<p>Highlights: new releases of Zrythm and Guitarix, new features in Krita, darktable, Siril, Blender.</p>
<h2 id="graphics">Graphics</h2>
<p>Niels De Graef continues bringing more GTK3-specific features to <strong>GIMP</strong>. The program now uses a listbox widget for icon themes and title bar formats. And thanks to Stanislav Grinkov, you can now reverse the order of pages as layers when importing PDF.</p>
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<p>There&rsquo;s a lot of bugfixing in <strong>Krita</strong> following v4.4.2 release but also some new things: the context menu for on-canvas crop tool now provides options to lock width/height/ratio, and then there are some styling improvements all around.</p>
<h2 id="photography">Photography</h2>
<p><strong>darktable</strong> now has with a new darkroom tab: basic adjustments. Basically, if you only ever change e.g. white balance, exposure, contrast, and &lsquo;strength&rsquo; in the velvia module, you can pull out these sliders and make them accessible in a single place. No need to navigate modules at all.</p>
<p><img src="sw-darktable-basic-adjustments.webp" alt="Basic adjustments in darktable" title="Basic adjustments in darktable"></p>
<p>If you ever used Ardour extensively, you will be nodding right about now, because it&rsquo;s exactly like adding a plug-in&rsquo;s setting as a slider to a mixer&rsquo;s channel. Except instead of right-clicking on the plug-in in the mixer, you do it from the dialog where you configure module groups.</p>
<p><img src="sw-darktable-basic-adjustments-setup.webp" alt="Adding settings to basic adjustments group" title="Adding settings to basic adjustments group"></p>
<p>The <strong>Siril</strong> team seems to be switching to bugfix mode for 0.99.8 release:</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New in dev, maybe last feature before the release:<br>Very convenient for finding small objects in wide field, like the star of an exoplanet.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/photometry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/astrometry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/astrophotography?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FOSS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FOS…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/opensource?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/science?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#…; <a href="https://t.co/BzNYBHRGvR">pic.twitter.com/BzNYBHRGvR</a></p>&mdash; SiriL (@SiriL_Official) <a href="https://twitter.com/SiriL_Official/status/1353715707222089734?ref_src=t… 25, 2021</a></blockquote>
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<h2 id="3d">3D</h2>
<p>Blender 2.92 isn&rsquo;t out yet but there&rsquo;s already even more new stuff to be available in 2.93: more drag&rsquo;n&rsquo;drop support in the Asset Browser, new Attribute Sample Texture node in geometry nodes, improved Object menu organization and naming, and more. See <a href="https://devtalk.blender.org/t/25-january-2021/17133">today&rsquo;s meeting notes</a> for details or watch this video:</p>

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<h2 id="music-making">Music-making</h2>
<p>New alpha release of <strong>Zrythm</strong> is out with Modulator macro buttons (video by Zrythm team).</p>
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<p>Robin Gareus recently started work towards M1 and macOS <em>Big Sur</em> support in <strong>Ardour</strong>, while Paul Davis keeps hacking on the <code>nutempo</code> 2 branch (bringing all sorts of MIDI fixes). The rest is plumbing work.</p>
<p><strong>Guitarix</strong> 0.42.0 was out recently and now features a rework of tube emulation, contributed by Damien Zammit. This makes the simulation more believable, with better dynamic responses. It will break existing presets, although developers are confident that users will love the new sound a lot more than they will dislike updating presets. <a href="https://github.com/brummer10/guitarix/releases/tag/V0.42.0">The release tarball is here.</a></p>
<p>Rob van den Berg released the first couple of versions of <strong>Drops</strong>, a simplistic sampler that allows loading a WAV files, cutting it, setting notes for clips, and tweaking filters. <a href="https://github.com/clearly-broken-software/drops/releases/tag/v0.2-alph… second one</a> adds pitch tune and oversampling.</p>
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<h2 id="tutorials">Tutorials</h2>
<p>A GIMP photo manipulation tutorials from Codingcreator:</p>

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<p>Really quick tutorial on drawing a penguin with Inkscape, the part with shading on the beak is a bit wtf though :)</p>

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<p>You might want setting 0.25 playback speed on this Krita painting timelapse. Fortunately, the video has 60 frames per second rate, so that&rsquo;s bearable.</p>

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<p>Okay, this is positively crazy: procedural galaxies in Blender:</p>

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<h2 id="artworks">Artworks</h2>
<p>New <a href="https://www.artstation.com/artwork/18OWOX">interior design render</a> with Blender, by George Turmanidze:</p>
<p><img src="art-blender-george-turmanidze-summertime-living-room.webp" alt="George Turmanidze, interior design"></p>
<p>Great mini <a href="https://www.artstation.com/artwork/ykyB3K">story about an evil sloth</a>, by Juan Hernández, made with Blender:</p>
<p><img src="art-blender-juan-hernandez-sloth.webp" alt="Juan Hernández, Evil Sloth"></p>
<p>Chris Hildenbrand did probably the funniest take for the hat challenge on Inkscape users' group on Facebook.</p>
<p><img src="art-inkscape-chris-hildenbrand-hat-challenge.webp" alt="Chris Hildenbrand, hat challenge"></p>
<p>Meanwhile, dillerkind keeps <a href="https://eysventura.wordpress.com/2021/01/23/kitty-cutie/">drawing cute characters</a> with Inkscape:</p>
<p><img src="art-inkscape-dillerkind-kittycutie.webp" alt="dillerkind, kitty cutie"></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/somartist/status/1341986223313870848">New winter landscape</a> by Philipp Urlich:</p>
<p><img src="art-krita-philipp-a-urlich-winder-speedpaint-2.webp" alt="Philipp Urlich, winter landscape"></p>
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