3 cool tools  Kuler DuckCapture Loads InMost of us like freebie web tools we can use almost instantly. Don’t throw a 100-page manual at us. Give us something we can use today. And make it something useful and reputable. Put me in this category. So here’s a sneak peek into my toolbox of three gems I use regularly.

Yup. It’s a three-item list. The last thing anyone needs is yet another article listing 50 Internet tools. (OK, sometimes such lists have some good picks, if you have a week to wade through and sort the good from the garbage.) The three picks below are cool tools I use regularly. In other words, I recommend them!

Kuler by Adobe: Don’t ever be frustrated with colour selection again! This is a little gem, and a lot fun to play with! You can register and create an account, but you can also use this tool for free without registering. Upload a photo and you can instantly see colour specifications in a variety of formats (CMYK, RGB, HEX, etc). You can also play with the existing colour circle. Choose a base colour, and the Kuler will show you additional complementary, monochromatic, compound, shades and more colours that all create cohesive palettes. Tip: To get started, click Create on the left menu

Loads In: If you’re a web surfer (and hey, that’s all of us today) you know the frustration over waiting for slow websites to load. Well, most of us rarely wait. We click and move on. Slow loading websites result in visitor abandonment. Period. It’s a critical issue. Your website should be loading in 4 seconds or less. No, that’s not a joke. Four seconds or less. If it’s not, you NEED a tuneup. Or, at least some digging to find the problem. Don’t delay. Unless you want to lose more potential web visitors.

DuckCapture: This is one of those simple tools that comes in handy so often, you’ll be glad you have it ready to go. Duck Capture is a screen capture tool. For example, you can quickly capture an image, icon, or any region from a website. Have you ever had an error message pop up on your computer and you can’t remember what it said, or even explain it to a techie? Simply use Duck Capture to capture an image of the popup message. Voila! You can now email the ‘capture’. Once you create a ‘capture’, you can also add annotations if you like.