camera and the charger, that the plug for the charger folded to lay flat when not in use, and that the charging battery displayed either a red or green light to indicate its level of charge.

I also appreciated that there were a number of different methods to jump back to active shooting from the playback or functions modes (the FujiFilm kept flashing a notice that I needed to press the shutter to return to shooting mode). The onboard video recording in this Canon is much smoother than the FujiFilm, however if you shoot a still while you’re recording video, the camera returns to still mode and stops the video recording (the FujiFilm and Panasonic continue to shoot video while allowing you to simultateously shoot a still).

Manual Mode

One of the big differences between the FujiFilm and the Canon is how each interprets “manual mode.” While the FujiFilm provides the film-like experience of relying on the light meter to evaluate the absolute shutter and aperture effects, manual mode in the Canon is a much more of a WYSIWYG “digital camera” experience. When you use the Canon’s manual mode, the white balance and relative exposure are based on where you lock focus. The Canon also provides WYSIWYG feedback and records the exact exposure that you see in your LCD JPEG preview. Contrast that to the FujiFilm, which uses absolute exposure settings, and gives you a light meter to gauge the potential shot that you can capture in RAW.


Compared to the FujiFilm I found the ease of connecting the Canon to the iPhone to be simpler, with a very iPhone-like interface to choose which images to move over to the connecting device.


All three of these companies (FujiFilm, Canon, Panasonic) make cameras that are minimally larger than an iPhone, while representing huge leaps of technology beyond any smartphone. In my next review, you’ll see how the Panasonic is a good fit if you are looking for superior video and integration with smart devices. But if you’re willing to do without RAW, and are fine with decent video (versus the superior video and connectivity in the Panasonic), then the Canon is a very strong choice.

With a fairly intuitive interface, decent video recording, and a well thought-out design throughout, the Canon is a good camera for anyone looking to go beyond the capabilities of smartphone cameras. Honestly, when I was trying to grab a snapshot and had all three cameras available, I most often reached for the Canon. This model will continue to be in Canon’s line-up for 2014, with a couple of other cameras added with slightly different feature sets, but not replacing the SX280. And none of these other micro-cameras with super-zooms offer RAW. Stay tuned for the final miniature camera review in this three-part series—looking at a pair of cameras that can double as your video camera, and include superior connectivity to your smart devices: the Panasonic SZ30, and the 2014 model, the SZ40.

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This article is purely dedicated to music lovers from all around the world, nowadays lots of people are using the internet all over the world, so it’s not that surprising that even rock bands are maintaining their sites to get close to their fans.

In this post we have Collected 40

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Rocking Rock band websites for Inspiration, Each website is very unique. It’s really very good stuff for fans Enjoy..

1. Official Blue


2. God Smack


3. Raghu Dixit


4. Euphoria


5. Seven Dust


6. Metallica


7. Linkin Park


8. Candle box


9. Slip Knot


10. Rocket Club


11. Snow Patrol


12. System of a Down


13. Limp biz kit


14. The Beatles Rock band


15. The Danglers


16. Queen on Line


17. The Rolling Stone


18. Fall Out Boy


19. Foo Fighters


20. The Killers Music


21. Tokio Hotel


22. Thirty Seconds to Mars


23. Bonjovi


24. The Music of Abba


25. Black Sabbath


26. Nickel Back


27. Kiss


28. Bullet for my Valentine


29. Mega Deth


30. Disturbed


31. Eagles Band


32. Korn


33. Sum 41


34. Sound Garden


35. The Clash


36. Alice in Chains


37. Aero Smith


38. AC & DC


39. Pussy cat Dolls


40. ledzep pelin


Hope you like my collection above, respond with your Comments.

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Nowadays it’s impossible to find a professional website and even physical prints that is not digitally processed by Photoshop. In fact, almost every product or design today, including, has gotten help from Photoshop. More than 20 years on, it is still defining the universe of digital imaging, with no signs of slowing down.

heroes of photoshop

Yet we know so few about who is behind it – key developers, whose names sit in

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front of the Photoshop splash screen we stare at every single time we launch the software. And now, driven by curiosity and gratefulness, it is my obligation to unfold the stories of 10 unsung heroes who forged and polished the Photoshop we rely on to make a good living. It’s time we celebrate them.

#1. Thomas Knoll

Photoshop, a mega software that shaped the world of digital imaging today, started from one person, Thomas Knoll. Knoll started Photoshop as a hobby to create code that displays grayscale image, and the initial success led him to create more image editing codes, which eventually became primal features of the now legendary Photoshop.

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His humility is legendary too. When he was inducted by NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), he responded with ‘Why would you want to induct me? I didn’t do anything special. Writing Photoshop was just something we did for fun back then.’ It is this attitude that culminates the selfless spirit of the Photoshop team, thus shaping a product built on awesome teamwork.

Thomas is still active in the Photoshop team until now, which is a rare path for most co-founders. He led the team until CS4, and his most recent work (at the time of this writing) is the Adobe Camera Raw plugin that processes raw image formats from digital cameras. His passion for Photoshop and digital imaging is unmatchable to this day.

#2. John Knoll

Although the name doesn’t appear in most versions of Photoshop’s splash screen except 1.0.7 and 2.0.1, John Knoll is another co-founder of the Photoshop. In fact he was the one who persuaded Thomas Knoll to turn his personal program into a commercial image editing software.

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At the time, John Knoll was surprised at how similar Thomas’s program was to image processing software that charges $300/hour for basic photo retouching. He saw a future in affordable image editing software, and started to push Thomas to develop more features in spite of him still trying to finish his PHD study.

While working with Industrial Light and Magic, the company which develops visual effects for George Lucas’ motion picture company, John also created some image-processing routines, which later evolved into filters (lens flare!).

#3. Russell Preston Brown

No complex product can soar without the escort of the passionate evangelist, and for Photoshop, it’s Russell Preston Brown. Same with the Knoll brothers, Russell is one of the pioneers of Photoshop. On the Photoshop 1.0.7 splash screen only 4 names were listed at the time: Thomas Knoll, John Knoll, Steve Guttman, Russell Brown.

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As Adobe’s Senior Creative Director, Russell Brown is the most devoted user of Photoshop, and he even evangelized the software with his mastery of design and Photoshop skills. He has been restlessly showcasing Photoshop’s potential in grand events like the Mac Summit, and offering his own tips and tutorials in his website. If you have ever seen his showcase, you could probably sense his passion (and a bit of insanity!) for Photoshop.

#4. Seetharaman Narayanan

Although he could probably retire and enjoy his life on certain tropical island, Seetharaman Narayanan chose to continue his work in Adobe. His name appears after the No.1 Thomas Knoll in the splash screen, so I’m sure you stared at his name a lot, particularly when your Photoshop is launching slowly.

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And he truly deserves the honor, as Seetharaman Narayanan is the man that dedicated his best to make the Windows version of Photoshop possible, then made it multi-threadable. Now the Lead Adobe Photoshop Engineer, he also ported Adobe Lightroom to Windows. He doesn’t claim all the spotlight though but the benefit of having long names is that it is simply too unique to be ignored.

#5. Russell Williams

Russell Williams joined the Photoshop team right after its 4.0, and he was surprised with how small the team behind Photoshop was. But he soon realized that they were brilliant and exceptionally good at their work. They had a clear direction, making Russell believe that the product will eventually ship which is after all the thing every developer wants.

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In Russell’s regular days, he sits with other principal scientists such as Seetharaman Narayanan and do the most important thing in his career: decide what’s next for Photoshop. That said, for now Russell Williams is looking forward to image forensics, where the traits of intentional image modification by criminals could be detected more clearly through images.

#6. Jeff Chien

If you have used the Healing Brush to remove the wrinkles and blemishes of your photo, you need to thank Jeff Chien. He’s the principal scientist in Adobe that help achieved the Healing Brush effect, which could fool your perceptive eyes with its blending nature. The effect is in fact rather complex when it comes to implementation. Nonetheless, he didn’t even know what RGB was back then!

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Jeff Chien’s background is motivating for young computer scientists in developing countries. He was raised in a country without GameBoys and other fancy home entertainment equipment. But he did have access to a mainframe computer which everyone shared for very limited periods of time. Even in this limiting environment, he spent a lot of time learning, developing a solid background in math, which in the end helped score him a job in both Apple and Adobe.

#7. Maria Yap

Maria Yap trained as a professional, and started her photography and design study before the birth of Photoshop, thus she truly appreciates the amount of hectic work that is saved through the aid of Photoshop. After several years of cruel industrial training (aka freelancing), Maria finally joined the Adobe team offering her expertise.

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She now leads a team of product managers and evangelists to develop innovative applications for design, such as Adobe Revel. Maria volunteers herself as a judge for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, and part of the reason could be the immense inspiration that radiate from the event. It is apparent that her life is all about Photoshop, design and family.

#8. Sarah Kong

Ever heard of the name, ImageReady? Well, you must be as old as me then. Back then we designed our graphics in Photoshop, then optimize it for the Web in ImageReady! And the switch button within the software is the work of Sarah Kong, an engineering manager who also worked on some helpful automation plugins like picture package and Web photo gallery.

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Sarah thinks of Photoshop as an awesome product, made possible with exceptional teamwork. She also foresees a strong future of Photoshop in this social media driven world, with community features such as lens profile sharing for lens correction features.

#9. Bryan O’Neil Hughes

One requires courage and determination (and bit of luck!) to succeed in life, and Bryan O’Neil Hughes lived up the quote by joining the Photoshop team in 1999. Making his debut as a Quality Engineer, Bryan contributed by doing his best to destroy Photoshop internally with intensive testing. Besides, if you have tasted the juiciness of Liquify feature before, that also came from Bryan.

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Bryan cares about users. During Photoshop’s 20th anniversary he did a survey with both Photoshop users and NAPP members to discover specific new features, or current user interface issues that were bugging them. Based on the data, they improved Photoshop CS5 and make it dominate the world of digital imaging again.

#10. John Nack

John Nack a.k.a Tiny Elvis, is the true composer of Photoshop. His role, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager, ensured that he oversees the development of many distinctive features such as Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Vanishing Point, and Smart Object which I use every day on my graphics and shapes.

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He is inducted by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals in 2008, which is one of the highest honors you could ever receive in the industry. Nonetheless, his humility still shines on top of his achievements, with his friendly and informative Adobe’s blog as solid proof of his down-to-earth nature. Clearly humility is the core culture for Photoshop team members.


In my search for information, the most common word I caught in the interviews was ‘teamwork’. And what’s even more amusing is, most of the time the interviewee pushes the credit to someone else in the team! I believe it’s that humble nature and cooperative spirit that keeps both Photoshop and its innovation going for more than 20 years and probably a lot more in the future.

Also if you’re reading this article, there’s a great chance that you’re a Photoshop addict like me! What would you like to say to these Photoshop pioneers and engineers? For me, a simple thank you is probably not enough! Let us know your words then, and tell us how Photoshop transformed your life!

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