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Fall in Love with OCR Terminal

Posted by grizzlymedia on May 1, 2009

http://www.ocrterminal.com/

OCR Terminal: Free Online OCR – Convert PDF to word, jpeg to word, scanned images to editable text via kwout

I just have to tell you about what is probably my favorite Web 2.0 tool yet, thanks to Lisa Nocita, a library media specialist in Kansas. And if you ever need to convert PDF files to .doc files aka Word documents or .rtf files, you are going to thank your lucky stars that you are my friend and that I was the one who introduced you to OCR Terminal. And I am about to save you the $449.00 you would have to pay for Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro that you may only need occasionally to convert the odd file, when all you need to do is highlight it or work with it more easily. Now if you are doing a lot of work with PDF files, then by all means, go ahead and buy Acrobat 9 Pro, it is a great product with many more capabilities, but if you are like me, just going to graduate school, needing to read a paper you’ve saved, want to be able to highlight a few points for your own use, maybe cut and paste the important parts to a new file (note: don’t steal other people’s work; remember we’re talking about using this for citation purposes, not plagiarizing!) or delete the stuff you know you won’t use, then OCR Terminal is perfect, and it even looks good in most instances. You can even convert scanned files to text easily with OCR Terminal. You can convert up to 30 pages a day for free, so I guess if you’re busy one day, you may have to wait until the next day to convert all of your files. Actually, I don’t think they notice if you log out and login again that you’re doing over 30 pages a day. I think it is actually 30 pages per login. You may also be thinking to yourself, “How can I convert my files to PDF format for free?” Well, you can use CutePDF to do that. You have to download the software, but it is free. It acts like it is one of your printers, but it isn’t, obviously. When you select it as the printer, all it does is convert the selected document to a PDF file. You can also do this with Zamzar, and supposedly Zamzar goes both ways–PDF to .doc and vice versa, but I did not have good results being able to work with my file once I converted it from PDF to .doc or .rtf. So my advice would be to stick with OCR Terminal for that. And if you just can’t think of anything else to do with your $449, email me and I’ll send you my address so you can send me a check. 🙂

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(dılɟ puɐ) ¡ʇıʞunɥɔ ɥʇıʍ unɟ

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 20, 2009

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˙ʞuıl ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ǝɹǝɥ ʞɔılɔ ˙dılɟ ɥʇıʍ ‘ooʇ ‘ʇı op uɐɔ noʎ ¿sıɥʇ pıp ı ʍoɥ ʍouʞ oʇ ʇuɐʍ˙pǝʞɔolq ǝq ʎɐɯ ʎǝɥʇ ǝɹǝɥʍ looɥɔs ʇɐ ʇou ǝɹɐ noʎ ɟı ɥɔʇɐʍ uɐɔ noʎ soǝpıʌ ɹǝɥʇo ǝɯos oslɐ ǝɹɐ ǝɹǝɥʇ ˙ƃuıuıɐʇɹǝʇuǝʎlǝʇɐɹǝpoɯ sı ʇɐɥʇ oǝpıʌ ǝdʎʇ-ʇɟɐɹɔ uoɯɯoɔ/ɹǝʌǝɟǝl ǝǝl ɐ s,ǝɹǝɥʇ ‘uoıʇɐɔıldxǝ ɹǝɥʇɹnɟ pǝǝu noʎ ǝsɐɔ uı ʇnq ‘uoıʇɐuɐldxǝ ɥɔnɯ pǝǝu ʇ,usǝop ʎllɐǝɹ ʇıʞunɥɔ ˙ʇıʞunɥɔ ɐıʌ sǝʇıs ʞɹɐɯʞooq ʎlısɐǝ uɐɔ noʎ os oƃııp ɹo sn˙oıɔı˙lǝp ǝʞıl ǝɹnʇɐǝɟ ƃuıʞɹɐɯʞooq lɐıɔos ɐ sǝpnlɔuı oslɐ ʇıʞunɥɔ ˙pǝɹınbǝɹ ƃuıʇsɐd puɐ ƃuıʇʇnɔ ou–ǝsɐǝld noʎ ɹǝʌǝɯoɥʍ oʇ ʞunɥɔ ǝɥʇ lıɐɯǝ oʇ noʎ ɹoɟ ƃuıʇıɐʍ ǝɹǝɥʇ ƃuıʇʇıs ʇsnɾ uoʇʇnq ɐ s,ǝɹǝɥʇ ‘puǝıɹɟ ɐ ɹo ɟlǝsɹnoʎ oʇ puǝs oʇ ʇuɐʍ noʎ ʞunɥɔ ɐ puıɟ noʎ ɟı ˙uǝǝɹɔs ǝɥʇ ɟo ǝpıs ʇıʞunɥɔ ǝɥʇ uo pǝʇɥƃılɥƃıɥ uǝʌǝ sı ɯɹǝʇ ɥɔɹɐǝs ɹnoʎ ˙sʞunɥɔ ʇıʞunɥɔ ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ǝuo puɐ ‘ǝuıƃuǝ ɥɔɹɐǝs ɹnoʎ ɹoɟ ǝuo :sɹɐq lloɹɔs oʍʇ ɥʇıʍ ɟlɐɥ uı pǝpıʌıp sı uǝǝɹɔs ɹnoʎ ˙sʇsod ƃolq puɐ ‘uozɐɯɐ ‘ǝqnʇnoʎ ‘ɐıpǝdıʞıʍ ‘sǝɔɹnos sʍǝu sɐ ɥɔns sǝdʎʇ snoıɹɐʌ oʇuı pǝpıʌıp uoıʇɐɯɹoɟuı ɟo “sʞunɥɔ” oʇuı sʇlnsǝɹ ɥɔɹɐǝs ǝɥʇ uʍop ƃuıʞɐǝɹq ʎlsnoǝuɐʇlnɯıs ǝlıɥʍ ǝuıƃuǝ ɥɔɹɐǝs ǝʇıɹoʌɐɟ ɹnoʎ ɥʇıʍ ƃuolɐ qǝʍ ǝɥʇ ɥɔɹɐǝs noʎ sʇǝl ʇɐɥʇ uo-ppɐ ɹǝsʍoɹq ɐ sı ʇıʞunɥɔ ¿ʇıʞunɥɔ ʇnoqɐ zznq ǝɥʇ s,ʇɐɥʍ os

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Mars–Still Crazy After All These Years

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 14, 2009

http://earth.google.com/mars/giovanni.html

Google Earth via kwout

It’s always fun to visit Google on “special” days–you know, the ones where the Google logo isn’t just its ordinary cool primary color logo. I mean those special days when the Google artists redesign the Google logo to reflect a special occasion. All you have to do to find out what the logo’s all about is click on the fancy logo, and you get a search of the topic in question. Today’s Google logo reflects the fact that today is the 174th birthday of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Don’t worry if you forgot to pick up a present for Giovanni’s party–he’s not still around for his birthday bash, obviously.  But in 1890 when he was still rockin’, ol’ Giovanni created a pretty cool map of Mars. You can go to YouTube to see a video about how to view a more modern map of Mars thanks to Google Earth. You can also download Google Earth 5.0. Google Earth lets you see maps of the Earth, Mars, or the sky. Click here for a link to the YouTube video and also a download for Google Earth 5.0. And visit our library’s databases to find out more about other astronomers like Giovanni Schiaparelli.

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Imagination Cubed: Imagination to the Third Power!

Posted by grizzlymedia on March 4, 2009

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I just discovered a cool new Web 2.0 app from GE called Imagination Cubed (yes, that GE, General Electric, the company whose slogan is “Imagination at Work”). I think it would be great for mathematics, art, elementary and middle school students, and for working with a SmartBoard. Heck, it’s great just for fun! You just go to Imagination Cubed, click on the marker, and draw or write. Whenever you let go of your mouse, you let go of the marker, so it’s not annoying like an Etch-a-Sketch. Hate what you’ve got on the screen so far? Just hit clear. To make sure you haven’t accidentally cleared a masterpiece, Imagination Cubed double checks your selection. From a file button, you can print, send, check to see when your work of art was created, or add a grid to make it perfectly perfect. There’s also a tool button. From there, you can trade your pen for shapes, a stamper, lines, a typing tool, and backgrounds–all in pretty, pretty colors. After your creation is complete, you can replay it–again and again until you throw up. Or email it to your friends so they can throw up. You can even invite your friends (as if you have any!) to draw along with you. This is the ultimate Web 2.0 toy! Well, OK, it isn’t, because you can’t embed these lovely drawings. I blame it on their ephemeral quality. But they are otherwise perfectly delightful. Just. Like. Us.

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Be Your Own Journalist with Fodey Newspaper Generator

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 21, 2009

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Musicovery is a Blast

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 20, 2009

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Musicovery. It looks pretty. And it sounds pretty. Or however you want it to sound. Like the 50s, or the 80s, or today. Or maybe you want to narrow your music to rock, disco, or latin. Whatever you like, Musicovery likes. You can stream the music on your computer, or download their widget for your Nokia phone. You can even listen to your Musicovery library on your .mp3 player via iTunes, but only if you use a Mac. There’s even an app for the Wii, apparently, but I don’t have a Wii, so I couldn’t figure out how it worked, and the site didn’t explain it. You can have a basic account for free, or pay four dollars a month for a premium account, which gets you better quality music, better service, and no ads. The site isn’t perfect, but if you want access to a big variety of music and you want to be able to select music according to mood or genre, then maybe you should give Musicovery a try.

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Be Funky!

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 9, 2009

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As you know,  if you’ve ever read this blog more than once or twice, I love a good Web 2.0 app. And now I have found a new one, BeFunky, which has stolen my heart. Although we did have a little lover’s quarrel at first when BeFunky refused to embed. But like any good lover of worthwhile Web 2.0 tools, I refused to be defeated, and I shall share my secrets with you. Here is what BeFunky can do for you, and how you can force it into submission. Here is the step-by-step scoop:

  • Click on “Get Started Now!”
  • Select an application: Cartoonizer, Warholizer, Charcola, Patriotic, Inkify, LineArtopia, Stenciler, Sunburst, or Scribbler (Variety is the spice of life, my friend!)
  • Browse files to select your picture from your computer, a webcam, a regular website, or a photo sharing site such as flickr
  • After you snag your pic, it’s easy to rotate left, rotate right, crop, or just skip editing altogether if your picture’s already perfect
  • Voila! Your picture is Warholized! Or in the case of my photo above, Charcolaed.
  • Now, you’ve got to do something with it. You can right click and print it, or
  • You can upload it to all the places I mentioned before, or
  • You can share via email or to your social networking sites, or
  • You can save to “My Gallery” or “My Desktop.”
  • If you want to post to your blog, select the option of saving to “My Gallery” or “My Desktop.”
  • Click OK and then save the file to somewhere on your computer.
  • You can then upload or insert the file into your blog.
  • Here’s a Warholized picture of Kayli (OK, she’s Chinese, but Chinese people aren’t really yellow, that’s a myth; it’s the Warholizing)
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Visit Newseum–An Online (And Actual) News Museum

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 9, 2009

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So what if you could just look at a map of the entire universe–OK, just the Earth, but that’s still pretty good coverage, you have to admit–and then click on a city and immediately see the front page of today’s newspaper? Pretty cool, huh? Well, that’s what the wonderful folk at Newseum have done for you. You can also see archived pages for special events, say, the recent inauguration. You can sort the papers by continent if you wish; for example you may only be interested in inaugural coverage in the United States, or maybe you want to see how the event was covered in Europe or the Middle East. Yeah, I had a problem with reading the Arabic papers myself. But I could figure out the pictures pretty well. I’m gifted like that. After perusing the site, I discovered that Newseum is more than newspapers. They have access to exhibits and theaters, news-related events and education, and even “fun and games.” You can even shop and dine. How exactly do you dine online? Actually, there’s an actual Newseum museum, billed as the “World’s Most Interactive Museum” located in Washington, DC, where you have go to do the actual dining. (Did you enjoy how I used the word “actual” or its derivatives three times in that one sentence? I should write a novel or something!) You can even buy tickets on the Newseum site. But you can’t actually dine on the site. The Newseum’s restaurant, however, is D. C.’s first fine-dining restaurant headlined by Wolfgang Puck. So go! Visit the site! Visit the actual museum! Learn something! And if you learn how to read Arabic, email me and tell me how to do it. Or at least fill me in on how to write a sentence without using the word “actual” three times.

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ChaCha Gives You Answers on the Go

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 22, 2009

 

http://chacha.com/

ChaCha – Mobile Search | Text Search | Questions and Answers via kwout

Ever had an urgent research or trivia question but no access to your computer and its accompanying bevy of search engines? Man, do you ever need ChaCha! Their new Mobile Search feature was made for you. All you do is send an SMS text to 242242 or call ChaCha at 1-800-2Cha-Cha (1-800-224-2242). Tell ChaCha your desperate question in regular conversational English, and they’ll answer back with a simple text message in real time. You don’t have to have an advanced smart phone; any basic phone and virtually any carrier works with ChaCha mobile. ChaCha charges you nada, but your mobile phone company’s charges will apply. ChaCha uses real humans to do the research for you 24/7. It’s like having your own personal librarian in your pocket. You can read a press release about ChaCha’s latest venture here.

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TwitterNews Helps You See Breaking News Results Quickly and Easily

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 20, 2009

As events were occurring during the recent Mumbai, India attacks, it was difficult for news-hungry readers to keep up with events as quickly as they needed to through regular news outlets. As a result, the inspiration for TweetNews was born. Now thanks to TweetNews, as news is breaking, Twitter users can search for tweets on a specific topic and simultaneously be directed to news articles as well. In the future, all news could be delivered this way, but for now it’s available thanks to a collaboration between Yahoo and Twitter. Yahoo engineer Vik Singh developed TweetNews to combine Yahoo news results with the hot topics that are hitting Twitter. This is different from the way search engines like Google News and other major news websites work; they use complicated algorithms to rank stories, and breaking news item might not make it to the top of the heap. Yahoo News topics are organized around popular Twitter topics, resulting in a search engine that tracks breaking news using Twitter search results. Twitter users will then have access to more valid sources of information in addition to first-hand reports from Twitter users on the scene. You can click here for a link to TweetNews or click here for a link to an article in TGDaily with more information. You can just go to the TweetNews site and type in you own search term, for example today you might try “inauguration.”

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