Flash, Java, Recuva: Software Updates for Professionals

This bimonthly selection highlights the essential updates to be deployed if you haven’t already done so: Flash, or Java, are extremely widespread tools, no doubt a part of the workstations you are in charge of use them. In addition, Recuva, Eraser and Notepad++, three indispensable tools, have been updated. Same multimedia side with VLC, iTunes and Light Image Resizer.

Adobe Reader 2015

Adobe is making its little revolution in PDF reading. The venerable Reader, Adobe’s visualization tool, becomes Adobe Document Cloud, in the long line of the editor’s tools now available in Cloud mode.

Adobe Reader DC is intended to be a cloud-based EDM tool. Electronic signature, opening to other formats and modification of the scanned documents are available. Document Cloud must allow to manage the whole document workflow. Creation, verification, validation, signature and follow-up; all stages of the document life cycle are present. On the electronic signature side, it will be compatible with solutions such as Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Sharepoint, Salesforce.com, Ariba, and Apttus. But the real novelties are the integration of the tactile dimension and the possibility to modify the content within the scanned format.

To download this PDF viewing tool :

Adobe Reader 2015 DC for Windows

Adobe Reader 2015 DC for Mac

Flash Player

Adobe offers very regularly updates of Flash Player security obliges. The ‘most holey plug-in in history’ has to deal with new vulnerabilities that are considered critical, thus allowing remote control This means that the patch must be installed without delay, especially since it concerns both Windows and OS X.

To download this multimedia player :

Adobe Flash Player for Windows

Adobe Flash Player for Mac

Java (Java Runtime Environment) 8 Update 45

The publisher delivers its quarterly security bulletin which contains no less than 98 patches. MySQL is involved first with 26 patches, followed by Fusion Middleware, supply chain Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, E-Business Suite, Database, Commerce Platform, Retail Industry Suite, Health Sciences Applications, JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel CRM. The Java module offers 14 security patches, three of which score 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) scale, the highest severity level, allowing remote operation without authentication.

Oracle also points out that it provides the latest free Java 7 update here. From now on, patches for this version will be offered to customers with specific support contracts. A way for Oracle to encourage its users who have not yet done so to migrate to Java 8 (available since January) version 45.

To download this runtime environment :

Java (Java Runtime Environment) 8 Update 45 for Windows

Recuva 1.52

Recuva restores files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, or memory cards. The update offers Ext4 support, and improves NTFS scanning. Security bugs have also been patched.

To download this Data Recovery tool

Recuva 1.52 for Windows

Notepad++ 6.7.7

Notepad++ is a lightweight and powerful source code editor with syntax highlighting. Notepad++ offers code folding and unfolding, but also WYSIWYG rendering, auto-completion, multi-document and multi-view modes, regular expression search and replacement, and drag and drop. Widely distributed and used in many countries, Notepad++ is translated into more than 30 languages.

The latest version of the tool offers improved functionality for restoring the last file released with the previous version.

To download this tool for creating and editing :

Notepad++ 6.7.7 for Windows


Erase allows you to permanently erase confidential information from a hard drive The software performs multiple rewrites, with different patterns, on the sectors of the Hard Disk where the information to be erased was located, based on Peter Gutmann’s work on magnetic memories.

To download this formatting tool :

Eraser for Windows

VLC 2.2.1

The VLC multimedia player is a reference in multimedia playback software. It can read a number of very important formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, AAC, MP3, OGG, AVI, WMV, MOV, VCD, SVCD and some native DVD standard formats.

The new version, named Terry Pratchett after the recently deceased writer, stabilizes bugs leading to crashes of the application on FLAC and SPC formats, among others. The complete list of changes made is here.

To download this media player :

VLC 2.2.1 for Windows

VLC 2.2.1 for Mac

iTunes 12.1.2

Over time, iTunes has become a true multimedia manager capable of supporting many audio and video formats and interfacing with a variety of devices from the brand to the apple (iPod, iPhone, iPad…).

This new release improves support for photo synchronization functionality with Apple devices, and the overall stability of the solution has been enhanced.

To download this multimedia player :

iTunes 12.1.2 for Windows

iTunes 12.1.2 for Mac

Light Image Resizer

Formerly known as VSO Image Resizer, this tool organizes photos by reducing their resolution and moving them around within your hard drive free software it allows you to create versions of your images to be sent by email, to upload them faster, to change their format, and to process a large number of images at a time. An option to create file name templates allows you to rename while keeping the photo number or extract the shooting date. Finally for journalists and webmasters, you have the possibility to add a watermark photo to identify your screenshots or articles.

The new version of this tool fixes some bugs and especially adds to the drop-down menu the possibility to process images in batch.

To download this retouching tool :

Light Image Resizer for Windows




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