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What Do You Think of the New YouTube Player?


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Matthew has done screencasts for us in the past. This time, he’s taking a look at the new video player that was introduced on YouTube just a few days ago. When you mouse over the video, the play bar will pop up and is transparent. This helps keep it from interfering with your watching experience. Your volume bar is now horizontal. Again, this keeps it from getting in the way of what you’re trying to view. There are several other small changes that should be welcome additions to most of you.

The new Auto-Captions menu has a nice look to it. Once again, it won’t obstruct your video-viewing experience. You can automatically click to transcribe the audio on the fly, or head “next door” to the resolution menu to change the video resolution at any point during playback.

What are your thoughts on the new settings and features of the YouTube video player? Are you happy with these changes?

Great work, Matthew.

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How to Take Notes on the Web


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There are many times I will be on a wesite and need to remind myself of something. I hate Post Its worth a passion, so I won’t use those. What else is there I can do to leave myself notes? Thankfully, there’s virtual media that will do this for us.

WebNotes is trying to revolutionize the way people collect, organize, and share information on the Internet. With WebNotes you can highlight text and stick notes to web pages. All highlights and notes are stored in folders within your WebNotes account. Pages you annotate can be shared through email or online links.

Drag and drop a bookmarklet into your browser bookmark toolbar. Then when you’re on a web page, you press the “Annotate” button if you want to leave a note. A little toolbar will pop up, allowing you to leave a note anywhere on the page for yourself. Highlight something, add color to your text, or do any of a number of other little things to make something jump out at you.

If you’re online and need stickies to keep track of things, it’s time to move on and grow up. Join us in the new ages! Check out WebNotes, and sign up for a Beta account now!

I have about ten invites to give out, so send me the following message on Twitter:

@chrispirillo I’d really like to join the WebNotes Beta!

I’ll choose ten of you to give a Beta code to! WebNotes will make your life much easier, I promise!

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How to Edit PDFs for Free Online


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Editing PDFs is a PITA. You have to find a program that allows you to scan them in, attempt to edit them, save them to your documents, and hopefully turn out the way you need them to. Luckily, there’s a free online service that does the work for you!

PDFVue allows you to upload (or link to) your PDF, and you can easily edit it… and even add annotations. When you load the site, it will throw in a sample PDF for you to play around with. Practice using each of the various tools, so that you are ready to edit your own document when you’re ready. With PDFVue you can upload any document from any computer without having to have expensive client software. Once you’ve made your changes you can simply download the updated PDF or share the secure PDFVue link.

There are tons of options. You can add annotations, as I mentioned. You can also add links and dates, change the font and color, or add a sticky note! Save your PDF, or email it to coworkers! It’s exceedingly simple to use, and there’s nothing to sign up for or download. Heck, it’s even free!

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Is Document Annotation Software Still Necessary?


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Annotation isn’t exactly fun, no. Annotation is when you have to edit parts of a document, such as highlighting or underlining a certain portion of a document you may have scanned. Now, it’s time for us to turn our attention to a Website that will let you annotate without having to install anything. Fine Tuna allows you to quickly and easily edit your documents on the fly, no matter where you are.

You won’t believe how simple this is to use. Simply upload an image or design, then add your comments. When you’re finished, you can either email it to another person(s), or send them the direct link to what you’ve done. That’s it… seriously. Your “image” is likely a scanned document, of course. They also have a Firefox Extension which allows you to send any image directly from Firefox with comments.

You are dynamically editing annotations, without having to install anything. If this doesn’t trump your desktop software, I’d be surprised. If you do a lot of collaboration with others, you’ll want to move as many of your experiences to the Web as you can. This allows you to do that, without having to cause you any headaches.

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