PaintShop Pro an Intro to working with scripts

PaintShop Pro an Intro to working with scripts

scripts

 

Scripts are a series of commands that can be recorded and played back at any time, to automate changes to an image or design, or to perform other multi-step actions. Scripts can save you significant time, especially if you repeat the same steps over and over again.

PaintShop Professional, Carole Asselin, has a wealth of knowledge in building and using scripts to speed up her PaintShop Pro workflow.

In this webinar, Carol will teach you the basics of scripting, including:

  • A walk-through of PaintShop Pro’s Script toolbar
  • How to install scripts
  • How to run scripts
  • How to record scripts for basic tasks.

Scheduled webinar is Monday, October 2nd 2017 from 12 PM to 1 PM eastern time. Click on the Corel logo to register for this impressive seminar.

PaintShop Pro 2018 is your affordable photo editing and graphic design software—without the restrictions of a subscription. Enhance your photos with professional image editing tools, or create impactful designs using new color palettes, brushes, gradients, patterns and textures. Enjoy a simplified user interface for faster navigation, improvements to your most used tools, and new workspaces to match your level of expertise.

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner.

CCleaner Version 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner.  CCleaner has been downloaded more than 2 billion times according to Avast, making it a popular target for hackers.

CCleaner is a software utility that wipes out application leftover garbage, can view the registry for entries no longer wanted, remove applications, etc.   Piriform believes that all users are now safe but the real question is how was this even possible to happen.

Trusted by consumers and businesses, CCleaner will lose some of the trustworthiness they have built over the years. The malware itself appears to have been designed to use infected PCs as part of a botnet.

The hackers have proven that this could lead to other companies not securing their software.  The danger is that anyone who allows their people to not protect their workstations from the outside world can affect millions others.  Similar things have happened to Equifax and Sony, if you do not have the latest Anti-Virus software on your workstation you need to make sure you are protected today.

A end user can remove the CCleaner application for now and run a malware check on your machine for protection.

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

iOS

Well the time has come to begin the end of the 32 bit application.  What this means to the general public is that certain older applications may no longer work if you install the latest iOS on your iPhone.  Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.

Android still allows for 32 and 64 bit applications to co-exist as well as Windows/Linux but Apple will start to force developers to upgrade their application.

What does this mean to the general public ?

Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.

A 64-bit application signifies how much data a processor can handle at once – the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate.  That is in theory but in life you have developers that sometimes do not properly code and you end up with a buggy application.

Microsoft is the biggest example of keeping legacy programs working  and it is to keep as many things as compatible as possible for as long as possible.  Is a 32 bit application that bad, not really and it all depends on what is being done with the application.  If a 32 bit application is processing XML files for distribution to a SQL server than it will speed up in a 64 bit world but it still works.

End of the party

Most people really do not know the difference and may not realize their applications were 32 bit until they upgrade the iOS operating system.  Than they may be in for a shock when it no longer works.  This is the reality and Apple is forcing everyone to go with them if you want to use their equipment.

Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses

Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses 

Delphi

A provider of cross-platform application developer productivity tools, today announced the launch of Embarcadero Academy, an online school for developers of all levels. The Academy, operated in partnership with Embarcadero by CodePower, offers a wide variety of expert-led courses in Delphi and C++Builder skills and technologies.

Finally Embarcardo / Idera have decided to get into the possible educational on line webinars to improve the software developers of Delphi or C++ Builder.

Embarcadero Academy is launching with approximately 15 courses, and has an additional 15 in development. The curriculum, which spans beginner to advanced courses, will initially focus on Delphi and C++Builder capabilities such as language and framework skills, and will continue to grow in range and scope of languages. Full courses run from several days to weeks or months, with mini-courses that last an hour to several hours.

It is worth the cost in getting tools to improve the Embarcadero user base and it is going in the positive direction. Through November 30, Embarcadero is sponsoring a free, five-week “Introduction to Android Mobile Development with Delphi,” typically a $199 value. Developers can learn more and sign up here to receive the free promo, or enter the code ANDROIDINTROFREE at any checkout screen.

About Embarcadero

Embarcadero provides tools that solve application developer productivity problems. The company’s products allow users to design, build, and run applications from a single code base across all platforms. A community of more than three million C++ and Delphi users worldwide rely on Embarcadero’s award-winning products to deliver critical enterprise applications. Embarcadero is a division of Idera, Inc. To learn more, visit www.embarcadero.com.

TMS Subscription Manager

TMS Subscription Manager

TMS

TMS Subscription Manager v2.0 supports TMS ALL-ACCESSTMS VCL SubscriptionTMS Business SubscriptionTMS Component StudioTMS FMX Component StudioTMS FNC Component Studio and TMS IntraWeb Component Studio.

The latest Subscription manager is explained in the video & on the blog https://www.tmssoftware.com/site/blog.asp?post=421 that TMS Subscription Manager v2.0 is designed.

Perhaps in a later version, individual products might get supported, but at this moment it isn’t and individual purchases can be obtained from the “My products” page.

As per TMS product you will get a description, a description, link to the product webpage, info on latest available version and release date, info on your last download version and download date and info on your last product install version and date. With colors, the status of each product is indicated.

In white are products ready for download, in yellow products ready for install, in orange products for which you can meanwhile download a newer version and in green the products for which the latest version was installed, so you are up-to-date for.

If you have TMS premier TMS ALL-ACCESS subscription, you can much easier find your way in the many products by filtering. You can open & close per product technology, you can filter to see for example only all installed products for which there is a new version, you can perform a search in product name or product description.

If you perform a search on ‘grid’, you’ll see TMS have a grid for VCL in the TMS Component Pack, a grid for FireMonkey in the TMS FMX UI Pack, a grid for cross-framework development in TMS FNC UI Pack and a grid for web application development in TMS IntraWeb Component Pack.

 

The new TechSmith Camtasia is yours

The new TechSmith Camtasia is yours

If you own the latest version of TechSmith Camtasia you are eligible to download the latest update 9.1 for Windows or 3.1 for the Mac.

Because you own Camtasia 9 for Windows and Camtasia 3 for Mac, you get this update to Camtasia version 9.1/3.1 for FREE. See the new features below, and also check out our new iOS mobile apps, TechSmith Motion™ and TechSmith Capture™!

Here’s what’s new in Camtasia

Device Frames

This new effect shows off your video in a computer monitor or smartphone “frame”. Camtasia’s library of special effects is a great way to add professional polish to your videos.

Powerpoint Import

This new streamlined import process brings your slides directly into Camtasia. No need to re-record presentations or export slides as images.

Editable Assets

Easily edit the properties of the Intro and Lower Third video assets included with Camtasia to match your personal style or your organization’s branding.

What Camtasia does for you

Choose your footage

Create a great looking video, even if you’ve never made one before. Camtasia makes it easy to record your screen or import your own video and audio files (MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, etc.).

Make your edits

The multi-track timeline expands to fit all your projects. Split clips into two, remove portions of a clip, or delete one entirely. You can also add music, photos, narration, and more.

Create your video

Anyone can make and share engaging videos with Camtasia. Upload your videos to Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, or Screencast.com. Make videos from start to finish in hours, not days.

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater Debut

iPhone

For the first time Apple on September 12th held the iPhone X Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater. The iPhone X is a sensational-looking iPhone  but it comes at a huge cost, and you’ll have to wait to get it.  Will Face ID become a way of unlocking the phone, but if your face truly does get ‘learned’ over time, it could work well.

  • Screen is stunning
  • New user interface is intuitive
  • Portrait Lighting is effective
  • Face ID was erratic in demos
  • Cost is so, so high

Let’s get the important bit out of the way first: the iPhone X is one of the most expensive flagship phones ever made. It’ll retail at $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 for the basic model. In terms of when you’ll be able to get your hands on it, the iPhone X release date has been set for November 3, with pre-orders going live on October 27. It’ll be coming to the major territories first, with the UK, US and Australia all tipped to be included in the first wave of shipments.

iPhone X Details

The resolution of the screen has been upgraded from the iPhone 7, as the sub-HD pixel count wasn’t really something Apple could hope to get away with in 2017 in the face of such strong competition from the rest of the industry.  The iPhone X has been upgraded to match its rivals, with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 on the new Super Retina HD display.

The ‘lip’ at the top of the phone, where a section of the ‘all-screen’ display was cut out to place the cameras.  The True Depth camera at the top is needed for Face ID, so it makes sense that a small portion would need to be kept for all the technology – but it does ruin the aesthetic somewhat. The screen is 18:9 (although that’s not been confirmed by Apple) so a movie that’s in a standard 16:9 format won’t fill the display.

The new iPhone X is easily, easily the best-looking phone Apple’s ever made.  The rear, which is now glass, doesn’t feel as premium as the almost-ceramic metal of previous models, but it still feels solid and secure in the hand. The edges aren’t sharp, instead folding into the palm in a way that’s pleasant to hold.

Face ID is the major shift here to allow the iPhone to know it’s owner but can you reset it in the event it is being resold or given away.  iOS 11 is the operating system with new features that will improve things.  The cameras also provide excellent quality and depth but the big question is battery life which sucks the life out of a user.

You can even get a fast charger – 50% within 30 minutes from dead – but only with a USB-C cable. A USB-C to Lightning Cable retails for $25 (£25 / AU$35) on Apple.com, while a USB-C Power Adapter is available in a few sizes: 29W, 61W and 87W. And if you want it, the price of the cheapest adapter (29W) is $49 (£49 / AU$69) from Apple.

Pumping at the heart of the iPhone X is the new A11 Bionic chipset, designed to handle the heavy lifting the new iPhone is calling on it for.

Final verdict is whether you really want to drop $1,000.00 on a phone or wait for the prices to drop when the ‘s’ version is release in the September of 2018 as it has been done before.  The iPhone 7 still does the job for most folks as well as the iPhone 6s so you get a new tool at a high price.

 

 

 

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE

Veeam

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a simple, standalone agent that delivers backup and recovery for Windows servers and workstations running in the public cloud, for physical Windows servers and workstations, and endpoints running on‑premises.

It delivers all-new functionality to give you features and capabilities unheard of in a FREE desktop backup, and data recovery solution:

Active full backups: Meet your company policy by scheduling the periodic active full backup in backup job
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure: Restore or migrate on‑premises, Windows-based physical server and endpoint backups directly into Microsoft Azure
Windows Server 2016 support: Get full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016

You can visit the web site to read more on this amazing tool. Full support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.  Free Windows backup for desktops and laptops.  So much more is available for you and your business.

Now just to be clear, for extra functionality, Veeam Agent for Windows must be coupled with their  Backup & Replication, which adds complexity and extra cost. Yes, these agents could be used as standalone solutions, but their functionality is limited by design.  That is where the word free comes in.  You get what you paid for but it is a start to test out and see if Veeam does fit your business as well as budget.

Now you can go with Acronis or Unitrends but as you add on servers, workstations, etc. the cost alone can hit you hard.  You must test out the software for the best overall solution and security for your business.  Backups are extremely important in this time of need due to the amount of computer hackers and thieves.  Our recommendation is to test out each piece for your location to see what is the best overall solution.

Dr. Explain releases version 5.5 today!

Dr.Explain news: version 5.5 – HiDPI support, 64bit performance, new UI, and more

Dr. Explain

What’s new in Dr.Explain 5.5 (release notes)

  1. 64 Bit architecture
    Starting from version 5.5, Dr.Explain will run on 64 bit Windows OS exclusively so as to support bigger projects as well as to be more performant.
  2. Hi-DPI monitors support
    Dr.Explain now also supports high resolution (Hi-DPI) screens, such as 4K monitors, taking full advantage of fine pixeling for the clearest user interface and better user experience.
  3. New revamped and refreshed user interface
    The new clear and attractive interface will help you to work more efficiently and with greater comfort.
  4. The Import fucntion got more flexible
  5. The Export functions were optimized
  6. Many issues in different modules were fixed

 

Dr.Explain is based on a unique interface analysis and screen capture system. Thanks to this system, Dr.Explain can automatically analyze an application’s user interface, take screenshots of all controls and elements, and then add explanatory callouts to all images in the draft help system. After that, all one needs to do is add descriptions to the callouts, and save the result in the HTML, CHM, RTF, or PDF format.

 

With the Dr.Explain you can easily generate a complete array of end user help in various formats from a single source file. The Dr.Explain can make CHM help filescreate online help manuals and prepare printable manuals in RTF and PDF formats. Electronically distribute your help file with application; put it on your product website; or deliver it as a printed manual within the box.

Simple to use you can import your Word Documents allowing a technical writer to quickly have a manual and help file in one shot.

 

Elevate Software New Build 6 Now Available for Version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder

Elevate Software New Build 6 Now Available for Version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder

EWB

Elevate Software is  pleased to announce that build 6 for version 2.06 of Elevate Web Builder is now available.

Issues repaired :

  • Problems with Inertia Scrolling When Switching Between ScrollBars and Touch Scrolling
  • Compiler Not Resolving Function Reference Properly When Overloaded Function Declared After Reference
  • Invalid Typecasts Not Causing Compilation Error
  • TDataColumn OnGetText Event Handler is Triggered at Inappropriate Times
  • Calling the TEWBServerRequest ComputeHash Method Twice Causes Corrupted or Blank Data to Be returned
  • Invalid Component Instance Names Generated When Class Name Begins with Invalid Character
  •  Adding a Component that Fails to Call Inherited Constructor Causes AV in the IDE During Shutdown
  • Read-Only TGrid Control Does Not Allow Programmatic Row Append/Insert/Delete Operations

Elevate Web Builder is a visual rapid application development environment for web applications. It is simple and easy to create beautiful web applications by simply dragging and dropping components on to forms, and then changing their appearance and behaviors as desired.

There is absolutely no need to learn JavaScript in order to use Elevate Web Builder. The product uses a compiler to compile Object Pascal source code into JavaScript, emitting all necessary HTML and JavaScript. In addition, the compiler can automatically compress and obfuscate the emitted JavaScript to make your web applications small and virtually unreadable by another developer. You can then quickly and easily deploy your application to the destination of your choosing.

You can continue to leverage existing language skills and take advantage of the many optimizations that the compiler can provide compared to manually-coded JavaScript solutions. The compiler provides many features that are present in Object Pascal, but not explicitly supported in JavaScript, such as formal inheritance with virtual methods/overrides, constructors and destructors, object scopes (private, protected, public, published), unit interface and implementation scope, and proper method pointer scope for event handlers, to name just a few.

The Elevate Web Builder Web Server is included with the product. The web server can load web server modules (.dlls) created using the Delphi development environment from Embarcadero Technologies. Any existing non-visual Delphi desktop application code can be used in the web server modules. Database adapter components are also provided for exposing custom data sources as Elevate Web Builder datasets.