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.

New iPhone will be announced soon

New iPhone will be announced soon

iPhone

 

September 12th a very important date to mark on your calendar.  That’s when Apple will host its next media event, at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino campus, where it’s expected to unveil three new iPhone models, the third-generation Apple Watch, and an upgraded Apple TV with support for 4K and HDR display technologies.

With new iPhones just days away from being officially revealed, a Bloomberg journalist has reported what he saw in images of the expected new high-end model. The key change is said to be the removal of the Home button, which has been rumored before. However, Bloomberg goes into fine detail on accompanying gestural changes on the software side. Click here to read more about this.

Even if you’re planning to stick with your current Apple hardware for now, there’s lots more to look forward to on September 12. During Apple’s media event, expect to find out when you’ll be able to upgrade your devices to iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and perhaps even macOS High Sierra as well.

Additional Information

Meanwhile, if you ever connect to public hotspots, you’ll definitely want to know more about a new Wi-Fi feature that’s coming in iOS 11.   You can also check out MacRumors for additional information on the iPhone that will be released.

The hardest thing to understand with Android and iPhone phones is the cost, it is always going up placing close to a $1,000 for units.  Sooner or later folks will have to make that decision on whether their budgets will be able to handle it.  It would also be nice if there was a recycle program with the vendors to trade in a phone and get discounts.  You can always send to a third party but the amount of returned funds is low.  Anyway an Apple release is always fun.

 

New WinDbg debugger available in preview!

New Microsoft debugger WinDbg available in preview!

Debugging Tools for Windows

Preview

Microsoft is excited to announce a preview version of a brand new WinDbg a Windows debugger.  WinDbg has more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the easily extensible debugger data model front and center.

Things to know

  • Installation - You can install the WinDbg Preview from the store if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/windbg/9pgjgd53tn86 – WinDbg Preview uses some features from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so that’s required for now.
  • Feedback - Familiarize yourself a bit with the Feedback Hub!  Microsoft will be using the Feedback Hub to help prioritize what you want Microsoft to work on! The Windows Insider website has a great overview on how to give good feedback – https://insider.windows.com/en-us/how-to-feedback Once you’ve read that, just hit the ‘Feedback Hub’ button on the home ribbon.
  • Questions - Send feedback in the Feedback Hub, or tweet @aluhrs13 for answers. A FAQ on the blog sometime in the upcoming weeks will be posted.
  • Documentation - Microsoft has some early documentation up on MSDN that’s preliminary and subject to change at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=854349, you can give Microsoft feedback or propose edits to that documentation by hitting “Comments” or “Edit” on any page. Keep your eyes on the MSDN blog – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/windbg – for more updates and tips.
  • Videos - You can view on Channel 9 studio with recorded episodes of Defrag Tools to help explain some of the basics of WinDbg Preview.
    • Defrag Tools #182 – Basics of WinDbg Preview and some of the features
    • Defrag Tools #183 – WinDbg Preview and a quick demo
    • Coming Soon – Defrag Tools #184 – A walk through the scripting features in WinDbg Preview

Restrictions and other things worth noting

  • At this point in the preview, Microsoft is only offering WinDbg Preview through the Windows Store. That means only devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update can install it.
  • You might hit errors when trying to do something that requires elevation. You’ll have to manually launch WinDbg Preview elevated.
  • The concept of a workspace is going to be changing a lot. A workspace in WinDbg Preview is vastly different from one in WinDbg. The MSDN documentation linked above has more information.

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software

AV

It has been disclosed by Microsoft that Windows older desktop operating systems remains more vulnerable to malware as of today.  The majority of users are still running older versions of Windows, without necessarily using up to date security software which is Anti-Virus packages.

In its latest Security Intelligence Report, the company revealed that among all Windows 7 and Windows Vista PCs reporting statuses other than “Protected” to Microsoft, more than half of them have no type of protected software installed at all, which is pretty massive.

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft decided to turn on Windows Defender by default when no other anti-malware software is present. The majority of unprotected Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PCs have their anti-malware software turned off. “This is not always deliberate: a number of prevalent malware families are capable of disabling some security products, potentially without the user even knowing,” explained Microsoft. The situation is not that much better with unprotected Windows 10 PCs: A big chunk of those machines are running with out-of-date signatures, and a significant part of the user base is also lacking full protection due to real-time monitoring being “snoozed.”

Anti-Virus packages not installed mostly in Russia

In this other image, you can see which are the countries and regions with the highest percentage of computers reporting as protected by real-time security software in March 2017: these include Finland (92.%), Portugal (90.3%) and Denmark (90.2%).

AV

 

If your PC is connected to the Internet, it’s worth reminding that it’s always recommended to install Windows security updates and make sure that your antivirus software is up to date. We invite you to check the full report for more insights about the latest security threats.

Baron Software does recommend to use Symantec Anti-Virus as well as MalwareBytes to at least reduce the amount of possible attacks.  Finally you must be very careful when reading emails and not to open up attachments from users you do not recognize.

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

U.S.  intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab.  The Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia’s spying apparatus.

It has been announced that Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab boasts 400 million users worldwide. As many as 200 million may not know it. The huge reach of Kaspersky’s technology is partly the result of licensing agreements that allow customers to quietly embed the software in everything from firewalls to sensitive telecommunications equipment—none of which carry the Kaspersky name.

Now, official Kremlin documents reviewed by McClatchy could further inflame the debate about whether the company’s relationship with Russian intelligence is more than rumor.

The documents are certifications issued to the company by the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

Unlike the stamped approvals the FSB routinely issues to companies seeking to operate in Russia, Kaspersky’s include an unusual feature: a military intelligence unit number matching that of an FSB program.

“That strikes me as much more persuasive public evidence,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a former deputy secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. “It makes it far more likely that much of the rumor and uncertainty about Kaspersky are true.”

The Investigation will continue.

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Only Bill Gates would come up with something to create a tax system against robot usage.  Click here to view the interview for yourself the conversation.  After viewing the video the question arises about who or what can be taxed and does this open up a door to things to take away your money.  Gates has been a billionaire for years and you wonder if he has way too much time on his hands.  This comes from a person who has a heated driveway that melts the snow during the winter months.  Based on what Gates mentions it seems he should be taxed from taking jobs from shovel driven folks and using automation to remove the snow.

Mass Production and the Robotic Age

Automation has been in the American industry for the past 40 years, does the car industry get taxed for having robotic machines that build cars on the line or other areas.  Click here for the brief history of robotic assembly lines.

Gates tends to come up with some nutty concepts much like the building of farms in Africa but then cried out about global warming due to cutting down the forests.  He tends to mean well but as proven over the Microsoft years he tends to generate failures as well. Can someone mention BOB or VISTA ?  Gates is looking to hand out his money to charities which is the best thing he can do instead of coming up with ideas of taking other people’s money.  As described in books that concerned Gates, he was always one to be cheap and frown on anyone he thought was taking his money.  So does that make it right for him to come up with a tax plan ?

 

Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Microsoft

Today marks the 15th anniversary since .NET debuted to the world. On February 13th, 2002, the first version of .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET.  Microsoft was building its “Next Generation Windows Services” and unleashed a new level of productivity with Visual Studio.NET. Since the beginning, the .NET platform has allowed developers to quickly build and deploy robust applications, starting with Windows desktop and web server applications in 2002. You got an entire managed framework for building distributed Windows applications, ASP.NET was introduced as the next generation Active Server Pages for web-based development, and a new language, C# came to be.

With the release of Visual Studio 2017 coming on March 7th and Visual Studio’s 20th anniversary, .NET Core tools reach 1.0. Tune in March 7th and watch the keynote and live Q&A panels.  The biggest question for developers will be the Visual Studio 2017 release whether to go with the community or professional version.

 

Happy Birthday to Delphi at 22 years and counting

Happy Birthday to Delphi at 22 years and counting

Delphi for Linux

Well with the next release, “Godzilla – Tokyo” currently in beta testing and getting prepared to support Linux servers, there is no better way then to shout out a happy birthday to Delphi.

Delphi History

Delphi was originally developed by Borland as a rapid application development tool for Windows as the successor of Turbo Pascal. Delphi added full object-orientation to the existing language, and since then the language has grown and supports many other modern language features, including generics and anonymous methods, as well as unusual features such as inbuilt string types and native COM support. Delphi and its C++ counterpart, C++Builder, share many core components, notably the IDE, the Visual Component Library (VCL), and much of the RTL, and are compatible with each other: C++Builder 6 and onwards can consume Delphi-language files and C++ in the one project, and packages compiled with C++Builder written in C++ can be used from within Delphi. In 2007, the products were released jointly as RAD Studio. RAD Studio is a shared host for Delphi and C++Builder, and can be purchased with either or both.

Delphi, part of RAD Studio, includes a code editor with Code Insight(code completion), Error Insight (real-time error-checking), and other features; refactoring; a visual forms designer for both VCL (native Windows) and FMX (cross-platform, partially native per platform); an integrated debugger for all platforms including mobile; source control (SVN, git, and Mercurial); and support for third-party plugins. It has strong database support. Delphi is remarkably fast to compile: unlike any other common languages, including C# and Swift, it is not unusual for a Delphi project of a million lines to compile in a few seconds – one benchmark gave 170,000 lines per second.   It is under active development, with (in 2016) releases every six months, with new platforms being added approximately every second release.

Baron Software have used the product since the beginning with their award winning applications thanks to Delphi which is the best RAD solution available today.  Happy Birthday with much more to come.

Microsoft to retire Windows Vista on April 11

Microsoft to retire Windows Vista on April 11

Baron Software

I think this event is the best news for 2017 that Microsoft will finally stop supporting one of the worst operating systems called Vista.  Yes, I know there was BOB as well as Windows 8 but Vista with the various issues that it came in with as well as making new ones there is a bright future ahead.

Vista was never a break-out hit for Microsoft, as were both its Windows XP predecessor and its successor, Windows 7.

Even at Vista’s peak nearly three years after its debut, the OS ran just 20% of all Windows PCs. From that October 2009 summit — not coincidentally, the month of Windows 7’s release — Vista’s share shrank. Within a year, it had slumped to less than 15%, and in less than two years it fell below 10%.  Most of the reasons people even had Vista was due to their new computer purchase.  Vista was a memory hog and most of the manufacturers produce machines that did not handle the memory requirements for this OS.

As the market shares fell Vista’s retirement from support, the next edition on the out-to-pasture list will be Windows 7, which is slated to receive its last security update on Jan. 14, 2020.  Windows 10 is the future from this point but to do any sort of upgrade is a pain and the best option for most is just to purchase the OS pre-loaded.

Vista with all of the colorful desktop features was  two-and-a-half years late as well as having early device driver issues.  This announcement is well worth watching Vista fade from memory much like Windows 8 will be.

Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary

Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary

Baron Software

The announcement that Visual Studio 2017 will be released on March 7 was released on the Microsoft web site.

Over the years, Visual Studio grew from an IDE to a suite of products and services, including Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio Code, and many others. The family of Visual Studio products extends across platforms, enabling developers to build mobile-first, cloud-first apps that span Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. It also offers industry-leading DevOps practices across all types of projects, as well as tight integration with the Azure cloud.

On March 7, Microsoft is proud to bring you the newest release, Visual Studio 2017, with a livestreamed two-day launch event at https://launch.visualstudio.com. Brian Harry, Miguel de Icaza, and Scott Hanselman will be part of the event on stage to share the latest innovations from Visual Studio, .NET, Xamarin, Azure, and more. You will have the opportunity to engage in demo packed sessions focusing on key improvements within the product. To help you get started, on March 8, we will also bring you a full-day of live training with multiple topics to choose from.

Visual Studio has gone from a community package that is free for all developers or you can purchase the package along with the MSDN.  There are various different options available for use.  For the most part Visual Studio Community is not that much different then the professional package but in the near future that may change.  Microsoft has always made their money from the Office product line as well as the SQL Server.  You can attend the webinar to see what Microsoft will bring to the table this time.