Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Free Accounting Software for Freelancers

As a freelance artist, I don't need a full blown, expensive accounting software program. For years, I have use Express Accounts for free. As long as I certified that I was using it for a business with fewer than 5 employees I could use it for free. Well, today I opened it and tried to post income received and got a pop-up telling me I had to purchase the full blown version for $99 with no way around it.

I was upset, to say the least. Thus began my hunt for a new accounting program that I could use. The one I decided to go with is Manager. It's totally free, has great customization and lets me record income and expenses, accounts, etc. and generate an income statement for tax purposes. It's exactly what I needed. It may suit your needs, too. You can download it here.

http://www.manager.io/desktop/download

Needless to say, I uninstalled Express Accounts after printing out an income statement and transferring the transaction information to my new Manager program. Freelancers have to cut costs wherever we can and Manager let's me do just that. Thank you Manager developers.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Announcing Colorings Collection Store for Adults Who Love to Color

Who doesn't love to color? It's not just for kids anymore. Coloring is a great way to relax and unwind. I have become quite obsessed with making designs to color so I have opened a new store to share my designs. I add each new design to my store and make it available on shirts, greeting cards, and totes. Each time I have 24 new designs I will compile them into a new coloring book.

Scroll down and look on the right to see my latest designs or click on this LINK to go there now. Happy coloring everyone!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Truth of Turning Off Pen Pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note

When I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 tablet I actually thought I was getting the note version with pen pressure. Apparently, I clicked on the wrong button at some point in the purchasing procedure. Well, I kept the tab and downloaded several drawing apps from the Google Play Store. I really enjoyed them but still had that craving for pen pressure sensitivity. Biting the bullet, I ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2.

Now, I could have sold the tab but I decided to keep it for watching Netflix, web surfing, checking e-mail and use the note strictly for doing digital drawings and paintings. The note is awesome for use with apps such as Artrage, Sketchbook Pro, Scribmaster, etc.

When I started using vector programs on it to do coloring book pages, I found that I needed a way to turn off the pen pressure sensitivity in order to get uniform lines. Why don't I just use the Galaxy Tab for that, you may ask. The answer is, the tab uses a conventional stylus and it is nearly impossible to start and stop a line in the exact spot you want it to. I haven't completely solved this problem of getting the S pen to produce uniform lines but I seem to get the best results when using the Scribmaster app. If any of you have found a good way to deal with this problem, please post a comment. Here are links to the articles I found most useful in my quest to find the truth of turning off pen pressure on Samsung Galaxy Note.

Android Central Forums
Phandroid 
WonderHowTo

Some of their suggestions were beyond my bravery factor. Implement them at your own risk and let me know about your results.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Adult Coloring Book

Just finished approving the proof for my second adult coloring book. Here's a sneak peek at the cover for Fashion and Food, Relax in the Shade Adult Coloring Books, Vol. 2. Of course, I will post a link to it when it is available on Amazon. Update: It's out! Click on the link on the left sidebar to get your copy today. Let the coloring begin!