If you have to copy the contents of a large number of text files, opening each file separately, selecting the required text, and then copying it to the new file adds up to quite a lot of steps for something that is very simple in nature. We have covered quite a few Windows shell extensions that allow you to perform time consuming tasks in a quick and simple way. There are thousands of tools and extensions available on the internet that allow you to simplify complex and time taking functions. Today, we have another right-click context menu extension called Copy Text Contents
, which lets you copy the contents of text files to clipboard from right-click menu without having to open the file. The application can prove to be useful in situations where you need to quickly copy the contents of multiple text files to a single document. Not only does it support copying plain text from a selected file, but also text with encoding
. Read past the jump for further details.
For someone who regularly reads online, be it articles, blogs, news websites, or even Wikipedia, chances are
slim that Instapaper would be an unfamiliar name. The remarkable service goes a great distance
to make your online reading experience enjoyable and smooth, removing all the clutter (ads, buttons, sidebars et all) and giving a customizable text and image view that goes easy on the reader's eyes. Instapaper offers a bookmarklet
to achieve said purpose with ease, but if you are a user of Chrome or Firefox, InstaRead
is perhaps a more convenient option. It's a browser extension/add-on that is built around the Instapaper bookmarklet, and enables its reading mode with just a click, making online reading much easier than it would've been otherwise. Furthermore, you may also customize the background color, font size and other attributes to your liking.
Online content doesn’t follow a uniform pattern; some websites choose to distribute a single article across several pages, others prefer to create slide shows of the information while still others will forgo so much as adding subtopics and headings. This makes it fairly difficult to scan a long document for the information you’re looking for when you don’t want to read the whole thing. Wikipedia handles this problem exceptionally well by providing a list of links to topics covered in an article. Unfortunately, not all sites have the forsight to simplify reading content like this and you will often find you’ve read a pointless 500 word intro trying to find the information you were originally looking for. This is where Content Scrollbar
comes in handy. This Firefox add-on generates clickable markers for all headings of a page and places them proportionally on the scrollbar, so you can directly navigate to the different sections of an article that you are reading. The slight catch with the add-on is that it only works with linked headings and if the article only contains the HTML Heading tags, it will not work.
Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own, without crediting the original author. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Plagiarism is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
." Even though it is considered a very big offence in literary circles, people usually don’t give a second thought to it when copying someone else’s work. It is a common habit among students to copy something off the internet, and use it in their own article without giving references. Desktop Plagiarism Checker
is an application that lets you check for duplicate text, and see the percentage of content copied from the internet. Read more about Desktop Plagiarism Checker after the break.
When developing a site, everything from design, functionality and flow is given a lot of thought; hours can be spent on just deciding what the color scheme should be and while all these factors are given their due importance, content often takes a backseat. Minibal
is a web app that lets you integrate web content in the designing stage; instead of using dummy text, you can add real text that will appear on the site in the app and share it with the designer. The app lets you add multiple pages to a single site in a hierarchy so the content for each page is never mixed up. Different clients can be added by a single user and comments can be posted for each page.
Unique Content verifier
, also called UN.CO.VER
, is an application for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems that verifies the specified content from the internet and displays a result of websites that have copied it. Just copy and paste the text from an article to see what websites have the matching text. This can be used by not just authors to check if someone has copied their article but also by teachers who might be interested in verifying student assignments. UN.CO.VER can be used not just to for general verification over the internet but also with a single URL and an entire website (inclusive of primary and sub-domains).
There are instances when you have to copy rich-text from one source and paste it as simple text in another source. For instance, you could be looking to archive an interesting story covered by a popular online magazine by copy/pasting it as simple text in MS Word. In such cases, it can be difficult to manually remove rich-text from the content, especially if it’s heavily formatted. A better solution is to use PureText
, a portable application that lets users paste any text copied to the clipboard as simple, plain text.
To free up some hard disk space you need to delete the files and folders that take up most space. But how would you find such files and folders? Since there is no build-in tool in Windows, the only way is to manually check the properties of every file and folder. This process is obviously very tiresome. We reviewed a software last year called JDiskReport that lets you analyze the hard disk space, but the downside is that it requires java runtime and is also not portable.
SpaceSniffer is a recently launched free portable tool for Windows that analyzes your hard disk and loads a visual map which shows the files and folder structured in your hard disk along with the space they are taking. Just run the tool(no installation required), select the drive or path that you want to analyze, and click Start. Read More
If you use Firefox and are looking to increase your productivity, then this tip is for you. Split Browser is a free add-on for Firefox that splits your screen to make space for more content. It is suitable for those users who have large screens, i.e screens larger than 19” or those who have high desktop resolutions.
Note: Split Browser is quite an old Firefox add-on, I am reviewing it here for those users who haven't heard about it before and for for those who don’t know how to use it.
It only splits the content area, not the whole browser. You can open tabs in new content window, just right-click the tab, select ‘Split Tab To’ and then select the area where you would like to split. Read More
Are you looking for a software through which you can create a 3D models, animations, or movies? Or are you looking for a software through which you can create a 3D game? In both cases, you can use Blender. It is a free powerful opensource tool which I just discovered today. It does a little more than what retail software does, and best of all it’s free. Seems unbelievable, right?
I thought the same thing when I tried it out today, but it surpassed beyond my expectations. Another great thing about this tool is that It’s available for all operating systems. Read More
iPhone/iPod Touch users will know that while it is easy to sync music from iTunes to your iPod, it certainly does not work the other way round. It may be a great security feature by Apple, but it has definitely caused lot of inconvenience to its users. Luckily, there are lots of easy way to get this done.
If you have a huge library of musics organizing those collections can be difficult. Using the built-in tools of Windows Media Player you can make the task much simpler. Microsoft Windows Media Player does more than just play. Windows users can use it to import their CD collection into digital music files, burn audio CDs, and organize their music collection by generating playlists and adding album art. One of Winodws Media Player 11's strengths is in organizing music by album; it's simply faster than iTunes(sorry Apple fanboys but this point is true). And browsing albums by cover is, well, fun. Combine it with Vista's search technology, which is built in to the player, and you can cue up any album just by typing in the first few letters in the Search box and then clicking on the familiar album cover. Read More
You've collected hundreds of thousands of gigabytes of digital music and videos in the past 10 years, and as your media library has grown, so has the necessity for finding the perfect desktop media player for organizing the data. A perfect music player should not only be capable of playing back digital media , but it also needs to be able to help you search through and find any song or movie you're looking for at a moment's notice. Hit the jump for a glimpse at the five best desktop media players.