Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

CamStudio 2.0: Works Fine with XP but Not Vista
Fri, 15 Jun 2007 21:36:17

CamStudio 2.0
CamStudio 2.0 is a free Open Source screen video recording application. It is great for recording activity on your screen for tutorials and demonstrations.

It works great when installed in Windows XP. However, the recorded video breaks up and isn't usable under Windows Vista. According to its Official Blog, version 2.5 is delayed but in development. Fingers crossed that 2.5 works under Vista!

CO2Saver: Windows Power Management
Thu, 14 Jun 2007 22:46:16

I've been gathering a lot of information lately about reducing my energy consumption for pretty practical reasons: Reduce heat and cost. I even started a little blog to help me keep track of this stuff: So, I was quite interested when I read about...

CO2 Saver

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Yahoo! Web Messenger (Beta)
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 22:07:30

Embattled Yahoo! (is everyone else as surprised as I am that Semel retained the CEO position?) released a new web version of Yahoo! Messenger...

Yahoo! Messenger for the Web (Beta)

It doesn't have any of the extra features available in the client software version. However, it has the advantage of not needing any download or installation and the usual side effects that result. Since it web based, it may work in some enterprises where IM clients are blocked.

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Google Gmail Slideshow
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 22:16:55

Google first announced a slide web app in April 2007 at the CMP/O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo. A limited number of Gmail accounts gained the ability to view PowerPoint slide decks from inside a Gmail a few weeks later. And, now, this feature is generally available to all accounts.

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Apple Safari 3.0 (Beta) Browser for Windows
Mon, 11 Jun 2007 19:10:17

Apple Safari Browser for Windows Beta Release

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Simon Hibbs
2007-06-21 09:46:11
I see the Google slideshow viewer as more of a convenience for gmail users than a true presentation application. As such it's a very handy tool, but obviously no substitute for a professional presentation tool such as Powerpoint or Keynote.

Lets be realistic, a pure standards based web presentation tool would be quite limited AJAX or no AJAX. There's just no comparison to what you can do even in Flash or now Silverlight.

But that's fine. The google apps are what they are, and given steady consistent development along the same lines that's enough. I look forward to a nice, usable, basic presentation tool from Google but I don't expect it to be a Powerpoint or Keynote killer, just a convenient tool to enhance communication on the web.

Many thanks for the great blog.