From theofficeweblog: here are four alternatives to programs like Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop. The nice part? They’re free!
Try em out!
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Trying out Google Maps. It’s very cool! I tried finding my home address – found it just fine. Then I tried my library.
First, I typed in “kansas city public library.” It did fine – found all but one of our branches, and found our old location for the main library. It also lumped in North Kansas City Public Library, which is another library system (but it’s about 5 miles from us, too).
Now I’m going to play “where’s Waldo” – to try and find the missing branch (Waldo Community branch). If I do this search (“kansas city public library” waldo), I find the Waldo, North-east, and Ruiz branches… and also find Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (yet another close but separate library system across the state line – also a good 5 miles away).
So I sent a “Send Feedback” email giving them the correct address of our new Central Library… we’ll see what happens.
I have started playing around with mind mapping software, and I have to say – it’s pretty cool! I was familiar with the concept on paper, but wanted to play with a software version. And I found one! It’s called FreeMind, and it’s FREE (I love open source!).
What can you do with FreeMind? Well, I’m currently working on rough drafts of outlines for my Computers in Libraries 2005 conference presentations, and I’m using FreeMind to do it. Once I get my presentationfigured out, I’ll transfer it over to something like Powerpoint. But for now, I’m really enjoying thinking in a non-linear way. I can see my whole range of ideas laid out before me, rather than having to page up and down in a linear outline.
Another idea with FreeMind – you know how “Real” web designers use pricey Visio to plan out databases and websites? Well, why not just use this free thing? Much cheaper, if nothing else!
We’re in the middle of a digitization project, and the company that scanned and digitized some stuff for us sent us a very cool external hard drive… that happened to be formatted for a Macintosh. And my library uses PC-based products. Only.
Enter Mediafour’s MacDrive. According to Mediafour: “Use MacDrive to open and save files on all types of Mac disks, including CD/DVD, hard drives, floppy, Zip, and more.” Including my new LaCie Big Disk Extreme hard drive.
MacDrive installed fast (required a reboot) and now I can access the drive just like any other hard drive on my system. Very cool!
I’m sitting here, working on an idea for a possible article, and I wanted to know some percentages… unfortunately for me, the Windows calculator is my friend and crutch when it comes to numbers.
Enter Percent Finder Calculator Shareware Program – an awesome little program for those of us who are mathematically challenged.
What’s it do? It calculates the percentage of any number out of any number. That’s all. But that’s a whole lot easier than me having to remember what the formula is for doing the same thing…. 🙂