When a Free Software evangelist is asked whether there is a free graphics program that can rival with the proprietary apps, the usual answer is “GIMP!”. However, many hardcore Photoshop users claim that GIMP is lacking, or confusing, or poorly implemented. Evelyne Schulz disagrees.1 comment
The idea that Free Software has no decent design programs, and that it is impossible to produce quality art without proprietary apps is one of those myths that refuses to die. For quite some time now, OCSmag has been on a mission to prove otherwise. In this latest series we talk to three artists who…1 comment
Storytelling is the cultural cornerstone of human civilization. If I were even more pedantic than I already am, I would tell you about cave paintings, the epics of Gilgamesh, or the minstrels that travelled through medieval Europe. Instead let me tell you about teenage angst and manga comics.1 comment
Several days ago, I was gazing at the Universal Install Script comic by Randall Munroe, wondering if he may not have solved all the world’s problems, save for the usual famine, war, poverty, education, corruption, and so on. But there’s a certain appeal to having THE one script to rule them all, and in BASH-ness…14 comments
Our colleague Bruce has a book coming out! It’s called Designing with LibreOffice. It tackles the subject of how to make documents look good and professional, while taking advantage of all the design features LibreOffice has to offer. So I got together with Bruce and we talked about his book, LibreOffice, design, and the eternal…3 comments
The Internet has become a rich source of dark tales. Tonight we bring you some free sites and projects that are creepy, unsettling or downright terrifying. WARNING: The sites reviewed below are not recommended for children or those faint of heart. Seriously. You have been warned. Twice now. The SCP Foundation To protect humanity against…No comments.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York is creating an ever expanding library of art books that users can freely read online and, in many cases, download as high quality PDFs for reading offline. The books are lavishly illustrated, written by top experts in the field, and cover all eras, styles and geographic regions.…No comments.
Carlos BenÃtez over at etnassoft has put together a comprehensive collection of mostly open and free books that you can browse and download for free. He has collected in one easily searchable and browsable site over 2500 books, with titles on technical issues, programming, computer administration, design and so on. The site also includes comics,…No comments.
The very talented Nina Paley talks about copyright, Creative Commons and the free flow of ideas in her thought-provoking and entertaining talk at a PechaKucha 20×20 Night held in December 2013. Nina Paley is a cartoonist, filmmaker and general all-round artist. Her film “Sita Sings the Blues”, a retelling of the Hindu epic “Ramayana” from…No comments.
When a notice appeared in my morning news feed telling me that there was a new, free ebook on macro photography, I couldn’t resist downloading it. Although a lousy photographer myself, Juan CÃ©sar Jover’s IntroducciÃ³n a la fotografÃa macro (distributed under a CC – BY NC SA license) immediately made me want to go and…6 comments