Google just gave you one excellent reason for making more use of their Google Drive (Formerly Known As Google Docs). In fact, this might me a killer feature.
When you open Google Drive, and click “Create”, there is a new option “Add new apps”. A popup appears where you can choose a myriad of apps.
A few particular apps caught my attention, as I have been using them in my role as application designer or information analist.
- Balsamiq Mockups is a great tool for creating fancy mockups and sketches of user interfaces. It’s a commercial application, but now you it’s available for you always and everywhere at no cost!
- Cacoo Diagramming. A nifty tool for creating all sorts of flowcharts and diagrams, including UML symbols. Can’t live without a tool like that and useful when I do not have Visio at hand.
- Gantter; no project manager can do without a decent Gantt charting tool.
- Sliderocket. Reminds me vaguely of….. Powerpoint. Yes, would be nice to have another template library for your presentations once in a while, right?
Anyway, do yourself a pleasure and browse through the dozens of apps and tools, from music streaming, to image enhancing tools, UML editors and more.
Did you find any great apps which are worth more than a mention here? Please let me know!
When you quickly want to create an ISO image from a CD or DVD disk, simply do the following:
- insert the disk in your optical drive (yeah, I know this is obvious!)
- open the Disk Utility (Schijfhulpprogramma in Dutch)
- Go to Folder in the menu (Archief in Dutch)
- Then select New > Image from “<diskname>” (Nieuwe > Schijfkopie van “<schijfnaam>” in Dutch)
- Choose the options “Dvd/cd-master” with encoding “None” (Schijfkopiestructuur and Codering in Dutch). Save it to your Desktop (default location), and give a name, for instance DiskImage
- The Disk Utility will create a DiskImage.cdr at your desktop. Grab a coffee, there’s plenty of time.
- Now we will convert it to an image, with some help from the command prompt.
- Open a terminal window. Type Command+Space, then type Terminal, and press enter.
- In the terminal window, type the following commands:
cd ~/Desktop hdiutil makehybrid -iso -ov DiskImage.iso DiskImage.cdr
This will take a few minutes, again. When it is finished, you may close the terminal.
If you foresee that you will need this disk in a Windows environment, you might want to consider making a joliet hybrid.
To do this, change the command above to the following:
cd ~/Desktop hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -ov DiskImage.iso DiskImage.cdr
You’re done! Now you have created an iso image of your disk. You can write it to a recordable at a later time, or open it directly bij doubleclicking the file. This works in both OS X and Ubuntu Linux. Windows has no built-in solution for opening .ISO files.