Other Odds & Ends

These are some cool web-based tools I use in my workflow.


What a find. Formally called a "DAM", digital asset management tool, for a smaller company, independent designer or small design studio/agency, this is a superb product. I searched high and low and tested scores of similar products ... all which ended in disappointment in one form or another. This application isn't as flashy as the others, but neither is the price. Way under 100 clams a month, where others can run into the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, as a one-time purchase.

I can upload numerous file formats, including JPG, TIFF, PDF, EPS, DOC, ZIP and many more.

It is easy to share a file by email or provide a link to a file (without requiring a password).

The developer is planning a major upgrade in the next few months (by the end of 2016) ... I can't wait.

Email on Acid.

The boss just about had a fit when I submitted a bill for this tool, but in these days of email marketing, it is essential to test an email before sending. The service will render your email design and coding in every possible browser and reader. Particularly with email unfriendly products such as Outlook, one can see what won't work and needs rework before sending out a message which ends up being garbled on the receiving end.


Want to create a web-based form without knowing a line of code/ There are many choices, but I found Formstack to be the best. You can provide a web link or host the code on your own web page.


I've tried many database applications, but this one is simply superior to the others. $19 a month, per user, is chump change for this product.

GroupMail with Group Metrics.

Here's the problem. Services like Constant Contact, MailChimp and Campaign Monitor are great for many businesses, large and small, and consumers or consumer groups.

But we found that no matter how we white listed Constant Contact, for example, that are messages were marked as spam by our own mail server. Bigger companies send mail using software from their own server. My solution was to use a desktop application called GroupMail, send the messages through SMTP2GO, and review the results with Group Metrics for $25 a month.

The Group Metrics reports are actually far better than Constant Contact's. So I found a combination of big-time solutions, for pennies.

I actually have all my emails coded by a company called Htmlchop which saves a great deal of time and money, and the emails come through with flying colors.