Webby Wednesday: Bookmark and Aggregate Videos, Learn How to Cook Anything, Share a List Of Links

Welcome to  Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

RadBox – The Read it Later for Videos

If you are video addict and want an easy way to bookmark web videos for later viewing, try Radbox.me. The site lets you bookmark videos from any web page using a neat browser bookmarklet, much the same way you bookmark articles using Read it later.

Once you hit the bookmarklet, the video is saved to your Radbox account for later viewing. The site also lets you share the video with your friends on social networking sites, you can again delete videos from your Radbox account. It’s much like a place for aggregating videos from all over the web rather than using sites like YouTube where you are not given much options to gather videos from different websites.

CookThing: Learn How to Cook Anything

If you are new to the kitchen and your recent hobby is to learn how to cook a dish, Cookthing.com is the best site to start with. Although you can search for the recipe in Google, but CookThing is more user friendly as you can choose what you want to cook, pick the ingredients and the site will display the corresponding recipes.

If you are unable to find a particular recipe, you can post a question in the CookThing user’s community.

Urlist: Combine Multiple Shortened Links And Share With Anyone

Have a bunch of links and want to shorten all of them and merge them together? Check out Urlist, the service lets you enter any number of links and then allows you to create a shortened link of the whole combination.

This can be useful when you want to create a chain of subsequent pages and don’t want to note down multiple links to share them repeatedly. You can also use the service to create a guided tour of something, may be upload screenshots of a tutorial and then combine the steps so that your friend spends less time opening the links. No signups or registration is required to use the service.

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Webby Wednesdays: Edit PDF Documents Online, Create Beautiful Slideshows and Share Ideas on an Online Whiteboard

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

PDFEscape: Edit PDF Documents Online

When you want to edit a PDF document, you are in a fix. This is because you might not have a PDF editing program installed in your computer. Yes, there are tons of software available to edit PDF documents but why install another software when you can edit a PDF document online.

Thanks to PDFEscape, editing PDF documents is really easy and quick. The site lets you upload PDF documents from your computer and then opens a browser based editor where you can modify the content of the document. You can add text and sticky notes to the PDF document and highlight specific areas using arrows and objects.

After the editing is complete, the site lets you download the modified document to your computer. This is extremely useful when you need to edit a PDF document urgently and don’t have the time to download a PDF editing software. Apart from uploading documents from your computer, you can also fetch a document from a publicly accessible web URL.

No registration is required to use PDFEscape and it’s completely free to use. Only one limitation the file size of the document must not be greater than 2 MB.

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Thanks to Himanshu for the tip.

Kizoa: Create Stunning Slideshows in Minutes

Kizoa is a brilliant online slideshow service which lets you upload photos from your computer and turn them into a slideshow. Then you can transitions and cool sound effects or play a background music, perfect when you want to organize your memories and add a fun element to it.

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Besides the slideshow, Kizoa also have a rich image editor which can be used to edit your images online. You can apply filters, resize or flip the images, crop them and then use them in a slideshow. Once the slideshow is up, you are provided an embed code which can be added to your blog or website. (see example)

Sneffel: Share your Ideas on an Online Whiteboard

Sneffel is a very unique web service which lets you create an online whiteboard for idea sharing. You can create a Sneffel boardand invite collaborators to your board. Then the entire team can write or draw on the board, as if they were working on the same document. The content of the board is updated in real time, so all the members can easily share their thoughts and ideas.

Sneffel lets you add the Sneffel board to your blog or website via an embed code. This feature may be useful for personal blogs, you can add a Sneffel board to your blog and let your visitors draw or write anything on it. Pure fun !

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Webby Wednesday: Convert Partial RSS Feeds to Full Text, Get Free Clipart and View Lyrics of a YouTube Video

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

OpenClipArt.org: Get Free Clipart

If you write a blog, one of the major concerns is avoiding copyright infringement. Copyright violation can arise due to duplicate content which includes using text or images from other sources and not giving the source it’s due credit. While it’s easy to avoid copyright issues by writing the text part yourself, it’s not exactly the same with images.

When you want to use an image in your blog post, you have to search the web and find an image from any other website or blog. Unfortunately, most of the images you find on the web are not labelled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Thanks to sites like Openclipart.org finding free clipart has never been such easy. Every image in the site is completely free, you can use their images in anything you publish.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

FiveFilter: Convert partial RSS Feeds to Full Feeds

There are plenty of blogs who offer a partial RSS feed of their blog posts. When you subscribe to the partial feeds, you can read only an excerpt of the blog post from your RSS reader. This can be irritating because you have to click the link and visit the website to read the full blog post.

If you are a blogger and read a lot of blogs everyday, it would be a good idea to convert the partial RSS feeds to full text feeds. Thanks to FiveFilter, converting feeds is now just a few clicks away.

To use the service, all you have to do is visit this page and enter the URL of the feed in the Feed URLtext field as shown below:

Then hit the Create Feedbutton and you are done. FiveFilters will convert the partial feed to full text feed and show you a link to the full feed, grab that link and subscribe in your news reader. The site also offers a handy bookmarklet, Just drag and drop this link in your Bookmarks toolbar. Whenever you come across a partial feed, click this bookmarklet and the feed will be converted to a full text RSS feed automatically.

TubeOke: View YouTube Video and Lyrics Side by Side

While watching a video at YouTube, you might want to perform a Karaoke. You may want to read the lyrics of a song and sing it with the music. TubeOke makes this possible by showing the lyrics of the song in the same page where the video is played. Works quite simple just go to the site and search for an artist or a song name.

Hit Searchand the lyrics of the song will load in the same page, thus allowing you to read the lyrics and view the video simultaneously.

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Webby Wednesday: Get a Customized Browser Start Page, Archive your Travel Experiences and Share Windows Clipboard Data

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Favitt – Get a Customized Browser Start Page

Tired of searching multiple sites from different browser tabs? Do you want an all in one interface where you can just type the query and the results from all the search engines can be seen from   a single page? Check out Favitt, a neat web service which lets you create your customized browser start page for free.

Favitt lets you customize your search experience and add some flavour to your daily searches. After you have signed up for a free account, you can add all the popular websites, search engines, blogs or news sources as tabs on your start page.

Typing a keyword and hitting the return key shows a list of results from Google. However, if you want to perform the same search on any other website – all you have to do is select the tab from the left sidebar.

The search results from the selected site will now load on the same page. This is very useful, you don’t have to open multiple search engines and perform the same search separately.

Another great thing about Favitt is the way you can customize your browser start page. You can add links to your most visited websites, social networking sites, blogs and so on. You can also upload some really good wallpapers and Favitt will automatically rotate them at a custom interval. Cool!

Learn more about Favitt

TravelJournal: Archive Your Travel Experiences

Do you travel a lot and need a simple tool to write about your travelling experiences? Check out Traveljournal.com a web based tool which can be used to document the memories of your trips. After you have signed up for a free account, you can create a journal, upload photos, add a small bio and the duration of your trip.

After the journal is created, you can start adding entries to your journal. All the entries are automatically archived and you can also enter a custom map location which relates to the current entry. Think of Traveljournal as a personal blog where you can document anything and everything about your trips.

The advantage of using Traveljournal is that you can easily find the locations you have been staying during the trip. The service also lets you share your journal with your friends, just enter the email address of your friends and hit Share. Learn the full features of Traveljournal.

Cl1p: Use an Internet Clipboard For Data Sharing

If you work with multiple computers at your workplace, you know how difficult it can be to share Windows clipboard data between them. If the systems are connected via LAN, then you can use a text document to share Windows clipboard data easily.

However, if you use multiple computers that are not connected via LAN, check out Cl1P.net. It’s a free web service which lets you share clipboard data with anyone. All you have to do is go to the homepage, append some random string at the end of the URL (e.g http://cl1p.net/test1) and then paste the data in the provided text box.

Next, you can open the same URL from any other computer and copy the data in it’s clipboard.

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Webby Wednesday: Send Handwritten Emails, Create Logos For Free, Sync Media Files Between Multiple Computers

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

PilotHandWriting Create a Font From your Handwriting and Send Emails

PilotHandwriting is a nice web service which lets you create own fonts from your handwriting. The idea is very simple head over to the website and download a sample template. Print the template on paper and fill out the template with all the alphabets and numbers.

Once you are done filling the template, switch on your webcam and hold the paper right in front of the camera. The site will record your handwriting, read it and save a digital copy on it’s server.

Once the site has saved your handwriting, you can edit and make minor adjustments with the mouse. Now comes the fun part type an email from the site’s interface and the email appears handwritten. Sweet!

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The only drawback is that you are not allowed to download the font in your computer for future use. Never mind, at least you can use this tool to send a handwritten email to anyone.

LogoSnap: Create a Free Logo Online

Do you run an online business ? Don’t have enough budget to hire professional designers to create a logo for your website? Check out LogoSnap a very useful website which lets you create professional logos for free.

It’s a four step process pick a profession or niche, select a symbol or style for your logo, customize it and then download the logo in PNG, JPG or EPS format.

The interesting thing about the service is that relevant symbols and artworks are neatly arranged in categories, you don’t have to find a graphic from a never ending list of images.

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Once you have selected a graphic, you can add text as well as customize the colors, font and the background of the logo. Finally, you can download the logo in PNG, JPG or EPS format.

The site also offers low budget paid logos so if you want a professional output, give LogoSnap a try.

Libox Access your Media Files From Any Computer

So you have a home computer, a portable laptop, an iPhone and a couple of mobile devices. The problem is: you want to access all the music and media files at one place and don’t want to copy the same set of songs or pictures in all the computers or devices.

One of the great ways to sync data between multiple computers is using a cloud computing service. Libox is a new player in this field but does a great job, when it comes to synching the media files across all your computers and other devices.

It works simple sign up for a free account and install the Libox client on all your computers and mobile devices(works for Windows as well as MAC). The site will scan your computer for all the media files (songs and images) and store it in your online Libox account.

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Later, you can access all these files from any computer as long as you have an active internet connection at hand. The service is completely free and you can upload unlimited amount of data.

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Webby Wednesday: Handy Home Page, Group Google Maps, Excellent E-Books

Welcome everyone to the Techie Buzz Webby Wednesday post. I’ll tell you about some of the very best sites on the net (in my opinion). Please accept my apology for posting this late in the day. It’s already Thursday in most places.

First lets start with a great Home page service, AllMyFaves.

A friend recently wrote to tell me about her new home page at All My Faves. I have to agree if you want a good place to start surfing, this is one. The first page tab alone has links to E-mail, Video, Maps, Search, News, Weather, Community, Shopping, Travel, Bestsellers, Banks, Finance, Sports, Magazines, Cellular, Info, Courier, Compare, Car Rental, Hotels, Brokers, Insurance, Jobs, Real Estate, Translation, Photo, Movies, Ent, Music, Web, Radio, Genealogy, Astrology, Dating, Wedding,   Chat, Blog, Voip, Instant Msg, Tech, Download, Humor, Gaming, Online Games, Games, Kids, Pets, Cars, Health, Seniors, Government, and Recipes.

Considering that there are nine tabs, with tons of links on each tab, you’ll be finding new stuff every day.

Go to http://allmyfaves.com

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Next, take a look at a service that let’s you share real world locations with your friends or a group. ZeeMaps is easy to use and it lets you and your members add location pins on a Google map. All you have to do is create a map and send a simple link to your group members. They won’t even have to register to add their own locations.

Go to http://www.zeemaps.com/

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Lastly, I’ll tell you about one of my favorites, Free-eBooks. If you love to read, and you like free stuff, this should be one of your favorites too. Free-eBooks lets you download copies of free books to read. You will have to register an email address, and there’s also a limit on how many books you can download each month. However, it is free and I’m not complaining.

Go to http://www.free-ebooks.net

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Now it’s time to end the post, but I’ll send you off with a surprise video. Have a great day (or night).

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Webby Wednesday: Listen to Tweets, Get Answers to Your Questions, Set up Personalized Radio Stations

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Twejay: Listen to Tweets

Twejay is a cool website which lets you listen to Tweets directly from the browser. There is nothing to download or install, just head over to the homepage and sign in with your Twitter account.

Once you are in, turn your volume up and wait for Twejay to fetch the recent tweets of your friends. The site will automatically pronounce the tweets and you can switch to another browser tab and listen to tweets as they appear in your timeline. Sweet!

There are keyboard shortcuts available, so you can just focus on the Twejay tab, use the shortcut key and listen to a specific tweet. The service can also be used to read out tweets from Twitter search pages.

This is useful, if you have a friend who is visually impaired and he never knew about Twitter – tell him to use Twejay and “listen” to your tweets.

Peerpong – Ask Questions, Get Answers

There are a lot of Q and A sites where you can get answers to your questions and answer other people’s questions as well. Peerpong is a similar Q and A site but it’s approach is a little bit different.

The site lets you login with your Facebook or Twitter account and then judges you on the basis of your past conversations. Then you are graded as an expert in some category – this may depend upon your past tweets, Facebook status updates, links shared and so on.

Once you are graded as an expert in some topic, you can answer the questions asked in that topic. There are a lot of categories out there – computers, beauty tips, education, sports, fashion, business, travel and so on.

The basic idea of the site is to encourage the users to ask questions, then send these questions to the “experts” so that the responses are accurate and adds value.

If you are fed up with other Q and A sites, it’s worth giving Peerpong a try. Who knows, you may earn the status of a guru by answering some typical questions.

Aupeo – Get a personalized Radio Station

We have earlier seen some useful websites which lets you listen to online radio stations for free. Most of these radio stations are very cool, but if you want a personalized radio experience, try Aupeo.


Aupeo lets you search for a particular artist and then the site scans it’s database of online radio stations to match with your search. You are then shown the radio stations which is currently playing your favorite artist.

This is cool, because I don’t want to hear the songs I don’t like – let me handpick the artists whom I want to listen to. No registration or sign ups are required to use the service.

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Webby Wednesday: Know the Technology Used by Websites, Create Email Aliases and Know What Your Facebook Friends are Liking

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

W3TechSites – Know the Technology used behind a Website

If you are a blogger or a webmaster, you would like to know the software and technologies used in various websites and forums. Normally, we look into the source code to find the name of the software used – whether it be WordPress, Joomla or may be Phpbb for forums.

However, there is an easy solution – just head over to W3techsites and enter the URL of any website, blog or forum. You will see a detailed report on the various technologies used by the website.

TempAlias – Create an Alias of your Email Address

Getting too much junk emails from spam sites? Why not create an alias of your email address and use this alias to perform temporary sign ups at download pages, forums or in sites where you will never visit again.

An email alias works just like a URL shortening service. You create a “masked” version of your real email address and use this masked version for temporary sign ups.

This is not a fake email address- any email sent to your email alias actually lands in your real email inbox.

To create an alias of your email address, head straight to Tempalias.com and enter your real email address in the text box. Hit “Generate Alias” and it’s done, you have your email alias up and ready to be used.

You can also set an expiry date on the alias or set an upper limit on the number of email addresses received. After this limit, your email alias will stop working.

Likebutton.me – Find What your Facebook Friends are Liking

If you have a lot of friends at Facebook, it becomes really difficult and time consuming to keep an eye on the never ending pool of updates. Some of your friend “likes” a story and an update is thrown in your wall.

If you want a daily digest of Facebook “likes” of your friends, Likebutton.me might help. The site aggregates all the stuff liked by your Facebook friends on different sites like YouTube, CNN, blogs, News sources, forums and other popular sources on the web.

It’s a nice way to know what pages your friends are reading, what videos they are watching and you can use the categories from the sidebar to narrow your searches to a particular topic.

On each Wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Webby Wednesday: Find Rhyming Words, Compare Translations, Pick Best Color Pallets and Capture Full Page Screenshots

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Find Rhyming Words with RhymeZone

Rhyming words are often required when you are composing a poem, writing a short story or may be searching for a creative domain name. If you are a writer, and need to find rhyming words online, check out RhymeZone – an online dictionary of rhyming words in English language.

Apart from the rhymes, the site also suggests antonyms, definitions, synonyms, related words and words that sound “similar”. You can also define rules to fine tune your searches. For example: You may want to match each letter of a phrase or match consonants only.

0to255.com: Pick the Best Color Pallets

If you are a web designer and need a simple tool which can suggest matching color pallets, look no further than 0to255.com. Yeah, the name sounds peculiar but the service is awesome. You supply a hex code to the site, click the magic button and the site returns a list of matching colors with their corresponding hex codes. Click a color and the hex code is copied in your Windows clipboard. Neat!

The site also shows random colors in the bottom so you always have some design inspiration ready at hand.

QuickTranslator: Translate and Compare Translated Texts Online

Online Translator is a web based language translation service, which is powered by both Microsoft and Google’s technology. You can use this service to translate text into other international languages.

The unique thing about the service is that you can compare the results from Google and Microsoft side by side. Then, you can choose the translation which is more precise. There is also a “Say it” button which lets you listen to the translated text. The maximum length of text which can be translated is 1000 words.

Capture Full Page: Capture Full Page Screenshots of any Website

There are both desktop tools and browser extensions available to capture screenshots, but the advantage of web based tools is that you do not need to install anything. CaptureFullPage is one such service which lets anyone capture a full page screenshot of any webpage.


To capture the screenshot, just paste the URL of the webpage in the URL field of the site. Once the screenshot is ready, you can download the image in JPG or PNG format. The service also let’s you resize the screenshot to small, medium and large formats. No registration or sign ups are required to use the service.

On each wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Webby Wednesday: Generate Unique Usernames, Add Speech Bubbles to Photos, Create Letter Templates and Browse Facebook Fan Page Designs

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Create Unique usernames with MyusernameGenerator.com

Whenever you signup in a social network, the first thing to choose is the username. It’s a good practice to pick the same username across all the social networks because your friends can remember the username and find you quickly. The username plays an important role in branding your profile across different sites on the web.

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Myusernamegenerator lets you generate unique names for your social profiles. You can choose between different types: short, long, medium, Japanese, heavy, vowels, Chinese and the like. The site also lists the recently generated usernames in the footer. Once you find a short and attractive username, head over to usernamecheck.com and check whether the username is available on all the social sites or not.

Add Speech Bubbles to Photos With Speechable

Speechable is a free photo service that lets you easily upload and add speech bubbles to your photos and share them with friends via email or on Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, blogs, and message boards.

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There is nothing to download or install, simply upload a photo from your computer or any web URL. When the upload is complete, create a bubble and add some text in it. You can drag and place the bubble anywhere on the image. This is pure fun, as the images appear to be talking. Here is an example:

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Create Letter Templates with LetterGenie.com

LetterGenie is a web based app that can be used to create letters from templates. This is useful, because you don’t want to lose a client just because your covering letter was poorly written. Once you are done writing the personalized letter, you can print it or download a PDF copy in your computer.

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The service also lets you import contacts and names from your email client.

Find the best Facebook Fan Page Designs With FacebookShowCase.net

Want to design a Facebook fan page for your company? Why not get some design inspiration from the very popular gallery of Facebook fan page designs at Facebookshowcase.net

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The most popular designs are listed one by one on the homepage and you can see the user ratings of Facebook fan pages. The service acts as a great starting point if you seriously want an attractive Facebook fan page.

On each Wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!