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Free tool: Dropbox (online storage space)

What it is: An online tool to store all your files such as documents, images, and videos, and access them from a central location.

What it does: After creating your own Dropbox account, this free service allows you to have access to your files at your fingertips and exchange files with other Dropbox users. It is web-based and independent of the computer you are using.

A quick download of the Dropbox application to your computer permits all documents to be uploaded and available in the Dropbox website. Files can be exchanged easily across Macs and PCs.

Note: Internal, confidential, and proprietary data should not be shared with third-party services. See Data Classification Schema in K-State’s Data Classification and Security Policy. Also, the K-State Zimbra Briefcase allows for file storage.

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Free tool: Stickies (color notes for your desktop)

What it is: Software that provides virtual “paper notes” on your desktop

What it does: “…yellow rectangular windows onto which you can put some text notes. Once created, they will stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.” (developer’s description from the Stickies homepage)

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Free tool: IrfanView (for images, graphics, multimedia)

What it is: “IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals.” —Irfan Skiljen, developer

What it does: “…can view, edit, and convert image files and play video/audio files. It is noted for its small size, speed, ease of use, and ability to handle a wide variety of graphic file formats, and has some image creation and painting capabilities.” (from Wikipedia.org’s IrfanView page)

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PowerPoint Slidefest: Tips for designing better presentations

Do you need ideas for improving your PowerPoint presentations? Common pitfalls in creating a good presentation include things such as too many bullet points, not enough images, too much animation, complicated charts and graphs, and more. Check out Microsoft’s PowerPoint Slidefest for tips and tricks on designing better presentations.