February, 2019
Week recap — 23 December 2018

Week recap — 23 December 2018

Given the holiday season, this is a somewhat shorter recap. Highlights: Inkscape gets fallback for SVG2 features, GIMP team merges smart colorization for the next stable release, Manuel Bastioni Lab add-on for Blender gets a community fork, Shotcut and Olive video editors get respective updates.

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Introducing Olive, new non-linear video editor

Introducing Olive, new non-linear video editor

Just a day or two after posting the story on the sustainability of free/libre non-linear video editors, I ran into a new project called Olive (Windows, macOS, Linux), by MattKC. It's not like we didn't already have enough NLEs to choose from. But here is why I think it's worth looking at.

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Week recap — 16 December 2018

Week recap — 16 December 2018

Highlights: a new Kdenlive release, new maintainer for Blender's video sequencer, lots of Blender add-ons updated, a new release of Krita, new features in darktable and GIMP, first public release of the reference AV1 decoder.

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The art of Ngan Pham

The art of Ngan Pham

Today we are talking to Ngan Pham, a young artist residing in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Ngan extensively uses Krita as a freelance concept artist and illustrator.

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The quest for sustainable free/libre non-linear video editors

The quest for sustainable free/libre non-linear video editors

If you follow conversations around the voting for an Adobe Premiere port to Linux, you might have felt some frustration. Indeed, so far, very little focus has been given to supporting free/libre projects instead. But that bears another question: how can we actually support them?

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Week recap — 9 December 2018

Week recap — 9 December 2018

Highlights: NVidia publishes PhysX SDK physics engine as an open source project, GEGL starts converting RGB to CMYK, LibreDWG gets a new release, new versions of Qtractor, QSampler, QSynth, and MuseScore are out.

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Week recap — 2 December 2018

Week recap — 2 December 2018

Highlights: Blender 2.80 reaches beta status, first beta of Dust3D v1.0 gets released, Krita gets HiDPI support enabled by default, smart colorization in GIMP gets further improvements, first release candidate of darktable 2.6.0 arrives, HISE 2.0.0 lands to let anyone create sample-based virtual instruments.

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The Art of Martin Trokenheim

The Art of Martin Trokenheim

Today, we are talking to Martin Trokenheim, an illustrator from Sweden. Martin worked as a professional illustrator, abandoned and then rediscovered drawing, and started rocking with MyPaint and then with Krita.

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Week recap — 25 November 2018

Week recap — 25 November 2018

Week highlights: no huge releases, and yet, more work on CMYK support in babl/GEGL, stalled development of Natron gets prime-time attention, LibreCAD 3 is being worked on again, new module for the VCV Rack synth arrives.

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The demise of Natron: how we got here and where we go further

The demise of Natron: how we got here and where we go further

Natron, free/libre VFX compositing software, has been in serious trouble for at least the past year. With dozen of releases, active community, and well over 300 dedicated tutorials in many languages on YouTube, some of them posted as far back as last week, Natron would seem like a healthy free/libre software project. But it's not, and here is why.

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