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first_img(L-r) Assistant Registrar General Clifford Robinson and Registrar General, Prince Decker, The Assistant Registrar General for Copyright, Clifford Robinson, has been accused of attempting to forcefully take over as the acting director general of the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO). But Robinson has refuted the claim.“It’s a lie,” he told the Daily Observer.The agency’s director general, Atty. Roosevelt Gould and his two principal deputies, K. Rufus Moore and Fanta Barclay lost their jobs after the Executive Mansion issued a release relieving the heads of ministries and agencies, and ordering the human resource directors to run the affairs of such entities until new heads are appointed.The allegation against Robinson was corroborated by Ernest C. B. Bruce and K. Rufus Moore, board chairman and former deputy director general for industrial property, respectively. They said on Tuesday and Wednesday, Robinson took about six men with him to the office informing the staff that he was now the acting director general of the agency.They said he did not show any letter of appointment from the Joint Presidential Transitional Team (JPTT).“His attitude is deeply disturbing and has caused confusion among the staff. When I approached him about it, Robinson told me that he is not obligated to report to me and if I need clarity, I should call the president,” Bruce explained.But Robinson told the Daily Observer that the allegation against him is false and misleading and is intended to tarnish his reputation.“This is a CDC government, and no one should question the decision. These people are afraid that I’m qualified and may be appointed to the position by the government. I did not take anyone to the agency’s headquarters in an attempt to install myself as its new head. I have worked at the agency and know the line of succession,” said Robinson.However, Prince Decker, the registrar general of LIPO who, per agency leadership structure, is the acting director general, said Robinson attempted to impose himself as the agency’s head.“We have not received any communication from the Joint Presidential Transitional Team appointing him as the acting director general for the agency. Until then, he remains in his position as Assistant Registrar and Registrar General,” Decker said. “I’ve instructed the staff not to take instructions from him and the public not to do business with him.”Decker added that if Robinson is appointed as director general by the President, the staff will welcome him with open arms.“Mr. Robinson’s act is not only uncivilized, but also unspeakable; it’s disgusting. I am sick in my stomach to hear of such behavior in this modern day and age,” Decker added.Meanwhile, Fanta Barclay, director general for copyright, said she is shocked to hear that Robinson tried to impose himself as the head of the agency.“While I was at the office on Tuesday, I saw him entering the building with a few people. But I don’t know what happened at the end since I left earlier,” she said.LIPO is the agency that formulates policies on intellectual property rights and/or intellectual property regulations and grants applications for patents, including utility models, copyright/related rights, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and layout-designs (topographies) of integrated circuits, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Paintnet 42 is out with a huge list of changes

first_imgPaint.net 4.2 is out with a huge list of changes by Martin Brinkmann on July 15, 2019 in Music and Video – 9 commentsThe developer of Paint.net released a new version of the image editor for Microsoft’s Windows operating system on July 13, 2019.Paint.net 4.2 is an update for the desktop version and Microsoft Store version of the image editor. The new version is already available for download on the official project website. Updates of the Store version and installed versions may take up to a week if automatic updates are enabled.Desktop users may run a manual check for updates to download the new version immediately; this is done with a click on the Settings icon, and selecting Updates > Check now in the Settings window.To put the 4.2 release into perspective. Paint.net 4.0 was released in 2014, Paint.net 4.1 in 2018. The developer of Paint.net releases updates regularly but major updates like Paint.net 4.2 are rare.One of the major new features of Paint.net 4.2 is support for the HEIC file format. Support is not available on all supported versions of Windows, however. HEIC support is only available on devices running Windows 10 version 1809 or newer, and only if the HEVC Video Extensions application is installed.The Paint.net developer mentions the paid version for $0.99 only but there is also a free version available that users may want to give a try. Microsoft included the codec initially in Windows 10 but moved it to the Store when it released the Creators Update for Windows 10.A quick test on a Windows 10 version 1809 confirmed that the free version is enough to display .heic images in the image editor.The format is used as the default format on Apple iPhone devices and also supported on some devices running newer versions of Android.Core file types, including BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG, and TIFF — have been upgraded internally. The developer built them on top of the Windows Image Component instead of GDI+ which also introduced new functionality such as support for saving 32-bit BMP images with alpha transparency, support for larger JPEG, TIFF, and PNG sizes, or saving TIFF images at 25-bit and 8 color depths.Paint.net did not really handle very large images, those starting at 32kx32k pixels, well performance-wise. Users who had to edit these large images noticed that performance would drop of significantly  and that it could take anywhere from several seconds to a minute before the application responded again.Other changes in Paint.net 4.2New keyboard shortcuts for changing the current layer are available now:Go to Top layer —  Ctrl-Alt-PageUpGo to layer Above — Alt-PageUpGo to layer Below — Alt-PageDownGo to Bottom layer — Ctrl-Alt-PageDownSupport for saving PNG images as interlaced.TGA images load about four times faster than in previous versions.Errors are reported in the Save Configuration dialog. Also, some performance improvements.Fixed Windows Explorer thumbnails for certain image types, PDN, DDS, and TGA, that were not rendering alpha correctly.Improved CPU usage for thumbnail updates.You find the full list of changes published on the Paint.net Blog.Now You: Which image editor, if any, do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Paint.net 4.2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://www.getpaint.net Advertisementlast_img read more