KDE 4.0 Coming In January

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The KDE Release Team has decided to release KDE 4.0 this coming January. The release was originally planned for mid-December. The KDE developers want to solve a couple of essential issues before releasing. Having solved some of those issues, among which were glitches in the visual appearance, and in Konqueror, the KDE community hopes to have a KDE 4.0 that will live up to the high expectations for it. Read on for more details.

Meanwhile, the progress towards KDE 4.0 is astonishing. Most parts, such as the KDE Development Platform and a lot of applications are considered stable and well-usable.

Some parts of the desktop experience do not yet meet the KDE community’s quality standards and expectations for a stable release. There are also some issues which need to be addressed upstream, for example a bug in certain codecs of xine that cut off audio fragments prematurely. The developers are confident to be able to release a more polished and better working KDE 4.0 desktop in January. The changed plans involve releasing on January 11th, 2008.

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At the same time, the release team’s call for participation is repeated. To make KDE 4.0 a success, your effort is needed. An overview of current showstoppers can be found on Techbase, KDE’s knowledge platform.

This is also a call to the wider Free Software community, and also to companies working with KDE. If you have the resources to contribute, assistance in fixing the remaining bugs is most welcome.

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Internet Explorer 8

Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix ‘n Mash event here on campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.

So, yes, the version after IE7 is IE8. We looked at a lot of options for the product name. Among the names we considered and ruled out:

IE 7+1
IE VIII
IE 1000 (think binary)
IE Eight!
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IE for Web 2.0 (Service Pack 2)
IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet (the marketing team really pushed for this one ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ie2.079 (we might still use this for the Math Major Edition)

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Download SnagIt for Free – Full Licensed Version

In addition to distributing free Camtasia Studio licenses, TechSmith is now giving away retail editions of SnagIt screen capture software for free – no strings attached.

Other than regular screenshots, SnagIt can capture scrolling long web pages, extract text from windows, annotate images and more.

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Here’s how to download SnagIt for free:

Step 1: Download the demo version of SnagIt 7.2.5 from TechSmith FTP servers below:

ftp://ftp.techsmith.com/pub/products/snagit/725/SnagIt.exe [English]
ftp://ftp.techsmith.com/pub/products/snagit/725/snagitde.exe [German]
ftp://ftp.techsmith.com/pub/products/snagit/725/snagitfr.exe [French]

Step 2: Visit the TechSmith website here and request for a SnagIt 7 Software key – it should arrive in your Inbox pretty soon. Just key in the registration details and your trial copy of SnagIt will convert into a full retail version.

This complimentary copy of SnagIt is version 7.2.5 – you can upgrade that to the current version SnagIt 8.2 at half the standard price.

Good thinking – give away old versions of your software for free so that people play around and realize the value – there’s a good chance that lot of them will turn into paying customers.

[via Labnol.org]

How to download a video from YouTube?

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Down-tube.com is a service to download videos provided by different users in YouTube. Down-tube is not affiliate with YouTube and has no relations at all with that platform.

Download videos from YouTube .com is very easy in down-tube.com. The following 4 steps explain you how to do it in less than a minute

  1. Click on the video that you want to download from YouTube
  2. Copy and paste the URL address of the video into the form included in down-tube.com
  3. Click on "DOWNLOAD" and wait a few moments before saving the video from YouTube in…
  4. Re-name "get_video" to your_name_video.flv (Don’t forget to save it using the extension .flv)

How to convert of the videos downloaded from down-tube.com

Changing the format of the downloaded videos ( of your videos ) gives you the posibility to reproduce them in different platforms and devices.
Once you have downloaded videos you can change their format and enjoy them on your pc, tv, ipod, ps…

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Opera 9.5 beta – work in progress

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Known issues:

  • GMail top menu bar broken
  • Wrong cursor on form buttons and labels
  • Plugins on UNIX might be even more broken – big changes coming up… (Do not bother filing plugin bugs on UNIX)
  • Still no sparc builds ๐Ÿ™
  • [BUG 296670] Animated gif images get corrupted on Windows
  • [BUG 267632] Images don’t display when printing
  • [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action
  • [BUG 295195] Web archives are broken if you ever have changed the default action of a file type in Preferences
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    Download Camtasia Studio from TechSmith for Free

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    Camtasia Studio is by far the best screencasting software – its currently available only for Windows though a Mac version of Camtasia is under development.

    Related: Review of Camtasia Studio

    Now a full retail version of Camtasia Studio 5 costs $300 but you can have Camtasia for free.

    The only catch is that this offer is available for Camtasia Studio 3. Download the demo of Camtasia Studio 3 here and then request a registration key from Techsmith here to convert that demo into a full licensed version.camtasia_06

    Though you may miss some of the new features like Auto Pan and Zoom, Camtasia Studio 3 will still solve most of your screencasting problems – also includes quizzing, titles, PIP and support for recording PPT presentations.

    Once you download a free copy of Camtasia Studio 3, it can be upgraded to Camtasia 5 edition at half the standard cost. Thanks Paul and labnol.org.

    Opera Mini – Fast, safe, secure and synchronized

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    Opera Mini 4 enables you to take your full Web experience and digital lifestyle with you – everywhere you go. Whether you want to access your mail, RSS feeds or bank information, Opera Mini is fast, safe and secure. Opera Mini 4 delivers several new features for quicker scrolling, navigation and page rendering. Opera Mini 4 is free, so download it now!

    Three way to download OperaMini: Direct to your Phone, Pc Download, via SMS link to your Phone

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