column is dedicated to the use, creation, distribution, and discussion of
computer graphics tools for Linux systems.
I'm sort of taking a break from the Muse this month. Work is really
gearing up and I've been quite busy there. I'm also not confident
enough in my knowledge of RenderMan Shaders that I feel I could do
the topic justice this month. So I'm postponing the 2nd in the three-
part series one month. I will be doing the next two articles,
I just need a little more time to get them right.
I'll also still be doing the HF-Lab review. The POV-Ray tips I'm
not certain I'll do myself. I may see if I can talk someone from
the IRTC-L mailing list into writing something up there. I haven't
been using POV-Ray 3.0 in awhile. My attention has been focused on
Disclaimer: Before I get too far into this I should note that any of the news items I post in this section are just that - news. Either I happened to run across them via some mailing list I was on, via some Usenet newsgroup, or via email from someone. I'm not necessarily endorsing these products (some of which may be commercial), I'm just letting you know I'd heard about them in the past month.
Gifmap Image NavigatorGifmap is a package which supports making image collections available on the Web. It recurses through directory trees, building HTML pages, imagemap files, and client-side/server-side maps to allow the user to navigate through collections of thumbnail images (somewhat similar to xv's Visual Schnauzer) and select the image to view with a mouse click. Obtain gifmap from ftp://ftp.wizards.dupont.com/pub/ImageMagick/gifmap or via the Web from the Gifmap web page at http://www.cyberramp.net/~bfriesen/gifmap/. The Gifmap web page contains some sample pages you can browse through to give you an idea of what Gifmap can do. It also contains the gifmap documentation. Gifmap is written in PERL and is compatable with PERL versions 4 and 5. Gifmap uses the ImageMagick package and therefore requires that the ImageMagick package be installed. ImageMagick version 3.8.0 or later is recommended.
MPEG file player v0.2There was a very brief announcement for this package on comp.os.linux.announce which stated that the program can work with Pentium-60 32MB machines. I don't know why it wouldn't work with other systems, but that's what the announcement said. This file player supports MPEG layer 1, 2, 3 and Wave files and uses pthreads (thus it requires libpthread.so). Check http://adam.kaist.ac.kr/~jwj95/ or ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/
Microform has rev'd their VARKON packageVARKON is a high level development tool for CAD and engineering applications developed by Microform, Sweden. It was first reported in last month's Graphics Muse. Mircoform has since rev'd the package to 1.14F and added new demo applications. The new version is available at: http://www.microform.se.
MpegTV Player 1.0MpegTV Player 1.0 is a realtime software MPEG Video Player with audio/sync.
This major release has many improvements over earlier versions, including better performances, better image quality, better error resilence, improved GUI and new features.
The GS4500 scanner driver has been updated to Version 2.0The GS4500 scanner driver is a device driver (loadable module) for the Genius handheld scanners GS4500 and GS4500A (and probably the GS4000). Version 2.0 includes much improved support for the GS4500A. It also includes serious bug fixes. So everybody with a 2.0.x kernel should update. (If you still run a 1.2.x kernel stay with version 1.4 !)
Also included is a modified version of xscan. Like the name suggests it lets you scan under X11 with your GS4500. You can get it from http://swt-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/
~1willamo/linux.html. It should also be in the Sunsite and tsx-11 archives by now.
ImageMagick rev'd yet again - 3.8.3.No word as to what this release is for, however. It's nice to see such ongoing development on this very fine set of tools. I just wonder if monthly releases are really necessary.
Did You Know?John Bradley has now got an official home for xv on the web: http://www.trilon.com/xv/. There isn't very much there yet except the xv source distributions and links to some patches, but that will probably change over time.
|No Musings this month. I'll have some stuff for next month, though. I promise.
Linux Graphics mini-Howto
Unix Graphics Utilities
Linux Multimedia Page
Some of the mailing lists and newsgroups I keep an eye on, where I get a lot of the information for this column:
The Gimp User and Gimp Developer Mailing Lists.
The IRTC-L discussion list
Graphics Muse #1, November 1996
Graphics Muse #2, December 1996
Graphics Muse #3, January 1997
Graphics Muse #4, February 1997
Graphics Muse #5, March 1997