16 Software
Breevy: A text expander that lets you insert long words or phrases and launch apps, websites, and more just by typing abbreviations.
IcyScreen: Automatic screenshots. Have them saved, e-mailed, and uploaded.

Screencasting.

Screencasting seems to be becoming more and more popular lately among software developers, and for good reason. It's a great way to showcase your software to a potential user; for those who don't like text, a short little video showing the software in action is perfect.

So after trying a bunch of different screencasting apps, I found BB FlashBack Express (free) to be the best, in my opinion of course. There are plenty of other alternatives out there, too. Wikipedia has a long list of programs you can try out here.

Making the screencast didn't take as long as I expected... I was able to showcase all of IcyScreen's features in under 3 minutes. And the .SWF file that was produced by BB FlashBack is under 600KB. Cool!

You can check out the screencast here.

Posted by Patrick on August 20, 2009 at 9:02pm | 0 Comments
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Why does the .NET Framework have to be so big?

I recently had to upgrade to .NET 3.5 from version 2.0.

The download size was 60MB. That's huge -- and that's just the size of the upgrade. If I wanted to download the full version of .NET 3.5 the size would be nearly 200MB. Holy smokes!

After the download completed, the installation process took a little over 5 minutes... a relatively long period of time for a software installation.

I think that the .NET Framework is an excellent idea (though I think it'd be cooler if implemented as a natively-executing C/C++ library) and from what I hear and read it makes programming much easier for the developer, but why does it have to be so large, and why must the installation process take so long?

I think users still appreciate small downloads, fast installations, and quick application start times.

Posted by Patrick on August 4, 2009 at 9:28pm | 0 Comments
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