There should be an image here!It should come as no surprise that more and more local newspapers are having a hard time sticking around. We’ve been hearing about the decline of the newspaper industry for years now, and a lot of local newspapers are trying to increase their online presence in an attempt to stay relevant. Let’s face it, newspapers may be struggling, but local news is still important, and with resources like Patch, newspapers are going to continue to struggle at their own game.

Patch is a site that aims to provide local news and information (like business listings, events, etc.) online, and it does this by using select people who live in the locations as editors. This means that the local information will be put together by locals, and since Patch is all about the community, readers can participate by submitting content. As of right now, Patch is only available in select cities in a handful of states in the United States, but this method of bringing some organization and editorial direction to local content could help Patch to take off.

AOL Is For The Pitts

There should be an image here!The AOL of the 21st century is one of the dumbest, worst run tech companies I have ever had the misfortune of laying eyes on. And to maker matters worse, we now have this goofy article point out just how big of a joke AOL has become.

Gaming Google is not a business model, yet based on everything I have read in recent months, this is seems to be where they are headed with stuff. Then after AOL got done laying off most of their editors, they are going to farm it all out to freelancers.

AOL needs a serious refresh. Clearly their glory days are behind them, this former ISP needs to just be put to bed in my honest opinion. They have become a sad sack state of affairs that it out for a fast buck.

Notepad SX v1.2

A good text editor is like that old smelly pair of socks you refuse to change. You like how they feel, and you have just gotten used to the smell. I don’t know too many people who change text editors after they find one they like, but hopefully I’ll get those folks out there that do not have a favorite a new one to consider.

Notepad SX is another notepad replacement with a few extra features that the Microsoft team left out of their version.

Here is what the developers of the program have to say about it’s freeware goodness.

NotePad SX is a notepad replacement text editor that offers a tabbed interface and a variety of text processing functions. You can convert cases, sort lines, generate random text, reverse text, trim lines, remove HTML/XML tags and more. The program also supports text-to-speech synthesis (Microsoft Agent) and offers several interface styles to choose from.

There is no re-learning the interface here, it is all pretty straightforward. If you have used any text editor before, you should be able to find yourself at home here. The tabbed interface is nice as well, I just wish it was on the top and not at the bottom. After playing with it, I was sad to see that you could not change that.

So what do you think? Is it time to change your socks, or have you not been won over just yet? I would suggest you at least try out Notepad SX. Who knows, it might fit you better than you think.

[693K] [Win98/ME/2k/XP] [FREE]

[tags]notepad, text, editors, Windows, freeware[/tags]

Photobie 2.8.6

The problem with most graphic editors out there today is that they either have too many features or not enough. There are too few programs that go down the middle of the road when it comes to power inside of an image editor. Well, one of the few that walks the line perfectly is Photobie.

The developer of Photobie writes:

Photobie is an Image Editing software with most features similar to Photoshop plus advanced screen capture and photo frame editing features. With Photobie screen capture you can prepare presentations very simply. Photobie has a simple user interface.

Furthermore, if you have MS Word and other software that create specific graphics or art fonts, then with Photobie you can simply capture it and paste it to any image. Photobie supports multiple-layer image retouching for advanced image editing.

Want to see it in action? Check out the gallery of screen shots available.

If you need a light graphic editor that doesn’t have all the tools and features of some of the more expensive programs out there, Photobie is the way to go. It packs a punch – yet it is totally free to use.

[2.13M] [Win2k/XP] [FREE]

[tags]Windows, freeware, graphics, editors, images, photos[/tags]