TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Kool Tools

Volume Number: 22 (2006)
Issue Number: 3
Column Tag: Review

Kool Tools

Web Surveys: Quick and Easy

Have you ever needed to do a survey, quick ... but you didn't have time to go and custom code it for yourself. Recently, we had this need at MacTech ... you may remember a recent reader survey. We looked around and came across a neat product called phpQuestionnaire (or phpQ for short).

phpQ installed really easily on our Xserve running Mac OS X Server, and took advantage of our PHP 4 and mySQL setup. The installation instructions were a breeze, and the interface was fairly intuitive.


This product gives you a very detailed, web-based survey ability. The admin of it is, as you would expect, all web based, and the question editor is fast and easy to use. Only once in creating a survey did I pause to figure out how to do something.

You can run multiple surveys simultaneously and the phpQ takes care of tracking things separately. And, because it's template driven, you can change the look and feel if you so desire. (Although if you are lazy like I was being, you just take advantage of their professional templates ... after all, it was just a survey!!)

There are many different question types, and you can create surveys with all kinds of combinations. Everything I needed, it had built it ... radio buttons, check boxes, text boxes, text areas, etc...

You can use some simple restrictions or be more advanced ... to avoid bogus data, or duplicates. Unique IPs, cookies, and email verifications are all an option.

One of the nicest features of this product is it's ability to "preview" an entire survey before you publish it. It helped with layouts, groupings, page layouts and ordering. Again, it was fast and simple ... and by just opening the survey in a separate window, I could edit the survey in one window, while viewing it in another.

Once your users have entered the information, you can then view the results in a summarized, detailed or individual manner. And, as you would expect, you can export these results as well.

If you want the public to review the results, they can ... or you can keep them private. Your choice. You can also get notifications to admins when people are doing the survey.

Because this is all based on mySQL, you can go into mySQL and poke around if you'd like. But, with backup and restore features in phpQ, and the ability to export, there's really not much reason to.

chumpsoft has done a bang up job here with phpQuestionnaire 2.2. The full version is $199, and there's a junior version for $59 along with some other flavors.

http://www.chumpsoft.com/


Snapz Pro X 2.0

Move ahead of using static screenshots for conveying an idea effectively and take full motion video screen captures and create screen casts with Snapz Pro X 2.0. Snapz Pro X 2.0 is a great (and easy to use) screen capture utility for capturing moving or still pictures on Mac OS X.

Snapz Pro X 2.0 captures full motion video of anything on your Mac screen, along with digital audio and an optional microphone voice over at the rate of 30 frames per second in millions of colors. Snapz Pro X 2.0 is effectively a digital video camera, which allows recording anything on your Mac screen and saving it as a QuickTime movie or screen shot. A real-time preview of the screen cast is available. Screen casts can also be saved in a QuickTime compatible video compression format to optimize for data rate, frame rate, and color depth for creating smaller size videos.


Snapz Pro X 2.0 really simplifies such tasks as producing product demos, creating tutorials, making training videos, and archiving streaming video. If you are the type that wants to, you could even use Snapz Pro for showing their peers how good a game is or how to use an application. Snapz Pro X 2.0 features a completely redesigned interface for providing powerful features while maintaining elegant simplicity of Snapz Pro X. Snapz Pro X was completely rewritten for Mac platform.

If you are just looking for static screen captures, Snapz Pro X 2.0 packs in numerous new features. "Live Preview" is one of the most powerful and time saving features, which shows you exactly how your screen shot will look before you save it to disk, allowing on the fly change in border styles, scaling, cropping, and other settings. Another very useful feature is "Fatbits" tool that allows zooming in on the pixels on your Mac screen for automatically generating image thumbnails.

Screenshots can be scaled, cropped, color depth-changed, and dithered. Snapz Pro X 2.0 can also add borders, generate automatic thumbnails, and overlay watermarks/copyright notices. Snapz Pro X 2.0 uses Ambrosia's proprietary Clearscale technology to scale images up or down for both static images, and screen casts. Snapz Pro X 2.0 supports saving screen shots as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, or Photoshop files, with precise control over image compression levels and color depth.

Snapz Pro X 2.0 costs $69 (screenshot only version priced at $29), with upgrades from Snapz Pro X 1.0 w/ movie capture priced at $20. Snapz Pro X 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later


Klear Screen

The Right Way to Clean Your Screen, iPods, and More....

If you've been looking for a way to clean your LCD, plasma, HDTV, flat screen, and CRT displays, then you may want to take a look at the products by Klear Screen. Klear Screen has designed, a set of products specifically to clean, protect, and polish all Apple displays and iPods, in addition to laptops, especially X-Brite or Crystal Clear Screens, new Generation LCD screens, plasma and HDTVs, digital cameras, and camcorders.

Klear Screen products contain a 3-step liquid polymer-based formula that lifts and dissolves surface contaminants and fingerprints, and floating debris off the screen surface, leaving an anti-static coating. The coating, significantly reduces surface friction and wear, resists fingerprinting, and provides a renewable protective screen barrier. Klear Screen products are non-toxic, and alcohol and ammonia free.

Klear Screen Deluxe Cleaning Kit is the recommended solution for your cleaning requirements. Klear Screen Deluxe Cleaning Kit costs $ 24.95. It includes:

    1- 8 oz. Klear Screen Pump Spray

    1- Large Micro-Chamois Polishing Cloth

    6- Klear Kloths

    2- Klear Screen Travel Singles

    1- Travel Size Micro-Chamois


Klear Screen Deluxe Cleaning Kit

Klear Screen products that are a part of the Klear Screen Deluxe Cleaning Kit, are also available individually. The Klear Screen 8 oz. Pump Spray Bottle that lasts for approximately 1,200 cleanings, costs $12.95. Klear Screen Micro-Chamois Polishing Cloth, priced at $9.95, is a lint free, non-damaging, washable, and reusable cloth. Klear Screen Klear Kloths, also priced at $9.95, are made from lint-free, non-polyester, white-room, aerospace grade, non-woven polishing material that can be used and re-used for weeks at a time. Klear Screen Travel Singles are designed for the needs of individuals, who need a quick and easy-to-use cleaning solution whether at work, home, or in the classroom. Klear Screen Travel Singles cost $9.95. A pack of 3 Travel Size Micro-Chamois Polishing Cloths is priced at $9.95. Other products of the Klear Screen range include Klear Screen High performance Kit, Klear Screen Super Starter Kit, and Klear Screen Micro-Fiber Polishing Cloth.

MacTech's staff has been using Klear Screen products for years, and gives them a "two thumbs up". For more information, see http://www.klearscreen.com/.


by MacTech Staff

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon GO
By now, almost everyone should be hip to how to evolve Pokemon in Pokemon GO (and if not, there's a guide for that). Just gather enough candy of the appropriate type, feed them all to the Pokemon, and evolution happens. It's a miracle that would... | Read more »
CSR Racing 2: Guide to all game modes
It might not seem like there are all that many ways to go fast in a straight line, but CSR Racing 2 begs to differ. [Read more] | Read more »
Bulb Boy (Games)
Bulb Boy 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Multi-award winning 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head. | Read more »
5 top free emoji keyboard apps
If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has... | Read more »
How to unlock more characters in Disney...
One of the big charms of Disney Emoji Blitz is seeing a wide variety of beloved Disney and Pixar characters transformed into smiling emojis. Even someone like the sneaky Randall from Monsters Inc., who probably never cracked a smile on film, is... | Read more »
Cubway (Games)
Cubway 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubway is a journey with an abstract story of lifecycle of rebirth, called Samsara. Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers... | Read more »
Colorcube (Games)
Colorcube 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Turn pieces and blend colours in this minimal yet visually stunning puzzler.Over 200 handcrafted and challenging levels. Features... | Read more »
Doodle God Griddlers (Games)
Doodle God Griddlers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Crusader Kings: Chronicles (Games)
Crusader Kings: Chronicles 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crusader Kings: Chronicles is an interactive text based game that puts you in the shoes of Guy de Rose as you make... | Read more »
Roads of Rome: New Generation (Games)
Roads of Rome: New Generation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1379 $120 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP - 21″ 1... Read more
Charitybuzz Set to Auction Unique Apple-1 Com...
Offering an opportunity to own the computer that sparked a revolution, on Monday, July 25, leading online charity auction platform Charitybuzz will auction what is claimed to be the world’s most... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP
Amazon has 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (sku MMGF2LL/A): $899.99 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Apple refurbished 11-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $170 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Apple iPad Pro Sales Far Outpacing Microsoft...
A report on Appleinsider notes that despite Microsoft Surface tablet PC sales growing by 9 percent year over year, revenues remained below $1 billion, and are down sequentially from the $1.1 billion... Read more
DEVONthink 2.9 Features Ultra-fast, Robust, A...
DEVONthink 2.9 allows users to keep databases synchronized using many means of transport. It transmits them between Macs on the local network or stores them in a syncable form on removable hard... Read more
12-inch WiFi Apple iPad Pros on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has 12″ WiFi iPad Pros on sale for up to $100 off MSRP, each including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 12″ Space Gray 32GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749 $50 off MSRP - 12″... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
*Apple* Professional Learning Specialist - A...
Job Summary The Apple Professional Learning Specialist is a full-time position for one year with Apple in the Phoenix, AZ area. This position requires a high Read more
*Apple* Picker - Apple Hill Orchard (United...
Apple Hill Orchard, Co. Rte. 21,Whitehall, NY 9/7/16-10/228/16. Pick fresh market or processing apples Productivity of 60 boxes and 80 boxes processing fruit per Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - APPLE (United...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.