Gimp 2.4 available

Gimp 2.4, the image editor suitable for photo retouching (its features are often compared with Photoshop) for Windows 2000/XP/Vista (support for Windows 98 has been dropped)  is available for download. You can read a summary of what new in this release from the Gimp documentation.

screenshot of Gimp v2.4 for Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Gimp v2.4 will be included in version 1.82 of TTCS OSSWIN CD ; the Gimp Help files for v2.2 on the TTCS OSSWIN CD will be dropped to make room for Gimp 2.4.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.1 released

Abode Acrobat Reader v8.1.1 is available for download which corrects a potential security vulnerability with Windows XP and IE 7.0 which also affects Acrobat Reader 7.09.

Download Adobe Reader from FileHippo.com .

While that’s downloading, you can follow this excellent post at stealthpuppy.com on how to silently deploy Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1 .

Microsoft SteadyState v2.0

Microsoft SteadyState v2.0, the successor to the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP was released last month. Available for Microsoft Windows XP Professional, XP Home Edition and Tablet PC Edition with Service Pack 2 installed, SteadyState allows administrators to control and protect shared computers (Windows computers that are used by different users in environments like schools, cybercafes, libraries, or at home with several kids). Apart from preventing end-users from altering Windows settings or installing programs, you can restore the computer to its default state after end-users ‘ sessions. This may have benefit to small businesses who don’t have domain controllers and/or have Windows XP Home machines which can’t use Group Policy to lock down the PCs.

Microsoft SteadyState is free and it is a 3-4MB download for Windows Genuine Advantage customers

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx

Worthy of a future TTCS meeting!

Teracopy

Teracopy is a great utility for Windows XP to copy and move files faster than the standard Windows Explorer . Its features include

  • faster copy times
  • shell integration with Windows Explorer
  • ability to pause and resume file transfers
  • error recovery (if there is a problem with one file, teracopy will copy the rest of the files and gives you an interactive file list to allow you to fix the problem files.

Free for home users, there is a pro version with additional features

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