Convert PDF Documents with Able2Extract Professional 11

As the new trends in technology are constantly growing, we are becoming familiar with how productivity tools can actually help us. From making our work more streamlined up to saving us hours on repetitive tasks — it’s obvious that we are becoming more and more dependent on our digital sidekicks to get the job done. And that is a good thing since our work has become much easier and faster.

There are numerous ways how we can benefit from productivity tools. Let’s take document management, for example. It is one of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks in the modern office. When receiving a huge amount of documentation it is never easy to arrange everything or filter just important files. And in the majority of cases, the documents we receive are in PDF format, which leaves us with almost no choice when it comes to their editing. Simply put, PDF files cannot be edited by default.

If you wish to manually retype the entire document or just some specific parts of it, it would take a lot of time and nerves but eventually, you will complete the task. But at what price? That is why some companies have developed software solution for this problem.

One product that can convert uneditable PDF documents is Investintech’s Able2Extract Professional 11. The tool has an advanced technology that can convert even a scanned PDFs into fully editable file formats. With Optical Character Recognition engine, it scans the image PDF and reads the text locked in the image. When integrated into a PDF converter, it enables us to extract that image text into an editable digital format.

The tool is very easy and intuitive to use so following these three steps is all it takes to convert any text from scanned PDFs using Able2Extract OCR technology:

1)   Open your file you’d like to convert

2)   Select the entire document or some parts of it

3)   Choose the desired format and click Save

Besides creation, you can edit your PDF content with the latest version of PDF Editor where all changes are instantly visible, right on the spot.

You can use this editing panel for:

  • Adding or removing text, shapes, and images
  • Merging multiple PDFs into one large file
  • Extract an individual or several pages
  • Resize and rotate pages
  • Move and scale content
  • Redacting any sensitive information

 

Among these features, there is a lot more what Able2Extract Professional PDF Converter has to offer. It is free to try for 7 days, so you can download it here. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

Android Emulator for Auto Developers

Google is releasing the Desktop Head Unit (DHU), a new testing tool for Android Auto developers. The DHU enables a developer’s workstation to act as an Android Auto head unit that emulates the in-car experience for testing purposes.
Once a developer has installed the DHU, they can test Android Auto apps by connecting a phone and workstation via USB. The phone will behave as if it’s connected to a car and the app is displayed on the workstation, the same as it’s displayed on a car.
This allows Android developers to test pre-released versions of an app in a production-like environment, without having to work from a car. With the release of the DHU, the previous Android auto simulators are deprecated, but will be supported for a short period prior to being officially removed.
Developers will need an Android phone running Lollipop or higher, with the Android Auto companion app installed.
More Details : Android Developer

IIT Kharagpur lab develops software translate Indian languages into Braille

IIT Kharagpur’s Communication Empowerment Lab researchers, led by Anupam Basu, have developed a software that is capable of converting Indian languages into Braille. Named Sparsh Transliteration System, it can convert texts from languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Oriya, etc.

Talking about the working of the software, Mr. Basu said that it takes lndian languages as input in Unicode, which is then converted to Braille. The highlight feature of the software states that once the text has been converted, it can be printed out using any Braille printer. The premier Indian engineering institute also has a deal with Shiksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University for printing the Braille books using Sparsh Transliteration System. Researches associated with the project are also looking to approach other State governments for using the software to publish Braille books.

In addition to Sparsh, the IIT-KGP lab has also developed a ‘Baishakhi’ keyboard, which features voice commands. It will help visually impaired users to type in English and Bangla. Users will be able to listen whatever they will type, bringing conversation closer to the visually challenged world. The keyboard is developed to help carry out various day-to-day activities on PC, like browsing interenet, sending emails and the likes.

Source : DIGIT

Masking Email Address – Avoid Spam

A better option to avoid spam email is to use temporary emails whenever possible.

Certain websites ask you for your email address for different activities. For entering a comment, for example, you have to provide your email ID. Likewise, when downloading some free e-book, they ask you for your email ID, so that they can send you the download link to this ID. This way, they can build up a data bank, so that contact you even after you got the book. If the site is good and the mail they send is useful it is fine, but what if they started spamming you? One of the benefits of masking an email address is that you can avoid spam using third-party browser extension.

How to Avoid Spam

Providing your email ID anywhere on the Internet invites spam. Though the companies or websites promise that they won’t sell your email address to anyone, they could share your email address with third parties. Some websites simply sell your email ID among other information to online marketing companies that too converts into more spam into your Inbox. For example, you register for a newsletter with a reputed website and start receiving promotional emails from unknown parties, you may wonder how the unknown party got your email ID!

Though there are many spam filters in place, they may or may not help you. Some of them come with an Unsubscribe option but, again, they may or may not help. A service like Unroll.me can then help.

The best way to avoid spam is to mask your email ID while providing it to websites. Even better is to use temporary emails. Temporary emails last for a definite period of time and expire afterwards. They are perfect for things like receiving links for e-books, etc., and to avoid the spam that follows later.

Masking email address

You will need a third-party browser extension for masking your email address. One example of email masking is MaskMe and Blur from Abine. The extension comes both free and paid. In the free version, it masks only the email addresses. The paid version goes a step ahead to mask phone numbers and credit card numbers.

MaskMe is available for Firefox and for Chrome. It is however no longer being updated. Its developers have developed a new addon called called Blur, which does this and more. Blur too is available for Chrome as well for Firefox.

Using an extension, when you encounter a field asking for email ID, you will get option to mask the email address. If you choose that, you get to enter an email mask (something like a fake ID) instead of real email ID. Mail sent to the masked email ID will be forwarded to your real email ID. You can decide which ones to keep and which ones to delete. That is, if you start receiving promotional email or something similar from a third party, you can set it to be deleted automatically.

Masking works best only in browsers, as email clients will download or sync all email. With email clients, you can set up filters and rules to check the incoming email and delete them if they are spam. There is probability of losing important email if you are not very careful when creating rules in email clients.

As evident from the name, temporary emails are valid only for a certain period of time – like, 10 minutes or half an hour. Such email IDs can be used when there is need for corresponding only once. For example, if you need to give them an email ID to obtain a download link for something, you can quickly create a temporary email and use it instead of your real email ID. Once you receive the link and the email ID expires, any further emails sent to it will bounce. That way, you will be saved from spam.

This explains the benefits of masking an email address and using temporary email IDs. It depends on circumstances whether to use temporary emails or to go for masking. You can temporary email only for a limited correspondence. In case of masking, you will keep on receiving mail, but you will have options to directly delete the emails using third-party browser extensions.

 

Screen To GIF: Free software to create animated GIF Image within seconds

GIF image is highly sought file format amongst tech bloggers, who often write on how-to guides, as well as meme makers. Hence today we will look at a free yet extremely helpful software named Screen To GIF that helps you produce high-quality animated GIF image within a few moments.

ScreenToGIF is probably the simplest way to record your screen and turn them into a GIF image or motioned image. This particular tool includes a number of handy features and tools, that will assist you in editing the GIF image before finishing.

To start with, download portable ScreenToGIF on your Windows PC. This is a portable software as well. After downloading this portable GIF image creator software, just unzip the file and double-click on it to open. You will see a window as follows:

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The very first thing that must be set is to change the aspect ratio or the window size depending on your requirement. The default size of  484×209 is comparatively small for most.

Once you have et the default image size, you can start recording your screen by clicking on the Record button. To stop the recording, simply click on Stop button. Right after recording the screen, you will get a window that looks something like the subsequent picture:

Screentogif-window-after-recording

Now, you have a whole bunch of options to edit the image before finalizing. You can add the following to your image, after recording:

Screentogif-settings-after-recording

Features:

  • Record your screen and save directly to a gif looped animation.
  • Pause and continue to record.
  • Move the window around to record what you want.
  • You can add Text, Subtitles and Title Frames.
  • Edit the frames, add filters, revert, make yoyo style, change frame delay, add border, add progress bars.
  • Export frames.
  • Crop and Resize.
  • You can work even while the program is recording.
  • Remove frames that you don’t want.
  • Select a folder to save the file automatically or select one before enconding.
  • Add the system cursor to your recording.
  • Very small sized, portable and multilanguage executable.
  • Start/Pause and stop your recording using your F keys.
  • Multi language: Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Greek, French, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and Tamil.
  • GreenScreen unchanged pixels to save kilobytes.
  • You can apply actions/filters to selected frames.
  • Fullscreen Recording.
  • Snapshot Mode.
  • Drag and Drop to add frames in the editor.

Get a still image from GIF image

Apart from creating the GIF image, you can also export a still image from the recording. ScreenToGIF helps users to change the frame number that will be captured in each second. If you have set a huge number, you will get more frames or images. This is what “Export specific image frame” means.

ScreenToGIF Settings

ScreentoGif-settings

Screen To GIF doesn’t come with a huge number of settings. Instead, it has fewer but very useful features.

  • Use custom GIF encoding or paint.NET encoding
  • Change loop – use custom loop
  • Show or hide mouse cursor
  • Show or hide mouse clicks
  • Use hotkeys to start and stop recording (F7 – Record/Pause & F8 – Stop)
  • Change aspect ratio
  • Change number of frames to be captured in a single second

Download Screen To GIF from here and start creating quality GIF images on your Windows PC.

How to Remotely Control Your Computer From a Phone or Tablet

Your dad is having an issue with the computer at home but in spite of giving him instructions for an hour, he can’t seem to fix the issue. One way to make sure he’s actually following the steps you’re dictating over the phone would be to use his phone as a webcam to quickly look at the screen, but an even better option would be to just take over his computer from your phone or tablet, and resolve things yourself over the Internet. How do you do that? That’s where we step in. Read on:

The first thing that’s needed is a little foresight. Download and install TeamViewer on your parents’ computer now, and on your smartphone or tablet too. TeamViewer is free for personal use on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, and you can find the download links for all these platforms on the TeamViewer page.

Make sure both the computer and the phone are connected to the Internet.

Open TeamViewer on the computer.

Note down the ID and password that’s displayed in TeamViewer – or have someone tell it to you on phone.

Fire up TeamViewer on the smartphone or tablet.

Enter the ID and password you noted down earlier in the smartphone/ tablet TeamViewer app.

Tap Remote Control.

Now you’ll see the computer’s screen on your phone or tablet. You can control it easily now.

TeamViewer works across the Internet, and not just when the two machines are connected to the same network, so you can now troubleshoot problems on your parents’ computer right from office, or if you’ve installed the program on your home desktop, you can access your files and send those emails you were supposed to have saved to your laptop. You can tap on the screen to simulate a mouse-click, and if you tap on a text entry field, a virtual keyboard pops up so you can type.

There can be a little delay in what you’re doing on the mobile and what’s happening on the computer, depending partly on the speed of both Internet connections, so it’s not the same as being there, but if you just want to troubleshoot something urgently, or if you need to get some important work finished, TeamViewer can be a lifesaver.

There are many more remote connection apps that let you control your computer via your phone or tablet, but we picked TeamViewer because it is extremely easy to use, as you can see from the steps above. TeamViewer is also free for personal use, so that’s an added advantage.

India’s Nimbuzz Plans New Emerging Market Apps, Starting With Android Call App Holaa

It’s nearly one month since Nimbuzz, the mobile messaging and calling service with 200 million registered users, was bought by UK telecoms company New Call in a $250 million deal. Today we get a glimpse of what’s to come after it released its first post-acquisition product: a dialer app for Android called Holaa!.

Holaa (sorry, Nimbuzz, but adding ‘!’ just isn’t cool — ask Yahoo) is a free call management app designed to replace the default on your Android phone. To tempt you in, it offers a range of features that go beyond the stock, ‘dumb’ dialer, most notable of which is spam blocking.

Crowdsourcing Dodgy Numbers

The app lets you identify unwanted callers as spam — a situation that is common in India, where Nimbuzz claimed as many as 40 percent of calls are unwanted. That information is then uploaded to a central server which collects spam-marked numbers from other Holaa users in your area to create a central list of dodgy numbers — if a number from that list calls, Holaa will warn you that it has been marked as spam by others.

It’s not a new concept — both Truecaller, popular in India, and Line-owned Whoiscall do the same — but Nimbuzz hopes Holaa can offer more. There are also dedicated missed call actions (big in India), merging Facebook and Google IDs to phonebook contacts, and showing a photo and location information for contacts who call.

Nimbuzz CEO Vikas Saxena told TechCrunch that Holaa is very much an ongoing project that will be made “more feature rich” over time. The core offering will always be free, but some future features could be unlocked via an in-app purchase, such as services for SMBs.

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The app has a smaller file size and takes up less RAM than rival services, Saxena said, because the aim is to cater to as many people in emerging markets as possible — that’s also why there is no iOS version.

Nimbuzz intends to use a range of strategies to distribute Holaa, including promotion via the Nimbuzz app, deals with operators, and alliances with OEMs to pre-install it on phones. India aside, Holaa is targeted at other places where Nimbuzz has strong adoption, including other countries in South Asia and the Middle East.

Saxena said Holaa has been in development since before Nimbuzz’s acquisition, but the timing is interesting for a couple of reasons. One, it mirrors the trend of unbundling services into standalone apps in the West — Facebook is doing this consistently right now, Foursquare did it too — while it also speaks to Nimbuzz’s focus on serving emerging market users more than ever before.

 More Apps For Emerging Markets

That focus will spawn other apps and services like Holaa, so said Nigel Eastwood, Group CEO at New Call.

“Nimbuzz has exceptional talent — there’s Silicon Valley happening in India in their offices,” Eastwood told TechCrunch. “People who left India for the U.S. are now returning from Silicon Valley because the world is looking east for the next great thing.”

Eastwood said that New Call, which has big plans for India, is able to help Nimbuzz monetize and distribute new services, and he hinted that we can expect other apps to be incubated by the company.

“Nimbuzz is one of those best of breed applications that is serving real needs for emerging markets. Holaa is another, the first one of a series,” he explained.

There appear to be more expansive plans on the horizon. Eastwood revealed that New Call is in the final stages of announcing two other strategic acquisitions in India.

One target is a large WiFi hotspot provider, a deal for which is expected to be complete within the next month. The other is a fixed-line ISP — this deal is made more complicated by regulations but Eastwood said it is likely to be announced in early 2015.

Saxena hinted that Nimbuzz is working on another app that ties into WiFi, and it seems clear that the company is seen by New Call as an engineering hub that can develop products and services that tie in with these service providers and take its services direct to consumers in India.

Operators may have missed the boat on mobile messaging, watching WhatsApp and others rise up and steal large chunks of their business, but New Call is pioneering an interesting model that uses a messaging app company to create new business opportunities. Let’s see what these two companies come up with over the coming few months.

Getting Ready for the Software-Defined Data Center

The Software program-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is at an early stage in its improvement, but software and hardware vendors are currently lining up to sell you SDDC items. EMC lately released its Federation Software-Defined Data Center Answer, a combined software stack that it hopes will serve as a reference architecture for all future application-defined data centers, equivalent to the way the Java EE reference architecture is a template option for several Java enterprise applications.
The objective of a SDDC is to do away with massive infrastructure boxes and replace them with network solutions dedicated to and tuned to the requirements of person applications. This will let applications to be decomposed into compute workloads, transport workloads, and storage workloads – and these many tasks can be executed wherever it makes the most sense.
“Hot Content material” use case
An instance of a SDDC-conscious application is a Video on Demand application that utilizes each solid-state drives (SSDs) and tough-disk drives (HDDs) in a complementary fashion – exactly where “hot content material” that needs the fastest attainable IOPS (streaming new releases or the most well-known movies) can rely on performance-optimized SSDs, though “cold content” that wants the largest achievable capacity for storing thousands of classic motion pictures can use capacity-optimized HDDs.
A virtualized and federated data center
The new SDDC is constructed on best of these items from the Federation, which consists of EMC and its subsidiaries, VMware, RSA Safety and Pivotal Labs:
Management and Orchestration: VMware vCloud Automation Center, VMware vCenter, Operations Management, VMware IT Business enterprise Management, EMC Storage Resource Manager
Hypervisor : VMware vSphere virtualization platform
Networking : VMware NSX , the network virtualization and security platform
Storage : Designed for EMC ViPR, EMC Storage Resource Manager and EMC Storage
Data Protection : EMC Avamar, Data Domain, RecoverPoint, VPLEX
Hybrid Cloud Deployment : VMware vCloud Air connectivity and workload migration
Choice of Hardware: Built on converged infrastructure and can be deployed on a wide variety of hardware which includes VCE Vblock Systems and VSPEX
PaaS: Delivering Platform-as-a-Service with Pivotal CF
The SDDC is the initial of 5 options that integrate technologies from the Federation, with four a lot more expected to be released over the subsequent handful of months, include Platform-as-a-Service, which combines technology from EMC, VMware and Pivotal a virtualized information lake featuring Pivotal technology end-user computing with VMware and EMC technology and security analytics, which will add RSA safety to the virtualized information lake. The new Federation SDDC is developed to be the base for all these future options.
Does SD(DC) = SD (Hype)?
Since the term software-defined data center was coined by VMware, it really is not surprising that EMC and its partners are actively advertising the SDDC notion. SDDC is portion of the most up-to-date IT business fad to label all types of infrastructure “software-defined,” as in Software program-Defined (X), where “X” can be any quantity of issues, including “Servers” and/or “Storage” (SDS), “Data Protection” (SDP) and “Networking” (SDN).
This semantic fad has its critics, too, who are prone to dismiss SDDC as software-defined (hype) when the label is applied to data center architecture due to the fact, in their view, only organizations with homogenous IT systems already in location, such as Yahoo! and Google, will be able to make the transition to application-defined data centers.
The SDDC vision
The underlying concept of a computer software-defined information center is 1 where all IT infrastructure – the network, server and storage – is virtualized and provided as a service. In this situation, configuration and manage is automated and it’s doable to provision, control, and manage all SDDC elements with the click of a mouse on a single laptop or computer screen – the proverbial single pane of glass. This enables applications to be managed by their service-level agreements (SLAs) where factors like CPU sources and network bandwidth will be automatically reserved and allocated according to the particulars of the SLA.
Developing SDDC standards
While the Computer software-Defined Data Center is not at present defined by an existing standards physique (e.g. IETF, ITU, NIST), the Distributed Management Job Force (DMTF) last year announced an Open Application-Defined Information Center Incubator, which it calls a “forum exactly where the IT neighborhood can discuss and develop SDDC definitions, architectures and use cases that will be interoperable by way of open and standard interfaces.”
SDDC and Open Source
Other vendors in addition to EMC and VMware are at present working on SDDC development including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft and other folks, who are all contributing to the collaborative open source OpenDaylight Project. Additionally, there are a bunch of open-supply technologies such as OpenStack, OpenFlow and Open vSwitch that are linked to the application-defined information center idea.
We ain’t there yet
By some estimates, it will take roughly a decade for the software-defined information center to turn into a reality. Considering the fact that SDDC requirements are nonetheless getting defined, pretty few businesses will be prepared to rip and replace what they have in assistance of what numerous see as SDDC vaporware. It is most likely, as well, that when they get around to it, most companies will attempt to deploy open, vendor-neutral SDDC solutions that can work in a broadly heterogeneous environment of new and legacy applications.
The fact that the new Federation SDDC reference architecture incorporates solution-precise workflows ought to give EMC and its partners initial-mover advantage in driving the SDDC normal forward. Interestingly, just as VMware is attempting to establish its proprietary vCloud Air hybrid cloud service as a common, VMware mentioned it’s establishing a partnership with Docker, an open supply container-based virtualization framework that can be used in-place of a VM hypervisor, which is VMware’s money cow.
By incorporating Docker container technology into its item mix, VMware is hedging its bets but also generating it more likely that a version of the Federation’s SDDC reference architecture will gain significant traction among cloud computing enthusiasts eager to stay away from vendor lock-in. At that point, the concept of the computer software-defined information center may just start out living up to its hype as the next massive step in the evolution of virtualization and cloud computing.
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Skype to stop voice calling phones and landlines within India from Nov 10

Microsoft has dropped a huge bomb today by disclosing that calls placed to and from Skype to mobile phones and landlines in India will be discontinued from early next month. So if you mainly use the service to make calls within the country, we’d recommend against renewing your subscription.

Microsoft will pull the plug on the service on November 10. To make things clear, only calls made to landlines and mobile phones from within India are being restricted. This means that you’ll still be able to contact others outside the country via Skype and even receive or make calls to India from other locations outside the borders.
Skype-to-Skype calling which is absolutely free won’t be affected either and you can continue using credit to send text messages to contacts. Microsoft hasn’t provided a reason behind this decision, but Medianama notes that it’s most likely due to legal reasons.

The publication explains that calls between PCs and IPs in the country are currently permitted, but not if they originate from within India and are terminated on a mobile phone or landline. Companies have been working around this issue by simply routing calls which have been originated from an IP in India internationally and finally terminated on a mobile phone or landline.

So until November 10, you’ll be able to continue using your Skype Credit to make calls to phones and landlines in India. For reminder’s sake, be sure to cancel your subscription if you plan on using the calling service in the country only. More information and assistance on how to close your subscription can be found on the company’s support website.

Software To Read Your Lips For Secure Authentication And Access – Mu’tah University

With fingerprint sensors only now entering our mobile devices, it’s time for other secure authentication techniques to arrive in the latest software on our computers. Keeping up with fast pace in the security techniques development, Ahmad Hassanat from the IT Department at Mu’tah University in Jordan has come up with a software that reads the user’s lips to authenticate him for logging into the computer. By making the machine learn how to analyze the pattern in lip & mouth movements, Hassanat could train the system to identify words being uttered correctly about 80% of the time.

In a paper published on this research work, Hassanat shares that the system is a two stage process – setting the visual password stage and the verification stage. By speaking the word into the camera, the system captures the video of the user’s face and a words-based VSR system processes these words to extract a sequence of feature vectors. Later, when the user is trying to log-in, these features are compared with the stored visual password and the access is granted.

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The appearance of mouth when uttering the word ‘Zero’.​

Ahmad Hassanat evaluated his system with a video database of 10 males and 10 females and found that system’s feasibility is great and has the potential for practical approach thanks to error rate in the range of 7.63% to 20.51% at the worst tested scenario. The author of the paper claims that this new form of visual password would be the newest way for biometric security as even the best of actors would not be able to exactly mimic someone else’s lip movements.

What would be the disadvantages of such a system? Let us know your thoughts in comments.