Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Krita: Open Source Professional Software for Digital Painting

Krita is a creative sketching and painting application based on Calligra technology. Whether you want to create art paintings, cartoons, concept art or textures, Krita supports most graphics tablets out of the box.

Main Features:

* Interface and Workspace

Krita has a user-friendly interface. In the settings menu, you can choose the color theme, which toolbars and dockers you want to use, and edit keyboard shortcuts. Save a given set of dockers as a workspace and switch between them. The canvas can be easily rotated and mirrored. The OpenGL canvas supports high-bit depth monitors. There is a large set of options available to create a no-distractions canvas-only painting mode.

* Wrap-Around Mode

It is easy to create seamless textures and patterns now. Press the ‘W’ key while painting to toggle wrap-around mode. The image will make references of itself along the x and y axis. Continue painting and watch all of the references update instantly. No more useless clunky offsetting to see how your image repeats itself. You can even paint off the edge and it will automatically start painting on the top.

* Multiple Brush Engines and Blending Modes

A brush engine is more than just a typical brush pattern with settings changed. Each brush engine has its own logic and behavior. The included engines are pixel, smudge, duplicate, filter, hairy, hatching, texture, chalk, color smudge, curve, deform, dyna, experiment (Alchemy), grid, particle, sketch, and spray brushes. Brush settings can be saved as presets and shared. There are a staggering amount of blending modes available. The blending modes are arranged by category and have your favorites stored at the top of the list.

* Advanced Selection and Masking Tools

Krita comes with many methods of selecting parts of your canvas in order to edit them. You can select with shapes such as rectangles and circle, paint your selection, polygon selection, select by color, select by Bezier. You can add, remove, or intersect to your selection. You can also make selection by layer contents by context clicking the layer and clicking “select opaque”. You can create a transparency layer by itself, or add one to an existing layer. This is great tool for non-destructive changes.

* Symmetry Tools and Drawing Aids

Symmetry tools that go much further than basic mirroring. Take full control by being able to determine how many axis you need. Modify the origin center, angle, and smoothing parameters. Easy to toggle x and y mirror buttons in the top toolbar. Drawing aids such as perspective grids and shapes that have magnetic settings.

* Filters and Effects

Filters can be used directly on a layer, or as filter masks or layers. The effect of a filter is previewed on the image itself. There are special effects like wave, oil paint, and emboss. Adjustments such as levels, brightness/contrast, and HSV are also included. Additional tools that can be useful for making selections like color to alpha and color transfer.

* Layer and Color Management

Krita has raster, vector, filter, programmatic, group, and file-backed layers. Each layer has settings for visibility, edit lock, transparency lock, and alpha locking. Layers can be dragged and dropped to and from other applications. Vector layers support text, vector shapes and filters on vector shapes. Krita supports the following color models for creating and editing images: RGBA, Gray, CMYKA, Law, YCbCr, XYZ in 8 bits integer, 16 bits integer, 16 bits floating point, 32 bits floating point. Krita always uses color management.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FileBot – Ultimate Renamer and Organizer for Movies’ Fans

FileBot is the ultimate tool for organizing and renaming your movies, TV shows or anime, and music well as downloading subtitles and artwork. It's smart and just works.

Main Features

Some Features

* A simple user-interface tuned for drag-n-drop (no need to bother with file dialogs).
* Platform-independent and straight-forward application deployment.
* Powerful and full-featured cmdline interface and scripting interface for any kind of automation
* Episode naming scheme
* Rename files
* Rename and move hundreds of media files in a matter of seconds
* Fetch episode info from TheTVDB, AniDB or TVRage
* Accurate and robust and simply awesome file / episode matching logic
* Series / Anime / Movie name auto-detection
* Powerful and highly customizable episode naming scheme
* Supports language preferences for series and episode titles
* Supports movie identification and renaming via TheMovieDB
* Reverse rename files using internal history or the original torrent file
* Download subtitles
* Download subtitles from OpenSubtitles
* Advanced logic for matching files to most suitable subtitles
* Find exact subtitles on OpenSubtitles
* Upload subtitles with movie hash to OpenSubtitles
* Integrated subtitle viewer for srt, ass and sub files
* Transcode any subtitle as UTF-8 encoded srt
* Verify SFV files
* Easily create and verify sfv, md5, sha1 and sha256 files
* Aware of checksums that are embedded in the filename
* Directly compare two or more directory trees
* Auto-lookup of any existing file verification
* And more…

Video Presentation

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Run Android Apps on your Windows PC?

BlueStacks App Player lets you run your favorite mobile apps fast and fullscreen in your browser and on PC.

I like Windows OS for my Desktop and Android OS for my mobile devices. Sometimes, in order to test the Android apps experience, I use the special player to run them on my desktop. You also can do that simple and straightforward way with BlueStacks App Player, brining thousands of Android applications and games straight to your Desktop.

The biggest advantage of BlueStacks is in its ability to run Android OS and apps on Windows PCs with instant switch between two operating systems - Android and Windows – with no reboot required. Android apps can appear either as icons on the Windows desktop, or within a full-blown Android environment.

The seamless user experience, simultaneous use of Android and Windows apps, and multi-touch enablement are built on ground breaking virtualization technology, which requires zero configuration and is transparent to the end consumer.

The BlueStacks App Player includes the KitKat release of Android. This release is generally available (GA) for public downloads through BlueStacks’ website.

Windows 8.1, 8, 7 Installation Requirements

If you run the latest Windows Operating Systems, you can install the BlueStacks App Player on Window as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
* You must be an Administrator on your PC.
* Your PC must have 2GB of RAM/main memory. Note that having 2GB or more disk space is not a substitute for RAM.
* Your PC must have 9GB of disk space available for storing Android apps / games and their data.
* The drivers for your PC's graphics drivers should be updated for compatibility.
* The App Player is nominally installed in the same drive where Windows is installed, usually C:\. However, during installation, you may choose to have all of the apps/data located on another drive.

It is not recommend installing the BlueStacks App Player if you have a virtual machine, e.g., Microsoft Virtual PC, VMWare Workstation, or Oracle Virtualbox, installed on the same PC.

Please note that BlueStacks is incompatible with BitDefender, you can install anyone but not both of them on the same PC.

Free Version Limitations

Free version of the player occasionally downloads sponsored apps and offers you to install and try them. That takes the bandwidth and may occasionally slow down the system operation.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to use Excel spreadsheets on your Android smartphone?

Google Sheets, part of Small Google Drive, is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people.

Multi-platform service allows you to create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your Android phone or tablet with the free Google Sheets app.

With Google Sheets you can:
- Create new spreadsheets or edit any that were created on the web or on another device.
- Share spreadsheets and work together with others in the same spreadsheet at the same time.
- Open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files.
- Get stuff done anytime -- even without an internet connection.
- Format cells, enter/sort data, view charts, insert formulas, use find/replace, and more.
- Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type.

The Android app has great rating 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 110K reviews.


Cost: Free

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