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Marilin Meghan Dunsmore posted on a blog earlier about Bubbl.us, a mind-mapping, or creative brainstorming software online (free, of course), and it reminded me of some of the other cool tools I use for my online genealogy research. I thought this group would be a great place to talk about this subject and share! These are my current top 3 favorites:
1. Evernote.com - basic accounts are free. Store notes, clips, pictures, whatever online. You can work on different computers and keep the same files because its stored online. You can also download it to your computer, and keep it sync'd (updated) when you do use another computer. Definitely a great note-organizing program. And it works really, really well with...
2. Snag-It, or Jing. Snag-It is the program you pay for, and Jing is its free counterpart - both by TechSmith (SnagIt.com or Jingproject.com) Anyway - these programs both allow you to easily grab a screen shot - but just whatever part you want, not the whole screen (unless you want that). So you can grab just a photograph, or just a page of a book, or just a paragraph - whatever! Used in conjunction with Evernote, you can grab the pic, paste it into Evernote and paste in the URL too.
3. ShareThis! I really like my ShareThis button that downloaded from www.ShareThis.com, and now sits on my toolbar. If I go to a page and want to either e-mail it to myself, or someone else, add it to my delicious bookmarks, post to Facebook or Twitter, I just click the button and tell it where to go, and it sends the page there. So easy!

Do you have any "cool tools" that you use for online research?

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Why, yes. Yes, I do.

Do you search the Internet for genealogical information?
Wanna good deal on a Search Engine Agent?
Need to search Newsgroups and BBS as well as websites?
Wanna save time searching?
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Happy Dae·
ShoeString Genealogy
Thanks Dae! Copernic really is a good search tool/engine. I don't always turn to it first, but when I'm not getting any results on other search engines, I remember to go to Copernic then. Isn't that silly? But I'm rarely disappointed. It seems to find little hidden gems that other engines miss. I've only used the free version though, so can't really say about the $ version myself. So if you haven't tried it yet, definitely check it out.
Copernic is great, have used it for years!
I only use Firefox, and Copernic has always worked just fine for me. I wish I could tell you why, but I really don't know why it would work on mine and not on yours. Sorry!
I went to download Copernic today, but it is only for Windows — and I use Macs. I only mention this because I thought it might be a clue to Ila East's problem.
Copernic is great tool. Unfortunately, after a computer crash a couple years ago, I never reloaded it. I had actually bought the advanced version to show support for the developers. I may have to look at it again.
My husband has used for years a Microsoft application called OneNote. You can create notebooks with tabs organized by sections. You can add multiple pages or subpages to each tab. You can copy/paste text, URLs, graphics, sound, movies. It automatically saves what you enter into a page. If you use Outlook, you can manage and synchronize your calendar and tasks also. It is not free, but it comes bundled with Microsoft Office. It's a great research tool.
Evernote works very much just like One Note, only it has a free version. I really liked the tabbing feature of OneNote, but I'm OK with just using folders. You can 'tag' each note in EN so you can easily search and find them that way. The main plus to Evernote over OneNote is that your files are also saved online, so you can access them from any computer that is online, whether it has the program downloaded or not. I switched from OneNote to Evernote for that reason. But OneNote is a great product too!
I find that I need to store a lot of user account names and passwords for the various sites that I use. I currently have upwards of 100 different userids and passwords. It was hard to remember them all because each web site has differeent requirements for paswword length and so on. Then I came across RoboForm Pro from Siber Systems Inc. http://www.roboform.com. This program securely keeps track of all of my userids and passwords. In addition, it automatically and instantly fills out web page forms where you have to enter your name and address and other such information. In addtion, I can securly syncronize multiple computers with RoboForm allowing me to use my userids and passwords on my laptop and my desktop. RoboForm has increased my productivity quite a bit.

Gregory
After Your Name
http://www.afteryourname.com
Thank you for the post, Gregory.

I've heard of RoboForm and some others that have similar functionality, but I've always been concerned about security. Do you (or anyone else who has tried one of these programs) know of any issues?

I would love to be able to let an application do the remembering for me!
One "cool tool" I've discovered is Prism for Firefox. It's a Firefox add-on that allows you to create a very small (less than 1 MB) desktop application out of any website. I have used it to make desktop apps out of my favorite genealogy sites. It's especially useful when you're not in your browser and you don't feel like opening and it scroll through all your bookmarks to find a site. One of my more useful applications I've made was created from Rootweb's SSDI search page.

http://www.universefirefox.com/add-ons/convert-any-web-site-to-desk...
ooooo that sounds interesting. I'm definitely going to try it out.

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