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…iPaper is a PDF killer?

iPaper

Apparently the web world is fed up with PDFs, because alternatives are popping up left and right.

The latest entry into this world is iPaper, which aims to entirely replace the PDF.

The basic idea is that, like a YouTube video, iPaper documents can be embedded into any existing web page through a Flash widget, and can display PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other document formats without the need for separate readers.

Features include viewing documents without downloading any additional software, monetizing documents with integrated advertisements, social aspects with a built in share functionality, enhanced security, and easy integration.

Edit: Box.net, a free online storage and file sharing site, is one of the first sites to embrace the iPaper technology. You can now view any of your PDF, Word, Excel, or Power Point documents that you have stored on Box.net using iPaper.

iPaper Comparison Chart

[Scribd – iPaper]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Buzzword?

Buzzword

Buzzword is “the first real word processor for the web”.

Though this description sounds rather boring, the site itself is rather impressive.

Basically an online version of Word, it’s built in Flash, so there’s plenty of fancy features, and the online interface means you can use it on either a Mac or a PC.

Another advantage of online applications: No need to install. Traveling and in need of a word processor? No problem; Just fire up Buzzword and away you go.

Having your documents online also means it’s easy to share with friends, family and co-workers, co-editing and co-writing something through its path to perfection.

Lastly, it’s owned by Adobe, so there’s definitely no lack of support, and the chance that this winds up in the dead pool is slim to none.

It’s definitely worth a try, so click the link and see what’s buzzing.

[Buzzword]

…F*** is f***ing overused?

Fuck War

Certain words in the English language carry more weight than others, and the four-letter variety are often reserved only for special occasions.

So why do we curse?

Is it because we can’t think of anything better to say?

Or is it because there isn’t anything better to say?

An interesting article in The New Republic, called “What the F****?”, delves into this mystery, and takes a look at the reasons why we curse, why we regulate it, and what we should do about it.

What do you think?

Is it fucking time to set fuck free?

[The New Republic – What The F**** – Why We Curse]

[Photo Via: NicP]

…You need a verbotomy?

Doctorow

Verbotomy, “an online game that challenges people to invent words, create definitions for them, and use them in sentences”, draws it inspiration for this week’s words from Overclocked, a collection of short stories by Cory Doctorow. With words like Meemcream, a combination of meme (a cultural item transmitted by repetition) and cream (to froth; foam) and Digivalry, a combination of digital and chivalry, you’ll surely find at least a few words to add to your daily vernacular. It’s plagiarific.

[Verbotomy]

[Via: Overclocked]