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Playback Changes to a Google Doc

Thumbnail image for Playback Changes to a Google Doc by Barbara J. Feldman November 10, 2014

If you use Google Docs to create and modify documents in your browser, then this tip is for you! A new Chrome extension, called Draftback plays back your modifications (like a movie) so you can see changes as you made them. “It’s like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you […]

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How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library

Thumbnail image for How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library by Barbara J. Feldman April 24, 2014

I love libraries, but over the years, as I transitioned to nearly 99% Kindle reading, I used the library less and less, switching instead to 99% Amazon. And while it’s true that I still get a nice fix of free books from Amazon (see Is Amazon Prime Worth It?, More Free Books for Kindle Readers, […]

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Which is the Real Download Button?

Thumbnail image for Which is the Real Download Button? by Barbara J. Feldman September 16, 2013

Have you ever been to a download site and fallen prey to an advertising banner that said “Start Download”? Argh! I have. Click on the misleading advert instead of the bonafide download button and you’ll end up with who-knows-what, but it won’t be what you expected. Here are a few tips on how to be […]

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Why Zipping Images Doesn’t Make them Smaller

by Barbara J. Feldman September 9, 2013

ZIP is a popular file format that is supported by many software programs on both Mac and Windows. We ZIP files for two reasons: to make them smaller, and to combine multiple files into a single file. Have you ever noticed, however, that sometimes zipping a file actually makes it bigger? The reason is that […]

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Automate Document Processing With Wappwolf

Thumbnail image for Automate Document Processing With Wappwolf by Barbara J. Feldman July 31, 2012

If you find yourself repeatedly doing computer tasks that involve processing documents and images, this tip could save you oodles of time. Wappwolf Automator is an online service that automates document processing using Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box. Some of the processing that Wappwolf can automate is converting docs to PDF, creating thumbnails from full-sized […]

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Adobe Acrobat Alternatives

by Barbara J. Feldman March 16, 2011

Adobe Acrobat alternatives are a favorite topic among my readers. Lifehacker.com recently did a PDF roundup, and asked their readers to vote for their favorite PDF tool. And, the winner was Foxit for Windows and Linux. Foxit is a free PDF reader with a small footprint, and a $29.99 PDF Creator. For the rest of […]

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