Archive For The “Cool Tools” Category

Study bar suite of apps

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Study bar suite of apps

My study bar.  Lawrence told me about this.  Tools (all free or open source) to support learning. MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install,…

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At ASCILITE

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Claire Donald has just shown us a nifty new visualisation tool developed by IBM: Many Eyes We believe that visualizations gain power when multiple people use them to communicate, and that communication gains power when multiple people can visualize and explore information together. We want to democratize visualization, enabling anyone on the internet to publish…

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A(nother) university with blogs

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UMW: a university with blogs umwblogs.org/ “No parameters, just engage honestly with what you are doing, thinking about” – Jim Groom, in his OpenEd session. 2900 users in 2300 blogs.  People given their own spaces.  Jim’s Blog. Case study: “I want my students to build a literary journal”  literaryjournals.umwblogs.org/ They did it. Random links: Flickr…

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Firefox 3: Download day

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Firefox 3: Download day

Tomorrow our time. 1.3 million and counting The only browser still to have things I am jealous of is Safari.

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Picassa fun and linux

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Picassa fun and linux

Just catching up with a little glitch in Gmail, and looking at the Google blogs.  Got diverted into the Picasa blog. 1. Picasa now runs on Linux.  One step closer to a M$ free machine. 2. Control-Shift Y in Picasa gives you teddies. For the whole story, go here.  And yes, you should be using…

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Another interesting free tool: for writing a novel

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Another interesting free tool: for writing a novel

Provide a structure for your story, scenes, chapters, numbering etc etc. Then write. Then, when you need to: see things in overview, detail, structural, character, scenes etc. Repeat 2 and 3. When you have finished, export it to your DTP program. www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html

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Free tools

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PDF writer. sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=57796&package_id=53473 Quite a nice little programme: automatically installed as a print driver in Word.  Have created several PDF’s and they all seem very fine. Evernote This is like a personal receptacle for all your thoughts and ideas with a flexible tagging classification system.  Quite remarkable. From the PR: “EverNote is an ambitious attempt…

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Tags in delicious are not bookmarks

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Last year my laptop was reimaged, and I’m just getting some basics sorted – like some Firefox plugins for delicious. I still have not found what I’m looking for. I tried a plug-in I had not seen before. Delicious Bookmarks. This extension integrates your browser with del.icio.us (del.icio.us/), the leading social bookmarking service on the…

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Blogs, Adverts and Books.

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Blogs, Adverts and Books.

Alex Boschmans discovered yesterday I’d commented favourably on his blog design, but with a little throw away comment on the Google Ads. Alex’s comment: It’s true, I admit it, I put a google ad on my frontpage. But it’s supposed to be just the one wee small text-ad, it shouldn’t take up much space… I…

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Open source cross platform DTP

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Open source cross platform DTP

I’ve just discovered an open source cross platform Desk Top Publishing program. docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=index I’d wondered why I had not come across it.  OS X port in 2005, Windows Port in 2006, originally Linux – that’s probably why.  Looks good with just a short tinker, has understood the paradigm of DTP (which is NOT word processing),…

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