Microsoft Windows Vista, the next version of Windows, is scheduled to arrive in H2 2006. Vista is loaded with new technologies, the most visible being an enhanced graphical user interface. Vistas user interface improves rendering of text, allows smooth, eye-pleasing window transition effects, and utilizes high-resolution icons.Icon in Windows Vista ExplorerWindows Vista Explorer makes use of high-resolution 256x256 icons. While 256x256 pixels seem to be too much for current displays, Vista is able to dynamically downscale images to any size. By using large icons, Vista Explorer is already prepared for future displays with higher resolution [DPI].The image size is controlled by a slider control in Windows Explorer. This slider replaces the discrete view modes in Windows XP. Vista makes it possible to assign different view mode and different icons sizes to each folder.Support for high resolution icon is not limited to system icons. Our test showed that a custom icon with a large image is accepted and used by Windows Explorer without problems. Vista icon screeshots and examples.PNG Compressed Vista IconsA typical Vista icon contains 12 images:* 16x16 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha* 32x32 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha* 48x48 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha* 256x256 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alphaThe ability to put 256x256 pixels image inside an icon is not new. This feature was available in Windows XP and in previous systems. The problem is that an icon with all 12 formats requires more than 400kB. This is considerably more than a typical Windows XP icon needs (approx. 25kB). Microsoft solved this problem by extending the icon format.Vista icons store the images in icons using PNG compression. With PNG compression, the size of an icon is reduced. Because PNG is loss-less and supports 8bit alpha channel, the quality of icon is maintained.Current Vista icons use compression for the large 256x256 formats only. This makes the icons backwards compatible with previous systems. Windows XP will ignore the high resolution images and load the standard 48x48 pixels images.It is possible to compress all images in an icon. Such icons will occupy even less space and they will work without problems in Vista. They will of course fail under Windows XP.Creating and Converting Compressed IconsVista compatible icon editor is needed to work with Vista icons. Icon editor authors are adopting the Vista enhancements to the icon format and some of them have already managed to release an updated version of their software. A Vista icon is created by simply adding high resolution images and by selecting the Vista format when saving an icon.Some editors also allow extracting Vista icons from executable files and converting them to XP icons (e.g. saving them without compression).ConclusionMicrosoft improved the visuals of Windows delivered a future-proof solution compatible with high-end system as well as with lower definition screens. The 256x256 icon images allow icon authors to add more details and make the icons more appealing under wide range of conditions.The information in this article is relevant for Windows Vista Beta 1. Vista icons specifications are preliminary and subject to change.
Setting up a profitable database for your business requires a well-designed jewelry software program. But how do you tell if a jewelry software program is well designed? Here are a few questions to ask before making a purchase. Is the jewelry software program easy to learn and use? Has the program been around long enough to be fully field-tested in a number of retail jewelry stores? Is the program constantly updated to meet new marketing challenges, changing retail conditions and tax reporting requirements?Once you have purchased a jewelry software program, its time to decide what information to cultivate.The Database is Only as Good as the Information You CollectYou probably wont want to collect all the data your jewelry software is designed to collect. Just because a program is able to accumulate a lot of different information, doing so can turn an easy job into a difficult one. By the same token, keep the future in mind. Sometimes information that is not needed today may become important later on. So look ahead when planning how to use your jewelry software, but dont fall into the trap of information overload.Start with the most essential data that should be stored in your jewelry software. This will probably be: Customer contact information Product or Services purchased Purchase price and picture of an item InventoryWhen setting up your customer contact information, be certain to include e-mails. Even if you dont have a use for them right now, they may turn out to be gold in the future. Plus they are easy to add to any jewelry software customer database.Other information you may want to include in your jewelry software database might be: Information requested and provided to a customer Warranties or insurance purchased (if applicable) Any gem quality disclosures discussed.A good jewelry software program will also allow you to collect specialized information that might be applicable to just your store. If you have such a need and dont know how to incorporate it into your jewelry software, contact the programs customer support.Once You Begin Collecting Data in Your Jewelry Software Program ...Use It!Nothing is more useless than a lot of information sitting idle in a jewelry software program. Use it to plan and execute advertising programs...control inventory...order new items...and help make other business decisions. Get in the habit of using your jewelry software everyday and it will quickly become one of your best and most profitable business partners.
Enterprise Content Management involves capturing structured and unstructured content thats generated all over the enterprise, storing that content, processing it into information, delivering that information to those who need it for decision-support, and finally transferring it to long-term storage for preservation until it can be removed safely from the system.Enterprise Content Management seeks to prevent duplication of functions and redundancy in resource usage that are typical where each department and function uses dedicated stand-alone systems.Earlier articles identify capture, storage and preservation, and delivery components. This article explores the "management" component that works on other components to achieve desired results.This management component manages content capture, processing and transformation, and information delivery. It uses databases and access-authorization systems to do this. It also attends to the archiving and final removal functions.Elements of the Management ComponentDocument Management: Document management involves:
- Check out/Check in facilities for working with the content,
- Version control to make different versions of the same content available to users,
- Search and retrieval facilities for locating and accessing needed information, and
- Viewing facilities to see the information in overview and other kinds of views
- Using common databases
- Designing workflow procedures for more than one person to work on documents and processes
- Providing facilities such as white-boarding and video conferencing that allow a number of people to hold discussions from different locations, and also add files and notes for reference and actions
- Providing facilities for administrative tasks such as appointments scheduling
- Creating and editing content
- Creating editorial reviews and modifications where necessary before publishing the content
- Accepting content in different formats and converting to standard formats
- Publishing the content
- Personalizing page displays by users to meet their needs and preferences
- Separating public and non-public content and restricting access to the latter
- Filing and indexing systems
- Retention and removal schedules
- Protection of sensitive and confidential data
- Document and information-retrieval metadata
Adware SoftwareNasties can be Installed on your computer without your consent, spyware software monitors or controls your computer use. Your operating system (like Windows or Linux) may offer free software patches to close holes in the system that spyware could exploit. So it tends to be when "ware" is short for "software"; sometimes it's pretty tricky to define exactly what kind of software it includes and what these programs do. A browser hijacker is software that hijacks browsers (and does some other nasty things). By free software like screensavers or P2P file sharing programs which you download, such as Kazaa. Worse, no one piece of software will protect you from the above. Companies add adware to their software usually freeware and shareware to pay for programming costs. Spyware is a type of software that collects information from your computer and sends it to a third party without your knowledge or permission. For many years now, marketing companies have been taking advantage of us by writing programs and sneaking them into software downloads without our permission so they can force us to view there advertisements for products. He had hijacked some 500,000 computers, though these computers (known as zombies) could be used for malicious activity they were used to plant adware or software which caused advertisements to pop-up on the infected computers. FreeIf you are adware free then you can carry on without a care in the world, Your money will still be in your pocket and your computer will be running safely. Have you ever visited a peer-to-peer file sharing site and downloaded games, movies or just about any files from these free sites. The following is a guide on how to remove spyware, adware, and pop-up ads using FREE tools ready to download anytime. If you are a updated Windows OS user you pull up your task manager system information screen and see that your system is running at 100%, then you are infected with spyware because your system always needs a little free space in order to process information, which is why your system slows down when you have spyware on it. 10 years ago you could probably have run no Internet security applications and still have come out after a browse of the Internet with a virus and malware free computer, but this situation is no longer apparent. Dont just download programs that are free, or sound too good to be true. This program is usually bundled with the Kazaa file-sharing program, as well as other free software programs. RemoveYou do not have to deal with this anymore, you can actually remove spyware and adware, and you can remove it for free. The best way to remove spyware and adware are to download spyware removal tools. Here are four methods to remove or simply avoid adware and spyware without spending a dime on the latest "anti-virus" software. "These fraudulent programs foul machines, undermine productivity and in many cases frustrate consumers' efforts to remove them from their computers. Lawmakers are recognizing the problems and the invasion of privacy that these marketing companies are causing and are working on laws to make them outlawed, but until that day comes the best we can do is educate ourselves about PC security and how to protect and remove spyware from our computer systems. Here are some methods to detect spyware and adware and remove or merely avoid the adware and spyware and not outlay a dime on the most recent "anti-virus" software, such as Spyware Nuker. There are many software programs available designed to remove Viruses, Spyware, Adware and other nasties from your computer. If your computer get infected with it then you must try to remove it with any good anti- spyware program, some of them can be freely downloaded from the internet. Anti-spywareAn effective anti-spyware program will detect and remove all possible infected files. The following is a list of the top three players in the free anti-spyware software game:. Microsoft Anti-Spyware is quickly increasing in popularity but is currently in Beta stages. Two of the biggest things that these Anti-Spyware programs accomplish for you are that they help in protecting your online privacy and they help make your computer run a lot better. Second of all, its the most downloaded and used Anti-Spyware program from the Clickbank digital download network. On December 8, 2004 Webroot, an award winning anti-spyware solution provider, released a press release identifying the ten most significant emerging spyware and adware threats. Being an employee of an anti-spyware developing company, I guess I know this matter well enough to point that out. The first thing you will want to do is make sure you have the newest, most up-to-date anti-spyware scanning program on the market.
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You use CHM files daily but do you really know what they are? You use them every time you hit the F1 button; you use them every time you read the help file. CHM is a standard for software help. Now it is time to know CHM better.CHM file is a file with .chm extension; CHM stands for Microsoft Compiled HTML Help. Such files are optimized for reading. This format was developed by Microsoft and released in 1997. First it was introduced with release of Windows 98. Now it is distributed and supported through Windows XP and Windows Vista.There are a lot of paid software tools which allow you to see CHM help files as HTML pages. Chmlib.com authors created the website which allows you to view help files in convenient way for free. They believe that that site will be especially useful for Linux, Mac and other non-Windows users which cannot view CHM files using their operating systems. Website is regularly updated. Also, software developers can send their help file to authors of the website to have it converted into HTML format and added to the website.Chmlib.com file stores files in convenient format and allows you to read them even if you work under the non-windows operating systems.Also, in 2002, Microsoft announced some security risks associated with the .CHM format, as well as some security bulletins and patches. But reading the CHM file using chmlib.com in HTML format is completely safe.