Friday, April 24, 2015

Class Summary 4-23-2015

I shared about a number of websites I found and talked about their offerings. Here is a short list of them for you to link to. Is a cloud app that allows you to manage all your free cloud storage. You get to see all of it in one place and move file to and from like it was a big flash drive. New name for Adobe Reader. Now called Adobe Acrobat Reader and it does more than just display a PDF. You now can annotate the file and more. It will come down from next time you run it. Or you will get it the next time you allow the reader to update. This is for the experimentor in you. It is an online HTML generator. You create the “page” in WYSIWYG mode and switch to the HTML source code view to see the program codes. You can use this to edit pages from an existing website or a blog or any other place HTML is used.
TechSmith Snagit (Extension) for Chrome. Snagit has been around for a while as a pay for program in WIndows. It allows you to “snag” a portion of the screen or capture it much liked Greenshot does. This does not run in your machine but is attached to Google Chrome as an extension and is free. Not only can you capture screen images, it lets you annotate them with words and arrows and other symbols. And it will capture videos as they play on your computer. free online “photoshop”. No it is not a total photoshop clone, but it has a good number of similar features. I nice cloud app to clean up your images. There is even a button to remove wrinkles!

qr_code_without_logo.jpg  make QR codes. That is the above style code. (If you read that one you will find it contains the URL to the class blog.) We find these codes on the bottom of most register receipts and even on many of the product packaging at the store. They can contain hundreds of pieces of data. YOu can download a QR code reader on your Android or iPhone smartphone.  convert pdf to docx and more. I use this one to convert PDF documents to Word (and other formats). Good when you receive a PDF and want to modify it. This is free and all done online. Or you have a printed copy and need to make some changes. Scan it with your scanner, even a scanner on your cell phone, and have it generate a PDF. Upload that to onlineocr and BAM you get back an editable Word document.  Revo Uninstaller Free can be found on The uninstaller that comes with Windows does not always remove all traces of the program. This one does a better job of it according to our tech experts.

Was asked about converting VHS tapes to DVD format. Did some searching online and found that Walgreens will do it for a fee. Unknown at this time, but that would be a simple solution. And we found this one on Amazon.

One of our class members is using this one and says it works great. It is a box that you plug the output (RCA connections) of your VHS to. Another connection from the box goes to a USB connection on your PC. Click the image to go to the page on Amazon.

Have you ever lost an icon on the desktop that used to open a program? Open File Explorer (Win+E) and browse the Program folder on drive C: to locate the program’s folder. Then look in that folder for the executable file. To be sure you have the right file, double-click it to see if it properly opens. Once you have determined it does, right-drag the file to your desktop. When you drop it there you will have a menu with an option to create a shortcut.

Had another question about accessing files in the backup archive of EaseUS. Just mount your external drive and browse over to the archive. Double-click it and it should open a window showing the “drives” you created the image of. Double-click the drive you want to see and a tree view of all the folders will appear. Drill down and locate any folder or file. You can then open a file directly or even copy it to another location on your computer.

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