PNG(s) to PDF, the command line way

Categories: Imaging Tips Utilities
A quick tip for command line users: if you want to convert .png files to .pdf: convert *.png filename.pdf Simple! If you want to keep control of page sequence or specific files to convert: convert page1.png page2.png page3.png filename.pdf Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyways, the .pdf won’t be in vector graphics, so not scalable but that is because .png is not a vector graphics format.

Screencasting on Linux – recordMyDesktop

Categories: Audio and Video Imaging Utilities
Doing a basic screencast in Linux is pretty easy. The package recordMyDesktop can be found easily on the repository of many Linux distros (including Ubuntu 9.04 that I use). With this package you’re actually getting the backend recordMyDesktop which is written in C and the frontend developed in Python (gtk-recordMyDesktop or qt-recordMyDesktop). The feature list is simple but that is all I needed for a quick screencast demo I had to prepare this afternoon:

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Task manager [Android]

Categories: Imaging Mobile Utilities Web services
I’m an follower of GTD. Probably not the best one, but at least I try to keep myself as organized as I can in the stream of neverending to-dos. Which is why one of the first applications I searched for to install on my Android device was a good task manager to sync with RememberTheMilk. I was quite happy to find the open source app Astrid. The program does exactly what I need:

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3D modeling with Blender

Categories: Imaging
Blender is an open source, cross-platform 3D content creation program. This kind of stuff is way too off my league, but if you’re in to creating images and want to do some 3D work, Blender will surely be for you. I’ve heard a great many things about this software. First and undoubtedly that it is feature rich and extremely resourceful. I’ve seen a lots and lots of work done on Blender and they look amazing.

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Tip: Open eps files with Gimp

Categories: Imaging Tips
For the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of work editing images in .eps format. Since I really like my Gimp, I spent weeks trying to find a nice way to edit these images with this program, instead of running to Photoshop. Well, I was finally able to find a solution I now share with you. The steps you’ll need to follow are actually quite simple: Download Gimp and install it; Download Ghostscript and install it; Go to the /bin directory of where you installed Ghostscript copy all .

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Inkscape version 0.46 released

Categories: Imaging
Inkscape, everyone’s favorite open source vector graphics editor has just come out with its version 0.46. From the website’s change log, a few highlights of what is new: Paintbucket tool Tweak tool 3D Box tool Live path effects Color management New SVG filters and UI Native PDF and AI import XAML import/export Open Clip Art Library integration (import/export) Stock patterns Bitmap editing extension effects Full on-canvas gradient editing Engraver’s Toolbox in the Calligraphic tool Touch selection Dockable dialogs Command-line access to verbs Snapping made usable “3D” / axonometric grid Angled guidelines Conversion of objects to guidelines Significant speed and interactivity improvements Hundreds of smaller features and bugfixes Download it here.

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Inkscape – vector graphics editor

Categories: Imaging
While Gimp can help you edit raster images (pixel graphics), Inkscape will help you edit vector graphics. The good thing about vector-based images is that you can resize it as you wish and it will not be distorted. If you’re not a professional graphics designer most likely you’ll be able to use Inkscape and have it do everything that you need. No need to purchase the expensive Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw.

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Tip: Upload images from Gimp to Flickr or Picasaweb

Categories: Imaging Tips
As mentioned previously, Gimp is a very good open source program for your image editing needs. What is even better about Gimp is its plug-in structure which allows for a greater usage of the program. One of these plug-ins, called GimpPublishr, will allow you to upload your images to Flickr or Picasaweb automatically. It is quite simple to use, to install it just drop the extracted files inside your Gimp plug-in folder.

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GIMP – Image editor

Categories: Imaging
Have you hear of Photoshop? Who hasn’t, right?! Although this piece of software is incredibly good, it is too powerful for the vast majority of users. Why spend so much cash on such software if you’re only using about 10% of its real functions? GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) handles image manipulations task extremely well. It works for the newbies who just want to resize or convert an image file, up to more advanced users who would like to build complex images.

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