Digital Toolbox

Dropbox Comments

The new comments feature in Dropbox is a delight to use. Right now it’s only accessible from Dropbox on the web and on iOS devices, but you’ll quickly discover how useful it can be when you are collaborating with others. Comments are “attached” to the file that is the topic of the discussion – in…

Review: How to Archive Family Photos

How to Archive Family Photos cover

One frequently heard comment about a great book is, “I couldn’t put it down.” With Denise Levenick’s How to Archive Family Photos, I was constantly putting it down – and that’s a good thing! This book is so full of practical ways to manage your photo collection that you will want to stop and put them to work right away.

The Amazing Scannable App

Scannable, the free iOS scanner app from Evernote, is quickly becoming my scanner of choice. When capturing pages in a book, Scannable will automatically flatten the page and straighten out the text. It will save single item scans into either PDF or image files. Multi-page scans are saved as PDF. Not only is it a great…

1Password for Mac Supports One-Time Passwords

If you haven’t heard of two factor authentication – also called one-time passwords – you are missing out on one of the best ways to protect yourself online. Two factor authentication makes logging into a site or platform a two-step process. First there’s your standard user name and password, but then the second step is…

Wunderlist is Wunderbar

I am a big fan of Wunderlist [Mac, iOS, Windows, Chromebook, Android, Windows Phone and Web] and have it on my desktop and iThings. I use it to keep topic ideas for blogging, manage my presentations, organize writing projects and keep up with mundane things like grocery lists. Wunderlist does for project management what Evernote does for…

Saved Searches Save Time

One of the most amazing features found on today’s computers and apps is the saved search. For the family historian with a growing archive of digitized files and research material, this little jewel is a dream come true. It will save you a tremendous amount of time and effort. No, I am not exaggerating. I…

Conversational Blogging

I’ve been using the Disqus commenting service on most of my blogs – WordPress and Tumblr – for several months now. I love it! Not only does it give me a much richer commenting experience – conversational threads are easier to follow and it’s easy to add links, photos and even embed video in a…

Firefox Hello

Now this is a new twist . . . The latest update to Firefox includes the ability to connect to anyone and enjoy a free video call. There are no accounts to create or systems to sign into. All you need is Firefox. What about the people you call? It would be best if they…

The Evernote Periodicals Index

Have you wanted to build an index of the articles in your genealogical journals and quarterlies, but found all that data entry more than you could handle? Put Evernote to work and you can have it done in no time. First, create a notebook for your periodicals index then use the Evernote app on your…

Wunderlist

A todo list application that’s free, easy and available for just about every computer and mobile device is worth a look. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. It’s a great tool for your digital research toolbox.