Merry Christmas from the DPN team!
By Ian Burley
Despite the cloud and the rain outside the Digital Photography Now office in Hemel Hempstead, England, this morning, itís Christmas day and so a time to be happy! Iím just about to jump in the car with my family to enjoy Christmas day with my much loved friends and relatives.
But before I go - some more news from DPN, plus a customisable calendar you can download and print, with your own photos, to give to your loved ones.
Traffic continues to soar
First of all I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of visitors that have supported Digital Photography Now since its launch in August this year. The great news is that visitor numbers grew by 25% in the last month, with pages served rising no less than 49%. We also logged 70% more bookmarks on our site this month - almost a thousand in all.
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Still time to enter this monthís competition...
There is still time to enter our fabulous prize competition - with the first prize being £500 worth of superb LowePro camera equipment bags and accessories. There are also two £50 prizes, so three times as much chance to win something this month. Click here for more details.
Now, back to that calendar. Stealing an excellent idea from my marvellous neighbour, Maria McBride, last Christmas, I designed a 12 month calendar illustrated with digital photos of my children. It was such a hit, that Iíve improved the design and had to print quite a few more for friends and relatives this year.
Of course itís a perfect thing to provide for DPN visitors to download - maybe for a New Years gift, a late Christmas gift or just for your own use.
Itís a 12 page Microsoft Word document and the difficult bits we have pre-prepared for you include the general layout of the calendar months.
January is provided with some dummy highlighted dates to serve as a template for you. But basically, all you need to do is replace the main dummy graphics with your own images and Bobís your Uncle.
You need to be reasonably proficient in Microsoft Word as you will need to re-size your photos to make them fit suitably. For making highlighted day boxes, you will need to be able to adjust table cell properties - right click over the cell and you will see the menus you will need.
A more detailed article to accompany the calendar template file you can download will appear in a few days. For now, click here to download the DPN 2002 calendar.
And now all thatís left to be said is, enjoy your Christmas, wherever you are and letís look forward to a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2002 for all!