Krita on Elementary OS

Krita is a stunning, open-source drawing and image editing application that works a lot like Photoshop. Til recently, it hasn’t been available out-of-the-box for Elementary OS. There were certain dependency requirements that couldn’t be met by default, but that’s now been addressed with AppImage!

Check out the bottom of this article for info: Krita 2.9.11 and the second 3.0 alpha build

Get Krita running on Elementary OS

All you need to do to run Krita on Elementary OS now is download the AppImage file (mentioned in the above article), set the properties so it’s executable, then run it. Dead simple!

Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Download kkrita3-prealpha2-3c69a59-x86_64.appimage
  2. Right-click the file and select Properties.
  3. Click the More tab.
  4. Toggle Execute for Owner and Group.
  5. Click the Close button.
  6. Click on the file to run Krita (or right-click the file and select Run).

That’s all there is to it. Finally, Krita for the ultimate OS! 😉

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Krita on Elementary OS

Download YouTube videos and entire playlists

I post a lot of stuff to YouTube, much of which is designed for use with other software. I’ve got tons of Future Pinball gameplay videos, for example. They’re designed for use with app loaders like HyperSpin.

So how does someone get them all?

Easily, there are downloaders for YouTube videos. My favorite so far is this really new one: http://panastasiadist.github.io/SYLoader/

SYLoader

I like that one is because it’s open-source, developers can see what it’s doing! And, that thing downloads single videos as well as entire playlists in batches.

Just copy a YouTube url and it picks it up moments later and begins the download. Easy.

In case it helps to mention alternatives also, here’s a link: https://alternativeto.net/software/syloader/?license=opensource

Don’t be a Video Pirate!

I’m not one to advocate using downloaders for bad reasons like copying other people’s videos that they put hard work into. Don’t do that. But downloaders like this are incredibly useful for stuff like the Future Pinball videos I mentioned.

Hope it helps. 🙂

Download YouTube videos and entire playlists

A quick video intro for Cool Retro Term

Here’s a quick (unofficial) product video I threw together for the illustrious Cool Retro Term, an amazing free terminal for OSX and Linux that adds some retro graphic flare to the terminal experience.

More info

Cool Retro Term is totally free and better yet, open source. Find all the details and screenshots here at the project’s GitHub listing: https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term

Just to mention too, cool graphical features like this would normally cost money, as you’ll see with this app: http://www.secretgeometry.com/apps/cathode/

So let’s help the author by contributing donations!

Here’s the author’s blog: https://swordfishslabs.wordpress.com/

Installation

I previously posted details for installing it in Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivatives (same instructions for all Ubuntu versions). I don’t have a Mac to try the installation there, but will post details if I get access to one.

Other project videos

I’ve also been working on videos for other free software as well. Hoping to get word out about them. More to come!

A quick video intro for Cool Retro Term

Better autocomplete in Linux terminal with Fish

Most Linux distributions (those using Bash) include auto-complete features in the terminal where you can type a few characters, press TAB and it’ll provide a best guess at what you’re trying to do.

Fish is better at that though, more info about it: http://fishshell.com/

Let’s install it from a PPA on Ubuntu (including Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivatives), simply copy-paste the following into a terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:fish-shell/release-2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fish

You can then test it out in that same terminal by typing ‘fish’. You’ll see one of its notable features right away, the auto-complete with syntax highlighting. It’s the main reason I use it, just type a few letters and hit tab to have it auto-complete.

fish

If you like it, replace it with the default (Bash) like so:

chsh -s /usr/bin/fish

or

chsh -s /usr/local/bin/fish

You can always switch back to the bash shell later too:

chsh -s /bin/bash

Mac users can have a read here: http://hackercodex.com/guide/install-fish-shell-mac-ubuntu/

And of course, Fish is highly configurable. Simply enter the following in your terminal:

fish_config

And your browser will open to a delightful graphical configuration screen.

fish_config

As you’ll see, you can configure colors, the prompt and other things as well as being able to interact with the terminal history and get info about environment variables and more.

A note about Elementary OS

Elementary OS includes a custom terminal app that integrates very neatly with the system pager so the system notifies you when tasks are completed in the terminal (such as when installing apps via apt-get or running updates). This works “out of the box” with Bash but not with Fish, not at this time.

Keep updated on progress here: https://github.com/fish-shell/fish-shell/issues/1382

Additional resources

For more info about command shells in general, here’s a good read: http://linuxcommand.org/lc3_lts0010.php

And of course, a great comparison of the popular shells: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_command_shells

Adding to that comparison, a specific comparison of the more popular unix shells: http://hyperpolyglot.org/unix-shells

Enjoy the colorful Fish! 🙂

Better autocomplete in Linux terminal with Fish

One nerdy batch of games

This is the indie game company behind the whole block-crafting craze: http://www.zachtronics.com/

And Zachary Barth is the guy behind it all, the obviously brilliant engineer who crafted the Infiniminer game that heavily influenced Minecraft and others like it. He didn’t stop there though, he’s continued to produce some of the most creatively geeky games ever. You’ll see more detail at the company home page above.

Meanwhile, here’s the current batch available from Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/search/?developer=Zachtronics

While I haven’t tried out the games as yet, I’ve got a keen eye on TIS-100. I’m sufficiently familiar with assembly language (I read a book on it prior to reading up on C language, years ago) to want to take a closer look into this one.

Let’s all us nerds support this developer so we can see more nerdy goodness. 🙂

One nerdy batch of games

Convert DWG to PDF

If you need to convert AutoCad DWG files to other formats like PDF, you won’t typically need to pay anything. There are a few free tools that work great, like the following online service:

http://www.convertfiles.com/

That site offers quick and painless, free conversions of multiple file formats, including DWG to PDG.

If you need something offline, I’d have to recommend the cross-platform draftSight software. More about that here: http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/

Not only does draftSight do conversions, it’s basically free, and it’s a very powerful design software to boot.

A quick note for Linux users, it’s available for download as a .deb file so once downloaded, it can be installed from a terminal like so:

sudo dpkg -i draftSight.deb

Cheers!

Convert DWG to PDF

Cross-platform screen-casting for free with OBS

Open Broadcaster Software is the boss of screencasting; feature-packed, no ads, cross-platform and totally free! Specialized computer video recording software like the commercial FRAPS used to be the only feasible way to screencast games. Meanwhile most other screen-recording apps decorated your screen with ads and often couldn’t record games (DirectX or OpenGL).

OBS solves all our screen casting woes with commercial strength features wrapped up in a super-simple interface that’s available across Windows, Mac and Linux. No need to learn a different software for each, and it costs nothing at all (feel free to donate and support the devs though)!

More info from the source: https://obsproject.com/

Development is bustling over at the open-source project page too. Here’s a link…

GitHub repo: https://github.com/jp9000/obs-studio

And here’s a quick script to install it on Ubuntu, from a PPA:

Enjoy!

Cross-platform screen-casting for free with OBS