Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Adobe Reader 9 - A great upgrade to a great (free) product



I love getting upgrades, don't you? Especially when they're free. Almost everyone sends files as PDFs at some time in their life, and many of us traffic in them incessantly, so an application that reads them is a must. Adobe has just released version 9 of its free and almost ubiquitous Reader. Here's a screenshot of Adobe's "reasons to upgrade" (click on image to enlarge):




You can get the new version here.


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Friday, July 25, 2008

Yahoo Zimbra - A reason to look at Yahoo again



Have you ever become disenchanted with your email client? This happened to me recently, which prompted me to begin a new search for a replacement. Lo and behold, look what dropped serendipitously into my lap.


Yahoo bought Zimbra and now brings us the free Zimbra email client. I was able to set it up with no problems on a couple of different machines, and so far I like it a lot. Here's what the web site says:
A better inbox
Advanced web technology adds Conversation Views and Message Tags to automatically highlight important emails in all your email accounts. The visual Search Builder makes it easy to quickly find important pictures, documents or messages from people you care about.
All your accounts in one place
Zimbra Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, Outlook or any other work or personal email account using POP or IMAP is easy to set up in Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop. The best part—you can read them offline without an internet connection.
Be more productive
Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop also manages your Contacts and has a Calendar, Document editor, Task list and Briefcase for storing all your attachments.
A screenshot of my installation:

Check it out and get it here.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Flock 2 beta 2 - Now with Firefox 3 inside


Some of you are missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures. I speak of the sublime sweetness of using more than one browser. No single browser can have it all. Instead, they tend to be great at some things and not so great on others. This is why you really ought to try Flock 2 beta 2.


Flock's claim to fame is its integration with other social networking and media services, as you can see in the screenshot. And now, with version 2 beta 2, Flock uses Firefox 3's engine. It's a beautiful thing.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bug Shooting - An excellent, free screen-capture utility


Screen-capture utilities are a wonderful tool for any computer user and an absolute necessity for bloggers. Anyone who lowers himself to the indignity of using Windows' PrtScn keyboard method for screenshots must love pain, but the rest of us don't want to spend our illicit profits on anything we can get for free, and so we opt for Bug Shooting.


Take a look at the feature list:
- Capture screen
- Capture windows
- Capture screen area
- Delayed capture
- Support for multiple screen

- Edit screenshot
    - crop
    - resize
    - add geometric shapes
    - add arrows
    - add text
    - add images
    - rotate, flip

- Print screenshot
- Save screenshot
- Open screenshot from file
- Combine screenshots

- Shortcuts are possible for a lof of functions

- Send screenshots to different bug tracker
    - FogBugz
    - Gemini
    - OnTime
    - BugTracker.NET
    - SharpForge
   
- Send screenshots to
    - Skype
    - Default Email Client
    - Any application by using command line

- Multilingual
    - English
    - German
    - Russian

- Custom commands: open an URL by shortcut

- Screen magnifier

- Automatic update function

- Silent installation and uninstallation


Get it here.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Synergy - Control all your computers from one keyboard and mouse...free!


I have, like many of us nowadays, an older machine that sits next to my newer machine. It got too tired to do much heavy lifting, but the old guy still chugs along, so why get rid of it? So I have my new machine with its two screens, and on the left of my desk there is the monitor, keyboard and mouse for my old friend. Clearly there will be a need for breathing room, or liebenstrom, as uncle Adolf used to call it.


Which is why I was so happy to read about Synergy:
Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.
I was able to get it set up and working beautifully in about a half-hour. The application is very easy on system resources and is free. Enjoy!


Get Synergy.


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