Another great URL tool–LinkBunch

Found another great URL tool. Basically, this is how it works. If you want to send a person a bunch of links, you can send them one link which will open all the links you atached to the one “big” link. Click here for more information about this tool.

A link bunch is just that – a bunch of links. Often you find several links on the web that you want to share on services such as instant messengers (Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, etc.) or microblogging platforms such as Twitter (which has a 140-character limit) and Pownce (which only has one link field). With LinkBunch, you take all those links and put them into one “bunch”, which is just one single link–which looks like a TinyURL or SnipURL link–and give that around instead. Saves space, looks cleaner and saves a few bytes of bandwidth! 🙂

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Screen Capture Tools

No longer do you have to do screen captures by pressing “CTRL + Print Screen”. Well, you can if you want and you just need a very basic screen capture but if you are needing something a little bit more sophisicated I can recommend a few to you which do more than take the normal screen capture. I admit, when I first started doing screen captures I pretty much used the method mentioned above but since that time I have discovered many useful ways to do screen captures with bonus added effects. Now I will be straight with you, some of them might cost you a pretty penny but if you do a lot of screen captures both professionally and personally I figured you might not mind spending a little money so your work can look professional and neat.

The first one that I will mention is called Faststone Screen Capture. This screen capturing tool is actually free for you to use personally but not commercially. If you plan on using it commericially a license will cost you about $20. But for the most part, many of you are doing screen captures for personal or educational purposes so its FREE. Faststone actually has the look and feel of a more expensive software program, which I will mention later on. My favorite thing about Faststone is the ability to place it on your flash drive and carry it wherever you want. Not many software programs allow this kind of service.

Here are some features of Faststone: 

  • A small handy Capture Panel that offers quick access to its capture tools and output options
  • Global hotkeys to activate screen capturing instantly
  • Capture windows, objects, menus, full screen, rectangular/freehand regions and scrolling windows/web pages
  • Capture multiple windows and objects including multi-level menus
  • Options to specify output destination (internal editor, clipboard, file, printer …)
  • Draw annotation objects such as texts, arrowed lines, highlights, watermarks, rectangles and circles
  • Apply effects such as drop-shadow, frame, torn-edge and fade-edge 
  • Add image caption
  • Resize, crop, rotate, sharpen, brighten, adjust colors …
  • Undo/Redo
  • Support external editors
  • Save in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF and PDF formats
  • Send captured images by email
  • Send captured images to Word and PowerPoint documents
  • Send captured images to a Web (FTP) server
  • Screen Color Picker
  • Screen Magnifier
  • Screen Ruler
  • Support multiple monitors
  • Run when Windows starts (optional)
  • Minimize to System Tray area
  • Small footprint in memory
  • And many more …

Another one much worthy to be mentioned is TechSmith’s SnagIt.  As I indicated above, this particular software program will cost you a pretty penny but in my opinion worth every cent (Yes, I purchased it). This screen capturing program is pretty awesome! Here are some details about what this particular program offers:

  • You can capture anything on your screen…from one stationary area to a scrolling window.
  • You can edit your screen capture by using the built in image editor.
  • You can also share, save and print your screen captures

This particular software program will have to be downloaded to your PC. Once you download you can test drive it for 30 days. Once your 30 days has expired you will have to purchase a license in order to continue to use. For pricing information go to TechSmith.

There are other software programs…some you download and others you use from your flash drive or you can download it to your PC AND use it from your flash drive. To be perfectly honest with you, I am not as familiar with these other programs. I have currently downloaded a copy of one that I just recently heard of called, Evans’ AVI Screen Capture. I plan on trying it out in the near future and will report on it here when the time comes.

Another Nifty Thrifty Tool

As I was browsing through Google Reader I came upon another useful tool for those who need to share files with other people. FileUrls is a very useful tool when the file you want to share is too large or the file is too small to post on the web. Whether you are working on a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting or you are a photographer needing to get files from another computer, FileUrls is a website that you need to add to your favorites or bookmarks. Basically it is a service that gives you a custom URL that you can give to anyone.  The largest file you can upload to FileURLs is 250MB, so don’t expect it to be the ideal service for sharing your movie collection with your friends. There are no social aspects to the service either, meaning you can’t see what other people have uploaded.

 The service is incredibly simple: You browse to the file you want to share, select how long you want the file to live on FileURLs’ servers (maximum is 7 days), and upload it. You can choose to make the file password protected if you want added security. You can watch the file progress as it’s uploaded to FileURLs, and once the upload is complete, the service returns a custom URL that you can send to anyone who needs to download your file. If you’ve created a password for the file, recipients will be prompted for it before they download. If not, the service works as easily for the recipient as it did for you–they copy/paste the URL into their browser and they’ll see a link to download your file.

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Useful Tool

Have you ever come across a URL that you dreaded having to type it in the address box? I have many, many times. Sometimes you can remedy this problem by simply bookmarking the page under your bookmarks or favorites on your browser. There are other times in which you don’t want to take the time to go to the bookmarks or favorites to get this link, you just want to be able to type it in. Well, there is a solution to this problem.  The website is http://www.tinyurl.com .  It takes long URLs and converts them into a smaller version, which in the end makes things a whole lot simplier for either yourself or the person you may have sent the link to.

Here is an example I have borrowed from a fellow blogger:

In our catalog system there is link to a James Patterson novel.  The regular URL would be as follows:

http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/search?/apatterson%2C+james/apatterson+james/1%2C4%2C334%2CB/exact&FF=apatterson+james&1%2C12%2C/indexsort=-

This can be converted to the following:

http://tinyurl.com/2h68n9

Which would you rather have?

This is a no-brainer for me.