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The Heads Up Blog

OK this is going to be an occasional series of posts. In it I will let people know of any bargains to be had and when I discover new updates to programs that are well used (or recommended by me) programs. I'll kick it off with news about GOG. This week they have four (yes 4) sales. Two of these sales are probably of most interest. There is the all things Witcher sale and the Fallout/Elder scrolls sale. Both feature silly prices.

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Risen 3 Titan Lords Complete edition (looks like it does have all dlc) current uk price on steam £14.99 - on GOG £4.99. It has recieved nixed reviews ranging from 2 to 5 stars on GOG. At that price who cares. I'm buying.

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Update available for visual studio community edition to version 15.4.1. You should get a notification when you launch it while connected to the internet. TBH I was expecting something like this following the recent win 10 update to 1709.

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Anyone interested in Paizo's Pathfinder may well find this to be of interest. Like last year they are offering a large bundle of pdf reference books at an ultra low price. $30 for 40 books. That's 90% off the regular price. Here's the link. They are describing it as an early Black Friday deal.

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Keep an eye on Amazon's Black Friday deals. I just got Mass Effect Andromeda (OK its a damn code but from what I've read elsewhere EA only do download codes for new PC games) for UK £14 ($18.55).

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The best free image viewing program now comes in 2 versions. No not Irfanview. Xnview! As well as the version I have been using for years there is now a new and improved version. It is called Xnview MP and this version is multi-platform. There are versions for window, Mac and Linux. On all 3 platforms there are 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Like its predecessor, the windows version also comes in a portable version. It now supports unicode and now has a modular interface. It is still free. Download it here. Ignore the corporate licences, the download links are below.

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One of the plus things about Notepad++ is that there are a lot of plugins for it. Managing these can be problematic. That is why I am going to point you to the only plugin that you actually need to download manually. Plugin Manager for Notepad++. Click on the link to the official home. It comes in both 32 and 64 bit flavours to match the version of npp that you have (if you can't remember go to help/about in npp). According to the homepage for npp, it is supposed to be included with npp. Well it wasn't when I downloaded the 64 bit version so hence the link.

Once installed and run it displays a list of available plugins with check boxes next to each one. One thing to note is that it doesn't discriminate between 64 and 32 bit plugins so be prepared for npp to complain and ask if you want to remove the offending ones (hint - click yes). Having said that I now have a working programmers spellchecker after years without one (hint go to settings to select dictionaries. Also a snippet manager and a file compare.

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