Make the best use of your browser

Most of us use the browser for accessing numerous sorts of information, ranging from a simple Google search to checking what your best friends are doing on facebook. But in fact, the browser can be of much better use; and through the use of certain web sites and tools it can be used as an application to convert PDFs into editable word documents.

Here are some web savvy tools and services that you can start using in your browser. CeeVee (www.ceevee.com)

This online service builds a polished-looking résumé, and then shares it online via Facebook, Twitter, or a custom Web address. It’s fast, easy to use, and proof positive that you’re a Web-savvy applicant !


This Firefox add-on records every keystroke you enter into blog tools, comment boxes, e-mail forms, and the like. To magically restore the items you typed, just right-click and choose Recover Text orRecover Form.


Manage contacts, attachments, and other details in Gmail. Available for Firefox and IE, this beta add-on reveals information about each contact, integrates with Google Calendar for easy appointment scheduling, lists all received attachments for a given contact, and creates local, searchable copies of them. A personal favorite of mine !

PDF to Word (www.pdftoword.com)

This Web service transforms PDFs into edit-ready documents. Simply upload your file and choose your desired output format, either Word or Rich Text Format. Then sit tight until the service sends you an e-mail with a link to download the converted document.

Sounds boring for the facebook addicts? Not to worry. There are tons of applications that will streamline facebook interface making it easier to access and update.


Everyone loves sharing photos on Facebook, but downloading snapshots from a friend’s album is a hassle. Facebook Photo Album Downloader (FacePAD), is a Firefox add-on that lets you download entire photo albums (including event and group albums).


A tool that runs independently of your browser, and downloads photos tagged with your name or with the names of your friends. It’s great for rounding up snapshots that land in other people’s albums without your knowledge.


For the heavy duty twitters, Splitweet (www.splitweet.com) lets you tweet to one or more accounts simultaneously; read, reply to, and share updates from users you follow; and track mentions of any “brand” names you want (your company’s name, a competitor’s name, a product line, and so on).


The Outlook add-on Twinbox brings tweets to your inbox and provides a toolbar for updating your status, retweeting, sending direct messages, and performing other tasks. It even streams the latest tweets as they arrive.

Browsing has become the central feature of computing today. There is hardly anyone today is not using a browser and the speed at which it has evolved over time is quite amazing !

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