LibreOffice free alternative to Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large See what LibreOffice can do for you »

Audio speakers made from paper

Inspired by Marcelo Coehlo’s paper speaker and Vincent Leclerc’s Accouphene textile speaker. These paper and fabric speakers are made by running 5-9V amplified sound signal through a very conductive coil in close proximity to a magnet. Unlike most speakers that have the wire coil wrapped cylindrically and placed around the magnet, here the coil is in the plane and directly adhered to the membrane that moves the air creating sound. Also see: etched fabric speaker, carved and engraved wood speakers, plated seashell speakers: http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=1372  

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi – book

  What can you do with the Raspberry Pi, a £25 computer the size of a credit card? All sorts of things! If you’re learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide will show you just how valuable this flexible little platform can be. This book takes you step-by-step through many fun and educational possibilities. Take advantage of several preloaded programming languages. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more. Get acquainted with hardware features on the Pi’s board Read more

The RGBDToolkit – open-source 3D capture for video

The RGBDToolkit invites you to imagine the future of filmmaking. Repurposing the depth sensing camera from the Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro as an accessory to your HD DSLR camera, the open source hardware and software captures and visualizes the world as mesmerizing wireframe forms. A CGI and video hybrid, the data can be rephotographed from any angle in post.

Arduino’s co-creator explains electronic circuits for absolute beginners

Looking to learn the basics of using the Arduino starter board? Well be sure to watch this informative video hosted by Massimo Banzi, one of the Co-Founders of Arduino. The video explains how to build a basic circuit with the Arduino board, and how to use each of the basic components such as LEDs, switches, and resistors. So if you are new to engineering, or have only recently purchased the Arduino started kit, this video is a must-watch! View this video and others at RS online: http://ow.ly/e3WVr Buy the starter kit and related Arduino products: http://ow.ly/e3WVr

Your New TV Ruins Movies – settings to use or not use on LCD screens

Prolost Maybe you got a new TV for Christmas. Or maybe you just got one recently. Maybe you are thinking of buying one. Whichever is the case, take heed: your TV will try very, very hard to make whatever movies you watch on it look not just bad, but aggressively, satanically, puppy-drowningly bad. TVs are designed to do one thing above all: sell. To do so, they must fight for attention on brightly-lit showroom floors. Manufacturers accomplish this in much the same way that transvestite hookers in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district do—by showing you everything they’ve got, turned up to Read more

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1: Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Switches, Encoders, Relays, Transistors

  Want to know how to use an electronic component? This first book of a three-volume set includes key information on electronics parts for your projects—complete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams. You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist. No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before. Convenient, concise, well-organized, and precise Perfect for teachers, hobbyists, engineers, and students of all ages, this reference puts reliable, fact-checked information right at your fingertips—whether you’re refreshing your memory or exploring a component for the first Read more

Popcorn Maker: a drag-and-drop tool for mashup interactive video

Sunday at the Mozilla Festival in London, Mozilla launched the 1.0 version of their new Popcorn Maker tool, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser. The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each Read more

What is 3D Data Capture?

A document put together by SPAR Point Group detailing the many ways that 3D data can be captured. What is 3D Data Capture Includes image examples and a glossary of the 3D Data terms. Georeferenced, non-georeferenced, Laser scanning, Time of Flight, Phase-based, hand-held / close range, photogrammetry, structured light scanners and sonar.

Learn Processing

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production. Online book, free: http://natureofcode.com/book/

instructions for converting all of your DRM’d Kindle books into a non-DRM format that you can read on any number of devices.

Migrating from Kindle to iBooks I started off reading eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store. As time has progressed, I’ve found myself using my physical Kindle less and less. Partly because I forget to charge it, and partly because I can never get the lighting in my favorite reading locations quite right. And at night? Forget about it. So I’ve converted all of my Kindle purchases to ePubs for use in iBooks. I could use the Kindle app for iOS but I’ve found iBooks to be faster at syncing read position, and it feels a lot more natural to use. Read more

Inexpensive Plugins And Effects Packs For Final Cut

Add a nostalgic look to your next movie using Nostalgia Suite ($49). Choose from 10 vintage color presets or even create one of your own. Add a natural, organic lens flare to your footage with the included Flare Builder, a powerful light flare tool. Choose from 13 different real light flares. Control the opacity and color of the flares to give it a strong or subtle look. Nostalgia also comes with a choice of 4 different slide effects and a slide sound effect. With Screen Stitch ($49), you can choose from 36 different split screen effects right from the convenience of your Read more

KeyShowX 2.0

KeyShowX is a simple, yet powerful, tool for making multi-screen presentations and shows. It is a companion product for Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint. Consider it as a universal, flexible and scriptable remote control unit that allows simultaneous execution and synchronization of multiple presentations running on different computers. As an extra bonus, you can also control Apple DVD Player and QuickTime Player.  

free seminars on web development and digital publishing

Noble Desktop has been teaching courses in web development and digital publishing since 1991. They offer comprehensive day and evening classes and certificate programs in web design, web development, digital publishing, print design and photo retouching. Check out their free seminars on web development and digital publishing. Just this month they have seminars on state of the art web design techniques, as well asresponsive web design.  

Syncing with iCloud on older machines

It can be quite frustrating if you have computers that do not run Lion OS but you still want to sync with the iCloud. The answer, i found, is the software below. It can be installed on any machine running Snow Leopard, which can be installed on any intel machine. http://www.chronosnet.com/Products/sohoorganizer.html You can also use other services such as those offered by Google and Yahoo! to sync between devices as well Sam

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand.

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand. It bonds to most materials and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Developed by a team of product designers and materials scientists, sugru’s patented technology is unique in its combination of hand-formability, self-adhesion and flexibility when cured. It feels like modelling clay, and it’s that easy to use too. Once cured, its durable properties mean it’s comfortable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean to Antarctica. http://sugru.com/about

How to Make an Interactive Network Visualization

Interactive network visualizations make it easy to rearrange, filter, and explore your connected data. Learn how to make one using D3 and JavaScript. Networks! They are all around us. The universe is filled with systems and structures that can be organized as networks. Recently, we have seen them used to convict criminals, visualize friendships, and even todescribe cereal ingredient combinations. We can understand their power to describe our complex world fromManuel Lima’s wonderful talk on organized complexity. Now let’s learn how to create our own. In this tutorial, we will focus on creating an interactive network visualization that will allow us to Read more

What happens when my Mac is stolen?

Undercover aids in recovering a stolen Mac by transmitting its location, photos of the thief and screenshots revealing what he is up to.   What happens when my Mac is stolen?   Accurately locate your stolen Mac Undercover uses advanced technology developed by Skyhook Wireless to locate your Mac based on Wi-Fi positioning. In addition, Undercover transmits network information, enabling our recovery center to accurately track and locate your stolen Mac within a range of 10-20 meters. See what happens on your Mac Undercover is the world’s first theft-recovery software that will send screenshots of your stolen Mac at regular Read more

Fantastic Sources for Free Soundtrack Music

ccMixter Music Discovery: Based on the ccMixter community site of CC-licensed remixes, samples, and songs, this resource has instrumental music, playlists, podcast music, and more than 1,000 free tracks that can be used in commercial projects. Netlables at the Internet Archive: This section of the phenomenal Internet Archive hosts music from small netlabels, many of whom put their entire catalogs under Creative Commons license. From exotica to indie rock to deep house, there are neatly 2,000 “sub-collections” of music with hundreds of tracks each. (And if you’re looking for true public domain music, the Internet Archive’s massive Audio Archive is where you want Read more

Data visualisation tools

visualization.ch put together a selection of data visualization tools that they use the most and that they enjoy working with. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. They will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops.

MULTI TOUCH TOOL FOR TRACKPADS

Duncan just pushed the latest version of an open-source tool he’s been working on that sends touch events of a trackpad via OSC. It currently only works for Apple trackpads (MacBooks, maybe Magic Trackpads?).     The app reads finger data from the trackpad, assigns a unique ID to each finger, and continuously sends OSC events about the position, orientation, size, etc. of the touch event. These OSC events can be read by something like Unity 3D, so that you can test a mobile multitouch interface without having to compile to a touchscreen device. I’ve made small demos for Unity Read more

Mac anti-virus software review 2012

So Mac invulnerability to malware is a myth, at least according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab. And although such a blunt statement may be a blow to the ego of some Mac users, it remains true. Security researchers from all walks have long argued that it was only a matter of time before the Mac became popular enough that virus, malware, and spyware makers would come calling, and the recent Flashback scare has only served as a reminder that overconfidence precedes carelessness. Especially when it comes to technology. The Flashback flare-up happened less than a year after another malware spike, which Read more

Plinths & Shelves

In need of a plinth for the show? www.artplinths.co.uk  - sculpture plinths and cases /  gallery furniture, sale and Hire.  15% student discount available. Other People’s Sculpture make sure you email all dims in an email phil@otherpeoplessculpture.co.uk Telephone +44 (0)7976396516   Another option for London is to rent  high quality plinths from Exhibition Continues. Makes money sense for shows two weeks or shorter.

Mac laptop battery monitor

With coconutBattery you’re always aware of your current battery health. It shows you live information about your battery such as how often it was charged and how is the current maximum capacity in relation to the original capacity your battery had when it left the factory. Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery. So you can see the changes of your battery health over time. coconutBattery is and will always be freeware. If you like it, a donation is always very welcome. http://www.coconut-flavour.com/  

Coursea – free online courses from top universities

Coursea offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone. We currently host courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania. We are changing the face of education globally, and we invite you to join us. About Coursera Our Courses Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of our Read more

Colour system convertor tool

Nice tool for converting between colour systems, such as RGB to RAL http://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK   Many other tools on the site Color calculator Converts color data to different color standards (RGB, CMYK, L*ab, L*ch, L*uv, Hunter, XYZ etc.). All the math implemented in this calculators is available in the math/formulas page. Create color harmonies From your RGB colors it creates colors complements, harmonies and themes. It can be used to easily create a Web site color theme or to select good trim and accent colors for your home decorations. From RGB values to commercial tints Matches your computer generated RGB values to Read more

HD TV streaming (industry level solution)

The RayV Grid is the worlds first telco grade HDTV Delivery Network over IP. Designed specifically to serve the world’s most sophisticated content providers, we stream for telcos and networks tens of millions of hours of HDTV every month to millions of viewers in over 150 countries. RayV is the most robust, scalable and secure network for delivering high quality video on the web.

tips for recording police / in public

This article is USA focused, but the general tips (i.e. not the legal ones) are useful for anywhere http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

Dealing with grids in Photoshop is a pain

With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo… Grid Tab Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid. Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection. Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields. Clicking the Read more

Screen Aspect Ratio & Dimension Calculator

Calculate image dimension (in pixels) from total number of pixels and aspect ratio Calculate the missing value from two of height, width and/or aspect ratio Calculate optimal viewing distance from screen size Calculate screen dimensions (height/width/area, in inches or cm) from diagonal measurement and aspect ratio website: http://www.silisoftware.com/tools/screen.php        

Slides made from digital

One of the few remaining places to have slides made from digital files. 35mm, medium format and large format. Also offer negatives printing. http://www.gammatech.com   This company is in the USA. While it may seem extreme to order slides over such a distance, it is worth it in terms of customer service, speed, cost and importantly quality. A number of staff members use these slides in artwork, after having many problems with more local suppliers.

Start Developing iOS Apps Today

Creating iOS apps is fun and rewarding, and if you’re a new developer you might be wondering where to begin. This road map provides the perfect starting point for iOS app development. On your Mac computer, you can create iOS apps that run on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Follow this road map to learn where to get the tools you need, understand the major concepts and best practices, and see where to find more information. As you proceed through the road map, you will use Xcode and the iOS SDK, Apple’s tools for app development. You will learn the Read more

3D modeling for everyone – SketchUp8

What makes SketchUp great? Learn about new features in SketchUp 8. Edges and Faces: That’s all there is to it  Every SketchUp model is made up of just two things: edges and faces. Edges are straight lines, and faces are the 2D shapes that are created when several edges form a flat loop. For example, a rectangular face is bound by four edges that are connected together at right angles. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a small amount of time. It’s as simple as that. Push/Pull: Read more