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<p>Week highlights: new releases of GIMP, PenPot, Glaxnimate, Ultimaker Cura, Horizon EDA, Bespoke Synth, Giada, further work on pages support in Inkscape, working VST3 instruments support in MuseScore.</p>
<h2 id="vgc-illustration-funded-on-kickstarter">VGC Illustration: funded on Kickstarter</h2>
<p>First off, Boris Dalstein&rsquo;s project got successfully <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgcsoftware/vgc-illustration-the-d… on Kickstarter</a> by 137 backers (so far). This covers the remaining 10% of the money that Boris needs to develop the first official release.</p>
<h2 id="gimp-21028">GIMP 2.10.28</h2>
<p>This is a brown paper bag release: 2.10.26 was inadvertently released with a tiny annoying bug, so the team skipped that version entirely. Either way, if you are a Windows user, I definitely recommend upgrading.</p>
<p>This version comes with a bunch of fixes for this platform, especially for cases when GIMP used to be slow with a network drive being temporarily unavailable (not GIMP&rsquo;s fault, but rather a 3rd party component used by the program).</p>
<p>In other news, GIMP 2.99.x now has a <em>Preferences</em> switch between various Windows APIs for graphic tablets support, thanks to Luca Bacci. Basically, this means support for more tablets. Oh, and Jehan&rsquo;s patch to support cloning on multiple layers at once has been merged and will be part of 2.99.8, hopefully in the coming October.</p>
<h2 id="inkscape-got-a-page-tool">Inkscape got a Page tool</h2>
<p>So Inkscape now has an experimental <em>Page</em> tool for creating and managing pages. To be <em>completely</em> frank, Inkscape pages look more like artboards. That is, you can draw them in arbitrary positions and arbitrary ratios, drag them around with their content etc. Please don&rsquo;t treat any of that as final design yet.</p>

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<p>You can fetch a build for your operating system from the <a href="https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3486/pipelines">P… section of the merge request</a>.</p>
<h2 id="penpot-180">PenPot 1.8.0</h2>
<p>There&rsquo;s over a dozen new features and improvements in this UX/UI prototyping tool. Not big fancy things, but iterations over previous releases. I&rsquo;d say, it&rsquo;s well worth updating. See <a href="https://penpot.app/dev-diaries.html">https://penpot.app/dev-diaries.htm…; for details or the video below! One breaking change is that old share links will be defunct after upgrading.</p>

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<h2 id="glaxnimate-045">Glaxnimate 0.4.5</h2>
<p>This is a minor update of the animation editor, bringing sprite exporting mode (each frame becomes a tile), as well as numerous usability improvements and bug fixes. <a href="https://www.patreon.com/posts/56314398">See Mattia&rsquo;s post on Patreon</a> for a complete list of changes. You can grab your download <a href="https://glaxnimate.mattbas.org/download/">here</a>.</p&gt;
<h2 id="red-hat-is-looking-for-an-hdr-developer">Red Hat is looking for an HDR developer</h2>
<p>This is both exciting and a little frightening. There has been some controversy over implementation approaches so far, <a href="https://discuss.pixls.us/t/wayland-color-management/10804">especially where HDR meets color management</a> (and there&rsquo;s a still unapplied <a href="https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/wayland/wayland-protocols/-/merge_reques… request for Wayland</a> from Collabora developers). Done right, it would propel the Linux ecosystem significantly forward as a platform for content producers and consumers. Done wrong, it would hinder the progress.</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s that time again. I&#39;m looking for someone to join my team to work on enabling HDR support in upstream Linux, Fedora and RHEL. Global applicants welcome. Underrepresented minorities highly encouraged.<a href="https://t.co/hHzUCftz5J">https://t.co/hHzUCftz5J</a></p>&mdash; Jared Domínguez (@djdmngz) <a href="https://twitter.com/djdmngz/status/1438907064819060737?ref_src=twsrc%5E… 17, 2021</a></blockquote>
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<h2 id="new-freecad-build-by-realthunder">New FreeCAD build by realthunder</h2>
<p>Kurt Kremitzki released an updated &ldquo;Link&rdquo; build of FreeCAD with usability improvements, such as easily accessible presets to try various looks of the program (<em>Tools &gt; Preset Configurations</em>), e.g. dark theme with overlaid sidebars. So in one sweep, you can go from this:</p>

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<p>to this:</p>

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<p>Which works nicely, except there doesn&rsquo;t seem to be an easy way to revert, so please think twice before choosing a preset with large text font and icons!</p>
<p>Most of the details on the update are <a href="https://www.patreon.com/posts/2021-09-11-56021237">here</a>.</p&gt;
<h2 id="ultimaker-cura-411">Ultimaker Cura 4.11</h2>
<p>If you do 3D printing and, for some inexplicable reason, you haven&rsquo;t heard of <a href="https://ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura">Ultimaker Cura</a>, definitely take it for a spin. Highlights of this release:</p>
<ul>
<li>Monotonic ordering to print parts with smoother top surfaces</li>
<li>Complete UI refresh: over 100 updated icons and adaptive UI that readjusts itself when window gets resized</li>
<li>Improved digital library integration with the search function</li>
<li>Save third-party materials profiles to USB</li>
<li>Opt-in notifications for beta and plugin releases</li>
<li>A bunch of new printer definitions</li>
</ul>
<p>Here&rsquo;s the <a href="https://github.com/Ultimaker/Cura/releases/tag/4.11.0">full list of changes</a>. Or you can watch this video:</p>

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<h2 id="horizon-eda-210">Horizon EDA 2.1.0</h2>
<p><a href="https://horizon-eda.org/">This free/libre EDA program</a> by Lukas Kramer is relatively unknown (as compared to e.g. KiCad) but it&rsquo;s a very interesting project that recently got an update. Highlights:</p>
<ul>
<li>More natural visualization of arc selection</li>
<li>3D view now has keyboard shortcuts</li>
<li>Easy switching between multiple grids</li>
<li>Much less messy look of composite pads</li>
<li>Hints showing up to help learning key sequences — after a delay so that experienced users wouldn&rsquo;t fret</li>
</ul>
<p>You can learn more from <a href="https://blog.horizon-eda.org/progress/2021/09/06/progress-2021-06-08.ht… notes</a>. There&rsquo;s an <a href="https://github.com/horizon-eda/horizon/releases/tag/v2.1.0">installer for Windows available</a>, and for Linux users, <a href="https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.horizon_eda.HorizonEDA">the app is on Flathub</a> (not to mention the source code under GPLv3+).</p>
<p>The project is rather active. In fact, Lukas has just added an Align/Distribute tool, and earlier this month, he added support for nested schematic sheets.</p>
<p>Actually, all four major free/libre EDA projects that I recall — KiCad, LibrePCB, gEDA and Horizon — are actively maintained and developed, although gEDA has been falling behind lately.</p>
<h2 id="first-vsti-support-demo-in-upcoming-musescore-4">First VSTi support demo in upcoming MuseScore 4</h2>
<p>The MuseScore team is putting it all together for an alpha release. You can now load VST3 plugins for the playback of notation.</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So so so cool working with VSTi in MuseScore 4.... finally! <a href="https://t.co/NP8K4Hl6FO">pic.twitter.com/NP8K4Hl6FO</a></p>&mdash; Tantacrul (@Tantacrul) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tantacrul/status/1437393244275593220?ref_src=twsrc%… 13, 2021</a></blockquote>
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<p>At least the nightly builds for Linux do not allow loading native GUIs for VST3 plugins yet (or I simply don&rsquo;t know how to do that). So I can&rsquo;t make use of sfizz to load orchestral samples, and I&rsquo;m temporarily stuck on Pianoteq v5.x, so no VST3 for me. But hey, it&rsquo;s a start! And judging by discussions on their Discord channel, the internal SFZ-based sampler they are creating for MuseScore specifically will be news-worthy soon enough.</p>
<h2 id="bespoke-synth-100">Bespoke Synth 1.0.0</h2>
<p>Ryan Challinor finally released v1.0 of Bespoke Synth which is more like a modular synthesis/composition environment really. This is a nice short overview of what you can expect form this version:</p>

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<p>The Linux build isn&rsquo;t particularly well done and might fail you (it did for me), but there&rsquo;s ongoing work to improve it, and the developer is extremely humble and welcoming about that. So&hellip; Stay tuned? Because this is a seriously cool project.</p>
<h2 id="giada-0182">Giada 0.18.2</h2>
<p>The almighty <a href="https://www.giadamusic.com/">free/libre looper</a> got a new release featuring:</p>
<ul>
<li>stereo in/out audio meters;</li>
<li>revamped action editor: better UI, improved usability;</li>
<li>displaying the play head in the action editor.</li>
</ul>
<p>I&rsquo;d love to be able to use it, however <a href="https://github.com/monocasual/giada/issues/178">it needs FLTK 1.4</a> to be released to support HiDPI displays. So&hellip; one day!</p>
<h2 id="tutorials">Tutorials</h2>
<p>Krita timelapse by Orfenn Schuller:</p>

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<p>Another Krita speed painting by Ali Bahabadi:</p>

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<p>Boris Hajdukovic continues his series of lengthy in-depth darktable tutorials with this one:</p>

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<p>Lonely Speck explains how to use Siril and Photoshop for astrophotography. Don&rsquo;t worry about the Photoshop part too much. While GIMP doesn&rsquo;t have the <em>Dust and Scratches</em> filter used in the tutorial, you can try the <em>Remove Scratches</em> filter in G&rsquo;MIC.</p>

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<h2 id="artworks">Artworks</h2>
<p>Rohit Hela, <a href="https://twitter.com/RohitHela7/status/1437790636967661570">landscape painted with Krita</a>:</p>

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alt="Rohit Hela, landscape painted with Krita"/>
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<p>Philipp Urlich, <a href="https://twitter.com/somartist/status/1437166812165283842">new speedpainting</a>, Krita:</p>

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alt="Philipp Urlich, new speedpainting"/>
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<p>Jamie Farrar Goldstein, <a href="https://blenderartists.org/t/painting-with-light/1320748">Painting with Light</a>, Blender</p>

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alt="Jamie Farrar Goldstein, Painting with Light"/>
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<p>Shivom Kapoor, <a href="https://blenderartists.org/t/rogue-philanthropist/1328471/1">Rogue Philantropist</a>, Blender:</p>

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alt="Shivom Kapoor, Rogue Philantropist"/>
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<p>Petra Trebjesanin, <a href="https://blenderartists.org/t/modern-french-interior/1327775">modern French interior archviz</a>, Blender:</p>

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alt="Petra Trebjesanin, modern French interior archviz"/>
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<p>Pratik Solanki experimented with illusions in Blender:</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I was super curious after watching <a href="https://twitter.com/MattBraccini?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MattBraccini</a&…; &#39;s illusion art and Tried to recreate it , i donno if this is the right way to do that , tell me guys what do you think ? .. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/b3d?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#b3d<…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/illusion?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">…; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/3dart?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#3d…; <a href="https://t.co/Zhlvos9EfF">pic.twitter.com/Zhlvos9EfF</a></p>&mdash; pratik solanki (@dragoneex) <a href="https://twitter.com/dragoneex/status/1435870349535506434?ref_src=twsrc%… 9, 2021</a></blockquote>
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<p>Menno Snoek, <a href="https://blenderartists.org/t/express-shipping/1326570">Express Shipping</a>, Blender</p>

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alt="Menno Snoek, Express Shipping"/>
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<p>kynlo, <a href="https://krita-artists.org/t/bad-memories/29218/1">Bad Memories</a>, Krita:</p>

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<img src="https://librearts.org/2021/09/week-recap-19-sep-2021/art-krita-kynlo-ba…; loading="lazy"
alt="kynlo, Bad Memories"/>
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<p>Sylvia Ritter, <a href="https://twitter.com/sylvia_ritter/status/1435977453365833738">Impish Indri</a> (codename for upcoming Ubuntu 21.10), Krita:</p>

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<img src="https://librearts.org/2021/09/week-recap-19-sep-2021/art-krita-sylvia-r…; loading="lazy"
alt="Sylvia Ritter, Impish Indri"/>
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