Two best free tools for advanced gif creation

There are many options available online if you are looking to make simple animated GIFs out of your favorite pictures. Though there are many of these websites that will allow you to upload your photos on the spot and make GIFs out of them, most of these will not give you any advanced options. However, there are also some very good animators that you can download for free in order to give you more options for making more exciting, advanced and interesting GIFs. Here are two of the best free GIF animators for people who are looking for more professional options when creating their personalized GIFs.

1 ) Beneton Movie GIF

This free animator will allow you to create advanced GIF images for any type of project you might be interested in. It is a very powerful freeware animation maker that really gives you tons of features that will allow you to make your personalized GIF images. Not only that, but the interface is incredibly simple to use and you will be making GIFs in no time at all. It supports 48 different file formats such as BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and AVI, which means that you are not limited to strictly image files, you can also make GIFs out of videos as well. It is free of cost, simple to use, and gives you many options to explore when creating your personalized GIFs.

Take a look at the interface, it’s very simple to navigate. On the right side, there is a window for normal and animated effects where you can even select multiple frames at a time if you are looking to work fast. The GIF animator also gives you many editing tools that you might need for your images. The interface boasts drag-and-drop effect frames for quick editing and 20 different effects. It also has a built-in image editor with many tools similar to the ones you might be familiar with if you have used Adobe Photoshop before – tools such as the pencil, airbrush, alpha brush, fill, and text boxes.

It also offers a preview window that will let you preview either individual frames or the entire animation, and there are also options to zoom or loop the preview in order to get a better look at it.

2 ) Falco GIF Animator

This is another great freeware animated GIF maker that also gives you many editing options with an extensive list of tools and techniques for personalizing your GIF images. Despite being free, it is very powerful.
It also supports many different file types, including DLL/EXE, BMP, PNG, JPG, ICO, CUR, ANI, TARGA, PSD (Photoshop), PCD (Kodak), TIFF, and many more.
You have unlimited undo and redo operations that will make it easy for you to not mess up your project even when you are just starting out and getting to know the animator. The numerous editing tools will help to enhance and personalize your images. Again, the tools that are offered a very similar to the ones that you will probably be familiar with already if you have any prior experience editing images in different programs – pencil, text, spray, filled rectangle, color selection, lasso, hue, blur, eraser, and many more tools are at your disposal.
This is a GIF animator that is simple enough for beginners to use, but also offers enough options to satisfy most professionals as well. You can preview you file after creation and add effects to your animations while you are checking out the preview as well.

How to create tests and quizzes with Google Docs and Excel

With almost everything moving more and more into the online realm these days, education seems to be following this trend as well. For those taking online classes to finish up a degree, or for teachers who like to assign their students online assignments, there are now plenty of ways to test or quiz people online.

These methods are not just good for teachers, for example, they can also be used by employers who want to narrow down their lists of candidates for a new job position before starting the interview process. Want to test a programmer or coder’s knowledge with some theoretical questions before you decide to hire them? Make an online test for them and see what they know before you spend your time interviewing each candidate individually.

Online test-taking makes learning easier and more mobile, and technology has changed the way in which students are being assessed and graded, enabling them to take these tests and pass these evaluations even when they cannot make it to the classroom.

Let’s take a look at the two best ways to make tests and quizzes that people can take online.

1) Google Docs (Forms)

Google Docs is ideal because so many people already have Gmail accounts and use them regularly. It is a perfect way to create tests and quizzes which can then be easily embed into a website for the students to take. Google Docs also has instant reporting that lets you know as soon as someone has finished taking the test.

This is how to create a test in Google Docs.

1. Log in to Google Docs first. If you don’t have a Gmail account, get one at If you already have one, go to

2. Once you are logged in, click “Create New”, and then “Form” in the top left of the screen.

3. Give your quiz a name and then type the information for your quiz. The information fields are designed so that it will be easy for you to create the quiz and for everyone taking it to understand the quiz.

4. Now add the questions. It is all very simple and easy to use. You can provide the question, help for the question, choose what type of question you want it to be (text, multiple choice, etc), and then put in the answer. For each new question you want to make, all you have to do is click “Add Item” at the top left corner and then add the type of question you want.

5. If you want to make the questions multiple choice, then you have to click on “Multiple Choice” in the “Add Items” button. It you want to make more multiple choice questions, you can just duplicate them by clicking on the Duplicate icon, which is located to the right, in between the Pencil and Trash Can icons. Once the question is duplicated, just change the question title and options to what you want them to be.

6. Whatever kind of question you want, continue to add them either by clicking on “Add Item” and making a new type of question, or clocking the Duplicate icon to make a question just like the last one you made. Once you complete the question, quick on “Done” and move on to the next.

7. Make sure to check the “Make this a required question” checkbox so that the person taking the test must answer it. If you do not check that box, then are able to just skip the question and move on to the next one without answering it.

8. Once you have finished, you can save the quiz. If the Save button is already grayed out, that just means that Google has already saved he quiz, which it does automatically.

9. If you want to make your tests more appealing and interesting or colorful, you can click on the “Themes” button and choose a different theme and different color scheme.

10. Once you are done and you are ready to send it out, you can either send the quiz to the test-takers via e-mail or embed the quiz on your own website and provide them with the link.

2) Microsoft Excel

Excel is another great tool to use for tests, because just about everyone who has a computer has Excel or some compatible spreadsheet program. Creating a test is easy even for people who are novices with Excel and it can be easily distributed via email, since the file size will not be large at all. Excel looks as if it was made for creating quizzes, because the column-style presentation is really ideal for these types of things.

Here is how you can create a test in Excel.

1. First, open a blank sheet in excel. You will need four columns for a proper test – column A will be for the questions, column B for the answers, column C for determining whether the answer is right or wrong, and column D for the scores.

2. Type the questions in column A, one by one from the top down.

3. Leave column B blank, because this is where the corresponding answers will be typed later by the person taking the test.

4. Write the needed formula in column C to make that the scores pop up automatically. Type the following into column C: =IF(B1=””, “”, IF(B1=”answer”, “Right”, “Wrong”)), Replace “answer” with the correct answer to your question. And B1 should be changed to B2, B3, etc for each new question and answer as you continue down the column.

5. If the test-taker puts the correct answer into column B, “Right” will be displayed. If a wrong answer is submitted, then “Wrong” will appear, naturally.

6. If are interested in scoring the answers, the formula which should be put into column D is: =IF(C1=”Right”, 1, 0). Remember to advance the number as you scroll down the column.

7. If you want to display the total score, you need to take one more step. If you give the person 20 questions from A1 to A20, then you need to type this into D21: =SUM(D1:D20).

8. With the equation for the total sum of the score now working, your test should be ready to go.

An ultimate list of Document File Formats

A file format is, essentially, the layout of a file in terms of the way in which the data within the file is organized. In order to use a program to open that file, it must be able to recognize and access the data that is located inside the file.

The file format is usually stated as part of a file’s name – usually as an extension or suffix –and this extention is commonly separated by a period from the name of the file itself. This file extention usually contains three or four letters that identify the file format.

There are many different file formats out there and many different programs work with these different file formats. Here, we have compiled a very complete list of various types of document, spreadsheet and presentation file formats.

Document File Formats


Associated with AbiWord, a word processing program, developed and maintained by the Abisource community.
open with: AbiWord


Associated with Thinkfree Write, part of Thinkfree Office, and used for document files created by the application.
open with: Thinkfree Write

Associated with Windows Write, a simple word processor used in older versions of Windows OS.
open with: Microsoft Write

A family of current and future document types and modules that reproduce, subset, and extend HTML 4.
open with: Internet browsers

Used for files written in Extensible Markup Language and is a structured text file with various content for many programs.
open with: Open Office
PDF – Portable Document Format

The Portable Document Format is associated with Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) documents first and foremost.
open with: Adobe Reader

Associated with Hypertext Markup Language and provides a means to create structured documents by denoting structural semantics for text such as headings, paragraphs, lists, links, and quotes among other things.
open with: Internet browsers

A Haansoft (Hancom) Hangul Word Processor document.
open with: Open Office

This is a Question Object File Format Question Object document for Quobject Designer or Quobject Explorer.
open with: Quobject Designer and Explorer

The TEX file extension is associated with TeX/LaTeX text document files and is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting.
open with: Dia

Associated with Ability Write and used for its documents file. Use for preparing, editing and presenting letters, reports, quotations, memos, mailings and newsletters.
open with: Ability Write

Associated with Microsoft Officeand is used to store lists of corrections used by the AutoCorrect feature in the Microsoft Office Suite.
open with: Microsoft Office Suite

This is used for document files created by Writer.
open with: Open Office

A hypertext file used by AmigaGuide.
open with: AmigaGuide

Associated with Mathematica and used for its notebooks, which are structured interactive documents that can contain text, graphics, sound, calculations, and typeset expressions.
open with: Mathematica Notebook

Associated with Apple ClarisWorks, a now discontinued office suite, formerly developed by Apple.
open with: ClarisWorks/AppleWorks

Associated with Microsoft Word.
open with: Microsoft Word for Macintosh

Associated with Microsoft Word.
open with: Microsoft Word

A Haansoft (Hancom) Hangul Word Processor Markup Language document.
open with: Open Office

The LWP file extension is associated with IBM Works, an office suite for the IBM OS/2 operating system.
open with: Lotus Word Pro

This is a UNIX GNU info reader file format and the official documentation format of the GNU project.
open with: UNIX GNU

The DOTX file extension is associated with Microsoft Word.
open with: Microsoft Word
RTF – Rich Text document

Associated with documents in Rich Text Format, which is a text format with some very basic formatting preserved.
open with: WordPad
DOC – Microsoft Word document

The DOC file extension is associated with Microsoft Word and is the most commonly used format in this program.
open with: Microsoft Word

An ASCII text encoded as Comma Separated Values, used in most spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or by most database management systems
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Final Draft and contains Final Draft documents in XML file format.
open with: Final Draft

Associated with Corel WordPerfect, a word processing program.
open with: Word Perfect

An open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements.
open with: Open Office

Associated with Microsoft Word.
open with: Microsoft Word

This is used for Writer text documents and can be converted into Microsoft Word file formats.
open with: Open Office

Many MS-DOS, Unix, Windows applications and text editors used this file extension for common text file.
open with: Note Pad

Associated with Microsoft Works, an office suite produced by Microsoft, which was offered as smaller, less expensive aleternative to the Microsoft Office suite.
open with: Microsoft Works

Associated with Microsoft Works.
open with: Microsoft Works

Associated with Apple Pages, a word processor and page layout application developed by Apple, which is part of the iWork productivity suite.
open with: Apple Pages

A file format used in Papyrus word processor documents.
open with: Papyrus Word Processor

This is the InfoPrint Solutions Company’s Advanced Function Presentation platform,which is a standard in the print industry for printing variable data at very high speeds with complete integrity.
open with: Xenos 2de Vision

This is a StarWriter text document, used in earlier versions of StarOffice.
open with: Star Office

Associated with Mathematica and used for its notebooks.
open with: Mathematica Notebook

A Chinese developed open standard for office applications.
open with: Open Office

The DOCX file extension is associated with Microsoft Word’s more recent versions.
open with: Microsoft Word

An open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements.
open with: Open Office

Spreadsheet File Formats


A Haansoft (Hancom) SpreadSheet software document.
open with: Haansoft Viewer

Associated with iWork Numbers, a spreadsheet application developed by Apple Inc. as part of the iWork productivity suite alongside Keynote and Pages.
open with: iWork Numbers

Associated with OpenOffice.orc Calc and used for its spreadsheet files.
open with: Open Office

Associated with VisiCalc. VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet program available for personal computers.
open with: VisiCalc

An open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements.
open with: Open Office

Associated with Quattro Pro, which is a spreadsheet program developed by Borland and later sold by Corel.
open with: Quattro Pro

Associated with Microsoft Works.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Microsoft Excel.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Comma Separated Value files, which is a simple text format for a database table.
open with: Open Office

Associated with Microsoft Excel, and contains the screen locations of one or more workbooks and also the references to each individual workbook.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Microsoft Excel, and is used in Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 for Workbooks, spreadsheet document files.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Microsoft Excel as file formats for Excel Spreadsheets based on Open XML data format.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Lotus 1-2-3 and are used by Lotus 1-2-3 version 4.
open with: Lotus 1-2-3

Associated with Microsoft Works version 6.0.
open with: Microsoft Works

Associated with Lotus 1-2-3 and used by some versions of Lotus 1-2-3.
open with: Lotus 1-2-3

Spreadsheet file used by StarOffice StarCalc in older versions (3.0-5.0).
open with: Star Office

Associated with Microsoft Excel and is used in Microsoft Excel 97 to 2003 for template documents.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with OpenOffice.Org and used for spreadsheets in OpenOffice Calc.
open with: Open Office

Associated with Microsoft Excel,and used by Microsoft Excel 2000 and earlier version for backups of the the .xls workbook files.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Microsoft Excel, and is used in Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 for template documents with macros enabled.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Lotus 1-2-3 and is used by Lotus 1-2-3 version 3.
open with: Lotus 1-2-3

A template for creating a new OpenOffice spreadsheet file, often used for creating many similar spreadsheets.
open with: Open Office

Associated with Microsoft Excel and conventionally have a .slk file extension.
open with: Microsoft Excel

Associated with Ability Spreadsheet.
open with: Ability Spreadsheet

Associated with Lotus 1-2-3 and used by Lotus 1-2-3.
open with: Lotus 1-2-3

Associated with Microsoft Works.
open with: Microsoft Works

Associated with Quattro Pro for DOS and contain spreadsheets.
open with: Quattro Pro

Associated with Lotus 1-2-3 and used by Lotus 1-2-3 version 1.
open with: Lotus 1-2-3

Presentation File Formats


Associated with Mathematica Player slideshows.
open with: Mathematica Player

A file format for electronic office documents such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents.
open with: Open Document

A file extension used by Impress. File contains presentation template.
open with: Open Office

Associated with File contains presentation.
open with: Open Office

An open XML-based document file format for office applications to be used for documents containing text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical elements.
open with: Open Document

Associated with Corel Presentations, developed by Corel Corporation, which is part of Corel WordPerfect Office suite. The files contain slide shows created using Corel Presentations.
open with: Corel Presentations

Associated with Mathematica notebook Slideshows.
open with: Mathematica Notebook

A file extension used by StarOffice (StarDraw 3.0/5.0). File contains presentations, drawings.
open with: Star Office

Associated with Microsoft PowerPoint and is used for templates, which are used when creating multiple PowerPoint presentations with the same formatting.
open with: Microsoft PowerPoint

Associated with Microsoft PowerPoint and may include formatted text, bullet points, images, movies, sound effects, or music.
open with: Microsoft PowerPoint

Associated with Lotus Freelance Graphics and allows users to create and compile text, digital images, diagrams, basic drawings, and charts (such as bar charts and pie charts) into a digital slide show.
open with: Lotus Freelance Graphics

A presentation software application developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc.
open with: Apple Keynote

Associated with Microsoft PowerPointand is used for editable slide shows, which are very often used for presentations.
open with: Microsoft PowerPoint

Associated with the Logix-4D Manager Show Control Project
open with: Logix-4D Manager

Associated with Dataton Watchout presentations.
open with: Dataton Watchout

Associated with SongShow Plus slideshows
open with: SongShow Plus

Associated with Microsoft PowerPoint and is used for editable slide shows, which are very often used for presentations.
open with: Microsoft PowerPoint

Useful Online Financial Calculators

online financial calculators

1) Dinkytown

This is probably the most complete collection of calculators that you will find anywhere on the Internet. Dinkytown features over 350 different financial calculators for you to use and also offers most of the them in a variety of languages. No matter what you need related to your financial situation, Dinkytown has the calculator for you, whether you need help tallying your mortgage payments, credit card debt or savings. If you really like a certain calculator who can also pay a fee to put it on your own website.

2) CSG Network

This site offers calculators that do not cater towards finances as much, rather, the calculators on this site aim to help you with a wider range of more general everyday situations in which you might need a calculator. For example, there is a calculator that can help you find out how large of a turkey you will have to buy for Thanksgiving based on how many people who are planning to feed, how large their appetites are, whether or not you want to have leftovers, and several other variables. Whether you need to know how much chlorine to put in your pool or you are just need a calculator to help your children out with their math homework, this site will probably have what you need.

3) Dollar Times

Yet another site that provides many different varieties of calculators to help you with your personal finances, however, Dollar Times is all about helping you manage your money and save. The site offers three categories of custom calculators from which you can choose from: Home and Car Loans, Investment and Savings, and Personal Finance. Using the calculators provided in these three sections, you can do a pretty good job of taking care of your finances, from calculating your mortgage payments, to keeping track of your retirement savings and monitoring how much you are spending on gas each week.

4) Choose To Save

Another extremely large database of financial calculators, this site does not have its own calculators, rather, it links you to the best and most popular calculators used for various calculations. You will be able to find calculators for following how you are doing on the stock market, calculators that will help you plan your paycheck spending, calculators for mutual funds and bonds, along with many more.

5) Hugh’s Mortgage and Financial Calculators

This is Hugh U. Chou’s site, and he loves calculators. Even though the sites states that Hugh specializes in mortgage and financial calculators, you won’t have to look very hard to see that there is actually a lot more that he offers on his site. Mr. Chou seems to be a man of math that loves making calculators for things that he stumbles across in life that intrigue him. For example, you can find a calculator for converting a cat’s age to human age and also to calculate your cholesterol levels as well. Among the many other financial and mathematical calculators, you will also find math and science related games and puzzles that he has developed for your entertainment.

6) Dr. Calculator

Of all the calculator sites, this one is the easiest to navigate. There is really nothing else included on the site other than 11 different categories of calculators. The categories available are the usual ones, and the calculators offer by this site will make it really easy for you to take of all of your personal finances without having to look anywhere else. Calculators are available to help you with your mortgage rates, managing your loans and your savings, calculating interest rates on various purchases, and keeping track of your investments.

7) Calculator Web

Even though this site might offer less calculators than others, it is a very specific and well-organized list of calculators. It is an especially good site for people who are deep into investments, with a set of great calculators that will let you manage your entire portfolio very easily. There is also a great set of planning calculators which are good for both short-term and long-term planning. You can plan out your weekly budget using these calculators, balance your checkbook effectively, but also calculate your retirement savings and how much you will need for other long-term plans, like putting your children through school.

8. Financial Calculators

This is one of the better organized calculator sites that you will find. Even though it does mostly have types of calculators that you will find on any financial calculator site, this particular page has an excellently detailed set of calculators for things that you won’t see on other sites. For instance, there is a great list of calculators that will enable you to manage your insurance plans, as well as calculators that will enable you to see where exactly all that money from your paycheck is going. The site also features great calculators for keeping your credit card payments in order.

9. CNN Money

CNN’s money site offers a typical list of calculators to use for managing your finances. However, it does have one of the better groups of real estate-related calculators that you will stumble upon. These calculators will not only enable you to calculate your mortgage payments, but you will also be able to keep track of your property’s value and they can even help you see what price range is realistic if you are looking to purchase a home.

10. Disposable Income

The name of the site speaks for itself, really. This fantastic calculator will tell you how much money you will have left to spend each month after you have paid for everything that you need to pay for in the course of the month. Just enter in your wage and all of your monthly expenses and find out what you are left with. If you are left feeling depressed at the end of the calculation, the site tries to pick your spirits up a bit by calculating how much time at work you must spend in order to be able to purchase various things (coffee, a laptop, a vacation to Greece, etc).

20 best sites for free online storage and backup

online storage and backup free

Faster Internet connections and more widespread Internet access has made it possible for us to store our files in virtual hard drives for safe-keeping and easy access. Thanks to the many online storage sites that exist, you can always have your files at your fingertips, even when you are thousands of miles away from your home computer. Let’s take a look at some of the best free online storage sites you have to choose from if you are interested in such a service.

1) Dropbox



This is the perfect storage tool for people who work on more than one computer. It allows you to sync files between any computers that have Dropbox installed on them. You are also given a public folder that creates a link directly to your files and folders so you can share them. It is also easy to share folders with other friends or coworkers who have their own Dropbox accounts as well. You get 2 GB of free storage space.




One of the most popular online storage sites, you get 2GB of space free of charge. The software also can be set to automatically back up your computer every week.





Easily the most generous free site, it offers 50GB of storage with the basic account. The only shortcoming is that it will not backup your files automatically, though this is not a problem for many who take care of their files diligently.




Google Docs allows you to upload 1 GB of various different files and store them, however, if you convert these files to the site’s own format (which offers its own equivalents of spreadsheet, document and presentation files) you will be able to save, store and share even more information.




You get 1 GB of free space with this one, and you can store your files and access them from any computer and from most mobile phones as well. It is also excellent for sharing files with friends and family because it’s easy to use.





This service offers 5 GB of free space and one of its best features is that it is easily compatible with PCs, Macs and almost every possible smart phone.




This service is free when you sign up for a Hotmail or Windows Live account and it gives you a generous 25GB, though the upload process is a little slow and tiring.


cometdocs online document management

You get 1 GB for free here, and the site is oriented toward documents, but you can easily use it for storing any other file types.




This service offers 5 GB of free storage space, and is great for sharing with coworkers and collaborating on projects online.




FlipDrive offers 1 GB of space and can be accessed from any web browser at any time. It also prides itself on being one of the most secure sites of its kind.





This site aims at making it easy to store files, especially photos, easily and share them with friends and family. You get 1 GB with the free package and it allows you to share large files at once, such as whole folders full of pictures.






Spider Oak looks to be an all-in-one service that is very well-rounded, offering free online backup, synchronization, sharing, remote access, and storage. You get a free 2 GB for life when you sign up.






This site allows you to backup files and sync them from any computer, but also, you can save and store contacts, as well as bookmarks. You get 2 GB of space for free.





Nothing really stands out about this service, other than the fact that it offers more free storage space than most – 5 GB.





You get 5 free GB of storage space at DivShare, and you can really store anything, but it’s best for music and video, because it allows you to upload songs that are instantly stream-able and do not have to be downloaded to be played.

16. FileDropper




One of the better sites for hosting files. Maximum size is 5GB.





You get 10 GB of free storage, but it’s best for sharing files quickly, because it gives you a url right away at which you and anyone else you give it to can instantly access the file.





Badongo actually offers unlimited storage and sharing. It is another good site for people who want to stream audio and video files or make slideshows of your favorite photos and share them. Unfortunately, this website no longer works.

19. MediaFire




MediaFire is great because you have unlimited storage space for free if you open up an account. However, you cannot upload more than 200 MB at a time. It is perfect for storing and sharing things like images and music, and sharing is made easy with direct links given for each of your uploads.




The premier site for storing and sharing photographs on the Internet, you are able to upload 300 MB of images each month. If the user has more than 200 pictures on the site, they will only be able to see the most recent 200 in their photostreams, but all the other images will remain stored and all links to these images that were posted anywhere on the Web will remain active.