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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another (Web Page)HTML to PDF converter is an online (WebPage) HTML to PDF converter which helps to save the wepages in PDF format.

Simply paste the webpage address into the URL blank space and click on 'Convert to PDF' to get a pdf version of the same.

I have found the tool very useful when visiting webpages (websites) with scrolling windows or when wanting to retain a copy of the webpage for later reading and reference

Adding Effects to Image

Here's a cute online image tool called Photofunia, for adding effects to images. At times, when you are looking to make your images look interesing, this little tool can help the cause. Simply select the effect from the list provided, choose your image and here you go, the final image with the selected effects.

The best part being that you can save the image for later use.

Image Collage Maker

Sharing about another simple, useful interesting tool to play around with images (jpeg/ jpg). Shape Collage, The need to do more with images, maybe put them in a collage form in different shapes, sizes, dimensions, etc. is fulfilled by this downloadable tool. The Java version (jar) is also available for download.

The tool offers a lot of features like 'Shape and Size', 'Appearance' and various Advanced options. The images could be dragged and dropped directly or the entire folder be added.

A must try tool for some of your image based needs.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Free eAcademy for Indian School Teachers

CII-Shiksha,, an Indian non-profit working towards Teachers Empowerment has launched a Teacher's Academy that will empower and enable teachers with free and open technologies. Visit for more details on the same.

Please note this Program is just being offered to Indian teachers teaching in Indian schools

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Image Compression Utility Tool

Here's a little yet useful utility tool for image/ photo compression, Shrink Pic,

Need for the Tool:
While uploading photos/ images, at times there is an issue about compressing/ resizing the images so that they could be uploaded properly. Rather than using a software to do the resizing/ compression, this tool would do it automatically.

How the tool works:
Once installed, the tool would rest on the taskbar (bottom right hand side of the Windows) and whenever some image/ photo is being uploded, this would automatically resize/ compress it to the best possible size. The tool prompts you when it resizes/ compresses

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Saving Videos for Offline Viewing - CatchYouTube

Need for this tool :

No doubt, Youtube ( is a highly popular and useful video hosting site and as a teacher you would like to share Youtube videos with your students. But because of factors/ reasons known to all, teachers do not want students to be directed to Youtube site. This is where this site, would be very useful.

Features of the site : has some real useful features by way of providing options to save downloaded videos in various formats. Follow the following steps for downloading youtube videos
  • Visit the Yoytube site to copy the specific video's url
  • Paste the url in site
  • select the format for saving the video
  • click on "Convert & Download"
I have tried it and the speed of covenrting and downloading is quite good.

No need for providing/ embedding youtube links when you can save them offline for use with your students.

Get started with downloading your favourite videos