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10 Helpful LINE App Tips And Tricks

LINE is a popular messaging app that has risen in popularity. It is so popular that it now has over 400 million global registered users, as of April, 2014. With LINE, you can follow all sorts of official accounts, from your favorite artist to the brands that you love, to get the latest news or special coupons that are exclusive to LINE users.

There are a few things that you probably didn’t know you that could do with LINE, which is why we’re covering LINE tips and tricks today to help you sort that out.

Line App Messaging Service

Regardless of if you’ve just started using LINE, or if you’re already a power user – these handy tips will prove to be useful. From unlinking your phone number from your LINE account to improving the quality of the photos you share via LINE, this list will help you make the most out of your LINE experience.

Note: These tips and tricks were tested on an Android device and the steps may turn out to be slightly different if you’re using a different operating system.

1. How To Unlink Your Phone Number

Once you’ve had your phone number registered to your LINE account, you won’t be able to un-register it, at least not the normal way. If you want your number removed, or replaced with a new number, you will need the help of your Facebook account, and a backup of your chat history because this involves uninstalling your LINE app first (see #8 on how to backup chat history). Here’s how to unlink your phone number.

  1. In LINE app, go to More > Settings and tap on Accounts.
  2. When you see the Facebook logo, tap on the Link button. You will be asked to login to your Facebook account. Accept all permissions required to link Facebook to the LINE app.
  3. When you see that the Link option is now changed to Unlink, proceed to uninstall your LINE app from your device.
  4. Then, reinstall it. Here are the links for Android and iOS. Once reinstalled, open LINE app.
  5. Tap on LINE User Login and then tap on Facebook (login again if you have to).
  6. If they ask you to enter a PIN number and you don’t have one, just type in the last 4 digits of the previous phone number attached to your LINE account.

How To Unlink Phone Number

2. Prevent Automatic Addition From Contacts

If you don’t want to let those who have your phone number to add you in their LINE contact automatically, this option can be turned off. By turning it off, they can only add you once you’ve accepted their request.

  1. Open LINE app > More > Settings.
  2. Tap on Friends and untick Allow Others to Add.

Prevent Others From Added You Automatically In Their Friends List

3. Change Default Photo Quality From Low To Normal

By default, any photo you send to your friends via chat room, will suffer from a lower quality. It is a default setting. To change the quality of photo sent:

  1. In the LINE app main page, go to More > Settings.
  2. Tap on Chats & Voice and then tap on Photo Quality; change from Low to Normal.

Change Default Photo Quality To Normal From Low

4. Change Your Default Ringtone

Are you bored with your current default LINE ringtone? If you would like to have it changed, you can have it changed from within the app itself, or use your own custom ringtone.

  1. Open LINE app and go to More > Settings.
  2. Tap on Notifications > Tone then choose one ringtone as your default.
  3. If you have a custom ringtone that you want to use, from the Tone list, find the option Others.. near the bottom of the list, tap on it and proceed to select your ringtone.

Change Your Default Ringtone

5. Delete, Forward or Save Messages to Note

There are these options under the Edit Messages feature, where you can Delete your messages, or forward it to someone else’s or have it saved to Note. You will find these features useful especially the Delete feature, since you can choose any messages that you’ve sent before to be deleted from your conversation. If you would like to know how to do that, follow these steps.

  1. Enter any chat room from the LINE app, and tap on the down arrow button at the top right. Tap on Edit Messages.
  2. Choose whether you want to Delete Messages, Forward or Save to Notes.
  3. Select the message you want to apply the option to, and tick them (see shot).
  4. Once you’ve ticked the messages, tap on the next action to take which will depend on whether you previously chose to Delete, Forward or Save.

Delete, Forward or Save Messages to Note

6. Start A Free Call To Any LINE User

Just like Viber and Facebook Messenger, LINE also has a Free Call option that allows you to call any fellow LINE user for free. You need an active Internet connection oc course.

  1. Enter a chat room with the friend you want to call.
  2. Tap on the down arrow at the top right and tap on Free Call to start calling your friend.

Start A Free Call To Any Line User

7. Turn off invitations and other messages from LINE family apps

So your friends keep sending invitations to you to play games from LINE Family apps, and those invitations just keep on coming, almost like ads that flood all your other social media accounts. I bet you didn’t know LINE lets you disable these notifications. Here’s how.

  1. In the LINE app main page, go to More > Settings > Notifications > Additional Services.
  2. Under Unauthorized Apps, untick Receive Messages.

turn off invitations and other messages from LINE family apps

8. Backup Chat History

Chat history is not automatically saved in the LINE cloud server, so if you uninstall the app, you will lose all your chat history. To create backups of your chat history:

  1. Enter the chat room of the conversation you want to save and tap on the down arrow button at the top right then choose Chat Settings.
  2. Tap on Backup Chat History and choose Backup as a Text File, or Backup All. Your backups will be stored in your cloud storage for example, Dropbox.
  3. If you choose a backup as a text file, you cannot restore the chat history. If you choose Backup All, you can Import Chat History to restore it.

Backup Chat History

9. View And Save photos Shared Previously

You probably have shared a few photos via LINE app before. Instead of going through all your chat history to look for these photos, you can save them to your Chat Album, or straight into your device.

  1. In LINE app, enter any chat room containing photos.
  2. Tap on the dropdown button at the top right and choose Photos.
  3. Tap on Save at the bottom, and tick the photos that you want to save. Choose whether you want to save it to your LINE chat album or to your device.

View And Save photos Shared Previously

10. Share Timeline Updates In Chat

If there’s something interesting shared in your Timeline updates that you want to forward to friends in your chat room, here’s how you do it. Note that you can only forward updates from public accounts.

  1. On your Timeline page, find the update that you want to share.
  2. Tap and hold on the post and choose To Chat.
  3. Choose whether you want to send it to a single person or a group chat.

Share Timeline Updates In Chat








10 Helpful Writing Sites For Fiction Writers

Your creative process as a fiction writer may differ from those of your peers, but one thing’s for sure: all of you struggle with the same basic problems.

For example, how do you beat writer’s block? How do you develop the habit of writing every day? How do you flesh out the finer details for your latest historical novel? How do you make your alternate sci-fi universe more believable? How do you solve that annoying tip-of-the-tongue problem?

Luckily, there are websites that help you solve those problems, or at least make them more bearable. They help your story come to life, through exercises and practice, advice and motivation. You’d be surprised with what you find in this list of sites fiction writers should visit. Keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is meant to address the most common of storyteller woes.

1. Writer’s Block – 750 Words

According to creator Buster Benson, the idea behind 750Words.com is to help you develop the habit of writing 750 words (or three pages of 250 words each) every day, no matter how crude, unfiltered, or unedited those words may be. The site generates a monthly score card to help you track your progress, and saves copies of your writing, in case you need to revisit them for any reason.

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2. Writer’s Block – StoryWonk Story Generator

Most writing prompt websites give you only a few words or phrases to work with. StoryWonk takes it a bit further, and generates interesting (not to mention humorous) plot ideas like “He’s a generous professor with a bad attitude; she’s an idealistic sales clerk with doting parents. Together, they must learn to cook without ever meeting.”

Don’t worry if you end up with an idea that’s complete nonsense; you can always refresh the page again and again until you find what you like.

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3. Research Aid – OneLook (Reverse Dictionary)

While writing your story, there will be times when you have to stop and ask: “What’s the word that means (insert definition here)?” Obviously, a normal dictionary won’t be helpful here, because dictionaries are designed to help you look up unknown definitions of known words, not the other way around.

In this case, you need OneLook’s reverse dictionary, which helps you search for words that best describe or sum up the definition or description you have in mind. For example, if you type “urge to travel” in the search bar, the system will return “wanderlust” and all other related words.

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4. Research Aid – Dictionary of Symbolism

In good fictional works, even the tiniest details have meaning and significance. A flower, for instance, can symbolize either romantic love (as in the case of red roses) or happiness (as in the case of sunflowers). If you want to know whether you used the right symbol to express a concept in your story, you can always refer to the University of Michigan’s Dictionary of Symbolism.

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5. Research Aid – Best of History Websites

Even if you can invoke “artistic license” as an excuse to get creative with your historical or medieval fantasy novel, it’s always better to keep the details as realistic and believable as possible. If you need help in this area, look no further than BestofHistoryWebsites.net, a comprehensive resource for serious history researchers.

It boasts of over 1200 annotated links to history websites, and claims to be recommended by the likes of the New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, among others.

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6. Research Aid – The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Do you want to write a story with a science fiction element (e.g. time travel), and ensure that your take on that element hasn’t been done before?

If you look it up on “The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction”, you might find at least one entry that explains the element, talks about how authors have used it throughout history, and relates it to other useful entries. The encyclopedia also has entries on fantasy elements here.

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7. Inspiration – Advice To Writers

At some point in your writing career, you’re going to question why you chose a life of pounding away at your keyboard, when you don’t have a “real” guarantee that you’ll land on the New York Times’ bestseller list. If you’re not ready to throw in your writing towel yet, head over to Jon Winokur’s site at Advice to Writers, and get your daily dish of wisdom slash inspiration from the world’s finest writers.

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8. Inspiration – M. Kirin’s Writing Blog

M. Kirin’s Writing Blog aims to set itself apart from your usual Tumblr blogs as a one-stop shop for budding writers. Here, you’ll find story seeds, weird prompts, answers to OC (Original Character) questions, writing advice, and writer positivity quotes.

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9. Fiction Markets – Writing Career

If you already have a story, but you’re not sure where to submit it, visit WritingCareer.com. The site lists the fiction publications currently open for submissions, as well as their respective guidelines, deadlines, and payment terms.

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10. Fiction Markets – All Indie Writers

Another site that lists fiction markets is AllIndieWriters.com. Just click “Writers Markets” on the home page, then the drop-down menu under the heading “Browse by Category”, then “Fiction Writers’ Markets”. Here, you’ll find heavyweight publications like Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Strange Horizons.

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These are just 10 sites of the many thousands of other websites out there, available for the benefit of fiction writers. If you know of other sites that have greatly helped you in your fiction writing career, do share them in the comments section.








15 Helpful Web Design Lessons You Can Learn from YouTube

Whether you’re a professional or a newbie web design Singaporeer, continuously learning and perfecting your skills will help you become an even better one. Being a web design Singaporeer is more than just about web design Singaporeing business cards and web design Singaporesite templates, because you need to stay up-to-date with the rapidly growing market and work on mastering your technique.

Perfection is not a destination; it is a continuous journey.” – Brian Tracy

Video is one of the greatest ways to learn something, as it’s a great visual method to see the accomplished results right away. A well-done video tutorial can give you some new ideas on how to do something you don’t know or learn great first-hand tips from professionals, most of the time for free!

Today I’d like to bring to your attention to 15 really helpful web design Singapore web design Singapore lessons you can find on YouTube, created by other web design Singapore enthusiasts.

How to Create a Website in Flat Design Style by DesignModo

In this DesignModo tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to create a web design Singaporesite in Photoshop using flat UI elements. The video is highly detailed, so even newbies can easily create a web design Singaporesite with this guide.

Create Flat UI Design Style Website Now With This Step By Step Tutorial! by 1stwebdesigner

Create a cool flat portfolio web design Singaporesite web design Singapore with this video manual. It shows the viewer how to create a site according to the sections, such as header, services and footer, among others. Also, you’ll be able to create a grid-shaped portfolio block with horizontal scrolling.

Shazam Website Re-Design · Flat UI Design by Aaron Linley

This video tutorial is a sped-up version of a Shazam web design Singaporesite redesign that incorporates flat UI web design Singapore. Great for those who would like to see the process in action.

Photoshop Tutorials for Beginners – Step By Step Create Flat Login Form by Dropcolors Studio

If you do choose to go the flat web design Singapore route, you’ll need to streamline your whole web design Singaporesite to complement each other. This step-by-step YouTube guide gives you the foundation needed for creating a simple flat login form.

CSS3 Full Screen Background Image – Dreamweaver CS6 Tutorial by tutvid

This video is a tutorial on how to create a fullscreen background image for your web design Singaporesite using CSS and CSS3. A handy guide that gives you the option of two techniques.

HTML5 Basics – HTML/CSS Part 1 of 2 by Ralph Phillips

This is the first part of two videos about the basics of HTML. It acts as a great starting point as it leads you through the essentials of the HTML5 language and the programs you should use.

Responsive Web Design Tutorial and Explanation by LearnWebCode

Not quite sure about responsive web design Singapore web design Singapore but itching to learn more? This is one of the best explanations on the topic and is also a quick tutorial on creating your own responsive web design Singaporesite.

Converting a PSD to HTML & CSS – Part 1/3 by JE Tuts

If you want to learn how to convert a Photoshop file into a HTML and CSS format then this is the video for you! The first in a series of three videos, this provides details on image compression types.

Graphic Design Tutorial: Web web design Singapore, creative side by Shawn Barry

The web design Singapore is filled with all sorts of different tutorials on how to create a webpage layout. This is a great guide for anyone as it contains handy tips and tricks framed into a helpful and informative video.

How to Build a HTML5 Single Page Application by Infragistics

This is a perfect video showing the ins and outs of Single Page Applications. It covers Web app, Model-View-Controller, MVVM and Knockout.js.

How To Make a WordPress Website- AMAZING! by Tyler Moore

This is an entertaining and useful guide on how to create a simple blog style WordPress site that’s also “super mobile friendly”. The main principles and tricks of WordPress are highlighted here.

Create a Responsive Website Using HTML5 and CSS3 by 1stwebdesigner

With this guide, you can create a responsive web design Singaporesite from scratch using HTML5/CSS3. It’s a bit long as it lasts for more than an hour but it is extremely comprehensive.

Web Design (#Photoshop CS5) by CreativeStation

This expedited video lesson lasts for just 3 minutes. It is great for those who want a quick tutorial on how to create an awesome modern web design Singaporesite web design Singapore with flat style and an image slider in the header.

Parallax Scrolling in an Easy Way by Kenneth von Rauch

Whatever your feelings about it, parallax scrolling is a unique tool to have when browsing through a web design Singaporesite. Watch this video tutorial to understand how you can enable this on your own web design Singaporesite with ease.

HTML Website Design Tutorials For Beginners by EdzJohnson

Even though these videos were made back in 2009, they’re still useful for learning the basics of HTML and web design Singaporeing your very first web design Singaporesite. The set contains 6 video lessons about colors, fonts, backgrounds, images and layouts, links and menu bars, and also how to get your web design Singaporesite up and running online.








10 Helpful Resources for Testing Responsive Web Design

Testing is a critical part of the responsive web design process. The purpose of using a responsive layout is to make the website useful on any type of device, but without extensive testing it’s not possible to know for sure how the site is behaving in different situations. Fortunately, there are a number of different tools and resources available that can help you to test your responsive designs. In this article we’ll take a look at 10 helpful tools that you may want to try for yourself.

Respondr

Respondr is a simple, but helpful, tool. You’ll just enter the URL of the site/page that you want to test, and then select the device of your choice. You can select an iPhone, iPad, or desktop. It then previews the page at the appropriate width.

Respondr

Viewport Resizer

Viewport Resizer works as a bookmarklet. You can click on the button and then enter the URL of the site/page that you want to test. You’ll have several different screen sizes that you can use for testing, including two smartphones, a small tablet, regular tablet, widescreen, and HDTV.

Viewport Resizer

Responsivator

With Responsivator you will enter a URL for testing and it will preview the site/page at 7 different widths from a smartphone all the way up to a desktop. You can also enter your own custom screen dimensions for testing, and Responsivator even provides you with a custom URL that you can share with others so they can preview the results.

Responsivator

jResize Plugin

jResize is a jQuery plugin for one-window responsive development. You can simply click on the different screen widths and the page will adjust accordingly, making it easy to test as your work.

jResize Plugin

Screenqueri.es

With Screenqueri.es you enter the URL and then you can pull the slider to adjust the screen width of the display. You can also choose several preset testing options, including 14 popular smartphones and 12 popular tablets.

Screenqueri.es

Screenfly

Screenfly allows you to enter a URL to test, and then you choose phone, tablet, desktop, or TV. You can also enter a custom screensize, rotate the screen, and generate a URL to share with others for testing.

Screenfly

responsivepx

With responsivepx you will enter the URL and then use the sliders to set the width and height for testing. You can choose whatever screen size you want, up to 3000 pixels in width. You can also share it by email with others.

responsivepx

resizeMyBrowser

resizeMyBrowser allows you to choose the dimensions of your browser for testing. You can choose between 15 different presets, or you can enter your own custom screen sizes.

resizeMyBrowser

Adobe Edge Inspect

Edge Inspect is an Adobe product that is part of the Creative Cloud membership. It allows you to test your sites on various devices.

Adobe Edge Inspect

Responsive Design Bookmarklet

The Responsive Design Bookmarklet is another simple tool. Just drag the bookmarklet above your bookmarks bar and it will be applied in your browser. You can then choose to preview the current page on screen widths the size of tablets and smartphones.

Responsive Web Design Bookmarklet

25 Helpful Tutorials for Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Photoshop allows designers with unlimited possibilities when it comes to creative effects, including lighting effects. There are plenty of different ways to create lighting effects in Photoshop, and there are equally as many different possible uses for them. If you’re interested in learning more about how to create awesome lighting effects in your own work, here are 25 tutorials that can help.

Create a Glowing Superhero

Create a Glowing Superhero

Show Me the Light – Digital Art Tutorial

Show Me the Light - Digital Art Tutorial

Fly High – Light Effects Tutorial + Video

Fly High - Light Effects Tutorial + Video

Making a Color Wizard in Photoshop

Making a Color Wizard in Photoshop

Dance – Photoshop Digital Art Tutorial

Dance - Photoshop Digital Art Tutorial

Master Stylish Light Effects in Photoshop

Master Stylish Light Effects in Photoshop

Quick and Effective Lighting and Decoration Techniques for Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Quick and Effective Lighting and Decoration Techniques for Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Magical Photo Manipulation with Flowery Effect in Photoshop

Create a Magical Photo Manipulation with Flowery Effect in Photoshop

Create a Unique Surreal Photo Manipulation with Nebula Effect in Photoshop

Create a Unique Surreal Photo Manipulation with Nebula Effect in Photoshop

Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene Poster

Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene Poster

Design the Retro Futurism Photo Manipulation “Cosmic Rocker”

Design the Retro Futurism Photo Manipulation

Create This Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation with Abstract Smoke and Light Effects

Create This Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation with Abstract Smoke and Light Effects

Create a Dynamic Portrait with Light Effects

Create a Dynamic Portrait with Light Effects

How to Create a Dazzling Dance Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Dazzling Dance Photo Manipulation

Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

Using HDR Toning to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene

Using HDR Toning to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene

Painting with Fire Using Photoshop’s Liquify Filter

Painting with Fire Using Photoshop's Liquify Filter

Making of What Are They Staring At?

Making of What Are They Staring At?

Digital Illustration Tutorial

Digital Illustration Tutorial

Create Realistic Laser Beam Effect

Create Realistic Laser Beam Effect

Give a Portrait a Cosmic Makeover

Give a Portrait a Cosmic Makeover

Create an Abstract Golden Circle with Smoke Brushset in Photoshop

Create an Abstract Golden Circle with Smoke Brushset in Photoshop

Make a Colorful Retro-Themed Space Scene in Photoshop

Make a Colorful Retro-Themed Space Scene in Photoshop

Flaming Car in Photoshop

Flaming Car in Photoshop

Create Revolutionary Cosmic Art

Create Revolutionary Cosmic Art

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