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Convert Image/PDF/Scanned Documents to Text/Word Document with Google Drive

Ever you tried to convert a scanned or cam captured document(.jpg, .pdf, .gif, etc) in to a text/word (editable) document. This can be achieved with the technique called OCR (Optical Character Recognition). You might have come across various pdf to word, image to word conversion online services and software. Some may work well, but here is an option you can not left out trying.

This option is known to most of the Google Drive users. When you try to upload a document in to your online Drive, it should ask you whether to “convert uploaded files to Google Docs format” or “convert the text from uploaded PDF or image files”. If it is not asking do the following.

  1. Go to (sign-in)
  2. Go to settings (In top-right side, you can find it with an ‘gear’ icon)
  3. In the drop down select “Upload Settings”
  4. Check “confirm settings before each upload”

That’s all. Now you are ready to use Google’s OCR to convert your scanned/image files into a text document. Just upload the file you need to change, and check your online drive after few seconds.

The efficiency is 99% in my experience, but you can’t expect all the diagrams, lines, tables to be converted as it is. That’s the only difference between other premium conversion techniques.

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What Else You Can Do In GMail?

World’s largest email service provider GMail has many more intriguing things around it which you might not heard before. These are experimental new features of GMail brought you through ‘GMail Labs‘. This post might not suit for people who access their mail through ‘e-mail clients’. As already said, these are experimental features, but works good (at least most of the time for me).

Okay Lets start with this,

  1. Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
  2. Select the ‘Labs’ tab and identify the labs you want to enable. Click the ‘Enable’ radio button to turn on a lab and click ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page. Your page may refresh but after the refresh, the lab you just turned on will be available in Gmail.

Now, You don’t need any guidelines further. Anyways here I list my favorite features which I using with my accounts. These features may vary any time and even may not be available at the time you read this.

  •  Authentication Icon for verified senders
  • Background Send
  • Inserting Images
  • Message Sneak Peak
  • Multiple Inboxes
  • Undo send
  • Right side chat
  • Canned Response
  • Send & Archive
  • Pictures in chat
  • Video Chat Enhancements

So, you can do more on GMail now than usual. Do more and comment your experience here.

Enable Themes in Google Apps for Gmail

I already posted related this a year before, so far Google Apps undergone many changes, so my last post to enable themes for Google Apps does not works for those who under went the latest Google Apps transition.

The new cPanel interface (only accessible to administrators) provides a simple way to enable or disable Gmail themes for the users under your domain. The step is so simple.

Follow the steps provided by Google Apps’ help article. Enable Themes in Google Apps – Google’s Help Articles.

Hope this info helps great to the Google apps Administrators.

YouTube Is Soon Rolling Out Movie Rentals

Google’s video streaming website YouTube is set to unveil its movie rental feature in the near future. This is more of anticipated like the well acknowledged company in this field Netflix. Yet, Netflix is not available in most of the countries in the world and if Google actually delivers it to all of the audiences then we might have some competition on this field also.

After this announcement many m0ovie making giants like Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal agreed to this statement and will allow their content to be rented on YouTube.

Well on the downside Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox Group did not want to rent their movies on YouTube because YouTube has more pirated content on their website and Google in its search engine displays websites that stream pirated movies. Well I will say that just give the people more options at an quality price. There is no information on its release date and pricing for renting movies.

Be sure to tell us what do you think of this feature will this stop movie piracy? or will it stir the things up a more by commenting below.

Google Introduces Gesture Recognition To Gmail Interface – GMail Motion

Google introduces a new feature that accepts human body language (in other words gestures) as accessing key to gmail. Google in it’s blog pins a statement as follows,

In 1874 the QWERTY keyboard was invented. In 1963, the world was introduced to the mouse. Some 50 years later, we’ve seen the advent of microprocessors, high resolution webcams, and spatial tracking technology. But all the while we’ve continued to use outdated technology to interact with devices. Why?

GMail Motion

Google in this page Gmail Motion gave the access to Gmail’s Motion. Try It, It helps you to access Gmail based on your Body Gesture.

Try Gmail Motion Now

Don’t Forget To COMMENT After Testing This.

Google says “We’ve been testing Gmail Motion with Googlers over the last few months and have been really excited about the feedback we’ve been hearing. We’ve also done some internal tests to measure productivity improvements and found an average 14% increase in email composition speed and 12% reduction in average time in inbox. With Gmail Motion, Googlers were able to get more done and get in and out of their inboxes more quickly.”

Don’t Forget To COMMENT After Testing This.

FireFox 4 Release – “Largest Number Of Software Downloads In 24 Hours”

Mozilla sets an release date for the latest Firefox 4. FireFox 4 was originally projected to release around October and November of the last year. After 12 ‘beta’s and 1 ‘release candidate’ Firefox 4 is releasing tomorrow(22nd March). Firefox 4 which took nearly a year to develop now comes with the hardware acceleration, where chrome has partial hardware acceleration and latest MS’s Internet Explorer got complete acceleration control over the GPUs.

Mozilla Firefox 4 is one of the biggest releases of the browser to come till date, and signals an even grater change for Mozilla as it embraces a tighter schedule driven release cycle. 22nd March, 2011 will be the important day in Mozilla’s calendar.

Firefox once broke the Guinness world record of “Largest number of software downloads in a day” with 8 million Firefox 3 downloads in a day. Microsoft’s latest browser IE 9 only got 2.3 million hits in its first day, and it is expected that FF4 will be downloaded by 10 million before the end of the day.

Firefox is 6 times faster than its predecessor and with optimal performance which can beat its competitor like chrome and opera. The new and fresh look with sleek design and compact buttons, moved up tab bars with dual-duty address bars are the notables of FF4.

Panorama is the feature that FF only has, used to arrange the tabs in form of groups and in order, with the basic mouse function over the panoramic graphics utility. Improved security and privacy promised by Firefox is always a plus point.

Killer feature of Firefox sync allows you to access your browser history literally over anywhere with any device installed firefox. Firefox sync as a cloud stored web history, stored not in your computer, instead stored online which can be accessed across the world with a username and password.

So, if you are a firefox fan you can download the ‘release candidate’ now or else you can directly down the complete release version tomorrow. If you are new to firefox, I bet you’ll like it than any other. Firefox is now multi platform which is now available for Mac, Windows & Linux.

Download Firefox RC(release candidate) Here.

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Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail as Default Mailto In Any Browser

Would you like to open any email (mailto:) address to be opened in your favorite web mail service like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail (MSN) in any browser like Firefox, Chrome, IE. Of course everybody say yes to this, because no one want to copy the email id and pasting it in mail after clicking the compose mail link. Here I list some solutions to make your favorite email service as your default email client.

Note: ubuntu user please scroll to end of this page.

Interface Method in Firefox

Go to Firefox -> ‘Preference’ (find it under ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’, in windows and find under ‘Edit’ -> ‘Preference’ in Linux and Mac )

Select ‘Application Tab’ and type “mailto” in search bar shown there.

Now you can see “mailto” in the Content Type area and on the right side you can find a drop down box that consists of Gmail and Yahoo options. If there is no option like that then you have to create it by the config method given below and come back to this step.

Firefox config method

If you can’t find those follow this, type “about:config” in url of firefox, it must show some warning window, go through it and type “mailto” in the ‘Filter’ box. you can find something like “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate” & “” in the preference area if not, just add it by following next step.
Right click any preference and choose “New” -> “String” and add following. For each Mail service you have to add 2 strings like this.
for Gmail
1st String

Value: Gmail

2nd String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate

for Live Mail

Value: Live Mail
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.uriTemplate

for Yahoo Mail

Value: Yahoo
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.uriTemplate

now you can choose your mail service through the Interface method given at the start of this article.

Chrome Users

Chrome users can use one of this wonderful plug-ins listed in Chrome-Extension site, plugin1, plugin2.If none of the plugin works for you, follow this link.

Hotmail or Live in IE

Start Internet Explorer. Select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’ in the menu. (In IE 7, hold down the Alt key to access the menu ). Go to the ‘Programs’ tab. Make sure ‘Windows Live Mail’ or ‘Hotmail’ is selected for E-mail. Click ‘OK‘.
Note that, the mail page opens only in Internet explorer.

In Ubuntu

Go to System -> Preference -> Preferred Applications in ‘mail reader’ copy and paste the corresponding following code, your default browser will open your preferred mail service.
Gmail :


Yahoo :


Live or Hotmail:


Test Yourself : Here is a sample mail link to test. If you have problem in finding your solution comment it, our readers will help you.

Gmail New Chat And Mail Notification Alerts

In the past there are several third party apps to alert you that you have received an mail if you have an gmail account. Now google has stepped up and made its own alerts for gmail and chat.

First go to your Gmail account and go to settings menu.  In the General Tab scroll down to Desktop Notification section.

Click both sections to ON to enable the service. This service only works on Google Chrome. Google assures to deliver it to all kind of browsers.

The notification also gives an line of the mail that arrived to you with what your about to read. Similar to the above picture.

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QWiki – Quintessentially Story Telling Wikipedia Site

QWiki is a typical wiki  (wiki means site has user created and editable content like wikipedia). It is complex to describe what qwiki is, because its a combination of wiki and search engine. Job of Qwiki is to deliver the quintessence of what you searching, that is only the essence of the subject you searching. It presents those details in rich media narrative form with the help of flash components which includes images, videos, and audios. Qwiki’s about section says,

We’ve all seen science fiction films (or read novels) where computers are able to collect data on behalf of humans, and present the most important details. This is our goal at Qwiki – to advance information technology to the point it acts human.

Wikipedia’s data are presented mostly in text with few images in a meter length pages, while qwiki shortens this in to a couple of minute movie with rich media images. The infant Qwiki is now out for public alpha testing. It seems lots of informations are out dated or incomplete in Qwiki, probably the test is only for its functionality so if  you want data you have to still rely on wikipedia or any other primary source.

Qwiki is backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin who funded 8 million for its growth. The idea is good, people who wants the creamy info on particular title in a pleasant way can stay with this but people looking for content will be disappointed by the precise information on the content page which drives people to wikipedia or other sites for more information.

Whats your opinion? Comment below after trying it. .

Google’s New Feature : Reading Level Search

Last month Google added a new feature in its advanced search options. This feature allows you to categorize the search result based on the reading levels. So what is reading level here?

Reading Level

For instance, a junior high school teacher looking for content for her students or a second-language learner might want web pages written at a basic reading level. A scientist searching for the latest findings from the experts may want to limit results to those at advanced reading levels.

The above quote is from Google Help Articles.

How It works

Behind this feature, the search separates the search result based on three categories,

  1. Basic
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

It is not clearly understood how it works, but in my assumption, the algorithm works like follows,

  • Based on the length of the sentences in the content of the page.
  • Usage of technical words and abbreviations and certain marks and symbols.
  • usage of points based on bullets and numberings.
  • commonly used words rather than hard words.

So this algorithm makes your search result better to your interest. Actually a customized search based on the capacity of the reader and preference. If you wanna try this new search feature here how to do that.

How To Search Based On Reading Level

To limit your search results to a specific reading level, follow these steps:

  1. On the search results page, click Advanced Search below the search box.
  2. Next to “Reading level” within the “Need more tools” section, select your desired reading level (basic, intermediate, or advanced) or choose to show all results annotated with reading levels.
  3. Click Advanced search at the bottom of the page.
  4. At any time, you can click the X in the right corner of the blue bar beneath the search box to go back to seeing all results.

Google has plans to offer more features in coming month. So check back us for more engaging information.