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Go 3-D

Posted on November 5, 2006. Filed under: softwares |

I was 10 when I got my first good PC, good because before it, what I had was called 486. New PC was Celeron, far slower than present standards, but that was the beginning of my ‘computer freak’ nature. But the point here is not about my love of computer but the result of this nature. I got my PC filled with 3-D Max, and I knew nothing about it, nothing and neither was in high interest zone. I soon realized and removed it from my PC(I am bad in drawing, worst in my family).
Now is the time to go 3-D, you can if your time permits can work on few freely available 3-D softwares.
Blender
DAZ Studio

Blender
First on is Blender(My personal favorite). Its under GNU general public license and is based on Python. Now what open source allows is well known is web community, it provides some regular updates, so we can say that it keeps on changing. Its really powerful. It have a very long list of features. More than that its library is also increasing and one thing which matters to me most is that IT IS NOT BIG. Yes it can not perform in the same way in which MAYA perform, but who needs Maya or for that matter 3ds max for regular office 3-D work.
Maya is like best best brush to paint, but I dont need best brush to paint my 1st grade drawing sheet. And let me tell you Blender is no 1st grade drawing brush.

DAZ Studio
This came to light much recently when it was covered on Download Squad by Ryan Carter.
Telling you all frankly I am not eligible to suggest any thing about DAZ Studio, as I haven’t downloaded it yet.

This is one art sample which is using DAZ Studio and is from their site.
This is what they have got to say

DAZ|Studio is a free software application that allows you to easily create beautiful digital art. You can use this software to load in people, animals, vehicles, buildings, props, and accessories to create digital scenes.

But I dont think that it is open source as it not mentioned any where on their site.
And yes its a tell-ware.
Thinking whats a tell-ware?
They simply want you to tell your friends about it, at least 2.
Why?

DAZ Productions has a made a committment to keep the DAZ|Studio core application free to the public for as long as possible. In order for this to be possible, DAZ relies on the revenues generated by the purchase of content available in the DAZ online store. The more people that purchase regularly from DAZ, the more development that can be subsidized and the longer the DAZ|Studio core will remain free.

If you want to know that what am I going to do, then let me tell you that I have already told 2 person and you are third. So I have already done my good.

My suggestion is that you should download both, try them, test them as per as your needs, and then uninstall them as I did when I first got 3ds max on my celeron.

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Stellarium…Good product for astro freaks.

Posted on October 28, 2006. Filed under: softwares |

They say,

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It
shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye,
binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

I tried it and I found it as a nice addition to my PC. It is available for Mac., Win. as well as for Linux. As a user we have to just set the coordinates, and it show the sky view, showing in 3D. Its 3D is what we can call ‘A’ class. Since its a part of open source community we can certainly look forward to continous development. It certainly boasts of few rich features, which previous 2D similar softwares didnt provided.
Best thing which I can suggest you after downloading this software is opening a local planetarium sort of thing. Which you can certainly do woth the help of a projector and a computer.

My suggestion >>> Go get it.

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Adobe Digital Edition…

Posted on October 24, 2006. Filed under: softwares |

What Adobe has to say about ADE, which is is in beta.

Adobe Digital Editions is a completely new way to read and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Digital Editions is built from the ground up as a lightweight, rich Internet application (RIA). Digital Editions works online and offline, and supports both PDF and XHTML-based content.

If anybody shall ask me a question that why is PDF so popular? Then my reply wont be ‘security’ but my one word answer would be ‘integration’, its so well integrated with browsers that you even dont feel it as some external programme. Where as Microsoft reader which i feel is more user friendly(at least for reading purpose) is not supported over internet. I even feel that same document when coverted over PDF is more bulky as compared to that converted for reader.
I think any competetior if launches an opensource variable of PDF wil be more successful than PDF itself. Lets see what happens next, but for now ADE is on my compuer and acting nicely. Its much like a competetior for MS Reader. Adobe tried something very similar long back with portable PDF reader, for mobile devices.

Its having nice looking black interface, but I wouldadvice you to wait fo few months andthen look for it to download but if you want to download it now the go here.

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