Knowing how long you spend on each job is critical for an indexer (or at least any indexer who hopes one day to raise their prices). The indexing programs will record how much time you spend actually working with a particular file but other time spent on the index can be just as important. Continue reading “Time tracking with Grindstone”
A great, free utility which I came across recently is DropBox.com. It is an offsite, online, secure backup and synchronization facility, but that makes it sound far too complicated. In fact it is a folder on your desktop which you can access from anywhere and from any machine. Continue reading “DropBox”
Another free utility, which I now use all the time, is Google Calendar. There are many calendar programs around, but this one is well designed, easy to use and has great calendar sharing facilities. Continue reading “Google Calendar”
Not unreasonably, if you have a web-site you will want to include your email address so that potential clients can contact you. Unfortunately, if you have your email address in plain view on a webpage without encrypting it in any way then it is inevitable that you will get a huge amount of spam to that address.
There are several ways to address this problem. Continue reading “Including email addresses on Web pages”
Printing two-page spread
Occasionally clients send PDF proofs in which the pages are in double-page spreads, with two A4 pages on each PDF page. Printing them with only an A4 printer can be a problem. If it were only one or two pages, then we can simply use the zoom Continue reading “Printing A3 PDFs”
Why would you want a domain?
Many indexers will think that if they don’t have a website, then they don’t need a domain but actually having a domain has serious advantages for client communications. Continue reading “Set up your own Domain”
There is only one thing more annoying than deleting a file accidentally, and that is overwriting it – for example, accidentally deleting the content and then saving. At least, with deleting, the Recycle Bin saves us sometimes.
Well, with windows Vista there are copies of every file saved every time you boot the machine, so at least you can go back to yesterday’s file and probably a few days before that.
This “shadowing”, as it is called, is turned on by default in all versions of Vista Continue reading “Recovering old versions of files”