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by JB Burke

Q: I do research on the web. I find it difficult to capture exactly what I need from a particular screen, and to keep track of what I find for later use. What tools are available?

A. There are two tools that I would suggest for your research needs. First, it sound like you need to be able to select just part of a screen from the web and save just that, not the whole screen. For that I suggest Gadwin Printscreen, which is currently at version 5.2. There is both a free version and a Pro version - I chose the free one. Download and install that and you will have plenty of control over what you capture and what the system does with it (print, save to a file, save to the clipboard for pasting into a document, etc.). Go through the setup options and choose how you want it to look and work. It's very flexible. Keep in mind, of course, that when you capture a screen image you can't edit or manipulate the text in any way. It is just a snapshot of what you see on the screen.

The second tool that I use all the time for preparing my Special Topics SIG presentations for the Prescott Computer Society is Evernote. Evernote is free, and there is a Premium version if you generate more than 60MB of data per month. Premium allows up to 1GB per month. When you set up an account with Evernote, you are creating a presence in the cloud. Then you install Evernote on whatever computers you use - desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Now you are doing research and you find an article or photo or website that you want to save for future use. You simply tell Evernote to save it to a notebook for you. You can cut down on data usage by saving URL's rather than whole web pages. Then what you save to Evernote on any of your devices is available to you on all your Evernote devices - via your Evernote account "in the cloud". I hope this helps in your research.

Published: Courier 6/29/14 - Page 2D