Archive for April, 2009

Capture Highlights from the Web with Clipboard

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009


1X1When surfing the Web, it’s all too common for us to find useful bits and pieces of information that we want to save and possibly share. We end up bookmarking tons of websites and forget about many of them — even if we have our bookmarks meticulously organized! With Clipboard, you can easily “clip” the key portions of the websites you visit including text, images and even videos. Instead of bookmarking or emailing entire pages, you can clip only the pieces you would like to save, email, or post to your webpage or blog. With a free Clipboard account, you can save clips to your own searchable library as well as create a ClipCast slideshow consisting of the Web clippings you’d like to compile and share.

Getting Started

First you’ll need to install the Clipboard browser extension for Firefox or Chrome: located here. Once you follow the installation instructions, the Clipboard button will show up in your Web browser’s toolbar.

When you click on the Clipboard buttonbutton you will enter “clip mode” and instructions to clip will appear in your toolbar. You can email and print your clips from your toolbar; however you will need to set up a free Clipboard account in order to save your clips, publish to a blog or webpage, or create a ClipCast. Check out the Clipboard How-to-clip page for further instructions and helpful information.

Design your Own Font

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

1X1If you’re working on a project where any ordinary font won’t do or you’ve just got some time on a rainy day; why not create your own original font? FontStruct, a free browser tool, enables anyone to create a unique font, using an intuitive interface.  FontStruct provides simple tools (pencil/paper/eraser) that enable users to color in “bricks” conforming to a grid.  Once you complete an entire alphabet, you can download the font and move it into your PC’s font folder.

All you need to do to get started is to create a username and password to sign-in.  If you don’t have the time or patience for font design, you can also browse through the Gallery of fonts that others have created to share.

Resources:

Getting started with FontStruct video:
http://www.vimeo.com/972905?pg=embed&sec=972905

Great article about FontStruct:
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2008/06/youtype.html