Rawtherapee

RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license. It satisfy the All the standard features you would expect from a raw developer and much more like batch processing, Floating point engine, Color management and so on. The point is that Rawtherapee it insanely useful also for video post prodution. Yes, you can add a batch process not only for singles raw files, but also with entire jpeg/tiff sequences. Thanks to pp3 SO: if you are a nerd, you will know that some softwares like this are absolutely useful for other reason so different from the main purposes. Thanks to .pp3 processing profiles, you can view and apply (very fast!) the history of the process on your sequences, like a render into you NLE editor, all without layers or precompositions ;-) This software can manage microcontrast, retina samples, add incredible sharp masks editor and color corrections. Better than others closed suites. ;-) Do you want to know more? Look this quick tutorial or surf on Rawtherapee blog.

Natron power

Natron is a free and open-source node-based compositing software. It has been influenced by digital compositing software such as Nuke, from which its user interface and many of its concepts are derived. Natron supports plugins following the OpenFX 1.4 API. Most open-source and commercial OpenFX plug-ins are supported. It offers robust and efficient tools for compositors to get their job done fast with high quality results.

32 bits floating point linear color processing pipeline.
Colorspace management handled by OpenColorIO.
Dozens of file formats supported: EXR, DPX, TIFF, PSD, SVG, RAW, JPG, PNG … and more.
Support for OpenFX v1.4

Support for many free and open-source OpenFX plugins:
OpenFX-IO : to read anything else than standard 8-bits images (bundled with pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-Misc : A set of basic nodes, such as Transform, chroma keyer, etc… (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-Arena : A set of extra nodes (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-OpenCV : A set of plugins based on OpenCV.
OpenFX-Yadif deinterlacer : An open-source efficient de-interlacer.
OpenFX-Vegas SDK samples
OpenFX samples (in the Support and Examples directories)

Support for commercial OpenFX plugins:
RevisionFX products
NeatVideo denoiser
Furnace by The Foundry
KeyLight by The Foundry
GenArts Sapphire
Other GenArts products
Universe by Red Giant Software
Ignite by HitFilm
And many more.

Do you want to view this power? View this usefule tutorial that explain a simple chroma key nodes.

Natron, believe it or not, it’s free. the Initial release was on October 22, 2014 and now it’r really mature software, basically for VFX but also for motion graphics and other purpose. Check the documentation here and the Natron website.

PDF from external data

Welcome in my coffee-nerd time ( feature image from Kirokaze ) The question is: how to create PDF dynamically and for free, without ANY commercial software ? With this kind of feature you may already know as the typical mail merge functionality in your preferred office application.

Scribus Generator provides this functionality, for free. It allows you to:

  • replace texts and images dynamically.
  • Change object colors, position, text font or size dynamically.
  • Generate separate PDF files for each data entry, or a single file from all your data.
  • Use any data source (Excel, OpenOffice, MySQL, Notepad, …) that can export to CSV.
  • Generally speaking, Scribus Generator replaces text with data to automatically generate files (e.g. SLA, PDF). It has been originally written by Ekkehard Will and further extended by Berteh. A short how to video introduces this Scribus Generator. 6 first minutes for the basic overview, 12 last for some more advanced features.

    More information here. https://github.com/berteh/ScribusGenerator

    Look out of the box

    Today, every operating systems are inside the same way of life. Windows, Ios, Mac, Android have a “store” for install other softwares that you need. In open source OS (like Debian) it’s the same from the beginning: with source-list and relatives repositories, used in combine with some GUI softwares (like aptitude or synaptic) you can download install there into your computer. The only one difference from contemporary Ios / Play “stores”, or something like that, is that you need to know *HOW* to use/configure it. Normally, it’s very difficult for casual users. They are are used to “touching” or “tapping with software store. Touching everything without thinking before is absolutely not good for us. You know, we are not in love with this touch generation. They are the future and they “touch” everywhere. ;-)

    Now. In Ubuntu/Suse/Mint linux distributions, you have brand new “software stores”. The main concept is to adapt linux for lamer users. In this way it’s possible to install your software easily in linux. Notbad, but we don’tlike these solutions for many reasons. Ok: we admit that Canonical or other companies made a good work. Today, without Canonical, linux probably have too many problems for supporting hardwares and drivers. However, our first point, all of these *companies* making with open source, require your details for using their services or supports. Anyway we not understand why we must to share our personal data when we using open source software. We remember to all of you that A LOT of singles developers maintain their open source projects *ALONE* without money and completely without the support of these big companies. So, by the side of users, they just need to install binaries or compile the source code! Ok, it’s not simple. Remember that nothing is simple in this universe. If you want it easy, normally you pay it and you are free to be a slave. If you want to really learn it, this is different because you understand better what is the freedom. The open source community demonstrate to all that the work of every single user or developer has created freedom for all the community.

    At the end, we admit that we are not a developers. The world is not always clean and beautiful and the “system and software updates” in your workstation isthe only way to keep your system clean and safe. But try to view with the eyes of design operator that work with a very strict diedline. Meantime you make your final render, the system suspend your program, shutdown the OS and it show a screen like this.

    We do not know what goes on in the minds of a bosses of companies billing hundreds of millions of dollars. We only need to close our work with our standard of quality. They CANNOT stop our work or stalking us with anxious messages like “if you do not make the updates you will die bad”. So we create SuperOS and we use appimages on it: now we not need any software store. No messages, no software updates, no distraction. We will make only *one* release per year, tailored to our needs, and we’ll updload it on our github account. We hope that will helpful for the community.

    SuperOs

    We are happy to announce the first main project of Superprogetti. SuperOS 0.01.

    SuperOS is an new enhanced operating system based on Ubuntu-linux LTS. It’s suitable only for 64bit desktop/mobile workstations. It inherits many features and functions and it supports tons of linux based applications also. You can use it freely in any environment – home, office, education or any other. It’s open source, so we not make any business with it and we not provide any support. However it’s not like others linux distro. This is the Superprogetti distro and we used it normally for our design projects.

    The main idea is to create a super fast operating system for creative and visual designers. Our focus is on Stability AND Appimages. So, with SuperOS you will have a portable, tiny and super-fast environment with only the basic system. For others apps, you will download our selected Appimages, storable in *any* filesystem (fat32 also). Obviusly you can also install normally with “apt-get install” like any other ubuntu user.

    Stay tuned! As soon as possible we release the first “.iso” image on our Github account.

    Linux apps that run anywhere

    Today i’m feel like a nerd. SO i explain to you something very useful for any digital designer that want to be free from closed software. Be real free with Appimages! Using AppImageKit you can package desktop applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and derivatives. The AppImage is a format for packaging applications in a way that allows them to run on a variety of different target systems (base operating systems, distributions) without further modification.

    To run an AppImage, simply download it. Then, make it executable.

     $ chmod a+x Subsurface*.AppImage 
    and run!

    $ ./Subsurface*.AppImage 
    That was easy, wasn’t it?

    After this, you can virtually execute your appimages in every linux distribution, without install ton of megabyte of dependencies, also into USB linux live system! In this video, Joe Collins explain better how to do it. Also David Revoy, in his Blog, explain the same.

    From two years ago to now a lot of open source projects adopt this method to distribute softwares, like krita. You can also keep update and download appimages from here: https://dl.bintray.com/probono/AppImages/
    For more information go here: https://appimage.org

    Good stuff, guys! Happy Appimaging!