Archive for August 24, 2009

Creating Polaroid Effect Easily

We previously talked about 20 Impressive Photoshop Photo Editing Tutorials and some Terrific Tutorials in Flickr.

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All those photo tutorials need some hands on skills on photo shop. Here is an easy way to create Polaroid effect on your photo as easy as creating  fake magazine covers.

Though there are so many tutorials available to create Polaroid effect, nothing can be as simple as Rollip.

Rollip provides an easy 2 steps approach.

First step it provides an option to enter a text or decoration on your photograph. You can skip this step if you do not want to add a text or decoration.

Second step, you just upload the photo and its done. The Polaroid is ready!

Download the photo or share the URL with your friends.

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If you like this, try it out and consider making a donation to Rollip
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FreeMind Review – The Best Free Mind Map Tool

Mindmaps are essential to visualize and conceptualize ideas in a graphical manner. It helps us understand complex way of how ideas flow and how to make a team to be in sync with what Mindmapneeds to be done. We had covered an extensive list of Open Source or Free MindMap tools that could greatly help business in ideating. FreeMind is one of the best MindMap tools around and due to its simplistic User Interface, extensive feature list is gaining a lot of popularity among MindMap users.  FreeMind is very useful to GTD (Getting Things Done) and other Project Management purposes.

FreeMind Feature List:

  • Folding branches
  • Save files as XML
  • Export hypertext to HTML and XHTML
  • Export document to PDF and OpenDocument
  • Exports image to PNG, JPEG and SVG
  • Icons on nodes
  • Clouds around branches
  • Graphical links connecting nodes
  • Search restricted to single branches
  • Web and file hyperlinks from nodes
  • FreeMind browser/player for web in Java or Flash
  • Transform maps using XSLT

What can you do with MindMaps?

Here is a sample MindMap created using FreeMind on benefits of MindMap. What it tells is that, MindMap improves, helps in ideating, communication, setting goals etc.

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Pros:

  • Extremely simple to use
  • Flexible MidMap nodes and sub-nodes. This feature was not present in older versions but however, latest version has this and very much useful.
  • Comprehensive Keyboard Shortcuts for various operations
  • Customizable icon support, Images etc can be added to nodes or sub-nodes.
  • Fast loading

Cons:

  • Not really! FreeMind can even have images as nodes which is really helpful to remember things easily.

Download FreeMind here

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10 Highly Addictive Open Source and Free 3D Shooter Games – Part 1

In our earlier post we had covered 12 Free Open Source Games That You Do Not Want To Miss and 10 More Free Open Source Games.

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Recommended Reading.

Here we look at 10 Free Open Source First Person Shooter 3D games that are extremely addictive.

1. Cube

Cube is an open source multiplayer and single player first person shooter game built on an entirely new and very unconventional engine. Cube is a landscape-style engine that pretends to be an indoor FPS engine. It  combines very high precision dynamic occlusion culling with a form of geometric mipmapping.It Uses OpenGL & SDL.

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Operating System: Officially supported platforms (client & server) are win32, Linux & bsd (x86), Mac OS X (ppc) and Pocket PC (xscale), and includes source code (open source: ZLIB license)

Download the game here

2. Cube 2: Sauerbraten

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free open soure multiplayer / single player first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eyecandy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.

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Operating System: Windows, Linux, Ma OS X

3. AssaultCube

AssaultCube (formerly ActionCube), is a free first-person-shooter based on the game Cube. Set in a realistic looking environment, as far as possible, while game play stays fast and arcade. This game is all about team oriented multiplayer fun. A lot of effort has gone in to the making of AssaultCube – 9 developers, a $1 million cost with countless hours of hard work. It is a must try for every 3d game lover and open source enthusiast.

 

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Operating Systems: 64-bit MS Windows, All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS Portable (Source code to work with many OS platforms), Linux, OS X, Vista, Win2K, WinXP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003

4. Fight Win Prevail

Fight Win Prevail (or FWP for short) is a free open source multiplayer first person shooter.

The game is set in an imaginary universe where fearless pilots fight to the death with their futuristic vehicles. Gameplay lies somewhere between the Mechwarrior-series and Quake 3. It is faster and more action-orientated than in Mechwarrior, but tries to avoid the ‘jump-around-like-crazy-and-fire-at-everything-that-moves’-gameplay known from Quake 3.

Fight Win Prevail is a pure multiplayer game and does not have a real singleplayer mode. Primary target are LANs, but the game is playable over the internet, too.

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Operating System: Windows, Linux

Download the software here.

5. FreeDoom

Its a free open source Doom game powered by Doom Engine. In FreeDoom, a Doom WAD file is used instead of the copyrighted file from the original Doom and Doom II.

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Operating System: GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, other POSIX, Windows

Download it here.

6. Bzflag

Bzflag is a open source OpenGL multiplayer battle zone capture the flag game. Its a 3D first person tank simulation game.

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Operating System: Windows, Linux,

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Download it here.

7. Alien Arena

The goal of Alien Arena is to create the perfect marriage between Quake and Unreal Tournament, between retro sci-fi and futuristic tech, and between casual gamer and advanced expert, and wrap it up in a package with quality that could rival that of commercial games. Alien Arena claims to have one of the most active, loyal, and committed communities of any free game in existence.

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Operating System: Windows, Linux, Ma OS X

Download it here.

8. Marathon

Marathon is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game published and developed by Bungie Software. It is released as freeware and the code is available under GNU GPL.

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Operating System: Originally developed for MAC but ported to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and BSD

Download the software here.

9. Nexuiz

Nexuiz is a free open source first person shooter game. Nexuiz is a fast paced 3d deathmatch game project created online by a team of developers called Alientrap.

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Operating System: Windows, Mac, and Linux

Download the software here

10. OpenArena

OpenArena is a Free Open content package for the id tech3 GPL source code package.  OpenArena is a violent, sexy, multiplayer first person shooter based on the ioquake3 fork of the id tech 3 engine. It has many game types beyond deathmatch and a lot of characters. Due to violent and racy content, it  may not be suitable for children under 17.

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Operating System: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Part II coming soon..

Any guess for Part II?

Cube 2 – An insane Open Source and Free 3D Shooter Game for Every Doom/Quake Lover!

Open Source 3D Shooters are just becoming smarter and more graphic rich! We were just great fans of Quake series of id software and nowimage there are more than a handful of neat 3D shooter games are available as Free and Open Source. But, Cube 2 – Sauerbraten is the one that stands out prominently. We would call it the most insane and graphic rich 3D Shooter game that you would ever see! Breathtaking sceneries are a treat to your eyes. Of course it is based on the earlier Cube 3D engine but a lot of original work has been put together to release Cube 2. 

  • Cube 2 – Sauerbraten is really a fast paced game with Quake like Arena with Bots or Multiplayer support. Bots are quite intelligent and gives a realistic feeling. Cube 2 runs on a modest PC configuration, a 1GHz or higher CPU, at least 256MB RAM or higher, A GeForce Graphics Card (6600 or higher recommended).
  • Many multiplayer gameplay modes, most in teamplay variants as well: deathmatch, instagib, efficiency, tactics, capture etc.
  • Two singleplayer modes: DMSP (fight a monster invasion on any DM map), classic SP (progression driven SP like other games)
  • 7 weapons tuned for maximum satisfaction: double barrelled shogun, rocket launcher, machine gun, rifle, grenade launcher, pistol, fist.

Here is screenshot of CPU performance on an Intel Quad Core PC with 3GB RAM. CPUs are hardly loaded at full resolution.

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  • Cube 2 really has pleasant graphics with beautiful texture mapping.
  • Cube 2’s Sober Metal Music Tracks are nice

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Download Cube 2 here. It works on Linux, Windows as well as Mac OS.

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