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Screenshot Captor / Re: Blurred Captures?
« on: June 04, 2010, 09:43 AM »
Hi,

This appears to be the case but I have just taken a different image of an Excel spreadsheet and pasted it in to a Word document abet from a different computer and the image is clear. How strange!

I can't get back onto the original computer as the Boss is behind in her thesis.

Regards

Othalian

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Screenshot Captor / Re: Blurred Captures?
« on: June 04, 2010, 09:34 AM »
Hi (again) Mouser.

1. 100% in SC - no blur.
2. Viewing in default viewer - No blur

It was in PNG format that I and my wife (younger than me and thus better eyes) noticed the slightly blurred image.

Regards

Othalian


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Screenshot Captor / Re: Blurred Captures?
« on: June 04, 2010, 08:57 AM »
Hi Mouser,

Thanks for the quick reply. The zoom was set at 100%. I understand that the preview is blurred but when the image is pasted into a document it appears blurred. I have tried this on a number of captures but they all appear blurred. The image where I noticed it the most was when I took was from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and pasted into a Microsoft Word document. The reason for doing this was to save on the thesis total word count as tables are part of the word count. But I find that other captures also look blurred.

Is there another solution to this?

Thanks again

Othalian

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Screenshot Captor / Blurred Captures?
« on: June 04, 2010, 05:27 AM »
Hi,

I don't know if I am getting old and my eyes are playing tricks on me but when I take a capture it appears blurred. I have tried selecting a different file format but to no avail and other than that everything is at the install settings. Any suggestions would be great.

Regards

Othalian

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Hi,

You can find concept mapping software from the link I posted above, but if you don't wish to trawl through all of the site to find what you are after then try here: http://en.wikipedia....ept_mapping_software.

The one that I recommend is Compendium which can be found here: http://www.compendiuminstitute.org/ and is supplied by the Open University here in the Uk for free.

Hope this helps.

Regards

Othalian  :)

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General Review Discussion / Re: Educational Software reviews?
« on: December 02, 2007, 06:24 AM »
Hi,

An excellent piece of software for students who need to brush up on their algebra is xyAlgebra. You can get it from here http://www.xyalgebra.org/. This is the only educational software, that I know of, that mentors you as you learn. If you make a mistake xyAlgebra returns you to the relevant lesson so you can relearn the basics before you are allowed to move on. Best of all it is totally free!

Regards

Othalian  :)

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Hi All,

This may have been mentioned before to sorry if it has. Have a look here http://www.mind-mapping.org/ and feast your eyes on a massive list of note-taking software, knowledge management and information organising software. Some of it is free and some commercial. I hope this helps.

Regards

Othalian  :)

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Hi All

This has been an interesting read and the topic appears to be going round and round with some very heated comments.

For my pennies worth I would not condon the pirating of software and I will 'NEVER' and have 'NEVER' paid full price for commercial software. What I do is spend a part of my time reading magazines, newspapers and web sites looking for bargains. Some of the great bargains I have managed to obtain in the past are:

1. Microsoft Office Pro 97 £50 (The company had bulk purchase the software and needed to get rid of it quickly.)
2. Microsoft Office Pro 2000 Update £25 (Directly from Microsoft themselves after proving that I had purchased a copy of Microsoft Office Pro 97 within the last few months.)
3. Microsoft XP Pro £130.
4. OneNote 2003 Free for Microsoft (Yes believe it. This was a thank you from Microsoft for taking part in one of their software reviews.)

Computer magazines are another great place to get your hands on some good software even when it is a year or more old. Within the magazine there is also quite often a discount on any full version purchases you make. If you register the software then you will also receive notification of any discounts that are announced by the software company, and these can be for over 50% off the original price. A recent discounted software is NetObjects Fusion 9 Standard. Its original price was around £190 and is now selling on their web site for approximately £130. I am sure that I received an email a few weeks ago offering it for even less.

If I cannot wait for a piece of software, or afford it, I then look at freeware or open source software where I have obtained NVu, OpenOffice, Gimp, Paint.NET, InkScape, Power Defragmenter, Blender, Picasa 2, etc but to name a few. While they are not the best on the web they do the tasks I require and more importantly they are FREE.

In a perfect world we would expect companies to look a all levels of our society and expect them to set a price based on our ability to pay. Unfortunately we do not live in that world but this one. Some companies provide an open source version and a commercial version while others supply demo versions. A good example of this is StarOffice and OpenOffice from SUN. Perhaps other companies could do the same but don't hold your breath.

I feel that companies could do more to reduce their prices for educational establishments which would get kids interested in the likes of 3D animation, graphic design, game design, etc while reducing the educational expendature. This was something that Microsoft introduced a few years ago when discovering that users once they become accustomed to using a piece of software continue to use that software throughout their lives.

Those that are unemployed or on low incomes, I feel, is not have a reason to be treated any differently to any other person in society. If they wish to have the best software then this should provide them with a urge to want to earn better wages. People who work and pay a mortgage, etc would have to save up for the software they need so why should the unemployed or those on low incomes be treated any differently? Holding a hand out for help is becoming more ingrained in our society; what happened to pride and making your own way in the world? Yes it is hard but it is worth all the trouble in the end when YOU can buy the software or hardware you desire when you want it.

Finally, companies could always reduce their prices and gain more customers but why should they. Yes most if not all software is vastly overpriced but who is at fault? I would suggest that it is the customer who is at fault. Why? Simple, because the customer is paying the price that the company demands. If everyone took their hands out of their pockets and said no to high prices then the companies would have to reduce their prices. This will never happen because there will always be those who want the latest bells and whistles NOW! So stop gripping about cost and a socialist state and become more proactive in forcing companies to lower their prices based on sound arguements which benefits them as much as it benefits YOU!

Regards

Othalian  ;D

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Hi All,

There is one program which I have noticed has not been mentioned yet and that is Compendium. This was produced by the Open University here in the UK and it is very unusual but very good. I would highly recommend it. You can grab a copy here: http://www.compendiuminstitute.org/ and view their excellent video tutorials here: http://www.compendiu...ing/videos/index.htm There are also version for Windows, Mac and Linux. The best thing is it is completely FREE!

Regards

Othalian

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