There’s got to be a better way! Email

Help a Nerd Out!  Cliff L. asks, “I’m finally going to switch my email from AOL to another cloud-based email service. Which one? Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook.com… something else?” Patrick A. Gmail. All other responses are invalid. Seriously – the number of benefits you get with gmail, google calendar and google contacts are amazing. When most people switch phones, computers, etc. they …

NewOCR and FreeOCR (Optical Character Recognition)

OCR tools solve a challenge I’ve had multiple times: I receive a PDF that I need to edit in Word or a graphic of text that I need to tweak. Retyping takes too long, and cutting and pasting from a PDF can be frustrating and time-consuming. On both the FreeOCR and NewOCR sites, you can upload PDFs, JPEGs or other …

Call Management System: Google Voice

Update Jan. 13, 2017: Well, I don’t exactly know what the update is, but changes are a comin’! Google has confirmed that Google Voice will be getting some major updates very soon. I’m thrilled because it hadn’t been updated in years, and I was under the impression that it was headed toward retirement. I’ll keep you posted! ***** Google Voice …

Office Suites: Google Docs and iWork

Google Docs is great for sharing documents, online collaboration and anywhere access, although the features of the program are on the basic side, at least for a heavy Microsoft Office user like myself. Zoho has similar cloud-based office software for word processing, spreadsheets, note organization and presentations. If you’re on a Mac, you’ll definitely want to check out Apple’s iWork …

Free Fax Numbers: eFax Free and FaxBetter

A couple of services will give you numbers to receive faxes, such as eFax Free and FaxBetter, although they both will charge you for outgoing faxes. eFax Free gives a toll number that you can give out, and your faxes come via email as attachments. You have to download its software to be able to read the attachment, of course; …

Downloadable PDF Tools: Adobe Reader XI

If you haven’t taken a close look at your regular old Adobe Reader (or you keep avoiding the updates), you are missing out in a big way. Reader XI, released in the fall of 2012, contains capabilities that can change the way you work with PDFs. You can now add notes to documents, cross out and replace text, fill out …