Sometimes, I could just kick myself. I always seem to be the last to know.
I was working on a document yesterday and got the text right. I thought a couple of pieces of Clipart would be nice to break up the text and to illustrate the message I was trying to create.
So I did what I always did. I looked to the collection of clipart on my hard drive and then went searching for something in my collection of nline Creative Commons resources looking for something that had a friendly license that I could use. As I was doing this, the little voice in the back of my head said “It’s too bad that this is a multi-step process. Shouldn’t there be a better way?”
I completed the document and had a few minutes so I thought – if I don’t look, I’m guaranteed not to find it. If I do look, there might be a chance that I could. I was using Google Docs, as per usual, for the creation so I went poking around the add-ons. You can see, from the green checkmarks, some of the add-ons that I’m already using.
As I’m scrolling, I see lots of great enhancements that would make a great word processor even better. It didn’t take long until I got frustrated looking, but hey, this is a Google resource – I’d be better off searching. So I did.
Son of a gun! I added it immediately.
That voice in the back of my head started talking again – you know about Open Clipart. I searched this blog and, sure enough, I’d written a blog post about it before.
The acid test is always to search for “house” to see what’s available.
37 pages of results is good enough for me!
I found a suitable piece of Clipart for my document, just tested to see how easily it was to insert, re-size, wrap text around the image and was impressed. This is a keeper. How did I last so long with the old method of juggling multiple resources to get the job done? D’uh. It’s now a permanent part of my configuration.
I guess I should pay more attention to my own blog.