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  1. 21Jul 2014

    Anniversary of the Rejection of the EU Software Patent Directive

    The subject of software patents remains a complex and controversial one and in July 2005 the EU Software Patent Directive, a draft law that was 3 years in the making to provide a consistent and coherent approach to the granting of patents within the EU, was rejected by the European Parliament with a majority vote of 648 to 14.

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  3. Editing educational PDFs – a user perspective

    In my job, I have many documents that I use which need to be altered. I often need to delete text, and objects, to protect identifiable information, I also need to editorialize the documents to explain and educate.
     
    I prefer to use PDF format files. They are easier to work with when I scan and they are universally accepted as a final product. Infix is great, because there are never any issues with the documents looking presentable when someone is using a different program to open the PDF, which is often an issue when using word, google docs or open office to edit the documents.
     
    I use the program in its advanced version, since I’d like to access all the features. It’s still fairly simple to use most features, though, if I’m honest, there’s so many advanced features that I’ve had to refer to the user manual more than once. The user manual is well written, very readable and demonstrates how to achieve the desired effects. So far I’m very happy with Infix.
     
    - Luke Barre



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  5. 16Jul 2014

    A pocket review of Infix PDF Editor

    Pros:

    • Easy to edit and create PDFs.
    • Lot of functionality.
    • Different editions to suit your tasks and budget.
    • Russian menu.
    • Navigation is clear if you’re familiar with any standard word processing program.
    • Comparably low price.

     
    Cons:

    • Watermark is embedded into saved pages or new files in demo-version.

     
    Extremely handy tool for creating and editing PDF, with OCR, spell checking, CAT-related capabilities and much more. Main menu is similar to word processors’ one, it’s very simple and there’s even no need for detailed downloadable user’s manual. This software is that an impressive as there almost no full-featured free PDF editors right now, most of them are shareware with strict limitations
     
    If you simply need to create PDF you can use a wide variety of programs, but in most cases you can’t directly edit the result afterwards, or you have nothing to do but print PDFs you got. Or, suppose, you received some questionnaire in PDF and don’t want to print it out, then fill it in, then scan it into, then… In such a cases the Infix PDF Editor is indispensable, and even unregistered version will not apply a watermark when working in form-filling mode!
     

    - Anastasia Zabotinaf



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  7. 14Jul 2014

    World Intellectual Property Organisation

    The 14th July 1967 marked the formation of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) a self-funding United Nations Agency whose headquarters are now located in Geneva.  The mission of the WIPO is “to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system”, in addition to encouraging creative activity and promoting the protection of intellectual property on a global basis.  At present it has 187 Member States and offers support and advice to Governments, businesses and individuals in relation to IP. (more…)



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  9. 08Jul 2014

    A Look at the Rumours Surrounding the iPhone 6

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    The internet is rife with rumours and speculation regarding what Apple will bring us in the much anticipated iPhone6 release.  With June and September historically being Apple’s chosen months to launch previous models, and iOS8 having already been introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, September is looking very promising for the arrival of iPhone6 which is generating ever increasing levels of interest.

     

    Suggestions are being made that a key feature of the new design will be an increase in size with the possibility of 4.7 and 5.5 inch models hitting the shelves – again these are just rumours although it would make sense given the variety of iOS8 features that would benefit from a larger screen.  With what is believed to be iPhone6 molds and even images of front plates appearing online there is growing evidence seeming to back up this theory.  Whispers of further enhanced resolution when compared to the iPhone5S are also being heard along with further improvements to the iPhone’s camera technology.

     

    The use of sapphire crystal in the new models is also a possibility in a move to reduce the number of broken and scratched screens, and the use of liquidmetal will allow thinner designs with a lighter chassis to be produced.  However the use of such materials may have a knock on effect to the cost of the iPhone6 – speculation regarding pricing is currently starting around the £500-£550 mark for the 4.7 inch model and ranging to £600-£700 for the larger model, although no official pricing information has yet been released.

     

    Expected to work together with Apple’s iWatch, another innovative concept yet to be released, the iPhone6 may also feature the A8 processor and offer 128GB internal or expandable storage option as available with the iPad.  Wireless charging could also be a key benefit to users along with a NFC or Near Field Communication Chip which allows 2 devices within close proximity to communicate. EarPods to monitor heart rate and blood pressure are also said to feature in the new release, enabling easy interaction with the pioneering health app that is part of iOS8.

     

    As always Apple are likely to surprise us with yet more pioneering features with the iPhone6, so the possibilities are endless and although the above are all just rumours at this stage lets hope we don’t have to wait too long for its unveiling, and the announcement of exactly what the long awaited and latest release from Apple offers.

     

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  11. 03Jul 2014

    IBM Announce the Model 650 Computer

    Image of IBM 650

    In July 1953 IBM announced the release of the IBM 650 Magnetic Drum Data-Processing Machine, and such was its success that nearly 2,000 units were produced earning it the title of the world’s first mass-produced computer.

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  13. 27Jun 2014

    Introduction to Apple’s Swift – New Coding Language

    As well as unveiling iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference this month, Apple also introduced us to Swift, its new programming language for iOS and OS X app development which is set to replace Objective-C – the object orientated programming language, making it easier and faster to develop API’s.

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  15. 25Jun 2014

    A Look at the New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

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    Earlier this month Apple unveiled iOS 8, it was billed as “The biggest release since the Launch of the App Store” and compared with its predecessor it comes with a great range of new features, offers increased performance speeds and an array of further enhancements that allow for a greater intuitive user experience.

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  17. 24Jun 2014

    Country Spotlight: Russia

    One of the biggest countries to use Infix PDF Editor is Russia – the translation features built into the software make converting text from one language to another (and sometimes back again) extremely easy! Seeing a lot of downloads coming in from Russia piqued our interest, and we’ve had a deeper look into the country and their technological achievements over the years!

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  19. 23Jun 2014

    Editing label templates in PDF using Infix PDF Editor – a success story!

    I am disabled, so to earn a bit of extra money, I design logos and labels for products that regular people sell.
    I normally buy my labels from a specific company which I will not mention here. They provide templates for their labels in different formats and the only two I was familiar with were .doc and .pdf. I tried the .doc templates only to find out that the real template settings sometimes extended to 4 digits and Word can only handle 2 and it rounds up or down apparently randomly so by using that type of template, the labels always printed off the label.

    I decided to try the .pdf templates and tried many different programs including Adobe Illustrator at a friend’s house. I spent 3 days (overstaying my welcome using his computer by quite a lot his son finally told me) and the learning curve to use Illustrator was just too much for me.

    I finally found Infix PDF Editor. The tool-bar was laid out logically and the images describing what tool was what were very familiar to me. To say that Infix PDF Editor is user-friendly is a severe understatement.

    I loaded up the .pdf template and Infix told me that this .pdf file might not be editable due to some reason I don’t remember, but there was a button to click to fix the issue so I clicked it and POOF, problem solved. I then easily found how to add an image to the .pdf template, and again, POOF, there was my image. It happened to be too large to fit into the templates so I chose the familiarly labelled Object tool which had a handy pop-up that informed me that I had chosen the tool to select, resize, or move objects. Once that tool had been chosen, my image now had the familiar ‘grab’ squares at the corners and centre of sides of my image. Within seconds, I had resized my image to fit into the label selection circle (I was using a 2 inch round label). At that point, it was a simple matter of copying and pasting my image into the following label selection circles.

    With Infix PDF Editor, in less than 5 minutes, I was able to accomplish what I had been trying to do with a multitude of other programs for about 2 weeks.

    I would highly recommend purchasing Infix PDF Editor especially since all the free ones I tried either had the same issue with rounding off label spacings or were just too difficult to learn to use in the time I had to get my order printed and out to the customer. The non-free programs I tried were essentially the same, the learning curve was just too long, or the program was so limited that I could not even do what I needed to do to even evaluate the software. If you get Infix PDF Editor, you will not be disappointed.

    - William Connor



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