Black Friday Deal: Be First To Get Able2Extract 9.0

To help keep our customer service consistent across the board, we updated our support system a few months ago to include our Software Advantage Plan. The plan, aimed towards improving the quality of your one-on-one service, essentially gives you priority status for customer support.

But that’s not all. The Software Advantage Plan also comes with a number of membership perks–one of which is exclusive access to special builds and full product upgrades.

able2extract-pdf-converter-9And if you’re an Able2Extract user on the hunt for software deals, this is the perfect perk to cash in on for Black Friday.

This is because in just a few days we’ll be releasing the all-new Able2Extract v.9.0, which will let you edit and create PDF files! No extra add-ons needed.

If you get the Software Advantage Plan now, you can get the Able2Extract 9 upgrade right before it’s released to the public!

It’s a deal you don’t want to miss out on.

Here’s what the plan includes.

Software Advantage Plan

As a Software Advantage Plan subscriber, you get:

-Own Priority Support: Get your issues to the front of the line and get support when you need it most.

-Access to the Software Advantage Plan Web Portal: Log in to the Software Advantage Plan web portal and get hands on, direct  access to customer service. Submit your issues to us directly, check in on the status of open requests, and find product updates and upgrades for downloading.

-Quick Response Times To Your Issues: Get faster insights on your conversion issues and tailored solutions that can be implemented immediately.

-Annual Product Updates: We’ll send you an email notification when a new update is available so you’re constantly using the latest PDF converter technology.

-Exclusive Access To Unreleased Builds:  Users get to download and test out our latest product builds. All subscribers get the first taste of our Able2Extract v.9.0, which includes PDF creation and PDF page editing! Test out the product and its newest features before its public release.

We offer the Software Advantage Plan for only $39.95/year where you will basically own Investintech support for our Able2Extract desktop products, both Standard and Professional versions.

As soon as you purchase a subscription, you are automatically registered and can take advantage of your membership right away.

You’ll receive a Software Advantage Plan code you can reference when you phone in  or send us an email. It will automatically give your issue priority status, and will be immediately forwarded to and addressed by our customer support agents.

If you’re looking for a Black Friday deal, this is it. Subscribe to the Software Advantage Plan and get the Able2Extract v.9.0 upgrade free!

For more details, visit our Software Advantage Plan page.

 

Investintech Facebook Giveaway Shuts Down

Today, due to changes in Facebook’s user policy, our Able2Doc Facebook giveaway has been shut down.

We’re sad to see it go, but we hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted. We appreciate all the comments and feedback you’ve given us in the past. It was great to see everyone participating and spreading the word about it.

As alternatives to the Facebook free giveaway, you can always download the Able2Doc 7-day free trial or use our free Facebook conversion apps for a quick PDF to Word conversion.

And since this was a double giveaway with Sonic up for grabs as well, you can download the Sonic PDF Creator 30-day free trial as an alternative to the freebie version.

Lastly, for those who entered in the Sonic portion of the giveaway and haven’t claimed their PIN yet, we’ll still honour those entries as your PINs are still ready and waiting for you.

To receive your free Sonic license, just follow us on Twitter and tweet out to us so we can track you down. We can then send you a Direct Message on Twitter with your Sonic PIN.

Though this giveaway is ending, we’re always looking to set other promotions up.  So keep checking in to our streams for updates on the latest giveaway.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

7 Google Drive Tips To Make Online Research Easier

When you need to learn about something, the Internet is the number one resource to scout out.  And given the amount of information you can find online, no matter what area, industry, or topic you’re researching,  a huge chunk of your time will be spent recording the research you find.

As you can imagine, combined with the web pages you have to go through, this can slow you dow big time. That’s why some users like to keep their workflow online with tools like Google Drive.  But if you’re using Google Drive to quickly record data, then your biggest challenge lies in working between your research and how you use Google Drive itself.

If you’re writing for an online publication, are drafting a research paper, or are reporting on industry trends, accessing the information you record is perhaps one of your main priorities. To make things easier, try a few of the Google Drive tips below to keep your research going smoothly.

1.  Perform A Google Drive Search from Chrome

Because you can need a document at any given time, it’s important to be able to pull up the right file in an instant. Google Drive Quick Search makes it easy to start a search through your Drive directly from the Chrome URL address bar. Type “drive” in the address bar, your keywords and query, then hit enter. You’ll be directed to your drive with the related results ready and waiting for you to sift through.

2. Save Your Text to Google Drive

Save Text to Google Drive does exactly what its name implies. This Chrome extension makes it super easy to export heavily dense text webpage research from the web directly to your Google Drive.

Save text to Google Drive

Once installed, simply highlight the text you’re interested in, activate the extension by clicking on it in your toolbar or extension menu, and click on the Save button. The extension will create a document with the text in the Drive you’re logged into.

3. Quickly Access Folders and Create Google Docs From Your Toolbar

To access folders and separate files instantly, simply bookmark the URL of the file or document on your toolbar.  Open the file or folder in Google Drive and bookmark the URL you see in the address bar. Admittedly, this is a simple tip, but extremely handy if you like keeping things at your fingertips.

Creating Google Docs Instantly

Moreover, this trick also works with creating new documents. Because the functionality is web based, you can bookmark the command URL to your browser. Copy these links to your Chrome toolbar by right clicking on it and selecting Add page… or via the Bookmark Manager:

https://docs.google.com/document/create

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/create

https://docs.google.com/presentation/create

 4. Search Your Google Drive Directly From Gmail

Don’t waste time going back and forth between your Google Drive and Gmail.  You can do both at the same time by adding the Apps Search for Gmail extension. This is handy for when you’re either exchanging emails regarding your research project or are working with colleagues.

It will let you extend your search to Google Docs to fish out the files you’re looking for.  You can add the extension by going into Settings>Labs from your Gmail.  Then select to enable it for your account. Don’t forget to hit the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

5. Edit PDF Text Uploaded To Google Drive

Because a lot of research comes in the PDF format, you may want to pay attention to the “Convert Text from Uploaded PDF and image files” setting. Have you been ignoring it? Well, it’s time to start paying attention to it. This setting allows you to convert PDF to text which you can then  edit within a Google Doc.

Convert text from PDF

Go to the gear icon Google Drive and access the drop down menu. Then go to Upload Settings. From there, put a check mark in the “Convert Text from Uploaded PDF and image files”  option by clicking on it.  Select the Document language. You can have this permanently turned on, but if you want to use it selectively, keep the “Confirm settings before each upload” option checked.

6.  Save Images Directly to Google Drive

Who doesn’t clip web pages when researching online? Good news is you can do it with Google Drive. Save to Google Drive can serve as a simple web clipping tool, allowing you to instantly save content from the web to a Google Drive folder. Once you have it installed,  go to the page you’re interested in and activate it by clicking on its button to the right of the address bar.  It will then save your content in .PNG format.

7. Access Google Drive And Other Google Services From Chrome

Here’s a great Chrome extension for pushing your research productivity to the limits. Black Menu for Google allows you to access files on your Drive and to your other Google services in a side bar right within Chrome.

Perfect for Google addicts with research spread across different services. You can get the Black Menu extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Got any Google Drive tips of your own? We’d love to hear them! Add them in the comments below and let us know how they helped you deal with your web research.

 

Happy Thanksgiving From Investintech.com!

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and we wanted to wish all of our Canadian users and followers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday this year!

A lot of you may be prepping and planning for the holiday as we speak.  A major holiday celebration like Thanksgiving is never complete without the festive dinner, family, and the all the fix-ins.   So if you’re scrounging around for some last minute ideas to make your get together extra special this year, we’ve scouted out a few Pinterest boards where you can get some fabulous ideas and tips for your Thanksgiving soiree.

Thanksgiving: Freebies:  Getting your party together with a few things you can put together for free is always a good way to go. You’ll find some nifty DIY projects for table settings, menu planning, and more.

Thanksgiving, Fall & Autumn Party Ideas: Give your Thanksgiving party a fun atmosphere. Here, you’ll find pins with a lot of tips that not only cover Thanksgiving, but Fall party themes as well.

 Thanksgiving Pinterest Boards

Thanksgiving (Craft and Food): For anyone who loves giving a personal touch to his or her dinner, this board offers up a carefully curated collection of  tutorials and links on handy crafts and food preparation to get things just right.

Thanksgiving (Recipes, tips, inspiration, décor): Check out this board for suggestions on getting everyone into the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Only four Pinterest boards may seem like a short list given the size of the network, but if you’ve ever browsed a single board, then you know that one board can leave you with a ton of ideas to explore and keep you busy!

To preserve your Thanksgiving memories, check out our post on 4 Digitally Creative Ways To Share Your Thanksgiving Memories for a few ideas. They’ll help you get your family photos and videos in top form for posting online and sharing with the entire family.

5 Great Ways To Convert Text To Speech

​Audio Headphones Unplugged

As the school year starts up, you’re probably just getting yourself oriented with your classes and gauging the size of the workload you’ll have to deal with.

It may be daunting after a long lazy summer, but anticipating the amount of reading you have ahead of you is a good idea. It’s never fun to all of a sudden find yourself lagging behind. You need to get ahead of the curve way before the heavy reading assignments even start. And we have a perfect tip for that: to help lighten the reading load use a convert text to speech tool.

Converting speech to text can come in handy in so many ways.  It can free you up to get away from the screen for a bit or help you learn a language.  Also, students with disabilities can use text to speech tools to easily access digital content. Text to speech tools are perfect if you need help with proofreading, catching up on your notes, or getting some eBook reading done.

So here’s a look at 5 different ways to listen to your reading assignments with these free easy to use text to speech tools.

Listen to MP3 Files of Your Text with SpokenText

For those who need to catch up on reading while commuting, running errands, working out or multi-tasking, SpokenText is a straightforward online text to audio converter. SpokenText allows you to convert any number of files such as PDF, DOC, PPT, TXT, HTML and Emails to an MP3 file. Once you have your MP3 files are created, you can then download and put them onto a mobile device. You’ll be able to take your readings with you.

Have Online Documents Read Out Loud To You

Have a document online that needs to be proofread? If the file is shared on the web with a file sharing or collaboration tool like Google Docs, then you can have the text read to you directly from within your browser. You can listen for grammatical errors while working with other things on your computer–all without missing a beat.

SpeakIt! is available for Chrome and allows you to read text displayed in the browser. For FireFox, there’s Text to Voice which can also let you download your text in MP3 format.  And Opera users can try VozMe. Once any of these extensions are installed, just highlight the text you want read out to you and activate the plugin.

Convert Text From Multiple Sources With NaturalReaders

NaturalReaders is a popular text to speech tool whose online version comes with basic yet advanced features to get the job done. Click on Add Documents and you can start building and accessing your list of files from popular services like Dropbox, Google Docs, and more. Handy for students working on public computers or using Cloud services.

Get Social With Your Text On YAKiToMe!

People who are used to in browser music players will love the look and feel of YAKiToMe! It’s a free online text to speech service and network rolled into one where you can share your audio books and files with other YAKiToMe user groups. If you’re lucky, you may find a user with an audio version of a book you’re looking for.

Text to Speech Tool

YAKiToMe! lets you convert text from .doc, .pdf, .txt, .html, .xml, and email to speech. Choose a reader, a reading speed and an input method for uploading text: Field (copy-paste text directly), File, RSS, and Email. Then click on the Run Text To Speech button.

Convert PDF Text To Speech with PDF2Speech.com

PDF2Speech is exactly what its name suggests. It’s a free online PDF to speech converter. This is perfect for professional and academic uses where PDF reading is a common task. On-screen PDF reading can sometimes be a chore, but listening to one doesn’t have to be.

Convert PDF to Audio

To use this tool, simply upload your PDF files to the site and hit the Convert button. This free service allows you to convert up to 20 pages which will allow you to get a good chunk of your readings checked off your list.

There are many simple yet powerful text to speech freeware tools to suit any occasion or need. The good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of money or any bloated text to speech download.