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Archive for December, 2013

How to Open MDI (Microsoft Document Imaging) Formatted files with Office 2007 (via: My Digital Life)

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/31

One particular weakness of Microsoft is maintaining support for document formats they have come up with the past.

MDI is one of such formats, and I had quite some old scans and document exports (back when TIFF wasn’t common place, and Microsoft was advertising MDI as a “portable” way of sharing digital print similar to PDF that wasn’t commonplace either).

I’ve exported it to PDF now.

So here is to get it working in Office 2007; it probably works the same in Office 2010 and 2012:

  • installing Microsoft Document Imaging Writer and its corresponding support for the file format.
  • Go to Control Panel, select “Uninstall a program” link under Programs section.”
  • High Microsoft Office 2007 (it may show Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Small Business, Home and Student, etc).
  • Click on “Change” located on the navigation link near the top of the window.
  • Select “Add or Remove Features”, then click “Continue”.
  • Expand “Office Tools” section.
  • Click on the drop down list for “Microsoft Office Document Imaging” and select “Run all from My Computer”.
  • Click “Continue”.
  • Click “Close” when installation done.
  • A new virtual printer “Microsoft Office Document Imaging Writer” is created and allows you to print to MDI format (a TIFF variant). And from now onwards you should be able to open any MDI files by simply double click on them. If you still can’t, try to restart your computer.


via: How to Open MDI (Microsoft Document Imaging) Format with Office 2007 « My Digital Life.

Posted in Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Power User | Leave a Comment »

openOV; vrij van a naar b

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/31

Interessant voor software developers: publieke APIs voor OV informatie

Het team van openOV werkt aan het publiek beschikbaar stellen van openbaar vervoer informatie, vrij toegankelijk voor iedereen.

Ik vraag me af of ze iets met Actuele spoorkaart Nederland te maken hebben:

Kaart en geodata: © OpenStreetMap
Actuele treintijden: NS-Reisinformatie
Visualisatie: M. van der Loos



Posted in Development, Mobile Development, Power User, SOAP/WebServices, Software Development, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Some links on Delphi, JNI, Android

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/30

So I won’t forget to read these:

Some of my own work on this back in the Delphi 7 days:


Posted in Delphi, Delphi 7, Delphi XE5, Development, Java, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Some Unicode links

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/30

I see a lot of programmers struggle with Unicode and think it is difficult as getting the encoding decoding hassle right can take quite a bit of effort. There is a lot of fun in using Unicode as well, as the number of code points (in laymen speak: characters) is huge and the Unicode code points are well organized into various planes (or blocks) with related code points. I like Charbase: A visual unicode database a lot especially as they have pictograms of all code points that always show a picture, even if you don’t have a font that your browser can use to display the character belonging to the code point. Here are a few links from to characters and blocks of characters in their database that I like a lot: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Development, Encoding, Software Development, Unicode, UTF-8, UTF8 | Leave a Comment »

git index.lock File exists when I try to commit (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/29

I had this occur a few times over the last couple of weeks.

The solution is to delete the index.lock file, but I’m not sure if more steps are needed to verify repository content.



via: git index.lock File exists when I try to commit, but cannot delete the file – Stack Overflow.

Posted in Development, DVCS - Distributed Version Control, git, Software Development, Source Code Management | Leave a Comment »

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