June 17th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Sigil logoThe moment I figured out that ePub files are actually just a zip file full of HTML, CSS, and image files, it felt like something in my world just shifted a few degrees off it’s axis. Today’s tip is for those looking to edit or create from scratch their own ePub files. Head on over to code.google.com and download Sigil.

Sigil is a multi-platform EPUB ebook with the following features:

  • Online Sigil User’s Guide, and Wiki documentation
  • Free and open source software under GPLv3
  • Multi-platform: runs on Windows, Linux and Mac
  • Full UTF-16 support
  • Full EPUB 2 spec support
  • Multiple Views: Book View, Code View and Preview View
  • WYSIWYG editing in Book View
  • Complete control over directly editing EPUB syntax in Code View
  • Table of Contents generator with multi-level heading support
  • Metadata editor with full support for all possible metadata entries (more than 200) with full descriptions for each
  • User interface translated into many languages
  • Spell checking with default and user configurable dictionaries
  • Full Regular Expression (PCRE) support for Find & Replace
  • Supports import of EPUB and HTML files, images, and style sheets,
  • Documents can be validated for EPUB compliance with the integrated FlightCrew EPUB validator
  • Embedded HTML Tidy: all imported files have their formatting corrected, and your editing can be optionally cleaned

(Yes, you can edit files in Calibre, but I find this program a bit more powerful, though Calibre is a great choice for editing other eBook formats. Also, this all assumes the file in question is free of DRM.)

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October 29th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Choplifter_1982_Broderbund_screenshotAlso at the Internet Archive, their historical software collection:

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)

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August 23rd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Calibre logoToday, after seven years of development, the amazing Calibre program has reached it’s 1.0 release. Take a moment to see what’s new in this version and then head on over to the download page and grab your copy.

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August 6th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Adobe Digital Editions logoLooks like it’s mostly bug fixes and possibly some improvements in font management.

Download @ http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html.

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May 2nd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

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March 22nd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Debenu PDF ToolsDebenu PDF Tools Pro is a powerful set of PDF tools which can help you to merge and split PDFs, convert them to text or images, edit properties, add or remove passwords and a whole lot more.

Normally $59, the package available for free — but Debenu says this is only for “a few more days”, and the offer could expire at any time, so if you’re interested then we’d grab a copy now.

Read the full article @ betanews.com.

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March 14th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Luckily, most of the electronic documents that I’ve received recently that require my “physical” signature have been Word documents. This way I can easily insert my signature as an image and send it back. Unfortunately, I don’t have to software to do that with PDFs. 

However, according to Lifehacker, there are some solutions available on various platforms. The programs discussed are the HelloSign Chrome extension, SignNow on iOS & Android, and DocuSign Ink for Android.

Now I’m sort of hoping someone will send me a lucrative contract in a PDF format so I can try them out. (Ok, I know the lucrative part is just wishful thinking.)

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March 12th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Dropbox 2.0I’m sure it’ll be offered as an automatic update eventually but for those of you that are impatient like I am, just head on over to http://www.dropbox.com/install and your download the installer for version 2.0 now.

Dropbox has provided a blog post describing the changes in this version if you’re looking for more details.


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March 4th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Are you a government employee? If so, you may quality to get the latest version of Microsoft Office for just $9.95 via the “Home Use Program”.  All you need to do is go to http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx and enter your work (government) e-mail address. Assuming your “institution” (the State of Nebraska in my case) participates the the program, you’ll be asked to confirm your work e-mail by clicking on a link sent to that address. Then you’ll be provided with purchase and download instructions. That’s how I’m running Office 2013 Professional Plus at home.

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