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The Great Blogging Software

BlogJet is a desktop blogging application that greatly simplifies posting to your blog. It is user-friendly, easy to use and elegant. Emphasize Your Viewpoint. You can make text bold, italics or even change colors and fonts, create numbered and bulleted lists. BlogJet displays text in editor so it looks the same as it will appear in browser. They call it WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). 

  1. User Friendly

      With an option to change the look by choosing one of number of available themes.
  2. Basic Color Coded HTML Editor
  3. Word Count
  4. Tag Support
  5. Auto Replace
  6. For lazy typist (like me); words that you commonly type can be configured to be replaced automatically.
  7. Thumbnail Image support
  8. Support FTP Upload
  9. Voice Recorder (Attachment) Uploader
  10. Customizable Ping List
  1. No HTML Code Blocks.

      To insert a block of code, you would need to switch the HTML Editor, locate the position in the post where you want the code to appear, type it, then switch back to the WYSIWYG
  2. Sloopy Code

      If the blogger isn’t careful. Some of the afflictions included empty and unclosed paragraph tags, and random non-breaking spaces. (No Idea why, did nothing out of the ordinary which awould generate them)
  3. No Way to strip paragraph tags
  4. Inflexible toolbar

      Adding or removing option from the visible toolbars is not possible, and logical item (i.e. save icon, open icon, font formatting, and so forth) are removed. Though shortcut key are favorable, it’s still nice to allow the user to decide which lesser used icons should disappear and which oft used icons should be included in the toolbar.
  5. Borks Previosly published Wordpress entries

      Wordpress doesn’t used paragraph tags when it saves a post from the admin panel, therefore, when you download the entry into blogjet. It lumps the content all into one giant blob with no logical divisions

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection

Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection is the smart choice for you if you are Build a Web Design Business, Graphic Design, Flash and Multimedia. Creative Suite 4 Master Collection Combine all the design product in 1 bundle.
Guide Review - Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection
Many people are scared away from the Adobe Master Collection due to the price. But this is a huge mistake. This bundle is one of the best deals Adobe offers, as the products sold individually cost over $6,000 and you can get the Master Collection for almost 60% less than that. This is a huge savings, and if you use these products regularly, is a great deal.

The Master Collection is the only suite that Adobe offers Web developers who post video to their websites. Even Web premium, which comes with SoundBooth, does not include Adobe's video editing tool Premiere. You have to either buy it separately or buy the Master Collection. And if you decide to buy Web Premium and Premiere Pro as a separate add-on, you only are saving about $100 from the Master Collection, which gives you so much more.
If you edit video for your Web pages, you should buy the Master Collection.

  • All the benefits of Dreamweaver CS4, plus connection to graphics and multimedia tools
  • Create dynamic Flash websites with vector images
  • Edit sound for podcasts
  • Edit video
  • All the tools needed for a full-service Web production shop 
  • It seems expensive
  • Same drawbacks as Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, Contribute, AfterEffects, Premiere, SoundBooth, and Encore.Build Web pages, create Flash files, edit bitmap and vector graphics, manipulate sound and manage video.Bought separately, these products would cost more than $6,000.

Adobe Illustrator CS 3 Review

Back in 1986, Adobe introduced a postscript-based Drawing Program called Illustrator. A lot has happened since then, including Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia and Apple's adoption of Intel-based hardware. Now, more than 20 years since its first release, Adobe has released Illustrator CS3, which is part of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 family of products. Considering how little competition Illustrator has (FreeHand, which seems to be in limbo, is also owned by Adobe), you might think that Adobe has little incentive for putting much effort into a new version. But one look at Illustrator CS3 and it's obvious that Adobe hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. With innovative new features, improved integration with other applications, and many small enhancements, Illustrator CS3 impresses on many levels. The $599 ($199 upgrade) question is, does it impress enough to part with some of your hard-earned cash? Let's take a look.
Get Your Work Done Faster
Getting your work done quickly is paramount, and Illustrator CS3 helps you make your deadlines and even make it home in time for dinner in several ways. Adobe has promised better performance in past upgrades, but Illustrator CS3 is the first version where you can actually believe it. Illustrator ships as a universal binary application and therefore runs native on Intel-based and PowerPC-based Macs running the Tiger OS. Illustrator also runs on both Windows XP and Windows Vista. While you can feel the performance enhancements on just about any system, CS3 really takes advantage of systems with multiple processors. On my PowerMac G4, Illustrator redraws complex artwork twice as fast. And large files simply fly on my MacBook Pro. Making it easier to navigate within the application, Illustrator CS3 features a new panel-based user interface that lets you turn panels (formerly known as palettes) . The new interface is consistent with Photoshop, InDesign, and even Flash CS3

The History of the iPod Podcast

What is now called a podcast traces its orgins to the first ipod podcasts, the creation of distributed mp3 files that could be downloaded and played on Apple's music player, the iPod. When the iPod came out, and users discovered what a wonderful thing it was for holding music, some people had the idea of loading things that weren't necessarily songs. Some of the people that got their hands on the iPod took the route of reverse engineering the iPod and loading on different firmware, or operating system, but others had the idea of sharing small sound files that could be played on the iPod. The technology for distributing the files already existed, with RSS feeds. RSS feeds were a means of generating machine readable files that could share information between a server and a user. Many blogs already used them to keep readers up to date with the latest posts, but some hopeful podcasters had the idea of enclosing links to sound files within the RSS feed and downloading the file to the computer.

With the change in RSS feeds, ipod podcast took off, and podcasting became a popular way to share files. Users saw podcasting as a way to become radio hosts, or dj's, and a variety of podcasts began popping up.Software was written to automatically check the RSS feeds, extract the links to the podcast episodes, and download the files. These programs became known as podcast clients.

By this time, podcasting had moved beyond the ipod, and they were not simply making an ipod podcast anymore. Some people had figured out how to use even the PlayStation Portable gaming console as a podcast player. It was more difficult that downloading podcasts to the ipod, since the PSP used a different format for it's files, but PSP podcasts began popping up. In addition, podcasting made inroads to the wider audience of people without iPods, who simply saw podcasting as an extremely convenient way to receive news, music, and entertainment over the internet.

Today, while the iPod podcast type still exists, fewer people subscribe to podcasts as a way of gaining portable media files they can listen to anywhere. Although that is still an attractive part of podcasting, it seems to be eclipsed by the ease with which podcasting has become a content delivery system. Now, podcasting has become tied up with the rising number of audio and video blogs, where blogging is done not by post, but through media files uploaded to the blog. These blogs, and podcasting in general, take advantage of the shrinking cost of broadband internet connections, and the rising number of people with high speed access to offer a picture of the internet rich with multimedia files.