Arora – completely FLOSS Webkit browser

If you want to run a WebKit web browser with no strings attached (unlike Safari and Google Chrome), Arora is surely worth a try.

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First plus is that it runs on Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It is fast, has private browsing and looks like it has some plug-in support. Another good news is the announcement Kubuntu will carry Arora as its default browser in the 9.10 release.

Ebook reader and manager

For those who like ebooks, Calibre is a great program that was created to manage pretty much any aspect of your reading files.

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The list of features is pretty extensive:

  • convert files from and to epub, mobi, LRF and supports input of several other formats including PDF, html, odt, rtf amongst others;
  • syncs to mobile reader devices (seems to work well with the iPhone/Stanza and the Kindle);
  • convert a news feed to an ebook;
  • scans your computer to check for all supported ebook formats so you can keep them organized, download cover art and meta data;
  • runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

At the present moment the app is on version 0.5.3 and seems to be under heavy development. For me, file conversion from PDF to epub format went without any hitches and I was finally able to organize my ebook library under one program.

Import and edit PDF files in OpenOffice

For quite a while now OpenOffice has been promising the ability to import and edit PDF files. Although not released with the program itself, you can grab the Sun PDF Import extension to do just that.

This extension is in beta and is available multi-platform for Windows, Linux and MacOS X systems.

Tests that I ran were pretty good. The text in the PDF file is imported well and in a way I could edit the text, font settings and images. There was a small problem in that the document that was shown to me had colors inverted (black background with white font). But, don’t ask me why, the imported file actually contained 2 layers. Deleting the one on top will show you the layer with correct colors and fully editable.

The extension is in beta but it is sure worth a try and beats editing the PDF through an image software like I used to do.

Multiplatform desktop SVN

On Linux a nice small but highly effective tool I use to work with SVN is RapidSVN. The program is pretty small but highly effective for commit, checkout, merge, and log info.

RapidSVN works on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

From their site, the list of features include:

  • Simple -easy to use for SVN features;
  • Efficient – simple for beginners but flexible enough for those experienced with Subversion;
  • Portable – runs on several platforms on which wxWidgets can run (Linux, Windows, Mac OS/X, Solaris, etc).
  • Fast – written in C++
  • Multilingual – translated to many languages: German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese