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Scribd HTML5 viewer goes mobile, Flash ditched on 20 million embeds

In 2010, Scribd announced that it planned to dump Adobe Flash embeds in favor of an HTML5 viewer for its user-uploaded documents. Now, the Scribd HTML5 experience has gone mobile as well. That's a very welcome update, since certain shiny touchscreen mobile devices don't offer support for Flash embeds. Scribd has also announced that all of its existing embeds -- which number more than 20...

Crocodoc launches plug-in free, embeddable document viewer

Looking for a slick way to share documents and allow collaborators to add annotations? Check out Crocodoc, which has launched a plug-in free document viewer powered by the standard Web code we both love and hate to refer to as HTML5. Just like competitor Scribd, files you upload to Crocodoc can be easily embedded on any site (check out a demo after the break). Readers can also post comments...

Google Docs gets mobile editing support on Android 2.2 and iOS

Google has just announced that it has started rolling out mobile editing support for Google Docs. The roll-out will take a few days and when it reaches you, you'll be able to edit documents in Google Docs by simply pointing your mobile browser to docs.google.com and clicking on Edit while viewing the document you wish to make changes to. This feature will only be accessible for owners of...

Google Docs now features a color-coded revision history and better time stamps

New documents created with Google Docs will now make use of a much-improved revision history. This new tool replaces one of the worst and most-clunky features of Google Docs -- and it's about time. By default, the interface clumps revisions together, so that large documents aren't completely unreadable (but you can click 'Show more detailed revisions' to see every revision). Timestamping of...

Google Docs gets six new fonts, including Calibri, courtesy of Google Font API

It's about time! You can now choose from almost twice as many fonts when editing a Google Docs document. Calibri, Cambria, Droid Serif, Droid Sans, Corsiva and Consolas are now available. Such magic is brought to us via the Google Font API. Curiously, only the Droid fonts show up in the Google Font Directory, but whether that's for licensing reasons or not I don't know. Perhaps it just hasn't...

Whisky Catalog: because geeks like fine spirits, too.

Who doesn't enjoy a nice, full-bodied whisky? [whiskey? -Ed] Clearly at least some geeky types do, like Yanishevskyy Alexander. He's the chap behind Whisky Catalog -- a nice, little app which lets you document your single malt adventures. Like any other good database app, Whisky Catalog makes adding entries a snap. Flag a whisky as owned or just tasted, bookmark your favorites, and put 'em on...

Google Docs viewer adds support for Microsoft Word documents

If you're a Gmail user and you receive a lot of Microsoft Word .doc and .docx file attachments, you may have noticed a new feature. If not, I'll clue you in: Gmail has added a view link for Word documents. And yes, that means that the Google Docs Viewer now supports .doc and .docx as well. Formatting looks good so far on the documents I've tested -- the TuneUp press release looks very nearly...

PDFCreator, following in the aged footsteps of Foobar and VLC, reaches version 1.0

The end of the 21st century's first decade is shaping up to be a period full of portentious software fruition! The year 2008 saw the release of WINE 1.0 after an epic 15 years of development; in 2009, after only 13 years, VLC reached 1.0; and then, earlier this year, Foobar hit 1.0 after a meager 7 years. Today, PDFCreator adds itself to the open source hall of fame, with version 1.0.0 now...

Portable Doxie scanner scans your photos, documents directly to the cloud

Whether you're a professional looking for an easy way to move paper documents from your desktop to web apps like Google Docs, or you just have a large collection of photographs you'd like to post to Flickr, Doxie's new scanner might be the device you've been waiting for. Apart from being small enough to tuck in your laptop bag, Doxie's bundled software provides simple and uploading to loads of...

Online OCR extracts text from scans for free

Have you ever received a PDF file in an email that contained information you need in text form, but the PDF doesn't let you select the text? Sometimes this is due to access restrictions on the document, but more often it's because the person creating the PDF did so by simply scanning the document. This creates an image of the document, but does not embed the text information. To extract the text,...

iWork files are really just zip files, and contain PDF previews

Have you ever received an iWork file created in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on a Mac, and not had any way to deal with it? Next time, try changing the file's extension to .zip, then unzip it with your favorite zip utility. Inside you should find a PDF preview document containing a nicely formatted version of the document in question. It seems strange that Apple doesn't promote this fact more, as...

Mobile Minute: SugarSync now available for Android

Need to sync files across machines? Need to access those files on your mobile devices? SugarSync to the rescue. There are currently SugarSync clients for WinMo, BlackBerry, iPhone, Mac and Windows, and starting today, Android phones (Android netbooks too, if they ever appear). The apps are free, but you pay for storage, starting at $4.99 a month. You can try it free for 30 days, or keep it free...

DocMazy: a search engine dedicated to documents

DocMazy is a novel kind of search engine exclusively dedicated to finding documents. Instead of returning websites, it digs up PDFs, DOCs, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files. DocMazy was designed to find information that gets buried in other search engines because documents often don't score well in search engine algorithms, or aren't indexed by search engines at all. Once...

J.ot Down is a simple, sharable online notepad

There are a lot of ways to take quick notes and share them online. Some, like Google Docs, have large feature sets and require accounts. J.ot Down is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It lets you type, share and save, and that's about it. Going to the site opens up a new note. From there, you just type. There's no formatting with fonts, colors or styles, and no HTML support - just typing....

Sign off documents online with OnlineSignOff

Want to lose the paper trail and numerous steps involved with signing off documents? Try doing it online. OnlineSignOff aims at taking the hassles of faxing contracts, and worrying about whether all parties have received a copy. By bringing the whole process online, OnlineSignOff hopes for a more straightforward secure solution. The process is simple: Start a new document. Enter Title,...