A couple of bugs in the system can cause major problems. When computers are causing problems, you’ll wish you had hired an IT support company sooner.

The benefits of an IT support company become apparent when everyone is running around wringing their hands without a clue what to do.

Before you run out and hire the first company you come upon, read this article for five tips that will help you select the best company for you.

What to Look for in an IT Support Company

Hiring the first IT professional that darkens your door may prove to be more of a horror than not having any help at all. You’re opening up your systems to a stranger and their IT services. You want to make sure they are trustworthy.

1. Assess Your Company’s Goals

Before you look for an IT Services company, you need to know why you need their help. Do you have anyone in-house that can help with small issues?

If you have someone that is in-house and takes care of the smaller issues, you may only need access to senior technological issues.

2. Look for a Team

Having a team of professionals on your side can allow you to get faster service. You will also have access to people that may know other aspects of tech than if you just hired a one-man operation.

The team that you hire should work well together and have a good leader.

3. Look for Positive & Negative Reviews

When doing your research online, don’t purely look at on their website testimonials. You also should not only look at off-site positive reviews. You need to see the whole picture.

Read negative reviews can help you see if there are deeper issues you need to ask questions about. You may also see that the negative reviews are somewhat frivolous and won’t bother you or your company’s goals.

4. Ask for Referrals

Any good IT support company will be able to give you the names and means to contact referrals. If they don’t have referrals yet that either means they’ve not done good work for their previous clients or that they are a new company.

Allowing a new company to handle your IT can be scary, so make sure you trust them and that they have the proper training if you do decide to go with a new company.

5. Communication & Response Time

How quickly does the company respond when you reach out to them?

Is it easy to communicate with them?

Lack of communication and slow response times can cause major problems in your company. Hire someone that gets back to you and fixes the problem quickly.

Keep Your Business Moving Along Nicely

Now that you know how to find a good IT support company, you’re likely to want to go through other information to help your business.

Computers aren’t the only thing that can cause problems. What about other electronics and setups?

Read our article about electric cables and what you need to know about them so you can be the handy cable hooker-uper in your company.

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Adobe XD: Introduction and Free Preview Build For Apple macOS Users

Adobe’s free tool for designers that will give them a whole lot of new features. Adobe XD is a design and prototyping tool which is currently free to download. The first version was released in March 2016 and there is still much more to come.

What is Adobe XD?

Adobe Experience Design (XD) is a tool for designers that lets them create interactive prototypes of apps and websites. It is a drag-and-drop software which is literally a piece of cake to use.

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Adobe XD 0.5 is the first public preview version and is available on Adobe’s official website as a free download. The very first version consists of following features:

• A design tool
• A prototyping tool
• Cross-platform integration
• Sharing feature that allows smooth sharing of prototypes and designs
• Easy-to-use
• Drag-and-drop builder
• Fast performance with no lags

The next update is scheduled to be released anytime at the end of this year which will add more power to the existing features. Some of the features that are expected to be released with the first update include:

• A better color picker tool
• Scrollable content
• A powerful design tool with rich text, gradients, effects and more
• Support for Windows 10
• Powerful prototype tool with mobile testing feature, integration at micro level, and an improved prototype sharing feature
• Addition of layers
• Inclusion of API layer

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These updates are not expected to be released all at once rather these will be released in chunks. By the end of this year, all these features will become the part of Adobe XD.

A Closer Look at the Adobe XD

Adobe XD has two tabs; design and prototype. These tabs can be selected as per need.

The design tab is where you design the app or the website. It lets you design the layout in an easy-to-use interface. The designers just have to drag and drop the objects, images, shapes etc. on the frame. Objects can be edited easily, for example, you can use repeat grid to create a duplicate wireframe in no time. Those who have used Adobe Illustrator need no more than an hour to get used to the interface.

The prototype is the tab which allows you to create interactive workflow by linking objects and screens. It lets you develop a linked workflow of your app or website that you are creating. Again, establishing these links is super-easy. Just drag the arrow to the screen of your choice to create a link.

Creating a design for your app or for your first website with Adobe XD 0.5 is not a big deal. It is just a matter of a few hours. If you are into this field, Adobe XD is one of the tools that you cannot miss. Though it has only the basic features for now but imagine its strength with the release of the updates. It is sure to become better over time.

When Adobe XD was released, it was downloaded by more than 75K users in just two days. Since then, downloads have multiplied exponentially. Adobe can now take the risk of investing money in its new tool as they have seen the huge demand.

Things will get better in the coming days. Keep following Adobe XD.

Apple macOS users can download the free preview build and try Adobe XD here -> http://www.adobe.com/products/experience-design.html

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