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Free PDF editor for Mac OS

It was great to receive the following announcement, and be able to share it with you, with weeks to go before the deadline…

We are pleased to announce a limited-time giveaway of PDF Editor Mac Pro 3.0, a powerful and now free PDF application for Mac OS X…

The basic application is always free…After the promotional date, the application will return to its original price of $39.95 (USD). Once users activate the product, it will be full lifetime license and doesn’t have a limited time.

The Pro version will not add a default watermark to all saved PDF files. Instead, it gives users the option to add their own watermark or opt out of using a watermark all together. PDF Editor Mac Pro also provides owners of the application with 24×7 email support, free and worldwide.

Feature Highlights:

* No default watermark added to saved PDF
* Simple and intuitive User Interface
* Add and edit text and images
* Supports JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, and more
* Delete content
* Ability to rotate orientation of PDF
* Ability to draw vertical and horizontal lines
* Custom watermark all pages
* Undo/Redo options
* Zoom in/Zoom out options
* Commercial use allowed for additional cost
* Around the clock email support, free and worldwide
* Tutorial

Giveaway Page:

The offer is good until April 20…

Mobile Vampire game goes Free (until the 23rd of March 2014)

vampgameIt seems that people like vampires…and the vampires they find our prevalent in theatrical movies (Dracula, Twilight, Near Dark), Television shows (True Blood, Vampire Diary’s, Dracula) and of course books…

There has always been a sort of romantic nod to Dracula, sure he might give a tremendous kiss on the neck but lets remember, that kiss usually brings about death – or at least towns people all reeking of garlic. Either way, that romanticism with The Vampire is a 10 billion dollar revenue creator to the economy according to the article  from 2011 at DailyFinance.com – This during the Twilight Saga wrap up but the genre continues

And now, Gaming for the mobile devices resurrects the vampire genre with the game “Vampires: Todd & Jessica’s Story” is free from March 17 to 23 for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android (Google Play and Kindle Fire), Nook and Mac.

According the Game Creators The Vampires: Todd & Jessica Story gives you the ability to take on a role of a vampire who longs to be human again. Todd is in the middle of proposing to Jessica, his one true love, when he’s kidnapped. Worse, Todd discovers that his close friend Zack, a charismatic and dangerous vampire, has sinister plans for Jessica. Now this desperate young lover must find his fragile fiancée and protect her from a terrible fate. Explore eerie locations, meet mysterious yet friendly characters, collect useful objects and solve brain-teasing puzzles as you experience an immortal love story with bite!”

The Title comes from Adore Studios, Check out more information here



free games until December 15: Nightmares from the Deep, and Stand O’Food

G5 Entertainment has made the game “Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, Collector’s Edition” available for free on many devices…until December 15th:

“In Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, you’ll follow the story of an ancient pirate with a forbidden passion. The pirate was cursed and died. His soul never found rest without the accompaniment of his long-lost love.

“You begin this adventure-hybrid game as the director of a nautical museum buzzing with excitement over its newest exhibit: the mummified remains of the notorious 18th century pirate, Captain Remington. In a twist of the supernatural, the pirate awakens and kidnaps her daughter and makes off with her aboard his ghost galleon to his hideout on Skull Island. You soon find yourself aboard his ship, bargaining with skeletons for a map and listening, enthralled, to an undead dwarf as he recounts an unlikely story of romance. You’ll travel throughout the Caribbean to some numerous locals as you try to lift the curse and discover more about this ghostly pirate along the way. It’s a tale of murder and mayhem upon the high seas and you help to make the story right, in the end.

“Gameplay is a bountiful blend of exploration, mini-games, and a choice between hidden object searches or mahjong solitaire. While you can complete the game in a traditional hidden object game fashion, exploring the game’s 45 locations and playing its 39 hidden hidden object scenes, you can also switch to a Mahjong-style mini-game where you’ll take items from hotspots and can use them elsewhere in the game, like in its 16 puzzles or mini-games.”

It’s available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Mac…and Nook!


I got a message that they’re also giving away another game…

“…Stand O’Food, will be available at absolutely no charge to iOS players…through December 15th…

“In Stand O’Food players have to feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! The game offers you to choose between Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, more than 100 levels to complete and more than 80 receipts of sandwiches to try your hand at. Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it’s not all about speed – you’ve also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before…”


free game for iOS, Mac, and Android through June 30th

“June 24th through June 30th, G5 Entertainment is giving away Epic Adventures: La Jangada on iOS, Mac and Google Play. Based on a novel by the legendary French novelist Jules Verne, the game takes you back to the 19th century on a trip with Minha and her family through the Amazon River…

“After Minha agrees to marry Dr. Manuel Valdez, they decide to hold the wedding in Brazil. You start this riveting adventure in Peru and travel through Amazon on an astonishing ship – the Jangada…her father’s dark past threatens her happy marriage. Long ago, he was accused of murder and now he is being blackmailed for Minha’s hand in marriage…it’s your job to help unravel the mystery of her father’s past.

“…you have to find and then return the items to their exact places in some scenes. For example, you’ll need to help Minha tidy her bedroom and pack a suitcase…”



free game through April 1: Mystery of the Crystal Portal

Get the game The Mystery of the Crystal Portal FREE for iOS, Mac, Android, and Kindle Fire through April 1…

About the game:

Meet Nicole Rankwist, a journalist for a small paper in New York in the late 1920’s. After making a huge archaeological discovery, her father mysteriously disappears! Nicole finds his diary and sets off on a quest around the world to track her father down…

As Nicole retraces father’s steps, she will visit seven exotic locations…Striving to unlock fragments of the Crystal Portal key, players will search for hidden objects and solve unique and intriguing puzzles. The seek and find aspect of the game requires players to first find “container items”, which show a menu with more searchable objects. In each location there are special items – pieces of puzzles for mini games which lead to unlocking a partial key for the Crystal Portal. The Mystery of the Crystal Portal has neither time limits nor penalties for random tapping, and there are time-based hints available…

7 Picturesque Settings
22 Levels and Mini-Games
Use pinch to zoom in and out to find all objects
Free hints when you are stuck or buy them to speed up your progress



Microsoft Office 365 University only $80!

If you are affiliated with a college, you may qualify for a four-year subscription to Office 365 University from Microsoft…

Though, it appears you must have an eddress that has an “edu” top-level domain.

It can be installed on two computers (Windows or Mac), and some mobile devices.

Office 365 University includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.

“The Office 365 University plan allows you to install Office on up to two PCs or Macs and on up to two smartphones or tablets, for use by a single person.”

The supported operating systems include Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.6 or later.  But:  “…you can install Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on your Mac…”  (Based on that statement I assume there’s a chance OneNote, Publisher, and Access will not function on a Mac.)

I read:

“Office 365 University is a four-year subscription for full- and part-time enrolled university and college students, faculty, and staff in accredited institutions…”

“After purchasing Office 365 University at a participating retailer…Each eligible user can redeem Office 365 University product once in a three year period and can only activate a maximum of two.”

As I’m understanding it:  you can install it once on two different computers within three years.  What if a computer becomes unuseable?  Or a licensed user wants to remove the product from one computer, and install it onto another?


The cost of the four-year subscription is only $79.99.  Overall, it seems like a great deal to me…

Microsoft changes Office licensing terms…it’s a little better, now

(The current, “better”, licensing terms are in the section below with the header “LICENSE AGREEMENT”…)

First…where we came from…

Microsoft announced that a purchased copy of Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013 would only be allowed to be installed on one computer…ever.

According to their statement:  “…Office 2013 suites have consistent rights and restrictions regarding transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 PKC, which was chosen by a majority of Office 2010 customers worldwide.”

It needs to be proven to me that customers chose and preferred those specific rights and restrictions…I just don’t believe people would select that option over others.

OK…here’s the initial reason I’ve been against using (a retail version of) Office 2013:  “…The Office 2013 software is licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable (consistent with the rights and restrictions of Office 2010 PKC). In the event that a customer buys the Office 2013 software and installs it on a PC that fails under warranty, the customer can contact support to receive an exemption to activate the Office 2013 software on the replacement PC.”

(“PKC” is a product key card…)

Microsoft stated that…after you have purchased the product, and installed it onto a computer…that’s it.  By the licensing agreement, you are not allowed to (remove it from that computer and) install it on another computer.  Ever.

To me, Microsoft seems to be pushing consumers to Office 365 Home Premium which “works across up to 5 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be activated and deactivated across devices”.


If true, that made me wonder why.

I compared some of their suites, based on my interests.

Office 365 Home Premium, Office Home and Student 2013, and Office Home and Business 2013 include OneNote in their suites.

Office 365 Home Premium costs $99…per year.

The price for Office Home and Student 2013 is $139…Outlook is not included.

Outlook is included in Office Home and Business 2013, which is priced at $219 for the product.



As Monty Python would say:  “And now, for something completely different.”

“…Based on customer feedback we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another. This means customers can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Previously, customers could only transfer their Office 2013 software to a new device if their PC failed under warranty.”

I’m dizzy from all of the “spinning” that’s been done…

“…this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms…

“…You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the ‘licensed computer.’ You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement before the transfer. Any time you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer and you may not retain any copies.”


In the past I had been a big fan of Outlook…and OneNote.  But after some changes to the applications…and this licensing drama…if I were to ever again invest in an Office product:  I might consider the Professional version because it contains Outlook and OneNote, and would be a better package for me for the cost…or, if I could afford to pay $99 for it every year, I would use Office 365 Home Premium.  Or, maybe I would pay for both…but it would greatly depend on my budget.

Now that I’ve said all of that, consider reading “Microsoft Office 365 University only $80!”

Reach-out to your stolen phone

Your electronic device has been stolen…are you able to recover it?  Maybe…


There was an incident where an Apple MacBook was stolen, but it was able to be returned to it’s owner because of an application named Hidden:

“Hidden tracks your computer’s location, takes real time photos of the thief and screenshots of them using your computer…

“Hidden is a small application which sits idle on your computer until you need it. When your computer gets stolen simply login to your online Tracking Control Panel and mark your computer as stolen. Hidden will kick into action and locate your stolen computer anywhere on the planet, collect photos of the thief and screen shots of the computer in use.”


If your phone is stolen, you might be able to get it back.

Kaspersky Mobile Security is a service for Android devices.  It now has a feature called “Mugshot”:  the front-facing camera can now be activated remotely.  Images can be sent to an e-mail account, or viewed from the web-based control center.

Through the new web-based control center, owners can also:
Remotely lock their missing smartphone to secure personal information
Remotely wipe sensitive information from their missing smartphone
Remotely locate their lost or stolen smartphone using GPS, GSM or Wi-Fi, and Google Maps
Review logs of recent activities, such as their status and the results of any commands sent to the phone, or the installation of a new SIM card

Kaspersky Mobile Security also includes protection from spam, viruses, and spyware.

The link for the product is http://usa.kaspersky.com/products-services/home-computer-security/mobile-security?domain=kaspersky.com


free Mac software, Oct. 1 to 4

“Come and get it!…”


Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 6:33 AM
Subject: CampTune 7.5 for Mac® OS X
To: <slick@techtalkradio.com>

Today I’d like to inform you about the…3-Day Giveaway of CampTune 7.5 for Mac® OS X – a handy utility that easily redistributes disk space between Windows® and Mac® partitions.

The software, normally priced at $19.95, will be available for your readers from Paragon Free portal: http://www.paragon-software.com/free/giveaway.html …FRIDAY  October, 1,  03:00 am (NY Time) till MONDAY October, 4,  03:00 am (NY Time)!

Please note that this free version requires registration.
The detailed product information is available at: Paragon CampTune 8 for Mac® OS X website