vineri, 21 martie 2014

3D with Blender 2.70

Blender 2.70
After two release candidates, the Blender Foundation has now released Blender 2.70
New features include initial support for volumetrics in Cycles, and faster rendering of hair and textures. The motion tracker now supports weighted tracks and has improved planar tracking. For mesh modeling there are new Laplacian deform and wireframe modifiers, along with more control in the bevel tool. The game engine now supports object levels of detail.
The first results from the new user interface project are also in this release, with dozens of changes to make the interface more consistent and powerful. This is also the first release of the multithreaded dependency graph, which makes modifier and constraint evaluation faster in scenes with multiple objects.

Cycles Rendering

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Cycles now has initial support for volume rendering including emission, absorption and scattering. Volume rendering can be used to render effects like fire, smoke, mist, absorption in glass, and many other effects that can't be represented by surface meshes alone.
CPU rendering performance was improved, particularly for hair, textures and Open Shading Language.

Motion Tracker

Trackers can now be weighted, to keep the result stable as feature disappear or become difficult to track. The plane track workflow was improved to be easier to control. Automatic feature detection was made more robust using a new detector algorithm.

  User Interface

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The toolbar now has tabs to organize tools in categories. Multiple buttons can now be edited at once, for example for XYZ axes or color channels. Transform tools now have a mode to enter expressions and units. Other changes were done to improve lists, header menus, tooltips, buttons, menus and more.


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The Laplacian Deform modifier was added to pose a mesh while preserving geometric details of the surface, and a new wireframe modifier allows you transform your mesh into a wireframe representation. The boolean modifier now supports ngons, and there are improvements to the bevel, screw and triangulate modifiers.
The bevel tool now offers more control over the bevel profile and results, and the knife tool was improved as well.

Threaded Dependency Graph

An important change that happened under the hood is the threaded dependency graph. This means that object modifiers and constraints, among other things, can now be computed with multiple threads taking advantage of multicore processors. This will be most noticeable with scenes that have many objects, or multiple objects with heavy modifiers. This is the first step in making the dependency graph in Blender more powerful.

Game Development

The Blender game engine now supports discrete level of detail for meshes. For game developers, support for working with Photoshop PSD files has been added.
A new view navigation walk mode has been added, which has a control scheme as typically found in first person shooter games. This can be useful for game developers to navigate levels as if in a game.

Freestyle NPR Rendering

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The Freestyle Python API is an essential part that makes it a highly programmable NPR rendering engine. This API has been reorganized.

More Features

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Many small changes and features were done all over Blender. Some notable new feature are normalized display for FCurves, derivative map baking, baking to vertex colors, better visualization of masks and control over mask filling, gravity option for sculpting, negative texture values to support vector displacement and a Lamp Data shading node to create more customized NPR shaders.

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luni, 17 martie 2014

MakeHuman 1.0.0 - 3D prototyping of photo realistic humanoid

Makehuman is an open source 3D computer graphics application designed for the prototyping of photo realistic humanoid to be used in 3D computer graphics. It is developed by a community of programmers, artists, academics interested in 3D modeling of characters.

The MakeHuman team is pleased to announce the release of MakeHuman 1.0.0, a free, open source tool for creating 3D virtual avatars, game characters or biologically realistic humans. Users can build 3D characters by simply dragging sliders to modify features (E.g. age, gender, weight, height, muscles, etc.). MakeHuman also provides libraries which allow you to automatically fit hairstyles and clothes to the character. The software aims to be user friendly, intuitive and at the same time provide a professional output.
All the content created with MakeHuman is licensed under one of the most liberal licenses in the world, offering artists unprecedented freedom to use their MakeHuman creations in any way they can imagine (“No Rights Reserved” CC0 license).
Makehuman provides its own exchange format the mhx (MakeHuman eXchange) which allows for importing of a fully rigged model into blender with IK/FK and control bones allowing for easy animation.

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sâmbătă, 15 martie 2014

Cyberlink PhotoDirector 4 - giveaway

Cyberlink PhotoDirector 4 giveaway - Cyberlink PhotoDirector 4

Cyberlink PhotoDirector 4 comes packed with a complete set of photo editing tools, so you can manually adjust the color, saturation, white balance, and more, but you'll also find that there are Preset options, so you can easily choose a theme, set it and share it - just like many of the mobile photo editing apps. If you are into landscape photography, the HDR effect is a nice feature that helps you create dramatic-looking HDR scenario from a single photo.
In order to get the freebie, you will need to follow these steps closely:
  1. Go to this page
  2. Enter in your name, email address, and this code - PHD4CNET. This is very important - you must enter this code in.
  3. Once you enter in the code, your license keys for both Mac and Windows version will be provided to you. Not only do you get a key for your Windows machine, you can install one for your Mac too, or give it to a friend.
  4. Once you go through the installation process, you will need to enter in the license key. Otherwise, you will not be able to access this software, so make a note of these license keys. You should also receive an email with the info, but just to be safe, I would screenshot it or save it.
There you have it. You now have a great piece of photo editing software that is easy and fun to use for free. The free giveaway promotion starts now and ends at 11:59pm PT on Sunday, March 16, 2014, or whenever we run out.

joi, 13 martie 2014

Partition with Aomei - giveaway

Aomei makes hard disk partitioning even easier by offering Partition Assistant Pro for free, exclusively for users.
Anyone with the right set of tools can partition a hard drive. Aomei Technology aims to make the process even easier by bringing you these tools absolutely free with its Partition Assistant Pro giveaway. From March 12, 2014, to March 19, 2014, you can get the popular professional disk-management utility at no cost, exclusively on

Why partition your hard drive?

Partitioning tells your computer to treat different portions of your hard disk as separate drives. This makes creating backups faster and easier, as most data backup tools target entire disks. Keep essential files (like the OS) on one partition and back them up regularly while saving dispensable files on another. Create a separate boot partition and load it with diagnostic tools in case your main operating system fails. This can save you the scramble of finding a USB or CD to troubleshoot issues. Older brand-name computers come with recovery images saved in hidden partitions that may be outdated. Update them with your own image to get going faster in case of a meltdown. Lastly, if you're thinking of experimenting with other OSs (like Linux or SteamOS), you can section off portions of your drive without having to back up and format.

Aomei Partition Assistant Pro

One of the most highly rated tools among our editors and users, Aomei Partition Assistant Standard Edition is our go-to free disk-managing utility to resize/move, migrate OS, create, delete, format, align partition, and convert between file systems (NTFS to FAT32). Partition Assistant Pro gives you all the same tools as Partition Assistant Standard, plus additional functions such as converting between MBR and GPT, converting dynamic disk to basic, and dynamic disk/volume management.

Main Features
  • Windows to Go Creator installs Windows 8 to a removable Flash drive
  • Convert System disk between MBR and GPT styles
  • Migrate System to SSD, and support MBR and GPT disk
  • Create Windows PE bootable media without having to install AIK/WAIK
  • Completely support hard disk with 4096 bytes sector size
  • Fully compatible with Windows 8.1

How to get it

You can get Partition Assistant Pro for free (regularly $36) just by visiting this link between March 12, 2014, and March 19, 2014.
Alternatively, you can download the installer and activate with the license code AOPR-L79S3-VJVU6-9WX1H

marți, 11 martie 2014

Fotor Photo Editor

Fotor Photo Editor
Fotor Photo Editor comes loaded with tools for every essential editing need, plus tilt-shift, 13 unique 1-tap enhance options, over 60 effects/30 frames, RAW support, built-in sharing, and high-resolution saving.

Collage away! Pick from 60 different templates or customize one, and choose from 16 backgrounds. Upload up to 30 photos to mix and match. Finish off your masterpiece with the border color or pattern that catches your eye.

Fotor's state-of-the-art photo processing engine makes it easy to process high quality photos quickly. Adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation, sharpen/blur, vignette, highlights & shadows. "Scenes" offers 13 enhance options preconfigured for various photo capture conditions.

Effects & Borders stretches your creativity further with Fotor's huge palette of effects and borders.

Batch Processing lets you make short work of large numbers of photos. Apply effects and frames with just one click, instead of having to do it to each photo!
What's new in this version:
  • Powerful Batch Processing - Save your time to quickly edit multiple photos
  • New Useful Functions - Highlights, shadow and curves adjustments
  • More Better Choices - More filters, special effects, borders, patterns and freestyle collage backgrounds
  • Improved Features - Added EXIF information when sharing photo to Flickr
  • Better User Interface - Fotor Photo Editor is more fun and much easier to use
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joi, 6 martie 2014

Krita 2.8 released - digital painting software

Krita 2.8
Krita, the ultimate weapon in the armoury of a Linux-based digital painter's, just got updated. New tools make it more interesting for creating game art, and full Windows support is a bit of a game changer.

What's new

For Krita, the last six months of work equal to an astonishing amount of new features, such as:
  • Wrap Around mode to create seamless tiled textures from your current artwork ((use theW key, works in OpenGL mode only);
  • Clone Array tool to create isometric tiles.
  • New high-quality scaling mode for the OpenGL-based canvas.
  • Picking a layer by pressing R and clicking on a feature from that layer.
  • Configurable transparency visualization.
  • New dockable dialog to manage color swatches.
  • Easy expansion of canvas (deliberately not like in MyPaint, by users' request).
  • Composition guides in the Crop tool.
Some of these features were requested and actively tested in production by Paul Geraskin who extensively used Krita to create art for SuperCity game played by over 4 mln of people.
Krita has an experimental implementation of a G'MIC plugin now as well, and that alone increases the amount of available effects by order of magnitude.
Additionally, during Google Summer of Code 2013 one of the students applied tons of fixes to existing filters (both UI and algorithms), added alpha channel to the Curves filter, improved the HSV filter and the Dodge/Burn filters, and implemented a whole new Color Balance filter.

You can find plenty more details about new features in official illustrated release notes (PDF).

Tablets support

Support for graphic tablets got a huge boost in Krita 2.8. Dmitry Kazakov wrote his own code to support Wacom and uc­logic-based tablets instead of using buggy API from Qt.
As the result, these tablets just work on both Linux and Windows now. Various graphic tablets from Wacom and Huion have been tested, as well as built-in digitizers in laptops like the Lenovo Helix.

Krita on Windows

This new release makes Krita a fully supported Windows application, for the first time in two years of working on the port. 
Additionally, Krita Sketch (new UI finetuned for tablets) that was a Windows-only feature is now available on Linux as well. At the same time, on Windows, the hybrid of classical Krita and Krita Sketch called Krita Gemini will be available through Valve's Steam.


Windows version of Krita is available as an installer from Linux users are typically suggested to use repositories, but you can also download source code archive and build it.
Mac builds of Krita are still a work in progress. Making the app available on an operating system other than Linux involves doing extra work like stripping KDE libraries to a bare minimum like widgets, archive handling, plugin loading etc. Things will be easier when Krita starts using KDE frameworks which is expected to be a v3.0 feature (and there will be a v2.9 first)
Since last year KO GMBh provides commercial support for Krita which a few studios already use. The money is used on full-time development. If you feel like supporting development of Krita, you also have various options like donating or buying training DVDs.

Future plans

The Krita team is currently discussing what features they will be focusing on in the next development cycle. As of now, two improvements are likely to make it to v2.9.
First of all, there have been some ongoing work by Boudewijn Rempt on multidocument interface support (MVC branch in Git). The idea is to create a flexible view model that supports image strips, a flipbook, tabs, and “classical” MDI windows. Boudewijn kindly shared a screenshot demonstrating MDI view mode:
Side by side view in Krita
Secondly, a group of students from Université de Toulouse led by Kévin Ottens is already working on support for brushpacks. This idea to create a simple file format for bundling and sharing sets of brushes betweens users and apps emerged last year during LGM in a discussion between developers of Krita, MyPaint, and GIMP (see our detailed coverage).
Work on the implementation of a animation, that started as another GSoC project, is still in progress, but it's going to take some some time to complete it. Meanwhile simplistic layer-based animation is being added to Krita by another contributor.

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Alternative to - Corel-Painter (commercial software)

miercuri, 5 martie 2014

Giveaway - PDF to X

PDF to X
PDF to X is used to convert PDF documents to Word (.doc)/WordPad (.rtf) documents, HTML web pages, JPG/PNG/BMP/TIF/GIF/PCX/TGA images and plain text files in batch mode. It works without Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, and has friendly interface, small size, accurate and fast conversion ability.
It retains the original text, images, format and layout of PDF documents in various output files as much as possible. Also, PDF to X supports converting the password-protected PDF files and specifying page range to convert (for DOC, RTF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIF, PCX, TGA files), and supports converting the PDF files that have some restrictions, such as Content Copying, Saving as Text, Page Extraction, Printing are not allowed (for HTML and TXT files).

Download link available for today:

Free Alternative:
  • UniPDF -  PDF to Word Converter (doc/rtf), images (JPG/PNG/BMP/TIF/GIF/PCX/TGA), HTML, or plain text files (txt) in batch mode, with all document texts, layouts, images and formatting ideally preserved.

marți, 4 martie 2014

Giveaway - PT Photo Editor

PT Photo Edito
PT Photo Editor is an efficient application designed to solve all common photo problems, bring your images to life and make them look their best. You can easily correct color cast and exposure problem, remove imperfections, and turn every photo into a work of art with your creativity.

Main functions:

  • One-click color correction;
  • Solve all common exposure problems;
  • Efficient photo editing tools to remove red eyes, blemishes, unwanted distractions and other imperfections;
  • Fast Detail improvement with sharpening and noise reduction tools;
  • Pro-Quality Color Enhancement, stylize your photos;
  • Creative regional editing;
  • Convenient image browsing;
  • Lightweight.
Download link available for today:

Free Alternatives: 
  • Zoner Free - photomanager (free limited edition) | OS - Windows
Zoner Photo Studio
  • Picasa (Google) - | OS - Windows, MacOS
 Ashampoo Photo Commander Free
  • Fotor - photomanager and editor | OS - all