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I Never Knew I Could Do These Awesome Tricks With Google+ Photos Until I Read This

I Never Knew I Could Do These Awesome Tricks With Google+ Photos Until I Read This

Google+ brings many ingenious and useful features to social media, many of which include revolutionary ways to post, search and share your photos. From automatic photo backups to custom privacy settings, Google+ lets users truly take control of their social media account. If that’s not enough for you, Google+ is also one of the only sites where you can use an animated profile picture. A fun and addicting approach to social media, Google+ is billed as the new home for your photos. Even if Google+ isn’t your default social media account, these incredible Google+ photo tricks might just convert you.

1. Custom Privacy

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      One unique feature of Google+ is that every post, including your photos, can be tailored to a specific audience. Simply type one or two names in the “To:” field to share a post privately. To share a photo with a group, enter the name of a circle in the “To:” field, or to share a photo publicly, enter “Public” in the same field.

      2. Adjust

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        The most basic feature of the Google+ photo editor offers a simple way to adjust exposure, saturation, contrast and tint. To make editing even easier, Google+ includes pre-programmed settings with live previews.

        3. Filters

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          Another striking tool Google+ offers within it’s photo editor may seem run of the mill, but Google’s implementation makes it truly extraordinary. Each filter gives users in depth control over each area of the filter. Particularly in regards to Tilt-shift and Center Focus, this control results in a much more professional looking photo than other editing services.

          4. Auto Enhance

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              If adjusting your photos manually isn’t your style, Google+ integrates a built in auto enhance tool as well. To access the editor, select the left hand pulldown menus, then click “Settings”. About midway down the page are settings under “Auto Enhance”. Toggling these settings controls the auto editor for your Google+ photos. 

              5. Selective Adjust

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                Another expert photo editing tool lets users make an adjustment to just one area of a photo. Users can toggle between shifting contrast, saturation and brightness. This is another tool that gives Google+ photo users an edge over other editing programs.

                6. Share Photos With Friends Elsewhere

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                    Another impressive feature of Google+ is the ability to share posts with friends who aren’t on Google+. Simply enter your friends email address in the “To:” field to share with friends and family who aren’t on Google+.

                    7. Animated Profile Picture

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                      Google+ also supports animated gifs as a file type for profile pictures. This is another way you can spice up your profile. To add an animated gif as your profile picture, simply click the camera over your profile picture, then upload a gif in place of a photo.

                      8. Auto Awesome

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                          Auto Awesome is another way Google+ brings users sincerely unique features. If you have Auto Awesome turned on, Google+ will automatically create original slideshows, stories and videos using your photos. You can turn Auto Awesome on by clicking the top left hand menu, then selecting “Settings”.

                          9. Photo Backup On IOS and Android

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                            An incredibly useful Google+ feature is the automatic backup on Google+ mobile apps for iOS and Android. Turning this feature on creates a backup copy of all your device’s photos in Googledrive, without sharing them to Google+. Everyone with a Google account Is allocated 15GB free storage on Googledrive, so there’s no need to sign up if you’d like to use this feature. Simply turn on the “Auto Backup” feature under “Settings”.

                            10. Search Photos By Type

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                              Finally, Google+ includes an easy way to automatically filter your photo searches. To search for photos, click the “Photos” tab in the left hand drop down menu. In the search bar, type “HDR” to search only for high quality photos. If you’re looking for animated photos, search “motion”, for slideshows, search “mix”.

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                              Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                              1. Zoho Notebook
                                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                              2. Evernote
                                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                              3. Net Notes
                                If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                              4. i-Lighter
                                You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                              5. Clipmarks
                                For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                              6. UberNote
                                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                              7. iLeonardo
                                iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                              8. Zotero
                                Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                              I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                              In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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