canopic jug writes:
ASIFA-Hollywood is encouraging its members to try popular open source software programs for themselves and to participate in the online communities. In particular, ASIFA is recommending Audacity, Blender, Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, Notepad ++, Open Broadcaster, and Synfig. The goal is to foster better tools and art for everyone.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood continues its commitment to open source animation technology this month with a special development sponsorship to Synfig, a 2D vector graphics animation program. The amount awarded was $2000. This grant will help keep their new developer employed full-time, working on bug-fixes and improving stability of the free and open source software. ASIFA members are encouraged to download and experiment with the software today at https://www.synfig.org/#download.
Sometimes dead trivial is what you need. I re-open Audacity about once every 3-4 years it seems, and when I do I'm glad that it's not a "professional grade" tool with all the power and configurability of something like Blender.
As for Blender, I wanted to throw out: OpenSCAD as an option that might appeal to aspiring 3D designers around here. If you participate in a site like Thingiverse, you should, eventually, figure out what each tool is good for - like I did. I mention OpenSCAD because I "got into" Blender first and ended up wasting a lot of time trying to make it do things that OpenSCAD is much better at. In short: Blender is better for Art - put something here, close enough, keep going we've got a thousand more features to add/tweak. OpenSCAD is better for procedural - I want this pattern to repeat this way with exactly this spacing calculating the exact tangent from here, O.K. now let's do that again but make all these parts 2mm thick instead of 1.5 and don't scale up the other dimensions...
Gimp is a popular one to kick around, but after 12+ years of dealing with it, and 8+ years of dealing with Photoshop before it, it's almost second nature to me now. Again, 99% of the time I open GIMP I just need some simple select, copy-paste, scale, maybe a little color balance, save as .png with transparency, done. I am glad that GIMP _can_ be used that way, more easily than Blender.
Nice to see Notepad++ getting some love in that list. In Linux land gedit (and, sickly, nano) is my alternative for that - just due to their relative ubiquity and ease of installation when not already present.
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