Category Archives: Open Source applications

Openshot video editor update

There has been big progress with Openshot, read for yourselves here

It looks like an Alpha release of the multi platform version 2.0 is getting close.


Good news!


Ubuntu 15.04 and Windows10

Ubuntu continues to evolve and also continues to provide seamless updates, it will be interesting to see how the forthcoming Windows 10 upgrade goes when it arrives at the end of this month.

Openshot video editor

Openshot works really well on Linux but no news on the release of the windows version. Anyone got any news?

Luminance HDR

If you like experimenting with your photographic images then do take a look at this open source HDR software. It’s very easy to use and you can create some neat HDR effects very quickly. You can read more and find a link here.


I recently came across this open source cross-platform application which is a dynamic maths software package. Absolutely magic! If only I’d had this when preparing for exams all those years ago.  It combines graphic ingenuity with  formulas and modelling.  If you are preparing for exams or even just curious about maths, algebra, geometry or basic calculus then do take a look at this.

The home page is here and there are loads of tutorials and examples to help get you started.

Libreoffice Hyperlinks

If you have recently upgraded your Libreoffice to and are having problems with your Hyperlinks not working as before then check the “Security” – Options -” and look for the box “Ctrl-click required to follow hyperlinks”. This seems to come on as default irrespective of the state of the security setting in the previous version you had installed. Just un-tick the box and your hyperlinks will work with a simple mouse click.

Plugins for GIMP

There are many plugins available for GIMP, the registry here being a good place to start. Two filter tools in particular caught my eye and I’ve been having fun playing with them both. Firstly FX_Foundry and secondly G’MIC. Both have a vast number of effects that you can apply to be tweak or completely re-model your images. I attach a twirl below which to me looks like a Fresnel lens effect.