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Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 15:03 GMT
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Screengrab of vzaar.com home page

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Vzaar offers the promise of a video bazaar using video to buy and sell your products on Ebay.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what video could do to bring your products to life.

And that is exactly what Vzaar does, giving you an easy-to-use tool to help promote your listings on the auction site with the miniumum of fuss.

Once you are signed in with your Ebay ID you can watch a tutorial video.

The main screen of interest here is the uploading one.

The ethos is that less is more so your creations must be two minutes or less, though if your file is longer it will be trimmed down for you.

The site caters for the most common video formats like .avi, mp4, and .mov and each file can be a maximum of 100 megabytes.

The other restriction is that you are only allowed to upload a total of one gigabyte a month, though presumably as the site develops I would hope they introduce a feature to increase that.


Screengrab of Buzzword home page

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Now, over the past year or so there has been a real move to push applications that live on the desktop into the online world.

Adobe made news a few months back by announcing that a basic version of Photoshop is to exist as an online application.

And now they have bought a company which has developed a sophisticated online word processor.

And it is creating quite a buzz as its name would suggest.

Buzzword is a flash-based application which - as it lives on the web - does not require any download onto your PC, apart from the basic Flash player that is.

In its look and feel it is definitely way ahead of Google docs. The menu system is in the form of toolbars which whizz across the screen once you have selected one.

It looks great and while it does not have the functionality of, say, Microsoft Word, you can do things like automatic spell checking as you type as well as insert tables, images, and lists.

And while a few basic features are notable by their absence, like word count and copying and pasting to and from the desktop applications, support for new features are being added all the time.

Once you have finished your document, you can save it in a regular .doc or .rtf format and import it into your desktop word processor.


Screengrab of netvibes.com home page

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Now to the mobile online world.

More sites are appearing in mobile-friendly form. That is certainly true of our next site, netvibes.

You will remember we featured the desktop version of netvibes earlier this year.

It is a fabulous site, showing you at a glance all of your favourite content which you customise using RSS feeds.

If you are not familiar with RSS feeds do not be scared off. They are simply a way of automatically delivering updated content either through a dedicated RSS application or through a site like this.

So you can automatically see on one page all the latest headlines, weather, or sports news. Bascially, everything that is important to you.

Well, now netvibes has gone mobile.

On your phone you simply head to m.netvibes.com and log in to your account. Then you can see everything that you would on your desktop client.

This means your user account which holds all the information about the feeds you have subscribed to, along with meebo, the application which hosts all your instant messaging clients.

Altogether, a great example of integrating your home and mobile information needs.




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