Hiatus Blues (An Open Letter to Readers)

Dear Readers

Your columnist has become involved with a new labor-intensive content creation project. While its good news for me monetarily. It measn I have little energy left to check out new software. And write about it.

But if you can live without the details, here’s a quick pointer to interesting stuff online.

  • Google Earth 4 Beta: Google have almost completely revised their Google Earth software. The new GE 4 Beta uses a completely redesign user interface. The footer-based compass, zoom and tilt controls have been replaced by on-rollover (top right of screen) controls. The sidebar too can be displayed or hidden via a new toolbar button. The rendering engine is much faster. It also supports 3D textures.
  • Opera 9: The company is releasing a new build every week. Check out the Opera Labs site on Friday’s for the latest build.
  • Inkscape: This free vector graphics authoring software creates incredibly realistic images. Developed as an open-source equivalent to Adobe Illustrator. It supports the SVG format. And can be used to render “shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. (As well as) Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

That’s it for this week. Although I will try to deliver something new next week. Until then Stay Safe!

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