software

New Computer


Finally I have the new computer up and running – every so often I find I don’t have a program installed that I did on the other computer and set out to get it installed. It is fantastic though to have a very reliable computer again. All of the system updates, software updates, etc, are eating up my monthly bandwidth allowance though and I expect some Internet connectivity issues when I get shaped prior to the end of this bandwidth month. It’s going to be a very close thing and will probably impact on my posts yet again. Still, from the start of the next cycle all should be fairly regular again, which will be good.

Spotify


  1. Now that Spotify has arrived in Australia, it is time to put together something on this music site, which is really something of a music social network/web application with a software component. It is a streaming music application, with an offline feature. It can be free service with advertising or can be a paid subscription service without advertising. One thing is for sure, with Spotify it is unlikely you will need to buy music ever again – well you may want to occasionally as there are some music artists out there that haven’t got on board with Spotify, though most have.

    In this story you will find articles on Spotify and how to sign up, as well as the usual tutorial type articles and videos.

  2. Have you signed up to Spotify yet? If so, what do you think of the service? I think it is fantastic and look forward to many months and years of relatively free music via the premium service that I use.

Storybook


Today’s link is to a site for people who are interested in or are actually writing a book or books. Storybook is Open Source software and available for free. From what I’ve seen of the software and a tutorial that I found on using it, Storybook looks to be a very useful piece of software. For a change I have two links – one for the software itself and one for the tutorial I found on it.

For more, visit:
http://storybook.intertec.ch/joomla/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/organize-create-stories-novels-storybook/

 

Paint.net


Today’s link is to paint.net, which in my opinion is a brilliant photo editing program that is free to download and use. It is my photo editing software program of choice. I use it on a very regular basis. Highly recommended.

Visit:

http://www.getpaint.net/index.html

Garden Planner 2.4 Online


If you’re into gardening and feel you need to re-design/design your garden, there is an online tool you can use. It’s the online trial version of the software you can download (pay for) from the site – for Windows. It could be just what you need to draw up some plans for the garden.

Visit:

http://www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/planner.html

Namo Web Editor


I used to use Windows Live Writer to update my various Blogs. I found it to be a very useful application/tool. However, as the number of posts in my Blog grew, I found that the software slowed down dramatically and it also began to play up on a very regular basis. Eventually I decided I needed to try something different. This process has interrupted my Blog posting for months and I have now settled on using the same software I use to maintain my various other websites – Namo Web Editor.

I use Namo Web Editor 2006 on my Windows 7 lap top without a problem and feel I have no need to upgrade to the latest version. However, I suspect that at some point I will probably do so and will very happily pay to do so. I believe that Namo Web Editor is a brilliant product and very easy to use.

To post to my WordPress Blogs, all I do is copy the HTML code and paste it into the HTML editor in my WordPress dashboard. On the dashboard I input the various post categories and tags, as well as set the time for my post (often posting for the future). This way I get my Blog post to look exactly as I wish it to look – especially given that I prefer a fully justified paragraph format.

Visit Namo Web Editor at:

http://www.namo.com/main/?skin=productdetail_webeditor.html

PS: I wasn’t paid to advertise or comment on this product – I use it and love it.

Adobe Buzzword


The era of installed software appears to be coming to an end, with online or web based applications becoming more the norm these days. I will find it hard to go past Microsoft Word and Office, however, online office-like applications are getting better and better.

Adobe Buzzword is an online word processor that is free to use. Not only can the application be used by an individual, but documents can also be accessed and worked on by others you choose to share it with as well. You can also access your document on any Internet connected computer.

For more on Adobe Buzzword visit:

http://www.adobe.com/acom/buzzword/

While on the Adobe website, check out the other web applications available, including Presentations and Tables.