September 29, 2014
There are numerous PDF converters available that claim to convert PDF files to Microsoft Word or Excel documents. What typically occurs is that the converter turns the PDF into an image and then inserts the image into the Word or Excel document. The end result is that you still cannot edit the contents or text in the inserted file.
SOLUTION: Go to Online OCR , sign up for the FREE account, upload your PDF and the magic will happen (the file will actually be converted to a Word or Excel document that you can work with). Online OCR is an online optical character resolution service that does a fine job of extracting text from PDF and image files. Online OCR recently saved me from re-typing a four page PDF file where I needed to edit the text in the PDF. I uploaded the PDF to Online OCR and the service did an excellent job of converting the file to a readable and editable Microsoft Word file format.
OnlineOCR.net is a free web-based Optical Character Recognition software (OCR) that allows you to convert scanned PDF documents (including multipage files), faxes, photographs or digital camera captured images into editable and searchable electronic documents including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Rtf, Html and Txt.
OnlineOCR.net also allows and supports:
- automatic image rotation
- full-page deskew on images
- creation black and white images from color and grayscale image file
- retain non-text color regions for reinsertion into the output document
September 28, 2014
I figured I would throw this out there for those of you who use the online service called Pocket.
Straight from the horses’ mouth, Pocket is a FREE online service that was developed to “help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline”. It is sort of like a bookmarks manager that is a whole lot more. I am a big user of Pocket and rate it up there in my top five of productivity applications.
Over a period of time of using Pocket you will accumulate numerous bookmarked or saved items. One question that I had was this, “How do you bulk edit to remove multiple specific items from Pocket?”. In my case, I wanted to perform some housekeeping and wanted to remove some items and keep others. It would be time consuming to individually delete items that I did not want; especially, that I have hundreds of tagged and bookmarked items in my Pocket.
As I always have said, “if you can think it, it has been done and is out there somewhere”… I found on the Pocket site the following information:
Bulk Edit helps you perform actions on groups of items at once. These actions include: Archive, Favorite, Tag, and Delete.
How to Use Bulk Edit
- Go to the Pocket Website.
- While viewing your List, hold the Control key (on Windows) or Command key (on Mac) and click on an item in your List. It will turn yellow, indicating that you have selected it and entered Bulk Edit mode.
- Select additional items by clicking on them while continuing to hold the Control or Command keys. You can also hold the Shift key and click on a second item to select everything in between.
- Once you’ve made your selection, click the action in the top toolbar that you wish to perform: Archive, Favorite, Delete, or Add Tag. If you’re in the Archive, the + button will be available to Re-add the selected items to your List.
- To leave Bulk Edit mode without making any changes, click the x button.
September 27, 2014
If you are familiar with sticky notes, then you need to take a look at Google Keep. Google Keep is Google’s electronic version of sticky notes. With Google Keep you can create notes quickly and easily; AND, since it is a Google Application you can sync your notes using your Google account. This means you can get to your notes from virtually anywhere (i.e. Android Phone, Android Tablet, Android Wearable, and through the Google Chrome Web App on the internet).
I have thoroughly tested (and used) Google Keep since its’ inception; making it one of my favorite applications.
Initially when Google released Google Keep there was a lot of hype comparing it to the popular notekeeping app called Evernote. To me this was a inaccurate comparison. Evernote is at the more comprehensive level of note keeping, whereas Google Keep is at the basic level of note keeping (such as grocery lists, check lists, products you want to remember, and the list goes on and on). The more I use Google Keep, the more I love it.
To get you started, Google Keep for the Google Chrome Browser is available [here] and Google Keep for the Android tablet and smartphone platforms is available [here]
Notes & lists in Google Keep – You can create notes on the go with Google Keep on your Android phone or tablet, on your Android wearable, and on your browser. You can pick colorful notes, make a check list, insert a picture and can create an archive to keep old notes
Reminders in Google Keep – You can add time and location reminders to new and existing notes in Google Keep.
Search & sync in Google Keep – Your notes are automatically synced to Google so you can view them on other devices and the web.
September 5, 2014
I actually featured Advertputt on the blog in the past. Advertputt is a putt putt golf game that you play in your browser. It is actually like a demo page, by damp gnat, that they will setup for you (if you are a business), in the form of advergaming, as a marketing strategy.
Anyhow, the objective of Advertputt is to get all 12 holes in as few as putts as you can. Use the mouse to aim and adjust the power for each putt. All of the holes are sponsored.
August 27, 2014
Looking for a way to convert your favorite music videos to MP3? Look no further… I have been on the hunt for an online YouTube video to MP3 converter and found quite a few; HOWEVER, I finally settled with a FREE service called convert2mp3.net – Online Video Converter. This service is cloud based, which means everything can be done to make the conversion by using your web browser, which means “no software to install”. I think the things that impressed me the most with convert2mp3.net is the built in search component, how fast the conversion takes place and that the end result of the conversion is excellent; PLUS, unlike many of the other services I tried, there are no surprise pop-up ad pages (that looked pretty shady to me).
Search for a video on YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo or Clipfish and copy & paste the link (URL) of the video in the first box, select the file type and press “convert”. Alternatively you can search for a Youtube video directly. Just enter the video title in the second form and press “search”
August 27, 2014
If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.
Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.
Connect a Cloud Ready printer
If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.
Connect a classic printer
To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.
If you are like me, you most likely have a classic printer. The instructions to install a classic printer is as follows:
Once Google Chrome is installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.
- Turn your printer on.
- Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
- If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.
August 26, 2014
Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players.
Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player), that appears to be VERY NEW at the Google Chrome Store. What is unique about TTWR player is that does not pull music from the cloud (the internet); instead, it pulls the music from your local drive(s) using a web Google Chrome browser based user interface. The interface is minimalistic and easy to navigate. Simply browse for a music folder on your computer and TTWRP will begin playing your music. You can do a song loop, a song list loop or song list shuffle. Pretty cool idea for a browser based player that ultimately makes playing your locally stored music an easy task. I am interested in seeing this app being developed further and feel this is a definite plus for people who have Google Chromebooks (click here to see a Chromebook). Again, this appears to be a very new app (so expect a glitch or two).