Category Archives: Graphics software


GThumb is an image collection manager. It shows a directory structure in a panel at the left of the screen, and when you select a folder from that panel which contains bitmapped graphics, these are displayed in the main panel. Right-clicking or double-clicking will open a full screen view of an image similar to that in the Image Viewer, while thumbnails for the remaining images are displayed along the bottom of the screen. You can return to the Browser view through pressing Escape, using the View menu, or clicking the first button on the toolbar at the top of the display. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Graphics software, Mint OS


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LibreOffice Draw

As the name suggests, this is the drawing component of LibreOffice, and it has a lot in common with the drawing and formatting components of the other LibreOffice applications, particularly Impress. Like Impress it uses a layered structure, with each layer representing a page. The user designs each page by creating or importing graphics. Imported graphics can be bitmaps or vectors, but graphics created in Draw are all vector-based; that is, they are stored in the PC as formulas representing lines and curves. Images produced in Draw can be copied and pasted into other LibreOffice programs and exported in a range of formats including both vector and bitmap options. Read the rest of this entry »


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Creche epistle

In 1968 the US Science fiction writer Philip K Dick wrote a novel entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?¬†about a future in which a bounty hunter pursues sociopathic androids that have escaped from custody. The book got a second lease of life when it was used as the basis for the film Blade Runner with Harrison Ford and a young Daryl Hannah, and a third ‘electric sheep’ was adopted for the name of the Internet’s first social-networking screensaver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Games, Graphics software, Monitors



Konstruktor: Lego for the dimensionally-challenged

Minions! I need minions!

Mr Mint takes charge

Let’s say you’re living in a small room — in a Hong Kong cubicle hotel, for instance — but you want to build large and complex structures out of plastic bricks. Seems like an impossible situation, doesn’t it? But no! All you need to do is fire up your trusty netbook — running Mint, of course — and install Konstructor. Right now the website is pretty minimal, but the program works and it’s in the Mint repository, so what more do you need? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Graphics, Graphics software