Archive for October, 2006

October 16th, 2006 by Keith

Filezilla 3.0.0 Beta 2

Posted in Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Filezilla

Following the last beta version of Filezilla, the next version of Filezilla Beta 2 has been released. Filezilla has, by far, my most used application and one of the most popular FTP software around. Besides supports for FTP, it is also a SFTP client, allowing file transport via SSH, on port 22. In addition Filezilla Server allows user to set up a FTP server easily and quickly.

This time, the Filezilla project is releasing the next major release of Filezilla Server 3.0.0 beta 2, released on October 15, 2006.

Latest Change

  • * Fix timeouts
  • * “Update available” notification did not go away after updating
  • * Upload progress for SFTP transfers did advance too fast
  • * Filters did not apply properly
  • * UNC paths can now be browsed locally
  • * Directory listings can now be sorted by timestamp and permissions

This is an open source project filed under SourceForge. Hence, it is available free for users to download.

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October 15th, 2006 by Keith

OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 Officially Released

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Windows

OpenOffice

The long awaiting OpenOffice.org version 2.0.4 has finally being officially released. OpenOffice.org is very similar to Microsoft Office, except that it is open source and is available in Macintosh, Linux and Windows platform.

Instead of having to pay over hundreds of dollars for an expensive Microsoft Office product, you may choose to get OpenOffice.org for free. Yes, absolutely at no cost at all, and it is downloadable from the website. This application suite contains almost all the necessary softwares that you would get from Microsoft Office, so it is an alternative if you find paying for the product is too expensive for you.

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October 14th, 2006 by Keith

W.Bloggar 4.00.0193 – Weblog client for Windows

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

WBloggar

These few days, I have been really fascinated by Weblog clients, applications that utilises XML-RPC functionalities to publish your posts online. Yesterday, I have introduced about BloGTK 1.1, a Linux version of Weblog client. Though it is no problem using that when running Linux, but when it comes to Windows, BloGTK is no longer supported. Thus, I have to search for alternatives.

From WordPress website, there are a couple of recommendations, but none really suits my needs. Ecto captures my eyes, but it requires .NET Framework 2.0 to be installed into Windows before I could use that. Refusing to succumb to any .NET installation, I decided to look around again. Finally, I bumped onto w.bloggar.

W.Bloggar 4.00 is the latest version, released on March 2006. Not quite a late release, but compared to several other compatible Weblog clients, it is possibly one of the best available. Supporting a huge range of sites, including by not limited to WordPress, Drupal, b2evolution, Blogger, and even more.

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October 14th, 2006 by Keith

MediaCoder 0.5.1 Pre-Release

Posted in Utilities, Windows

MediaCoder

There are so many free audio and video codecs available in the Internet, but how many people do realise they are there? The reason that most of us don’t realise their existence is because of the hugely publicised non-free (commercial) products. Well, for once, at least, I hope this SoftSift site do brings you some awareness about the free (and latest) software in the market.

MediaCoder, is one such free universal audio and video batch transcoder. It has a lot of excellent audio and video codecs and tools enclosed in one package, all from the open source community, and capable of transcoding among different audio and video formats with many of these extra features in this package. Since my last post for this application, the next version of MediaCoder 0.5.1-pre-release has been announced.

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October 13th, 2006 by Keith

BloGTK 1.1 – Weblog Client for Linux

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Web Apps

Blogtk

How many of you reading this post right now is a blogger? Chances are you’re likely to be a blogger yourself. So, when you write post, most of the time, you’ll log in to the panel and write from site. However, how easy would it be if you could compose your post offline and then finalise them and publish them to your blog site, especially if your blog supports XML-RPC functionalities.

There are several so-called Weblog clients available, and one of them I’m going to introduce is BloGTK 1.1, a Weblog client for Linux. Developed by Jay Reding, his latest version 1.1 is last dated on January 11, 2005. Sounds like an old software, but in fact it works pretty fine in Linux, particularly on Ubuntu machine, which I have run it myself.

What exactly is a BloGTK? In simplicity, it is a weblog client that allows users to post your posts from Linux without the need of a browser windows. This application also allows users to connect to as many weblog systems, i.e., Blogger API, MovableType API, and more. WordPress generally supports at least one of these API, and so it is very easy and simple to use. Just compose and publish. BloGTK is written in Python and PyGTK, thus is designed to be a relatively fast program. Also, released under the BSD license, it is an open source software, thus users can download it and use for free completely.

Some of the advantages of using BloGTK, if posting to WordPress is that, BloGTK allows users to select the category that the post will be published to. Some may experience images not being able to upload, but that is quite common in most cases. Nonetheless, it provides an offline solution to write posts without having to access the Internet. A good way for publishing articles, once you have access to Internet, just click Publish.

Download Link:
BloGTK 1.1

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October 11th, 2006 by Keith

IntelliAdmin Internet Explorer 7 Blocking Tool

Posted in Utilities, Windows

IntelliAdmin IE 7 Blocking Tool

By the time Microsoft decides to roll out Internet Explorer (IE) 7, a lot of users may be taken by surprise when they find their current IE 6 browser being automatically upgraded to IE 7 when users run Windows Update. This is, by far, one of the most inconvenience cause if such is going to happen soon. The automatic upgrade would probably make a mess in your registry if you decides to downgrade back to IE 6.

Instead of letting the Windows Update make the decision, why not you (the administrator of your network) make the decision when to deploy IE 7, and which is one of the reasons why Microsoft has released its own IE 7 blocking tool to the Internet. After downloading and running the script, what you will notice is a command line too. All the script does is to alter the Windows registry.
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October 11th, 2006 by Keith

Writely – Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows


The renowned Writely, an online word processor has now officially known as Google Docs & Spreadsheets. And Guess what, I am actually writing this post using Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and then having it published directly to this site using XML-RPC functionality. After all the blabbering, how much do you understand what I am actually doing.

Simply, it means that without having to log into your blogging site, e.g. WordPress, Drupal, or any sites that supports Blog API, users can directly compose and publish them off from Google Docs & Spreadsheets, which is extremely fast, quick and easy. Moreover, the layout viewing of what you have typed is simply ease to your eyes.

Besides that, Google has Spell Check functions at the bottom right of the page. Anytime, users can just check the spelling mistake easily. (I can’t help to think of this particularly word; if you have the word “Google” in the text, the Spell Check will highlight it and claims the word is a spelling mistake). Unfortunately, there is no spell-as-you-write function, despite most of the embedded engine is ajax.

As it is meant for writing Word documents (with limited functionalities), some of the tools, such as Bold, Underline, Italic, HTML links, image insert, and more, are available as well. This simply makes writing a blog far easier than one would think of. If you feel writing in Rich Text format may just mess up your blogging code, there is an editable HTML format, which you can just write them as you want them to be shown on the site. However, when publishing you might find it difficult to categorise your post.

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October 10th, 2006 by Keith

Microsoft Windows XP SP 1 Support Ends

Posted in Site News, Software Companies, Windows

Microsoft Windows XP

This is not any new software, but rather an annoucement to all fellow SoftSift readers. Today, October 10, 2006, Microsoft has officially declared that Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) will no longer be supported. While Microsoft only guarantees support service pack for 12 months after its release, SP1 has been supported for over two years, considering that Service Pack 2 (SP2) was released two years in August.

While SP1 was introduced in late 2002, most of the features covers improved security and performance enhancement; mostly bug fixes. In a single installation of over 130MB in size, one particular application include their very own Microsoft virtual machine (VM), but at that time had a clash with Sun Microsystems’ Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and was forced to withdraw its Microsoft VM from all proceeding operating systems.

Since SP2 was released, Microsoft continues to support SP1. Finally, after several years, the support has ended. If you are still running SP1, it will be important to note that it is best you upgrade to SP2. The latter service pack contains more security protections, such as its own firewall (basic). However, some other functionalities were limited, such as TCP connections were restricted to a maximum of only 10, whereas SP1 does not have such restriction.

Upgrading to SP2 is advised, because that’s where you get supports from Microsoft, which will just continuously keep patching your system…

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October 10th, 2006 by Keith

iView MediaPro 3.1.2 – Complete Digital Workflow Software

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Mac OS, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

iView

For quite some time, I have been introducing Windows softwares and hardly those from other operating system platforms. So, this is going to be something new for a while. iView MediaPro 3.1.2, developed by Microsoft, is meant to create a Digital Asset Management and Cataloging software for professionals and end users; people who handle large volumes of files every seconds, such as photographers, designers and artists. The software thus give users a complete digital workflow application to manage, organise, catalog, publish, annotate and archive all files, including images, movies, fonts and sounds.

With iView MediaPro, users are able to import images directly from the digital camera and create catalogs by simple drag-and-drop actions. The software creates then automatically creates media catalogs containing thumbnails and annotations that can be viewed even when the original files are no longer present on the mounted drive.

Besides automated cataloging, iView MediaPro also supports burning of media files onto CDRom, or backup them to removable volume.

Features

  • - Powerful Import Options – Professional File Format Support: Robust, intelligent drag & drop import of over 100 different media formats including images, audio, video, fonts, illustrations, PDF, HTML and proprietary digital camera RAW files.
  • - Full Annotation Control – Drag & drop batch meta-tagging using industry standards. Embed annotations into original files with Sync Annotations.
  • - Robust Batch Processing – Streamline your workflow by annotating, renaming and converting large numbers of files quickly and easily. Edit images in single or batch mode with Version Control. Full scripting support.
  • - Intuitive Archiving and Retrieval – Create compact visual databases (catalogs) with previews and annotations of all your media files that can be browsed and searched, even when the originals are offline. Use powerful search functionality to locate and retrieve your valuable assets. Keep catalogs up-to-date with Folder Watching.
  • - Versatile Media Display – Quickly and easily review, compare, organize and present all of your digital media files.
  • - Creative Export Options – Publish and distribute media with cross-platform slide shows, movies or Web Galleries. Create high quality PDF composites, contact sheets and printouts of any size and layout.
  • - and more…

Capable of running on dual platforms, these are the following System Requirements on Windows and Macintosh:
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