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FastStone Capture

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Printscreen on Steroids I capture screen shots dozens of time a day to illustrate replies to support questions on forums. I frequently want to annotate the screen shot to point to particular parts of the User Interface, or highlight a problem area. FastStone Capture 9.0 is Shareware, but it is only $19.95 for a lifetime license, so there is no good reason not to register it. If you just want to try before you buy, […]

MainType Font Manager

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Keeping Your Fonts Organised If you publish anything, whether in print media, as PDF files, or as HTML web pages, you need to use different fonts. Most users have hundreds or thousands installed with their software that they seldom, if ever use. Windows also comes with a lot of default fonts. If you take a little time to organise your fonts, and uninstall unused fonts, the process of selecting fonts in applications will become much […]

FontCreator — A Highly Logical Choice

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FontCreator 4.0 I first started editing fonts in the late 1980’s using CorelDraw 4.0, which had an export filter for TrueType fonts. This was back in the days of Windows 3.1 and ANSI character sets. Standard fonts did not include the characters with diacritics (accents) that I needed, so I had to edit my own fonts. It was a slow process, because the export filter crashed very often. In 2002 I got a copy of […]

Serif PagePlus X9 — Publishing on a Budget

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A Legacy Product The last version of Serif’s flagship product for Desktop Publishing (DTP) can still currently be bought for £20 or about $25 US. If you go to Serif’s website, they will be keen to tell you about their new Affinity Products. Scroll down to purchase the Serif Legacy Products like PagePlus X9. The replacement for PagePlus, Affinity Publisher, may eventually be a better choice, but currently it lacks many of the features found […]

Vivaldi Browser

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A Great Tool for Research I spend most of the day online, and I use Vivaldi all day even when I am working on my books or website in Serif PagePlus or WebPlus. I use it constantly to look up words, and have the entire Buddhist Canon on my local drive in HTML format for reference to the texts, and a Pali English dictionary that I use to help with translation. By tiling as a […]