ScissorsFly Screen Capture App

Few month back I introduced Clipular as my favorite and free screen capture tool. Since last week Clipular is not free anymore.

Therefore now I introduce ScissorsFly Screen Capture Tool, It’s feature rich, built on WordPress and gives the user many options that no other screen capture tools give, I have not tried all the features yet, but it seems a great app to me. It also has Google Chrome extension which seems to words fine, What is very interesting is that the app allows you to capture any shape freely and despite SnagIt or Clipular you are not limited to the rectangular shapes when you want to select a region for snapping.

Enjoy it!



Tip for your Images and #Photos to look perfect on Twitter #TimeLine

Use These measures for your images and photos to look perfect on Twitter TimeLine

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With these measures or a similar ratio, your images will look perfect on any web browser and Twitter mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

A true measurement ensures the whole image is viewable at first sight, It’s now more important to use a correct measurement as Twitter expands the photos on the Time-Line by default.

Use These measures for your #images to look perfect on #Twitter TimeLine Width: 764px Height:394px

Use These measures for your #images to look perfect on #Twitter TimeLine
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How To See Klout Scores on Twitter TimeLine

The Coolest Thing I’ve done with WordPress in 2013

Last June, there was a critical Presidential election in Iran, An election that fooled all the traditional surveys and predictions, but I predicted the actual result with the highest accuracy using WordPress!

Living outside Iran, I followed the process of Iran’s 2013 election on the internet and other social media. A few hours before the polls opened, I published a statistical graph on Facebook and Twitter, the last in a series of predictions. As it turned out, that graph and others that I published during the weeks preceding the election were the most accurate statistical analysis among a range of predictions by news outlets as well as polling institutes inside and outside Iran.

Measuring public opinion could be widely applied in social studies, public relations, marketing and politics. In this article I try to explain how I did this. I will also try to point out the strengths and weaknesses of my and others’ analysis. It may be worth noting from the outset that my analysis was in no shape or form influenced by political speculation. And at no point did I intend to campaign for a certain candidate. In fact, for reasons out of the scope of this article, I didn’t vote in the 2013 election. My analysis, as elaborated in this article, like any other scientific research, has been solely based on existing data with no room for my personal views.

What I did was an indirect measuring of public view. I looked at the ‘trace’ Iranians left behind on the internet: people’s words, curiosities, questions, hopes and concerns, all of which they would discuss on social networks, search in Google or write about in blogs and new sites. In this method I didn’t have to ask people about their votes. I didn’t have to prepare a questionnaire as is usually done in any poll. Instead of asking individuals in a sample population, in this method we look at all that’s published and shared on social networks. In the case of a major event, such as an election, this public, existing information is called Big Data – which is identified, collected, and assessed in different ways.

The Beauty of This Kind of Survey is to Get the Most Honest Answer From the Public Without Asking a Single Question!


Sources picked, one has to extract their data. To do this I used the ‘feeds’ and API, looking for certain keywords or hashtags. For other data with a smaller size (e.g. Google Trend), I used Excel and manually stored what I needed. For data gathered via feeds and API, however, I needed a database. Here I used WordPress as interface and as the link between content and the database. (Each tweet is turned into a post in WordPress so that all the data can be stored in MySQL database. It would then be possible to search and process the raw data with PHP My Admin.

There are a number of sites as well as online programs for data analysis, some limited, some advanced, some free, some costing a fortune. The one I utilized, however, was one I have developed myself. I needed a cheap yet reliable option – specially with content in Persian.

I love WordPress because of its flexibility, you can use it as a canvas for any type of application, some define WordPress as the best interface between Data and Applications, Some say WordPress is the Web OS, I like to call WordPress an app engine or even a social engine.

It’s crucial in any analysis to distinguish between the various types of collected data in terms of their importance/significance. A tweet about the election, a comment on Facebook, a search in Google, or a blog post, each has a different ‘weight’. I had to estimate, as accurately as possible, the ratio of Iranians on Twitter (or those using Google as their search engine) to the entire population. I then gave ‘weight’ to each ‘source’ of data accordingly.

If you are interested to read the whole story of this survey please refer to the article that I had published in Iran Opinion.



Using WordPress as an Application Platform or App Engine

Matt Mullenweg: Use WordPress as an App Platform

Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2013

I like this video because Matt again insists to look at and use WordPress as an application platform, Using WordPress as an application engine, app engine or a canvas to create great web and mobile apps is the best approach that anyone who works with WordPress must have.

WordPress has a lot to offer and plenty of room for customizations to be used as an app engine for a wide range of objectives, whether in social media integration or mashup applications or from e-commerce to education and from publishing to gamification WordPress can be great Canvas to visualize your creativity.

Next Video is a great talk between Matt and Om Malik about WordPress;

Matt again insists about using WordPress as an application platform.

Matt Mullenweg is Interviewed by Om Malik at LeWeb Paris 2012

With WordPress we fall in love.

A Collection of Social Marketing Tools

In this slideshow there are a list of social media marketing tools at the enterprise level. Believe it or not most of the functionality of any of these tools can be implemented by creating free custom apps on a WordPress self hosted install. Indeed some of the listed sites on the slideshow are using WordPress. Using WordPress as an app engine is already a promising trend.

Clipular; the best Screen Capture App you’ll find Free

I’ve been using almost any screen capture tool you can name, For me screen capturing whether still images, screen shots or screen video recorders are the things I can’t live without.

My top choices have always been Snagit for capturing and editing screen images, and Catmasia Studio for recording and editing the screen videos and tutorials.

Both Snagit and Catmasia Studio are developed by TechSmith and both are carrying the highest price tag among all the similar tools. On my view, in fact there is nothing close to them when it comes to usability and reliability. But still, it’s not reasonable for most of the users to pay 50$ per year for a still image,  screen capture tool or 300$ per year for a video capture tool.

Even though I tried all the available tools, I’m not satisfied with any of them in a way to mention them here, but few days back I discovered “Clipular” a Google Chrome Add-on that’s been launched only a few month back.

Clipular is really cool, easy to use, solid, neat and FREE.

It lets you quickly and accurately select and capture any webpage via the Google Chrome.

You can organize and share or save your captures in a very smart and access-able way. You can also edit your captures using great Aviary toolkit from within the Clipular.

When we only consider capturing Clipular is even better than the SnagIt, Not to forget SnagIt is a Windows(or Mac) application and naturally it is usable in all the windows, browsers and many desktop native apps, but Clipular currently is usable only on Google Chrome. SnagIt offers much more options and features for editing the images.

Discover the Clipular  hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Clipular! Screen capture reinvented. Screenshots collected..clipular

Great Virtual Pet iOS and Android Apps

Suggestions for Virtual Pet lovers to care, feed and play with their pets on their iOS ( iPhone & iPad) and Android devices ( mobile and Tablets);

Virtual Pet iOS and Android Apps iPHone

  • Apps for pet lovers by Apps Gone Free (link)
  • Best virtual pet apps for Android – link
  • Top 10 iPad Pets link
  • Best Virtual Pets for the iPhone link
  • PetBall Virtual Pet Android link

Best Link:

Over 500 pet apps for all devices ( Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows phone etc) sort-able and filterable based on keywords, apps popularity, etc. Link and link2