24 July 2009

Why Windows + OSS

Lets me see this from simple and basic consumer's perspective.
  • Hardware support (you really3x can't beat this)
  • User Interface (excluding Apple Mac Os X)
Services support is a factor too, but if you are a power user/ IT staff that's not a big difference and that's your homework anyway.

You may flame about anything, but I think that's a fact. Risk? of course there is a risk from become popular like MS Windows, so does if other OS get it.

About why OSS, you may follow this links:
www.nosoftwarepatents.com --> a serious issue if your read carefully
www.gnu.org --> common license explanation
www.opensource.org --> more license explanation

Other may see a general fact that most OSS are free (at no cost)

BTW, its not 90's anymore. Look at sourceforge and see how much OSS has grow.
With better education and better programming language for novices/non-programmer, in 10's thing will get more exciting. OSS will prospering in every type of software, I hope!

MyPaint 0.7.1 for Windows XP 32-bit Released

MyPaint 0.7.1 screenshot

MyPaint 0.7.1 is released, visit their website mypaint.intilinux.com and download here.

Taken from their sites:

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
features :
  • exists for several platforms
  • supports pressure sensitive graphics tablets
  • extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
  • basic layer support
MyPaint comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, but the highly configurable brush engine allows you to experiment with your own brushes and with not-quite-natural painting.

In my opinion this software has great potential to complement GIMP, an alternative to Autodesk Sketchbook though not gonna be Corel Painter-like. Especially due to its dynamics brush system that wired through fast paced keyboard shortcut.

brush settings

I currently made the official windows build, so you can visit here and get informed for next bleeding-edge unofficial build.

23 July 2009

PyGTK 2.12.1 Python 2.5 using numpy

!OBSOLETE! updated here
If you're looking for PyGTK Windows 32bit binary that use numpy instead of Numeric, I have build "unofficial build" for anyone interested. FYI PyGTK team have just released 2.15.2 (I have binary too but better wait for 2.16.x) so I'll try keep up with upcoming version.

For now here is patched 2.12.1 version. To install it:
- Make sure to uninstall any PyGTK version first
- Unzip, and install

download here: pygtk-2.12.1.win32-py2.5.exe (update: now as installer for convenient)

or you could download John Stower's PyGTK which more recent but unstable here warning: this one using python 2.6.

UPDATED 2.16 version is here

22 July 2009

GIMP 2.7 dev Win32

Waiting for gegl to be useful? but it turn out gonna be a long way to go. The concept behind it is damn good as utilising GPU potential power like nVidia or ATI will spare CPU some more cycles. It probably take a year more for complete usable gegl mode make its way in version 2.8.x. Others good news is this gegl will be a substantial foundation for CMYK, well actually for all other color modes and operation. Who knows it will be faster than Photoshop!

read more about gegl

download git version of GIMP 2.7 (AUS)