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File Sharing & Collaboration with GroupMe

If you’re a user of Microsoft’s chat app GroupMe, you’ll no doubt be pleased with the new update to allow file sharing of up to 50MB (per file). With the ability to share from a multitude of local or cloud storage locations including OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox and Amazon Drive, this brings GroupMe higher into the league to compete with established networking apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

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Windows 10 Introduces direct Print to PDF Function

Microsoft have finally caught up with MAC OS X and included Print to PDF as a direct feature for any document in Windows 10 that is open in a text editing program that can be printed from, such as Microsoft natives Word or Notepad, or third party programs like LibreOffice. This also applies to any file, not just text documents.

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“Such a precious product!”

Hi, my name is Ramina and I’m from Russia!

I have been using Infix PDF Editor for about 5 year working as a translator and I really love it! It’s a great product for translators all over the world, because they often receive documents in PDF that are hardly converted into editable format, esp. if they include tables, signatures, pictures and so on.

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Days searching for a PDF editor!

Dear all,

I was trying to adapt one PDF containing text and images, namely to replace the original text by its translation to my own language and to keep the layout and mainly images untouched. It was a page from downloaded catalogue.
I spent more than 2 day searching on internet to find any product being able to do that. Later I found that the original text was not most probably created as pure PDF but was changed to PDF format by some technique (I am not specialist in that field). Anyway the PDF Editor of Iceni was the only program which allowed me to do that task.

It took me 2 days searching, but it was worth it. Thanks to Iceni.

Best regards, Zbynek


Anniversary of Windows 1.0

Today is the anniversary of the day that Windows 1.0 was officially launched. Windows, developed by Microsoft, launched 1.0, a graphical personal computer operating system and it was the first of the well-known Windows line that we have come to love and rely on in recent years. Continue reading


A look back at the official release of Windows XP, 2001

On the 25th October, 2001, Microsoft released its latest offering, Windows XP.

 

Bill Gates said at the time; “Simply put, Windows XP is the best operating system Microsoft has ever built.” Continue reading


Anniversary of Windows Server 2003

 

April 24th 2003 saw the release of Windows Server 2003 by Microsoft, with the server operating platform set to provide greater performance and scalability compared to Windows 2000, its predecessor. At the same time as Windows Server 2003 Microsoft also launched Visual Studio .Net 2003 and the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2000, in turn enabling users to increase productivity with a more cost effective and reliable solution, as well as benefiting from a 30% increase in infrastructure efficiency that this new release offered over Windows NT 4.0

 

Following its beta version success, feedback confirmed that through Windows Server 2003 Microsoft were able to provide deployment cost reductions of up to 50% whilst providing a 40% increase in stability for some companies when compared to Windows NT 4.0.  Other benefits reported included a reduction of up to 30% in relation to the number of servers needed to achieve the same workload throughput with some customers also benefitting from a 20% reduction in management costs.

 

Windows Server 2003 was the first server designed to support Intel Itanium 64-bit systems and therefore able to serve high levels of demand and business workloads.  It offered increased scalability for those who needed it as well as a solution to meet the needs of the small business with simplicity and ease of use key features of the release.

 

Over 5,000 developers and 2,500 testers were involved in its production, Microsoft implemented 650 advancements and enhancements with Windows Server 2003 including increased security with changes made to default installation components and the IIS web server rewrite, as well as the first of Microsoft’s operating systems to be included in its Trustworthy Computing initiative, which it set up to address concerns regarding privacy, security and public confidence in the industry.  Further developments were evident in terms of improvements to Message Queuing, the Active Directory and Group Policy.  The Automated System Recovery which replaced rescue disk creation together with enhanced back up and disk management features were also included.  Greater management functionality was offered with the Manage Your Server Tool for administrators and support for watchdog timer for the restarting of a server was also included.

 

Microsoft offered Windows Server 2003 in five editions Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacentre and Small Business and on December 6 2005, Windows Server 2003 RS was subsequently made available.

 

Windows Server 2003 would be succeeded by Windows Server 2008 following its release by Microsoft on 4th February 2008.

 

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Anniversary of Microsoft 3.1 Release

Microsoft released Windows 3.1 on 6th April 1992, and in doing so addressed a number of issues experienced with Windows 3.0, with over 1000 changes made offering enhanced usability following extensive client feedback.

Improvements were made to the Windows Installation with the inclusion of the Express Install feature, with Custom Installation and Batch Install options together with improved network setup also available to users.  The set up programme was also able to detect additional hardware and software configuration compared to 3.0.

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Old PDF Files and Out-of-Date Software – What to Do

In 1996 I desktop-published a field guide to cloud forest trees. I am trying to figure out how to prepare and edit my old files in order to print an updated, third edition. With changes in operating systems and software, I am left with PDFs and PostScript Type 1 fonts with no method of efficiently editing text in these files since the original DTP software I used for the project is no longer viable on my Mac with OS X.

I searched on the web for free or reasonably-priced software that would help me out. I wanted robust text editing–not patching up or annotating–something that would open my old PDFs, allow me to edit the text without changing the format, without changing fonts, etc. I was optimistic a couple of times when I found programs that SAID they could edit text, but, in the end, they all had flaws. One program would allow me to edit the text but it would shift lines and alter spacing and justification. Another could not deal with the Helvetica font (it would substitute Arial). All of this was very frustrating.

Finally I came across Iceni Infix, downloaded the trial version, and found it did everything I wanted it to do regarding text editing! I really like being able to highlight text and see the font name and size displayed in the Text Format toolbar. The Search and Replace feature will be invaluable in my work when I update scientific names. Infix will greatly facilitate the preparation of my files for this, and other, book projects.

– Willow Zuchowski


A Look Back at Windows 2000

 

Today marks the 14th Anniversary of the release by Microsoft of Windows 2000.  Windows 2000 succeeded Windows NT 4.0, and was referred to as Windows 5.0 during its development.  It would prove to be the last release by Microsoft under its Windows NT umbrella with Windows XP released the following year in October.

 

Having been designed to replace Windows 95, 98 and Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 offered increased reliability, greater ease of use, as well as improved support for mobile computing and internet compatibility. Windows 2000 allowed for easier hardware installation for its users as it now supported a vast array of Plug and Play hardware including wireless and networking devices, as well as USBs and infrared equipment.  Through Windows 2000 Microsoft also introduced support for operation system level hibernation without the need for special drivers as in previous releases.

 

With greater reliability and security key features of Windows 2000, Microsoft included Windows File Protection for the first time, to protect core files and prevent programs replacing them.  Microsoft also gave us the MMC Microsoft Management Console and Logical Disk Manager capability for dynamic storage, in addition to features such as Internet Explorer 5 and Windows Desktop Update now introduced into the NT line.

 

With personalised menus, expandable special folders and the ability to launch multiple programs from the Start Menus, a Re-sort button also allowed files to be sorted by name.  Windows 2000 also introduced us to visual improvements such as fade transition effects, with layered windows that were transparent, and supported balloon notification in the Taskbar.  With a default-enabled interactive Media Player for previewing video and sound files, additional assistive technologies for those with disabilities were also included by Microsoft.

 

Subtle logo changes and the addition of a melodic piano tune were added for start-up and shut-down also featured in the release.

 

Windows 2000 was made more accessible to those with visual and hearing impairments as well as other disabilities through the addition of assistive technologies, FilterKeys included SoundSentry which show a visual effect when sound is played, ToggleKeys with sound indicating when Caps, Number or Scroll Lock are pressed together with BounceKeys, SlowKeys and Repeat Keys offering further assistance. Serial Keys allowed for speech augmentation device support, with the Microsoft Narrator screen reader also offered for the first time, together with a screen magnifier.

 

Available in 4 editions, Windows 2000 was an instant hit with Microsoft reporting that over 1million units were sold within the first month of its release.

 

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