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Desktop Graphics Software

Objective   2/15/2016

To document popular Graphics Software.

Graphics Software   3/6/2016


In computer graphics, graphics software or image editing software is a program or collection of programs that enable a person to manipulate visual images on a computer.

These are the application software which lets the user to create and manipulate any type of computer graphics with the use of an operating system.

Computer graphics can be classified into two distinct categories: raster graphics and vector graphics.

Many graphics programs focus exclusively on either vector or raster graphics, but there are a few that combine them in interesting ways.

It is simple to convert from vector graphics to raster graphics, but going the other way is harder.

Some software attempts to do this.

In addition to static graphics, there are animation and video editing software.

The exact sources of graphics such as video, images and drawings may vary for different tasks, but most can read and write files.

Most graphics programs have the ability to import and export one or more graphics file formats, including those formats written for a particular computer graphics program.

Examples of such programs include GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, Pizap, Microsoft Publisher, Picasa, etc.

The use of a swatch is a palette of active colours that are selected and rearranged by the preference of the user.

A swatch may be used in a program or be part of the universal palette on an operating system.

It is used to change the colour of a text or image and in video editing.

Vector graphics animation can be described as a series of mathematical transformations that are applied in sequence to one or more shapes in a scene.

Raster graphics animation works in a similar fashion to film-based animation, where a series of still images produces the illusion of continuous movement.

3D Design and Animation Software   4/25/2016

Best 3D Design and Animation Software


3D computer graphics (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

Such images may be stored for viewing later or displayed in real-time.

3D computer graphics rely on many of the same algorithms as 2D computer vector graphics in the wire-frame model and 2D computer raster graphics in the final rendered display.

In computer graphics software, the distinction between 2D and 3D is occasionally blurred; 2D applications may use 3D techniques to achieve effects such as lighting, and 3D may use 2D rendering techniques.

3D computer graphics are often referred to as 3D models.

Apart from the rendered graphic, the model is contained within the graphical data file.

However, there are differences: a 3D model is the mathematical representation of any three-dimensional object.

A model is not technically a graphic until it is displayed.

A model can be displayed visually as a two-dimensional image through a process called 3D rendering or used in non-graphical computer simulations and calculations.

With 3D printing, 3D models are similarly rendered into a 3D physical representation of the model, with limitations to how accurate the rendering can match the virtual model.

Wikipedia Comparison of 3D computer graphics Software

Archimedes Geo3D   3/20/2016

Wikipedia   Archimedes Geo3D

is a software package for dynamic geometry in three dimensions.

It was released in Germany in March 2006 and won a German government award for outstanding educational software in 2007.   6/14/2016   

Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

Blender's features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, raster graphics editing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, soft body simulation, sculpting, animating, match moving, camera tracking, rendering, video editing and compositing.

Alongside the modeling features it also has an integrated game engine.

Blender Absolute Beginner Tutorial: Episode 1   

Filmora     (Wondershare)  6/14/2016   6/14/2016   

GIMP (an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

GIMP began in 1995 as the school project of two university students; now GIMP is a full-fledged application, available on all distributions of Linux, OS X and Microsoft Windows.

It is released under GPLv3+ licenses and is freely distributed to (and by) anybody, who can look at its contents and its source code and can add features or fix problems.

GIMP is expandable and extensible; it is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions in order to improve its functionality.

This is implemented through the use of a scripting interface.

Learn GIMP Tutorial   

GoPro   3/13/2016

Wikipedia    GoPro

GoPro, Inc. (formerly Woodman Labs, Inc) is an American manufacturer of action cameras, often used in extreme-action videography.

GoPro dominates the action camera market as of 2016, but is seeing competition from the likes of Garmin (GRMN), Polaroid, Panasonic, Nikon, and Sony (SNE).

Other companies such as Taser (TASR) and Digital Ally (DGLY) are targeting the adjacent market of wearable cameras for police and security officers.

Inkscape   6/14/2016


Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.

Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) version 1.1.

While Inkscape can import and export several formats, all editing workflow inevitably occur within the constraints of the SVG format.

Inkscape can render the primitive vector shapes (e.g. rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arcs, spirals, stars and isometric boxes), text and regions containing raster graphics.

It supports image tracing, enabling the editor to create vector graphics from photos and other raster sources.

Created shapes can be subjected to further transformations, such as moving, rotating, scaling and skewing.

These objects may be filled with solid colors or color gradients, their borders stroked or their transparency changed.

As of 2015, Inkscape does not support SVG animation or full Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) specifications.

Inkscape Video Tutorial


Lightworks   6/14/2016


Lightworks is a professional non-linear editing system (NLE) for editing and mastering digital video in various formats, including 2K and 4K resolutions, and television in PAL, NTSC, and high-definition formats.

Lightworks was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in development since 1989.

The program is currently available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

The development of an open source version, as well as ports to Linux and Mac OS X were announced in May 2010.

No source code has yet been released, but the project roadmap has indicated that source code release will happen eventually.

The source code release is currently overdue: The Lightworks website FAQ states

"Once the Linux and Mac versions are released the source code of Lightworks will become available. We cannot give a date when this will happen, but announcements and updates will be regularly posted on the Lightworks Forum."

Lightworks v12 Quick Start Guide


OpenShot   6/14/2016


OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editing software for Linux, built with Python, GTK, and the MLT Framework.

The project was started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective to provide a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.

OpenShot 2.0 Interview | Linux Action Show 314


Snagit   6/14/2016


Snagit is a screenshot program that captures video display and audio output.

Originally for the Microsoft Windows operating systems, recent versions have also been available for Mac OS, but with fewer features.

It is created and distributed by TechSmith, and was first launched in 1990.

Snagit is available in English, German, Korean, and Japanese versions.

Snagit replaces the native print screen function with additional features.

Newer versions allow batch capture of embedded items such as links, pictures, and multimedia.

The user can set parameters and keyboard shortcuts to capture particular types of data, which are stored in a folder called "Catalog" by default.

Snagit can also follow links in web pages, capturing the specified data from the linked pages.

Accessories extend its features.

For example, Flickr Output enables the user to upload screen captures to a Flickr account.

Snagit for Beginners: 3 Simple Workflows


VideoPad Video Editor   6/14/2016

VideoPad Video Editor

VideoPad Video Editor (or VideoPad) is a video editing application developed by NCH Software for the home and professional market.

The software is complemented by the VirtualDub plug-ins that work with the software.

VideoPad is a video editing application developed by NCH Software for the home and professional market.

VideoPad is part of a suite that integrates with other software created by NCH Software.

This other software includes WavePad, a sound-editing program; MixPad, a sound-mixing program; and PhotoPad, an image editor.

VideoPad is presumably trialware.

The free edition is feature-limited, while the non-free version has more advanced features.

VideoPad Master Edition supports plugins while the free version does not. The non-free edition does not limit simultaneous video tracks, but the free one allows at most two concurrent tracks.

The non-free version allows users to generate Blu-ray Discs.

VideoPad supports frequently used file formats including Audio Video Interleave (AVI), Windows Media Video (WMV), 3GP, and DivX.

It supports direct video uploads to YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook.

VideoPad uses two screens: the first for a preliminary review of chosen video and audio snippets and the second to review the entire track.

The application supports several video effects, including those involving light, color, transitions, and text.

VideoPad Video Editing Software | Tutorial - Part 1

VideoPad Video Editor

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