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My First Wacom Tablet Cartoon

I made my first digital cartoon today. Here is the beautiful work of art in all its glory:

First Drawing

That’s me and one of my cats, outside. I believe the cartoon has a special whimsical, nostalgic quality, don’t you agree? ;)

How did this come about? Well, Amazon had a sale on Wacom tablets and I had a gift card. The result? I now own the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet (CTH 480). Want one too? You can buy it here.

2014-07-03 10.04.18If you’re familiar with the Bamboo line for Wacom, Intuos is just the new name for the line. Wacom doesn’t brand its new products “Bamboo” anymore. This is the smallest sized tablet, which is perfect for a laptop. The pen is the size of a regular pen, so that gives you an idea of the scale of this picture. If you’re working with a larger monitor, you might want the medium size, even though it’s more expensive.

The tablet’s a great investment. It comes with a software bundle to help get your projects out fast. There’s even a “manga version,” if you draw real comics. I bought my tablet for a future marketing project. But you can use it as a mouse replacement if you prefer.

This tablet is FAST to set up and FAST to learn how to use. I just got the drivers from the Wacom website, plugged the tablet into my USB port, and it worked like a charm! It feels like a regular pen and the tablet’s pressure sensitive. My first drawing took about 15 minutes to make, including driver and software installation time.

 

Remove Personal Information Before Sending a Word Document

Just a little “FYI” before you email that paper to your professor or send a resume to a potential new employer… Inspect your Word document to make sure it doesn’t have any personal information. Just to be safe, I like to remove the “author” information and the “last modified” version. Do you really want your professor to see that you last modified your paper 5 minutes before turning it in? Or do you want your potential employer to see the “author” of your resume is your parents, because they own the software?

In Microsoft 2010, it’s easy to change. Just click on “File,” and you’ll see a page that includes Related Dates and Related People. Click on “Check for Issues” next to “Inspect Document” right before you send it. You’ll get a dropdown menu with “Inspect Document” as an option. From there, you can check for and remove whatever items you want, such as “Comments, Revisions, and Annotations” or “Document Properties and Personal Information.”

Want to Promote Your Pins on Pinterest? Apply Here!

You may not know this, but Pinterest now lets some users promote their pins, similarly to how you can promote posts on Facebook. Promoted pins can be a great way to tell more people about your business, if you use the feature wisely. Don’t spam people and only pin webpages with eye-catching photos and useful information. The feature is being slowly rolled out, but Pinterest has an application form that you can fill out if you’d like to be apply to be one of the first people to promote pins. The application is here.

Non-HTTPS & Facebook Tabs: A Workaround For Programs That Only Make One Custom Tab Per Page

I love GetResponse. It’s a great program for creating mailing lists and autoresponders. It also has a beautiful Landing Page Creator that you can use to create a custom tab for your Facebook business page. There’s just one problem. You can only create *one* Facebook tab per business page.

My problem is that I wanted to use GetResponse to create two tabs for Wired For PR’s Facebook page: one for ministries and one for attorneys. It’s just not possible. If you activate a new Facebook landing page, it overrides the original one.

Getting around this problem is a little more complicated than just embedding a static HTML into a tab. Facebook will only allow HTTPS pages to be embedded, and GetResponse’s landing pages are all just HTTP.

So what’s the fix? Cutting & pasting the source code directly into the custom tab.

First, find a static HTML creator. I used the free Static HTML Iframe Tab by Woobox. You could also use Static HTML: iframe tabs. I’m using a screenshot from the Woobox application for my example.

When you go to the link above, click on “Install Tab Page.” You’ll be taken to an “Add Page Tab” box, where you choose which of your Facebook business pages will host your newest tab. Next, you’ll end up on a Tab Settings page like I am showing below. This is taken from our WatchMeChanging Facebook page for a web series my husband and I filmed:

watchmechanging tab

 

The rest is pretty easy. Use all the options I chose above and pick whatever name you want for the Tab. (The default is “Welcome,” but you probably won’t want that.) Be sure to edit your “Share Description” to match your new landing page.

Next, go to the GetResponse landing page that you previously created (or whatever program you used) and view the source code. Just choose “HTML” under Page Source and copy & paste the source code into the box! That’s it; you’re done!

I suggest that you also change the Tab Image. It’s easy. Create a 111 px wide by 74 px tall image and click on “Change Tab Image” to upload it. If you don’t have picture editing software, Pixlr will do just fine for this job.

Now click “Save Settings” and you’re done! You may also have to authorize the app and grant it permissions to make the changes.

The tab I created is Wired For PR: Ministry Services. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’ll get you by until you find something better!

If you have some ideas on how to improve on this or if you know of a different workaround, please let me know in the comments.