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1:00:11 River Valley TV English 2012

Open Source Graphics and Web Services: A panel discussion

This session will be a moderated panel discussion of some specific questions that relate to how the FOSS graphics suite can or should react to the RIA movement, which is largely non-free. In addition to Picnik and the other well-known services, Google Docs has now added a Drawing app, so RIA isn’t going away.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
21:51 River Valley TV English 2012

GNU LibreDWG - a free software library to handle DWG files from AutoCAD

LibreDWG is a library to handle files in the DWG format used by AutoCAD. I will present a general overview of the history of the project, explaining how a group of students at the University of São Paulo developed a new and relevant free software library (listed in the FSF High Priority Projects List) and how it became approved as an official GNU package.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
10:59 River Valley TV English 2012

How I made a free New Zealand coffee-table book using lots of Free Software

In 2009 I made a trip to New Zealand where I took about 15,000 photos. After I spent weeks selecting and processing the good shots and getting very positive feedback from my friends, I decided to try to make a book about my trip. I had already been using Scribus in the past, but not for anything beyond very simple one-page layouts. Trying to figure out how to do a whole book took me a while, not only working with (and on) the tools, but also reading a lot about design, typography and more esoteric stuff like colour management.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
18:01 River Valley TV English 2012

sK1 Project: Past, Present and Future

The project was started in 2003 as a Sketch fork. Since that time sK1 became an awardwinning Open Source application and supports a lot of unique and professional publishing features. This year is a serious milestone in project development – global refactoring, multiplatform versions etc.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
17:06 River Valley TV English 2012

Scribus

Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
14:45 River Valley TV English 2012

PureDyne

Puredyne is the USB-bootable GNU/Linux operating system for creative media. It is a live distribution, you don’t need to install anything – simply boot your computer using a USB key or CD/DVD and you’re ready to start using software such as Pure Data, Supercollider, Icecast, Csound, Fluxus, Processing, Arduino, Gimp, Inkscape and much more.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
11:26 River Valley TV English 2012

Styling TeX documents with Batch Commander

Batch Commander is a tool that provides a graphical interface for styling (La)TeX documents. While the plaintext-based nature of TeX is ideal for automated typesetting, Batch Commander provides a GUI for editing document styles visually, instead of manually editing style files and recompiling. A quick previewing system and support for extensions make Batch Commander worth a look for anyone using TeX, LaTeX or ConTeXt for their own work.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
08:19 River Valley TV English 2012

The Rural Design Collective Summer Mentoring Program

The Rural Design Collective in Port Orford, Oregon, is a not-for-profit professional mentoring program with a local focus designed to help motivated, creative people begin an independent career on the Internet. They learn to work remotely using collaborative tools and social-networking sites, and are required to meet production deadlines and interact with their clients one-on-one either using online communication tools or by conducting on-site meetings. The program is focused on teaching and using open source technologies.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
06:41 River Valley TV English 2012

Welcome to LGM 2010

  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
28:06 River Valley TV English 2012

How to get contributors to your Free/Libre/Open Source project from Vietnam and Asia

  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
25:16 River Valley TV English 2012

The Open Colour Standard: Physical colour for F/LOSS

Jumping off of previous discussions about the barriers preventing professional designers from using F/LOSS graphics programs, this talk will present the Open Colour Standard. OCS is a project intended to add precise colour to the F/LOSS graphics workflow. It aims to make professional colour management a reality for F/LOSS graphics.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
12:10 River Valley TV English 2012

Google's Font Initiative

Raph Levien is a longtime contributor to the libre graphics community (libart, Ghostscript, Advogato) and launched Spiro at LGM 2007 in Montreal. Now working for Google, he is leading an initiative to sponsor libre font projects and services. This talk by Dave Crossland, a sponsored type designer, will outline the sponsorship opportunity for type designers wishing to design fonts that can be shared and collaboratively improved. It will also offer one of the first public demonstrations of a related Google font project.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
13:23 River Valley TV English 2012

Font design and features for African languages

This presentation will discuss the requirements of orthographies for African languages in Latin scripts and shows how to implement them with modern fonts technologies. Good practices, mistakes and evaluation of fonts for African languages with high requirements will be discussed. The presentation will also showcase various font projects that are benefitting from the input, feedback and work of the Open Source community.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
07:35 River Valley TV English 2012

Plana, publishing illustration and comics with floss

Plana started as an academic project by Luís Camanho for a small independent publisher on illustration and comics. Free software was embraced almost from the very beginning. It was an answer to economic constraints but also reflection of our empathy with the libre graphics world. As a consequence, we got interested in copyright and embraced the sharing culture, informing and encouraging our authors to distribute their work for free. With five books published since 2008 we would like to share our experiences so far.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
10:33 River Valley TV English 2012

Collaborative intellectual property

This session shows how when we put together Free software, free content and open hardware, we get something that we can call: “Collaborative intellectual property.”
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
25:09 River Valley TV English 2012

Icon Workflows with Inkscape

Learn how to worry less about the file system and more about your artwork in this overview of Inkscape workflows. Various details of the workflow and tools are discussed with specific examples from projects including, but not limited to, Firefox, GNOME and Moblin.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
21:15 River Valley TV English 2012

Writing brush engines for fun and profit!

Among free software graphics application, Krita is unique in that its painting system is plugin-based: all Krita brush engines are plugins. Starting with the sumi-e hairy brush engine I worked on during the 2008 Google Summer of Code, I continued writing over half a dozen experimental, funny and useful brush engine for my Master’s Thesis at the VŠBTechnical University of Ostrava. This presentation will start with a live demonstration of these brush engines. The second part will be more technical: I will give an introduction into the art of writing brush engine plugins for Krita. It’s easy and fun, not difficult at all!
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
11:00 River Valley TV English 2012

UpStage - an open source web-based platform for cyberformance

Artists use UpStage to collaborate in real-time on live performances for an online audience, using the web interface to manipulate graphics, animations, text, text2speech, audio, web cams and drawing, creating live performances that are accessible to anyone with a standard browser and internet connection. The application, which is open source and written in Python, sits on a server so there is no need for artists or audience to download or install anything.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
43:29 River Valley TV English 2012

How to Run an Art School on Free and Open Source Software

Open Source plays an increasingly important role in arts and design through Web applications and open licenses. The Networked Media design programme of the Piet Zwart Institute has, for years, employed Open Source more radically for all course work, on servers and clients, with a focus on the command line, coding and FLOSS philosophy to foster rethinking of media instead of off-the-shelf design.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
22:30 River Valley TV English 2012

Cantarell: Designing Typefaces Using Only Free Software

This talk presents the techniques and software I used and developed for creating the Cantarell font family, and looks at the future of free software type design. During the last 2 years I undertook the prestigious MA Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading, UK. The course involves two major projects, a theoretical dissertation and a practical type design. I wrote about the nexus of free software and typeface design, and used only free software to design Cantarell.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
22:38 River Valley TV English 2012

Extending Python for Speed

Python is a nice high-level language, but most graphic applications have some code that must run fast at any price. Everyone knows that it is possible to write C/C++ extensions for Python. Not everyone knows that it can be done cleanly, simply and DRY.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
30:04 River Valley TV English 2012

Joining Spirits with Aiki Framework: The New Web Engine for Open Clip Art Library

In the past, applying a free software development style to web applications blocked development on the Open Clip Art Library. The project has nearly joined the #FAIL list multiple times. Since web sites are centralized pieces of software running continuously, there is a need for secure access to the live code. This forces a division of managing a running website, merging software changes from developers, and keeping development on the software progressing healthily. To complicate matters, a site like Open Clip Art Library has an active base of librarians and artists uploading and editing new clipart. The new Aiki Framework aims to solve all these issues.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
27:26 River Valley TV English 2012

Baroque Dreams Live Multimedia Performance Interpretive Culture and Open Source Software

This talk will cover the issues of bringing live interpretive performance back into electronic music and multimedia performance culture. Issues of technology obsolesce, interface, types of users, hardware, and historical cultures patterns will be discussed. Ways the open source community can help build tools that will be useful to the video or music artists interested in interpretive performance of works will be suggested.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
30:22 River Valley TV English 2012

SVG - News and Plans

  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
26:06 River Valley TV English 2012

Writing GIMP scripts and plugins

Much of the power of GIMP comes from its plug-in architecture. Most of the functions you use in GIMP, including everything in the Filters menu, are implemented as plug-ins. Happily, writing GIMP plug-ins is easy. This talk will show you how to write new plug-ins or extend existing ones in two languages: Script-fu and Python
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
30:00 River Valley TV English 2012

Generative Node-based Design With NodeBox 2

NodeBox 2 is an open-source application that generates visual output based on programming code, a node-based interface or natural language (i.e. English.) In the user interface you connect nodes (building blocks) together to create interesting visuals. Nodes can be opened to examine or edit the (Python) source code. AI techniques allow the system to evaluate written text and transform it into nodes using analogy and conceptual association.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
33:12 River Valley TV English 2012

Graphic Design and the Wide Open Space

Graphic design as a discipline seems to be firmly focussed on print media, leaving designing for the screen to interaction and web designers. This is a shame. As we spend more time online, public space itself is becoming digital, and in this space the pluriformity of contemporary graphic design is sorely missed. In interface and web design, aesthetic decisions by a few major software developers have a disproportionate effect on the visual landscape.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
19:12 River Valley TV English 2012

The New Folk Tradition: Aesthetic and Community Resonance between Open Source Graphics and Fiber Arts

I discuss revivalist trends in art with relationship to the hand-made and folk tradition, specifically in fiber arts. Innovative artists, having digital fluency, easily navigate networked communities and collaborate openly. By comparing pixels to patchwork, vectors to stitches, bitmaps to patterns, and layers to quilts, they investigate the overlap among a variety of disciplines.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
29:45 River Valley TV English 2012

Device Colour Management

Devices seldom agree about colours by default. RGB (Red/Green/Blue) colour spaces in digital or analog cameras are different from laptop and desktop monitors and those are different from inkjet printers, even if they do not only support a CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Key-Black) colour space. The talk gives an overview of how these diverging colours can be brought together by the configurable Oyranos Colour Management System on a system level. It will further discuss what is required by applications to make use of the provided ICC profile information.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
25:38 River Valley TV English 2012

Laidout and Desktop Publishing

Laidout is a desktop publishing program that I use primarily to make cartoon books. It can lay out images and gradients (including mesh gradients) onto booklets, as well as onto arbitrary polyhedral surfaces. Other novel features include controlled multiple image import, and image mesh warping. Being debugged currently are multicontact abilities. Discussion will also include experiences with various open source software for related tasks.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
22:15 River Valley TV English 2012

Elements of Typographic Freedom: Open Sources of Extraordinary Design

Type is a tool. This talk aims to give an inspiring overview of excellence in the typographic arts, with a special emphasis on fonts and world-class book design using free software.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
23:15 River Valley TV English 2012

Diffusion Curves in Inkscape vector drawings

Diffusion Curves are an exciting and flexible new primitive for creating images with smooth color transitions. However, the best method to display diffusion curves so far is to rasterize them, which is unsuitable for use with SVG for example. I will present the basic idea behind Diffusion Curves, an alternative interpretation and an approach to creating a purely vector based representation (discussion welcome).
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
11:20 River Valley TV English 2012

Multi-touch support in Ubuntu

A quick presentation about the current state of multi-touch support in Ubuntu, and the road map for the next release.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
11:09 River Valley TV English 2012

Phatch

Phatch is a user friendly, cross-platform Photo Batch Processor and EXIF Renamer with a nice graphical user interface. Phatch handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. It can batch resize, rotate, apply shadows, perspective, rounded corners and many more actions – in minutes instead of the hours or days needed to do so manually.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
12:25 River Valley TV English 2012

Open Source project to enable fashion design using open data formats

This presentation invites developers to help create a suite of open source software to create and modify clothing patterns in open data formats to match an individual’s body measurement and generate customized patterns as printable files. Current applications are proprietary, do not interoperate, and are expensive. An open source solution would enable individual and small label designers to create and provide custom sized patterns without purchasing high-cost proprietary software.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
11:01 River Valley TV English 2012

Coding pictures with Shoebot

Shoebot is a graphics robot with which you can create complex images and animations using a very simple syntax on top of the Python programming language. It is specifically aimed at designers and artists who want to incorporate code into their creations, but it also provides for a good educational framework for introducing code-based approaches, with a simple interface and quick image-based results.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: River Valley TV
  • Language: English
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