Using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format you can manipulate shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats. Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development process, and by making sure Inkcape is easy to learn, to use, and to extend. What's New: Improvements Add a control point to the centers of rectangles, circles/ellipses and stars to make it easier to move them and to align them in a precise way. (Video) DPI Change: Command line option … [Read more...] about Inkscape
A beta version of Microsoft's free computer security software is now out. Microsoft Security Essentials, or SE, aka "Morro," replaces Redmond's OneCare subscription service.Features in SE are designed to preempt such typical malware activities as stealing passwords or turning a PC into a zombie bot.The application is expected to be generally available in the Fall.Meanwhile, not surprisingly, commercial providers of similar applications are getting out the long knives, pointing to the lack of more sophisticated protection in SE. "It is yet another antivirus/antispyware/rootkit finder software solution which still needs to download definitions to stay current," Christopher Ciabarra, president of Network Intercept, told TechNewsWorld.It lacks any means for monitoring third-party devices or mobile devices, pointed out Rob Fitzgerald, president of the Lorenzi Group."These should be encrypted and protected as well, because they also provide a way into the network," he told … [Read more...] about Pros Cool, Bloggers Warm Toward Microsoft’s Security Freeware
The budget cuts and spending freezes resulting from the current economic downturn have reduced the number of legitimate opportunities for sales representatives; therefore, organizations are placing a renewed emphasis on cutting costs and customer retention to combat certain economic realities.In an ongoing attempt to meet the expectations of prospects and improve the lifetime value of current customers, businesses are examining ways of unifying fragmented customer data and making this customer and account information available to the organization at large. Contact management (CM) solutions and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions are two primary technology enablers allowing organizations to gain better control of their information assets and processes.CM solutions are productivity and sales automation tools designed to allow individuals or teams to manage contacts, opportunities, or account information more efficiently. CRM solutions, on the other hand, are process-centric, … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS The Crucial Difference Between Contact Management and CRM
The advantages of open source software really become evident when it comes to using design applications. This category of software is one that not everyone needs -- that is, unless you need software to help you create illustrations for Web design or print publication projects.The Linux OS has a bevy of design apps that go head-to-head against hallmark design applications for the Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X platforms such as Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Freehand, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 and Microsoft Visio. I am not referring to standard intro-level drawing apps with variations of "Paint" in their names.Three Linux apps -- Inkscape, OpenOffice Draw and Xara Xtreme -- come fully loaded with professional-strength tools to handle on-screen illustration tasks.You will need to spend some time with each of these apps, however. Deciding which one works best for you will take familiarity and hands-on practice. If you did not use design software on another platform, no doubt you … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS 3 Open Source Design Apps: The Pro, the Novice and the Trainee
RoboLinux is an impressive traditional Linux desktop distro. It could be an ideal vehicle for both enterprises and SOHOs to make the migration to Linux.RoboLinux comes with a few extra features that solve some of the potential problems of leaving other desktop platforms. One of its more enticing migration tools is a preconfigured virtual machine add-on that greatly reduces the IT burden of setting up Windows XP or Windows 7 to run in a VM environment within the Linux distro.The website gives the impression that RoboLinux is unique in that it lets you run Windows in a VM setting that is immune to viruses and malware. However, all Linux distros are immune to the targeting attacks of decades-old viruses, as well as new malware. Running Windows in a VM setting within any VM-capable Linux distro will achieve the same degree of safety for Microsoft Windows.Still, RoboLinux has an additional feature set that provides its own process for doing this. For example, it comes with desktop links to … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS RoboLinux Smooths the Linux Migration Path
The Musix Linux distro is a specialty OS with an impressive collection of tools for users with a passion mostly for audio and music production. That same collection of tools should be included for video, given the blending of music and video popular in distributing entertainment on the Internet today. Yet it is missing from Musix.If you have a passion for a well designed, general purpose Linux OS, Musix will leave you tapping a beat for something else. More is neglected in musix that would make this distro more suitable beyond music mania.For instance, Musix lacks its own software repository. It also is too lightweight out of the box to serve typical non-artistic computing tasks.The installed software covers the basics. Newcomers to Linux, however, will be at a loss for support in getting problems solved.Part of this is the result of the Musix developers not having much of an active user forum. This is a common problem when straying this far from the more established Linux communities. … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Musix Linux: Sweet Strains Jarred by Sour Notes
Well the days are heating up here in the Linux blogosphere, and FOSS fans are flocking to the Broken Windows Lounge as much for the frosty air-conditioning as for the conversation.Even Linux Girl, whose days generally involve far more pavement-pounding than she'd like, has found herself seeking solace in the blogobar's arctic climes far more often than she probably should.It's a good thing she has been, though, or she might have missed the latest juicy debate. "What killer app is Linux missing?" was the question that kicked things off, and the discussion has been escalating ever since."The Free Software world is incredibly rich, and covers pretty much all bases," Linux Voice's Mike Saunders began. "We have a wealth of desktop, server, development and multimedia tools to choose from -- some of which are the best in their field."But what is missing?" Sanders went on provocatively. "Is there a killer app that prevents you from running Linux 24x7 on your main machine?"There was a momentary … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Does Linux Lack a Killer App?
Here in the Linux community, there's never any shortage of opportunities to wax philosophical about the success of our favorite operating system. After all, the traditional (read: proprietary) model had nothing to do with it, strictly speaking, so FOSS fans can't be blamed for wanting to extol the virtues of the free and open source model instead.Recently, however, none other than our friends at Linux Voice brought the point into the limelight."It might seem like a pernickety argument, but 'Free Software' and 'open source' emphasize different things," the mavens over at Linux Voice explained. "Free Software, as defined by the mighty Richard Stallman, stresses the importance of freedom for users and programmers to share things with their neighbors, for the betterment of society."Open source, meanwhile, was a term created to be more appealing to businesses, highlighting the practical benefits of having source code that anyone can look at," they added."So we want to hear from you," they … [Read more...] about Land of the Free, or Home on the Open Range?
Video streaming service Plex on Thursday announced the availability of a beta version of its Plex Live TV. The live-TV streaming launch follows last year's introduction of the Plex DVR, which provides users with free over-the-air access to 86 of Nielsen's 100 most watched shows in the United States.The Plex DVR service allows users to manage their recorded programming via Android TV, iOS devices, Windows and Mac, as well a variety of set-top boxes, such as Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Apple TV, and the Xbox and PlayStation gaming systems. Plex DVR is supported by many smart TVs as well.Plex Live TV currently is available only on Android TV and iOS devices, while recorded TV shows are available on the aforementioned devices. To utilize the service, users need to install a digital antenna and a digital tuner to receive the over-the-air signals.The new Plex Live TV allows users to access local news and sports from all the major U.S.-based channels, including ABC, CBS, CW, NBC, Fox, … [Read more...] about Plex Advances Cord-Cutting Case With Live OTA TV
The Linux OS lacks an effective yet simple checking and banking tool.There are money-management tools for Linux users, of course, but most full-fledged offerings are overkill for monitoring spending patterns and balancing financial accounts. In general, Linux financial applications are either too complex to use without an accounting degree or too simple to be truly useful.For years I avoided confronting this problem. I tolerated a commercial Windows program -- AceMoney by MechCAD Software -- running in Wine to fill the void. I brought it with me as must-have software years ago when I made the leap from messing around with the Linux OS to adopting it full-time on all of my computers.Wine evolved, however, and my various Linux distros progressed. The results produced a series of performance failures with the aging Windows program version I imported all those years ago. Eventually, it was time to buy a current version of the financial tracking software or replace it with a Wine-less open … [Read more...] about Build Your Own Simple Linux Banking Tool