For a long time I have used the free QuickSearcher, but today I had to find a pdf file and for that QuickSearcher can not help. Up pops File Search Assistant which has a free version sufficient for my needs.
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I use winxp and the latest Jing version. I can capture an image, but not a video. When I try the news reels show, but when I stop the recording the video witha start arrow does not appear. Just a white square. When I save the recording the swf file is 0KB. I also have Camtasia Studio installed. I don’t use Camtasia for recording as it slows the machine down a lot which is not ideal when you want to show features of programs you write. I have 1GB of RAM.
Where I teach we have a school manual on a wiki. This is fine. People can easily find the part of the manual they are looking for, write comments to the policies, and, if they are given the permission, add or edit policies. The school manual is always up-to-date and easily available. It also saves trees!
But, there is a but. What if staff want to browse the policies being off line? Or, what if one wants to send the entire school manual to someone?
Every part of the school manual is a pdf document. Wouldn’t it be nice if one could merge all these pdf files to one pdf file by the click of a button or two?
Now one can without digging too deep in the pocket book:
A-PDF Merger is a simple, lightning-fast desktop utility program that lets you combine two or more image files or Acrobat PDF files into a single PDF document. Office files can be merged if A-PDF Office to PDF installed. A-PDF Merger provides special merge methods that allow you to combine documents and document parts in a number of different ways to make your work more effective.
You can download it from http://www.a-pdf.com/merger/index.htm. If you like it, pay only USD27 to keep it after the trial period.
I just tried it and it works perfectly. I combined three pdf files and was free to change their order. Each pdf file started on a new page in the final pdf file, which is fine.
From now on, every time we make a change to the school manual we will run the program. The list of pdf files can be exported to a file so when a new pdf file arrives we will just import the list and add the new pdf file wherever we want. Perfect!
By the way, A-PDF Merger has other nice features, but at the moment all we need is what I just described. Read about the other features at http://www.a-pdf.com/merger/index.htm.
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. – More
Not too long ago all Google Apps users could get Wave and that was a big step forward. I still think that it is superior to email in many cases and hope it will still be available, although not further developed. Google Wave’s One document feature is for me its big plus.
When I meet a word I don’t know I double-click it and up pops an explanation. A nice feature of Google Chrome, my favourite browser.
My Casio EX-S12 camera can record High Definition (HD) videos. But what if the two minute video you recorded clocks in at a bit over 1GB? Then what? It is too big to be sent to friends by email and although you can upload it to YouTube it takes forever to do so and a long time to watch for those with, like me, a slow Internet connection.
In steps Format Factory. A free media editor. It reduced the video mentioned from 1,076,751 KB to 21,343 KB. The good news is that the video is still of rather good quality. Another video I tried was reduced from 288 to 6 MB.