Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Taking Better Photographs

Topics include composition, light, colour, people, landscape and others. It's one thing to have a digital camera, it's quite another to take a decent pic. While we don't all have formal photography training this tips are a great starting point.

Free Video in a Spin

Was going through some old software links and was disappointed to learn that Avid no longer offers their Avid Free DV video editing software. Hunting around quickly I could find no alternative on their site either. A few minutes later, happily and by accident, I stumbled on this little free software gem from Pinnacle (a division of Avid) - Video Spin.

I did download it but it seemed to take a long time to install. Even so it looks really easy to use, why not take a test run yourself and leave comments on your experience.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Design Student Emergency Software

It's one thing to have a load of freeware to help you out in an emergency, but what if you don't even have your own computer to run it on? That's where Portable Apps can help.

The whole idea of a portable app is that you don't need to install it to run it. In fact you can run it straight from a USB memory stick or even a CD ROM on practically any machine (so long as it has the right spec). This means you can put the software on your USB stick and run it on any computer in your college, university or library, get your work done and all with minimal hassle.

So handy are these portable apps that I have come to prefer The GIMP portable to the fully installed version on my own PC.

Portable apps that caught my eye in particular are, The GIMP (open source Photoshop Equivalent), NVU (open source Dreamweaver/Frontpage equivalent) and Audacity (sound recording and processing), but there are others, take a gander yourself >

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

How does Google Work?

Slightly off topic I admit, but in case you happened to be wondering what really happens behind the scenes of your Google search...

Believe it or not, Google is not powered by an army of low-paid clerical mice using minature filing cabinets - take a look >