I always love it when I’m shown a new web tool – so I thought I’d share some of my discoveries of what the web can offer.
Of course – there are tonnes of free tools available. But this list is my own personal toolbox – so it is the stuff I consider to be the best out there.
This is a work in progress – so PLEASE comment and let me know any that you think should be added to the list!
Awesome Screenshot – Take a screenshot, then annote and edit it within the browser (Chrome Extension)
Error Level Analysis – Want to check if an image has been digitally edited – try this.
Tldr.it – Insert a link and this site will summarise the content into a few words.
Free OCR – OCR (Optical Character Recognition) will convert any image into text. Upload a PDF and download a word file. Works with large documents.
QRNote – Put a note online and generate a QR code – great for promotion or play.
Future Message – Send yourself an email, tweet or text any time in the future. Perfect for reminding yourself about important dates.
Backlink Watch – Generate a web page report of the backlinks to a URL
Change Detection – If you follow a page that does not have an RSS feed then this service will notify you whenever the site changes with new content.
Trick.ly – Shorten a URL and then password protect it
Randomize List – Need to randomise a list? Whack it here.
Bulkr – Upload up to 200 photos to Flickr at the same time
All Our Ideas – Crowdsourcing solution for encouraging the voting, commenting and creation of new ideas.
One True Media – Mix your photo’s, video and music together using some cool themes.
Animoto - Create unique and professinal looking video clips using your own pictures, videos and sounds.
Sync.In – Realtime document conferencing. Collaborate without any sign in by sending a URL.
Google Shared Spaces – A variety of applications that enables you to easily collaborate with others.
Screenr – Make a screencast by recording your desktop
Booshaka - Find out what is trending on Facebook
SlideShare – Put your slides on the web – everyone loves a slideshow!
Audioboo – Upload and share sound files through a user profile – find regular uploaders to follow.
Delicious Social Bookmarking - The best way to bookmark pages with a single click (best used with a browser extension).
Trunk.ly – This bookmarking service allows you to search the websites you have saved – and it automatically saves every site you tweet or post on Facebook.
Dlvr.It – Synchronise your blog, website, news feed, delicious account with your Twitter, Facebook , LinkedIn account. Publish to everything with the click of a button.
Facebook Check – Put your Facebook ID or URL into this programme and it will tell you exactly what can be seen by others.
Yammer – Create a fully functional social network for your organisation.
Pearltrees – A great stylish and interactive way to present connections between media. Highly recommended!
FaceBook Wipe – Remove cluttering sidebars from FaceBook
Lanyrd – Never miss a conference with this site. Login with Twitter and it gives you a list of conferences your friends are attending – then you can add more.
Files and Storage
DocDroid – Upload, view and share any file format.
You Send It – Transfer files of up to 2 Gigabytes.
CloudSafe – Store personal details and access them on this secure website.
FileMinx - Convert image, sound, video and text files into whatever you need with this site.
Dropbox - Store, synchronise and share files online – a great collaboration tool and useful if you work from mulitple computers.
PDF Convertor – Create PDF’s easily.
CreatePDF – Create a PDF of a webpage
Time Saving Research Tools
Apture – Highlight text and open up a box with information from Wikipedia, YouTube and others.
Google & Android
Chrome to Phone – Send links, numbers or anything else from your browser to your Android mobile
GooReader – If you use Google Books regularly then this provides a nice bookshelf to view search results and an all round better reading experience
Google Map Storage – Download a Google map to your harddrive for offline access.
Text Mechanic – Paste text into a window and perform some text manipulation – lots of features including add a suffix/prefix to each line, search & remove and others.
Simple Diagrams – Fun and easy way to create flow charts and mind maps.
Snappy Words the Visual Dictionary – Discover connections between words and concepts visually in a cool and sophisticated way.
Tagxedo – Design stylish word clouds. Like Wordle – but better. (Hint – when creating word clouds use Word to remove common words like ‘is’, ‘and’ etc).
Tagul – Another wordcloud generator with tonnes of features.
Tableau Public – A really powerful tool to create data visualisations that can easily be embedded into a website.
Show The World – Shows world information on an interactive map
Hohli - Use this site to make Venn diagrams.
– A powerful visualisation tool by IBM – features text analysing tools such as word tree, phrase net and tag cloud – loads of fun!
Guide to Visualization Methods – A periodic table of visualisation techniques.
How Big Really – Transpose things of scale onto a map to help comprehend size.
TimeToast – Easy to use time-line creator. You can embed this onto your blog by using VodPod and following the guide here.
Batch Geo – Map location data onto a Google Map – you can then put the map onto your blog.
Visual Thesaurus – An alternative visual way to seek out synonyms.
Bubbl.us – Create colourful and simple brainstorms and mindmaps and easily share them
Preceden -Timeline creator
Office Tools & Time Savers
WiseStamp – Design an email signature that can include your latest update on social networks.
Branded URL Shortener – A nice guide to acquiring your own branded shortened URL’s.
VoiceBase - Automatically transcribe spoken word to text.
Excel Help – Ask an expert your Excel problems and get an answer in about half an hour.
Google Doc’s – Google’s answer to Office keeps on getting better and better – and its great for sharing spreadsheets!
Notes For Later – Highlight text in your browser and then click on a button in your toolbar to send the highlighted text to your email. You can include a note, receive a time-stamp and open the text as a PDF.
StudioCloud – Free and award winning business management programme.
Happy CV- It’s always good to have an up to date CV – this makes it simple.
Resizer – If you need to upload images of a certain size – use this programme to do it quickly.
Jing -The quickest and easiest way to grab and share screen-shots.
Evernote – Capture every thought, link, image and anything else all in one place – then organise it and search your notes. Extremely useful and syns nicely with your phone.
Multiple URL Shortener – Furly lets you collect a group of links and turn them into one – useful for sending a collection of related links.
Art & Design
TypeTester – Test and compare fonts side by side.
3D Tin – Need to create a simple 3D image quickly? This will allow you to make a cube based image in no time.
Paint.net – The most powerful free image editing software.
Icon Editor – Does what it says on the tin. Design and edit your own icons for a personal feel.
Pixlr - A photoshop imitation that runs in your browser, has more features than Paint but not as user friendly.
Creately – Collaborate and generate beautiful diagrams using this product – it has loads of functions and a good interface.
Lucid Chart – Simple web based flowchart creator
Graphviz - Automate graphs
Searchopener – Run multiple searches at the same time.
Seek WP – Search Engine that will only find WordPress related pages.
Similar Site – Like a site? Enter it into this search and find similar sites (real useful for discovering new content).
MacroGlossa – Need to know what an image is? Upload a picture and MacroGlossa will find similar images to help you identify
BlogPulse & IceRocket - Sophisticated and advanced blog search.
Board Reader – Great way to search forums.
Mimvi - A search engine for mobile phone app’s
Scribd - Explore millions of document, or upload your own.
Piq – Website that lets you design your own pixel based picture.
Touch Graph – Amazing tool that allows you to create a spiderweb of all the websites around a search term.
BlogPulse & IceRocket - Sophisticated and advanced blog search.
If you’re not using Twitter yet – then start! Here are some of the tools I use:
Tweetdeck – The best way to organise your lists and keep up to date – a downloadable programme, and I challenge anyone to better it!
Backtweets - The best Twitter search engine that I can find.
Formulist – Easily organise people into lists.
Peerindex – Powerful tool for assessing social capital – gives tweeps lots of rankings and tells you the subjects they tweet about it.
Proxlet – This app for Google Chrome lets you filter your Twitter timeline to filter out automated messages or other things – pretty useful.
Timoim – DM people a link to open up a chat box. Can be public or private.
SiftLink - Create an RSS feed of links posted by your Twitter users – meaning you never miss a link.
http://packrati.us/ – Bookmark tweets on delicious
Remember The Milk – Use Twitter to send yourself reminders through this excellent task manager.
Tweepi – A way to follow large numbers of people quickly, get rid of people that don’t follow you back and reciprocate a follow (important hint – use the shift button to select everyone in a list at once).
Twuffer – Schedule a list of tweets and set a time for their delivery – great if you want to maintain a constant Twitter presence.
GroupTweet – Send a group direct message to every person in the group easily.
Guide to Auto-message – This guide shows you how to send an automatic message to anyone that tweets anything you specify.
TweetBeep - Receive email updates whenever a word or username is mentioned – you’ll never miss a tweet again!
Mr Tweet – Helps you find and engage with people in a network.
Listomatic - Best way to manage your Twitter lists that I can find.
Twitter Grader – Want to check how well you are doing with your Twitter presence? Get graded!
Tweet Stats - Graphs that tell you how often you tweet, what time and day you tweet the most often and more.
Row Feeder – Search for a keyword and track it in real time through Twitter using a Google doc’s spreadsheet. (Limited free usage)
Paper.Li – Organise links shared on Twitter into a newspaper style format – the most commonly tweeted links around a topic are highlighted.
News Sites And Aggregators
Yahoo Pipes – A tool with a ridiculous amount of possibilities – hack RSS feeds together, filter them and manipulate them. Takes a little while to learn but worth it.
Google Reader – Follow your favourite websites and group them into categories – the best RSS reader (in my opinion anyway).
Google New – Well presented widgets giving the latest news about Google products
Prldr - An RSS reader that displays the webpage in the right hand of the screen and the feed in the left – pretty useful.
TED – The number one source for inspirational talks from the worlds best thinkers
Talk Miner – Search this website to easily find lectures
MyYouTube – This Adobe product lets you store and organise YouTube videos. Create playlists and search through your collection
YouTube Proxy – Access Youtube and other sites when using a restricted computer
YouTube Social – Watch a video at the same time as other people.
YouTube Leanback – Use this to sit back and watch a stream of high def full screen videos.
Google Beat – Watch a video from Google showing what the latest most popular search terms and trends are.
TubeMote – Use your smart phone as a YouTube remote control
Turntubelist - Create YouTube music playlists, cross fade them and explore other mixes.