Giveaway: Mindgems Licenses

Six Revisions and Mindgems have teamed up to pull together some nifty software applications to be given to six winners.

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This giveaway ends on August 4, 2009 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

This was published on Jul 27, 2009


Lastwebdesigner Jul 28 2009

1-The best place to obtain free images? I don’t know, I use istockphoto or made photo on my own.
2-usually I love to listen hip-hop music, but sometimes I need rock to work better.

Suerte a todos!

Devendra Jul 28 2009 – by far the best for free stock images.

Light instrumental.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Tomas Laurinavicius Jul 28 2009

I like to listen trance music while working. Thanks for opportunity to win.

Tyler Jul 28 2009

1. Google Images for quick searches, Flickr of course as well. But you can’t get much better than going out and getting the photo you want, how you want it.

2. Often Rock/Alternative music. Something with a good beat, but nothing dance. Common examples of what I listen to while working, Maximo Park, The Killers and The Kooks. Only problem is when your a massive fan of that band, and you start singing along to the songs – doesn’t help work.

3. Yes and no, sometimes I just start singing along, like I mentioned above, but sometimes I don’t, and can get on and work very well, sometimes the radio also helps, more for the background noise aspect, or sometimes someone there to talk to, my girlfriend, actually finds it quite interesting, and learns at same time. So I need some light distraction I think to work best.

Peter Jul 28 2009

1. for free photos and istockphoto for paid fotos
2. Trance, dance and Pop depending on the assignment
3. Yes, or else music is off ;-)

thax for the opportunity to make a shot for the software.

theCount Jul 28 2009

I very rarely use stock images
I listen to drum and bass while working
yes it helps me stay focused

another great giveaway – woot!

Music definitely helps you get creative, but other times, it just interferes with your focus… Also, great contest, featured at the Zach Krasner Times

Twice Jul 28 2009

What are the best places online to obtain free stock images, and why? – the most extensive library, friendly personnel
What music do you listen to while working? – jazz
Does listening to music make your more productive? – hopefully

Andrew Jul 28 2009

I usually listen to either piano, or electronic. It totally makes me more productive.

David Kenny Jul 28 2009

1. Flickr using the advanced search to chose which photos have been put up which can be used to edit etc.
2. Radiohead, really have gave me some big boosts in creativity.
3. Yes, no doubt about it, finding the right music is a great key to creativity.

Catalin Jul 28 2009

I listen hip-hop/r&b/dance/pop while i’m working.

i use istockphoto, it’s cheap and the have my photo’s too!
coco rosie etc.
sure YES

Does listening to music help while working?

Jon Tomlinson Jul 28 2009

2) I’m a sucker for Happy Hardcore while working, it’s just enough to keep me motivated and alert.

3) I really do feel that music helps me stay productive while working. Keeps my mind focused on what I’m doing and keeps me away from other distractions.

Arnold Jul 28 2009

2. Rock!! and RnB
3. Yes,but it depends,usually the music that inspires me is about hope , somoething like that..

1) and DeviantArt are my favourites, by far. Sometimes there’s good stuff on Flickr, too.

2) I am most productive when listening to anything that involves John Frusciante. Perhaps because he’s very productive, too.

3) Not always. When I design, music is really helpful. When I need to configure someone’s website or mess with a CMS, I prefer not to hear anything other than trees outside and my computer working.

A side note: dupe means a$$ in some languages and that’s why it’s an incredibly funny word.

Chris Bishop Jul 28 2009

1) For free stock photos, I’m not really sure if this qualifies but I love Deviant Art because of the creative spin on things but primarily I like to take make and use my own.

2) I listen to a variety of things my my 2 top choices would be old school guitar rock and house.

3) oh yeah. Everything is better with music.

Jenny Arnez Jul 28 2009

I’ve found the best place for free stock images is I always find what I’m looking for and the quality is decent.

Tara Deschenes Jul 28 2009

Wow, this is cool. VERY interesting utilities and I would love me some licenses!

I usually use iStock, depending on the project. Most of the time I find I pay for the artwork I use.

As a dance music lover, I am addicted to Podcasts. Chill out is perfect to work to, like Dave’s Lounge and Anji Bee’s Chillcast. Also, more upbeat stuff like Flawless Sound, Elements 2 Dance, My House My Rules, Velvethead Lounge are great, too.

And yes, I need music while I work!

Simukis Jul 28 2009

1-So i watching for images only on google image search so that is only place for me to obtain free stock images.
2-I’m listening Trance-House-Techno DJ mixes.
3-Yeah, it makes.

Amaiko Jul 28 2009

I’m Listening to Celine Dion while working and Edith Piaf If I was the morning

1 – I usually use microstock sources such as shutterstock, flash den, graphic River, istock. Wikimedia Commons has some good old stuff in the public domain as well

2 – I work in a Pod Setting so our range of music is all over the place. We go from Snoop Dogg, to sara mclaughlin, to Imogen heap to Black Eyed Peas, to AC/DC. It’s actually pretty sweet. Thank god for Pandora and Last FM. Luckily there are enough of us in the room, once we hit our 40 hour limit, the next person plays DJ!

3 – Music most definitely enhances productivity though probably not directly. Probably more in worker attitude and work atmosphere, which then translates into a happier place and more productivity.

I often listen to Franz Ferdinand when working! why ?
Well, they rock! It can keep me working for hours non-stop

Michael Sinclair Jul 28 2009

I have to agree with Devendra in regards to free stock images. is a great resource.

As far as music goes, the right music definitely helps me to be more productive. Conversely listening to the wrong music can inhibit my productivity. When working I like to listen to music with little to no lyrics and a nice fast beat.

Dan P Jul 28 2009

I don’t listen to music while working.

I think listening to music while working can make you more productive, but may influence your work. I personally get pretty into my music when I listen to it. I may end up getting distracted, or have the tempo/lyrics/mood bleed into what I’m working on. Sometimes it’s nice inspiration. Other times it ends up driving the project the wrong way.

So I’ve cut it out

khrome666 Jul 28 2009

1- stock.xchng (; Lots and lots of photos.
2- Gothic, Metal, real hard stuff.
3- Definitely YES!

Benjamin Jones Jul 28 2009

I like to listen to classical while I work since it’s easy to get on track and not caught up in the music.

Daniela Guerrato Jul 28 2009

1. I really like Multicolor Search Lab ( It´s an online tool that can look for free pictures on flickr. And chose the color pallete I want to. Really usefull! =)
2. I really like melodic metal!
3. A lot more! Music makes me more creative. And time flows a lot faster.

Rushdi Jul 28 2009

1., easy to use, easy to browse and best of all, free.
2. Im an aspiring concept artists, so I listen to alot of post-rock while working.
3. Yeah, it absolutely helps with productivity as it puts me in the right state of mind to get creative.

Jeremy Victor Jul 28 2009

istockphoto is the site I use – although since the Corbis purchase I am not happy with the steady increase in prices.

I listen to a variety of music – Pearl Jam, Bob Marley, Phish, killers, and I use Now that site ROCKS.

Finally, music definitely inspires me and makes me more productive.

1) Google Images :P. No really, the best is to create your own, if you know how. Otherwise…flick perhaps.
2) While working I tend to listen to some soft, calm music. Even classical. When trying to figure out something Beethoven is always there to help.
3) It depends…but mostly no

Benjamin M. Strozykowski Jul 28 2009

1 – I use for stock photos. But doing a Google Image search for creative commons content is also a great resource.
2 – I tend to listen to Classical, generated white/red noise or Neuro Programmer sessions. Anything without words.
3 – I do tend to be more productive when listening to music without words. I find that solely instrumental or generated sounds keep my mind from wandering into the song’s lyrics.

Windy Phillips Jul 28 2009

I like anything without lyrics for worktime listening. It ranges from instrumental/classical to techno depending on what day of the week you find me. :) I find things without words help me focus better when working…music with lyrics I want to sing along in my head and get distracted, lol.

Thanks for coordinating a fab tools giveaway!

Jon K, Jul 28 2009

1. I second the suggestion of Stock Exchange ( Great site.

2. Mostly punk at home, some dub reggae and ambient if I’m in the office.

3. It can be if it isn’t a distraction… sometimes it works as a motivator, sometimes as a great distractor.

Christian Jul 28 2009

3. I need total silence when I develope, because I end up singing and dancing… ;)

Stuart Henry Jul 28 2009

1. If I can’t shoot it myself I use
2. I listen to whatever the iTunes Genius puts in my playlist… Ususally it’s based on The Shins / Coldplay / Death Cab.
3. Definately!

Thanks, -S

Dylan Jul 28 2009

1) – large selection, decent quality
2) Trance
3) Most certainly. If there’s too much silence, my mind gets distracted.

Corin Jul 28 2009

1. My own photos, first the the free section at
2. Goth/Industrial/Ebm ect…
3. Listening to music makes me think faster, come up with more ideas, and generally be more relaxed.

Stephen Jul 28 2009

I listen to a variety of acoustic guitarists like Kaki King, Erik Mongrain or Andy McKee, or I stream classical or trance music. I can’t listen to anything with lyrics, otherwise I get majorly distracted.

Chris Jul 28 2009 the best place online to find free photos

Mostly rock, hard rock, acoustic, alternative….but I will listen to anything

I need music when i design/develop….if I don’t then I typically will just sit there hearing every other distraction around me. Music is my Muse :)

Music is a must. Reminds me that time is actually passing instead of me being in a black hole of focus that makes me forget to eat and talk out loud and move from time to time. It also keeps the atmosphere from feeling so bleak.

I like low-key indie rock. Stars, Morphine, Mike Doughty. Occasionally I’ll let some of the more upbeat punk stuff slip into the playlist to wake me up but I really like it to be mellow overall.

Jason A Jul 28 2009

1. What are the best places online to obtain free stock images, and why?
My very own flickr account!!! Cause I took the pictures for free and I’m a phat photographer!

2. What music do you listen to while working?
I actually listen to the type of music that will put me into the mood for the site. If I’m doing a grungy site I might listen to something hard. If I’m working on a church site I might listen to something worshipful.

3. Does listening to music make your more productive?
Not necessarily. Taking breaks to do exercise is more helpful.

Jacob Jul 28 2009

2. I listen to ska when I’m working – and sometimes EDM
3. I think it helps – drowns out the noise around me (with more noise ironically enough) so I can focus on the task at hand.

Stock.xchnge or is definitely the best place for free stock images.

Dallas E Jul 28 2009

I mostly listen to rap and punk / new rock. Odd combo I guess, but I love listening to music when I am working.

Travis Jul 28 2009

1. Recently I been using Flickr…
2. Radiohead (anything post OK Computer) helps me just zone in on tedious pixel pushing. But real problem solving requires silence or Nas while pacing.
3. Definitely depends on the task and time of day

angemy Jul 28 2009

1. I have used iStockphoto for quite some time now and it always knows what I am looking for!
2. Depends on what I am working on. Slower music when I am tidying up a design or making changes, and loud beat music when I am in a bind.
3. It does indeed. I find it gives me inspiration and I am more open to trying more ideas when listening to music. Oh and I can block the office noise out too which helps!

What music do you listen to while working?

I usually listen to Metal/Screamo. It makes me creative.

Matt S Jul 28 2009

1) I’ve been using the stock.xchng ( for a few years now and have found their range of free stock images quite useful.

2) I listen to a lot of Instrumental, Classical, and some Electronic/Dance – I find Instrumental and Classical works well on lower volumes while I work, and the Electronic/Dance music is good to tap with and just for an upbeat change; keeps any tediousness to a minimal.

3) I think music makes me slightly more productive in that the work becomes more enjoyable, less tedious, and isn’t as much of a chore to complete than it would be without music. But I also think it’s good to point out that music may distract some people and lower an overall quality of work, thereby contributing to lowering quality control. To that end, I only listen to music periodically throughout the day, through the more strenuous pieces of work that arrive just in case.

Adrian Jul 28 2009

I like listening to music at .

It doesn’t make me more productive.

1) – it’s free! And old.
2) I listen to all types of music whilst engaged in work – the only type that makes me more productive 3) is Techno

Carolyn Barnett Jul 28 2009

What are the best places online to obtain free stock images, and why?Because they have huge supply and they are free.

# What music do you listen to while working?Praise and worship.
# Does listening to music make your more productive? Yes

Jarryd Jul 28 2009 because it offers usually very high quality user-submitted stock photography.

I listen to a lot of energy, dance and techno music while working on something I need to concentrate on. If just working casually I usually listen to metal.

Yes, listening to music makes me a lot more focused, and keeps me free from distractions from the outside world :)

Andrew Champ Jul 28 2009

1. Flickr

2. Metal / Hardcore (36 Crazyfists, Mastodon, etc…)

3. Yes, I feel I can concentrate more if my ears aren’t picking up random noise or conversations.

Angela Jul 29 2009

1) I use a variety of sources for images, including the free section at, the daily/weekly offering at and, and places like and flickr.

2) I will listen to a pretty eclectic mix of stuff.

3) Not always more productive, but never less (or the music is turned off).

joflizn Jul 29 2009

1. freephotosbank or my own photos
2. JMayer and AMorisette are always on top of my playlist
3. Yes and no because sometimes silence moments are far better.

Visuacademic Jul 29 2009

1. often the stock i’m searching can’t be found on or or its to expensive. thats why i usually take my own made pictures. so i can take exactly the shot i need.

2. i’m listening to german, american or finnish hiphop and also minimal/house (sven väth,dave darrell etc.) or sometimes highschool rock (is it?;))like stereos, 3Oh!3..

3. listening to music makes me relaxed and i can forget the rest of world to capitalize on my work. going skating and smoke sum cigarettes outside in breaks also makes me more productive..

KodrutZ Jul 29 2009

1. I go out and take the shots myself, or ask for help from a friend (I got one into professional photography with uber-cool pro gear who gives me A++ grade shots for beer; pretty good deal, don’t you think?)

2. Metal/ambient/darkwave/electro, sometimes even pop or ethno stuff, depends on the mood and time of day

3. I listen to music almost all the time that I am in front of my computer, and if I sometimes start dreaming, that’s just a break that comes naturally, so it’s always better to work with music playing.

WebUnicorn Jul 29 2009

2- Classic music, soft contemporary, sometimes POP
3- Of course Jul 29 2009
Yes of course!

EasilyOdd Jul 29 2009

I listen to mostly bass heavy downtempo, ambient and chill a.k.a any type of slower electronica without vocals. I find that lyrics distract me.

Yes, listening to music helps me be more productive. It’s something I can control to block a lot of the noise and other distractions of the office. It also serves as a warning to others that I shouldn’t be bothered unless necessary.

Music surely makes you more productive. It makes the working time more pleasant and less tiring. Personally I’m listening to various kinds of music it just depends on the day.

George L Smyth Jul 29 2009

1 – I would use Flickr. My guess would be that most posters there would give permission for the use of their image and would even appreciate getting a little money for it.

2 – I generally listen to ambient music.

3 – It makes me more productive because it blocks out the noise of the office.

1. I have good luck using StockXchange to find free stock photos. The large community base keeps their library fresh.

2. I listen to Yahoo! Music ( when I am working. By rating my favourite artists, it streams similar music to me, and I often discover new bands and new songs that I really like.

3. I am not sure music makes me more productive, but it does help me stay focused on my task, by getting rid of some of the distractions around me.

1. Google images. Use advanced Search to filter out images which are free.
2. DnB or anything pacy which gets you pumping
3. Yes, filters out any background ‘noise’ so that you can concentrate on the job at hand

Daniel Jul 29 2009

Music. Any type of music, all the time. :-)


Suresh Jul 29 2009

1. I use for free stock and (Jupiterimages, Corbis & Fotolia) for paid versions.

2. I love to here Rock and Jazz music.

3. Of course I think music really increases my productivity.

Teddy Jacob Jul 30 2009

1. For free images it is
2. I have varied taste for music of all kinds Alternate, Rock,Pop, lounge anything that is different from the ordinary
3. Music definitely makes me productive it acclerates my typing speed sometimes gives me hell of ideas when I am working on a design

Ziggy Jul 30 2009

* What are the best places online to obtain free stock images, and why?
iStockphoto > best images available
shutterstock > good images, fair price

* What music do you listen to while working?
“Heavy” stuff like Mahler, Gorecki etc. or Jazz or Worldmusic (Indian, Arabic, African) or Ambient (Brian Eno etc.)

* Does listening to music make your more productive?
Yes and no. Sometimes, when I have to solve design related problems, even the flap of a fly is too loud and sometimes, especially when I have to be creative, I need some inspiring music.

I generally listen to film scores. In particular, artists like James Newton Howard (my favorite), James Horner, and Howard Shore. I frequently listen to Radio Rivendell on Shoutcast, and have for several years.

When I’m not listening to music, I usually have a movie playing on my other computer or a thunder storm cd playing. It’s basically an hour long thunderstorm. No music, just the sound of the storm. Very soothing. I used to use it to sleep to.

Kmarmol Jul 30 2009

1. for free stock images, though it’s fun to take your own.
2. Anything from jazz (‘trane, miles, strata east stuff) through classical/modern composition, to dubstep;electronica and world music. Not to mention numerous BBC programs, and being locked into the Ashes cricket too.
3. As Gary Bartz said “Music Is My Life”. There’s very little i don’t soundtrack and it, and the world around it, inspires me constantly. Design would never have had the impact it’s had on me if it wasn’t for album covers (and Blue Note IS the meaning of cool). Also the ideas of the Avante Garde in any creative field can be taken to another.

1) I tend to use istock for stock photos – not free I know!
2) Music, either some nice classical or jazz or something chilled out like Jack Johnson
3) I certainly prefer to work with music on, much more relaxing

Uncleserb Jul 30 2009

1. for free images and istockphotos for commercial works

2. Mainly film scores and punk-rock… just helps me concentrate on… work??!!

Gaurav M Jul 30 2009


Dwight Jul 30 2009

1. for all the free images

2. I listen to a lot of genres.. R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock, House, Trance, Jazz and Psychadelic Rock (Pink Floyd)

3. I often work better and quicker when I listen to good music instead of working in a quit environment.

Marko Randjelovic Jul 30 2009

• Probably the best sites for free images are and Flickr (not all of Flickr, of course). I think they are the best simply because of the variety of images available.

• I mostly listen to Metal and Rock music, but I also like Jazz. That’s the stuff I listen to always, it doesn’t matter if I’m working. These days, I listen to a lot of King Crimson.

• It does make me more productive because I think that music helps me get into a “zone”. It allows me to concentrate on the work.

Imokon Jul 30 2009

What are the best places online to obtain free stock images, and why?

Morguefile, sometimes having to do with less eyecandy gets the job done faster.

What music do you listen to while working?

When I do it’s anywhere from Armani Exchange radio station to Nine Inch Nails. Depends on the project and if I want to punch it to perfection or just drown in it :)

Does listening to music make your more productive?

Yes and no, Sometimes I am more productive while listening because I pace myself (this-done-by-the-end-of-this-song-or-else)…

and like right now, productive but wore myself out and it’s 6 am and I still have two more weekdays left :/

Tadeu Jul 30 2009

* What music do you listen to while working?
– Basically rock, some Bach or Chopin is nice to hear too.

* Does listening to music make your more productive?
– Yes and no. Creative moments needs music, but to solve big problems it is better to be very quiet.

Peace Jul 31 2009

Does listening to music make you more productive?
– Listening to music helps me concentrate and keep my focus. If I need to really focus, Cole Porter or some instrumental stuff really helps!

mattahorn Jul 31 2009

What music do you listen to while working? techno, techno, techno

Does listening to music make your more productive? yes when i don’t have to think too much on what i’m doing otherwise no

Michael Jul 31 2009

theres a big list of free image resources i use. (under construction)
– search engine
– a nice community, nice tips for not so talented photographers (only monday 2 or 3 images free)
– many modern, abstract and artfull images, you can organize your images in boxes etc.

These are the resources that are on top of my “free images list” but there are many more..

@work we listen to a pop-music-radio station

@home most to minimal-techno or classic

Yes I think I´m more productive with music, creativity then jumps out of box. :)

Diego Jul 31 2009

1. is great. Google for quick reference of what I want or how to browse for it.

2. Listen to full records, usually in the pop punk spectrum; lately I’m Jangoing ’cause it has some good shuffling engine.

3.It does when it comes to design. It doesn’t when it comes to proofing or editing. Or sometimes is just not the moment for music.

kulafihi Jul 31 2009

i love listening to slow rock while working…

Neon_Spider Jul 31 2009

well the best place i have found for stock photos would be

I Love to listen to well audioslave/soundgarden….The Spill canvas…. Incubus… RHCP stuff like that when i work

and i think that i am alot more productive when there is music playing..I get distracted by silence and it helps to keep me relaxed.

Randy Jul 31 2009

Stock photos:,,
Music: Slacker Radio Alternative Rock, Pandora-My G. Love and Special Sauce station!
Music and productivity: Humm. D modeling yes, CSS no, Illustrator and PS YES!

Shawn Aug 01 2009

Listening to music definitely makes me more productive while working…until my coworkers hear me singing along and complain.

1. I like to use first.
2. I don’t listen to too much music when I’m working, but when I do it’s usually something with a lot of acoustic guitar.
3. For me, it typically makes me less productive, thus the response in #2.

1. Use – that’s got the best collection of images for web dev

2. Listing hip-hop musiz

3. Make me relaxing, but not additional productive.

1) What music do you listen to while working? Depends on my mood, sometimes instrumental, to rock, to hip hop to even Disney music.
2) Does listening to music make your more productive? Hell yes! If I’m chugging away on code I listen to fast music. If it requires a lot of focus I switch to instrumental.

2. Pandora – Paul Simon radio
3. Usually, but not always

1. I don’t use stock images much, but the first place I’ll check is for work on Creative Commons (

2. Listening to film scores, or instrumental rock (i.e. Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails).

3. Most definitely. I can’t work in silence, I need music, the louder the better.

Pranav Aug 03 2009

1. CC licensed images (
2. Indian Classical
3. Yes, it does as long as it is the Indian Classical music that is proven to act on body & mind

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