Handy Tools to make life easier

So we are looking for some really great tools to help our users of the site, this comes under invest in time, which tends to get forgotten. please feel free to help add to the list by posting below, we have started it off here and anything we come across we will add here so do what you need to do to remember our page for some great tips on saving time.

Google Translation App

Review Google Translate app new features


The latest update to its mobile app is basically like having a human translator with you wherever you go, whispering answers in your ear, and rewriting foreign words in front of your very eyes.


In the app’s update, Google integrated Word Lens, a company it acquired last year, whose technology visually translates signs or text when you point your phone in camera mode at it. You’ll never sit baffled by a menu in Moscow again thanks to this great app.


The action needs good lighting to work with all the words on the screen however, but if you aren't trying to take to take a screen capture like we did then you can get a good understanding on the words being translated by piercing the text together. 


As you can see from the screen capture below the translation is spot on with clean text and even translates the text we wasn't trying to example in the corner. 




it works from English to and from Russian, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and Google is busy implementing more languages as we speak.

 

One thing we find when travelling in distant lands is data charges are hell, so this next bit is really good, The app doesn't need a Wi-Fi or data connection to work, so no outrageous data charges when you’re away from your home network.

 

plus if you really need a voice translation it has one of them built in too.  It’s not always totally accurate, but it’s certainly useful for most basic phrases.

 

All in all a must have for your trip to Russia. 

Google Translator app in action

Review google translate new features example from Russian

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Review google translate new features example from russian to English

 A great translation of the text


SageThumbs

SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer by using Pierre-e Gougelet's GFL library (XnView's author).

 

What this means is that you can see all your image files in preview like PSD files which normally can't be seen from the window. very handy !!

 

It can be downloaded directly from sourceforge here


Peer Block

This handy little program will help you monitor the traffic of your computer and enable you to block/restrict a program from send or receiving information from the internet. peer block is freely available on the internet. 



Colorpix

Colorpix from colorschemer.com is a great little tool for finding colors on webpages, documents or just about anything else on a computer screen.

Just press any key on the keyboard as you hover over the color required and that's it. 

We have used this a number of times to get colors right for our clients and its a great tool to use.


Avatar maker

Ever want a mini you? well this is a cyber way of doing it with the doppelme site you can make your again and again.

Ok so its a little childish but go answer the little child in you.. its free to have fun after all.


Pic Convertor

CoffeeCup PixConverter can convert your GIF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, and BMP files by changing the size, colors, file names, and much more, all with one simple step. It's so easy! Here


JRuler

This Screen Ruler is a great tool that allows you to accurately measure anything on your screen. This is especially useful when measuring graphics, web page browser sizes or whatever. Screen Ruler can display Pixels, Inches, Picas or Centimeters. 

download here


Which File

WhichFiles: create a file list from drag and drop which can then be copied to any location, great to list attachments in emails or to list picture files. 


PngOptimizer

PngOptimizer: optimize PNGs and convert GIF, BMP, TGA files. This great little program really cuts the load times down for webpages and helps with SEO.