Air Explorer – A Windows Based Software Application To Manage Your Online File Storage

October 22, 2014

Typically when we sign up for online file storage we are often given option to download software that will allow you to sync files locally with the online account. The problem with that, as in my case, I have multiple online accounts with multiple providers and do not want to burden down my computer with numerous software installs from these different providers.

To remedy this issue and to give full control in the management of your files in the cloud, at multiple (popular) providers, check out Air Explorer.

Air Explorer

Air Explorer is a Windows based program that appears to be relatively new (at least to me) that has the ability to connect to multiple online cloud servers. Air Explorer currently supports OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Mega, Copy, Mediafire, Yandex, and WebDAV. When I tested Air Explorer it effortlessly connected to each of my online accounts and appeared to be quite fast.

Air Explorer Interface

What I like about the Air Explorer concept is that I can centrally and directly manage (move, copy, delete, share) my files and can even copy files from one provider to another provider. Air Explorer provides a dual paned interface that gives you the ability to easily perform the various file operations.

Features:

Optionally Air Explorer can encrypt your files when you upload them to the cloud

Sets up multiple accounts from the same server

You can synchronize folders between any cloud or your computer

Copy/Paste between cloud servers

Pause and continue uploads and downloads

Air Exlorer can share files

Centralize search of your files across all the clouds


A Large Collection of Playable AND Printable Word Search Games

October 21, 2014

Word Search Puzzles are a great way to relax, to exercise the mind and to learn new words. I happened, just by chance, to come across a very nice online word search site (called WordSearch1.com) that I thought was worth sharing with my readers.

What I particularly like about WordSearch1 is that you can go to a full screen mode where there are no distracting advertisements. All puzzles are printable and you can even create your own puzzles (which makes this a great tool for educators).

WordSearch1.com

WordSearch1.com has a large collection of pritable word search games. The front page will randomly generate a word search from a dictionary of words. Check out the definitions of those words by hovering over the word on the left side of the game screen. My randomly generated word search puzzles are a great way to learn new dictionary words. All words are Scrabble legal, so use them to improve your play in Scrabble, Words With Friends or Lexulous.


Quick Note – The Brain Fart Class Of Note Keeping

October 13, 2014

In the heavyweight class of note keeping apps, we have Evernote and OneNote that are exceptional in that they can perform a higher level of note keeping that are best suited when researching something or we want to store something of importance (for future reference).

In the lightweight class of note keeping we have Google Keep, that is exceptional in that you can keep notes in a manner for which we keep sticky notes (for grocery lists, to do lists, reminders, etc…), that are at a lower level of importance, but we feel necessary in order for us to exist.

Each of these heavy weight and light weight apps can be quickly accessed from all of our computing platforms (such as the Windows and the Android platforms); but, did you know that there is another class of note keeping called the “brain fart” class of notekeeping?

The brain fart a class of notekeeping is where you need to make notes quickly (on the fly), as they come to mind and are only around for the short term. This is the class of note keeping where another note keeping app called Quick Note comes into the picture.  Quick Note is like having a piece of paper and pencil with you at all times; and, in appearance, Quick Note looks just like the canary yellow ruled line notepads that we all have used at one time or another.

Quick Note

Quick Note is installed as a Google Chrome App that you can make a shortcut to so that your Quick Note notepad is easily and quickly accessible at all times. To use Quick Note you need to sign up for a diigo.com account so that you never lose your notes, as they are then synchronized (and stored) to your diigo.com account.

Quick Note is especially designed for lightweight note-taking. You can use it as a simple notepad,  scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. 

★ Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu

★ Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes

★ Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes

★ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere


Nimbus Screenshot – Probably The Best Browser Screen Capture Extension In The Google Chrome Store

October 12, 2014

As a blog writer it is necessary to have a good screen capture application available. Probably the best screen capture extension in the Google Chrome Store right now is Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate.

Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate

Nimbus Screenshot fits in well with ScribeFire, that is also a Chrome browser extension, that I use to draft my blog articles. With both of these extensions in place, all articles that I compose are performed directly in my browser (Google Chrome and/or Chromium) making my writing experience much more pleasant, efficient, and faster.

Nimbus Screenshot gives you the ability to capture a whole Web page (snipping tool), a part of it or the whole browser window. Built in is an optional editor, with a very user-friendly interface, where you can edit your captures, crop your images; AND, add text (or comments), lines, arrows, circles, rectangles, etc… When done you can save your screenshots to your Google Drive or Nimbus account. The free Nimbus account allows you to save up to 100 mbs of data a month.

As a side note, which I need to explore further; Nimbus also offers, in a addition to the Google Chrome browser extension, a screen capture app for the Windows, Android, and Firefox platforms.


Text Mechanic – An Online Suite Of Text Manipulation Tools

October 10, 2014

Text Mechanic is the tool I use to count the number of links I have listed at Bookmarks4Techs.com, where I currently have over 800 information technology related links listed.

Text Mechanic offers a broad array of tools that include:

  • Basic Text Tools
  • Obfuscation Tools
  • Randomization Tools
  • Combination / Permutation Tools
  • Numeration Tools

I encourage you to take a look at Text Mechanic, where  I am sure you will find a use for one of the tools that is listed (that ultimately can save you a great amount of time).

Text Mechanic


Free Online OCR Service To Convert Scanned PDF And Images To Editable Text

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.

Online OCR

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

How To Bulk Edit In Pocket

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

Pocket - Bulk Edit

  1. Go to the Pocket Website.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To leave Bulk Edit mode without making any changes, click the x button.

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