Tag Archives: Web Tools

Open Zip Archives in Google Chrome with GDocs [Extension]

Opening Zip and Rar archives are a great way to reduce the file size and share them with your friends. But it can be a bit of hassle if you don’t have any software installed to open archive files and if it is from unknown sources, it is better not to open them on your PC or find any tool to open it without downloading it on your computer. To solve this problem, we came across an excellent Google Chrome extension, Gdocs.

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Gdocs is a useful Google Chrome extension which enables users open Zip and RAR files right inside the browser via Google Docs, without even downloading the file. Installing the extension is pretty simple and straight forward. Just head over to the download page and install the extension. After installing the extension, you will notice another option in the right click menu, “Open with Google Docs” which will help you extract zip files and open those file formats which are support ed by Google Docs. You can download any specific file you want to.

To open any archive, just right click on the link and click on Open With Google Docs and it will give you the preview of the entire archive and the number of files in it.

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This will open the archive file in Google Docs. Now, you can either download the file to your PC or save It on Google Docs if it supports that format. However, the extension only works with direct links and not any redirecting links. For example, if you try to use it on any rapidshare or any other free file hosting link, it will not open that file.

Nonetheless, GDocs is a useful extension which every Google Chrome user should try if they work with archives a lot.

Download Gdocs for Google Chrome

Shorten URLs In a new Way with 3 Cool URL Trimming services

Most of the URL shortening services available on internet are either just limited to only certain tasks or they tend to disappear after sometime. Though the normal URL shortening services are not that cool a deal but some of them are pretty useful offering loads of innovative features.

Today I will be highlighting some of these URL shortening tools that apart from simply trimming the URLs also give you the options like scanning the URL for malware or merging multiple URLs into a single one or even making the strangest or weirdest URLs possible. Here is a brief overview of these URL shorteners:

Fur.ly

fur.ly   shorten multiple urls into one

Using this service, you can either shorten the URL or assign multiple URLs to any one selected URL. This means that fur.ly is an amazing tool for sharing a collection of links with anyone. As you start typing a URL in any of the empty line, a correspondingly new line appears. The results of fur.ly are pretty cool because they automatically let you open the first subsequent URL and the rest can be opened via a toolbar of fur.ly. Furthermore, you can also view usage list of any of the short URLs.

Trick.ly

Trick.ly user interface

There is nothing unique about the this service apart from its built-in capability of protecting the shortened URL with either a question, riddle or a passcode. The developers have tagged this tool as Magic url shortener.

Saf.li

Share links Saf.li user interface

This particular URL shortening service is having emphasis on security, for every link that is shortened the tool automatically checks it for malware with the BitDefender tool. With its social networking integration, you can share the links on Facebook or Twitter. Plus you also have an access to the statistics for the entire URL collection including the scanning results for phishing, antivirus and also a mention about the java scripting with Saf.li.

Do try out these services and let us know in comments that what do you think that whether they are useful or not?

What Font: Identify the Fonts on a WebPage

Sometimes, you see a site while surfing and you love the font of that site and want to download it but unfortunately you don’t know the name of the font. What Font is a Google Chrome extension which identifies all the fonts used on a webpage and lets you know about the font in detail. This extension is very useful for the reason I told above. With this extension, you could inspect web fonts by just hovering on them. It is that simple and elegant.

WhatFont Chrome Extension

It is the easiest way to identify web fonts. Knowing about the font(by using this extension) is not difficult. Let me tell you how can you do it.

1. Install the extension. Link.
2. Click on the What Font icon left to the “wrench” icon.
3. Hover on the text and you will see the font in a little black box.


4. Click on the text and you will see the full info about the font.

That’s it! Its is that much easy. This extension is very useful for web designers and developers who could use it to find out what font a certain web page is using. It also very useful for newbie bloggers who don’t know much about how to make the written content on their blog look appealing to the readers. A very simple tool, but it will help you a lot when it comes to web designing and regular writing.

So, what do you think about it? Know any other such tools that is so simple to use? Do let us know in the comments.