Category: Software

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

Version 3 of ownCloud, the open source, cloud application that enables you to run your own cloud server from your computer, has been released. This comes roughly 47 days before the launch of a commercial entity that would provide products and services for ownCloud. “Major new features in this release include: the ownCloud application store, which allows users to take […]

An Open Source Toolkit for Your Small Business

Whether your small business has been around for years or you’re just starting out, it simply makes good sense to use open source software for everything from managing your office network to putting together slide decks for your next client presentation. Open source software is inexpensive (and often free!), secure, and easy to customize to the unique needs of your […]

Lightworks Goes Open Source?

The makers of the powerful video editing suite Lightworks have announced plans to “open source” the project. Lightworks is an award winning editor with impressive workflow capability and an intuitive interface, receiving high marks from professional and industry veterans. The software was recently used to edit movies including Shutter Island and Centurion. This decision to open development and release the […]

Using OpenCL with Qt

Using OpenCL with Qt

Recently we have been experimenting with OpenCL and Qt, to see what Qt needs to make it easier to use OpenCL and to see what Qt could use it for internally.  In this post we are going to give an introduction to OpenCL, the QtOpenCL wrapper library, show how to write your first QtOpenCL program, and tell you where to […]

Turbocharge OpenOffice.org Writer with AuthorSupportTool

Turbocharge OpenOffice.org Writer with AuthorSupportTool

Although OpenOffice.org is a competent productivity suite, you can add some nifty features to it using extensions. There are hundreds of nifty extensions available in the official extension repository. Some of them add a feature or two, while others take OpenOffice.org to a whole new level. The AuthorSupportTool (AST) extension belongs to the latter category. AST not just adds some […]

Add cloud storage to OpenOffice.org with SMECloud

Add cloud storage to OpenOffice.org with SMECloud

Cloud computing is all the rage these days. But while the idea of using your browser to access your applications and documents sounds like a great idea on paper, in practice there are all kinds of reasons to stick to your desktop software. Take OpenOffice.org, for example. None of the available Web-based word processors can compete with Writer when it […]

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

Office applications like OpenOffice.org can bring out the worst in people. The same people who wouldn’t dream of driving a car without a few lessons will start pounding away in a word processor as though it were a typewriter, ignoring basic features like styles and templates. In the end, they may produce the documents they want, but only with far […]

Qt 4.6.2 for Maemo 5 released

Qt 4.6.2 for Maemo 5 released

The latest version of Qt for the Maemo platform has been released. See the official announcement page. Note that since Moblin and Maemo have been merged to form a single platform, this could be the last release of Qt for Maemo. Don’t quote me on this, but that’s what I think. Watch the video demo of some of the new […]

Internet Explorer’s dominant market share eroding

Internet Explorer’s dominant market share eroding

Remember when Internet Explorer ruled the Web, to the tune of about 98% of the browser market share? Those were happy days for Internet Explorer. Until Firefox rose from the ashes of Netscape. Internet Explorer’s market share has been sliding ever since, and I think it got worse when Safari and then Google’s Chrome joined the browser market. A new […]

KDE Gears Up to a Free Cloud

KDE Gears Up to a Free Cloud

Day 2 of Camp KDE kicked off with a bang when Frank Karlitschek announced the start of a significant new KDE project. The ownCloud initiative will complement the Social Desktop and Get Hot New Stuff efforts which are already dealing with social and collaborative data. Like those, the ownCloud initiative strives to combine the rich desktop interfaces made possible by […]

Ask YouTube for Ogg support!

Ask YouTube for Ogg support!

People are voting for Google to offer HTML5/Ogg video support on YouTube, in Google’s own product ideas voting space. This piece of Ogg activism is getting some traffic on identi.ca and Twitter right now. If you haven’t already, you should jump in. YouTube is, obviously, the largest source of videos in the world by far, so keeping pressure on Google […]

Convert flash to Ogg with TinyOgg

Convert flash to Ogg with TinyOgg

TinyOgg is a new Web application that makes it possible to “watch and listen to Flash-based videos without the need to Flash technology.” And it does this by first converting any flash video file to an Ogg (Theora) format. Ogg Theora is a “free and open video compression format from the Xiph.org Foundation”.

Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Qt Graphics and Performance – OpenGL

Introduction Here’s the next instalment of the graphics performance blog series. We’ll begin by looking at some background about how OpenGL and QPainter work. We’ll then dive into how the two are married together in OpenGL 2 Paint Engine and finish off with some advice about how to get the best out of the engine. Enjoy! Why OpenGL? Before I […]

LGPL-licensed Qt solutions released

LGPL-licensed Qt solutions released

Qt software has released the first batch of Qt solutions licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). According to the release announcement, this first batch will be followed in the coming weeks by the release of the full set of Qt components. The components that made it in this first batch are:

Free Software Office Suites, word processing, and spreadsheet applications

One of the advantages of using free and open source operating systems like Linux and BSD distros is that users have a wide range of applications to choose from. And we are not just talking about half-baked applications, but high quality software that rivals and in many cases are better than their proprietary equivalents. That holds true for the Office […]

Free Software PDF readers

Free Software PDF readers

Linux and BSD desktop distributions have several PDF readers in their repository that any user may download and use. PDF, an acronym for Portable Document Format, is a popular format (designed by Adobe) to publish formatted text and documents. The most popular reader is, of course, Adobe Acrobat Reader. However, it is a proprietary software.

Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator Released

Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator Released

Nokia announced today the availability of version 4.5 of the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework. It also introduced Qt Creator, a new lightweight cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator combined comprises the Qt SDK, an easy to install package that will let application developers to create applications quickly and easily.

Emoji for Unicode: Open Source Data for the Encoding Proposal

Emoji for Unicode: Open Source Data for the Encoding Proposal

Emoji (絵文字), or “picture characters”, the graphical versions of and its friends, are widely used and especially popular among Japanese cell phone users. Just last month, they became available in Gmail ― see the team’s announcement: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Spicebird 0.7 Beta

Spicebird 0.7 Beta

Spicebird is a free and open source, cross platform communications application, featuring email, contacts, group calendaring, instant messaging, RSS, and Google applets in an easy to use and uncluttered interface. Developed by Synovel Software of India, it is currently in beta stage (version 0.7 was recently released).

OpenBTS and Asterisk: Going Mobile

OpenBTS and Asterisk: Going Mobile

One of the great things about working with the Asterisk community is seeing the fantastic ways in which other people have used the code to solve their unusual or interesting problems with telecommunications. I’d like to talk briefly about one of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in a while, which is using Asterisk as a toolkit for routing calls […]