Tuesday, February 21, 2006

iRows: Web Based Online Spreadsheets

Take a look at iRows. It is a Web based spreadsheet, similar to Writely's online word processor. Although it probably will not have the same demand as a word processor, it might still be a useful tool to know and recommend to your patrons.

iRows: Web Based Online Spreadsheets
Cost: Free

Monday, February 20, 2006

Tiny URL: Shorten a URL

You know how confusing it can be to forward, or worse yet, read a long, difficult URL to a patron! Tiny URL makes life easier by giving a long URL a shorter one. According to the Tiny URL Website, the link will never expire.

How it works:

  1. Copy a long URL from your browser.
  2. Go to the Tiny URL Website.
  3. Paste the URL into the box (you cannot miss it.)
  4. Click on the Make TinyURL button.
  5. Paste the new Tiny URL into the email or read to your patron.
  6. Easy!

Tiny URL: Shorten a URL
Cost: Free

Writely: An Online Word Processor

Do you often have individuals who come to the library without a floppy disk or flash drive to save their work? Point your patrons in the direction of Writely, an online word processor. Most of the features on Writely are simple to use and free of charge. Documents can be written directly in to the online processor or imported into Writely. In my tests, very little formatting was lost when I imported a Word document into the application. (My small square bullets were changed into round ones.)

How it works: Your patrons will need an email account to register. They can import or paste their document into Writely. (I suggest pasting, simply to avoid having to first save the document to the computer or secondary storage. Isn't that what we are trying to avoid?) Their account can then be accessed from any online computer.

Disclaimer: As with any type of storage, remember that it is always better to have a backup; nothing is foolproof!

Writely: An online word processor.
Cost: Most features are free.