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Monday, August 22, 2005

ace:UK Free Software Round Up (Part 2)

Last week I did a round up of some ace:uk golden oldies (Part 1), which was a list of things that I had previously wrote about on here but not put in my archive of favourites.

Here's the follow up, as promised - ace:UK Free Software Round Up (Part 2).

(The links below will take you to the original articles where you can get to the software directly).

  • Furl is a free service that saves a personal copy of any page you find on the Web, and lets you find it again instantly by searching your archive of pages, kind of like your personal web. I'm still raving about - party because I'm also still discovering more new ways to use it. I'll be discussing Furl and other bookmaking tools like it more in the near future.

  • Jux2 was a search tool that compared the results from a number of different search engines by searching Google, Yahoo! And Ask Jeeves simultaneously. Showed you what you would miss by just searching one or the other. (Sadly, Jux2 has since been taken offline but if you're interested in how search engines overlap, a couple of alternative tools are mentioned here.)

  • Google's built-in calculator uses the regular Google Search button. It can solve maths problems involving basic arithmetic, more complicated maths, units of measure and conversions, and physical constants.

  • Quiz-Tree is a site that has free quizzes that you can play directly in your browser. Could be quite a useful resource for Basic Skills tutors and support language studies too.

  • EclipseCrossword creator is a fast and free way to create crosswords. Great for newsletters, websites or Virtual Learning Environments.

  • Acce-Lerator is a free online tool that allows you to upload things such as Word documents, photographs, websites etc and mix these to create complete e-learning courses.

  • Virtual Training Suite Online tutorials - this consists of five new tutorials for the Adult and Community Learning sector that are hobbies and interest based. They show you how to use the Internet for Arts and Crafts, Digital Photography, Gardening, Health and Well-being and Job Searching. (These come highly recommended by me, I co-wrote one of them)

  • Snippy is a screen capture tool that allows you to capture a selection of the screen by drawing either freehand, or using a rectangular selection tool. This can include text or images or both.

  • The GoogleX interface makes all of Google's goodies--such as Gmail, Froogle, Maps, and more accessible via an Apple Mac OS X-like toolbar. (It's my Internet homepage and so far it's working a treat.)


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