Colorschemer: Cool tool for those of us who don’t have a designer’s eye when it comes to matching or picking site colors. Use ColorSchemer Studio to identify color harmonies for the web (RGB) or print (CMYK), create palettes from photos, search over a million existing color schemes, mix colors, create gradient blends, and much more! Colorschemer is $49.99 and works for both Mac and PC.
Share in a Classy Way with Smart Layers Plugin: If you’ve spent any time on other sites you may have noticed a few of them sporting a very nice-looking “floating” social media sharing button option. The Smart Layers plugin allows social sharing buttons work as layers that overlay your site so not to disrupt your design. TIP: Do not use your plugin search to acquire this plugin. Download from the site to a .zip file and then upload/activate through the Plugins section of your dashboard.
Google doc Embedder: Have a specific document saved in Google docs you want readily accessible to readers and clients? The Google Doc Embedder plugin is the perfect way to embed it in a blog post. This method is handier and more professional than sending current or prospective customers off-site to Dropbox or Box.net to retrieve information.
Udemy: Looking to create a course without a huge monetary commitment? Udemy allows you to create a course and teach online. This site offer the best free online teaching tools along with reasonably-priced paid ones as well. The average Udemy course is priced at around $29-$99, and creating a course is entirely free for instructors. If you bring students to Udemy and upsell them to one of your paid courses, you keep 100% (minus payment fees) for each sale. When Udemy brings students to your course, you keep 50% of each sale. For those creating courses to sell, there is a minimum requirement of at least 30 minutes of content and 60% video content. If you are looking to spread your brand, share your expertise, add clients, grow your list or create an extra stream of income for your business, Udemy is worth a look.
Skype In your Inbox: Now you can chat, call and more right from your Outlook.com inbox. Skype and Outlook.com, the new webmail service from Microsoft, has come together so users can make free Skype voice and video calls with their Outlook.com contacts and instant message them. To enjoy the Skype calls and Skype video calls with your contacts in Outlook.com, you only need to install the Skype web plugin. NOTE: A brand new offering, the Skype-Outlook.com integration (including the Skype web plugin) is currently available in select markets, only.
Gleam and AWeber: Contests and giveaways are widely known as great tools for growing your subscriber list. This is where Gleam comes in. One of the best ways to build a list of subscribers is to offer incentives for signing up. A new offering from AWeber, the Gleam platform lets you run competitions and give rewards to anyone who signs up using special forms. Users can sign up with Gleam and get rolling with the free account level, but the AWeber integration is available only for upgraded AWeber plans (Pro or Business).
What “cool tools” have you discovered recently?