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Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 Release

It is almost one year after Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2, which released in October 2015. Now I found 4.1.3 is released on October 12, 2016.

A lot of people said that Apache OpenOffice Project Could End. The main reasons are no enough developer, security vulnerabilities can not be fixed in reasonable time frame.

During past three years, Apache OpenOffice Project released only three maintenance version. The main competitor, LibreOffice has 14 releases in 2015.  Based on the requirement from ASF, at least one release per month is minimum.

I used Apache OpenOffice many years. I can not remember when I switch to LibreOffice. Maybe 2014.

Even I use  LibreOffice for two years. I still hope Apache OpenOffice can continue developing its new version. I believe competition makes a better world, including software we use.

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New Apache OpenOffice can be download here. Release notes here.

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iTunes Installation error on Windows 10

When I re-install iTunes on my Windows 10, after reset my PC, I got the error as below: iTunes Installation error: “Microsoft VC80.CRT.TYPE=”win 32″.version=8.0.50727.6195″.publicKeyToken=’1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”.processorArchitecture “x86″”.Please refer to help and support for more information. HRESULT:0X800700C1

It annoied my half an hour to solve the problem. At last, I got the answer.

My Windows 10 may need a particular library file which is not included. It is Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC security Update.

Download here Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update

I download and install the x64 file. Then re-try the installation of iTunes, it is OK now. No Error comes out.

 

How to fix d3dx9_43.dll is missing in Windows 10

It is a big problem when I try to install World of Warships. It is a brand new PC with a fresh installation of Windows 10 Pro 64bit.

I did the following steps.

  1. Download client installation file from World of Warships official site.
  2. Run the installation and allow it to download related files and updated files.
  3. Reboot the computer.
  4. Click the icon and try to run the game.
  5. An error comes out.

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I tried a lot of ways to solve it. Only one works on my computer.

D3dx9_43.dll is a directX extension file. It is DirectX 9. 43 means version 43.

Let me show you how to do it.

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AS SSD Benchmark testing has Exception error on Windows 10

How to solve the problem of errors when running AS SSD Benchmark testing on Windows 10 pro? Here is how the error looks like:as-ssd-benchmark-error

 

It is not always happened. Click OK. The result is  done.  But, there are some testing files left in the c:\AS-SSD-TEST42\ folder. You can delete them manually.

If it happened, you just need to run the execute file with Administrator right.

ps: The picture above is from the Internet.

Upgrade to Calibre 2.66

This time, I upgrade my Calibre installation to 2.66. It is alway an update every week. I would like to track new features in what’s new.

The most exciting features added in past eight updates are following:

New Features of v2.66

  • A simplified calibre logo
  • Edit Book: Allow restricting a search to the files currently open for editing
  • Driver for the PocketBook Touch HD
  • Kobo driver: Add support for firmware version 3.20

New Features of v2.65.1

  • Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura Edition 2
  • Kobo driver: Add an option to ignore some collections on the device. The specified collections will not be touched by the driver.
  • Add an option in Preferences->Searching to make searching case-sensitive
  • DOCX Input: Add support for right-to-left text/tables

New Features of v2.64

  • Custom columns: Add a new ‘Short text’ column type that behaves like the builtin title column

    More generally, you can now customize Comments-like columns, controlling how their headings are displayed in the Book Details panel and also specifying what kind of data they contain (plain text, HTML or even Markdown)

  • Edit book: Function mode: Allow appending text to the end of the marked text when running function mode search/replace on marked text
  • PDF Output: Add a new variable _TOP_LEVEL_SECTION_ for use in header/footer templates that resolves to the current top-most section in the Table of Contents
  • Linux/OSX: Shutdown gracefully on receiving the interrupt or terminate Unix signals

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How to fix error Age of Empires 3 in Windows 10

It is an error when I tried to play my Age of Empires III game in Windows 10. I have the game which is installed on Steam platform. It is an old game, which is released  11 years ago, or 2005. I played it on Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows 7. Now I installed it on Windows 10. It gave me an error and closed.

I checked and fixed the error with two steps.

Step 1. The error of compatible mode.

I located the executive files and change the properties. age3y.exe

It is located on Steam library. Mine is D:\steam-games. So the files are in d:\steam-games\steamapps\common\age of empires 3\bin\

Right click on the file and choose properties, click Compatibility tab, make sure choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3) Compatibility mode and choose Run this program as an administrator.

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Upgrade to Calibre 2.58

It is almost one year since I posted the update of 2.31 on June 20, 2015.

There are a lot of updates during these days.  So I just put the major new features for this period.

 

 

  • Edit Book: A new tool to transform book styling using easy to create rules. [2.53]

    For example, you can create rules to change colours in the book or to double the font size of all text in the book, etc. For details, see https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/edit.html#transforming-css-properties

  • A new tool to easily export and import all calibre data — books, settings and plugins [2.47]

    Right click the calibre icon in the main calibre toolbar and choose “Export/import all calibre data” to run this tool. It is useful if you want to move to a new computer or duplicate your calibre setup on a second computer, with minimal effort. This tool is very new, so if you run into problems, please report bugs. You can always use the old manual method of copying library folders as a fallback.

  • Implement tag mapping to automatically filter/transform tags when adding books or downloading metadata [2.39]

    Now you can create simple rules that will filter/transform the tags when adding new books or downloading metadata for books. To setup the rules, go to Preferences->Adding books and Preferences->Downloading metadata

  • Icon themes: Change the calibre icons easily via icon themes [2.36]

    You can now change the icons calibre uses easily via Preferences->Look & Feel->Change icon theme. Several icon themes are already available for calibre

 

 

How to convert flac file to MP3 with FormatFactory

I use FormatFactory 3.8.0 to convert video files, audio files. It can also convert picture, such as jpg png ico, bmp, gif, tif, pcx, tga; and document, such as pdf, html mobi, EPub, AZW3.

Here I am talking about how to convert audio file, which is flac. I would like to convert it to mp3 and import it to iTunes. At the last, I will play it on my iPod shuffle.

The problem is I got the error 0x00000001.

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I have no idea what happened. Since FormatFactory gave the option to convert flac to mp3, why it can not do it.

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Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N

I have a Windows 7 64bit installation. It is not a normal Windows 7. It is Windows 7 N. Look at the N. When I installed a Movie Maker software and try to load it. There is an error said: MF.dll is missing.

It is a dll file. The software depends on it. I do not met this kind error before. So I search the error on Google. The answer is because of my N, the big N. It means it is not a regular Windows. I need a Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N.  Media Feature Pack is part of normal Windows OS, but Windows N take it away for some reason, or for some country regulation.

Anyway, I find the official place to download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1.

media feature pack for Windows 7 N

After downloading the file, it is about 310MB. and installing it on my Windows 7 N. The system need to be reboot two times to complete the installation.

Then, Movie Maker is loaded without error. No more MF.dll missing error.

More information of it, you can check the article number KB968211 on support.microsoft.com

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