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Archive for January 10th, 2008

Big boost in traffic to video sharing web sites

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 10, 2008

NY Times has an intersting piece discussing the big boost in traffic to video sharing web sites, like YouTube. Here’s a clip from the article:

The audience for YouTube and other video sharing websites has risen sharply in the past year, with almost half of online adults logging onto such sites, reports a study from Pew Internet & American Life Project. In a national phone survey of 2,054 adults, 48 percent said they have visited a video sharing site, up from last year’s 33 percent. Fifteen percent reported using a site like YouTube “yesterday”, or the day before the respondent was contacted for the survey, compared to eight percent of users last year; this means the number of video site users has nearly doubled from the end of 2006 to the end of 2007. Of the demographic groups, daily traffic among high school graduates, women and respondents aged 30 to 49 has increased the most.

Here’s a link to Wikipedia’s List of video sharing websites and their Video sharing definition.

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Video To Learn About Online Photo Sharing

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 10, 2008

elearnspace has a post to a video that provides an easy to understand overview of online photo sharing:

Not using flickr or similar online photo sharing service? Interested in learning how to? Common Craft just released a new video on Online Photo Sharing in Plain English. We’re finding these video resources quite useful for our wiki on using social tools in higher education.

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Microsoft Word has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to Scan Images to Text?

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 10, 2008

Yep, that’s what this post via lifehacker shares: Microsoft Office Tip: Scan Images to Text in Microsoft Word. Though a quick read of the comments (at both posts referenced) will tell you there are better OCR programs out there, ABBYY getting the most mentions, I think the MS Word option might be useful to those who only occasionally need to scan documents and translate to text.

Tech help site Of Zen and Computing describes how to use Microsoft Office to do Optical Character Recognition (OCR)—that is, recognize text inside digital images (like scanned documents). The Microsoft Document Imaging application comes with Microsoft Office (who knew?) and can grok text from TIFF images.

Here’s one positive comment on the feature from  MARKSMAN7328 :

This was great for my Chemistry class. Just scan in the book pages and convert to a Word document for quick and easy notes. (I don’t own the chemistry book so I can’t highlight the real pages or write in it.) It is pretty good at recognizing characters (although you will want to proofread). It had trouble reading subscripts in chemical formulas, but it was easy to just paste the formula as an image in the word document. This was also great for copying graphs and pictures from my book into my notes since I had the page scanned in already anyway

And another useful comment from Rob on the Of Zen and Computing post:

This works although I had to scan the document from within MODI. Once I did that it created the word document far more quickly that my other OCR program. I won’t be using that again. Thanks for the tip.

Most of the rest of the comments at both posts either mention problems using the feature, question it’s viability and usefulness or offer alternative OCR solutions. I still think this feature might be useful. If you don’t have Microsoft Office Document Imaging on your PC, check out the OZAC comments for additional help.

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