Archive | December, 2011

Open Source Software

20 Dec

1. Blender is an open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games. This would be a great choice to begin 3D animation, or even to use for any of your animation or gaming needs.

2. eSpeak text to speech is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, for Linux and Windows. It is used to provide audio text reading in multiple languages, in a clear and precise manner.

3. KTouch is a software application written for the KDE SC desktop environment that drills students in the method of touch typing. It is a useful tool for training computer users in improving their typing, and helps not just with touch-typing but with speed and precision whilst looking as well.

4. KTooN is a software application for the design and creation of 2D animation. This is a useful open source program for online animators, and is a great 2D animation program.

5. Skencil, formerly called Sketch, is a free software vector graphics editor. It is similar to Windows Paint, but with more advanced tools, making it a simple and easy to use program that offers a range of image editing tools.


Creating a Logo

1 Dec

This logo was a graphic I created for my website ‘Dat Music’, a local band promotion website.

To start, I added a text box into a new Macromedia Fireworks file, reading ‘Dat Music’. I set the font to MS UI Gothic, and set the font style to bold and underlined:

I then added an Outer Bevel to the text, giving it a 3D effect and adding weight:

I added a Drop Shadow to give the Outer Bevel a more dynamic effect:

I then added an Inner Bevel to the text, to complete the effect I was aiming for:

I then created a new shape using the paintbrush. I made it quite rough to add a more personal feel to the image:

I gave this shape an Inner Bevel to give it a 3D effect:

I then put the text in front of the shape to finish the graphic:



Operating Systems

1 Dec

“Try out the BASH commands listed in Presentation part 2  and post screenshots to your blog.”

i used Cygwin Terminal to replicate the Unix directory system.

I created a directory called ‘test‘ using mkdir, entering the directory ‘test‘ with the command cd:

I then created a file called ‘test.txt‘ using the echo command. I then added text to the file using the cat>> command, and then displayed the new text using the cat command:

I then created a new directory using the mkdir command, called ‘newdirectory’. I then moved the test.txt document into this new directory:

The New Economy

1 Dec

Leading on from Lecture 6, an example of a web service that has rendered the ‘middle man’ useless is online ordering and shopping.

For example, if you wanted a week of fresh groceries and other assorted items that you would otherwise have taken a trip to the local Tesco or Asda to buy, you can now order everything you need online, and it will be delivered to your doorstep relatively speedily.

This eliminates the need for material stores and shop workers, because everyone has the ability to order what they want on the supermarket websites. Admittedly, a large number of people prefer to shop within the actual supermarkets, for a number of reasons, but the web service has the potential to remove the need for supermarkets entirely.