Easily Share Screenshots on Twitter with Screentweetr

I usually take a lot of screenshots on and share it using TwitPic. The usual process of sharing screenshots involves, taking a screenshot and uploading it using or using the web interface for TwitPic. Sometimes this becomes a tedious task, since it involves multiple processes to just accomplish a single task.

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Also Read: Tools and Services to Share Music and Videos in Twitter

I got used to using another app called Localhostr uploader, which provided a easy way to take screenshot and upload it to the web, unfortunately using that too required to follow multiple processes, when it came to sharing those screenshots on twitter.

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ScreenTweetr is a a very useful application based on , which will allow you to quickly take screenshots, upload it, and share it on twitter. Once you download and install the application, you will have to associate your twitter account with it.

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To take a screenshot, press the print screen button on your PC or use Alt + Print Screen to capture the active window. Once you do that, the Screentweetr application will get activated, allowing you to upload the image to your chosen service along with a message that will get posted to twitter.

Screentweetr currently supports uploading images to TwitPic, TweetPhoto, Twitgoo, ScreenTweet, yFrog, MobyPicture, img.ly, Posterous, TwitrPix and TwitDoc.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] This is an awesome application for Twitter users who frequently share screenshots or images on twitter. With a wide range of supported services for uploading images, this app makes it a breeze for many users.

The only sore point is that the app does not support OAUTH validation, which is the norm these days for associating an application with twitter, without having to give out your password.

In addition to that, this app does not provide an option to modify the used to take screenshots, and upload them to twitter. This becomes a bit of problem if you use multiple screenshot software, like in my case. I don’t want to modify the shortcut keys for my regular screenshot software, and ScreenTweetr will only work if I turn my regular screenshot software for creating blog images off. Having an option to setup custom shortcut keys for Screentweetr, is something I would like to see in the next update. Hope the developer takes note of this.

That aside, this is a highly , and will definitely save you a lot of efforts to share images on twitter.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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Create Thumbnails From Images Using Moo0 ImageThumbnailer

Most of the default image viewers do a good job of showing thumbnails of   images inside a folder. However, there have been a few occasions where I wanted to actually create a thumbnail of an image file. One way is to work with an image re-sizer, but the number of steps you will need to perform for such a simple task aren’t worth it.

An easy alternative is a specialty freeware that can easily convert your images into thumbnails. Moo0 ImageThumbnailer is a software that allows you to create thumbnails in HTML format. Once you have installed this Windows based software on your machine, launch the Thumbnailer and simply drag and drop the image files you want to re-size.

The software would create a thumbnail folder on the same path and store the newly created thumbnail image in there. You can change the desired thumbnail size anytime by clicking the advanced options button. The image formats currently supported are png, gif, jpeg and bmp.


Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The software does a pretty neat and quick job of creating thumbnails, however, the fact that there is no support for batch resizing makes it a little less useful. The image formats supported is also very limited and need to be increased for a better performance. However, if all you want to do is create a thumbnail from a few images, it does a perfect job.

Average Rating: 3/5

Download it here.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Image-Convertors/Moo0-ImageThumbnailer.shtml

Encrypt Your Images With IMGCrypt

Hiding your personal files and folders, is not a good way to keep them safe from prying eyes. There are several scripts and tools which can be used to quickly unhide the hidden folders and files.

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On the other hand, file encryption provides you with better security to protect your information. We have done a rundown of several file and folder encryption tools, along with a review of a useful called TrueCrypt. IMGCrypt is another file encryption , specially created to encrypt and decrypt images.

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To encrypt your images, click on the Encrypt button and select the image you want to encrypt. Once you select the image, you will be asked to provide an password for the image.

The encryption should take some time. After it has completed, you will be asked to save the file to disk. To decrypt the file, just select the encrypted file and enter the password for it.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The app is just OK, and does the job it advertises. However, a lot of things are still left to desire. First, the encrypting process is veryslow, it would be better to get a speed boost in that area. The second thing is that, it does not encrypt the original image, but saves it as a different file, which again takes ages.

Considering that this software is used for encrypting images, the developer of the software was a bit lazy with the interface, as the password field is not hidden.

This app may come in handy, if you are looking to encrypt and send images over the internet, and don’t want someone else to view it, other than the intended recipients.

Techie Buzz Rating: 1.5/5 (average)

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Adobe Photo Uploader For Facebook

There is no dearth of softwares available to upload photos to . The Picasa Facebook photo Uploader works flawlessly, allowing you to edit and upload photos and albums to Facebook. In addition to that, you can also use a desktop application to upload photos to Facebook.

Adobe has released another app based on , which will allow you to upload photos from your desktop to Facebook. The best part about this app is that, you can also view and browse your Facebook wall and friends profile from within the app. You can also reply and comment to your friends posts.

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Once you have downloaded and installed the application, you will need to login and give permissions to the application to upload photos to your Facebook profile. Once you have given all the permissions, you will be logged into your profile, from where you can browse your timeline, comment and like posts from friends and more.

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Uploading photos to Facebook is pretty easy. Click on the Upload tab in the menubar, and choose the album you want to upload the photos to. You can also create new albums using the app.

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Adding photos to your album is pretty easy. Click on the Add Photosbutton, it will show you a browse file dialog. Choose the photos you want to add to the album and click on Ok. You can choose multiple photos at once. Using the photo Uploader, you can also add captions to your photos.

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Once you have chosen all the photos, click on the green arrow in the right hand side to upload the images to your Facebook profile. The upload should take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the number of images you are uploading.

This app is a definite timesaver. We highly recommend it, if you frequently upload photos to your Facebook profile. Since Adobe Air works on multiple platforms, you can use it to upload images from Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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Convert Your Photos to 3D Screensavers and Wallpaper Collages

Techie Buzz Recommended Software Stamp Have you ever fancied, creating your own 3D screensaver with the pictures you took from the last trip to Bahamas? Or, wanted to have a collage of several photos as your desktop wallpaper?

If yes, keep your designing and flash programming instincts aside. PhotoJoy is a really cool software that will allow you to create your own 3D Screensaver and Wallpaper collages for free.

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Once you install PhotoJoy, it will take you through a process, where you can import photos into the software. Once the photo import is completed, you will be given an option to create Photo Collages, using PhotoToys or create screensavers.

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You can either choose to use one of the options provided, or skip the screen entirely. All the provided options are also available as tabs in the main software window.

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You can also import photos and online gallery photos from PhotoJoy to your library. If your images are not stored in My Pictures, you can also import images from a different directory.

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Creating a screensaver of your images is effortless, just go to the screensaver tab in the main software window and choose the style you want to use as a screensaver. By default, on the the first style is pre-installed. You can download the rest of the screensaver styles by clicking the download option.

Once you are satisfied with a screensaver, click on the Set as Screensaverbutton (Which will appear, when you hover on a particular style), to set it as your default screensaver. You can also control the screensaver options by clicking on the Screensaver options button in the toolbar.

In addition to creating 3D desktop wallpapers, PhotoJoy also provides users with an option to create some really cool collages using pre-defined styles. PhotoJoy also includes some other tools called as PhotoToys, which allow you have fun with your photos.

Overall, this is an awesome software that is a must-download and is a recommended software by Techie Buzz. And best of all this software is a . We hardly see free softwares that are packed with so many feature, and this definitely deserves a Techie Buzz recommended software stamp.

P.S. The installation process is a bit slow. It may take up-to 5 minutes to get PhotoJoy up and running. However, once you install it, everything is literally a piece of cake.

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Twitpic Suffers Major Glitch? All Twitpic Image Views Counters Reset

Twitpic the popular image share service for , seems to have silently endured a database crash or had a severe glitch in their system. While I was browsing pictures on Twitpic, I saw that all the image view counters have been reset to 1.

All of the images in my Twitpic account seems to have some glitch, most of the image counters have been reset.

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There is no official mention about any problems on the Twitpic blog. We have contacted the Twitpic team to get more information about this issue. We are still awaiting information from them. We will update this post once we get a official confirmation.

Update: TwitPic responded back with the following response:

Hello, we are currently working on a new view counter for our website. In the process, you image views may have been temporarily reset to 0. We are working to restore the correct image count.

Thank you for your patience.

Have you checked your Twitpic account? Did your image view counter get reset? Do let us know about it.

Automatically Resize Images in Folders

Last week, we told you about a that will allow you to resize all the images in a folder. Using that tool was easy, but you still had to manually perform the resizing of images.

Dropresize is another tool, which will resize all the images in a folder. However, in this case, it will resize the images automatically, whenever new files are placed into the directory.

Also Read: Compress Image Size on the Fly

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Once you download Dropresize, double click it to run the software. Once it is running, choose the watch folder, where you will drop images for resizing. The software will then monitor the folder and optionally sub-folders for any new image files, and automatically resize them.You can also choose the maximum size and quality of the resized images.

Dropresize is a and does not require installation, once you run the software it will run in the system tray monitoring for new images.

Overall Dropresize does its job pretty well. However, the only limitation right now is that it works with only JPEG images. The author has promised to add support for other image formats in future though.

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Adobe Releases Photoshop.com App for iPhone

In an era of online image editing tools, some of which are actual Photoshop clones, Adobe has been trying hard to get users back to using their own online image editor at Photoshop.com.

However, it looks like Adobe wants to take it a step further. You can now edit images and pictures on your iPhone using the Photoshop.com app.

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This is definitely a good move from Adobe. Since more and more people are using their mobile phones to click and share images, a tool that will allow them to edit images before sharing is really cool.

Right now, the app is only available for the iPhone. Hopefully, they should make it available for other mobile platforms soon.

You can download the Photoshop.com App for iPhone for free using iTunes. For more information on the app visit the mobile site.

Tineye : Find Different Versions of an Image on the Web

If you work with images quite often and want a tool to find different versions of an image on the internet then look no further than Tineye. Tineye as they name it, is a reverse image search engine. You can search for different versions of an image and whether modified versions of the same image exist elsewhere on the web.

What’s interesting to note about Tineye is that it can identify images without using keywords and metadata.  Tineye can be used in two ways.

Visit the Tineye website : Visit the homepage and upload an image from your computer. After the upload is complete Tineye shows you copies of your image found in other web pages. You can also add any image URL and check for similar looking images.

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Install the browser plugin : The second method requires installing the proper Tineye browser plugin. The browser plugin is available for Firefox, Google chrome as well as Internet explorer. Once the Plugin is installed you will have a new entry in your right click context menu so that you can search for copies of an image on the web.

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Now let’s see how the tool works and how accurately it can figure out similar looking images. I did a search on the moon landing image and the results were pretty accurate.

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As you can see Tineye was able to accurately find different copies of the image. This includes cropped images and images of different colors. Even heavily edited images were also presented in the scanned results.

The tool supports JPEG,PNG and GIF images and works best if your image is at least 300px in either dimensions. The maximum allowed file size is 1Mb.

If you get a large number of search results you can sort the similar images according to best match’, ‘biggest image’ and smallest image’.

How Tineye can be useful

In brief,Tineye can be a really useful tool.You can use it to :

  • Track whether anyone is using images from your website/blog without your permission.
  • Find similar copies of an image on the web.
  • Find modified versions of an image with a higher resolution or a different color.

Note that you can easily block the Tineye crawler from crawling your website’s images. Just add disallow “TinEye” to your robots.txt file.

Want more? Check out other image manipulation tools.

Yahoo Turns Xoopit Off for Gmail Users

Remember sometime back we told you about how had acquired Xoopit a hugely popular photo indexing service and raised questions about what would happen to users who use the software?

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Turns out that the nightmare has finally come true. In a very controversial decision, Yahoo has announced that they will be disabling the Xoopit service for Gmail users.

Xoopit teamed up with Yahoo! in July 2009. We are excited to be making the world’s best email platform a fantastic place to see and share photos, and decided that the best way to make that happen is to focus on our effort on Yahoo! Mail. We’re sad to say goodbye to our users on Gmail but we know that we will not be able to keep investing in our Xoopit for Gmail product, and don’t want you to end up with a lousy experience.

I am not sure how many people would be surprised with this decision as the writing was already on the wall when Yahoo bought Xoopit. Your Gmail data will not be deleted, however the data stored on Xoopit servers will be inaccessible starting November 13, 2009. All you data will be permanently removed by February 11, 2009.

I personally never used Xoopit in Gmail, but the Yahoo mail application is pretty good. Hopefully, we will see a bright Google engineer come up with a feature that does something similar. It would really be interesting to see if that ever happens in near future.

What is your take on this? Have you been using Xoopit with your Gmail account? Do let us know through your comments.

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