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Graphic Artist Loves Open Source

29 Dec

Are you an starving artist looking for some affordable digital tools? We’ve posted before about open source software. However, I just have to jump in again and focus on Graphic Designing with Open Source. I work on a Mac, PC and even an Ubuntu Linux box. Professional Graphics Software isn’t cheap. So I let my Boss buy it for work. Adobe is great, and pricey. My heart is with the following software. All available for all platforms I use.

 

Inkscape (Illustrator equivalent)

Pros:

  • The Best Auto trace anywhere.
  • SVG native format- (one of Illustrators default save options)
  • PDF editing well underway- not fully implemented
  • Diagraming tool works great for planning websites

Cons:

  • Color Swatches are not currently able to be saved in direct manner. No Built in Pantone support ( but that is just a matter of specifying the proper Pantone number for printing)

 

Gimp (Photoshop equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • Regularly updated with fixes and the latest features
  • Strong community
  • Runs smoothly on almost every platform
  • Customizable with plugins and scripts
  • Handles almost any format including: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm

Cons:

  • Newest version can be buggy
  • No 16-bit per channel color support
  • Feature development is slow

 

Scribus (InDesign equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • PDF compressing is quality
  • Works well on Windows
  • It is a lightweight program

Cons:

  • Lacks the “spell check”
  • Need to keep the pictures integrated in your document in the same location on your computer or you’ll lose them
  • Doesn’t look pleasant when switching fonts
  • Runs slow with multiple pages or large files
  • Navigation needs to be updated
  • Not enough intuitive
  • Documentation is incomplete

 

Blender (Maya equivalent)

The pros:

  • It’s free
  • Features animation, rigging, fluid simulations, UV mapping, and more
  • Export blender files to different file formats
  • Render with your gpu instead of cpu

The cons:

  • Slow viewport performance with high-poly scenes
  • Layers system is not intuitive at times
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Free Safe Games, Videos & Books For Kids

4 Dec

Are you looking for free games, videos and books for your kids? Have you checked out Funbrain? The site was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8 and has been the top site in free educational games for kids since 1997. It offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. The site to provides a fun and safe experience and does not collect personally identifiable information from kids. You can sort games, videos and books by grade level, popularity or type of content. Have fun and start exploring today.

https://www.funbrain.com/

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Meow! The Pusheen Cat Blog

23 Aug

Are you A cat lover? Pusheen the cat is an animated web comic series created by Clare Belton. The quirky, heart-felt comic follows Pusheen doing everything from taking selfies to making cookies. Get a quick laugh to start your day and send one of these stickers to a friend.

http://www.pusheen.com/

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What Books Are Your Friends Reading?

27 Dec

Goodreads finds you books based on other user’s recommendations. See which books your friends are reading and track the ones that you reading too.

Goodreads let’s you:

  • See which books your friends are reading.
  • Track the books you’re reading, have read, and want to read.
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations based on your literary tastes.
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.

Share some of the new books you received over the holidays.
https://www.goodreads.com

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Novel Rank

27 Jun

Trying to figure out what book to buy? Whether you an author and you want to track your sales or you are a consumer looking for a good book, base your decision on book popularity. Novel Rank provides free Amazon Sales Rank tracking of book sales on Amazon, including Kindle Edition e-books and printed editions.

If you are an author, you can setup an account on Novel Rank to track your book sales. If you are a consumer you can see, the top ten lists of the best selling books on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

http://www.novelrank.com/

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Blog Talk Radio: A Reader’s Dream

2 Apr

Looking for a good book? Blog Talk Radio is where readers and writers listen and connect. Listen as authors talk about their new creations and where readers can ask questions about their favorite characters.

Channels on Blog Talk Radio that may interest you:

  • Library Love Fest – Lively conversations for librarians
  • Romance Radio – Best authors in romance
  • The Beyond – Science Fiction authors and books
  • Book Girl Club – Book clubs from around the world
  • Top Shelf – Top selling authors are interviewed

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/

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Write a Novel in November

31 Oct

National Novel Writing Month is here.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Do you write?

Do you Dream of writing the Great American Novel?

Starting at Midnight tonight you can start a month long race to the end of a Novel.

“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” From the NaNoWriMo website.

The Prize? Being able to say I wrote a novel this month. (You then have a whole year to edit and revise.)

The site allows you to upload your progress to share and track your progress. Message boards are active and Local groups get together and write through the month as well.

Good Luck

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

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Reader’s Digest Blog

7 Jul

When I was a kid my mom always had a copy of the Reader’s Digest lying around. After I was done folding the back of my Mad Magazine, I would occasionally open up an edition of RD and amazingly, I would always find something of interest. I really don’t read many physically-printed magazines anymore, except if I am waiting at the local barber or doctor’s office. The other day I opened up a Reader’s Digest to find that they now have a newly launched blog! The blog is work in progress, but I like it.

Reader’s Digest Blog
http://www.rd.com/blog

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Parenting, Inc

12 Jun

I was listening to a local radio show and heard the author Pamela Paul talking about her recent book Parenting, Inc. She made some great tips about how to be a good parent.

In the fast-paced world of the Internet, people are conditioned to want quick solutions to be big tasks. To be a good parent, a fast, easy solution is not always available. Learn how you can change the way you talk to your kids by browsing this author’s Blog.

http://www.pamelapaul.com/blog/

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Everything2

9 Jan

Everything2 claims that it’s “a collection of user-submitted writings about, well, pretty much everything.” Writers are continually submitting their rants on everything from Walter Matthau, Star Trek, Roman mythology, hockey penalties, Henry VIII, or the Bible to just name a few.

Do a search for your favorite topic and you are bound to discover something new!

http://everything2.com/

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