Thursday, August 21, 2014

Get access to thousands of free apps in Ubuntu!

We all love free apps!  The Apple Store and Google Play Store are full of it.

Did you know that you can have the same thing on your computer?  In fact, Ubuntu users have had this opportunity for the last 10 years and things just got better and better over the years.

Here's a tour of the Ubuntu Software Centre, where you can find literally thousands of free software, professional solutions and even developer tools.

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Manage your Twitter account, improve you social network!

As you work your way thru the social media experience, you finally reach a point where you may need some help with managing your social accounts.

In the last year, I've put my effort on getting better visibility with my Twitter account (@patrickballeux) as it is a great tool to promote my project ScreenStudio (and other stuff I do).

When I started this process, I had around 500 followers, coming mainly from my previous project WebcamStudio.  That means that each time I was announcing a new version of ScreenStudio, 500 people would be notified of my new release.  That's great, but not that much is we considered that my tweet could be buried by other tweets for each account.

I eventually build up my network on Twitter, G+ and also Facebook to get more visibility and I am now around 1400 followers on Twitter.  Then I realized that it was a bit too much to handle...

It's not about getting too much attention, it's about ensuring that my followers are real followers and that those I follow are not just bots.  It's a jungle out there, more than you think...

I've seen from time to time, promotion about  Essentially, they provide you with stats about who followed you, who un-followed you, inactive accounta you are following, etc.

If you didn't know, there is a limit on the amount of accounts you can follow on Twitter.  Mine was at 2000.  I was stuck and could not follow more people...  I decided to give a try to and see what it could do for me.

I found out that I was following accounts that were deadly inactive.  Some accounts were completely inactive for several years.  Time for a clean-up!  Some other accounts were identified as "fake" or "zombie" which ended-up on my clean-up list.

It's not just about cleaning up your following list, it's also about improving your visibility on the web.  You can automate "Welcome" tweets, DM invitation and so on.  You have to be careful not to overuse their features to avoid falling into the spammer category.  But nevertheless, it does help a lot.

I do not easily promote services about social networking but got my "Seal-Of-Approval".  Well used, it is an asset to your social media network.

Have fun today!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

ScreenStudio 1.2.6 is available

A new version of ScreenStudio was released: V1.2.6

Nothing really new in this release as it was meant to improve the error handling when something goes wrong.  A new menu as appeared that will do a "System Check", providing tips on what you may need to run ScreenStudio.

With this new release, ScreenStudio do not required "libjna-java" to be installed as it is providing its own "jna.jar".  This should help running ScreenStudio across different distros.

There is a small issue between the new ScreenStudio and Ubuntu.  If "libjna-java" is installed, it may conflict with the provided library.  The solution is quite simple:

- Remove libjna-java package

sudo apt-get remove libjna-java

- Delete "jna.jar" from the "lib" folder and create a symlink to the native "/usr/share/java/jna.jar"

ln -s jna.jar /usr/share/java/jna.jar

The DEB package should handle everything once updated so you won't have to handle this issue.  But if you are using the binary archive from, you may have to solve this manually.

Thanks you for your support

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where it all began, before WebcamStudio

I was looking at my Youtube videos and went back to the first ones where I was testing the idea of recording my computer display using scripting and different solutions.

This was before ScreenStudio, before WebcamStudio.  To be exact, the first posted video was recorded on August 25th, 2008.  Almost 6 years ago...

Recording was blurry, laggy, low-res...  But this is where it started.  Eventually I made another one:

Not much better, but I was going somewhere...

The fist official demo of WebcamStudio! September 8, 2008...

For me, this is where the big adventure of streaming and videos started.  Before that, I was working on another project called NW-E00x Mp3 Manager that was quite successful also.

I want to thank all my fans and followers that have provided my with their help, their time and their support.

Long live WebcamStudio!
Long live ScreenStudio!

Thank you!

EDIT:  A Live Special Event will be held over Hangout... See it live:

Monday, August 11, 2014

iMovie for Ubuntu: OpenShot

As you know me, I like stuff about videos.  Of course, this means also doing some video editing once in a while.

I mostly use my iPad with iMovie when creating and editing specific Youtube videos (See my channel).  It's easy to use and the result is great.  But I prefer using Ubuntu on my laptop...

A few years ago, creating videos on Ubuntu (or generally speaking, Linux), was a pain in the @$$.  There was no good enough software to be creative.  Things have change a lot in the last 3 years...

OpenShot is one of the best video editor for Ubuntu.  As a matter of fact, OpenShot is one of the best video editor, period.

  • Good looking
  • Easy to use
  • Lots of options, filters and effects
  • It's free!
See my quick review on Youtube:

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Coolest pic I ever took!

This weekend, I was down-town in Trois-Rivières, Canada.  To celebrate the racing event for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, fireworks were illuminating the sky!

The show was just amazing.  I was lucky enough to grab a few good pictures but I must admit, this is my favourite one:

It's just amazing!

ScreenStudio SVN Repository is online

A new milestone has been reached for ScreenStudio:  The SVN repository is now available.

I wanted to reach a stable version of the source code before releasing the it into a SVN repository.

It is now done!

ScreenStudio should keep its current form.  It will be easier to share the code via SVN than simply using a tar.gz archive as I did from the initial version.

You can browse the source code on Google Code:

I am currently working on making ScreenStudio a bit more friendly when reporting issues and errors.  The next release will be 1.2.6 and should be available before the end of August.

Until then, you can get the latest binary version of ScreenStudio at:

Have a great day!