Tech finds of the week: Tools for charts, curation, presentation, bookmarking

Charts and graphs

Infogr.am

This start-up from Latvia says it wants to make creating graphics simple. Its beta version allows creation of pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs or matrices. The site allows you to enter or upload data into a spreadsheet and use that data to create web graphics that can be embedded on a website. It promises that it will soon provide a way to make infographics. To create a free account, you log in through Facebook or Twitter. The site is still very new, lacking even a basic help file. It is fairly intuitive but will take time to figure out. It’s worth a look, though.

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Curation

StyleOwner

This site is sort of a commercial version of Pinterest. It is aimed at women who want to create online stores, curate clothing from around the web, and market it through social media. Store curators get a 10 percent commission on sales. Via Paratus Communications.

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Social bookmarking

VisualizeUs

This is another site that has a Pinterest-like approach. It’s a social bookmarking site that allows you to use a special bookmark button or a Firefox add-on to mark and share interesting visuals you find from around the web. By tagging them, you allow others to find those images on the site. The service is free.

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Presentation

Hello Slide

An online tool that allows you to upload a PDF of a presentation and type in narration you would like to include. The site provides the voice for the slides. The site says it will make the presentation available in 20 languages. A free account lets you create up to 50 slideshows. Paid accounts allow more shows, along with video creation of your presentations. Via @rmbyrne. (Apparently now defunct.)

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