This weeks tech tips blog entry is straight from the RootsTech 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. FamilySearch CEO Jay Verkler and his organizational team brought to life a conference vision that was just a gleam in their eyes 7 months ago. As attendees flooded into the exhibit hall Friday, they were met with towering scaffolding structures framing the various booths, banks of computers and brainstorming areas. It was their first glimpse of the Verkler vision, and it was stunning.
With this being the first run of a new conference, which Verkler refers to as an experiment, there are bound to be glitches: delays in information and communication, challenges in addressing such a diverse audience, and Mac users stymied by a PC-oriented facility. But none of these glitches sytmied the core purpose of the conference: Connecting technologists with genealogists. In this area, RootsTech is smooth sailing.
Verkler and his team are striving to find answers to a set of genealogy technology challenges they believe the community is facing. Through classes, exhibits, unconferencing brainstorming sessions and a Microsoft-sponsored playground complete with Wii and pool tables, they hope to find answers.
Did genealogists find answers to their research challenges at RootsTech 2011? That remains to be seen. But here is a tech tip from conference session Cool Tools to Enhance Your Online Research by Tami Glatz: Windows Snipping tool.
Want save a snippet of a website? Perhaps an image or a paragraph of text? If youre a PC user with Vista or Windows 7, you have a free tool that allows you to capture a portion of your computer screen. Heres how you do it:
- Navigate to a website where you want to save a portion of a page.
- Under the Start menu click All Programs.
- Click on the Accessories file folder.
- Select Snipping Tool.
- The tool pops up in a small window on your screen.
- Drag the cursor around the area you want to save.
- Click the Save icon in the window, name the image and save it to your hard drive.
Its as simple as that. No need to jotting down notes on sticky notes or printing out entire web pages for future reference. Now you can snip and save it with the Snipping Tool. Want to see the Snipping Tool in action and learn more about its capabilities? Watch the video tutorial here.
And stay tuned to the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel for videos from the RootsTech 2011. Watch my first one below:
Lisa Louise Cooke