GIMP Native on Mac OS

 

GIMP 2.8 is now available as a native application for Mac OS X without the need for a X11-Environment.

The ported version does require Snow Leopard or higher and can be downloaded from the website of one of its developers at:  Partha’s Place.

Scratch – Visual Programming Tool For Kids

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share.

A New Fullscreen Anti Aliasing Algorithm

SMAA is a powerful alternative for FXAA and similar post-processing anti aliasing techniques. Some of the new features include local contrast analysis for more reliable edge detection, and a simple and effective way to handle sharp geometric features and diagonal lines. This, along with the accelerated and accurate pattern classification allows for a better reconstruction of silhouettes. Also it looks much better for scenes in motion.

Check out the video below for a comparison with several other algos. The video is also available as a download in better quality.

Sources are available from Github.

The paper together with all of the above resources is available from this website: http://www.iryoku.com/smaa/

Coding for Kinect

If you want to get started with coding for the Kinect and tend to use Microsofts API instead of OpenNi, I highly recommend to have a look at Microsofts Channel 9 – Coding4Fun articles on the Kinect. Lots of practical examples with source code and technical background info there. For all the Webdudes out there they even have examples for a Kinect WebSocket Server: WebSocketing the Kinect with Kinection; Kinect, HTML5, WebSockets and Canvas.

Not all examples have been updated to use the current Kinect for Windows SDK that established a new interface for the Kinect access. So check the dependencies if you want to build one.

Also worth a look is the Kinect for Windows blog.