New PBI: Pan

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Pan: Pan is a newsreader, loosely based on Agent and Gravity, which attempts to be pleasant to use for new and advanced users alike. It has all the typical features found in newsreaders, and also supports offline reading, multiple connections, and a number of features for power users and alt.binaries fans.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and to bsdaddict for suggesting it.


New PBI: iReport

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

iReport: iReport is a powerful, intuitive and easy to use visual report builder/designer for JasperReports written in 100% pure java. This tool allows users to visually edit complex reports with charts, images, subreports,… iReport is integrated with JFreeChart, one of the most diffused OpenSource chart library for java. The data to print can be retrieved through several ways including multiple JDBC connections, TableModels, JavaBeans, XML, etc.


New PBI: Jokosher

The following PBI is now available in Software Manager:

Jokosher: Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and to Blazing Teens for requesting it.


PBI Manager Now Available in FreeBSD Ports

Yesterday Kris committed PBI Manager to the FreeBSD ports collection (/ports-mgmt/pbi-manager). This means that you don’t have to wait for PC-BSD 9.0 to be released to try out the new command line suite of PBI tools.

You can find some documentation on the various tools in this section of the PC-BSD 9.0 Handbook. Users are welcome to add to this section to help other users get the most out of PBI Manager.

NOTE: PBI files created for PC-BSD 7.x/8.x (i.e. those available from will NOT work with PBI Manager as the PBI format has changed for 9.0. You can find the locations of 9 PBIs here.


New PBIs: MuSE and LMMS

The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager:

MuSE: MuSE is an application for the mixing, encoding, and network streaming of sound. MuSE can simultaneously mix up to 6 encoded audio bitstreams (from files or network) plus a sound card input signal. The resulting stream can be played locally on the sound card and/or encoded as an mp3 bitstream sent to a broadcast server. MuSE offers an intuitive interface to be operated realtime and can run in “slick” mode from command line.

LMMS: LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed-source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more. LMMS combines the features of a tracker/sequencer program (pattern/channel/ sample/song/effect management) and those of powerful synthesizers and samplers in a modern, user-friendly and easy to use graphical user interface.

Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating these PBIs and to Blazing Teens for requesting them.


Call for Testers: VirtualBox 4.0.6

The FreeBSD VirtualBox porters team is looking for testers for the latest version of VirtualBox.

PC-BSD users can test the 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (thanks to Ken Moore, Kris Moore, and Jesse Smith for creating these).

FreeBSD users can download a tarball of the 7.4 and 8.2 32-bit and 64-bit ports.

Details about the changes in this version and the checksums for the FreeBSD ports can be found in the initial announcement. If you test the port or PBI, please post your feedback on either the freebsd-emulation list or the pbi-dev list.

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