Posts Tagged ‘Chrome’

Closed Captioning Made Easy

November 9, 2018

153px-Closed_captioning_symbol.svgThe demand for closed captioning for video and webinars is increasing at my workplace.  I agree that it is essential for us to create accessible material.  In the past Youtube videos were one DIY way to comply.  You can read a past post from me on this here.

This week though a brand new free tool appeared and it has me really excited.  You can now do live closed captioning with Google Slides played in the Chrome browser.  This tool is free and easy!  I can see facilitators using this in face-to-face presentations, webinars and screencast recordings.  The only possible drawback is that there is no way to edit the captioning, but I have found it to be 95% accurate in its voice to text translation.  Here is a very short tutorial I created to help you use this tool right now:

About Preferences

February 16, 2018

no-printerThis week in my no printing saga I’d like to talk briefly about printing preferences.  In the Heath brothers book “Switch” they emphasized shaping a path and building habits.  With this quick tip you can almost effortlessly be printing less.  If you use Chrome as your browser (and why wouldn’t you?) you can setup your print preference to save as a pdf rather than send it to a printer.  Here’s what the preference screen looks like:

save as pdf screenshot

By saving this as a preference, anytime that I’m in Chrome and especially using Google docs, all I have to do is hit Command P on my keyboard and then hit return and voila!  I’ve saved my doc as a pdf on my desktop.   This makes it an easy path-just a few keystrokes, and forms a habit to save rather than print.  And I think it goes without saying that it’s easier to search for a particular pdf file than a drawer full of paper or, even worse, a pile of paper.  Happy saving everyone!