Archive for December, 2005
Tim, I can’t think of a better example than the recent remote control comparison in Job’s new iMac introduction. Both of these devices function as a remote control of a media PC.
The one on the left is designed around a key task. The other gives you “everything at your finger tips” (it’s “feature packed”). I have such a remote on my TV set. I can tell from the chipped paint that the only keys I actually use are the power, volume and channel seek buttons.
So I’m not sure it’s a bad thing that a text editor in gnome doesn’t try to be an e-mail client and a file browser doesn’t render webpages…
The reason I love GNOME is the concentration on the key task and making sure that additional icing on the cake doesn’t make the key task harder to achieve. It’s great there is choice for people who want everything at their fingertips though.
The image below is GIMPed. It it somehow made me happy I was allowed to
experinece this unique ocasion with my own eyes though . I don’t usually look
at the speedometer all that often so it was a funny moment when you look down
and see this really magnetic number shining in there. Too bad it’s not a binary
number though Aging is the little four-wheel fella.
Some recordings of the
blender conference held in Prague last month are available for download. It
includes my rather improvised GIMP session.
Be warned that the sessions are in that weird language again.
Those of you interested in my installfest talk showing a typical Inkscape
and GIMP work flow can look at a video
capture. It’s in a funny language though.
I have apparently been living under a rock for the past year or two. I have
been using a dual screen setup without xinerama as I believed it still
didn’t do accelerated GL and fullscreen videos took both/all displays. Well
both of these things are history so everyone feel free to finaly enjoy the
goodness of real dualhead desktop with xinerama. And thanks Bassam
for the poke
No wonder nothing is much happening on the separate X screen front. Both nautilus and GIMP
started having issues. It’s because I’m the only one still running that
Everybody else is enjoying the goodness of GL accelerated xinerama.
Inkscape is really rad for creating UI mockups. Unlike GIMP it allows to structure elements into nested groups/layers. Dealing with 50 flat layers isn’t really workable. One thing that is problematic for collaboration is embeded bitmaps though. By default Inkscape uses absolute paths for image links which can be a pain.
Pim Snel has created a super extension to collect all bitmaps, create relative links to them in the SVG and zip everything up. To use it, make sure you compiled Inkscape –with-python and place the two files (.inx and .py) to
~/.inkscape/extensions/. Now all you need to do before handing a project to your collegue is file>save as>foo.zip (you have to select “Compressed Inkscape SVG with Media (*.zip)” from the format selector). If your
inkex module isn't found, just copy it over from $PREFIX/share/inkscape/extensions/inkex.py or put the extension in the system dir instead of
~/. Thanks Pim!