FaxZero: Free Internet Faxing

A couple of weeks ago, I needed to fax an order form. I haven’t configured my computer to send faxes and my fax machine isn’t set up either. So I searched for a free tool to help. I was so happy when I discovered FaxZero. What a cool thing. You upload a document or PDF to fax to anyone for …

iSpeech: Convert text to speech

Frankly I’m one of those people who gets a little irritated when I hit a website and a movie comes up or audio starts playing. But my learning style lends itself to reading, not listening, and that’s not true for everyone. iSpeech is an online service that instantly converts text to speech. Cut and paste up to 50 words to …

ImageChef: Quick, clever photo customization

ImageChef lets you create quick custom photos with a ton of free templates. I love when I can make a clever piece of art happen within minutes rather than having to mess with a custom photo for hours.¬† I created this in about 90 seconds, and a third of that was coming up with the book title. This one took …

Mutapic: Instant (weird) art

I discovered this site about an hour ago, and I just spent way too much time experimenting with the art generation tool to create a cool example for this post (yep, that’s it below). Mutapic is addicting. You choose two icon pictures, press the Generate button and Mutapic morphs the two together to create icons. Kind of. Mine were mostly …

Screencast.com: Your own online library

Because Screencast.com is integrated into my Jing account, I sometimes forget that it’s a great tool on its own. Screencast.com lets you upload and share documents, Jing captures, video files, etc. into a library of your own. I just created a “playlist” that contained 4 important files for a client, sending him a link to the list instead of 4 …

BudURL: URL shrinker with tracking

Way back in the day, tinyurl.com was the first well-known service that allowed you to turn a monstrous web address into a short, cute little URL. In the Twitter world, where all you get is 140 characters, these URL-shortening sites have popped up everywhere. My favorite has been is.gd, both because it’s so dang short and because it makes me …

FormSpring: Build web-based forms for free

FormSpring is a handy service that allows you to build online forms. You can either host it on your site or let FormSpring host it (for free). It’s great for contact forms, event registrations, feedback, job applications, surveys and sign-up forms for newsletters. With the free version, you can create 3 forms with up to 15 fields each. The next …

Gliffy Online Diagram Software: Create flowcharts with ease

¬†Sure, you can try to create a flow chart with a word processing program such as MS Word, but you’re going to get angry. Your boxes will be different sizes, and your arrows won’t line up. It’ll take you too long, and screw up your diet when you visit the vending machine for a chocolate bar to get through …

Jing: Screen captures for free

Have you ever done a screen capture by pressing Print Screen, pasting it somewhere, editing it and sending it off? One of my favorite new (free!) tools is Jing, a little application from TechSmith, which makes the screen capture process insanely easy. Jing sits on your screen at all times in the form of a little yellow sun. You can …

WorkTime: You need this tool, but you’re not going to like it

I’m on the hunt for new free and low-cost tools to update my best resource document. Yesterday I found WorkTime from NesterSoft. WorkTime tracks every single activity on your computer. It shows you how long you surf the web, work on a document, spend writing emails. I can’t imagine a better tool for understanding where your time goes so you …