Friday, February 24, 2012

Seating Arrangement - Free Wedding and Event Planning Online

Wedding is a very important turning point in your life. You want to invite all the people you live and respect, you want that this day will be memorized years and years. And planning this complicated and expensive event might take much more time and resources than you have available. If you ready to transfer it to professionals, that solves it all. In case, you are ready to spend additional funds to the wedding planner and his/her team. But, if you are tight on budget, you might still be able to handle it properly with online free wedding assistant.

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Free services from Seating Arrangement will do like that – will help you to organize this event. As a matter of fact, the services will help you to arrange any event – retirement party, family reunion, or big round anniversary.

What can Seating Arrangement do for you?
  • Design the Floor Plan
  • Manage the Guest List
  • Manage Menu Options
  • Track RSVPs
  • Assign Seating
  • Generate Guest List Reports
  • Print the Floor Plan
  • Print Place Cards
  • Access your project from any computer
  • Work on the same project from multiple locations
  • Collaborate with others
  • Share event information with others
  • Automatically have your project backed up
  • Find wedding and event professionals in your area and much, much more...
Seating Arrangement is absolutely free for the end user who is planning his/her own event. There are NO hidden costs.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Funny Photo Effects with Loonapix

Loonapix is one of those popular sites, which offers you uploading your pictures into funny attractive templates. Yes, it might be one of many sites, competing for the crowd of users, but for some it may become the only one needed for the occasion when it is required to create artistic funny image for festive celebration, greeting card, or home project.

Loonapix offers four types of the onsite services. All four sections are easily detectable on the site, and you get the first impression on what you can achieve there. No matter which section you choose, the process of pictures editing is simple and straightforward, consisting from 4 easy steps:
  1. Choose effect from the template below.
  2. Upload your photo. There are two different ways for picture uploading:
    1. Through "My File" tab, where you can select a local file from your computer;
    2. Through "URL" tab, where you can enter an URL of the image in the WEB;
The pictures requirement and limitations:
·         Only JPG, GIF and PNG format images are accepted.
·         Maximum photo size is 5Mb.
·         Unused pictures will be removed after 2 weeks.
  1. Crop the photo, selecting the viewing area.
  2. Get results.
To illustrate the capabilities, I will provide examples for picture processing from each of the four sections of the site.

Photo Effects

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Photo Frame

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Face Effects

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Trim Photos

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Site has multi-language interface, so you can choose one most suitable for you.


If you like Loonapix, and want to explore other similar sites feel free to choose from the selection below:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Virtual Piano on your Computer – 3 Free Online Services

These are services for pure fun. You came to the party, and there are no musical instruments at your friends’ house. But, you want to show live music, and not some audio tracks on the boombox.

No problem, now you can impress your friends, if they have computer, connected to the Internet. And who have not in modern times?

So, idea is simple: you need a piano keyboard, and you have a computer keyboard instead. So, the developers need to program a virtual computer keyboard the way, that the sounds will match the buttons. Each site finds different solution, so you may chose the one, which will be suitable for you.

  1. Virtual Piano from Crystal Magic Studio

As soon as you enter the site, you get virtual piano keyboard on the screen, and you can play right away by clicking the corresponding onscreen keys with your mouse pointer. But the play is limited in this mode as you cannot click multiple keys at the same time. So, the solution is to use your computer keyboard, which will increase your artistic capabilities. To know relation between computer keyboard buttons with online piano keys, you can enable reference guide with key assist on button on the screen.

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To access the white keys, you simply click on the corresponding letters, and to access black keys you need to hold “shift” and press white button to the left of the black.

Among extra features is ability to record what you are creating, and play that later.

  1. The Virtual Piano

The Virtual Piano uses the keystrokes on your computer keyboard to play chord progressions on the piano, while simultaneously showing you how to play the same chords on a real piano.

  • To play single notes, you can click with mouth pointer on the screen.
  • You can use keystrokes 1 - 7 to play the seven chords in each key.
  • Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to play LOWER or HIGHER on the piano.
  • Change the KEY by clicking the colored key buttons above the piano keyboard, OR by using the UP and DOWN arrow keystrokes on your computer keyboard.
  • Use keystrokes A - J to play seven alternate chords in each key.

If you like the virtual piano keyboard, you can download it and use it independently on your computer, but that is shareware with $17 cost associated.

Video Presentation:

  1. Button Beats

The basics of this virtual keyboard from the previous services were developed by ButtonBeats, who offers a different set of options on their website. You can operate the virtual piano keyboard both with mouth pointer and computer keyboard, and you can also record fruits of your inspiration.

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On this site, there are some other interesting options, so you can virtually play other instruments as well. Definitely worth taking a look…

I started from the claim that these service for pure fun. I take back this statement, as they might be useful for beginners, learning playing piano as well.   

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