May 2, 2012

Radical Breeze Highlights May 2012

Bryan Lunduke, the man behind Linux Tycoon has given the Linux community another update on his latest works and news of Radical Breeze's products.

Firstly, Radical Comic Designer 3.0 is now available in public beta for Linux and Windows. 

As the name suggests, it is a simple web comic designer. The application layouts your comic to suit your style. It features customizable panels, images, speech bubbles and captions to your own strips and pages. Right now it is only $5. Head over the the webpage for more information. If you are a web comic designer or just want to take on a simple hobby, this application can get you started.

Another piece of software by Radical Breeze, Illumination Software Creator has been updated to version 4.3. Illumination Software Creator is a visual app building tool that allows you to create HTML5, Python, Linux, Windows or Mac OS X applications without dealing with a single piece of code at all. The free version only allows HTML5 and Python based apps, but the "Deluxe Edition" unlocks all features of the software including the Android platform. There is no set price which means you can give any amount you wish to obtain the software. More information can be found here.

Lastly, Two games from Bryan Lunduke, Linux Tycoon and 2299 -- both available for Mac, Windows and Linux -- are now available together in one, glorious, DRM-free bundle.  For only $7.

2299 is also being offered, standalone, at the discounted price of $3 for a limited time via this link

It is great that these software are readily available for all types of platforms and it is a great encouragement for all software developers to create software for all types of platforms. I personally am interested in the Radical Comic Designer program since it may be a good hobby to dive into. Other than that, Linux Tycoon has been keeping me busy for a while now.

Android Tweaks: Rooting

Android is all about hacking and to get started every Android enthusiast would know that rooting is the first stepping stone into a whole world of freedom. So what is rooting?

To put simply, rooting is the process of unlocking system access on your device. The most popular 'one-click' rooting methods include SuperOneClick, Universal Androot and unrevoked. They're simple enough but you'll be invalidating your warranty and could damage your phone, so proceed with caution!

Option 1: unrevoked
Unrevoked is a great rooting tool but only supports a bunch of HTC phones. On a desktop head over to and download the version of unrevoked that corresponds to your device. Simply run it and follow the on-screen prompts.

Option 2: Universal Androot
If your phone isn't on the unrevoked list (which is pretty much most phones) then you can try Universal Androot. It roots your phone with minimal effort. Instructions on how to use this tool can be found here. Not that the app may not support the latest phones so check out the compatibility list before trying.

SuperOneClickv2.0Option 3: SuperOneClick
SuperOneClick originated from xda-developers and is possible the most universal and versatile solution to your rooting needs. I have used SuperOneClick many times and I have to say that it works for most phones that I have tried. Although not all phones are readily supported, most common ones are compatible. Head over here to check out instructions and download links.

Other great alternatives...
z4root is also a great option for dated Android phones from years ago. Although it is not supported anymore, it is a great tool as a last resort option. Head over here to check out screenshots and links.

There are probably a lot more rooting options that I haven't listed here. It all depends on your device and the readily available methods that does the job. A great place to check if your phone can be rooted is over at the xda-developers forum. There you can search for your specific device and the rooting methods that have been used.