From Image to Words in One (Easy) Step

Maybe I should just direct all the Studio readers over to Lifehacker today for the goods. Kevin Purdy reports on Nitro’s PDF-to-Word, a converter that allows you to upload a PDF, select format (Word or RTF) and supply your email address. Purdy states that the Word conversion is “impressively faithful to your PDF originals, with lines, graphics, boxes, and other elements retained and arranged in fluid layouts.”

Hit the jump for samples of an IRS form and more graphics-heavy docs. They are quite impressive.

I cannot count the times I have sworn at my computer while I resurrected the ungodly mess of an insurance policy I copied from PDF and pasted into Word. Needless to say, I am pretty excited about this app.

Unfortunately, the app is currently in closed-Beta, but the Lifehacker article offers a password available to the first 2,000 Lifehacker readers that sign up. I already have my request in!

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Make Your Mouse Jump Ship


Image by totalAldo via Flickr

I have been thinking, lately, of adding another monitor to my laptop set-up, so that I can keep track of more information at the same time and increase efficiency. Having never used a multi-monitor set-up, I admit that I have a few “newbie-style” questions about how it works in the real world. One of those questions is: “how do you access information on the different screens with your mouse?”

Lifehacker has a post today about Multi-Monitor Mouse, an application triggered by a keyboard sequence that jumps your mouse from one monitor to the next. There are settings that allow you to set the order of the jumps (for more than two monitors) and the placement of the cursor after the jump, among other tweaks. Seems like a must-use application for multi-monitor set-ups.

Well, that’s one question answered.

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