Graphics

February 18th, 2007 by Keith

CB Model Pro – Free 3D Modelling Tool

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

CB Model Pro

CB Model Pro is a professional 3D modelling tool. The application is an easy utility to use, and catered for all creative professionals, providing users with cutting-edge freeform surface technology.

Features

  • - Clean, clear, intuitive interface
  • - Simple, precise tools enabling direct surface manipulation
  • - Create realistic models and characters quickly and easily
  • - Export output compatible with most programs

CB Model Pro enables rapid 3D organic modeling. Although applications for it are only limited by imagination, it is particularly useful for conceptual design, industrial design, high resolution character design, and creating models to be used as normal maps.

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February 18th, 2007 by Keith

Firefox 2 Vista Black Beta 1.0 – Theme for Firefox

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Plugins, Windows

Firefox2 Vista Black Theme

This is another Firefox theme that resembles the look of Windows Vista, with a black background polish. The Firefox 2 Vista Black Beta consists of a Vista glass sidebar meter.

The theme is almost quite closely related to the previous Vista theme which I have posted here. Check out the installation instruction below.

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February 18th, 2007 by Keith

ScreenCaptureX 1.3 – Capture your Screen Shot

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Mac OS, Site News, Utilities

ScreenCaptureX

Although there are several ways to capture screen shots via some hotkeys commands and then pasting those captured image onto a compatible image editing program, but that is not quite efficient. ScreenCaptureX 1.3 is an all-in-one package that allows users to capture screen shots and directly reproduce the image file in JPEG format.

There are basically 3 options, thus making it really user friendly.

  1. Capture the image of Windows
  2. Capture the image of a section of the screen
  3. Capture the image of the entire screen

To capture the desired image, user simply click on the Capture Screen button, and the application will save it as a JPEG format on to the Desktop. The filename is labelled sequentially. Furthermore, there is a Add captions button that allows users to include menus on the full screen capture shots. Other image formats are also supported, i.e. PNG and PICT.

The application is available as a freeware, for Macintosh users.

Download Link
ScreenCaptureX 1.3

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February 16th, 2007 by Keith

My Emoticons 5.1 – Collection of Smileys

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Plugins, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

My Emoticons

For those who occasionally use MSN Messenger to chat, you might see lots of emoticons, or often known as smileys, used by fellow contacts. How would it be like to use some of them too? My Emoticons 5.1 is a collection of free emoticons which you can use for MSN Messenger.

In this collection of smileys, there are several different categories to choose from, ranging from Bad Boys, Romance, Girlie and even cheeky Rude emoticons. Available as a freeware, it is know to be free of adware and spyware, as according to the site.

Requirement:

  • MSN Messenger

The installation is rather straightforward, as everything is quite automatic. Hundreds of new emoticons are installed for you in your MSN Messener upon installation.

Download Link
My Emoticons 5.1

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February 11th, 2007 by Keith

Vista Firefox 2 Beta v4.2 – Theme for Firefox

Posted in Beta, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Plugins, Windows

Vista Firefox Beta Theme

Users will not need to have Microsoft Vista in order to have Firefox theme that looks like Vista. (Check out the thumbnail on the right). Vista Firefox 2 Beta v4.2 is a theme released by solidfilter. Ever since this beta theme was released to public, a pretty huge response was received, some of which includes feedbacks and constructive bugs reports.

This new beta release has a slightly redesigned/polished theme, featuring true transparent images and buttons, with better alignment and a more full proof design that allow extensions to work seamlessly with the theme.

Despite the improvement, I still find one important feature lacking, that is the backward and forward button, do not have history lists, which are present in the default theme. I must admit I have sorely miss that fine feature. Nonetheless, this latest theme is just amazing, and you do not need to be a Windows user to use it. As long as you are running Firefox, you are eligible.

Installation Instruction

  1. Download the file below and save it to your Desktop.
  2. From the Firefox browser, click on Tools>Add ons>.
  3. Click on Themes.
  4. Click and Drag the .jar file to the Add-ons windows.
  5. The theme will automatically be installed.

After this, just set Vista Firefox 2 to be the default theme and restart Firefox. The new theme should blow your mind away!

Download Link
Vista Firefox 2 Beta v4.2

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February 2nd, 2007 by Keith

Beryl 0.2.0 RC1 Released

Posted in Development Software, Graphics, Linux, Site News, Utilities

Beryl

The first release candidate version of Beryl 0.2.0 is now available. This preview release is almost a finalised form of the final version, less some bug fixes.

Some noticeable bugs include 3D animations and heliodor, which do not play nice all the time. Also, Nvidia users will still experience the same tired black window bug, which is due to drive issue.

Major Changes

  • * Window Thumbnail Plugin
  • * Group With Tabs Plugin
  • * Ring Switcher
  • * Better Placement Algorithms
  • * Better Multihead Support
  • * Snapping Windows without Wobbly
  • * Show Desktop has been replaced with Fade Desktop
  • * Easier to use Configuration Frontend
  • * 3D Animation Effects
  • * Support Jpeg Image Format
  • * Focus Stealing Prevention Work
  • * Better Memory Usage
  • * many many smaller things…

Source codes are available for download from the link below. Beryl is also offered on some of the distributions, i.e. Knoppix (Live CD), Fedora Core, Gentoo Linux, Ubuntu and openSUSE.

Download Link
Beryl 0.2.0 RC1

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January 30th, 2007 by Keith

ExactImage 0.3.2 – Future Replacement for ImageMagick

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Site News, Utilities

ExactImage

ExactImage is an open source image processing library. Compared to other image processing library, such as imagemagick, this library enables image processing task to be speed up at least 10 times faster than the latter.

This library file is coded in C++, simply for the reason of speed. In the library, several new algorithms are explored and implemented, such as descreening, descewing, data-dependent triangulation scaling and others. In one way or another, it is considered to be a unified state-of-the-art algorithm. The included codecs take C++ STL std::istreams and std::ostreams allowing library users to implement their own data sources and destinations, such as in memory locations or network transfers.

Currently, ExactImage supports the following image formats:
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January 30th, 2007 by Keith

Paint.Net 3.0 Released – Photo Editing Software

Posted in Development Software, Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Windows

Paint.net

Finally, Paint.Net 3.0 has gone out of beta and released. Designed and developed at Washington State University with guidance from Microsoft, Paint.NET, a student project programmed in C# and GDI+, is a photo and image editing tool designed for computers running Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000. Currently it is maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it.

Bringing powerful features to the desktop, such includes a myriad of special effects, plug-in extensibility, and layer manipulation, to enhance the image editing process. Digital photographers and artists can enhance their images with features and effects such as levels adjustment, cross-layer cloning, anti-aliased tools, motion blur, and red eye removal.

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January 21st, 2007 by Keith

Blender 2.4.3 RC2 – 3D Graphics Creation

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Windows

Blender 3D

Introducing an open source software for 3D modelling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback, Blender 2.4.3 RC2 is one that has got what it takes. The software is available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

The key features of this application are shown below.

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January 20th, 2007 by Keith

FastStone Image Viewer 2.9

Posted in Graphics, Site News, Utilities, Windows

FastStone Image Viewer

Since the previous post a few months ago, the latest version of Fast Stone Image Viewer 2.9 is now released.

Tired of using Paint or image viewer that comes with Microsoft XP? On the other hand, is ACDSee too expensive a product to spend your money on? This is where FastStone Viewer gives you a powerful experience of a fast, stable, user-friendly and personalised image viewer. Besides providing a preview of images, it is also an image converter and an editor, with a bundle of cool features to manage your images, such as photo comparison, red-eye removal, resizing, emailing and colour adjustment.

The full-screen interface provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and a couple of other useful functions, via hidden toolbars that appear when you roll your mouse over the four edges of the screen. In addition, the application offers high quality magnification and musical slideshow with over 150 transitional effects, lossless transition, drop shadow effects, and more which you would normally encounter with an image editor.

FastStone Image Viewer supports all major graphics formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).

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