VistaSwitcher, a Graphical Program Switcher

Hey Everyone, this is Will from and today I am going to give you a look at a replacement for the default windows alt-tab. Now, usually when you alt-tab you’ll end up with something similar to this. If you are not ending up with this then you end up with, um, I think its Cascade? I could be wrong. I forget what it’s called, but it’s where all the windows go to the side and you can rotate through when you have a lot of windows.

Some people like this, some people don’t and that’s really a personal decision, but if we go over to VistaSwitcher, and you download it and you’re going to want to make sure that you get the right one. So, in my case that is the 64-BIT version.

So, if we go here, and we find the download link, and there’s the 64-BIT edition. I haven’t got alt and backtick to work, unless I’m hitting the wrong button. Either that or I just haven’t had enough open. But alt-tab will switch just between all windows just like anything else we’ve done. So let’s take VistaSwitcher for a spin. Replace my alt-tab and now we have VistaSwitcher.

It’s going to show you each individual window by itself over your desktop so it is easier to see what it is and let’s see if we can fire up more instances here. [taps keyboard] Yeah, here we go. The alt and backtick; you get on one of these and yu start clicking and you can also hit alt-tab, hold down control, and you click multiple windows and they will all pop up for you.

Let’s minimize everything we have over here. Go to alt-tab, which of course comes up on the wrong side of the screen. Let’s do it this way. Alt-tab, control, click, click, click and open all of those windows.

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How To Open a File With the Program You Want

Hey everyone, this is Will from and I’m going to come to you today with a quick video on a topic that seems simple, but that a lot of people seem to either forget about or don’t realize. When you go and you install a new media player, let’s say, Media Player Classic, W Media Player, Winamp, anything like that, and so, you get to your computer and you’re clicking on it and your video files. So, let’s go to our … in this case, I’ll go to my beyourownIT files, click on my video files, and double click here on the .mp4. It opens up window media player. This is not what I wanted! We installed this brand new software, and usually softwares will have a “Do you want to associate all of your video files with this program?” Well, maybe you don’t, maybe you only want to associate a certain type of file. Maybe there’s certain type of file that’s giving you issues and you want to make sure that it’s in a different player.

In this case, I’ll try to find one here that’s a little more… there we go, I’ll have a little more icon space. You see here it’s got the little media player icon on the side. If you go to open with – and sometimes in XP you actually had to hold shift and right click and you’d get open with – and it lists all of the video players you have installed. If you want to choose the default program you click here and you bring up this little menu, and you can choose which one to use.

Now, if this isn’t selected, you’ll choose it once, and that will be it. If you click on this, it will make all of that file type always open in that player. If your program isn’t here, you click browse and you go find the program itself. Like if this was … in this case I’ll have to go to x86, MPC Home Cinema, there’s Media Player Classic and watch out for this as well. If we go to open with… and let’s say we open Quicktime.

Quicktime is actually going to say these are file types that Quicktime can play, would you like me to re-associate everything. It’s basically asking if you want to transfer your entire viewing experience over to Quicktime. For me this is no, I never want to use Quicktime for anything, so I hit no. Then Quicktime will do as it’s told but this is how you change your default viewing program.

Same thing works with pretty much any file type. Your music listening programs, what you want to open your word files in. As long as they’re not specific file types to programs, as long as they’re more an open standard, you can use other programs to open those and work with those, and that right there is how you make those changes permanent.

So, this has been Will from beyourownIT and if you have any other videos you’d like me to make or have any questions you’d like to ask feel free to shoot them here, but it’d be better if you shot them over at the forums. Go to and click on the forum link, register, and then you can ask questions, post problems that you’re having, help other people with problems they’re posting, or if you want me to make any videos for you post that there.

Like I’ve said before 90% of the effort in making these videos is probably thinking of what videos to make so if there’s something you really want to see or you really want to know tell me and I’ll most likely make it, because it’s a lot easier than trying to think up new ways for myself.

How I Keep Up With Current Tech

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How I Keep Up With Current Tech

Hey everyone, this is Will from, coming to you with today’s free video. And today’s video is a question. And the question is, how do you keep up with today’s technology? When you are either looking to get into PC repair or any other of the tech fields, really, any tech fields at all, you really need to keep up on what is current in technology. And the reason why we’re going over this today is because I was reminded of a hole in my own philosophy as far as what I’ve been keeping up with, because I’m starting to have people ask me significant questions about iPhones and Blackberries and, me personally, I don’t own a smart phone.

I probably will within the year, here, just because I’m still on a contract from before. And, at the time, I didn’t think I needed one. But not having one really puts me at a disadvantage when I’m trying to help these people with their problems.

So, what can you do about trying to reduce disadvantages that you may have? One of them is going to be browsing tech websites, and what I actually have here at work, on my other machine is, I have a batch file that I wrote that actually opens up all of the websites that I like to read.

And as a daily, you could almost say a daily ritual, or a daily performance, right before I get into doing all of my support work, I load up all these websites, and I read them. And I read the current articles, and you know, you learn about what’s coming out, what’s beating what, what’s the new, you know, what’s the new hotness in VC technology.

Anyhow, I’m just going to go through a couple of the ones that I read, and you’re more than welcome to read other ones and there’s a bunch of other ones. There’s some that I would, probably should read, that I just don’t have time for.

Anyhow, first is going to be And AnandTech’s been pretty reliable through the years, and this is their new outline, which they changed it about six months back or so.

And they have their top three stories across the top, you know, they’re talking about a case, they’re talking about a new netbook, and a new ethernet controller, took what, a 10 gig ethernet, so 10 gigabit instead of one gigabit. And why you would want, you know, just going down, you know, more and more. They’re talking about the Boxy Fox, the new solid state drives from Kingston, new micro [indecipherable 02:44] reader, you know, just laptops, and reviews, all sorts of little things.

After that, we have Tom’s Both AnandTech and Tom’s have been around forever, if you actually go back in their article database, you go all the way to the back, you end up with, like, 486 reviews from the early ’90s, so yeah, they’ve been around.

A little more ads on this page. There’s also a little more here that’s not really news, sometimes it’s not only tech news, but there’s usually some good articles on here, like this memory upgrade, time to add more ram article was actually very interesting. The sub $40 cooler market is huge with, you know, people who are just looking to get their first CPU coolers. I mean, that was interesting. And you know, there’s just a bunch, they always have, like the best gaming CPUs for the money, you know, just stuff like that.

Ars Technica. If I could spell. Again, another news site. Not even strictly a tech website, some of them are talking about video games and they’re talking about the Pirate Bay admins, science stuff, but you know, there’s a lot of stuff in here that can be very interesting as far as learning about things you aren’t using, or learning about other things in the market.

I also look at bit-tech. That’s a British website and they have a lot more, like, custom built cases, some game reviews, motherboard reviews, gaming keyboards. You know, so a lot of good stuff on there, a lot of good technical data on here.

And if you’re really into hardware, you go over to, and they actually almost have, like, it’s almost completely hardware, not, oh, it wasn’t hothardware. It was, but this is another site, and you see, very similar to the other ones. All right, now I remember. Sorry about that.

It was techPowerUp. And techPowerUp is almost completely based on hardware, so you end up with processor slides, new video cards, new motherboards, new hard drives, you know, everything just, reviews on everything.

These are the main websites that I frequent awesome, sorry, frequent often. And there are some others, I mean, I used to frequent slashdot a lot, I used to, you know, there’s just other, you know, I had some forums that I checked on, Overclockers Club, some other ones. But these are some of the top websites that will really inform you as to what’s coming out and what you could be using.

There’s also ones that are specific to individual units or types of hardware. Like I said, the forums I used to be part of the N10 forums and I owned an Asus N10J.

I also used to check, like, Silent PC. Silent PC Review. There we go. Silent PC and they have, most of their reviews are dedicated to very quiet or passive cooling, and that is designed to, you know, help you build the most quiet PC possible.

So, do a little bit of looking, and you can really find some things that will help enrich your knowledge of what you’re going to be using, or what you should be using, or what’s better. So, and you can really build a knowledge base for yourself on these things.

I’m Will, for beyourownit. If you have any videos you’d like me to make, if you have any questions, stop by our forums at You click the little forum button, if you don’t see it. There, you can ask for videos, ask questions, help other people with questions. You can also stop by our store at, and you can take a look at our full line of PC repair training videos.

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Other Ways to Instant Message

Hi, everyone. This is Will from and I’m coming to you with today’s video. And, it’s going to be on instant messaging alternatives. On instant messages are blocked by, let’s say if you’re on a network at school, sometimes at work, you know, sometimes you shouldn’t be looking at them at work, but people do anyway. Just like people shouldn’t be on Facebook at work but they are anyway.

So what are your options? What can you use aside from the standard instant messenger, you know, you’re MSN, your AIM? You’re first option is going to be things like Pigeon, which is universal check clients. I wish I had some pictures about it. That’s what it looks like right there. Just a very standard IM, let’s you use all of these networks. AIM, ICQ, GoogleTalk, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo, Bonjour, Gattu Gattu, IRC, Groupwise, Messenger, and on and on and on.

You know, so it will let you put them all into one program which keeps you from having like four or five messaging programs open.

The next one that I’m aware of and the one I use is called Digsby. And, Digsby will allow you to hook up to like FaceBook networks, MySpace, the whole nine yards. The only thing to be careful about with Digsby is they usually try to give you software that kind of comes clicked by default. So, make sure that you unclick anything that you don’t want.

And, also, a thing that lets them use free CPU cycles. If you’re not using your computer, they’ll do some computation stuff kind of like a folding at home. But, if you don’t know about it and you don’t know what it does, turn it off because it will just upset you in the end when you figure out what it’s doing. But, if you do know what it is, then it can be helpful if you want to help them out.

The other option is called Meebo. And, I apologize because this is going to be an extremely edited part of this post just because there’s a lot of personal information because I’m using my account. You sign onto Meebo and you end up with this large desktop in here and a list of the accounts that you’ve hooked up into it. And, they’re over here on the left side and you just add and add, and you can click send, add more accounts, and you can also pop these windows out and move them around. Double click on there.

It’s a web based instant messenger. So, if you need to use an instant messenger and, let’s say, all the other ones are blocked, Meebo uses your standard Port 80s. So, the only way to really block it from a network standpoint is to block Internet traffic. I mean, they can block it on a domain level and block it’s domain, but if your network is having issues with certain ports or certain ports have been blocked, that instant messenger does not use those ports and will get around most of them.

So, this has been Will for Be Your Own IT. That was a quick video on a couple of alternative instant messengers. And, if you have any other questions or you want me to make a specific video, you can put them right here on YouTube or you can stop by and register on our forms. You can post questions, you can post problems. Our community will try to help you and, in turn, you can try to help our community because we have questions posted on there, as well.

You can also stop by our store at beyourownit/store and you can look at our full line of PC repair training videos and our tool kits.

So, I’ll see you later and have a great day.

Keep your Backups Current with Synctoy

Keep your Backups Current with Synctoy

Hey everyone, this is Will from coming to you with today’s free video. And I’m going to talk about a piece of software called SyncToy. It’s actually a Microsoft product and it’s free. And it used to be for making sure like pictures between cameras or between flash drives were synced up. And they expanded its capability a little bit and released it for free. You can search for it on Microsoft’s download center or through Google and download the correct version for your operating system. After it’s been downloaded and installed, you go to run it. And there’s SyncToy. Now, essentially what this is functionality-wise is a much better presentation of DirSync Pro. Oh, sorry about that. It’s a much better presentation of DirSync Pro which I have a video of also. Anyhow, what this is for is synchronizing files from one folder to another. And you can either synchronize them which means that changes on one side will be mirrored on the other. You can echo them which means changes from this side will go to that side, and you can contribute and I’ll explain this in a little bit.

Anyhow, what I’m going to start with is I’m actually going to go into here and pick my “Favorites” folder. And for those of you who haven’t done this before, your “Favorites” folder are where all of your bookmarks stay. So, if you have a backup that you want to keep these things that are important to you your favorites are going to be one of the folders you want to keep.

And then I’m going to navigate to my flash drive to make a new folder called “Favorites.” And select that. This is now going to be a pair. And like I said before synchronize. Synchronize means that changes on one side are changes on the other side. So, if you delete something on one side, it will delete it from the other side. If you add something on one side, it will add it to the other side.

This keeps the two folders current, I guess you could say, with the newest changes that you’ve made. Echo means new and updated files from this side are copied to the left side. Renames and deletes on this side are renamed and deleted over here. So, it’s basically whatever changes you make on this main system will be made over here on this other system or this other folder. Let’s say you removed bookmarks from over here, synchronize would keep them the same on both sides. This would make this copy the exact same thing as what you’re currently working with.

And there is contribute which new files are copied from this side to this side, but renames over here are repeated over here but there’s no deletions. So again, what contribute does is it keeps all the files you’ve ever had and it just keeps growing them. So, now that we’ve made this. We’ll call it my “Favorites backup.”

There are a couple of options. Remember the asterisk means everything. It’s a wild card. So, they’re saying that you want to include everything. You can also exclude read-only, exclude hidden, exclude system files. You can also exclude certain files by name or if you put an asterisk over here, it would exclude everything.

These are just some options. This right here, “Save over written files in recycle bin” means that if you have a synchronize where you’re copying from this side to this side and you overwrite something, it gets deleted to the recycle bin so you can get it back. Anyhow those are the options.

There’s a list here for all folder pairs or just the individual pair. You can preview it, which it will show everything that is going to happen. It’s going to create these folders on the flash drive and it’s going to move these folders there. So, if we hit run, it’s going through, going through, saying it’s creating this many folders, creating this many files, what failed, what worked. And now that it’s done, if we go over to our flash drive to the “Favorites folder,” there is all of our favorites.

This would be something that some people would say, “Oh, you could just use Windows Backup utility that it already has.” Well, Windows Backup utility is more of a schedule based animal and you can make it do individuals but it’s kind of a little harder to set up. Basically, what you would do with this is you set up all these folders that you want to back up. And when you want to do a backup you hook up your external drive or your flash drive and you sync it.

This also has a couple of different options than the Windows Backup because Windows’ backup doesn’t let you synchronize and do all those sorts of things. And what else this would be good for is if you’re in a dual boot or multi-boot environment and you have files on neutral file systems where you want to synchronize your documents between the two of them. You’d basically run this whenever you wanted to.

So, let’s create a new a folder pair and let’s call it, we’re going to make this one be “My Music.” And we’ll go over to here. Once again, we’ll say, “Music.” Except in this case, it’s going to be an echo.

All right, whatever. I don’t have any music and the important thing is to remember… Let’s delete that.

The important thing to remember about that is if you’re backing up preview music which the music that the computer comes with. I got pull all the songs which is what I was trying to do. They’re stored in the “All Users” public folder, they’re not stored in your personal folder even though if you go look at your personal folder, it shows them as there. Not where they are!

Where they actually are: UsersPublicPublic MusicSample Music. So, that’s probably bringing up the other point with this is, if you’re going to be synchronizing something make sure that you know what you’re synchronizing and if you’re going to be backing things up make sure you’re pointing them at the right place to back them up. But, this is Microsoft’s SyncToy and for those of you looking to backup your folders with a little bit more control than the standard Microsoft utility in Windows 7, this probably should work great for you. So give it a spin. I’m Will from Be Your Own IT. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me here on YouTube. Either that, or come to our website and register at There you can request help, you can submit new video ideas, and you can help other people with their problems – computer based problems as well. You can also stop by our store, and there you can check out PC repair training videos and our toolkits. So, I’ll see you later. You have a good day.

How to Setup Windows Live Mail in Windows 7

Hey everyone, this is Will from, and today I’m going to show you how to load Windows Live Mail on your computer. Now, I’m not a big fan of Windows Live Mail, just like I’m not a big fan of Outlook either. There were a lot of problems with client-based email, but for some people who just are dying to have their Outlook or their Windows Mail back… Outlook will no longer work in Windows 7. I don’t think it even works in Vista. It won’t work in seven though, for sure. So what you’re going to need to do is, if you’re using Vista, Windows Mail are already being included, but if you’re using Windows 7, you need to go get it. So it’s going to be Windows Live Essentials. You’re going to go here, and you’re going to click download now. That should pop up the download box. It’ll download this little installer.

Once you tell it that it can go, it’ll run its little setup. Now, what it’s going to do is it’s actually going ask, do want to install all of it, or do you want to choose programs? In the interest of time, I’m going to choose my programs, and all I want is mail. It’ll go through and do its install process, which I’m going to pause for the interest of time for the video. All right, well, that finally finished.

Anyhow, now that it’s been installed, we can click on it and run it. You’re greeted with a nice empty Windows Live Mail screen. Now, if you already have a Windows Live or Hotmail account, you can use that. But in the case you have to start up a new one, let’s go do that., and we’ll sign up for a new one. Go… will55 is not available. We’ll try demonstration55. That is available.

He’s not a real person, so it really doesn’t matter. Address, area code. I should probably pick one that’s somewhat relevant. Let’s see, form. Just accept this. One second. And after it creates it — sorry it took that long. OK, welcome to your new inbox. What we’re going to do now is go here to Windows Live Mail. We want to go to accounts and add an email account. Add your password.

If you have a specific account, or a specific server you want to use, you can manually configure those. It says there are many other accounts that will work with this. Gmail will work. Yahoo supposedly will work. I don’t know if Yahoo will work without Yahoo’s paid service, because they have a Yahoo Plus that you need to pay for.

Anyhow, yes, I want to sign in with it. It’ll sign you in. This account was added. It’s going to synchronize my thing here. It’s updating the calendar, checking the email. It should pull down that one email that I had over here. It’s basically a desktop application interface for this. Now, it does store email on both the server and on your computer. So if you go through your application properties folder, you can still find the email in here that you would normally if you had Outlook, or if you had Live Mail from before.

As you can see there, there’s the email. And I’ll go new mail, and send it. That’s rather annoying. We have our… looking for the old send and reply. Now it’s in receive.

And there it is. It will also show up up here. That is how you install… add and install new account to Windows Live Mail. I believe this also had a way, or at least it used to have a way, to import messages. I guess not.

Anyhow, I’ve been Will for Be Your Own IT. If you have any other questions, or another video you want me to make, go ahead and either send them here to me on YouTube, or join our forums at Or you can also stop by our store for our PC repair training videos, and our tool kits, at Thanks. Have a great day.

How to Setup a New Gmail Account

Hey everyone this is Will from Be Your Own and today I going to come to you with our free video. And it seems something relatively simple, but it’s how to set up a new Gmail account. So first we’re going go to And there is going to be other videos using this, which is why we’re setting this up right now so, we’re going to be creating an account and hopefully that doesn’t need to be in anything. Check that, and it is indeed available. We’ll choose our password, and it likes my password. You know, choosing letters and numbers and making it not a dictionary word, will get you that, and it just makes it hard to guess.

Now, here’s actually something which we should stop for a second and look at. These security questions a lot of the time they’re pretty awful. Because a lot of the time they’re asking things that can be found on the Internet itself. If you’re actually looking for a question like this, you need to make sure it’s a question that is not available as a statistic. Like no names of parents, no names of teachers, no phone number, no vehicles that sort of thing. Writing your own questions is usually pretty good. Name your best friend from childhood, very good and that’s probably the only one here that’s actually halfway decent. So we’re going go with that.

And recovery email, you’re going to have to do one of these. I think that’s one we set up before. And actually let’s go with that and you’re going have to type in the Captcha here. Actually let’s go with, I’ll just do a demonstration 55. That’s easy to remember. Hm. Do a demonstration 555, how’s that? Accepted, and create the account. And let’s, we’ll chew on it for a minute. And it’ll redirect us to our new Gmail account.

This is how you set up a Gmail account. I’m Will from Be Your Own Come stop by our forms at There you’ll be able to ask questions, submit ideas for videos, talk to other forum members and you’ll also be able to just get an idea of other services we offer. Or you can stop by our store at, and you can take a look at our computer repair videos and our tool kits. Hope you have a great day.

See you on the forums.

Replace the Standard Windows Taskbar with Rocketdock

Hey everyone this is Will from and from what I have been hearing and a couple of the emails I’ve gotten a lot of you out there really are not the biggest fans of the Window seven task bar. Now there’s a lot of ways to configure it and make it more to your liking but what if there were a better option or I should say another option. Enter Rocketdock. And Rocketdock is basically the dock from Mac OSX in a nice alpha-blended launcher style guy here. And you know you can have your standard shortcuts but you can also drag whichever ones you want up and place it on Rocketdock also. Some of them don’t look so great just because they are not, like you can really tell when they are not a high resolution icon like the Opera one is a high resolution icon. Windirstat not so much. But there is a lot of settings for Rocketdock. I mean, you can change the monitor it’s on, you can actually put it on both of you monitors. You can’t see my other monitor but it is halfway on that one as well. You can put it on the left, the right, the bottom. And you can unlock your task bar and slide it, you used to be able to slide it down.

Autohide the task bar, there is a way to get rid of it. But anyhow, with Rocketdock there is all of your control panel icons, your my pictures. So, yeah, feel free to put like as much stuff up basically up in there as you want. I mean it can get a little crowded but you know, just fill up your normally used programs and there it is. I mean there is all of your, all of the things you are going to use.

So if you don’t like this, alright the best I’ve found for hiding the other dock it to tell it to use small icons, set it to auto hide. I suppose you could put it on the right too, if you wanted. If you have multiple monitors that wouldn’t work. If you put it on the bottom though, and you let it hide, it will stay down there even when, you go over it as you go down through Rocketdock. But as long as you don’t take your mouse down too far through the screen it won’t pop up, but I am sure there is actually a process that you could stop to keep it from loading completely.

But this has been Will from beyourownit and you have any other questions or you want a video made specifically for a problem you are having, stop by our forums, and you can submit there. If you need to know how to use our forums just search for beyourownit forum use here on YouTube and you’ll find that. I made a video on how to sign up and how to use it. You can also stop by our store and check out beyourownit PC repair training course and our tool-kits.

Thanks, and I’ll see you on the forums.

Speed up Your Windows 7 Use With These Shortcuts

Hey everyone. This is Will from and coming at you today’s free video. And today I’m going to talk to you about shortcuts in Windows. And I know a lot of people may not think too much about shortcuts. They say,” Well I got a mouse I don’t need shortcuts.” That’s all well and good but some of these shortcuts are very usable and they’re very specific to certain things. First of all, we’re going to start out with the Windows key, which is between your left control and alt, and the number keys. And what these do is swap between your active items on your taskbar.

And if you hold alt while doing Windows and that in the key, it’ll open your jump list, which up until now a lot of people probably thought that jump lists weren’t all that great because they’re hard to use. You have to right click and do that, but you can click alt, Windows, and your number, and you’ll get your drop list. That’s jump list, I’m sorry.

Windows and “T” will cycle you through things on your open menu so it would be the currently open window on your list. Windows and the home key will minimize everything except for the current window. So this is going to be Windows and the home key.

And what that’s similar to is the “windows shake” which if you grab a window and shake it, it minimizes everything except for the window you were shaking. Windows and “B” is to select the system tray. So, it does. OK. Close that. So we hit Windows and “B” and you see the system tray icon down here lit up and what that means is you can then hit enter and open it and you can get inside there.

And if your mouse stops working that could be rather useful. Windows key up and down minimizes and maximizes the window and sometimes accidentally closes it. Windows and the pause/break key opens up your system properties window. Control and escape opens your start menu, which Windows key does too.

And control, shift, and escape will open your task manager without requiring you to go through control, delete, hitting the button. So yeah, control, shift, and escape will open your task manager. There’s some other ones too. I mean, there’s shift/F10 which opens your right click menu. Alt/up is “back” in Windows Explorer, which is up one level.

A lot of people say, “I missed it,” because back is no longer up one level and people have been wondering where the up one level actually is. Well it’s alt and up is your back one level. For the most part this is about it.

If you click on an icon here and you hit F2, it’s for rename. If you hit F3 it will open up an explorer window with a search bar open. So yeah. Like I said, there’s a couple more in there. And there’s a bunch of them that are specific to each language as well.

But these are some easy keyboard shortcuts. And I’m not saying you should try and remember all of them or use all of them, but maybe you saw something that you’d like to use, or, “Hey, I could use that and it would make things a lot easier.”

Take those and run with it. And the more you use it the more you’ll… the easier it’ll be to remember and tell someone else about. So I’m Will from Be Your Own IT. Go ahead and stop by our forums, if you would like to ask me to make a specific video or ask me a question, that’s at

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Edit Your Photos with the Aviary Web Photo Editor

Hey, everyone. This is Will from, coming to you with today’s free video. We’re going to take a look at a free web-based photo editor. It’s called Aviary. Where Aviary comes to us from is… Google launched its Chrome store today, which are really only going to do you good if you have Chrome installed, which currently, I do not. But it lets you select types of things. And they’re basically links to web apps. And what this is setting up is Google’s Chrome OS, which they’re planning on using on tablets and netbooks. These are going to be basically cloud applications. Anyhow, they use a HTML5 photo editor.

There are also a couple of other ones, too. You saw there was a graphical editor, the vector editor, just many, many other things. The vector editor is going to let you do scalable designs for T-shirts and web backgrounds, getting things up color, music. So, they have a bunch of little things.

Anyhow, clicking on this would take me to an install link. But I actually want to go to the website and use the image editor. And UnzippedKitty is just a demo they put up. Oops. Let’s go back here and play it. It’s just a demo of some of the things they were doing in it. You see, they’re adding layers, moving it around. It’s a lot more full-featured than a lot of people probably give it credit for at first.

So, anyhow, let’s load it up. We’ll launch Phoenix. It’ll take a little bit as it loads. And this version of Firefox is probably not completely supporting HTML5, so I’ll probably get an error when it first loads up. But it should still work. Remember, this is not Flash. This is HTML5. So, any of your HTML5 browsers, you can go right to these things and it will work.

Let’s start from scratch. Actually, let’s load a file. I’ll take my… let’s go to the desktop and I’ll go get my picture that I use. It’s for pings. There we go. I’ll get my speed shot that I usually use. You can also upload pictures from a URL. So, if there’s a picture that you want somewhere, you can just type it in there and it should upload it to Phoenix.

And there we go. We have our flash screen that we use. You’ll see here, there’s the tools. Here’s the lasso and the angle capture. So, if I just wanted his head… you can cut that and undo that, or there’s the lasso capture, which is the mouse line. You also have smudge, dodge and burn.

You burn the hair a little bit here. We get a bigger size. Apparently those are items in front but we can burn his hair down to almost black. Your smudge tool. Now, that looks kind of ridiculous, but this isn’t Photoshop, also. So if you wanted to smudge it in just a little bit or smudge that broken part of his nose. This mouse is set way too high.

Take the sensitivity all the way down. Zoom in a bit. I don’t know where the zoom is. All right. We’ll smudge it in just a touch. You can change things up a little bit. Some photos need things like that. And keep going back. That’s as far back as we’re going. There’s also the blur tool, the sharpening tool, making shapes, making texts, gradient, normal film, dropper… pretty much, most of the tools your standard image editors are going to have.

And layers, just like in Photoshop or So, this is Phoenix. And this is their HTML5 photo editor. So, give it a try, maybe, you’ll like it. Maybe it’s something you’d use. If you got your Google Chrome installed, you should just be able to install it as a web app. I’m Will for BeYourOwnIT. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask them here or stop by our forms at

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