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Modify PDF Files In Linux With Master PDF Editor

Master PDF Editor is a multi-platform application written in Qt that allows you to create, edit and encrypt PDF and XPS files. 

The tool can be used to create or edit PDF files by adding text, inserting images, split, merge or delete pages from PDF files as well as for annotating PDFs, adding sticky notes and much more.

Master PDF Editor Ubuntu

GNOME Shell Clipboard Extension GPaste 3.8 And 3.3 Available In PPA

GPaste is a clipboard management system that comes with a command line interface as well as a GNOME Shell extension.

The application features URIs (remembers copied files, not just text) and pictures support, option to backup / restore the clipboard history and other useful features.

Gpaste 3.8

Portal 2 Released On Steam For Linux (Beta)

Portal 2, a popular first-person puzzle game developed by Valve, is now available on Steam for Linux, as beta.

Portal 2 Ubuntu

Create Classy Slow Motion Videos In Linux With slowmoVideo

slowmoVideo is a Qt application for Linux and Windows that can be used to create beautiful slow motion videos. But don't think all it does is change the video playback speed! The tool can smoothly slow down and speed up the video with optional motion blur.

slowmoVideo Ubuntu

How To Set Up Unlocator DNS Under Linux To Access Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ABC, Pandora and More Outside The US

Tunlr, a free DNS service that allowed its users to access US-based on-demand Internet streaming providers from outside the US, was shut down recently.

For those who are looking for a reliable alternative, there's Unlocator, a similar service that you can use to watch Netflix, Hulu, CBS, MTV, PBS, ABC, Pandora and more no matter where you live.

The service is free to use while in beta (I'm not sure when it will be out of beta) and once it leaves the beta, it will cost $4.95 / month.

Update: Unlocator is out of beta and is no longer free to use. There's a 7-day free trial and after that, the service costs $4.95 per month / 27.50 for 6 months or $49.95 for a year.

Netflix Ubuntu Unlocator

Numix Announces New Linux Distribution

The folks behind the Numix Project, popular for its GTK and icon themes, have announced that they are working with Nitrux S.A. on a new Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 14.04 Gets Locally Integrated Menus (LIM)

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: After getting new GTK3 CSS themed window decorations and other interesting changes this week, Unity has received yet another new feature: locally integrated menus, or LIM. 

Ubuntu locally integrated menus lim

Video Downloader `youtube-dl` Gets Support For Separate Audio And Video YouTube DASH Streams

YouTube uses Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) for delivering videos and along with that, it serves the audio and video in two separate streams for some resolutions/formats. For instance, resolutions like 1080p and 480p are available only with separate audio and video streams.

youtube-dl, a popular command line tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other similar websites, was updated recently with proper support for DASH and separate audio and video streams: the tool can now automatically combine / merge / multiplex the audio and video formats offered by YouTube.

Unity Spread Gets Support For Filtering Windows By Title, Live Window Resize [Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr]

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Unity 7 and Compiz were updated again today, bringing two improvements: support for filtering windows by title in Unity Spread and "live" window resize mode.

Quickly Charge Your iPhone Or iPad In Linux Via USB With iPad Charge

iPad Charge is a Linux alternative to the ASUS Ai Charger Windows utility, which allows charging your iPad from USB ports that otherwise don't offer enough power to properly charge the tablet. The tool can also speed up iPhone and iPod charging via standard USB ports.

Ubuntu 14.04: Unity Gets New GTK3 CSS Themed Window Decorations, Other Changes

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Unity and Compiz were updated today, bringing new GTK3 CSS themed Unity window decorations along with other interesting changes.

How To Install Chromium Beta Or Dev Channel In Ubuntu Via PPA

Quick tip for Chromium Browser users: The official Ubuntu Chromium Browser beta and dev channel PPAs are unmaintained for a long time but there are a couple of PPAs you can use to get the latest beta and development Chromium builds in Ubuntu.

Chromium Browser Dev Ubuntu

How To Test Internet Speed Via Command Line

If you want to test the Internet speed on a server or you simply want to avoid the speedtest.net Flash interface, you can use speedtest-cli, a command line tool for testing Internet bandwidth.

speedtest-cli tests your Internet speed using the popular speedtest.net website and it supports listing servers sorted by distance, testing against a specific server, you can use it with a Speedtest Mini server and it can even generate and provide a URL to the speedtest.net share results image.

GIMP: Get Photoshop Like Keyboard Shortcuts, Toolbox Icons And More

To help those who are used to Photoshop, +Martin Owens has created a collection of GIMP 2.8 tweaks that make it more like Adobe Photoshop.

Gimp photohsop tweaks

The tweaks include Photoshop like toolbox icons, keyboard shortcuts, modified dockable dialogs and even a tweaked background color to match Photoshop.

New Command Line YouTube Player And Downloader With Local Playlists Support: mps-youtube

youtube-dl is probably the most popular command line YouTube (and not only) downloader for Linux but there's a new tool that tries to do things a bit differently.

Linux Speech Recognition Using Google Speech API: Google2Ubuntu

Google2Ubuntu is a tool that lets you control your computer using voice commands via the Google speech recognition API.

The project is not new but it wasn't updated for about two years, until recently, when its developer added some new features along with English support (French was already supported).

Update: the latest Google2Ubuntu adds German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese (BR and PT) and Italian support. The new version also includes a menu to change the language, a dictation mode, new setup window along with some other improvements.

Sound Switcher Ubuntu Indicator

Sound Switcher Indicator is a sound input/output selector Ubuntu AppIndicator. It allows switching the current sound input and output (source and sink) as well as the specific output port with just two clicks.

Sound Switcher Indicator

Using it, can for instance switch between headphones, speakers and HDMI sound output with just two clicks. Or switch between several sound devices (sinks) without having to go to System Settings > Sound, etc.

QLE Unity Quicklist Editor 2.0 Released

In Unity (and not only, because DockBarX, Plank and Cairo Dock also support Unity quicklists), some applications use "quicklists" which allow you to access common tasks for those applications.

But not all applications have quicklists and if you want to add your own or create some custom launchers with quicklists, QLE Unity Quicklist Editor can make that very easy.

QLE Unity Quicklist Editor

Get Unity Global Menu / HUD Support For Java Swing Applications With JAyatana

Java Swing Ayatana is a project that brings Ubuntu global menu (AppMenu) and HUD support for Java Swing applications.

JAyatana version 2 was released recently, getting support for Ubuntu 13.10 along with a PPA for easy installation. Update: the PPA now supports Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.

Using this, you'll get Unity AppMenu and HUD support for applications such as: NetBeans IDE, IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, jDownloader and so on.

Ubuntu 14.10 Might Use Converged QML Applications, Replace Nautilus With Ubuntu Filemanager App

Oliver Grawert, SW-Integration engineer at Canonical posted a message on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list in which he says that Ubuntu 14.10 is likely to start using converged QML applications on the desktop by default.

Upgrade To LibreOffice 4.2 In Ubuntu 13.10 Or 12.04 Via PPA

LibreOffice 4.2, the recently released major update to the default Ubuntu office suite, is now available in its main official PPA, for Ubuntu 13.10 and 12.04. Below you'll find instructions on how to upgrade to this new version using the PPA.

LibreOffice 4.2 Ubuntu Trusty