Essential Free Portable Web Design and Development Applications

All of these freeware applications have been in some cases, modified and trimmed down in size to allow them to fit on to a portable device like a USB drive or a portable hard drive. Rather than carrying a bulky laptop, you can carry all your applications and programs, your bookmarks, local servers, emails, passwords, graphic editors and favorite browsers with you anywhere in your pocket. What a great idea!

Portable Web Browsers

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Avant Browser.
Description : There does not seem to be a portable version of Internet Explorer, this is the closest I could find, and it is better. The layout was designed to be more flexible and ergonomic than IE. It even supports (the terribly) few IE addins and toolbars and the list of features and tools in itself are pretty impressive as well.
Download Size : 300kb.
OS : All Windows only.

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PrestaShop Free Open-Source e-Commerce Software for Web 2.0

PrestaShop™ is professional e-Commerce shopping cart software that you can download and use for free
The big advantage of open-source software: you’re never ‘locked’ to expensive commercial software.

Our dedicated team and growing user community join forces to fix bugs and add new functionality at a rate proprietary software companies can rarely claim. Join the Open Source revolution!

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Magento – eCommerce Software for Growth, Powered by Open Source

Magento, A New Open Source E Commerce Solution
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Site Management

  • Control multiple websites and stores from one Administration Panel with ability to share as much or as little information as needed
  • Multi-Lingual
  • Support for localization
  • Support for multiple currencies
  • Administration Permission System Roles and Users
  • Web Services API for easy integration between Magento and any third-party application
  • Flexible tax rate management with support for US and International markets
  • Fully 100% customizable design using templates
  • Customer Groups
  • One-Click Upgrades
  • Content Management System for Informational Pages
  • Google Website Optimizer Integration for A/B and Multivariate Testing

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Office 14 Starts Alpha Test but When is it Due

Microsoft officials acknowledged on Tuesday that Office 14, the next major version of its suite of productivity applications, has entered alpha testing. Also sometimes referred to as a “pre-beta,” the release is going out to a “select” group of testers, according to a brief Microsoft statement.

“Microsoft has provided a select group of customers early access to an alpha version of Office server technologies. However, Microsoft is not disclosing information about the timing for a Beta version at this time,” a company spokesperson said in an e-mail to InternetNews.com.office14_web_excel

Office 14 is only a codename for the next major release of Office. The current version is officially named 2007 Office System – though most often that’s shortened to Office 2007. It was originally codenamed Office 12. There will be no Office 13, though, apparently due to superstition surrounding the number 13.

While it’s the first, fleeting, look that users will get at the next Office, the fact that it’s going into alpha testing now, when Windows 7 began public beta testing on Saturday, indicates that it isn’t likely to ship in tandem with Windows 7.

Office 14 is scheduled to include updates to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with OneNote, as well as SharePoint Server. Among the changes and additions will be more use of the “ribbon” user interface – also called “Fluent” – which was added in Office 2007. Continue reading

Opera patches again

If you’re an Opera user, the Norwegian browser has upgraded to version 9.62 to plug two potential security breaches that could be used to execute arbitrary code.

Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Opera labeled the History Search security hole as “extremely severe.” The exploit could be used to execute arbitrary code through the search results page. The second problem, noted as “highly severe,” stops the links panel from allowing cross-site scripting. This potential breach could have occurred via unrelated frames appearing on the same page. You can read the Opera changelog here.