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Aspose.Cells for Reporting Services 2.1.0

Thursday 29th of May 2014 09:26:27 AM
Aspose.Cells for Reporting Services allows you to export native Excel reports in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Unlike the built-in renderer for Excel based reports, Aspose.Cells for Reporting Services provides an extended feature set and allows RDL reports to be converted to: Excel 97-2003 binary XLS format, SpreadsheetML, or the Excel2007 XLSX format. With the Aspose.Cells Report Designer tool, users can design and deliver reports into MS Excel directly without using Visual Studio IDE.

Release Notes: Support for SQL Server 2014 was added. Developers and administrators can easily design, develop, maintain, and export reports. Performance when rendering and exporting Microsoft Excel files was enhanced, as was performance when exporting reports with large data sets and grouping and merging report data. Important issues with rendering reports were fixed. Many improvements were made to Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 file formats and conversions.

Release Tags: SQL Server 2014 support, rendering Excel files improved, exporting Microsoft Excel files, Improved exporting reports, export reports with large data sets, grouping and merging report data, Rendering MS Excel 2007/2010 file formats

Tags: Microsoft SQL Server, remote installation services

Licenses: Evaluation License, Developer Enterprise License, Developer OEM License, Site Enterprise License, Site OEM License

Java SQL Admin Tool 2.5

Thursday 29th of May 2014 09:21:46 AM
Admin is entirely written in Java. It uses Swing GUI Components and JDBC to connect to databases. It has been succesfully tested with MySQL, Derby, InstantDB, Oracle, Empress, MS SQL Server, and PostgreSQL. You can have a tree view of the RDBMS or pick a single instance to have a look at its metadata. It allows you to create, modify, and drop tables and to create indices on a table. The dynamic form makes it easy to enter data into a certain table, and the guided query makes it easy to retrieve data from a table and to export it. Java developers will probably enjoy the code generator doing an OO relational wrapper and a swing GUI for them. There is a tool with which SQL statements can be enriched with a few commands, generating a GUI to easily select data from a DB. You can also export and import data and transport it from one DBMS to another.

Release Notes: The login window now allows you to save all parameters to a file and to load parameters from previously saved files. A Jasper Report Viewer based on Jasper classes was integrated. Database Info has been extended. You can now set a table name filter pattern, and create files using Graphviz dot notation to visualise databases. SQL Monitor offers some helpers, accessed by pressing the middle mouse button within the pick list item window.

Tags: Database, Front-Ends, Software Development, Code Generators

Licenses: GPL

Xpdf 3.04

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 09:48:01 PM
Xpdf is a viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called 'Acrobat' files, from the name of Adobe's PDF software.) The Xpdf project also includes a PDF text extractor, PDF-to-PostScript converter, and various other utilities. It runs under the X Window System on UNIX, VMS, and OS/2. The non-X components (pdftops, pdftotext, etc.) also run on Win32 systems, and should run on pretty much any system with a decent C++ compiler. Xpdf is designed to be small and efficient. It can use Type 1 and TrueType fonts.

Release Notes: A new text extractor, new pdftohtml and pdftopng tools, and new trapezoid-based rasterizer core (for performance).

Tags: multimedia, Graphics, Viewers, Graphics Conversion, printing

Licenses: GPL

Converseen 0.7.2

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 08:20:11 PM
Converseen is an image converter and resizer written in C++ with the powerful Qt4 libraries. Thanks to the Magick++ image libraries, it supports more than 100 image formats like DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, TIFF, and many others. Converseen allows you to convert, resize, rotate, and automatically flip an unlimited number of images. It can save you time because it can process more than one image with one mouse click. It features a very simple user interface without strange options.

Release Notes: This release brings AppData file for Linux and updates the German translation.

Release Tags: Stable, Minor

Tags: Graphic, pictures, Conversion, Thumbnail, Image Processing, resize photo, PDF

Licenses: GPLv3

awlsim 0.24

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 08:16:08 PM
Awlsim is a Step 7 AWL/STL/PLC simulator. Depending on the host machine and the Python interpreter used, it achieves good performance of several thousand to millions of AWL/STL instructions per second. S7-300 and S7-400 CPUs (with 2 and 4 accus) are supported.

Release Notes: The GUI was ported to the core server framework. FC parameter passing was rewritten.

Tags: awl, STL, sps, PLC, Step7, siemens, emulator

Licenses: GPL v2 Or Later

Angel's Destiny RPG 0.4.25

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 08:03:00 PM
Angel's Destiny RPG is a game based on Final Fantasy 2. There is a system for overworld maps and a combat system which randomizes attacks from banding enemies. Thus you can fight in a side-view screen just as the FF2 combat phases. It features a small overland map with two full levels, including a town where you can talk to NPCs. The system provides for a room with attacks and one without.

Release Notes: The first overworld level is done. The second is partially accessible. The combat system for both is fully featured as in the derived game.

Tags: Game

Licenses: GPLv2

streamtuner2 2.1.1

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 05:06:46 PM
streamtuner2 is an Internet radio browser. It lists directory services like shoutcast and icecast/xiph.org in a GTK+ window. It mimics the older streamtuner, but is an independent rewrite and aims for more features.

Release Notes: YouTube and SurfMusik channels were added, MODarchive included, but Google/DMOZ removed. The Jamendo API now allows browsing genres and shows cover images. Internet-Radio extraction was fixed, and a custom caching API introduced for Xiph/ICEcast. The configuration dialog visualizes plugins and options more coherently now. A new logo was introduced, and many bugfixes applied.

PyQt 5.3

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 05:06:34 PM
PyQt is a comprehensive set of Python bindings for the Qt GUI toolkit.

Release Notes: This release adds support for Qt v5.3.0 including the new QtQuickWidgets and QtWebSockets modules. It may be cross-compiled to iOS and Android.

Tags: Software Development, Widget Sets

Licenses: GPL

PyQt 4.11

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 05:05:18 PM
PyQt is a comprehensive set of Python bindings for the Qt GUI toolkit.

Release Notes: This release adds support for Qt v4.8.6. It may be cross-compiled to iOS and Android.

Tags: Software Development, Widget Sets

Licenses: GPL

Python-SIP 4.16

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 05:03:01 PM
SIP is a tool to generate C++ interface code for Python. It is similar to SWIG, but uses a different interface format. It was used to build PyQt and PyKDE, and has support for the Qt signal/slot mechanism.

Release Notes: This release supports cross-compilation to iOS and Android. It is required by PyQt v5.3 and PyQt v4.11.

Tags: Software Development, Code Generators

Licenses: Python

QScintilla 2.8.2

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 05:01:38 PM
QScintilla is a port of the Scintilla C++ editor class to the Qt GUI toolkit.

Release Notes: This release adds the QsciLexerAVS and QsciLexerPO classes. The Python bindings can now be cross-compiled to iOS and Android.

Tags: Text Editors, Software Development, Widget Sets, Libraries, Python Modules

Licenses: GPL

Arg_parser 1.9

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 03:36:04 PM
Arg_parser is an argument parser that follows POSIX and GNU conventions for command line arguments. There exist C++ and C versions of Arg_parser. The C++ version is implemented as a C++ class, while the C version is implemented as a single struct plus associated functions. Both are simpler, easier to use, and safer than 'getopt_long'. The C++ version of Arg_parser can also parse options from configuration files.

Release Notes: The configure script now accepts options with a separate argument. "arg_parser.texinfo" has been renamed to "arg_parser.texi".

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: Software Development, User Interfaces

Licenses: GPL with link exception

GroupOffice groupware and CRM 5.0.61

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 03:08:25 PM
GroupOffice is a groupware suite that takes your office online, implementing online collaboration and CRM. It allows you to share projects, calendars, files and email online with co-workers and clients. It is easy to use and fully customizable. It also features synchronization with PDAs and Outlook.

Release Notes: This version contains bugfixes and translation updates. Upgrading is recommended.

Release Tags: Bug fixes

Tags: Office/Business, CRM, Communications, Email, Email Clients (MUA), Internet, Web, Site Management, groupware, Scheduling, File Sharing, Office Suites, Collaboration, Contact Management, PHP

Licenses: Open source and commercial licenses.

privacyIDEA 1.0dev3

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 01:58:36 PM
privacyIDEA is a multi-factor authentication solution. It can manage any type of authentication device. All common OTP (one time password) devices are supported, including Google Authenticator, eToken Pass, OTP cards, and Yubikey. New devices can be added easily. Users can be retrieved from flat files, LDAP, Active Directory, SQL databases, and SCIM services. It can also handle authorization and writes all events to a digitially signed audit log, giving you basic AAA functionalities.

Release Notes: Sending SMS via HTTP or SMTP gateways and via connected GSM devices. Improved login/logout in the management UI. Adds an SCIM resolver Web UI. A German translation for policy errors. Improved test coverage.

Release Tags: SCIM, SMSOTP, mTAN, mobileTAN

Tags: Authentication, Security, OTP, two factor authentication, multifactor authentication, Audit, Google Authenticator, Yubikey, 2FA, OpenID, SAML, SCIM, LDAP, SQL, SMSOTP, mTAN, mobileTAN

Licenses: AGPLv3

SmartGit/Hg 6

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 01:20:21 PM
SmartGit/Hg is a graphical user interface for Git and Mercurial which can work with SVN repositories. It supports cloning from common repository providers (e.g., GitHub, Assembla), assists Git newbies, and also offers the advanced, powerful Git features. It provides several tools to help create clean commits, for example by allowing the user to commit just parts of changes files and reordering and squashing unpushed commits. If you are using GitHub or GitHub Enterprise, SmartGit/Hg can work easily with pull requests (creation, resolving) and commit comments. SmartGit/Hg ships with a built-in SSH client, file comparer, and merge tool which are capable of syntax coloring for many languages.

Release Notes: The most important new features are: distributed review (offline-capable reviewing of commits, create/manage pull-requests); background poll/fetch and local change detection (see for which Git repository local or remote changes are available); and completely reworked repository management (easier handling, more information, and stream-lined workflows).

Tags: Software Development, Version Control, git client, hg client, mercurial client, svn client, subversion client

Licenses: Proprietary, Free for non-commercial use

JWt 3.3.3

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 10:37:02 AM
JWt (Java Web Toolkit) is a library for developing accessible and interactive Web applications with an API that is widget-centric and inspired by desktop GUI APIs. To the developer, it offers abstraction of Web-specific implementation details, including graceful degradation. Under the hood, the library uses the latest techniques when available to handle events and update the user interface.

Release Notes: This is mostly a bugfix and maintenance release.

Release Tags: Bug fixes, Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Java, Web 2.0, Web Application development, Web Framework

Licenses: GPLv2

Wt 3.3.3

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 10:36:03 AM
Wt is a C++ library for developing Web applications with an API that is widget-centric and inspired by existing C++ graphical user interface APIs. To the developer, it offers abstraction of Web-specific implementation details, increasing the accessibility and portability. Under the hood, the library uses the latest techniques (HTML5, Ajax, WebSockets) to handle user events and update the Web page.

Release Notes: This is mostly a bugfix and maintenance release.

Release Tags: Bug fixes, Minor feature enhancements

Tags: Software Development, Widget Sets, Libraries, Application Frameworks, User Interfaces, Internet, Web, HTTP Servers, Embedded Systems, Dynamic Content

Licenses: GPLv2, Proprietary

LaunchControl 1.15

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 10:16:23 AM
LaunchControl is a fully-featured launchd(8) frontend allowing you to manage and debug system and user services on your Mac. It provides everything you need to load, unload, start, create, edit, remove, or troubleshoot launch services. It supports all documented features of launchd, reports potential problems before a job is even started, and makes sure you always create valid configurations. It supports user LaunchAgents and Global and System LaunchAgents/Daemons. It shows all services and their status at a glance, and misconfigured services are highlighted. You can enable or disable services, and find them with a job filter. Not just a plist editor, it provides a dedicated interface for every configuration key with an adaptive interface that displays only information relevant for the selected job.

Release Notes: Support for a new LegacyTimers key and support for the undocumented KeepAlive subkeys Crashed, OtherJobActive, and AfterInitialDemand. The application now quits when closing the main window.

Tags: launchd, launchctl, daemon, Agent

Licenses: Shareware

Character Recognition 0.3.7

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 09:02:55 AM
Character Recognition is an Android app that allows the user to take a photo (or use existing image files on the device) and then apply the Tesseract OCR engine to extract the text in the photo. It is currently supporting English text, but other language support will be added in the future.

Release Notes: This release improved the recognition result drawing overlay in the image. The overlay display can now be turned on or off. Translation functionality was added by calling Microsoft Bing Translate.

Tags: Android, OCR

Licenses: AGPLv3+

Kigo M4V Converter for Mac 3.3.1

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 08:29:36 AM
Kigo M4V Converter use multiple-speed recording technology to record M4V, then encode to unprotected MOV or MP4 format. It has been designed to rip DRM M4V to MP4 or MOV. It can also convert any video on your iTunes libary. It supports extracting the audio from M4V files. Batch conversion is supported. It is a universal application (works on both Intel-based and PPC-based Macs).

Release Notes: This release fixed some bugs, optimized interface interaction, improved meta retention support, reduced memory usage and CPU utilization, repaired an error or crash when opening the Add window, repaired a file list display error in extreme cases, and added a README.PDF file into the installation interface.

Tags: m4v converter, convert m4v to mp4, convert m4v to mov, convert m4v to iPod, convert m4v to play anywhere

Licenses: Shareware

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