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Gimp 2.6 is available!

GIMP is the open source answer to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has much of the same functionality that Photoshop has, ranging from being used as a simple paint program, a photo retouching program, an image renderer, or an image format converter. Being open source GIMP was built to accept plug-ins and extensions that is designed to do just about anything. If you are looking to do any image manipulation and you can?t afford the price tag on most image editing software GIMP gives you the same features without an cost.

OpenImageManager 1.5 is available

OpenImageManager is the opensource version of the popular image viewer ACDSee Photo Manager. OpenImageManager allows you to easily manage all of the image files on your computer, while providing tons of extra photo management features. Using the Web Album Generator, you can easily create HTML picture albums using your own digital photos. The software?s easy to use interface allows you to choose web page settings such as page title, thumbnail size, or gallery theme. You can also use the Image Viewing feature in each folder to view it as a slide show, or set any picture on your computer as your desktop wallpaper.

How do I open a .ZIP file?

Quick answer – use a free “unzipping” program to open your zip file. We recommend 7-zip, and you can “download it here”

This is a situation that we’ve all experienced:

A friend or coworker sends a document over and tells you to read it. You look at the file, but it doesn’t have the usual “.DOC” name; instead it is a “.ZIP” file. All sorts of questions may run through your mind:

* What do you do now?
* Why do you have a .ZIP file?
* What is a .ZIP file?
* How do you open a .ZIP file?

.ZIP files may be confusing, but it is one of the great technologies that helped the internet grow to the size it is today. In this blog article, I will explain what a .ZIP file is and how you can “open” it to reveal the real files inside.

*What is a .ZIP file?*

You can think of a .ZIP file as sort of a digital zip-lock bag. You put other files into your zip file, then zip it up! But the .ZIP file has 1 huge benefit over a regular zip-lock bag; anything you put inside a zip file becomes smaller.

Imagine putting your sandwich inside a zip-lock bag, and it becomes the size of a credit card. Then when you open your ziplock bag, the sandwich becomes full size again with no signs of being squished. That is exactly what happens to your digital files when you put it inside a zip file.

*Why do I have a .ZIP file in the first place?*

You have a zip file because it is often quicker and easier to send or download 1 single .ZIP file that contains all the files you want, instead of sending a huge list of files separately.

Since .ZIP files are smaller than the sum of all the files it contains, you can download them faster. .ZIP files save you time and disk space.

*So how do I open a .ZIP file?*

In order to open a .ZIP file, you need a program that “unzips” the .ZIP file. There are many programs (free and not) that can help you do this. Some of these include Winzip, PKZIP and WinRaR.

We recommend you use a program named 7-Zip. This is a free, open source program that will allow you to open your zip files. You can download 7-zip here.

Download and install 7-zip. After the installation is done, you should be able to double-click on your .ZIP file. 7-Zip will open your .ZIP file and you will be able to see all the files that are inside.

Once you have your .ZIP file open, you need to “extract” the files to your computer. All you have to do is click “Extract”.

7-Zip will then ask you where on your computer you’d like to put the files inside the .ZIP file. Choose a location, click OK, and you’re done!

Congratulations, you’ve just opened a .ZIP file; it’s that easy. We’ve now gone over what a .ZIP file is, why .ZIP files exist, and how to open .ZIP files.

7-Zip’s features don’t just end there though. You can create .ZIP files. open .RAR files, Encrypt .ZIP files and more! We’ll explore these features in-depth in the future.

How to ftp a file? How is that different/better than emailing a file?

How to upload files using Filezilla:

1st Step:
Before you can upload anything to the FTP server, you need to configure your Filezilla first. Open “Site Manager” of Filezilla, input the FTP server hostname, username of your FTP account, password for this account and the directory you want to place your files. After all is done, don’t forget to give your setting a memorable name if you have multiple FTP servers. For example, Naming it to ‘[email protected]’ is more helpful than leaving the name as default “New Site”.

2nd Step:
You need to connect to your FTP server before you can actually do anything. How to connect? If you have already finished the configuration of your new site, it would be very simple. Drop down the menu of “Site Manager”, find your site name just added and click it. If your configuration is correct and the remote server is up, you will see the directories and files showing up in the window of “Remote site” which means you connected to the FTP server successfully.

3rd Step:
Uploading your files is as easy as “Drag and Drop”. Drag whatever you want to upload in the “Local site” window and drop it to the “Remote site” window. Very easy, isn’t it?

How is the difference/better than emailing a file?
1. File Size Limit: FTP beats Email
If you send a file via email, usually there is a maximum size for your attachment that you can’t exceed. Otherwise the email will be just rejected by the server. But there is no such limit if you upload files using ftp. It is just like you can’t send 10 lbs document in your first-class envelope because it exceeds the maximum weight allowed by the post office.

2. Transmission Speed: FTP beats Email
Because FTP is designed for transferring large files on the internet, it is more efficient in moving your big chunk of data from your local driver to the FTP server. Think about the difference between a Mustang VS a scooter. It won’t surprise you that A Mustang runs much faster than a scooter because Mustang is designed as a sports car. It is similar if you compare sending large files via Email with via FTP.

3. Software Requirement: Email beats FTP
In order to send files via FTP, you will need a remote FTP server hosting the FTP service. But it doesn’t require extra software or services if you do it via email, because as long as the sender and the receivers all have access to email, it should work.

4. Number of recipient: FTP beats Email
If you want to share some file with 100+ people, sending email may not be a good idea. First of all you don’t want to copy and paste 100+ email addresses to your email. Even if you have a group email address which could save you from the tedious robotic labor, you will run into another problem: In most modern email provider’s perspective, your sending emails with file attachment to 100+ people at one time is spamming, your email will be blocked. Failure! FTP is apparently a better choice in such situation. You only need to upload the file into the server and ask your receivers to download it.

So, which one should you choose when you want to send a file? It depends on all the factors above. And the major factors are the size of the file and the number of the receivers. If you only need to send a small file to a couple of receivers, just drop an email with the file attached. If you want to share a 500M file with dozens of co-workers, you probably need a FTP server.