Best Free Tools for Editing and Converting Subtitles

There are multiple media players and media formats that are used for viewing videos, and each of them support only a specific set of subtitle formats.

Sometimes the subtitle format is not compatible with the video players and that is when a majority of the problems occur.  Also, you might want to edit subtitles, to change the letter size and color for example, translate them into another language, or perform other little personal tweaks.

If you have to deal with problems or other similar ones, check our list of the best tools to help you edit or convert your subtitles.

1)  Subtitle Workshop

Subtitle Workshop is considered by most to be the best tool for creating, editing, joining and converting subtitles.

The conversion process in Subtitle Workshop is very simple. Just click Load Subtitle and then choose the subtitle you wish to convert. After that subtitle loads, you’ll be able to make all necessary edits in the file. When you finish, click on Save As and you will be presented with a list of possible formats. This software supports almost all possible formats, so you will probably find the format you need.

2. Subtitle Edit

The conversion and editing process in Subtitle Edit is similar to the one in Subtitle Workshop.  After you have finished making edits, click on Save As and choose your format from the ones listed as available.

3)   Open   Subtitle Editor

Open Subtitle Editor can be used for editing, translating and synchronizing subtitles.  Just as with the other tools, you’ll have a video preview which you can use to set up the exact start time and duration of the subtitles.

4)      Subsedit

Subedit is a pretty unique tool in its possibilities.

With this tool, you can create subtitles for your YouTube videos, all you need to do is copy and paste your YouTube video URL into the tool and then start creating subtitles directly from the online interface.

Also, you can translate your subtitles into various languages online. There is a delay option which can be used for synchronizing subtitles with speech. One other interesting function is the possibility to feature multi-language subtitles side by side, making this tool pretty popular with language learners who can now have two subtitles in the movie presented at once.

5)      Subtitle Creator

This tool allows you to create and edit your subtitles, and is especially good when you are working with the DVD file format.

Search Content of Multiple PDF Files with Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader

Do you have a collection of PDF documents you want to search all at once? For example, you have a collection of work-related PDFs, and you want to find out which one of them has to do with a specific topic.
Instead of opening them one at a time and searching them individually, you can search all of them at once.
Not many know this, but there is an option in Adobe PDF reader which allows you to search multiple PDFs at a time. The only thing that you need to do before the search is to make sure that all of the PDF files are located in the same folder. In the search results you’ll get a list of all the PDFs containing a specific keyword. This option can save you a significant amount of time, especially if you are always dealing with a lot of PDF documents at once.
The first thing you need to do after opening your Adobe PDF reader is go to the Advanced Search tab as seen in the picture.

adobe acrobat advanced search


After that you will be presented with a window giving you the PDF search option. The first thing you need to do is select the folder containing the PDF documents you want to search. Secondly, you need to enter a search keyword. As you can see, there are multiple PDF search options offered, such as case-sensitive searches, whole word searches, etc.

search multiple pdfs in windows

If you click on Show More Options you’ll be presented with even more advanced search option.

When you click on Search, a new window will appear with the PDF search results. You’ll not only get a list of PDF documents containing a specific keyword, but you’ll also be able to see in which context a certain keyword is being mentioned in the PDF file.

How to Create and Edit Excel Spreadsheets Online

Web applications are on the rise nowadays because they offer the availability of data wherever we are, on whatever computer we are using. Many desktop applications have their web alternatives. Let’s have a look at best web alternatives for Microsoft Excel.

1) Google Docs Spreadsheets


Google docs is one of the most popular free spreadsheet creation and editing applications. Spreadsheets can be shared and stored online. Multiple advanced spreadsheet features are possible. For example, you can create graphs and complex formulas within your spreadsheets. One of the main advantages of Google Docs is that you have the possibility of online collaboration, in which multiple people can be working on the same spreadsheets at the same time from different locations. When you start working with Excel documents online, use the File – Import option. Supported import formats are .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .txt, .tsv, and .tab. Once you wrap up what you are doing, you can save the file back to your computer as an Ece, PDF, Text, OpenOffice or HTML format.

2) Zoho Sheets 


Zoho Sheets is another excellent alternative to Excel. With ZohoSheets you can create interactive, online spreadsheets. It is fully compatible with the MS Excel file format, and you can import and export Excel document to and from Zoho Sheets. Collaborations and file sharing are supported as well.

3) Sheetster

Sheetster is a free, open-source cloud alternative for Excel. You can even host it on your own server for easier access.

4) Editgrid


Editgrid is another free online spreadsheet tool. It has a majority of Excel’s features, and it fully supports collaboration and sharing as well.

5) Simple Spreadsheet


Simple Spreadsheets is also free and web-based. It supports common Excel features such as charts, formulas and multi-editing.

Five Best Online Language Learning Communities

If you want to learn a foreign language, one of the best tips anyone can give you is to get in contact with native speakers or to travel to a country in which the language is predominantly spoken. Travelling is expensive and time-consuming, but getting in contact with native speakers easily is now possible thanks to the Internet. Chatting and talking with native speakers can help us not only learn a language or improve our language skills, but it can also help us to learn more about the different cultures from around the world. There are lot of websites that connect language learners and native speakers, and we have collected some of the best ones for you.

1. LiveMocha

Livemocha is one of the most vibrant and extensive language learning communities. On Livemocha, you can add friends, send messages, and interact with other students and native speakers. You can make flashcards and ask other people to review your work. Also, you can help other people to learn the languages you are fluent in already.

2. Palabea

On Palabea you can create your own language learning materials and give lessons to others. You can also add friends and communicate with other language lovers via private message.

3. Italki

On Italki most of the language learning materials and classes are not free, but there is a big community which allows you to get in contact with native speakers without paying a dime.

4. Busuu

Busuu is a website for learning languages free of charge. It supports English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Polish, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. Along with classes, Busuu offers the possibility to interact with other people and help people with language lessons while learning from others.

5. The Mixxer

The Mixxer is an interesting website which offers you a way to connect with language partners. These people can get in contact with you easily via Skype and start learning and sharing knowledge immediately.

How to set up Adobe PDF Reader to open at last page viewed?

If you use Adobe Reader for reading your PDFs, you have probably noticed that by default, the reader is set up to open at the first page of the document. Some might find this annoying, especially if you are reading a book or a longer document that spans hundreds of pages.

For example, you are reading a 300 page PDF book, you got to page 100, closed the PDF reader, and the next time you opened it, Adobe Reader brought you back to the first page. If you are not sure where you stopped reading, you have to scroll through pages, and re-read some paragraphs to find where you stopped.

One solution would be to create a bookmark in your Adobe PDF reader, but that is not possible if you have a free version of the reader, which many do.
However, you can solve this problem by setting the PDF reader to open every PDF document at last page that was viewed before closing it.

Go to Edit – Preferences in your Adobe PDF Reader.

Then choose the Document tab and check the option: “Restore last view setting when reopening documents.

So the next time you reopen your PDF book, you will be able to continue reading from exactly where you were when you closed the PDF document.

This setting is valid not only for the last PDF document you read, but for all PDF documents you have opened recently. You can set up a number of PDF documents you want to follow in your recently read list. To do these go to Edit –Preferences again. Choose Document – and in the field Documents in recently used list enter the desired number.

You can access documents in the Recently used list at the bottom of menu when you click on File.


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