Does anybody know of any software solutions for manually capturing connections between specified regions within and between documents? [more inside]
posted by Verg
on Mar 14, 2014 -
Can you point me to resources that deal with the thresholds that computers use to overwrite authorial intent? I'm interested in the boundaries between automatic correction and untrammeled thumbs.
posted by Bistle
on Mar 2, 2014 -
Is there a messaging app for Android that works like iMessage -- i.e. capable of handling standard SMS, but seamlessly switching to its own Internet-based service when possible? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Feb 22, 2014 -
is there a mobile *and* desktop cross-platform messaging system that doesn't require "going online"? [more inside]
posted by morganw
on Feb 21, 2014 -
Text messaging consistently does not work on my phone (iPhone 4s, AT&T). 2 failure modes:
1) The blue "Sending" bar does not go all the way to complete in iMessage
2) I'll send a text successfully, and the other person will text me back right away, but I won't receive their reply. When I do get their reply, however, it'll say the correct timestamp (from when they sent it, which is often hours earlier.)
This always happens with some people and never with others. It happens to both iMessage and regular texts. I'm wondering whether to take it to the Apple store, the AT&T store, to do a factory reset, or to fiddle with some other settings. Has anyone else encountered this and been able to fix it?
posted by estlin
on Feb 16, 2014 -
Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files.
I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated.
Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom
on Feb 12, 2014 -
Remember around 2000 when the Eudora e-mail program came with Moodwatch, which claimed to find out how "hot" your messages were running by looking for swear words (and maybe sarcasm, I'm not sure?) I wonder, is there free or open source software somewhere that has done the same thing? Or has anyone reverse-engineered Moodwatch to figure out how it works?
posted by steinsaltz
on Feb 10, 2014 -
I inherited a bunch of text files that correspond to e-mails, probably generated using Pine or a variant. I know nothing about Pine. More inside! [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier
on Feb 4, 2014 -
I have an iPhone 5 as my personal phone. Work is providing an Android device. I don't want to schlep around two phones. Help me streamline, please. [more inside]
posted by zooropa
on Jan 30, 2014 -
I need a text messaging app for Android that supports sending/receiving through my Google Voice number rather than my phone number. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Nov 25, 2013 -
I have an exported CSV file which contains a field with an entire address in it like so: name, address, postal code, country.
I need to strip out everything except the country name so I can sort by country. [more inside]
posted by diode
on Nov 12, 2013 -
All of my clients are asking for this style of animation/screen casting (SFW):
It's the manic screen twisting animation with text and simple images displayed over basic color backgrounds.
I am moderately skilled in After Effects (and own the suite) so I'd love to accommodate them, but I am more accustomed to creating explosions, light sabers and monsters than this kind of stuff. I would like to know if anyone knows of specific online classes or easy to follow tutorials for this specific style/type of animation? I've found many After Effects tutorials, but I'm looking for something specifically geared to creating a video similar to the one posted above.
I am happily prepared to pay for these as I really need to be somewhat proficient in this by early 2014.
Thanks a million!
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I have been asked to animate some poem titles to be projected during a theatrical performance. I'm not having any luck finding resources. I'm not even sure what I've been asked to do is possible without doing hand-drawn animation. Anyone got any places I could look? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist
on Nov 2, 2013 -
How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 30, 2013 -
What program can I use to save 4+ years of iPhone texts and iMessages and then load them seamlessly back onto my iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by banannafish
on Sep 26, 2013 -
Vague identification question: I remember seeing a meme/joke about graphic design that was an image with text on it to the effect of asking the reader to hire the creator or use the creator's design. It included the phrase "I did everything right". Does anyone remember this and know where I can find it?
posted by capricorn
on Sep 26, 2013 -
What iOS app syncs with Notational Velocity and preserves
all three of NV's formatting options (bold, italic, and strikethrough)? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson
on Sep 18, 2013 -
What does the text say on these pink bottle caps (image 1
, image 2
)? As I'm told, these were sold as inexpensive caps at a brew-your-own beer supply store in Texas. I'm guessing the text is Greek, but I'm just guessing. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 30, 2013 -
I want to create a form with Open Office that lets me enter numbers in the right column of a page that corresponds to the text in the left. I want to be able to past the entire text document into the right column and have the left column remain blank for my entries. A spreadsheet won't work because the text won't word wrap. I've also tried a table and inserting a column into a text document. I've also tried to write in the margin, but I'll be moving a lot of documents, so I don't want to do a lot of specific typing, which would likely be spread across thousands of pages of documents. I'd like to automate and past as much of this as possible. Think of how books of poetry or philosophy number each line of corresponding text, making it easy to find a specific verse. That's the form I want to create. Or if it has already been created and exists somewhere, I'd gladly download it. Help.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Aug 29, 2013 -
I'm looking for a service or program that will convert a SMS/text message into a phone call, approximately 100 times per month. When making the phone call, the service or program needs to navigate through a simple "press 2 for support, press 3 for sales" before relaying the contents of the SMS to person that answers the phone. [more inside]
posted by Hermanos
on Aug 14, 2013 -
When you do cmd+/- on Firefox, it scales the text up or down.
When you do cmd+/- on Chrome, it scales the entire page up or down: text, images, layout.
I prefer the Firefox scaling. Can I get this on Chrome somehow? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Yahoo News seems to have re-designed their site in a way that's removed the ability to enlarge the text of its news articles on an iPad... Is there a way to get around this? The person behind this question is nearly blind and doesn't want to re-learn a non-Yahoo news web portal....
posted by mhh5
on Jul 23, 2013 -
I have an unlocked iPhone 5 with Verizon. (It is verifiably unlocked for foreign SIM card use -- and yes, even though it is Verizon it does have GSM as well as CDMA). I'm looking for advice on how to travel with it to four countries, with the ability to receive/send calls and texts. I'd like to buy and use one SIM card only. And I want to be sure that I don't use any data, which gets expensive.
So the question boils down to:
(1) Keep the iPhone or ditch it for my unlocked travel phone?
(2) Use the Verizon international plan, or buy an offering from Telestial, Global, etc.?
More inside. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Jul 21, 2013 -
Is there any way to get notification of xbox live messages via text message, email, instant message, or social network message? [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on Jul 20, 2013 -
I can't find a text messaging app that does everything I want, so I use multiple apps and confuse my friends with multiple phone numbers. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by emoemu
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I have some large documents that are riddled with errors (I am copy/pasting from PDFs), and correcting each error is prohibitively time consuming. Is there a resource that will autocorrect the entire document in one sweep? Right now it is just a Google Drive document, but I can convert to Word, etc. Thanks for any tips.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy
on Jun 26, 2013 -
My son has an iPod touch and pretty much everyone in our family has iPhones and iPads. I would like to find a way that my son can text chat with only a small approved list of people. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I'd like to be able to store and annotate a copy of largely text-based webpage, with simple text annotations of no more than a sentence or two. What's a good tool to use? Preferably compatible with Chrome, although I could live with Firefox. [more inside]
posted by infinitejones
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Part of my job is dealing with the social marketing for our organization. I have noticed lately that many of our text posts are doing better than our visual posts - seemingly against FB best practices and logic. Has something changed? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I received a vague but personal-sounding text message from an @tmomail account (SMS email from a T-Mobile phone number) to my Gmail account. Is there any way to find out who sent it? Is it just a phishing attempt? [more inside]
posted by a.steele
on Jun 10, 2013 -
What is the "best" consumer-accessible solution to extract a text message (SMS/MMS) (or series of text messages) from an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on May 14, 2013 -
I have inherited my grandmother's writings. I'm scanning them, doing OCR and in some cases retyping them so that I can have them digitized. I'd like to know, is there a format for text that is best for archival purposes? I was thinking of .rtf, since so many applications can open it. Is it considered "archival quality"?
posted by dylan_k
on May 6, 2013 -
So I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to create text bubbles that look like they came from an iPhone. However, I don't want something like Fake iPhone Text
, as that creates a picture of the entire phone background plus the text bubbles. I only want the text bubbles, disembodied. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes
on Apr 26, 2013 -
I want to make YouTube videos of 2-3 minute text. The popular kinetic typography stuff and whiteboard stuff is eye-catching. But I have little video editing experience and suck at drawing. What is something simple I could use? [more inside]
posted by skypieces
on Apr 23, 2013 -
It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation
) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not
just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch
on Apr 20, 2013 -
I am looking for an online service in which a group of volunteers could use to transcribe an audio or video file into text. Is there anything that will allow 10-15 volunteers to simultaneously log in and do this? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll
on Apr 16, 2013 -
I met a girl at a bar and I want to know how to avoid chatting with her all week before our first date. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic
on Mar 31, 2013 -
In order to reduce eyestrain when on the computer, I use the basic OSX (10.6.8) Text to Speech (System Prefs -> Speech -> Text to Speech) software for the computer to read out long-form articles found online. This works great! Except....sometimes when I ask "Alex" to read out to me it will skip or garble words from the highlighted article, usually one word per sentence or after x
number of words. Why? [more inside]
posted by carabiner
on Mar 11, 2013 -
For a research project, we’re asking ~24 high school and college students to log their experiences with homework by sending us text messages and photos over the course of about two weeks. Is there a site where they can send those messages so that we could see them from a computer? There are particular features we’re seeking... What comes closest to satisfying them? [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Feb 19, 2013 -
I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz
on Feb 7, 2013 -
Can you recommend a service that will let me broadcast SMS notifications to all staff in an emergency? I am assuming it would be an SMS marketing service, but if there are other options I'd love to hear them. The main feature I need is that it is easy and fast to send out a notification in an emergency. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie
on Jan 28, 2013 -
How do I get a fair size (100+ messages) corpus of first-contact messages on dating sites? [more inside]
posted by curuinor
on Jan 25, 2013 -
I'm considering porting my personal cell phone to Google Voice so that calls and texts can be forwarded to my newly acquired work cell phone. If you've done this, please see my specific questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by Swede78
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What technology and software I should look at inorder to be able to record interviews on Skype on to my hard disk (MacBook Pro) and then be able to manipulate the recording easily in order to type out a transcript? Or, preferably , find reliable speech recognition software that will automatically produce a written transcript I can enter into my word processing program (Open Office.) ? I'm willing to change up software and able to spend no more than $100 to make this work. Is it possible?
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Dec 18, 2012 -
Please help me track down an article (or documentation) about an OS9 Mac setup regime that was heavily text-based, emphasizing how to set up a Mac with keyboard macros, desktop-accessible text snippets and very specific keyboard macros. [more inside]
posted by mph
on Dec 13, 2012 -