Photography

TVersity – Home Media Server Solution

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What a great free program. My friend hooked me up with a AVI copy of a very popular movie and the kids wanted to watch it on the big screen and not my little laptop. So I searched and my initial findings were telling me that I would have to convert this massive AVI file to a WMV file to even play it on my XBOX 360. That would have taken hours so I continued on and came across TVersity. Basically its a free home media server that allows you to stream your archived movies, HULU, and many other free streaming services from one of your computers to your PS3, XBOX 360, computers, and mobile devices. You can even stream and share across the internet. I didn’t mention photos yet, and yes it does. So anyway, I downloaded, installed and ran. It has a very easy to use interface on both the PC and XBOX 360 sides. After turning on sharing on my laptop I had to do was go to “Video Library” on the XBOX and it found my laptop and it found the TVersity service. Worked beautifully. Remember that I had an AVI file? TVersity transcodes the file on the fly while it’s playing! How cool is that! I know I’m a geek…

TVersity can be downloaded free at http://tversity.com. Happy sharing!

Here is a promo for it:

Here is a step by step walk through setting it up:

Free Photo Editing Software – The Gimp – Photoshop Free Alternative

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I have been using the gimp since 2002 and I must say that it is awesome. GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. This page should help you get a taste of what GIMP is capable of.  They have free tutorials and tips at http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/.

Customizable Interface

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Each task requires a different environment and GIMP allows you to customize the view and behavior the way you like it. Starting from the widget theme, allowing you to change colors, widget spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden.

GIMP features a great fullscreen modeallowing you to not only preview your artwork but also do editing work while using the most of your screen estate.

Photo Enhancement

Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools.

Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface.

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The included channel mixer gives you the flexibility and power to get your B/W photography stand out the way you need.

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Digital Retouching

GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.

Hardware Support

GIMP includes a very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller’s slider. Change the size, angle or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Speed up your workflow!

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File Formats

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The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. The architecture allows to extend GIMP’s format capabilities with a plug-in. You can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry.

Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH.

To save disk space, any format can be saved with an archive extension such as ZIP, GZ or BZ2 and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.

Supported Platforms

  • GNU/Linux (i386, PPC)
  • Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista)
  • Mac OS X
  • Sun OpenSolaris
  • FreeBSD

Panoramic Photography Software (ICE) (FREEWARE)

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Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom. Click here to download ICE for free http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/