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Posted by tzuche on 23/05/2012 - 12:04 Categories: Hardware

Find tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative, where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment.

Posted by tzuche on 13/04/2012 - 16:52 Categories: Hardware

As companies, nonprofits, libraries, and individuals find reasons to upgrade their computers, the problem of how to safely discard used equipment continues to grow.

Posted by tzuche on 13/04/2012 - 16:37 Categories: Hardware

Buying a computer is a big investment. And with so many different options available, it can be hard to figure out how to meet the technical needs of your nonprofit or library and still stay within your budget.

This guide will help you understand the questions to ask when shopping for a computer. It will also provide a quick reference checklist with definitions of some basic technology terms (not too many!), as well as the minimum standards we recommend for computers.

Posted by tzuche on 13/04/2012 - 16:29 Categories: Create audio and video, Software, Web, Multimedia and Design

Before the digital revolution, videos — like still photographs — were actually shot on film. Editing them involved cutting out individual frames and splicing the filmstrip back together, a tedious and expensive process that resulted in lots of little plastic squares on the cutting room floor. You also had to move through all previous footage to reach the scenes you wanted to edit, more or less requiring you to edit the film in the order in which you shot it.

These things, along with expensive equipment and production costs made producing a video for many nonprofits or libraries a pipe dream. But times have changed and now editing video is easier than ever before and the costs of equipment, production, and editing tools are ever-decreasing.

Today, software makes editing digital footage faster, easier, and much more affordable, and puts it within reach of anyone with a personal computer. Even better, digital video editing is “nonlinear,” which means you can access the scenes you want to edit directly. This helps speed up the process, especially for a short, Internet-ready video for which you just need to trim off the ends and add a title screen or two.

Posted by tzuche on 02/04/2012 - 18:06 Categories: Manage Workstations, Office Software, Software

If your organization uses the Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 suite of office productivity applications, you have no doubt encountered the Ribbon.

Introduced in the 2007, the Ribbon interface took the menus and toolbars of the top page navigation and reorganized them into tabs organized by activity types. This reorganization meant that you could have more of the commands and tools at your fingertips quicker, but it also meant having to learn where things live now. This article will discuss techniques for making the Ribbon more effective for your work.

Posted by tzuche on 02/04/2012 - 18:02 Categories: Manage Workstations, Office Software, Software

Attract your readers and make your content easier to understand, all without leaving the tool you're already using. With Office 2010's enhanced graphics tools, you can customize pictures directly in your Office document; you don't need to edit them in a separate application or third-party tool. These tools make it easier to add great pictures and images to everything from donor appeal postcards to your organization’s annual reports.

Posted by tzuche on 23/03/2012 - 12:29 Categories: Planning and Strategy, Project Management, Research and Planning

So you need software to help with project management. Great! But wait... What do you mean by project management? Do you need to map out project plans and schedules? Collaborate on documents? Track tasks? Time? Documents? Issues?

Posted by tzuche on 23/03/2012 - 12:22 Categories: Communicate and Collaborate, Software

You’ve finally hired two new staff members to join your successful nonprofit. The trouble is, your new colleagues are in Chicago and your headquarters is in San Francisco. How will you share documents? Is there a better solution than constantly emailing attachments?

Posted by tzuche on 17/01/2012 - 11:09 Categories: Funding, Social Media, Social Media and Community

As I read case studies, blog posts and participate in sessions, I imagine replacing the term "social media" with "direct mail" or "email marketing." Has anything really changed?

Posted by tzuche on 17/01/2012 - 11:04 Categories: Development, Social Media, Social Media and Community, Website Management

One of the largest web shifts over the last few years has been the increasing move to a real social web. From the ubiquitous Facebook "Like" button to Google’s new +1, it’s never been easier to share what you’ve found exploring. But sometimes clicking the share button just isn’t enough.

For the social web to come alive and really spark change, users need to be given other actions to take beyond standard sharing. We’re constantly exploring new and improved ways to mobilize communities; here are three sites that ask users to do more than simply hit share, but instead to take an action and to be part of something real.