OTR Links 01/29/2013

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Hover Zoom

I’m not sure how best to describe Hover Zoom, an extension to Google Chrome, except that I find it indispensible!

It almost transforms your web browsing experience into 3D.  (Well, at least images jump off the page at you!)

The premise is relatively simple.  So often, you hit a web page and the author has done her/his very best to optimize the page so that it appears on your screen quickly.  This optimization involves making thumbnails of the images on the page.

Hover Zoom, I guess, reverse engineers the process!  All that you do after you’ve installed the extension is visit a page and hover your cursor over a thumbnail image.  Hover Zoom then displays the image full sized.

Where I find this most helpful occurs when doing a Google or Bing image search.  The results are returned in thumbnail format so that you get a sense of what they are.  Simply move the cursor over the image and the larger original is displayed!  Sure, you can click on the image but often that opens a new page.  Hover Zoom just overlays the current page with the larger image.

Hover Zoom is definitely part of my browsing suite and I’m sure that I use it every day.  Once installed, it just becomes part of the browsing experience.

Download the Hover Zoom extension for Google Chrome here.

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OTR Links 01/28/2013

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Tweaking Rebelmouse

I’ve had a Rebelmouse account for a while now.  I think it’s a terrific way to summarize things that I’m doing with social media.  Quite frankly, I’m just using it to gather my activity from Twitter so that it’s all in one spot.  I could add links to Instagram (I don’t use), Tumblr (not really using it now), Pinterest (which is a collection of my blog posts) or an RSS feed (I use Feedly for that.)  So, it could be bigger but I’m good with what I’m doing now.

I’ve blogged a couple of times about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.

Just recently, the developers have added a great deal more functionality to this wonderful program.

1)  You can now customize colours and fonts.  Those that know me know that that will involve Verdana fonts and lots of green.  It’s not one of the standard templates that they provide, however, a little editing of the CSS to create a customized theme.  I’m not done with it yet but am pleased with what I’ve done so far.

2)  Now, that’s really cosmetic.  The really handy feature in the revised Rebelmouse is the ability to create pages based upon the source of your content.

Now, instead of everything being lumped into one stream of resources shared, tabs across the top of the landing page let you zero in on, in my case, the source for what I’ve shared.

I’ve just started to get the knack of this and really like the way that it allows for a review of what I’ve done recently.  I suspect that anyone who is interested in what I’m doing will find it helpful as well.

If you don’t have a Rebelmouse page tracking and sharing your activity, why not?  Give it a try – you’ll like it.

It’s a terrific way to review and organize your resources – if you’re looking for a handy way to organize classroom resources, this may be the tool that you’re looking for.

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OTR Links 01/27/2013

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