A Very Simple To Use App To Take Screenshots On Your Android Phone

August 31, 2017

Taking a screenshot on an Android phone is typically possible by holding down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. This is tricky to do; and saving or sharing the screenshot requires too many hoops to jump through.

A solution that I found is a small app called “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”. Once the app is launched and enabled, you simply go to the notification area of the phone (at the top) to initiate the capture sequence. Once initiated, a grid will appear on the screen that will allow you to crop your selection; then, you can subsequently share the screenshot through other apps (such as your email). I have tried many screenshot apps and this one is the simplest I have found to use and is now a keeper on my phone.


SOURCE: Google Play – Selection – Screenshot & Crop (to install on your Android Smartphone, open the Google Play app on your phone and search for “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”)


The World’s No. 1 Mobile Document Scanning And Sharing App (for Android).

August 26, 2017

The world’s No. 1 mobile document scanning and sharing app is how “CamScanner” is described on Google Play. CamScanner is an app that has been exclusively developed to scan documents, pictures, etc. using your smartphone.  How good is it?  Well, I use it a lot and don’t even use the scanner that is with my computer anymore when it comes to scanning anything. The reason for that is that CamScanner is much faster than the scanner attached to your computer, is portable (because it is on my smartphone) and after I scan a document or picture, it automatically aligns the result and is saved to my phone (as a PDF file or image file). I can also upload the scanned result to my Google Drive.

I typically do not purchase apps or software and look for the free stuff; however, CamScanner is the exception. I highly recommend this app.

CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.

Features:

Mobile Scanner  – Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.

Optimize Scan Quality – Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp

Quick Search – By entering any keyword, you’ll see a list of docs with the word in their titles, notes or images (Registrants only)

Extract Texts from Image – OCR (optical character recognition) extracts texts inside single page for further editing or .txt sharing. (Licensed only)

Share PDF/JPEG Files – Easily share docs in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the doc link

Print & Fax – Instantly print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer; directly fax docs to over 30 countries right from the app

Collaboration – Invite friends or colleagues to view and comment on your scans in a group. (Registrants only)

Advanced Editing – Making annotations or adding customized watermark on docs are made available for you

Secure Important Docs – Set passcode for viewing important docs; meanwhile, when sending doc link, you can set password to protect it

Sync across Platforms – Sign up to sync documents on the go. Just sign in to any smartphone, tablet or computer (visit www.camscanner.com) you own and you can view, edit and share any document. (Registrants only)


SOURCE: Google Play – CamScanner


A Nice Android Screen Capture and Photo Markup Tool

July 26, 2017

Grabbing a screenshot on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, can be a pain in the droid…

Typically, you can hold down the power button and volume down button simultaneously to perform a screen capture; however, on a phone like mine, that maneuver is quite difficult. Besides, if you are not familier with using an Android file manager, locating the file is another frustration.

The solution is an app that is designed to perform screen captures. Today, I tried quite a few of them; five of them to be exact; and, the one I settled on was one called Screen Master. What I really like about this app is that it is FREE; has a small size less than 5 MBs; no rooting is required; can crop captured images; can easily share whatever it is you capture; and, with the photo markup tool you can add text, arrows, circles, and even turn the captured area into a shape (such as a heart)… As a matter of fact, you can use the photo markup tool to work with existing photos on your device.

Screen Master has a mid level learning curve, but once you get the hang of using Screen Master you will wonder why something like this is not already built into Android.

 Screen Master: Screenshot & Photo Markup- screenshot

Key Features:

1. Capture Screenshot, included:

– Selection screenshots
– Take screenshots by floating button
– Shake to take screenshots
Note: Floating button and Shake function are available on Android 5.0 or later

2. Image Markup, included:

– Cropping and rotation
– Photo Pixelated
– Add text on photo, custom color, style, size
– Doodle on photo, all tools you need: Arrow, Rect, Circle, Pen
– Large images can be directly annotated and do not have to be cropped
– Not only screenshots but all images are supported, you could import photo from gallery
– HD save and share with your friends

SOURCE: Google Play – Screen Master: Screenshot and Photo Markup


Boost Your Smartphone Performance and Free Memory With Ashampoo Droid Optimizer

July 24, 2017

You may have installed and used many of the software products developed by Ashampoo on your Windows Computer. Now I see Ashampoo has developed an android phone optimizer that you may want to try on your Android smartphone, called Ashampoo Droid Optimizer. There are tons of these optimizers on the Google Play store and I said what the heck, so I installed it on my LG Stylo 2 smartphone and so far I am liking it (especially, that I am not seeing ads popping up).

Against data chaos – Installed apps, downloaded files, photos, music, videos – over time, your smartphone will become cluttered and slow. Declutter your phone and reclaim disk space with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For your privacy – Browsing the Internet with your smartphone leaves various traces that can be used to violate your privacy. And let’s face it, do you really know all the time what device permissions your installed apps have? Get rid of Internet traces and expose potential spy apps with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

For prolonged battery life – The integrated Good Night scheduler can disable features such as WLAN or mobile connectivity automatically during customizable time periods. Put your smartphone to sleep at night and conserve precious battery power with Ashampoo Droid Optimizer.

With fun and motivation – Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. Ashampoo Droid Optimizer comes with a ranking system that uses achievements and funny pictures to keep you motivated. You will clean your way from novice to master in no time.

Free and without ads – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer is and will remain free to use and without ads.

For all Android devices – Ashampoo Droid Optimizer works with Android 2.3 and higher devices which is practically every device.

SOURCE: Ashampoo Droid Optimizer


An Impressive and Simple Video Calling App

June 12, 2017

My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…

If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…

 Google Duo- screenshot

Features of Google Duo are:

Simple interface
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

Knock Knock
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.

Audio Calls
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.

SOURCE: Google Duo


Geek Squeak #17-026: A Smart Clipboard For Your Android Phone

June 9, 2017

I have a LG phone and it has its’ own built in clipboard manager to store anything I copy and paste; however, it is not the best and I often forget about it due that it is hard to find.  It also does not have many features.

Well this all changed for me when I found Clipo: Smart Clipboard Manager. In a nutshell, with Clipo you will get a floating bubble after you copy text, etc… to the clipboard that gives you a multitude of options to take what you copied and perform a multitude of tasks (see features below).  One thing to point out, I mentioned that Clipo has a floating bubble.  This feature will need to be turned on in Clipo’s setting. If you don’t like the floating bubble, then simply go to the Clipo app to select what you want to do with what you clipped (or copied).  Clipo, itself is a clipboard manager that stores everything you copy…

 Clipo: Smart Clipboard Manager- screenshot thumbnail

Features:

👍 No Ads, No Freemium Stuff, No Donations! Free Clipboard made for you!

👍 See all your clips, in a clean and intuitive materially designed list! You can quickly copy an older clip to the Clipboard for using!

👍 Search: Get a quick action to search the copied text on the search engine of your choice – Google, Bing, Baidu, AOL, DuckDuckGo!

👍 Call: Filters your clips and detects phone numbers to give you a one tap to call experience!

👍 Add to Contacts: Filter phone numbers and quickly add to contacts!

👍 Open Link: Quickly open a link in your clip!

👍 Shorten Link: Quickly shorten a url and get it to share quickly!

👍 Email: Detect emails and get a tap to write email action!

👍 QR Code: Convert text to QR code instantly with one tap and share it to your friends!

👍 Define: Quickly get meanings to words you copy! Get notification for the definition and also inside app anytime!

👍 Speak Out: Speak out the word you copied with one tap!

👍 Translate: One tap to translate the text you copied to the language of your choice!

👍 Export: Export to SD Card

👍 Export/Import/Backup: Backup and Import your clips!

👍 Get a floating bubble when you copy text!

👍 Mark Clips as favorites, archive them for later!

👍 Select your notification background from a wide variety of colors!

👍 Timeout and automatically remove notifications


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Geek Squeak #17-015: You Need A Document Scanner On Your Smartphone

June 2, 2017

Did you know that you can scan documents with your smartphone?  Sure, you can take a photo of a document; however, there are apps out there specifically designed to scan documents by taking a snapshot of the document, squaring it up, converting it to other formats (such as JPG and PDF), and saving it to the cloud (or sharing directly with others).  My favorite is CamScanner (SEE VIDEO BELOW).

To see CamScanner and others you need to see the 10 best document scanner apps at Android Authority (SEE SOURCE LINK BELOW)

Smartphones are useful for so many things. One of the less typical use cases are for digitizing documents. It’s very helpful for things like scanning forms into PDF format, scanning receipts for taxes, and even scanning a filled out form for email. You are no doubt here because you fit into one of those use cases. Worry not because we can help. Here are the best document scanner apps for Android… READ MORE


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