Both Windows and Mac come with free tools for capturing whatever you see on your screen and attaching it to an email or using it elsewhere. But if you need high resolution screenshots, or want to capture video, add voice over or turn it into a brief animation, the new Ashampoo Snap 9 is a handy Windows program for doing that. Basically anything you see on your computer screen can be captured in up to 4K resolution, which is quite sharp. Add special effects, or time the video capture for a precise start and stop, or even pause it. The program can also do “OCR” (optical character recognition). So if you want to capture a news article off the screen, […]
“Postly,” free for Android and iPhone, turns smartphone photos into postcards. Take a picture, click to upload and send it. Each postcard has a special stamp made to look like it came from your location. Worldwide delivery is $2. The only odd thing: The app wouldn’t take either of our credit cards. We had to use PayPal.
Why go anywhere when a drone can soar over the landscape providing views you could never get on the ground? (Especially useful for buying castles in Spain.) Go to YouTube.com/user/Egawauemon for some amazing drone panoramas. They mainly cover Japan, but also India, San Francisco and Hong Kong. And there is no danger of food poisoning. Another great site for armchair traveling is FullScreen360.com. We looked at the Louvre, the Trevi Fountain, Machu Picchu and Yosemite. (No extra charge for side trips.) As you click a left or right arrow, the view opens in that direction and can ultimately give you a full 360 degrees. It feels like you’re there, and of course you’re walking on air. There are dozens of […]
“#WhereIdrone” is a page on Instagram with remarkable photos taken by drones. We especially liked the aerial shot of Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany. The fantasy castle was one of three built by Mad King Ludwig, who bankrupted his country in the process.
Awesomebox.com lets you create a box full of cards for friends in honor of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Each one will have a photo on one side and a nice note on the other, perhaps sharing your favorite moment with that person. We found out about it when we got an email asking us to contribute a photo and/or comment for a friend’s Awesomebox. There were 73 cards from 69 friends for our friend’s 50th birthday. You can invite a group to create one with you or do it all yourself. Photos can come from Facebook or your computer; they’re planning to add Shutterfly and other photo sites. A box of 25 cards are $49 on up to […]
Watching your photos in a slideshow on your TV is fun. When we have guests from out of town, we can hardly wait to bore them. (This leads to earlier departures.) If you’ve bought a TV within the last five years or so, watching your photos is as easy pressing the Internet button on your TV remote control, finding the Flickr app and clicking “slideshow.” If you don’t have an account on Flickr.com, you can sign up for free. The free Flickr upload tool automatically loads any photos it finds on your computer, phone or tablet. High-end Android phones purchased within the last two years have the ability to plug in directly into the TV’s HDMI port. The $47 Roku […]