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11 Useful Web Apps

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Hi, I am Elli, and I though it'd be interesting today to do a different kind of text show Because I get a lot of emails with questions from you guys so I wanted to show you the applications I use everyday at work I'm in front of the computer over 8 hours, so I'm what you would call a power-user and these are some of the lesser know applications For all of you tweeters, and I know there are a lot of you out there there is something called Tweetdeck, I just found it a few months ago Fully customizable, you can see all your replies, all of your direct messages in one spot You can shorten URLs, it's tough to season the tweeter page Tweetdeck makes it so easy Because I watch a lot of different tweeter accounts, like the RockectboomTech account, or my own account, even know yourneme It's kind of messy to sign in and out of different accounts so there is this website called Cotweet. You sign in there, you add all your tweeter accounts You can add other people like Jamie or Piñata We can all go in and see what tweets we've been sending, we can send them out to other people from one spot Because we're very busy tweeting, and instant messaging, and working of course I have lots of applications open on my desktop and I'm also listening to music usually. With that there is something called Sizzling Keys It's a free download and you just use simple strokes to change the song, the artist, the album, the volume... I also made my little dialog box that pops up when I change the song a nice light purple Because I'm between work and home all the time and I use this computer for some personal stuff and then I use my personal laptop for work stuff I need an easy way to sync the files or transfer them back and forth so Dropbox is something that I use. It's an application that has a shared folder, so I can take an entire movie that I might need to edit and the I put it in the drop box and I can pick it up at home or viceversa There is also a service called, which is a web-based application that also works in a similar way, but dropbox seems to work a little faster, it depends on what you need. Working with video a lot, I come across some, you know, certain videos that I know the next time I go back to that site they're not gonna be there. So I use something called Download helper. It sits on the bookmarlet section of my browser And I just click a button and it pulls a video and it puts in onto my desktop so I can have it for future use, future fair use And to capture all the assets for this show, I'm using something called Snapz Pro, which it's used to capture video or still images, or screenshots, whatever you want, and we've been using it at rocketboom for years It costs a little bit of money but it's definitely worth it, and I think you try this if you want to do your own podcast or some kind of show. Another great tool that's browser-based it's called Aviary. Aviary is something similar to Photoshop but it's much less expensive. Actually, I think you can get beta versions of it for free. One thing I like using if for is blogging. I use a bookmarklet that I have in my browser and I just download the page, and it sends it directly over Aviary, and then I can edit immediately, and then just upload it to my website. It can do a lot of fun squiggles, scribbles, Hilton style. Most computers have firewalls and they are really difficult to configure, so that's where a little snitch comes in. You can monitor everything that's gonna ping from the outside world; you can either allow it or disallow it so I'm sure you can come up with some kind of good use for that application. I'll let you figure that one out on your own. So with all of these applications that I've mentioned, and I have many more in my applications folder, how do you remember them all? How do you open them quickly? What I use is something called Quicksilver. Basically you just use a quick keystroke, and it'll find applications for you, files or folders and you can manipulate those. It's just a really easy tool, it's intuitive, you don't think. I think they say you act without thinking. Thanks for watching, and I always love getting suggestions, tips or questions. You can email me at [email protected] And then also, I'd like you to leave some of your favorite, lesser-known applications like I talked about today in the comments section, that way we can share the wealth, spread the knowledge. Thanks, bye.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: hchico on Jun 10, 2009

Useful applications for the Web

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