I found a few useful downloads this past week.
First is a tool that is helping me write this very post (as well as my last post-The DK review)! ScribeFire is software that you can install and run in a browser window. It easily edits and publishes your blog entries (pages, and posts with pics, links, etc), even easier that on the blog site itself! It is a pretty cool little tool. Thank you Joe H for posting this on his blog. Check it out!
Next is a pretty cool browser add-on called RoamAbout by Vysr. RoamAbout is supported by Google and is a cool “toolbar” that is added in the lower, right hand corner of your browser window. You wanna Wikipedia a word and not leave the page you are on? Highlight the word, click on the toolbar and then click the “W” / Wikipedia icon and a new window appears over your existing window.
You can do similar things with Youtube, news, music, blogs, pics, etc. I had it installed with IE and with Firefox. I use tabbed browsing with both browsers and it seemed to really eat up the system resources. SO I disabled it in IE and it seems to work MUCH better in just Firefox. It is not easily uninstalled, but the plug-in can be disabled with ease. Check it out!
Last is another Google-supported browser app called piclens (click to get a preview before you download it). This is a gem for looking at internet pics. Google your favorite pics and then view them (merely by clicking on the arrow that appears over the pic) in a window that appears over the browser window. But not just the 10 or 20 pics that appear on the initial Google page, but ALL of them and in a presentation that you can scroll through like with Apple’s I-touch-like a roll-a-dex! It is pretty neat! There seems to be just the tiniest bit of a glitch on my dual monitor setup, but it is well worth checking it out!
All of these were SUPER easy installs that took just a few minutes if not seconds to install, learn and become an integrated part of my browsing world.