[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Ok, I admit it…” heading_tag=”h2″ alignment=”center” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:200″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:25px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:50px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:200;”]I’m an addict. At any moment, I have at least 20 browser tabs open and usually two browsers running. Half of those tabs are awesome resources that I mean to “test” or at least bookmark. That, and the fact that I get into a lot of conversations about resources prompted me to start posting them instead of slowing my computer down and cluttering my bookmark manager. Some are tested, some are not. I will provide commentary when possible and obviously this page will be a work in progress.[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Flowcharts (Forget Visio)” heading_tag=”h2″ alignment=”center” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:200″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:5px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:25px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:200;”]As a visual thinker, I love software for flowcharts and diagrams. Visio was a staple in my toolbox but feels antiquated and unconnected at this point. So of course, now there are plenty of online alternatives![/ultimate_heading][vc_spacer size=”25px”]
[interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”Lucidchart” banner_desc=”A personal favorite for making flowcharts and diagrams. Only 60 “objects“ per chart in the free account which is plenty when you’re starting but frustrating once you’re addicted.” banner_image=”1143″ banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lucidchart.com||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style15″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#c0d860″ banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”18″ banner_min_height_op=”default”]
[interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”Draw.io” banner_desc=”I have yet to create an actual diagram but this site just seems to work well, connect to any cloud drive, and its free… Almost too good to be true.” banner_image=”1144″ banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.draw.io||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style15″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#c0d860″ banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”18″]
[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Image Creation” heading_tag=”h2″ alignment=”center” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:200″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:5px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:25px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:200;”]Photoshop was another go-to software for me. These days I use it less and less and am actively trying to eliminate it from my workflow. Unless I’m actually doing complex edits for a photoshoot, its hard to find it necessary anymore. Sorry Adobe![/ultimate_heading][vc_spacer size=”25px”]
[interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”Pablo by Buffer” banner_desc=”Buffer, one of my favorite companies, released a tool to easily create a graphic with some text. I made this background in one minute as a test.” banner_image=”1132″ banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fbufferapp.com%2Fpablo||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style15″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#ffffff” banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”18″ banner_min_height_op=”default”]
[interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”Pixlr Editor” banner_desc=”I heard this described once as Photoshop 4 (an old version), but online… for free! Handles most of your basic editing needs.” banner_image=”1187″ banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fpixlr.com||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style15″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#ffffff” banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”18″ banner_min_height_op=”default”]
[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Image Optimization & Compression” heading_tag=”h2″ alignment=”center” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:200″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:5px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:25px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:200;”]With so many great resources out there for free stock photography, its tempting to just upload them directly to a website and call it a day. After catching myself almost uploading a 7MB file as an background image, I checked around for image compression sitesĀ  that work well.[/ultimate_heading][vc_spacer size=”25px”]

Compressor.io lets you upload your image and then download a compressed version that still looks great. You can even save directly to Dropbox or Google Drive. I converted a 7MB file to 1MB instantly.

[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Additional Lists, Links, and Resources” heading_tag=”h2″ alignment=”center” spacer=”no_spacer” spacer_position=”top” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:300;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:36px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:5px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:25px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:300;”]Because a lot of amazing people have put together amazing lists.[/ultimate_heading][interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”Freebie.Supply” banner_desc=”Over 300 free online resources and web apps for entrepreneurs. Categories include business, marketing, design, code, productivity, and education” banner_image=”1110″ banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ffreebie.supply%2F||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style5″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#ffffff” banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”24″][interactive_banner_2 banner_title=”36 Free Tools for Creating Unique Images” banner_desc=”via Sprout Social. Still need to dig through these.” banner_image=”1146″ banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fsproutsocial.com%2Finsights%2Ffree-image-creation-tools||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style5″ image_opacity=”1″ image_opacity_on_hover=”0.1″ enable_responsive=”” responsive_min=”768″ responsive_max=”900″ banner_desc_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_desc_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_color_title=”#ffffff” banner_color_desc=”#ffffff” banner_color_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_bg=”#000000″ banner_title_font_family=”font_family:Raleway|font_call:Raleway|variant:300″ banner_title_style=”font-weight:300;” banner_title_font_size=”36″ banner_desc_font_size=”24″]