Thursday, July 30, 2015

DMAIL - new Chrome plugin for your mail

Dmail is a brand new Google Chrome extension that gives the author complete control over how long the recipient of your email can view the email. It adds a "Send with Dmail" button next to the regular "Send" button in any email you compose (after you have installed it). 

Gmail allows you to cancel emails within a 30 second window. After that, you're out of luck!  With Dmail you can chose a predetermined time frame, or pick "never" as your time frame. Then you have to find the email in your send folder and then retract it. More exciting news is that Dmail has promised they are working on a new feature (not yet released) that allows you to lock your email so the recipient can't forward it on to anyone else. 

For businesses and education clients this plugin has the potential to be huge!! Gotta love this open source stuff!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Creating Narrated Slideshows with Google Slides

One of the things I missed most in Google Slides was the ability to narrate information in Slides. I figured that Google really dropped the ball there!  Although I am not a big PowerPointer, the few times I do use it all include voice narration.

Fortunately, some super brains around have come up with work-arounds!  One is the create your slide show in Google Slides and then import it into an app called Movenote. You can then embed it into your webpage if you wish. 

Another work-around is the create your slide show in Google Slides, download each page to your device. Then open and log in to an app called WeVideo and upload your slides as images.  Record your narration for each slide and then share it!

Movenote is much easier to learn in a hurry than WeVideo, but it also doesn't do as much. I like to offer both to students (and teachers) and let them choose which one they are more comfortable using. A great way to differentiate your technology. You can find both apps in the Chrome web store.

Great addition

One add-on to Google that I particularly love is the new Microsoft Office-Google Drive integration plug-in.  Once you install it you can save to your Google Drive directly from the backstage area of any Office program, or open a document from Google Drive. This is the piece that has been missing!  While I like Google Docs for most things, sometimes it is easier to do it in Word. Plus, in my organization, many people still use Word/Excel, but would like to utilize them with Drive. This tool allows them to do that.

If you are interested in trying this out, I have included the posting from the Gooru website.  Just click on the link below!