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Current Issue (Issue 155)

Thought of the Week:- "Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
Wink:- http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ Free (1.46 MB).

Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software (freeware), primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots of your software, use images that you already have, type-in explanations for each step, create a navigation sequence complete with buttons, delays, titles etc and create a highly effective tutorial for your users. A tutorial can be created in Wink, by capturing screenshots, mouse movements and specifying your own explanations with them. And all this in a standard Windows-based UI with drag-and-drop editing makes it very easy to create high quality tutorials/documentation. The features of the software are -

Freeware: Distributed as freeware for business or personal use.

Input formats: Capture screenshots from your PC, or use images in BMP/JPG/PNG/TIFF/TGA/PCX formats.

Output formats: Export your presentations as Macromedia Flash, Standalone EXE, PDF, HTML or any of the above image formats. Use Flash/html for the web, EXE for distributing to PC users and PDF for printable manuals.

Performance/Quality: Creates highly compressed Flash presentations (few kbs to few hundreds of kbs, much smaller than competing commercial products). Ideal for using on the web.

Navigation buttons to move to next/previous/random frames in the presentation, you can use custom bitmaps for these buttons (full transparency/alpha channel support).

Callouts and balloons for displaying text explanations. The inbuilt Callout Editor is used to create custom shaped callouts as you want.

Intuitive drag-n-drop editing of the frame, callout, cursor, navigation buttons and the title elements.

Advanced features like templates, cursor editing, palettes, background images etc.

Completely PC and Web ready with exports to PDF, HTML, SWF and EXE formats.

Ingenious and innovative compression techniques applied to reduce filesize of output Flash file. Generated flash file plays in Flash players from version 3 and above, giving you widest array of target audience.

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Site of the Week:- http://www.scienceblog.com/

Science Blog was started in 2002 by Ben Sullivan, then a morning IT columnist for COMDEX.com. This blog "encompasses subjects ranging from Computers & Electronics to Bioscience & Medicine. Archives are searchable and browsable by date. It also offers RSS feeds in XML and site can be translated real time into 5 other languages. They are also offering free blog hosting to science-minded individuals and one can start their own blogs.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal