Cool Tools You Can Use

Move over Craftsman! Here are some odds and ends worth checking out. Even though they share nothing in common other than the fact they all reside on the Web, I thought these applications were all good enough to pass along to Studio readers.

The first is a search engine for those of you who employ WordPress to power your blog or website, or develop for same. It is called SeekWP (link here). SeekWP’s results are real-time and include WordPress themes, tips, tricks and plug-ins. You can specify themes, tips or all. Results show the source URL, which you can click to get to the goods. Thumbnail previews are provided by thumbshots.com. I can’t tell if SeekWP is maintained by Tropica or the site is designed by Tropica, but kudos to them for a cool tool or design or whatever role they played in this app.

The next tool is called Web2PDF (link here). It’s got a lot going for it. First, it’s free. Second, it allows you to convert any web page to PDF. It is a fantastic alternative for sharing information off-line or, even better, archiving your web content. You can use the online converter tool by entering the URL, clicking the “convert” button and then downloading the PDF that results. Or, you can email a URL to submit@web2PDFconvert.com and the reply will have your PDF attached to it. Finally, you can get a Web2PDF button that you can install on your own website or blog, making it a simple click for your readers to download and save your web info. Web2PDF has extensions for IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. It also includes online Word to PDF, PDF to Word and PDF to Excel converter tools. Lots of fun in one package!

Finally, how about taking your Facebook stream data and turning it into its own mini-blog? Check out Facebook.me (link here) – it offers a few themes and import options based on the Open Graph API that everyone is talking about. You just connect the app to your account, give it the usual permissions, watch your items import, give them a theme and enjoy your blog! Nice means for repurposing the content you are already generating on Facebook.

2 comments on “Cool Tools You Can Use

  1. Hmmm…the ability to convert a website to PDF without having to own & run the full Acrobat program is fascinating! I will have to check this out!

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