React, an interesting new academic development in visual search. It works on the reverse-search principle: upload a picture, and see similar pictures in the results.
The prototype limits results to a couple of the UK’s larger national digitized art collections (National Archives, the V&A) and leavens these with the Edinburgh Botanic Garden for some flowers and curious pods and suchlike. An AI assists the “does it look like this…?” sorting.
The Allen Institute for AI has a new prototype Academic Paper to HTML converter, as an online service.
There are of course already polished online services such as a IDR’s PDF to HTML5, but they limit the number and size of uploads.
Such conversions can also be done on a desktop PC via QuarkXPress 2021, which does quick pixel-perfect HTML5 conversion natively and (if you wait for a Black Friday discount) can be had for about £180 on a perpetual licence. Its direct competitor Adobe InDesign is subscription and needs a further expensive plugin (also subscription) to do HTML5 output. Many old-timers will throw up their hands in horror at the name ‘QuarkXPress’, but it’s no longer your grandpa’s creaky old DTP software.
In the latest version of Opera desktop Web browser, a widget pops up whenever you want to upload a file to WordPress or a service. It adds an extra distraction and a ‘dismiss’ click, on the way to seeing your actual Windows Explorer view and your target file. This unwanted pop-up-like widget is going to become very tiresome. So let’s turn if off…
1. Go to Menu | Settings.
2. In the top-right search-box, search for “Show pop-up with clipboard and recent downloads when uploading files”, or just a fragment such as “pop-up with clipboard” will do it.
3. Turn this feature’s control-button off, via the blue button-slider.
That’s it. Exit the browser’s Settings, and your Opera browser should be back to normal.
New and useful for picture researchers of various types, a UserScript to “Hide pinterest.com in Google Images” search results. Uses a simple ‘if result contains pinterest.com, do not display’ CSS method. The script is easy to tweak and as such it could be adapted for other image sites that you find are verbose/useless (e.g. Alamy and its ilk), without the need for a full-blown URL blocker add-on.
My test-convert of a two column layout I cooked up a while back. Works fine. Although the column-splitting method used may be Opera / Chrome specific, as well as the conversion.
eTools is especially useful now that DuckDuckGo searches turn into irrelevant mush 60% of the time.