Cloud-Based Technology Comes to Graphics Software With Boxshot King

The world of graphics is both amazing and mysterious for most people. Amazing in that we tend to be impressed and dazzled at the images and special effects graphics software can produce – and mysterious in that most of us really have no idea how these software programs work. I mean, we’ve all heard of Adobe’s Photoshop – the supposed “gold standard” of graphics software. But have you ever sat down and tried to actually learn how to use it? I have – and it isn’t easy.

First of all you have to download a huge program file to your computer before you can even begin trying to actually use it. And large files like that have a decidedly negative impact on computer performance. Not only that, but once you begin, I hope you’re a very patient person because hours may go by with you still struggling to make just one cool thing happen on your computer screen.

So I was quite intrigued when I first heard that some new graphics software programs were not only becoming easier to learn and use – but that they were also using cloud-based technology, thus saving us the requirement to further fill-up and slow-down our hard drives by downloading the huge files heretofore required. Cloud-based technology itself sounds a little mysterious, but it’s really quite simple. Something that is cloud-based means it is accessed via the internet. In other words, you do not have to download it to your particular computer. Think of it more as a service that a physical product. Once you’ve paid or registered for the service, you can access it from any computer with an internet connection. I liked the sound of this so I began hunting around for such a graphics software.

That’s how I discovered the leader in this cutting-edge approach; it’s called Boxshot King. To use this graphics software you need merely login to their internet site. Once there, all of the templates and tools you need are immediately at your disposal. And what I particularly liked was that everything you produce with the software is saved to the cloud. In other words, if my computer dies, all my graphics work is saved in the Boxshot King servers. To recover whatever I’m looking for, I need merely login again. That’s pretty cool.

But once I started playing around with this software I discovered the coolest thing of all; it’s really easy to use. And I mean really easy. I watched a 7 minute training video – and 5 minutes later I had produced my first graphic image. And it was truly professional looking in every way. I used it to create an eBook cover, but it works for every conceivable platform.

So the bottom line is that not only is the cloud a very cool development for computer and internet technology – but it is changing the way things get done in the graphics world too – and for the better. Boxshot King may be the first graphics software to be in the cloud, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last.

Telecommuting Technology Explained Simply

Telecommuting technology began as a link between satellite or branch offices and the computer mainframe of companies in the early 1970s. Over the years it expanded to meet the demands of flexi-time or work-at-home jobs that did not require the worker to report or travel to the office on a daily basis. Today, the growth of telecommuting technology has improved so much so that people are hired on the basis of output and not physical presence.

As a result of this kind of job scenario, output and work satisfaction ratings increased tremendously because it allowed for people to work in a setting they are most comfortable with. With telecommuting, the equipment needed are a computer, phone, and an internet connection.

There are now many options in telecommuting technology that allows for group meetings, known as video conferencing or conference calling. It is also possible to maintain a virtual private network similar to what you would have in a social networking application.

With long distance tools like Voice Over IP (VOIP) and groupware, a company saves a huge amount with a decrease in travel to different branches. Resource sharing, as well as client server computing makes it easier to decentralize operations so that the clients’ needs are met instantly.

Before telecommuting technology existed, it took days or even weeks before you could get a response regarding a complaint from a customer. It was an immense loss of income because of poor communications between branches to head office, and between customer to corporate offices.

Now, a client can get an answer in as quick as a few minutes because of the convenience of an excellent customer service process that allows cloud computing. Cloud computing is a relatively new term that refers to the sharing of programs and applications using the internet. This means that work-at-home or remote workers do not have to buy their own software. All they need to do is log in to their account. This explains why you now have customer service operators who do not need to work in a formal office setting. They simply sign in and sign out from their homes.

You may have seen people busy on their laptops in coffee shops and libraries. These are the telecommuters who are enjoying the convenience of working on flexi time, and being able to do other things during the day instead of being stuck in an office. Of course, the output should be the same as if they were in the office, or they lose their jobs.

The advantages of this kind of scenario are multiple. There is less stress for the telecommuters because they don’t have to deal with traffic or spending a lot on gas and car maintenance. They are able to become more productive with their time and accomplish more because of the decrease in pressure. They also spend less on clothes, food, and socializing after office hours.

On the part of the company, they save on overhead, yet they can operate 24/7. This means that their bottom line, which is their profit margin, improves and allows them to hire more people. They don’t have to deal with absenteeism, low employee morale, low turnover, destructive office back room talk, and even opens the door for them to hire people with disabilities.

Telecommuting technology is changing the way we do our work, and as end users, spoils us for an instant response from the companies we do business with.