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Cool tools (almost all free) for everyone to use including web designers, content creators, etc. Several tools focus on security backup.

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  • Cool Tools for Library Webmasters Internet Librarian October 20, 2008 Darlene Fichter Data Librarian University of Saskatchewan Frank Cervone, Director Library, Information, and Media Studies Chicago State University
  • Let’s take a look at where we’re heading today.
  • We’ll explore new free and inexpensive tools.
  • Briefly mention some of our all time favourite tools.
  • There will be tools for everyone.
  • Let’s get visual.
  • VisCheck
      • A computer simulation of the entire process of human vision
      • Way of showing what things look like to someone who is color blind
      • Online service
        • Image files
        • Web pages
      • Downloadable
        • Windows and Mac
    www.vischeck.com/vischeck
  • Tritanope Protanope Deuteranope Full color
  • Full spectrum Red/green deficiency Blue/yellow deficiency
  • Thumbalizer www.thumbalizr.com
  • ImageFlow 194.95.111.244/~countzero/scripts/_myImageFlow/
  • Generate a color palette from an image. www.degraeve.com/color-palette/
  • Create graphs as widgets . widgenie.com
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  • Add sounds. freesound.org
  • Call Graph – free Skype call recorder. callgraph.in
  • Let’s look at productivity and security tools.
  • Freemind freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
  • Firefox tools
      • SafeCache
      • SafeHistory
      • FoxMarks
      • FEBE
  • SafeCache
      • Protects your privacy
      • Defends against cache-based tracking techniques
      • Embedded content is cached
        • Segments the cache according to the domain of the originating page.
      • Enable/disable in the Privacy pane of the Options menu.
      • Learn more about Protecting Browser State using Same Origin policy ( paper )
    www.safecache.com
  • SafeHistory
      • Protects your privacy by defending against visited-link-based tracking techniques.
      • It allows offsite visited links to be marked only if the browser's history database contains a record of the link being followed from the current site.
      • Enable/disable SafeHistory in the Privacy pane of the Options menu
    www.safehistory.com
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  • FoxMarks
      • Automatically synchronizes bookmarks
      • Access your bookmarks anytime at my.foxmarks.com.
      • Works in the background to keep your bookmarks up-to-date on all your computers
    www.foxmarks.com
  • mysteryuser
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  • FEBE
      • Firefox Environment Backup Extension
      • Quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions
      • Easily synchronize your office and home browsers
      • May specify user defined items
        • Backup virtually any data on your computer
    customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions/febe/febe.html
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  • LinkBunch
      • Lets you put multiple links into one small link
      • Firefox extension creates a bunch from all your open tabs
      • Twitter bot in the works
        • Isn’t finished yet
    linkbun.ch
  • DocSyncer
      • Automatically finds and syncs your document files to Google Docs
        • This means everything
      • “ Users are even reporting that launching a document directly from their desktop using DocSyncer is FASTER than launching the document natively in Microsoft Office!”
        • Yeah…right
    www.docsyncer.com
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  • Encrypt your USB stick. http://www.truecrypt.org/
  • File Hamster
      • Real-time backup and archiving of your files while you work
      • Monitors files or directories
        • Automatically creates incremental backups
        • Store notes about the changes that have been made
    www.mogware.com/FileHamster
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  • Syncback Freeware
      • Backup all files anytime with a single click
      • Scheduler to automate backups
      • Versioning
      • Synchronization
      • Incremental backups
      • Machine to machine via ftp
        • Encryption
        • Compression
    www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html
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  • FreeUndelete www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/
  • Usability
  • Browsershots
      • Creates screenshots in different browsers
      • Open source, online service
      • How it works:
        • Submit your web address
        • Added to the job queue
        • Distributed computers open the website in their browser
        • They create screenshots and upload them to the browsershots server
    browsershots.org
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  • Feng GUI www.feng-gui.com
      • Automatic alternative to eye-tracking
      • Creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts what a real human would be most likely to look at
  • www.fenggui.com
  • © 2006-2008 Feng-GUI - Feng Shui for graphic user interfaces.™
  • google.com
  • flickr.com
  • useit.com
  • Create a favicon for browser address bars, favourites and tabs. www.html-kit.com/favicon/
  • Improve your site and manage site feedback. www.suggestionbox.com
  • More fun tools
  • DamnIT damnit.jupiterit.com
      • Sign up for DamnIT
      • Include damnit.js
      • An error happens
      • Optional description
      • You get an email
    Careful with that URL!
  • . htaccess password generator tools.dynamicdrive.com/password/
  • Cropper in C# blogs.geekdojo.net/brian/articles/Cropper.aspx
  • Steal from the best. LGR Blog Webmaster Blog. The Five Best Website Templates
  • Save time with a website template.
    • Open Source Web Design
      • > 2000 layouts
    • Open Web Design
      • > 2100 layouts
    • themesBase.com
      • > 1000 for Joomla and Mambo plus other CMS website layouts,
    • FreeCSSTemplates.org
      • > 100 layouts
    • Free Layouts
      • < 100 templates
  • Design 404 Pages www.zug.com/mp3/nothere.htm
  • Find even more tools.
    • Browse links to past presentations
      • http://library2.usask.ca/~fichter/cool_tools/
  • A sample of the all time best tools
      • Firefox
        • Firefox Web Developer Extension
      • Image Editors
        • Gimp
        • Picnik
        • Photoshop Express
      • Meebo Me Widget
      • MailBigFile
  • More all time winners
      • Primo PDF
      • Drupal
      • Google Analytics
      • Yahoo Pattern Library  
      • Surveys
        • SurveyMonkey
        • Poll Daddy
        • QuestionPro
  • Photo Credits – Creative Commons
    • Roadmap by Brain farts
    • Chick by ap.
    • Pig Ribbon by brandichu123
    • Laptops by Irregular Shed
    • Cosplay (red hair) by colodio
    • Wrench Wench by Tojosan
    • Capitol Place Shower Instructions by ATIS547
    • Japanese Tea Flavoured Ice Cream by timtak
    • Toolbox Full by Austin ampersand Zak
  • Questions? Darlene Fichter Data Librarian University of Saskatchewan [email_address] Frank Cervone, Director Library, Information, and Media Studies Chicago State University [email_address]