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  • Blog Post: Adobe Premiere Elements 14 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    You're ready to tell your organization's story in video, but which software is best for you to put it all together? Do you need the simplicity of Premiere Elements or the full range of features in Premiere Pro? What's in Common Both Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro CC allow you to...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

    Trying to decide if you need the streamlined simplicity of Photoshop Elements or the comprehensive collection of Photoshop CC? This guide can help you decide, What's in Common Both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC allow you to manipulate photos in all the basic ways. Manipulate color...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Premiere Elements 13 vs. Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Some of the most captivating imagery produced by nonprofits in recent years hasn't been photos — it's been viral videos. Nonprofits like yours are getting savvier with social media and video, and you don't need celebrities or high-definition video. All you need is a great story and...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 vs. Adobe Photoshop CC

    The right image can make all the difference when you're telling your story. When it comes to bringing your subjects to life, Adobe has all the tools to help you. But do you need Adobe Photoshop Elements, with just Photoshop's most useful tools, or Adobe Photoshop CC, the robust image editor...
  • Blog Post: Design, Create, and Inspire with Adobe Creative Cloud

    TechSoup is proud to announce the newest product in the Adobe donation program: Creative Cloud . Creative Cloud is the evolution of Creative Suite: a suite of design applications for creating graphics, video, audio, and interactive content for print, the web, and mobile devices. You can use Creative...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 5

    Ready to wrap this up? Great! The only thing left to do to complete our poster is to add the nonprofit organization's logo. This logo file was available in part 1 , but for the sake of convenience, you can download it here , too. Place the Logo Let's add the logo! Click File >...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 4

    Welcome back! So far we've cleaned up the image and added our header text . Now, we'll add the body text and the white box behind it. But first, let's talk about layers. A Quick Note About Layers Each element in your Photoshop file is on its own layer. Adobe describes layers like this...
  • Blog Post: Intro to Adobe Photoshop for Nonprofits: Part 3

    Final product (click for larger version) Let's dive right in. You've no doubt picked up everything you needed in Part 1 and cleaned the image in Part 2 . (If you haven't, go ahead. We'll wait.) We now move on to adding the header. Add Guides Before we add text to the image...
  • Blog Post: Online Donations and Your Nonprofit

    Update (12/09): Google has extended donated checkout services through 2010. Check out our followup post for more information. There are many more resources and ideas in the forum discussion . Last week, we published Getting the Best Prices for Processing Credit Cards as a companion piece to A Few Good...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Show Your Impact Story Contest: Submit Your Microsoft Success Stories Today!

    Some of you may be familiar with the ongoing Adobe-TechSoup Show Your Impact Contest from this year and the last. You may have submitted your entries and you may have even been one of the winners. Well, now is your chance to tell us how Microsoft donations have helped your nonprofit or public library...
  • Blog Post: Are You a Mac and Do You Love a Bargain?

    If so, check out the Adobe Special Donation Program . Thanks to Adobe, we've been able to lower the admin fees by approximately 50 percent on the following products: CS Design Premium 3.3 Mac (Retail value $1799): Admin fee was $136, now $69 CS Design Standard 3.3 Mac (Retail value $1199): Admin fee...
  • Blog Post: Free Disaster Planning Webinar: What Organizations Need to Know to Protect Their Tech

    Does your organization have a plan to keep your technology, data, and assets protected in the event of an emergency or disaster? What if it's not an actual disaster like a hurricane or flood, but a staff member simply loses or breaks a laptop carrying essential supporter data? How much time or money...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global: Teaching CSOs About the Cloud

    This is the first of a three part series about cloud computing as it relates to civil society organisations (CSOs) by Keisha Taylor the communications manager at GuideStar International, part of TechSoup Global's network of partners. This was first posted on the GuideStar International blog Civil society...
  • Blog Post: Voices from the Community: Accessibility

    Voices from the Community is an ongoing series of blog posts culling popular topics of interest from the TechSoup Community Forums and other online community channels. Opening Hearts and Minds As our community discusses the topic of building a culture of accessibility, an important distinction...
  • Blog Post: Speedy Alphabetizing, Faster Linux, Vampire Devices, and Migrating Your Email

    Looking to alphabetize a list quickly? Move email from Outlook to Gmail? One of my favorite blogs, Lifehacker , offers daily tips for running your office, using computer equipment, and more. Here are some posts from the last couple of weeks that I thought would be especially helpful for nonprofits: Alphabetize...
  • Blog Post: Show Your Impact First Place Winner: Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

    Last month, TechSoup and Adobe announced the winners of the first-ever Show Your Impact design contest. I posted about it when the results were in, but since then also wanted to give some snaps to each of the winners since they did a fantastic job using their TechSoup-donated Adobe software to create...
  • Blog Post: APIs for Nonprofits 101: How to Share Data Between Systems

    Your nonprofit is getting ready to lead an important advocacy campaign: a key bill central to your mission has just been introduced in the state legislature, but the process of getting it passed is fraught with uncertainty. You need to encourage your constituents to talk to their state representatives...
  • Blog Post: Telosa Exceed! Basic 3.0 Discount Today and Tomorrow Only

    There's just about no job I covet less than that of the fine folks (and super-important ones) who manage and organize donors for nonprofits. It's the kind of job that requires excellent personal skills, big-picture communications to win those donors over, and extreme attention to details. It's tough...
  • Blog Post: Attract Funding in 2014 with ClickTime's Web Timesheet Solution

    The nonprofit sector in the United States is booming. Having grown 25% over the past decade , the sector features 1.6 million nonprofits in operation today, and continues to develop. With that growth comes competition for funds and projects: as a public benefit corporation in the current economy,...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording: Introduction to GIS and ESRI ArcView

    Charles Convis of ESRI and Steve Spiker of the Urban Strategies Council talked to us yesterday in our latest installment of our TechSoup Talks! webinars. They did a great job explaining the uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for social benefit organizations and demonstrating some of the features...
  • Blog Post: Beware of Creative Directors

    Here at TechSoup, we want to help you tell your organization's story in a creative, compelling way. Product donations like Microsoft Expression Design (new to TechSoup), Adobe Creative Suite , and Flickr help your organization find creative, compelling ways to broadcast your message. But can artistic...
  • Blog Post: Equip Your Financial Training Program with Quicken Donations, Now Available in Bulk

    If your organization offers financial literacy training or small business development programs, TechSoup Stock may be able to provide bulk quantities of donated Quicken products to help. To see if your organization qualifies for this discounted offering, visit TechSoup's Intuit Financial Literacy Training...
  • Blog Post: 60 Microsoft Word Tips

    A posting on the Information Systems Forum listserve alerted me to TechRepublic's list of 60 Indispensable Microsoft Word tips . Some are basic, like Undo (I hope everyone already knows that one). But many were new to me, like how to select multiple, noncontiguous words, clear the contents of a table...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing Servers in a Small Office: Steve Longenecker's View

    This post is by Steve Longenecker, who is a principal infrastructure consultant at Community IT Innovators in Washington, DC. Community IT Innovators, or CITI is an employee-owned, triple bottom-line company that provides computer tech support to nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. They're...
  • Blog Post: Free TechSoup Talks Event Registration Webinar Today!

    Later today, TechSoup will be hosting a free TechSoup Talks! webinar with one of our donor partners, Acteva , to discuss the features and answer questions about their event-registration, ticketing, and management tool. Here are more details: Acteva: Event Registration Made Easy 11 am Pacific today! Are...