For the next tax season

Come tax season and you’re doing some work with PDFs. Merging scanned receipts into one or even compressing PDFs because the tool you are uploading to, only accepts sizes less than 200 KB.

SmallPDF is great, and can take care of all your PDF needs. It falls into the category of apps I’ve always fallen in love with – doing just one or a couple of things right, with a no non-sense interface.

I don’t even do a Google search for ‘compress PDFs’, I just go to SmallPDF directly because it’s got everything I want, minus the crap (like ads).

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Throw any PDF task at SmallPDF and it gets it done 🙂

Otter: for accurate voice transcriptions

If you talk to people regularly and want to document your conversations, but don’t have the time, look to Otter.

I haven’t transcribed long conversations with it myself, but for moments when I’m too lazy to type and I just want to transcribe my own voice note, it works great.

Otter seems to be way more accurate than Google Voice when transcribing voice – I was surprised.

Detect that song playing in the restaurant, in seconds

In the last newsletter, I wrote that I was surprised that not many people knew about Google Photos. It’s even more true of this app called Shazam.

When you hear a song you’ve never heard before playing in a restaurant, and you want to know the name of the track and download it instantly, you can quickly make Shazam listen to it.

In seconds, the app will find out the song for you, and give you links to download it on Apple Music, Saavn, etc.

Somehow I find Shazam more convenient than summoning “Ok, Google” and asking the Assistant to listen to the song (or even Siri, for that matter). The option to listen a song doesn’t show up in the Google Assistant interface all the time, and that makes it hard to use.

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Song detection with Shazam

Oh, and it turns out, Shazam can actually identify 11 million songs across languages. It’s been there for iPhone and Android since 2008, but rarely have I seen people use it. So here you go – download Shazam for iPhone from here and Android from here, and tell me when you’re wowed by the app 🙂