Archives for the month of: August, 2010

Linux have tools for everything. Converting a pdf into another document type is as simple as it get.

Abiword and OpenOffice both supports opening pdf and saving them in the desired format. But a more elegant command line tool exists;

pdftotext doc.pdf doc.txt

All sorts of options are allowed – try it out!


It may just be me – maybe my skills using the mouse pad or the over sensitive index finger mousy-thingy between GHB is bad – but why the hell is Cancelled positioned at bottom!? The result for me, when I accidentally double click, I stop the download…. jeez

The action buttons on Ubuntu 10.04 has moved from the classical Windows inspired top-right corner to OSX inspired top-left.

Personally, using Chrome, which has it’s own action buttons on the right, it tend to get confusing. I also dual boot Win and Ubuntu so I’d like the same behaviour for the standard tasks, albeit I tend to use keyboard shortcuts.

Anyway – gconf-editor is the key! All applications are configurable, and so is this. It allows you to personally arrange the title buttons to your liking.

Run gconf-editor, and find apps/metacity/general/button_layout. Experiment! Allowed settings are: ‘menu’,’:’,’close’,’maximum’ and ‘minimum. Note the ‘:’ is the title and ‘menu’ is the window menu ( you know ALT-Spacebar ). Any combination is allowed.

A new photo organizer. Well – it’s not brand new, but pretty new. I am not able to get Picasa to work as I want on my Ubuntu 10.04. So, I needed an alternative photo manager. Shotwell entered the field. And do not dismiss this tool by it’s look. The simple GUI is one of the key attractions for me.

Of the fancy features, it has auto grouping by events; the default being by date. You can easily rename these events to your liking.

You also have the basic crop, red-eye and tuning that you expect. It also has a “magic” button – auto enhance which works quite well.

The version I tested was 0.5.0. I upgraded to 0.6.1 by adding their launchpad repository. They have made some changes under the hood. The most significant for me is the importing of folders which lets me choose to link instead of copy the files. It also allows external editors to be launched.

Oh – and did I mention it was fast? It is fast!

Kudos to the developers at yorba!

For more detailed story, see the Gnome journal here.

Spotify Inc has finally released a preview of their excellent music service Spotify for Linux. And it works!