Libre Graphics Meeting 2012 in two weeks

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.

Cedric Gemy

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.

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15 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Presentations will be available online; river-valley?

    I can’t wait to see GIMP, Krita and Inkscape presentations, this year look very interesting. I’m also happy to see Tupi.

    Too bad that Blender folks are not attending.

  2. “Video recordings of the proceedings will be available shortly after the conference.”

    Ha, I’m blind or what? Late hour maybe :)

  3. Сферический конь 19 April 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Что-то мне подсказывает, что uniconverter’a второго там представлено не будет :)

  4. Alexandre Prokoudine 19 April 2012 at 8:05 pm

    @Iван We’ll just wait and see :)

  5. From Where can I get the video of this conference as I am not in Europe…

  6. Alexandre Prokoudine 20 April 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I haven’t heard anything of live streaming, so probably you will have to wait some time after the conference till videos are edited and uploaded. But I’ll check back with organizers regarding streaming just in case I missed something. Thanks for asking!

  7. Looks like Picasa is no longer supported on Linux. Hopefully new tools will be discussed at this meeting. And questions will be asked as to why commercial photography software developers are leaving Linux as a platform altogether.

  8. Bob, I’m not entirely sure why professional photographers would start leaving Linux because of consumer market targeted Picasa while prosumer/professional targeted darktable keeps getting better. Plus there’s Corel AfterShot Pro, formerly known as Bibble Pro, too.

  9. Aaaah, beautiful! This kind of society was just what I was looking for.

    I noticed the last meeting was in May this year. When is the next one? Will it be held in Sweden or northern Europe anytime? Where can I find this kind of information?

  10. Next time it’s in April 2013, in Madrid.

  11. Hi there,I enjoy reading through your article post, I wanted to write a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation.All the best for all your blogging efforts. Is there anywhere online video published? I want to check this out.

  12. I’m really excited about LGM. Although I’m relatively new on programming GIMP and have no knowledge in Inkscape , It seems like a great place to meet people, gain knowledge and as said, see what the Blender Foundation is planning for us (and try to give them some ideas..)


  13. Is there to be goin some new meetings in 2013 and where?

  14. Alexandre Prokoudine 11 April 2013 at 10:28 pm

    There will be a closing Libre Graphics Research Unit meeting at end of May in Portugal, but I’m not sure if that’s the kind of meeting you are looking for.

  15. What to expect this year? I was looking through the archives. Can only find the article for 2012. I think for 2015 we will see Blender 2015 with extended fluid control Gimp 2015 for revised UI as they promised, and Toon Boom 2015 supporting model import.