Our third Cool Tools day happened on January 25th, 2011. Thanks to everyone who came out to learn/share about some neat technological tools! If you missed the event, well here’s a summary of what went on (courtesy of our ASIS&T@UBC Secretary, Jessie).
Presenters and their “Cool Tools” (Also available as a PDF)
Catie “Library Value Calculator” & “FreeFoodUbc”
Niagara Falls Public Library Value Calculator
- Calculate the value of your library use
- It doesn’t subtract your fines or other glitches
- You can see the value of your library card
- “Freefoodubc” Twitter account
- Not interactive, instead just like calendars of where to find free food on campus at any time
- Kept up to date
Bonnie’s – “Web of Trust (WOT)“
- communitive based firefox add-on
- “revenge on malicious websites” and promoting safe websites, etc.
- Uses colour codes (ex. green means ‘safe’)
- Good for warning against sites with viruses/malware etc.
- Informative video available on youtube
- video is called “WOT: Web of Trust demonstration”
Andrew’s – “Readability” & “Readefine”
- Reformatting text tool
- Designed to find large chunks of text, highlight it, crop it, and bookmark it
- Can have small glitches in cutting out part of text at the beginning or the end of
the text (because mistaken for advert image etc.)
- Is a Firefox (or Chrome) add on
- Can change how the text displays on your browser
- Need Adobe AIR
- Or can use in web browser
- Can do RSS, html, etc.
- Will sync with Google Reader
- Works really well with keyboard
- Can upload files, copy and paste text
- Both tools can be used to change the display of online readings (like news sites, etc.), and are nice for net books
- Alternative search engine
- Need to login
- Since it is a social search “asking questions and getting answers” instead of keywords
- Gives guidelines on formatting questions
- It is other users answering queries (not spider bots)
- Place your queries according to topic categories (different users can follow different topics)
- Can ask obscure, difficult to Google questions – and people will offer synthesized answers
- Not very efficient
- New and currently getting a lot of buzz in the tech community
- There are a lot of opinion questions asked, library topics, many things to search and
Yolanda’s – “linear footage calculator” & “Skim”
linear footage calculator
- Good for archival/preservation purposes (and class assignments!)
- Tool meant for measuring boxes etc.
- pdf annotator for Mac
- Highlight, make boxes around things, anchor notes, works on a lot of pdfs, can
take notes and export them out other document
Schuyler “GoodReader” & “Dropbox”
- Free reader for the iphone (also $2.99 in the app store)
- Some issues – trouble getting annotated documents from the phone to the
- Works well with dropbox!
- For iPad use – good for changing documents into pdfs and then annotating them
- Online cloud based storage system
- Organization tool – keeping all of your files, folders etc. in one place and accessible
from any computer with internet access
- Efficient back up strategy
- If you get others to sign up from an invite, you then get extra file space
- Starts off with 2GB free – which is plenty for pdfs/school readings
Again, thanks to everyone for showing up, and to the presenters who piped up in the presentation. We’ll be having another Cool Tools day before the semester is done, and we’d love to hear from you.
February 3, 2011 — 1:29 pm
The FreeFoodUBC Twitter feed is now featured on the front page of the Ubyssey website!