Libre Graphics Meeting 2012 in two weeks
In mere two weeks, on May 2, Libre Graphics Meeting 2012 starts in Vienna, Austria. What's coming?
There's more than one way to describe LGM, but the one I'm think of right now is The True Early Christmas for Libre Graphics Users.
What's so cool about LGM?
LGM started in 2006 as an extended version of the annual GIMP developers meeting that absorbed Inkscape, Scribus and Xara LX teams. Today the conference is the number one event for users and developers of free software for graphic design, photography, 3D modeling and animation.
If you want meeting GIMP and Inkscape developers in one place, you go to LGM. If you want having a look at what Blender Foundation has in the pipeline, you go to LGM. If you want to see what kind of collaboration happens between those projects, you go to LGM. If you have an awesome project to discuss live, you go to LGM.
What was your question again? :)
So, what should we expect this year?
First and foremost, this year the conference is in Vienna. Quite a lot of teams are Europe-based. For instance, both Blender, GIMP, Scribus, Krita and MyPaint have a strong European presence.
If you have a good long look at the conference program and don't die of happiness immediately (sounds excitingly dramatic, but please don't), you'll see that there are several large sections:
- color management
- typography and web fonts
- digital painting
- 2D animation
- development news from teams like GIMP and Inkscape
- support for propietary formats for better real world compatibility
The 2D animation track is particularly interesting, because for LGM this is quite a new thing. Developers of both Synfig Studio and Tupi are attending the conference for the first time, and Konstanting Dmitriev of Morevna Project is coming as well to talk about Remake — a tool that automates rebuilding of animation footage.
Nice, what should we do?
Do you live in Europe? Register, attend, have heaps of fun hanging around with folks who make libre graphics a reality.
Are you too far to come, but love the event regardless? You can support it to help developers attend the conference. LGM is where interproject collaborations and decision making happens. The entire ecosystem could do with some decision making, could it not?
Video recordings of the proceedings will be available shortly after the conference. Edit: Apparently this is not guaranteed. Please contact organizers if you want helping with that.