Fontifier: Make a font from your handwriting

I’ve long been a fan of Fontifier, which lets you create a font from your own handwriting for $9. I’m even more excited about their new feature, a signature font creator, that lets you write things like “best wishes” in full signature format (rather than printing — who prints these days?). I haven’t done it yet myself, but it’s great …

SurveyMonkey.com: Cheap and easy web surveys

No less than three Cheapskate Freelancer readers recommended SurveyMonkey as “worth the money” in the June Giveaway (don’t miss this month’s giveaway — register now!). SurveyMonkey lets you design surveys easily using more than a dozen question types. I’ve created simple forms for feedback from my clients as well as elaborate surveys with custom skip logic, graphic and customized filters. …

Streamfile: Send a large file for free

Streamfile is not the only free file transfer webware out there, but it’s one of the easiest. Simply put in someone’s email address and upload your file. Accept the terms and hit send. The file (up to 150MB for the free version, up to 2GB for the paid) stays up for 24 hours. Easy, easy. I sent myself a 7MB …

Mozy.com: Free backup software

Two Cheapskate Freelancer readers recommend MozyHome Free, which gives you 2GB of storage online at absolutely no charge. You simply set up your account, download the software, and Mozy will backup your files when you’re online. I’m actually a former (but pleased) Mozy.com subscriber at the $4.95/month level, where you get unlimited storage. When I bought a new computer, I …

RoboForm: Save your passwords, conserve your typing

Two of the respondents in last month’s Giveaway mentioned RoboForm as their favorite free tool, and I agree it’s pretty darn cool. RoboForm allows you to create an account that autofills passwords and other forms when you visit a website. It’s downloadable software (not sure if it works on PC and Mac), with a web-based edition as well. I actually …

FaxZero: Free Internet Faxing

A couple of weeks ago, I needed to fax an order form. I haven’t configured my computer to send faxes and my fax machine isn’t set up either. So I searched for a free tool to help. I was so happy when I discovered FaxZero. What a cool thing. You upload a document or PDF to fax to anyone for …

iSpeech: Convert text to speech

Frankly I’m one of those people who gets a little irritated when I hit a website and a movie comes up or audio starts playing. But my learning style lends itself to reading, not listening, and that’s not true for everyone. iSpeech is an online service that instantly converts text to speech. Cut and paste up to 50 words to …

ImageChef: Quick, clever photo customization

ImageChef lets you create quick custom photos with a ton of free templates. I love when I can make a clever piece of art happen within minutes rather than having to mess with a custom photo for hours.  I created this in about 90 seconds, and a third of that was coming up with the book title. This one took …

Mutapic: Instant (weird) art

I discovered this site about an hour ago, and I just spent way too much time experimenting with the art generation tool to create a cool example for this post (yep, that’s it below). Mutapic is addicting. You choose two icon pictures, press the Generate button and Mutapic morphs the two together to create icons. Kind of. Mine were mostly …

Screencast.com: Your own online library

Because Screencast.com is integrated into my Jing account, I sometimes forget that it’s a great tool on its own. Screencast.com lets you upload and share documents, Jing captures, video files, etc. into a library of your own. I just created a “playlist” that contained 4 important files for a client, sending him a link to the list instead of 4 …