From The Tips Box: PDF Readers, Exam Studying, Web Hosting

From The Tips Box: PDF Readers, Exam Studying, Web Hosting

Readers offer their best tips for reading PDF files, studying PowerPoint slides and hosting Flash websites with Dropbox.

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Set Your Browser as the Default PDF Reader

Teetery tells us how to avoid installing a separate PDF reader:

Forget Adobe Reader or even Foxit or Sumatra, I use Google Chrome as my PDF reader. In Chrome, go to chrome://plugins and enable Chrome PDF Viewer. Then in Windows associate PDF files with Chrome: right click on a PDF file and choose Open With… Click Browse and find your Chrome.exe program (usually in C:UsersYourUsernameAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplication)

You can do this with any browser you want, and you can do it on a Mac too by right clicking on a PDF file, hitting Get Info, setting the “Open With” preference to your browser of choice and hitting the Change All button.

Set Study Slides as Rotating Wallpaper

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Andrew Frost shares a neat study trick:

I though up a neat way for me to review/study for upcoming tests. I take the PowerPoint slides from my class export them as jpegs. Then I put them all in a folder which I use as the directory for my desktop wallpaper which I have set to rotate every minute on my MacBook Pro.

Obviously, it won’t replace real studying, but you’ll be looking at the information whenever you’re on your computer, so it at least gives you more exposure than you’d normally get.

Use Dropbox to Host Flash Websites

Ryan Carter lets us know that Dropbox can be used as a cheap and easy Flash site host:

Another great use for Dropbox is a free hosting service for Flash sites. It’s not 100% ideal because you can only link to a SWF as opposed to a HTML output. Simply set your URL web forwarding to a public link of your SWF.

Here’s a quick and dirty example of this.

Long-Press the Address Bar to Share URLs in Android

Andronica shows us a quick way to share URLs from Android’s browser:

Whenever you get the urge to share a webpage that you come across when browsing, users typically press Menu > More > Share in their browser. However, there’s an easier method that requires only long pressing on the address bar. Tap and hold the address bar and the “Share page URL” dialog will appear. This trick works in the default Android browser and Xscope, but not Dolphin, Opera, or Skyfire.


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