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Tech Sharecase, 18 April 2014

Half a dozen folks showed up to talk about screencapture software, the theme of the day. Here are the tools we focused on:

Maxthon Browser

  • Ryan demo’d the “Snap” function in Maxthon that lets you take screenshots and then annotate them
  • Nice features: free; lots of annotation options; color picker; gives you dimensions of screenshot as you draw rectangle around area you want to capture; can be shared across your Maxthon account if you have the browser set up on other devices (other computers, phones, tablets, etc.)


  • Stephen showed how SnagIt works for capturing screenshots and for uploading them, if desired, to a free account at screencast.com. Although it isn’t free, there is education pricing available that brings to the cost down from the retail.
  • Nice features: easy uploading of annotated screenshots to screencast.com; captures video as well; extensive annotation options


  • Frank spoke about his use of Greenshot, a free and open source tool for capturing screenshots
  • Nice features: open source! free; lots of annotation options

Windows Snipping Tool

  • Stephen mentioned that all Windows machines running Windows 7 or 8 come with a free screencapture tool from Microsoft. You can find it on your office computers  (go to the Start menu and in the search box, begin typing “snipping” until the program icon appears)
  • Nice features: already installed on all library PCs

Microsoft Office’s “screenshot” command

  • Jessica said that she’s found the “insert a screenshot” command in Word to be really useful. Ryan mentioned that he uses that command in PowerPoint. As it turns out, it is also available in Outlook when you are composing email messages and in Excel, too.
  • Nice features: once you take the screenshot, you have all the drawing and annotation tools built into Microsoft Windows at your fingertips for editing and marking up the screenshot

Uses for Screenshots

  • handouts
  • documentation
  • blog posts
  • tutorials and how-to’s (especially in LibGuides)
  • to embellish support tickets you submit
  • for students you are helping in reference interactions (especially in chat and email)

Best Practices for Screenshots

  • create a system for archiving screenshots on your computer, as it is likely you’ll want to re-use them
  • find a way to host them on the web in a way that allows them to be shared via a unique URL (if you’re not using SnagIt, which comes with online hosting of your images, consider setting up an account at imgur or flickr)

To Do Lists and Notetaking Systems

We started talking about software and websites for managing to-do lists and then about ways to keep notes about literature you’re reading. Here are the things that came up in that conversation:


  • Free website and app for to-do lists (recommended by Jessica)



  • Free software and from Microsoft that rivals Evernote in many respects (recommended by??? if you recall, add a note in the comments to this post)


  • Free desktop wiki software (recommended by Frank)

Ideas for Future Tech Sharecase Meetings

  • Citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) and storing notes on what you’ve been reading
  • Managing to-do lists
  • Alt-metrics




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Tech Sharecase, 5 November 2010

Frank Donnelly, Stephen Francoeur, Gerry Jiao, Ellen Kaufman, Jim Livornese, Rita Ormsby, Ryan Phillips, Stella Varveris, Michael Waldman, Kevin Wolff

Overview of Browser Wars
Today’s meetup focused on comparing different browsers. Prior to meeting, we sent out a survey to library staff about their browser preferences (you can still take the survey or just view the latest results).

Maxthon Browser
Ryan Phillips showed his favorite features in the Maxthon browser:

  • Features the ability to sync favorites to multiple locations and soon will sync browser settings and history as well
  • Allows customizable speed dial on your start page
  • Has dual rendering to optimize display for old and new web sites
  • Customizes your preferences for searching by mouse, open and closing new tabs, mouse trails et cetera
  • Includes Smart address bar that suggest links and results by viewed sites

One issue that we have to keep in mind when using browsers other than IE or Firefox is that they may not be supported by the college to work in various applications and services we have licenses for.

Opera Browser
Frank Donnelly demonstrated the aspects of the Opera browser that appeal to him:

  • Has built in AVG anti-virus and malware detectors that alert you to pages that may be security risks
  • Since the browser is less popular, it is less likely to be targeted by hackers
  • Speed dial when you open up new tabs
  • Turbo feature can speed up rendering of slow-to-load pages
  • Has a built in HTML validator
  • Has a recycle bin that lets you easily view a list of pages you recently closed in a tab
  • Works across many operating systems

It was noted, though, that not all pages render properly in Opera, including pages on the Census.gov site.

The discussion of viruses and malware prompted a quick discussion of the spam filtering technology we use at Baruch (Proofpoint) and the disparate amounts of daily spam caught on our behalf by the filter (some people get 30 spam messages caught a day, others get hundreds or more)

Chrome Browser
Stephen Francoeur showed his favorite features and extensions in Google Chrome:

  • Nearly as fast as Opera and much faster than Firefox and Internet Explorer (at the moment)
  • Speed dial feature is automatically populated as you surf; items added are the most visited pages; you can customize which items are on the speed dial
  • The Evernote extension lets you clip web pages into your Evernote account. When you search Google, the search results page from Google also includes search results from your Evernote account.
  • The Google Translate extension will recognize that a page is in a foreign language and offer to translate it for you.
  • The Chrome Notepad extension gives you a clipboard on the toolbar where you can save snippets of text; this content will get synchronized across multiple Google Chrome installations that you may have set up on different computers

Firefox Browser
Stephen Francoeur switches between Chrome and Firefox regularly. Firefox’s advantages are:

  • The Zotero add-on for citation management. It was recently announced that Zotero will eventually release a desktop client and extensions so Zotero can be used in Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
  • Web Developer add-on, which is great for any web design work.

Next Tech Sharecase
Today’s somewhat planned meetup was an experiment. It was agreed that we should try it again, though maybe not every meeting. The next Tech Sharecase will not feature any topics scheduled in advance; the one after that, though, will be a day for all us to share various Microsoft Office tricks.

Microsoft Office 2010
Jim Livornese showed us a bit of the help pages and tutorials that are now available on the BCTC pages to help the Baruch community get up to speed on Microsoft Office 2010.

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