Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
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Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
I'll put the little fish to work one more time before moving on to the magnetic lasso.
Suppose you need an image with a transparent background for your website or blog. A logo, maybe, and you need the background color or image of the web page to show right up to the edges of the logo, like this:
Instead of this:
Photoshop Elements Help files recommend using the background eraser. That works, but it can be time consuming. Here's one quickie way to create an image with a transparent background:
First I opened up the fish-mailbox image. Click on the magic wand.
Click the magic wand in the white background area. When you release the mouse button, the white background is selected.
Click Select -> Inverse to change the selection from the background to the fish.
Leave the fish file open, and the fish selected. Don't touch it for a moment. Click File -> New -> Blank File
In the Background Contents dropdown box select Transparent. Set your desired dimensions in the Width and Height boxes.
Elements will create a new blank file. Notice the checkerboard pattern indicating the background is transparent.
Click back on the fish image to make it active. Click on the Move tool.
Click on the fish, and drag it into the new, blank, transparent-background file.
The .JPG (or .JPEG if your prefer) is the most common image file type on the web. But JPG doesn't support background transparency. To keep the background transparent, the file needs to be saved as a .GIF. GIFs are also pretty common on the web.
Short history: The GIF format actually predates the JPG format. It was in 1987, by CompuServe Corporation to be used for the storage and online retrieval of bitmapped graphical data. The JPG Standard was issued in 1992 and approved in 1994.
Click File -> Save For Web
In the dropdown file type menu, choose GIF. Be sure the Transparency box is checked.
Including random thoughts on life, art, business, stuff, and occasionally Real Estate.
What is a CAT BLOG?
According to Seth Godin: "Cat blogs are for, by, and about the person blogging. A cat blog is about your cat and your dating travails and your boss and whatever else you feel like sharing in your public diary."
Well, I am the boss, my dating years are behind me, but I do love my cats.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.