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Dropbox has made it easy for us to share files publicly. We can put a file out there to be publicly downloaded via a public link. Users can download or save files into their own Dropbox account. However, as the owner of that file, we don’t get to see how many times our shared file has been downloaded by the masses.
Dropbox is not intended for storing downloadable files. It may terminate the public link once the bandwidth threshold is surpassed. Still, if you want to monitor your shared files download count, here are two viable workarounds you can use.
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Method 1: Using Short URL
Bitly remains my favorite URL shortening service to date. Bitly’s statistics report of a link’s performance is more comprehensive compared to other similar services that I’ve tried. Bitly lets us see the click count in a specific range of time: hourly, 7 days, and 30 days. Bitly also shows us geographical reports, recording the places where our links are clicked.
method 2: Using Dropbox Plugin
To get started with Orange Dox, connect OrangeDox to your Dropbox account.
Once you’ve allowed OrangeDox to have access to your Dropbox account, OrangeDox will retrieve the list of files stored within. Through OrangeDox, select the file you would like to share.
Then create the public URL and specify the name to describe the URL.
Hit the “chain” icon as shown below to see and get your URL address to share to anyone.
OrangeDox’s statistical report is quite comprehensive as well. We can sort the report by Today, Yesterday, or in a specific date range. To view it, navigate to the file that you have shared, and click the link title. It will pop up a new dialog and display the stats quite nicely, like below. That’s it.
Both methods have some shortcomings. These methods merely redirect the users to the Dropbox page where they have to hit the download button in that page to download the file. This may not represent an accurate depiction of the actual number of downloads as the numbers shown in Bitly as well as in the OrangeDox statistic page only counts how many times the URL page has been clicked. At best, this gives us a ballpark figure of how popular the file is.
CAD software is a must-have tool to have in most enterprises to reduce fatal flaws in design that may show up during production. If you’re in the industry that relies a lot on CAD tools, you probably already know that getting a good CAD software can be quite costly. And if you are a student who is just starting to dip your toes into CAD software, this will definitely be a problem.
There is however a second option: free alternative CAD software. We have done the legwork and looked for the 10 CAD software that you can try for free now to design your next 2D drawing or 3D modeling project. Here are but just 10 of these software, and the links to download them for whichever operating system you are currently on. If you know of more, do share them with us in the comments section.
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Sculptris is a professional yet free 3D modeling program that is made by one industry 3D expert, Pixologic. You can use it to easily design your own version of a troll, dragon, or even Godzilla itself through their rich sculpting toolset. If you’re bad at playing around the geometry and polygons to create your own surface, worry not, because Sculptris surface contains countless of triangles that are automatically built into your 3D model surface.
2. SketchUp Make
One of the most popular 3D modeling software, SketchUp Make, is used mostly for architectural purposes and sometimes for other niches in the 3D design market. If you’re looking for a complete 3D modeling software for your professional career with all the tools included, minus the price tag, then SketchUp is for you. Take a look at SketchUp 3D Warehouse for a lot of amazing content (created by SketchUp users) which you can download, and at the same time, see what the software is capable of.
DraftSight is a free 2D CAD editor that is good for professional CAD users, students and educator, especially if you need to create, edit and view your project in the native DWG file format. It comes with a nice set of features that allows you to generate professional looking plans using lines, polylines, dimensions, text and others. The interface is relatively dull, but this may appeal to those who prefer a minimalist and simple CAD software.
This project is 100% open source and is aimed directly for mechanical engineering and product design uses, but also can be used for architecture or other engineering industry that relies a lot on parametric 3D modeler. Although it is open source and free, FreeCAD is on par with other popular CAD programs due to its capability in creating real 3D solids, support for meshes, 2D drafting, right hand coordinate system plus many more features. The program itself is extremely modular, where you can opt for very advanced extension and customization.
For those who want to work on the specifics, especially engineers, OpenSCAD is your ideal 3D modeling platform. It does not have interactive modeling for you to design your model, but instead relies more on what you defined in the parameters through the script files. If you’re looking to build a machine parts instead of designing your next game character, OpenSCAD is the best fit that purpose.
Want to design your next Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and don’t know where to start? Check out KiCAD. KiCAD is a free and open source PCB design tool that includes a project manager and 4 main software such as schematic editor, printed circuit board editor, GERBER file viewer and footprint selector for component association. There are also additional software tools, a 3D viewer to render your PCB in 3D and 2 library component editors to allow you to create or modify schematic and footprint components.
QCAD is the application you should use if you’re looking to create technical drawings be it for buildings, mechanical parts or even schematics and diagrams. Since it is open source, QCAD’s focus is more towards modularity, extensibility and portability. Its 2D CAD platform is powerful but yet easy to use even for a beginner who has little to no experience in CAD applications.
Here’s another high quality 2D-CAD modeling platform, LibreCAD, an easy-to-use software with a lot of high quality features included in it. LibreCAD has features such as snap to grid for drawing, usage of layers, measurements inside your drawing and plenty others to make your life easier when you’re drawing on a 2D-CAD platform. If you find it hard to get started on LibreCAD, they have included a manual here on their wiki page.
This real-time animation and 3D modeling software allows you to do 3D modeling as simple as drag-and-drop. 3DCrafter comes with 3D primitives and Shape Building Tools for you to create your complex models plus some modeling tools to help perfect it. Since it allows you to do animation too, all you need is just to have your subject placed at each point in time and the software will make sure the animation runs smoothly.
If you’re looking for other CAD tools that comes with full .dwg support, nanoCAD is next on the list. Although you can use it for free, nanoCAD still comes with many benefits that you usually need to pay for at a premium price, such the famous Command Line tool, SNAP and ONSAP, large number of precision tools and many others that you may find useful. Whether you’re just a beginner or already a power user, you will find nanoCAD a good alternative.
It happens to the best of us. We are working on that very important file when suddenly disaster strikes. It accidently gets deleted, corrupted, the computer died or a number of unfortunate things that prevent you from gaining access to the file. What’s worse, you don’t have a backup and are in desperate need of those important files urgently.
Well, don’t fret as it is possible to recover those deleted files. When you delete a file, you don’t actually ‘delete’ it. The system marks the area the file resides as reusable, removing the file from its index. This means that there is a period where it is possible to restore the file. To help you with your deleted data dilemma, we have for you 10 free data recovery tools for Windows, which will help from simple file recovery to a total partition rescue.
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PhotoRec is a powerful command line recovery tool that can recover your lost data by bypassing the file system, perfect for when your computer can see the drive but cannot access it or for use on a formatted drive. The app will work on different drive formats other than the ones used by Windows, including those used on OS X, and is also available on multiple platforms.
Recuva provides a number of tools and features that makes recovering your data easier. The app will deep scan your drives and with it, you can recover deleted data on your drive or from drives that are damaged or formatted. It has the ability to recover data that was accidently deleted from certain apps such as your email program or the temp folder of Microsoft Word, useful when the power cuts off and you haven’t saved your progress. If the options seem too overwhelming, there is a wizard to guide you through the process.
There are times when your drive’s file system will get damaged and you are unable to access the data within. You could use the apps above to rescue it but it may take time if there is a lot of data. Rescuing the file system will be faster. TestDisk is an app that comes packaged with PhotoRec that will enable you to repair a broken file system, and make the data available and the drive usable without formatting it. The app is able to rebuild the formats used by Windows and is available for multiple Operating Systems.
4. Ultimate Boot CD
Ultimate Boot CD, as the name implies, is the ultimate boot CD to run, as it contains a multitude of free diagnostic tools to scan, edit or save your computer’s drive or data. Included in this suite of tools are a few that can help you with those tasks. They can also help you recover your data in case you cannot boot into your main OS, meaning that you won’t be locked out of your data. TestDisk and PhotoRec are among some of the tools included as part of the suite to help during the recovery process.
5. UndeleteMyFiles Pro
Billing itself as “a free professional tool to recover accidentally deleted files”, UndeleteMyFiles Pro contains more than the usual data recovery tools, containing additional items that will help in the recovery process. You get the standard features such as searching deleted files and restoring them but the best feature is Emergency Disk Image, where you can create a disk image snapshot of your drive in case data might be overwritten by accidental activity.
6. Pandora Recovery
Pandora Recovery allows you to sift through your drive for deleted data and has the ability to preview photo and text data files before restoring them. It has the ability to find and restore archived, compressed, hidden and encrypted files and gives you information on whether the file recovery process will be successful, based on how much was overwritten.
If you want a no frills, bare bones, data recovery software, Restoration is your app. It comes as an EXE file that you don’t have to install to run and is also incredibly small, at the size of 400KB. This is a must have program to have around in your USB drives as it hardly takes up any space at all and can easily run on any Windows machine.
8. Glary Undelete
Glary Undelete will deep scan your drives for deleted files and show you the properties of each of the deleted files and the state it is in, giving you an estimate on the likelihood of recovery. You can filter the the results of your scan to find the files you are looking for or sort them by the probability of recovery.
9. Orion File Recovery
Orion File Recovery doesn’t have all the bell and whistles of the other recovery software but it is simple to use. At startup, it will open with a wizard that will ask you step-by-step what you are looking, from file type, location and file name. There is also a permanent overwrite feature, if you want to completely destroy data on your drive.
10. Wise Data Recovery
A clean, minimalist app, Wise Data Recovery may not be as feature heavy as the rest on this list but the interface is well suited for beginners. Everything that you need to start recovering your data is displayed from the get go, and its lack of advance features helps keep the focus on that singular task.
3D printers are going mainstream, as more consumers warm up to and adopt the idea of 3D printing. The Micro, for example, is a Kickstarter project for a 3D printer for consumers. It was funded in mere minutes. But you can’t start printing once you get your printer. You will need to get the materials and more importantly the blueprint to printout your product.
If 3D modelling sounds difficult to you, fret not, the Web is filled with sites that offer users free 3D models to print on their printers free of charge. In this post, we’ve compiled 25 websites that you can use to search and download free STL models for 3D printers. Hopefully you will be able to find what you are looking for in these spots.
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Thingiverse is a website operated by MakerBot Industries, the creators of the popular Replicator series of 3D printers. The website allows users to upload and share 3D model files to be used on 3D printers. The site is extremely popular and has a large community of people uploading files of varying categories, so if you’re looking for cool things to print, Thingiverse is the site to visit.
Similar to Thingiverse, YouMagine is a community website run by a 3D printer company. This one is run by the open source 3D printer company Ultimaker. It is relatively new (it started out in 2013), yet it is filled with interesting things to print. The community is still growing and with the backing of a major 3D printer manufacturer, this site is one to look out for.
Cubify is the website for the Cube series of consumer 3D printers, which is created by 3D Systems. The site mainly offers you ways to buy 3D printed items and files but it does make available some interesting free items, mainly under their Kids section, some of which children can customize using a web app.
My Mini Factory
My Mini Factory is the 3D model repository managed by iMakr, an online store that sells 3D printers and accessories. It also operates the largest 3D printing store in Central London. The site contains 3D models designed by professionals and all uploaded designs are tested for quality. You can also make a request for 3D models that their designers will create then share.
The aim of GrabCAD is to “help engineers develop products faster”, offering tools that help them collaborate with their files. But for the average 3D printing enthusiast, the best part of the site is their large library of free files created by a community of over a million engineers. Registration is required but the number of files offered is worth it.
DEFCAD is a website currently in its alpha phase. It acts as a search engine for 3D printable models and a community forum for 3D modelers. The site is created by Defence Distributed, which release the plans for their 3D printed gun, the Liberator (now removed) on it.
Autodesk 123D is a suite of computer aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling tools aimed specifically at hobbyists. Along with the suite of tools, Autodesk also has a website where users can upload their creations and share it with other users. Many of the models can be downloaded and printed, using Autodesk as a utility to interface with MakerBot 3D printer.
3DVIA is a company that offers 3D modeling and publishing tools that are aimed at both the consumer and professionals. Their website offers a Content Warehouse, where the community hosts and shares their contents. Registration is required to download the files.
Cubehero is a website that allows users to host and organize their 3D printed projects in order to aid further collaboration on their work. Think of it as a GitHub for 3D printing, where users can share their files, discuss projects and contribute to them. There is also a way to make request, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, you can request for it from the community.
Billing itself as a 3D Printing Social Network, Bld3r is a thriving community of makers who like to feature their creations. Users vote on the best creations, so popular creations rise to the top and get better exposure. The site features items that are hosted on the social network and outside of it too, like on Thingiverse and YouMagine.
Another 3D printing community, Sproutform is a website dedicated to giving users ways to share their design and help people print 3D creations. Sproutform has a system that tries to learn what you like. The more you interact with the site by downloading and rating designs, the better it is with recommendations.
Shapeways is mainly an online shop where you can purchase 3D printed items or have your own 3D model printed by them. But if you look close enough, you can find the people who sell their wares also offering the files required for you to print them yourself.
Instructables is a community where users can share their DIY projects and this includes things made using a 3D printer. Also included are the how-to’s and instructions on how to build their creations, and some helpful designers take the time to answer questions fielded by the public.
A French community and marketplace where modelers can share or sell their designs, Cults has a collection of high quality models you can download. Users can follow their favorite designers and modelers and get instant updates when a new creation is posted. The name of the site, Cults, is St. Luc, the patron saint of painters, spelt backwards. The website also supports English.
Pinshape, a 3D model marketplace still in beta, is similar in style to Pinterest, in terms of layout, look and the ability to repin favorites. You can either purchase the model from the designer or download the files to print it yourself, if they offer it.
RascomRas is a Spanish website that allows users to upload and share 3D model files. RascomRas at one point ran an Indiegogo campaign to fund their very own 3D printer. The campaign unfortunately didn’t get funded.
Repables is a very simple site that aims to be a repository of 3D printed model files, nothing more. It is a barebone website that allows users to upload their files to share, and download files they want to use. The site contains a lot of small, simple 3D models to print, with a nice selection of everyday items and even replacement parts for printers.
Another site that is taking inspiration from GitHub, ShapeDo offers a place for 3D model designers to share and collaborate on their creations. It offers users plenty of things to print, and instructions to get the best print possible.
Another online community for 3D printing hobbyists, showcasing interesting items from 3D printers, electronics and most importantly, 3D models is 3D Hacker. There are a lot of very cool model vehicles and buildings to print, along with add-ons and parts for your 3D printer.
Born out of a Facebook group, Fabster is mainly a platform to show what can be done with 3D printing. Quoting its founder Peter Sayers, Fabster aims to be “a kind of Facebook of 3D printing, with a mix of Thingiverse too.” The site has a great selection of 3D-printed jewelry and accessories.
Fabribles is a fairly new community, so there aren’t a lot of users just yet. However, there is a good selection of replacement parts for RepRap 3DR Delta printers.
While primarily a place to buy and sell 3D models of all kinds, not just those for 3D printing, CGTrader does offer a selection of free models that can be used on a 3D printer.
Google Custom Search
When in doubt, use Google Custom Search to find the files to 3D print what you wish. This is useful when you want to search through all the sites at once for that one same thing.
Yeggi is a search engine that will search major 3D printing websites for files that are compatible with 3D printers. You can also look up some of the popular searches to get an idea what the community is currently interested in.
Here’s another search engine that will crawl the Web in search of 3D prints, looking through many 3D modeling sites for files compatible with 3D printers.
Whether it is for your personal website or just a new portrait that you’d like to hang somewhere in your room, stock photos are essential for your design needs. With copyright issues becoming a pain, you will need to consider using a royalty-free image for the project you’re working on, partly for the budget and partly to keep your work free from infringement.
The biggest problem with this solution is that it’s not always easy to find a good quality stock photo that fits your needs.
To help you with this, here we’ve compiled a list of 30 websites for stock photos and royalty free images that would probably have something perfect for whatever project you are working on. Some sites let you download any of the photos for free, others require that you attribute the site or credit the owner of the photographs.
Listed here are also sites that feature the work of budding photographers, and sites that require you to sign up first to gain access to their photos.
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FreePixels is here to provide you with free high-resolution photos that can be used with any of your personal or commercial projects. Their photos have been downloaded over 3 millions times, and they have more than 5,000 photos that you can choose from. No registration required.
PicJumbo has been operating since November 2013 with the goal of giving out free photos to provide designers with free resources to work with. The photos can be used for any kind of project, commercial or non-commercial. You’re not required to provide attribution, but based on what they are doing, it is a small thing you can do in return.
Get your free membership on the RGBStock website and start downloading your free stock photos. Their huge number of free high quality photos includes free graphics for illustrations, wallpapers and backgrounds. You’re free to use their photos for your websites, presentations, films or videos as long as you are in accordance with their image license agreement, which can be found here.
Photl has uploaded over 500,000 photos in their website and they have it all scattered over 65 categories for you to choose from. You can download up to 10MB worth of free stock photos daily. All free images downloaded from Photl are meant for personal use only.
Alegriphotos was founded back in 2010 and has been serving free stock photos ever since. The site provides the photos for personal and commercial use under the creative common license. They have a collection of over 3,000 images that can be downloaded right from within their website without any registration.
A Digital Dreamer is a free graphic design resource for everyone in the design industry. The stock photos are 100% free for you to use for any kind of project, including commercial related ones. Just don’t redistribute their photos or use them for any offending projects, e.g. pornography.
There are over 2,000 free stock photos are up for you to grab in an instant the moment you enter the Turbo Photo website. The photos are categorized under 10 different categories such as activities, animals, cities, food and landscapes among many others. You can use any of their stock photos for personal and non-commercial use with a credit link back to the Turbo Photo website.
This is one way to put your email to good use. You will receive free stock photos every month straightaway in your inbox simply by subscribing to this website. This website is made by Allie and David with the goal to "[rid] the world of bad stock photography".
Studio 25′s stock photography gallery is populated with over 6000 photos. They include photos for categories such as abstract, architecture, concepts, food, nature, objects and many more. To download their free photos, you’re required to sign up for a free account on their site.
Around since 2001, FreeImages is a hub for photographers to share their stock photos for anyone to download and use for free. You will need to sign up to download the photos, but don’t worry, registration is free. If you’d like to use any of the photos for commercial purposes, it’s best that you contact the photographer of the photo for further details before proceeding.
StockMedia is a free creative common stock photo library website. They provide photos and graphics that you can use for any of your design related projecs. You can sign up for free to get access of thousands of free photos.
Pixabay is a repository for public domain images. It allows you to download any of the photos and use it right away for your projects. The photos found inside are all free pictures licensed under the creative commons public domain deed.
If you have projects related to travel, PhotoEverywhere is a site specializing in travel-related stock photos. The photos are all free for you to download and use. There are over 3,000 free travel-themed photos that you can choose from. If you own a travel blog, this site is your best partner in crime.
This website prides itself as an archive of stock photography that you can use for your websites, printed materials and products. Everything on their site is free for you to grab and use, as long as you credit them. Simply browse the site, choose a photo and download it, to get your free stock photo.
Gratisography is a simple and clean site that provides free images for your personal or commercial projects. The site has high quality images right in their home page. All you need to do is just scroll through and look for the image that you want, then click on it to download.
Splitshire is a blog owned by Daniel Nanescu, a graphic designer and a photographer. You’re free to use all of his uploaded images for both personal and commercial use. His photos are put into categories such as abstract, animals, bokeh, fashion, food, and many others that you can find in the site’s main page.
This is another website that you can download free stock photos for use for your projects. They have plenty of photos available in different categories like architecture, fruits, food, drinks nature, landscape, objects, constructions, and transportations. There is no registration required. All you need to do is go to the site and download the image to get your free stock photo.
Need more high quality photos for free? Well, FreePhotoBank is yet another free resource for stock photos. The photos are licensed under creative common, but you’re required to provide attribution by linking back to the site if you happen to use their photos.
FreeStock features a lot of stunning landscape related photos. The photos are licensed under Creative Common – Attribution 3.0 Unported that requires you to link back to them if you end up using their photos. There is no registration required to download the photos, unless you’re interested in contributing your own stock photos to the site.
Abstract Influence is a forum gallery where the community uploads stock photos that are free to download and use. The terms for usage varies according to the uploaders, but all the photos are free of charge for any commercial or personal design work as long as you follow the restrictions. The categories for the photos include aerial shots, architecture photos, food, industrial photos and more.
All photos on the FreePhotosBank website are free stock photos that are easy to download. As long as you give attribution to the site, you are free to use the photos in your website, book, magazine or any other materials. It is best that you contact the respective photographer if you’re looking to get a hold of the license of the photos, as the website do not retain the right to give out the license of their stock photos to other parties.
This is another free public domain image site which is filled with photos by photographers who share it for the purpose of easy private or commercial projects. No sign up is required if you’re interested in downloading their stock photos. Just keep in mind that, although this photo is free for you to use in any way you prefer, 4FreePhotos will not be able to provide you with legal counsel or warranties should you need them.
Here’s another handy website that allows you to use their photos for both personal and commercial use. Even better, you’re not required to link back to them if you happen to use their stock photos. They have over 25,000 photos ready for you to browse through and download.
Unprofound is a cool looking site for designers seeking high quality and free stock photos. It’s also great for photographers that are looking to be a contributor. You’re free to use their photos in any way you like, be it privately or commercially. You’re not required to but if you want to show your appreciation, you can credit the photo back to the site or the photographer who uploaded the photo.
TwicePix is a simple site which contains stock photos that are licensed under creative commons and shared by the author Martin Abegglen, the photographer and the founder of TwicePix. You’re free to copy, distribute, adapt and transmit the work, just as long as you give proper credit to the author in your projects. The photo are linked to his Flickr account, which is where you can download the photos.
Tofz is a completely free stock photo collection website, where the photos are all taken by Jeremie Zimmermann, the founder of Tofz. The photos can be used in any projects, as long you specify its origin, in this case by giving credit to him or the website. You don’t require an account to download the photos.
This ten year old site Cepolina, is a free photo collection site. The images are uploaded by the authors and their friends for anyone to download and use in their projects. As long as you credit the site, you can use the photos for both personal and commercial projects. Since the authors live in Italy, most of their photos originate from Europe but expect to see a few from Japan and China too.
This site takes you on a journey of sorts by providing you with 7 high quality images every 7 days, to use in whichever way you want. You can do this by subscribing to their mailing list to receive a zipped file containing the images, on a weekly basis. Besides that, you can also grab a few pages of high quality images right from within their website.
Here are more sources of free-copyright images you can use:
- 100 Sites With Free Stock Images
- [Freebie] High Quality Fruits Stock Photos
- 40+ High Resolution Blank Template (Free) Stock Photos
- 50 Websites For Free Vector Images Download