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Online finds of ’07
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First Published: Thu, Jan 17 2008. 11 46 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jan 17 2008. 11 46 PM IST
This free service turns your camera phone or digital camera into a virtual “mobile copy centre” by converting photographs of written or printed material into near-scan quality digital documents that can be easily archived or shared. With Qipit, you can turn images of documents (book excerpts, newspaper clippings and so on), notes and whiteboards into digital copies (PDFs), share them via email or fax, often even from your smart phone. Qipit is based on advanced, patented image processing technologies developed by Realeyes3D, a camera phone applications developer whose products reportedly have been embedded in more than 28 million phones.
You may have heard of this Web service because paeans have been sung for it far and wide. It offers 2GB of free backup space. You don’t have to set up anything, nor are there any payments to be made, no conditions, no expiry date. Backups—especially off-site—are the best possible insurance against virus attacks, disk drive disasters and office gremlin follies. What you get in the Mozy bargain is open/locked file support, 128-bit SSL encryption, 448-bit Blowfish encryption, automatic scheduled backups, email backups and much more.
Text Analyser
If you want to analyse your text documents in terms of statistics, point your browser here. This tool gives you statistics on word count, unique words, word frequency, number of sentences, average number of words per sentence, lexical density and a rating on the Gunning Fog Readability Index (a readability test designed to show how easy or difficult a text is to read). Yes, Microsoft Word also gives you something similar, but that is limited to just character, word, line and para counts. If you think the 10,000-character limitation of Text Analyser is a handicap and want to check longer documents with even more detailed analysis, sign up as a member for the advanced version. The accompanying Word Analyser database contains information about 97,000 English words. It lets you check a word on grammatical connotations and usage simply by keying in the word.
What do you do when you have to transmit a very large file across the Internet? No, we’re not talking about a 10-20MB size file. Most Web mail services today already do it with ease. We are also not talking about chopping up the file into smaller bits using a file-splitting program and then having them reassembled at the other end. We’re talking about some 500-600MB—or more—of computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, video clips, high-res images... Even file hosting services such as YouSendIt, RapidShare or MegaUpload can’t do it beyond a couple of hundred megabytes. But GigaSize allows you to zip across up to 600GB per file for free and 2GB per file with a premium account. Bookmark this for a rainy day.
Short Text Service
This is perhaps one of the simplest, no-fuss tools to post text and messages online. You don’t even have to sign up for the service or login each time you post some text (up to 30,000 characters). You can also treat it like a permanent text clipboard on the Internet to cut-paste text between computers located anywhere. All you need to do is copy-paste or enter the text you want online into the text dialogue box on the site, click on the Create URL button, and beam it. You can also keep your data private with the help of a unique passkey, or leave it open for public viewing. What’s more, you can link to pictures or videos on the Net and also allow comments.
Rich Chart Live
If you are tired of conjuring the same stale, humdrum, oft-seen graphs that Excel churns out every time, use this online service to generate something refreshing, visually rich and even animated. Again, no downloads or installs required. You can start with the free version—and even stick to it if you don’t mind a small logo appearing on each of your charts. The data can be input by importing, copy-pasting from Excel or typing in manually. Almost all chart elements are customizable. Once you’ve finished, you can export the chart as PowerPoint or Flash file. One major drawback: You can’t save anything on the site and come back to edit it.
This is an easy-to-use Web-based presentation building service that can create some impressive Flash presentations incredibly fast. Your creations can be based on your own collection of photographs, video clips, charts, music, audio, etc. (upload 100MB in size) or you can blend in content from the Web from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and PhotoBucket. You can create a fusion of these elements, pick backgrounds, colours, textures from within Vuvox, and then share your creation with the world.
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First Published: Thu, Jan 17 2008. 11 46 PM IST