Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Photoscape

When it comes to touching up a picture, there's nothing better than Photoscape. It includes many filters, frames and enhancement tools that are a breeze to use.  The interface is clean and neatly organized, and there's a file browser on the left of the window for easy navigation and fast workflow.

See these screenshots:




List of features:

  • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming, paint brushclone stampeffect brush
  • Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
  • Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
  • Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
  • Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
  • Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
  • Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
  • Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
  • Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet


Interested? Download it: CNET | Brothersoft | Filehorse ... (16.8 Mb)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tremz: A New Dawn



Ever heard of Tremulous? It's a mix of FPS and RTS, and has been around for a good number of years. It has a steady community and is unique in the open source gaming genre.

But it hasn't received a decent update for 6 whole years, and that's where Tremz comes in ... it is a fork of the Tremulous project, with the aim of providing better graphics, gameplay and GUI. It is expected to launch on the 29th of February, so you need only to wait a short while longer to see what the devs have created.

Here's some snapshots of the devs' work thus far:

 

Check out these links for more info:

Official blog | Forums

Friday, January 27, 2012

Introverts

I found a good article (HERE) on introverts, which I hope will provide some insight for all of the extroverts out there that don't understand us:
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"Introversion is 'the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life'. Introverts tend to be low-key, deliberate, and relatively passive in social situations. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, drawing, watching movies, and using computers. The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, composer, and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though they tend to enjoy interactions with close friends. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate. Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement. They are more analytical before speaking."
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Introversion is not the same as shyness. Introverts choose solitary over social activities by preference, whereas shy people avoid social encounters out of fear.
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There are a few things you should know, especially as an extrovert. What is normal for an extrovert can be extremely annoying for or even rude towards an introvert:

Tell an introvert to be more social: If you really want to annoy and even alienate your introvert friend or loved one you should force them to be social by telling them that they have to be more social. You should also mention that being social is what is expected of normal people. Introverts prefer most of the time to stay at home reading a book or creating something than going out with a bunch of people at the pub. It’s not that an introvert doesn’t want to be with you, but more that he/she wants to be by him/herself instead. Introverts “recharge” by being by themselves.
Tell an introvert to talk more: If you want an introvert to never talk to you again you should let them know that they should talk more and try to include them in every conversation. Introverts tend to stick to the facts and what is practical. If you ask an introvert how the weather is, you will be either be given a short answer like: “The weather is okay”; or they will give a an explanation you would expect from a meteorologist. Introverts love talking about their field of interest; but they have no interest in talking about something they have no interest in. When it comes to small talk introverts really don’t see the point of it; as it has no practical use to them.  
Don’t let introverts join the conversation: Keep in mind, it’s you who matters and if you let people speak you have lost! So don’t let any one speak or always interrupt people when speaking; especially if they are introverts. As introverts are really annoyed by this. Introverts tend to be thinkers and very aware of themselves, therefore they prefer to think before they speak so they can present their view the best way. That is also why most introverts never join a conversation as people who are mostly extroverted tend to speak non-stop and has some strange phobia towards a few seconds silence in a conversation. Extroverts tend to “fight” to get a word in between each other, making introverts see it as a waste of time and effort. Introverts also dislike being interrupted when they are speaking. As they are thinkers some of what they say is something they have spent some time thinking about, so interrupting them can actually be very rude and hurtful.  
Tell an introvert that this is fun: If you find something very fun you should force an introvert to do it and tell him/her it is fun. And if they ask why it is fun, just let them know it’s fun because you say so and everyone else does it. Introverts hate being forced to do things. As mentioned, introverts are very aware of who they are and what they like. Telling an introvert that he/she should do this and that because that is expected, normal, nice and such rarely sounds logical to them, and is also a great way to alienate them. Introverts grow up by being told constantly they are strange, not normal, shy, not social and many other negatively loaded words and that they should change; they really don’t need to be told this any more. Telling someone who is actually normal to constantly change is extremely rude and selfish. 
Tell an introvert to stop being so honest: If you want to insult and confuse an introvert you should tell him/her that they should stop being so honest. Introverts are thinkers and focus on facts. If something is green, it is green; simple as that. It’s not that introverts are selfish or lacking empathy, they look at the world as it is. They tend to be very logical beings and prefer to be honest than lie about something. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t ask an introvert for it; because you will for sure get an honest answer. And it’s not our fault you can’t handle it.  
Don’t let an introvert read his/her book in peace: If you see an introvert working on something or reading a book, go bother them as that will really annoy them. As you read earlier, introverts needs time alone and solitude to “recharge” and to be happy. When they go into that state of mind they should never ever be bothered. There’s nothing more annoying to having to read a sentence 10 times, lose your focus when creating something or just losing focus in general because someone can’t relax their lips for a few minutes. Doing this to an introvert is like getting woken up in the middle of the night when you are sleeping. I’m pretty sure most of you don’t want your sleep to be disturbed. Same goes for an introverts alone time, we don’t want to be bothered. The more you let an introvert be by him/herself, the less they have to take mini breaks and they are more likely to spend time with you.  
Let the introvert know what they are doing is a waste of time: What ever they are doing, reading, creating or what not, let them know that it is a waste of time. As with most things introverts do, it is very important to them. For the observer it might look strange, but for the introvert it makes perfect sense. Telling them what they are doing is childish and useless is like telling them they have no purpose in life. If what they are doing is not hurting anyone, let them do it. Just because they aren’t out binge drinking doesn’t mean they are not having fun. And what do you know, this might be their break through in life.
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Hope this helps clear-up some misunderstandings between people.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Megaupload: shut down



Today one of the 15 largest file hosting sites on the web, Megaupload, was shut down and the domain seized jointly by the FBI, DoJ and NIPRCC.

The site's Hong Kong-based employees are being charged for numerous criminal offences, including copyright infringement and money laundering. The FBI's mega 72-page indictment against the lavish employees details the years of blatant conspiracy and flamboyant lifestyles of the 6 accused.

Currently the Megaupload site contains this notice:


The case is yet to be heard in court, and the defendants are yet to be tried.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Quadropolis



In the Free Software article, I listed 2 games which are built on the Cube 2 engine: Red Eclipse and Cube MetalHeart. The engine is renowned for it's built-in map editor, which is very simple to use and quite powerful. But what if you don't want to make your own maps; you're just looking to find some good, pre-made maps? Well then you should check out Quadropolis.

The site is a large database of all maps, mods and scripts for Cube-based games - all of which can be downloaded for free of course. You would simply download the package, and extract the contents to the same filepath as the zip folder itself. All Cube games have the same folder structures, so you shouldn't have any compatibility problems when putting maps into different Cube game variants.

To give you an example of some really awesome projects on the site, check out these 2 amazing maps:




If you have a Cube game and want some mods, then you know the place to be.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 is here!

New year, new beginnings! I hope everyone reading this has an awesome 2012!


Saturday, December 31, 2011

WoT: Invasion of the Types

Nothing quite shows the presence of Xmas and New Year than the current situation in WoT:


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WarFace - upcoming Free2Play FPS



WarFace is CryTeK's first Free2Play first-person shooter title, which is due to be released in 2012. The game will use the highly-acclaimed CryEngine3© to provide the finest graphics possible.

It will feature PvP and PvE game modes, including co-op missions. There will be various classes that you can play as, although the exact classes are unknown at this point.

Check out some media:

  

All we can do now is wait - but be sure to sign-up to the WarFace newsletter to get updates with all the latest news.

Cheers, and a Happy New Year! :)



Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Xonotic



This is one free FPS you definitely don't want to miss. Xonotic was born out of the dissatisfaction of the decision by certain Nexuiz developers to license the Darkplaces engine for commercial use by Illfonic. Many open source gamers saw it as a betrayal against the FOSS community, and so the devs who left set out to make an even better game.

The graphics are fantastic for a free game, and the gameplay is just as exceptional. Expect all the fast-paced action from Quake-like games, but packaged in a better box. There are numerous game modes to choose from.  Check out the screenshots to see for yourself:


Wanna see some gameplay? Here you are:


Want to blast some people to pieces in this fragtastic shooter? Head on over to the official site and be sure to check out the forums. The game is available for Windows, Mac and Linux - it's currently at version 0.5.0.

Have fun!