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#1 Post by dw » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:36 pm

Several programs that offer an incredible amount power for free...that's right I said free!

Inkscape a vector drawing program available for Windowws and Mac OS comparable to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. This program can revolutionize your stitch patterns.

gimp a photo editing and manipulation program with most of the functionality of Photoshop, Corel PhotoPaint, or PaintShopPro. Supports layers, curves and levels.

paint.net an upgrade for MicroSofts Paint program Supports layers...basic photo editing. Resizing photos made easy.

Jpegger Image cataloguing, viewing and some rally basci editing. Resizing made super-easy. Useful even with any of the others.


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#2 Post by dw » Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:49 am

here are two screen captures of resizing operations with Jpegger, and an image almost 40"wide in the original that has been downsized with jpegger:

Note that with Jpegger, you have the option of viewing all your photos in a specific loaction as thumbnails or selecting an image and viewing it in a larger format. When viewing the larger format, right click on the photo to bring up the first menu which allows you to select "quick downsize" (note the highlighted item and the cursor)

Click on "quick downsize" and select "640x480 from the next menu and you are done. Perfect for posting to the forum.
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#3 Post by dw » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:09 am

The third image in the above post--the little needlepoint tapestry (15" wide in real life)--was taken with my new Fuji s6000. The camera boasts 6+ megapixels and I was in macro mode (there is a super macro mode that allows for shots at a distance of one cm). When the image is opened in photo-editing software, such as Corel PhotoPaint or Gimp, it fills the screen (and then some) and reports as being roughly 40 inches wide at 72dpi.

Detail at that resolution is very sharp, allowing for individual fibers of wool to be clearly seen. Colour is very close to the original, if not exact.

No post processing on this shot except resizing.

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#4 Post by dw » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:02 am

Here are two images that illustrate what a drawing program such as Inkscape or CorelDraw can do.

The first is a computer generated tracing of an original sketch (by me). When the rough tracing is completed, the sketch is discarded and the lines "regularized"--made an even thickness--and re-shaped in accordance with the principle of "fair curves." And shapes and lines repositioned to make cutting and stitching possible, as well as easy.

Then the whole thing is "mirrored" across a central guideline and everything combined into a whole.

Other "pieces" are traced, mirrored, and brought into the larger composition and filled (to create the colour ) and the result is the second image which may be sent or shown to a customer for their approval.

Components of shoes or boots...such as collars. toe caps and heel scabs, any part or pattern...can be handled the same way and then the finished pattern is printed out for both storage and cutting.
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#5 Post by dw » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:41 am

Here's one more screen cap of resizing...this time in Paint.net
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#6 Post by dw » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:03 am

And this one's just for chuckles...here's a screen cap of my whole desktop. A little big but it was the only way to show detail. Note the task bar and start menu...WinXP sp2
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#7 Post by dw » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:06 pm

Here's a quick stitch pattern that I created in Inkscape.

The first line--either the outline or the "inline"--is created as one half of the pattern, it is mirrored then combined and offset lines or inset lines are created to yield a four line stitch pattern.

It's not nearly as sophisticated an algorithm as is implemented in Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, and some clean up work is necessary, but with a little practice it could be done in nearly the same time as sketching it out by hand...maybe quicker.

The usefulness is in being able to see what a pattern would look like on a piece of...black or brown or green...leather; to see what different thread colour combinations would look like (both of these items could also be used to inform a distant customer); and finally, to refine the intial line so that all subsequent lines will embody the same grace and fluidity as was envisioned without having points from one side of the pattern running into points from the other side.

There's lots of uses for a program such as this and it is free...and open source--which means that it will get better and better.
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#8 Post by relferink » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:43 am

DW,

For the ISO setting, depending on your camera it is very likely recorded in the original picture info and sometimes even in the sized image.. Us a program like Picasa (free download) and go to picture properties it will tell you a bunch of info on the picture.
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#9 Post by relferink » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:48 am

Hard to read, let's try that again
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#10 Post by dw » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:14 pm

For those interested in extracting EXIF info from photos...if you are minimally interested in photography or improving your shots...here is a little program/extension (Opanda EXIF)that will show the EXIF in photos on your own computer, as well as photos taken by others and posted on the Internet:

http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

This is what I'm using. All I have to do is right click on a photo in SeaMonkey or Firefox (works in IE too but I'm not sure if right click is the opening) and choose from a newly installed menu option. Up comes the window displaying EXIF.

I like it.

PS...Robert, Just saw your post. Do you have to download the photo from the Forum and open it in Picassa? I have three or four image programs that will do that also (I have heard good things about Picassa), but Opanda is great because you can see the info right on the forum without having to DL it.

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#11 Post by relferink » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:25 pm

DW,

That's even easier. For Picasa you have to download the image as far as I know.

Thanks for the link.

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#12 Post by relferink » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:02 pm

All,

Something I found out today when taking another close look at Marcell's video that may be helpful since he's moving so fast.
Download the file in .mov format to your computer and play it in Quicktime player, pre-installed on many computers or a free download from the Apple website.
Make if full screen and pause the video. By using your left and right arrow key you can go through it frame by frame and get a good look at all the details.

Enjoy!

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#13 Post by dw » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:49 am

This is totally OT (off topic) but I saw this on a photography forum and couldn't resist sharing it.

Seem there is a new digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera--the Nikon D300--that is all the talk although no serious reviews have been done on it simply it is so new and hasn't been released yet. One of the main advances the D330 promises is superb photos at a high ISO (roughly...film or sensor sensitivity). However, a Japanese photowebsite has released a review and readers have responded. But being in Japanese presents a problem so the English user must resort to a translation:
"Five. The bedspread which it kills"

"The impression is anxious the centipede bedspread"

"The cone mileage end sprouting about steamed dish"

"It does not know without knowing why, deep emotion… "

"The army bedspread where the cone is liberated recently "

"Oh mote mountain, D70 rice cake noises... It takes so at real income and the place where there is a legal residence there is an enemy whom finally it throws away all."


"Will not be the mileage plan rice cake, the outdoors... when the E gun hemp cloth all of kindness or poem it writes how many"

"The appetite starts the machinery and tools with a clang"

"Flower rain dog dad ... Exorcism!!!"

"Section chief squirrel"


Now, if the Nikon D300 would only kill the celastic as well as the bedspread the world would be a better place. But, that said, I might use "hemp cloth of all kindness" for lining shoes...if I knew where to get it.

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#14 Post by dw » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:51 am

All,

Thought you might get a kick out of this...

It's a right brain/left brain challenge. Time yourself.
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#15 Post by chuck_deats » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:08 pm

Just finished an “Excel” spreadsheet which converts Koleff’s ”Last Designing & Making” points to X and Y coordinates from any origin. Nothing new--Just input the foot measurements, then plot the points in inches or metric and connect the dots. This is particularly useful if you are using any sort of CAD program. The oblivious next step is to make the CAD program read the spreadsheet and draw the picture. Think AUTOCAD scripting feature will do it, but don’t know how right now.

If you will E-mail me, I will attach a copy and reply for personal non-commercial use. Commercial use will require permission. I will need a statement in your E-Mail that you have purchased or otherwise legitimately acquired a copy of Koleff’s ”Last Designing & Making Manual”. (Support our suppliers.) The spreadsheet is useless without the book.

The spreadsheet has been tested to a limited extent, so there are no warranties. If you find errors, let me know and I will try to fix them. There are small errors (less than one millimeter) due to increased accuracy and rounding. (1/2 of 25 mm heel height is 12.5mm not 13 mm), Not sure I am in love with Koleff’s points for boot lasts, maybe for shoes, but admire the work and originality that went into the book.

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#16 Post by dw » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:32 pm

All,

I just upgraded to the latest version of SeaMonkey--my preferred browser--and lo and behold! it has a built in spell checker that works with the "Add a Message" window in the Crispin Colloquy.

When you enter text, if the word is unrecognized or misspelled, it will be underlined in red. All you have to do is right click on the word and you get several options...among which should be the correct spelling. Or you can also add the word to you dictionary.

I used to compose all my messages in my email program and then cut and paste. Just because the email proggie had a spell checker. But I don't have to go through that extra step now.

It's a good deal...and I bet Firefox has the same function.

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#17 Post by erickgeer » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:28 am

DW,

Yes, Firefox has the spell-checker feature in it- those red underscores follow me around.

Good feature.

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#18 Post by dw » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:48 am

Erick,

I have had requests to add a spell checker to the forum, but in the past it was not available and now that they do have it built into the software, I am of the understanding that it doesn't work all that well--as much as because it has to access a web-based dictionary, as anything else.

Either the spell checker in Mozilla/Firefox is part of the software or has the ability to access a net based dictionary is optimized as only a browser could. Meaning no significant delay. I suspect the former because you have the option to add spelling of words that are not recognized, such as "Crispin."

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#19 Post by dw » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:54 am

BTW, Microsoft Explorer seems to have the Spell Check and the "add" feature, as well...although it is not automatic--you have to activate it on the toolbar.

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#20 Post by das » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:37 am

DW,

Who neds spelchecking her? I thiyht we weras alkk greey typists

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#21 Post by paul » Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:41 pm

Al,

Of course you "thiynt" so. But for that spelling, it's not a spell checker we need. It's a way-back machine.

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#22 Post by dw » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:34 am

A survey of sorts...

How many people are using Internet Explorer and if you are, do the emoticons (smilies) move and perform other feats of wonder on your browser?

I am out of town until Sunday and working off my brother-in-law's computer. He has the latest version of Internet Explorer. But I can't see any animation on this computer--the hands don't clap, beer mugs don't clink, and the smoked turkey burns because the little guy can't take the lid off the WSM.

Anyone else have that problem? Is it IE itself or is it the settings on this computer?

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#23 Post by relferink » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:07 pm

DW,

I dusted off and cranked up IE. When it came to life I did see the beer mugs clink and the turkey ends up just right as the little guy gets the lid off just in time.

IE version 7.0.5730.11 running on XP home.
If memory serves there is a way to restrict the gif images to one cycle in stead of looping. Maybe that's what's happening on your brother-in-law's computer. Don't ask me where that setting is located. My memory does not go back that farImage.

When I travel I have a USB thumb drive with a portable version of Firefox, I plug it into any windows computer and have all my bookmarks and preferences. When done take it out and you leave no trace on the host computer. Any cheap USB drive will do and the download is free at www.portableapps.com

Just in case it helps you out.

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#24 Post by romango » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:21 pm

Firefox rules!

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#25 Post by dw » Sat Nov 24, 2007 7:01 am

Firefox must rule...not many responded to this question.

In any case, I figured it out. Initially I didn't want to mess with my brother-in-law's settings but then figured it wouldn't hurt to at least look. So I went to Tools:Internet Options and then chose the Advanced tab. There, under the Multimedia section, is a check box to "play animations in webpages."

Getting brave, I checked it and restarted IE. That's all it took. 'Course I had to go back and uncheck it so that I wouldn't leave a nasty surprise for my BIL.

But FWIW and if anyone is wondering...that's the answer and it might be unchecked by default.

Thanks Rob and Rick...I am definitely going to look into portable Firefox.

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