• Random thoughts 0001
  • Posted on September 25, 2010
  • Under this post and/or category name I post random thoughts about, well anything I want to write that does not really deserve a post of it’s own. And these are just my thoughts and no absolute truths. Maybe not even my final opinion about the subjects I write about.

    I wish there was a easy way to switch to left hand mode on my Wacom Intuos4L tablet in Ubuntu. My tablet is not really useful to me in a right-hand state.

    Most interesting image software for the Linux platform right now is Pinta (Paint.Net clone), MyPaint (new take on how to create Art on computer) and Nathive (something like Photoshop and still not). I hope Pinta developers aim a bit higher then Paint.Net because Paint.Net does not support Wacom tablets and it’s missing some good features that could have been there. MyPaint could be a alternative to ArtRage in the future if they do things right. But none of the programs is really ready for use yet and it was a while ago they where updated. But I will keep my eyes on them because they might be the future image editors on Linux.

    The main reason why I don’t like GIMP and Krita is because the GUI/Toolbars takes up to much of the screen. When I create something, I want as much of my screen as possible to be the canvas area. In this and many other areas I think developers of this kind of programs should look at ArtRage because it’s all about the canvas and work flow.

    I hope Ambient Design someday ports ArtRage over to Linux. Maybe when the iPad version is done?

    I’m kind of Windows bound until A. There is a program that can compete with ArtRage is ready on Linux. B. ArtRage is ported to Linux. C. ArtRage start working under WINE.

    It would be fun to someday test some other drawing tablets then my wonderful Intuos4L.

    Over at DeviantArt I’m uploading slightly bigger versions of some of the best drawings I have here. As of writing, I only got two drawings uploaded. In the future I might use Deviant Art’s printing serviceĀ  for people who would like to buy prints of my Art. If there is interests for this option already, write to me here. Anyhow, here is a link to my page over there.

  • How to find good Ubuntu Apps
  • Posted on May 14, 2010
  • To begin with, I’m not a Pro user of Ubuntu, there is much I don’t know about and I might be wrong about some things. This post is not necessary for the expert and If I’m wrong about something or somebody has something to add to this, then I don’t mind. I am a Artist, so Painting Software is a part of this post.

    Ubuntu Software Center is the main place to look for Apps in Ubuntu, but it ain’t as good as it could or should be. It lacks in it’s most important department and that is Apps.

    That’s why I feel it’s a must to install third party software repositories to find and maintain Apps from many new and cool projects like Minitube, MyPaint, Nathive, Pinta, twitter Apps and so on. If you install third party repositories, the Software Center might still not be the best way of finding the new Apps.

    Looking for Linux Apps on the Internet can be hard. If one wants to just find and install software for Ubuntu, .deb files are the ones to look for, not tar.gz files, .rpm and other. A .deb file of a program might be easy to install on Ubuntu, but unless the program is connected to a repository installed on the computer, it won’t get automatically updated when a new version is out. Some Apps are hard to find as official .deb packages from the developers, but some sources have some of them ready in .deb and repository.

    GetDeb is a great source and homepage to find new and updated Apps. It has it’s own repository and is easy to navigate. A place I can recommend.

    Ubuntu Tweak is a App to tweak Ubuntu with and it has it’s own Software Center and has a lot of third party repositories. But Ubuntu Tweak is a bit harder to understand and one should be careful with any change being done with it.

    Pinta is a program based on how the Windows painting program Paint.net works. It’s as of writing in 0.3 version, that means it’s a early version and use it with caution. Pinta has it’s own repository here.

    More ideas for good sources?