Got a lot of pictures to print but not got a lot of paper? To print small pictures, with many to a page, use GNOME Photo Printer—use Synaptic to search for and install gnome-photo-printer; it can be found on the Applications ^ Graphics menu once installed.
Start by clicking and dragging photos onto the GNOME Photo Printer program window (ensure the Files tab is selected). Then click the Layout tab and select the size you'd like each photo to be. Very small sizes are possible using the Custom option. The aspect ratio of each picture will be preserved, so you needn't get the exact dimensions right here. Once done, click the Print Preview button to see how it all looks. You might find you're able to get more pictures into a single page by switching to landscape—click the Paper tab and select the option beneath the Page orientation dropdown list. To really cram pictures onto a page, try reducing the margin sizes too, under the Margins heading.
Once done, ensure the correct printer is selected in the Printer tab, and then click the Print button.
Of course, there's no reason why GNOME Photo Printer can't be used to print just two or four pictures on a sheet of paper, for use in the likes of photo frames, provided the correct image size is set under the Layout tab.
Konqueror, Epiphany, Seamonkey, Midori are just some of the alternative web browsers available under Ubuntu that can make a good alternative to Firefox. All can be installed from Synaptic (search for epiphany-browser in the case of Epiphany).
Konqueror usually comes installed on versions of Linux using the KDE desktop. While most don't have any complaints about Firefox, Kon-queror is said to be faster and more compatible with web standards.
Epiphany is officially the GNOME default browser, and is built using the same Mozilla technology as Firefox, although most versions of Linux built using GNOME rely on Firefox instead. However, Epiphany mirrors the overall look and feel of the GNOME desktop, and is a true GNOME application. For example, you can redefine the menu shortcuts by following Tip 254, on page 295, something which you can't do with Firefox.
Seamonkey is the new name of the old Netscape Communicator browser suite and as such it includes an email client and news reader alongside a browser and even an HTML creation tool. If you were a fan of Netscape Communicator in its heyday, it's definitely worth trying.
Midori is a newcomer to the scene and uses the Webkit rendering engine, rather than Mozilla, for its web browsing backend. Webkit is used in Apple's Safari web browser and was originally based on Kon-queror's KHTML engine, so it comes with a good pedigree. It's a good choice to use in the unlikely event that a page doesn't render correctly using Firefox.
Once installed, you can make any of these browsers the system default by clicking System ^ Preferences ^ Preferred Applications. Then, in the Web Browser dropdown list, make your choice. Now, whenever you click a link in an email (or similar), the alternative browser will start instead of Firefox.
Ubuntu can 'roll up' windows to just their title-bar (known as shading), but the function isn't activated by default. However, the function can be coupled to a keyboard shortcut so that you can quickly roll-up a window to see what's behind it, before unrolling it again (for example, if you're typing something you've seen on a Firefox web page into a terminal window). To set this up, start Keyboard Shortcuts (System ^ Preferences) and scroll down to the Toggle Shaded State entry in the list. You'll need to use a keyboard shortcut not already in use and also one that you won't accidentally press. I find [Ctrl ]+Alt ]+[ Space] works pretty well, so click in the shortcut column alongside the entry in the list and then hit the shortcut combination (ie hit [Ctrl]+Alt)+[Space —don't type the words!). Then give it a try on the Keyboard Shortcuts window—roll it up and then roll it down! If you want to get rid of the shortcut, repeat the step above to create a new shortcut combination for the entry and hit [Backspac^ (not [Delete)!).
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