Archive for July, 2007

Windows Software: PDF Creator

Pdf creator

For a long time, Adobe Acrobat Writer was the only way to make PDF files. This was expensive and only worth buying if you wanted to make bulk PDF documents. It is important to use PDF files where possible, because somewhere down the line, they became a standard and they give your documents that professional touch. The documents are also compressed making emailing of them a little quicker.

PDF Creator is another SourceForge project which allows you to make PDF files for free. This has also been around for a number of years now but is not all that well known.

Once you install it, to make a PDF file from any number of document creation programs, such as Microsofts Office Suite, select “Print” from the “File Menu” and select the PDF printer. This will spit you out a nice compatible PDF file, or a number of other tasks such as sending it to someone via email. 

There are many options allowing you to make the document look just as you would like it. This is an essential piece of software that every Windows Machine should not be without.

Download it from SourceForge.


How-to: Hack your Windows Mobile registry

Difficulty: 4

PhmIn all Microsoft operating systems, there is a registry which loads as your computer starts up. The registry lets the operating system know what settings to to start your computer up with. Most settings on our computers are stored in the registry somewhere, we just need to know what to change to achieve what we want.

Windows Mobile devices also have a registry. We can customise many of the defaults on our devices to suit our needs. The structure is very similar to the Windows Registry structure, so if you are familiar with it, you will find this just as easy. If you have not yet delved into a registry, you will find this quite tricky.

This article will cover some of the changes we are able to make to our devices, through our devices registry. I hope to update this article as time goes on so please use the comments to report your own changes. These hacks are for Windows Mobile 5 devices, though some may work with other versions of Windows Mobile.

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