transmageddon-video-converter

Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

we uses a lot video file formats in our daily life, but probably with different devices (e.g ipod, PC, iPhone..), so the devices need the input files in specific formats (or in their native file formats), that’s where the video converters are required. Video Converter simply convert a video file format in to another video file format. so it acts like a format conversion tool.

On Ubuntu 11.04 (natty Narwhal), a lot of free and open source softwares are available in package repository but only few of them are quite usable. This post will explain about a simple video converter – ‘Transmageddon’ that you can find in Ubuntu Software Center, so the installation will be quite easy (Actually Installing Application or softwares in Ubuntu or most of the Linux Distribution, is very easy nowadays, Linux based Distros are becoming much user friendly due to the arrival of Ubuntu and Linux Mint).

Transmageddon – Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

Transmageddon is a video converter (of course it’s free and open source) specially developed for generating video file formats, for mobile devices. it’s very use, specify the input file and select the mobile device for which you want to generate output file. Most common supported video file formats are –

  • AVI
  • FLV
  • MP3
  • FLAC
  • Vorbis
  • DivX5
  • MPEG 4
  • Quick Time

Installing Transmageddon Video Transcoder/Converter on Ubuntu 11.04

#1  : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘transmageddon’ or ‘video converter’.

transmageddon-video-converter

#2 : Select Transmageddon from the search result.

#3 : click on install button (Enter the login password, if required) and wait for the installation to complete.

Transmageddon Video Converter

installing-adobe-reader

how to install Adobe reader in ubuntu 11.04

Adobe Reader (Formerly known as Acrobat Reader) is one of the most popular pdf reader. Adobe Reader is a freeware Application developed and maintained by Adobe Systems. Adobe Reader is primarily used in the reading and printing PDF (portable document format) Files (Although it as some pdf creation functionality, but it can be neglected in general).

Ubuntu 11.04 (alias : Natty Narwhal) has ‘Document Viewer’ installed by default, which is sufficient for viewing pdf documents or ebooks. But it’s a very basic application, so it doesn’t have any advanced features. That’s why you want to go for some third party PDF readers like Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. Here I’ll explain about Adobe PDF Reader. Adobe reader has improved its user interface, now it’s much simple to use and navigate. The application startup time has also been reduced and some security features has been integrated in the latest version. The overall performance has improved.

Installing Adobe Reader from Synaptic Package Manager

#1 : First, open synaptic package manager and click on Settings -> Repositories -> Other Software and check all the boxes (basically two upper boxes, because rest of them would be already checked) to add those software sources.

installing-adobe-reader

#2 : Now,click on Reload button, to update package information in the repository.

#3 : Then search for ‘adobe reader’ and select the packages, you want to install, then click on Apply button to begin the installation procedure, wait until the installation is completed.

install-adobe-reader-on-ubuntu 11.04

#4 : That’s All..you are done! Open it from the Main Menu and you can stuck it to the left icon panel (Right click on icon and select ‘Keep in Launcher’).

Installing from command line

After adding the software resources in step #1, you can skip above steps and install adobe pdf reader in one single command (you may have to enter your login password(if you haven’t entered recently at command prompt) ) –

 sudo apt-get install acroread

adobe reader on ubuntu 11.04

picasa-snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04

How to install Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

Picasa is a photo management Application from Google Inc. Picasa is a free software, available for all platforms – Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Picasa (probably named after great painter, drawer and sculpturist – Pablo Picasso) runs using Wine on Ubuntu 11.04, so it lacks some features, but still it’s a great apps for photo editing, organizing and sharing  picture, on Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu 11.04, you can also F-spot photo manager (Open Source and free Apps for managing pics), available in Ubuntu Software Center. Picasa has a lot of features that’s why most users prefer Picasa over Fspot. Picasa will never delete any pictures, and it won’t upload any picture to the web without your permission. Picasa 2.7 is the latest stable release for Linux based OS, or you can also try Picasa 3.0 Beta, if you want; download links are given below and the installation procedure is same in both the cases.

New Features in Picasa 3.0

  • Easy to add watermark or text to photos
  • better integration with Picasa web Albums
  • easy to upload pics
  • advanced retouch tools to improve photo quality

picasa-snapshot on Ubuntu 11.04

Installing Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

step #1 : Download the Debian Package for your computer architecture (32 or 64 bit).

Download Picasa for Ubuntu

step #2 : Right Click and open the file with Ubuntu Software Center (or simply double click on the file) to begin, then click on install button and wait until the installation is complete.

installing-picasa-ubuntu-11-04

step #3 : That’s All.. Now you can find it in the main menu (Top Left Corner)

Install Picasa from command line

Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the following commands –

For 32 bit

wget http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb

For 64 bit

wget http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb
upgrading-ubuntu-10-10

How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04

Ubuntu 10.10 had released, few (~6) months ago, now Ubuntu 11.04 is the next version, scheduled to release on April 28, 2011. Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx) is based on GNOME Desktop, while Ubuntu 11.04 is using Unity Shell/Desktop (with GNOME Application suite). If you are thinking to upgrade your Ubuntu 10.10, to it’s next version, 11.04 (Natty Narwhal ), then First make a backup and wait for few days, until the stable version of Ubuntu 11.04 comes out.

Ubuntu 10.10 is based on gnome 2.3, if you will upgrade , then unity will become the default desktop. The new desktop ‘unity’ is the major change in the next version, everything else is almost similar to previous version, or else if you are bored with old classic interface of gnome 2.3 then you can try Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 10.10, gnome 3 also looks great!, so instead of upgrading the whole system, you can just upgrade the desktop.

Upgrading Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04 in few simple steps

step #1 : First of all, prepare a backup of all the files (customized apps, e.g gimp fonts, brushes, plugins) and data, it’s strongly recommended. When you are ready, move to next step.

upgrading-ubuntu-10-10

step #2 : Hit ALT+F2 , a small window will appear, write

update-manager -d

and click on Run Button (you just started the Update Manager Daemon).

upgrading-to-ubuntu-11-04

step #3 : Now,  a new Window will appear, just click on Upgrade button (look at the snapshot, above), then move on..the upgrading will begin.

step #4 : Relax,until the upgrading process is completed. Restart the computer and enjoy Ubuntu 11.04!!

Here is a snapshot of the new Look of your Desktop (Unity with Ubuntu 11.04)!

ubuntu-11-04-snapshot

gnome3-on-ubuntu

how to install Gnome 3 on ubuntu 10.10-10.04

GNOME 3, the latest stable version of GNOME Desktop, has released with a lot of changes and improvements. Ubuntu 11.04 has shifted to another default desktop (developed by Canonical, although gnome is installed, and you can select it, in the login window), while 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and 10.04(Lucid Lynx) has gnome by default.

GNOME 3 has completely different look and feel than its predecessor version 2.32. GNOME is the most popular desktop, used by most of the popular Linux Distributions – like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian etc. GNOME also provides some basic applications and utilities. GNOME 3 has been developed from the scratch, so you can expect a lot of features and functionality in the completely new environment.

Due to some innovative features and look, it claims to be ‘The Next Generation Desktop’. On Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 , you can either install it from the command line or synaptic package manager, but be careful before installing it, be ready with a backup (because a lot of people has reported some problems, related to gnome 3 / Ubuntu). You can also download the *.ISO archive from the Gnome’s official website and install it, but officially it says only for Fedora and Open Suse, but I think , the package available for Fedora, might work with Ubuntu.

gnome3-on-ubuntu

Features of GNOME 3.0 at a Glance

  • Easier Window Management
  • Create workspaces easily
  • Faster Access to Applications
  • Less distraction during the work
  • Built in Messaging Features
  • charming look and design
  • Deeper hardware integration

Installing GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10

#1 : Open synaptic package manager and add the PPA (Settings -> Repositories -> Other Softwares, then add the PPA given below ) for GNOME 3.

ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds

installing-gnome3-ubuntu

#2 : Then, update the repository packages (using Reload button).

#3 : Now search for gnome 3 package and install it.

From Command Line / Terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop3