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January 19th, 2009 by Keith

Gimp 2.6.4 Released

Posted in Business Software, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Windows

Introducing another sophisticated paint and photo-editing program – GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – the next version 2.6.4 has just been released. There are several bug fixes over the previous version.

Gimp shares several similarities with Adobe Photoshop, but the most apparent differences between the two is that the latter is a paid version, whilst the former is made available publicly as an open-source program.

In saying so, it simply means that what you can do in Photoshop are likely to be the things that you can do with GIMP, including complicated image filtering, lighting effects, etc.

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January 18th, 2009 by Keith

Filezilla 3.2.0 Released

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

Filezilla is one of the most popular and widely-used FTP applications. Despite it being an open-source program, it has surpassed its expectation by many users such that even some enterprises are using them as part of their work.

There are two kinds of Filezilla programs – one as a Client, and secondly as a Server. The client application is mainly by end users to connect up to the server to upload and download files to and from the destination. The server is the centralised location that stores the file.

The latest version of Filezilla Client 3.2.0 has just been released with several enhancements and improvements towards the earlier version.

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January 13th, 2009 by Keith

gOS 3.1 Gadgets (SP1)

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, OS, Site News, Software Companies

Today, we have several version of Linux distributions, ranging from Ubuntu and openSUSE to Debian and Red Hat. However, how can we possibly miss out one of the biggest release by Google, the giant Internet search engine, most impressive release to-date that incorporates the popular Google gadgets into the picture, that is the gOS 3.1 Gadgets.

This application launches the Google Gadgets for Linux on startup, incorporating several Google gadgets to the desktop. There are over 100,000 possible iGoogle and gadgets that can be chosen and selected to be part of your desktop interface.

The application, gOS 3.1 Gadgets, is based on the solid Linux distribution base of Ubuntu 8.04.1, thereby bringing users one of the most stable system, with up-to-date Linux packages. Furthermore, this operating system is designed to be used with NetBooks and have been known to be shipped inside these systems in the United States and several other countries.

Download Link
gOS 3.1 Gadgets

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December 23rd, 2008 by Keith

Pidgin 2.5.3

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Web Apps, Windows

The widely-popular universal Internet Messaging (IM) client, Pidgin 2.5.3, is now released. This application supports several protocols, such as MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, QQ and ICQ. There is also a portable version available for users to download and install on removable drives, i.e. Pidgin 2.5.3 Portable.

Having used this software myself for quite a long period of time, I have to admit that it has rarely failed me. If this were to be used solely for basic messaging, it’s a fantastic piece of application. For more advanced features, such as webcam, perhaps it’s better to stick to the original software, such as Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger.

It also runs on Linux platform, thus makes it highly portable. Interested users can download the application from the link below.

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Pidgin 2.5.3
Pidgin Portable 2.5.3

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December 17th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome Drops Beta Tag

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

Google Chrome has finally hit the public without the Beta tag! The latest version is 1.0.154.39. However, you would probably not have noticed it, as the upgrade was done automatically by the system in the background.

Some unknown source reports that this release of Google Chrome has seen its performance improved by 1.5 times compared to its initial beta release. Considered that Google is truly serious about the web browser market, this is indeed remarkable.

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Google Chrome 1.0.154.39

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December 8th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome 0.4.154.33

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

The next version of Google Chrome 0.4.154.33 has just been released. With my last few written posts related to web browsers, it seems that there is a strong competition going on in the browser marketing. With the exception of Microsoft Internet Explorer, which seems to be losing grip on its stronghold, other developers, such as Mozilla, Google and Opera, have been hitting it really hard.

Upgrading Google Chrome is just a breeze; however, there is still some issues with this web browser that I am still not comfortable with. For example, there is a problem opening Hotmail. Apart from that, other sites seem to load pretty well.

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Google Chrome 0.4.154.33

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December 8th, 2008 by Keith

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Released

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is now released to the public for download. The upgrade process is a simple click of a button from the “Help” menu, whereas new users can download the file from the link at the bottom of this page.

There are several new features in Mozilla Firefox 3.1:

  • * Use the new Private Browsing Mode and the updated Clear Recent History function to keep your holiday shopping a secret.
  • * Tear tabs off the tab bar to create new windows, and drag and drop them from one Firefox window to another.
  • * Control the Smart Location Bar results with special characters.
  • * Watch a video in your browser without needing any plugins or external media players.
  • * and more…

Note that, this version is still for testing purposes and deployment onto production machines should be avoided. Interested users can download from the link here.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

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December 3rd, 2008 by Keith

Songbird 1.0 is Finally Here

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Utilities, Video, Windows

Finally, after a long-awaiting period for Songbird, the official release of version 1.0 is now available! In this release, there are several new features to look out for.

Features

  • GStreamer
  • Improved mashTape
  • Improved Album Art Support
  • Complete Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Updated Linux Installer
  • Re-usable Smart Playlists
  • Reveal Original Files
  • Recommended Add-ons Updater
  • Hide & Show Display Panes
  • Simpler Column Headings

Besides, there are several other enhancements as well!

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December 1st, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1

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

WordPressReleased just yesterday, WordPress 2.7 is ready to take the Internet by storm and with that, WordPress 2.7 RC 1 is now available for download. Released on the first day in December 2008, about 280 fixes have been applied since its beta 3 version.

This version encompasses several changes, including a new Administration User Interface (UI), automated version upgrade function, and several other enhancements and bug fixes.

Although this was noted to be ready for trial, but make sure you back up all the essential files and database prior the upgrade. Trust me, you’ll like this version over any previous versions of WordPress!

Download Upgrade File
WordPress 2.7 RC 1

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November 27th, 2008 by Keith

uTorrent Mac Beta is Out

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps

The time has finally come for Mac users who love BitTorrent. The popular and widely-used uTorrent is now available in Mac platform; combing the lightweight power and high performance of the uTorrent feature, Mac users can delightfully choose to use this application – uTorrent for Mac – now.

However, do note that this application is still currently under beta development and bugs my be present. Do not deploy this on production machines.

Requirement
- Mac OS X 10.5 – Intel

uTorrent for Windows are also available here.

Download Link
uTorrent Mac Beta 0.9

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